Prof. Maria da Graça Carvalho

EUBCE 2019 Conference General Chair
European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, Member Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit

Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently member of the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit of the Directorate-General Research and Innovation of the European Commission. She was a senior advisor of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation from November 2014 to December 2015. She was a member of the European Parliament in the EPP group since July 2009 to May 2014. In this capacity she was one of the rapporteurs of Horizon 2020. She was Principal Adviser of President of the European Commission in the areas of Science, Innovation, Energy, Environment and Climate Change from 2006 to 2009. She was Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government of Portugal. She is a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon) and she has acquired 30 years of experience in research in the areas of energy, climate change and science, technology and innovation policy. She has published 130 articles in international scientific journals and more than 300 articles in books and conference proceedings. She is, herself, the author of 2 books and the editor of 15 books and special editions of international scientific journals in the field of energy.


Dr. Nicolae Scarlat

Technical Programme Chairman
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Director of Energy, Transport and Climate

Nicolae Scarlat is scientific and technical support officer in the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit, Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He joined the JRC in 2006, providing technical support and scientific advice for the formulation and monitoring the implementation of the renewable energy legislation. He also contributes to the policy proposals related to the renewable energy beyond 2020, tackling bioenergy technology developments or the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass. He played a key role in drafting various reports on renewable energy and studies for the assessment of bioenergy progress, assessment of biomass resource potentials and demand, evaluation of various effects of biofuels and bioenergy and sustainability certification of biofuels and bioenergy. He contributed to the investigation of the role of biomass and bioenergy in a future bioeconomy, current status and perspectives for development. He also contributed to the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, including the assessment of the technological state-of-the-art, anticipated developments, market and industry status for bioenergy, and research and innovation challenges and actions for bioenergy of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap. In addition to scientific/technical networking in the field of bioenergy and biofuels, he organised various expert consultation meetings and workshops on biomass resources, bioenergy and bioeconomy.


Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis

Industry Committee Coordinator
European Commission, DG ENER

Kyriakos Maniatis is Principal Administrator in Unit C2 – Directorate General for Energy, European Commission. He is responsible for technical issues related to biofuels and manages the DG ENER demonstration component on advanced biofuels in the Commission’s the 7th Framework Programme. He contributes accordingly to the legislative actions of the EC and to the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative of the SET Plan and he is involved in the CEN standardisation work on liquid and gaseous biofuels. He coordinates the team that launched in June 2011 the Biofuels FlightPath for Aviation in close coordination with the aviation and biofuels sectors. Kyriakos also represents the European Commission in the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy Implementing Agreement and served as the ExCo Chairman in 2002, 2005-2007. He regularly organizes workshops and conferences on these subjects.

Dr. David Baxter

Former European Commission, Joint Research Centre

David has been a member of the Sustainable Transport Unit in the Institute for Energy & Transport of the Joint Research Centre (Petten, The Netherlands) until retirement from the European Commission in August 2016.
He was part of a team providing scientific and technical support to the development and maintenance of sustainability schemes for biomass and bioenergy, including biofuels.

In addition, he was a member of the European Bioenergy Industrial Initiative (EIBI) team which is operates within the frame of the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan. He is also a former leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Biogas Task 37, promoting economically and environmentally sustainable management of biogas production and utilisation from agricultural residues, energy crops and municipal wastes.

David Baxter is a materials engineer who joined the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 1991 after working in an industrial company supplying components for power generation and transport. He also spent 5 years at Argonne National Laboratory in the USA in the 1980s carrying out research into materials for fossil energy technologies.

Dr. David Chiaramonti

President, Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration RE-CORD

David Chiaramonti is specialised in Renewable Energies (mainly Bioenergy/Biofuels, wind and small hydro power). He teaches Biomass Energy Conversion Technologies at the University of Florence.
His main scientific interest is on production and use of biofuels, either liquid, gaseous or solid. His research works cover thermochemical biomass conversion processes as well as liquid biofuel production and use. He has published more than 120 scientific papers in these areas, chapters in books and studies, as well as articles in specialised magazines. He also member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. He is/has been chairman and Member of Scientific Committees of various International Conferences, where is acting as Session or Track Organiser,and member of IEA Task 39 (Liquid Biofuels) and Deputy Chairman of the scientific board of DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center).
He is President of the no-profit research consortium RE-CORD, which manages a specialised chemical lab for renewables and vaiour pilot/demo plants, and researcher at CREAR.
He has been involved as a Project Manager and Scientific Responsible in large nr of R&D&D projects and studies supported by EC as well as co-operation projects (Asian Development Bank, EC, It.Min.for Environment).

Angela Grassi

ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Managing Director

Angela Grassi is ETA-Florence Managing Director. Project management based on Economics and Political Science background and experience. Over 20 years organisation and management of high level international Conferences and Exhibitions in the field of Renewable Energies. Executive Committee Member of international conferences. Since 2000 organisation and management of the annual European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Coordinator of international projects on renewable energies. Responsibilities include project definition, setting up of international teams, guidance and follow-up of project work, reporting, budgeting, project results assessment and dissemination of results. Author and co-author of papers published in proceedings of national and international conferences; contributions to specialised books. Preparation of final project reports for the European Commission. Managing editor of brochures, publications, scientific proceedings.

Peter Helm

WIP – Renewable Energies, Scientific & Managing Director

Peter Helm is scientific Director at WIP-Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany. His focus is on techno- economic and strategy related networking in the field of renewable energies. Peter Helm is organizer and co-organizer of international conferences and exhibitions that are addressing the wide field of energy, energy efficiency, energy economy.
Peter Helm studied mechanical and processing engineering and obtained his degree at the Technical University of Munich. He added a postgraduate university study in Economics and Business Administration and obtained his PhD. He started his career as scientist at the international Battelle Institute for applied research / Frankfurt / Geneva / Aberdeen / Richland (Washington). Peter Helm performed project leadership for the GTZ / German Agency for technical cooperation in the framework of emerging countries projects. He was project officer for KfW, the German Bank for Reconstruction, for projects in Africa and Latin America. He coordinated national technical projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation. Peter Helm acts as contracted expert providing scientific and project monitoring assistance to international organisations.