Mr Markus Starkl, Senior Scientist of BOKU University Vienna, Austria
Presenting in Plenary Session V: Experience on integrated urban water management – smart cities, innovation, toward water-smart society
The title of presentation: Results of the project PIANO: Policies, innovation and networks for enhancing opportunities for China-Europe water cooperation
Dr. Markus Starkl has graduated from BOKU University in the field of “Water Management, Environmental and Engineering Sciences” in 1998. After working for three years in the water consulting sector he moved in 2001 to BOKU University. Since 2008 he has been working in the position of head of the working area “Assessment and Governance” at the Competence Centre for Decision Aid in Environmental Management at BOKU University. Since 2008 he is serving the Specialist Group of Sanitation and Water Management in Developing Countries of the International Water Association (IWA) in the position of co-Chair and Vice-Chair. From 2012 to 2013 he served UNESCO as a HOPE Ambassador. He also has been a member of the IWA Sanitation 21 task force and contributed to the revision of the Sanitation 21-A planning Framework for Improving City-wide Sanitation Services in 2013-2014. In 2008 he has received the 1st runner up award for the Sustainability Prize in „Research excellence in support of sustainable urban water management” of the IWA, and in 2014 he received the “Raiffeisen Science and Innovation Award”.
Over the last 15 years he has been developing, managing and coordinating several projects under EC FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020, mainly in Asia. In particular, he has coordinated the EC FP6 project “Managing water scarcity: intelligent tools and cooperative strategies” which studied a river basin in North-East China and coordinated the EC Horizon 2020 project PIANO (Polices, innovation and networks for enhancing opportunities for China-Europe water cooperation). He has authored over 50 publications.
Awards: Research excellence in support of sustainable urban water management (2008), Raiffeisen Science and Innovation Award (2014)