Miquel Barbarà

Born in Almoster, Catalonia (06/10/1939). Favorite son of this town. Adoptive son of Tarragona. Degree in Theology and Social Sciences by the PUG of Rome (1961-67) and in Sociology by the U. Complutense of Madrid. He has directed published studies on El Barrio Antiguo de Tarragona and La Prisión de Tarragona and has participated in the study on sects. Author of religious fact and church in the thousand years of Catalonia and The process of socialization and religious formation in society and in the church. Author of the book Double glance, on the religious fact and the Church (manual of sociology of the religious fact). He has been Secretary General and Chancellor, Episcopal Vicar and Vicar General of the Archbishopric of Tarragona (38 years in the Episcopal Council). Diocesan Administrator between two pontificates, Deputy Secretary General of the Tarraconense Provincial Council. Pope Benedict XVI named him Protonotary Apostolic Supranumerary. Professor of Sociology in the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy of the Ramon Llull University. Professor emeritus of the Institute S. of Religious Sciences of Tarragona. Member of the International Conference on Sociology of Religion (was on the Executive Committee) and founding member of the Latin American Association of Experts in Social Sciences on Religious Fact. Diocesan Responsibilities on Music and Holy Week Associations. He is canon, was dean of the Chapter, and is chapelmaster and founder and director of the Schola Cantorum and Orchestra of the Friends of the Cathedral of Tarragona.

Joan O. Grimalt

Born in Palma (Mallorca). Professor of Research of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC, since 1992). Director of the Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDÆA-CSIC) and of the Center for Research and Development (CID-CSIC). Doctor of Chemical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1983). Postdoctoral stages at the Oregon State University (Corvallis, USA, 1983) and the University of Bristol (UK, 1985). Environmental Organic Geochemist. Scientific career dedicated to the study of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds as markers of climate change and the health status of ecosystems and organisms (including humans). To date, more than 650 scientific articles have been published, most of them in international journals that have been cited more than 18,000 times. Some of these articles have been published in Science, Nature and Lancet. Supervision of 45 doctoral theses. Participation in more than 102 research projects, some 40 of them funded by the European Union. Coordination of 41 of them. City of Barcelona Award for Scientific Research (2000), Prize for Environmental Research of the Institute of Catalan Studies (2001), King Jaime I Prize for Nature Protection (Generalitat Valenciana, 2005). Award for Scientific and Technological Development, with honorable mention of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2011). Index H = 68. More information in http://www.cid.csic.es/homes/grimalt

Maurizio Iaccarino

Born in Rome, March 23, 1938. Medical Doctor University of Naples, 1962; post-doc, Stanford University (1966-1968); visiting scientist, University of Sussex, U.K. (1978-1979). Professor of Biochemistry, 1971; Professor of Microbiology, 1986; Principal Investigator at the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples and Director of the same Institute (1985 to 1993); Director of the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Alghero (1994-1995). Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO (1996 to 2000). Member of EMBO, TWAS and other scientific societies. Winner of several prizes (Accademia dei Lincei and others). Publication of more than 90 scientific papers and 100 scientific reports; editor of several books. Research interests: protein structure; DNA methylation; membrane transport; Rhizobium-legume symbiosis. Activities at UNESCO: Management and supervision of the activities of the Science Sector. Management of the Intergovernmental Scientific Programs (Man and Biosphere; Intergovernmental Hydrological Program; International Geological Correlation Program; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; Coastal Zones). Organizer of several Intergovernmental Conferences. Briefing of Parliamentary or Intergovernmental Bodies on UNESCO Activities: ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the United Nations); Commission on Science and Technology for Development of ECOSOC; Committee for Research, Technological Development and Energy of the European Parliament; Island Intergroup of the European Parliament; Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe.

Maria Neira

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery by the University of Oviedo specializing in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the University René Descartes, and later in Nutrition in Paris, (France). He also holds an international diploma in Emergency Response and Crisis Management from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization, Geneva, September 2005. Director of the Communicable Diseases Program and Coordinator of the WHO Global Task Force on Cholera. President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, with the rank of Undersecretary, where she was responsible for the preparation and implementation of the national food and nutrition plans. Médecins sans Frontières medical coordinator, assisting refugees in the border area between El Salvador and Honduras. Subsequently I work in the Ministry of Health of Mozambique and with the United Nations in Rwanda. He has received the Medal of the Order of National Merit, granted by the Government of France, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Asturias.

Pedro Oyola

Research activities on mega cities air quality and health effects. In Santiago de Chile he was conducting Atmospheric Prevention and Decontamination Plans for PM10 and PM2,5. Involved in the project Global and Urban Research in Meteorology and Environment under WMO supervision, where Santiago, Mexico City, São Paulo, Beijing, Moscow and other mega polis are participating. As Director of the Atmospheric Research Division at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and later at the Institute of Applied Environmental Research, Stockholm University, Sweden, he was involved in the development and creation of a national network oriented to problem related with long range transport of pollutants associated to acid rain and photochemical smog formation in Europe. His laboratory became a reference laboratory for Ozone, Nitrogen Oxides and VOC for Europe, USA and Canada. He conducted a number of comprehensive outdoor and indoor air pollution studies in Sweden, Chile, Greece, Brazil, Russia, Lithuania, Venezuela to investigate the effects of pollutants in health, crops and visibility. Other research interests include greenhouse gases and climate change. Member of national and international committees such as CONICYT (Chile) and the Scientific Advisory Committee at the EPA-Harvard Particle Health Effects Center. He has published a number of peer reviewed papers and technical reports in the areas of global, regional and urban air quality, modelling, exposure and health effects assessment and instrumentation. Director of the Center Mario Molina for Strategic Studies in Environment and Energy, Santiago, Chile.

Marcelo Sánchez-Sorondo

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 8 September 1942. Ordained priest on December 7, 1968 in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. Doctorate in Sacred Theology by the University of Santo Tomás Aquino (Rome) - the highest level of Postgraduate studies of the Church - with summa cum laude maximum (1974). PhD in philosophy from the University of Perugia (Italy), with the highest marks (1976). From 1976 to 1998 he taught courses in the History of Philosophy at the Lateran University (Rome) where from 1982 onwards he was Professor of such discipline. Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the same University (1987-1996). Since 1998 he is Professor of History of Philosophy at Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (Rome) and President of the Degree in Education Science. Since 1998 Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope John Paul II. In March 1999, His Holiness appointed him Prelate Secretary of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. On March 19, 2001, His Holiness was ordained Bishop of Vescovío with the task of continuing his work in the Pontifical Academies. Official of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic (2000), knight of the Italian Republic (1999), honorary order of the Republic of Brazil (2004), Republic of Austria (2005), Republic of Chile 2006) and Distinction of honor of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies (2015). Member of the Italian Academies of Georgofili (2007), of the wine (2008), Corresponding Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (2011) and Order of the Aztec Eagle (Mexico, 2015).

Josafá Carlos de Siqueira

Is a Jesuit priest. Born in Pirenópolis, State of Goiás, (31 October 1951). He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the Catholic University of Goiás, a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy, and a doctor in plant biology from Unicamp, State of São Paulo. He has been working for 31 years at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), being 24 years as professor of the Department of Geography and Environment, and in the last 7 years in the Department of Biology, as professor of environmental ethics. Rector of PUC-Rio, since July 1, 2010. Founder of the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of the Environment of PUC-Rio. It has 65 scientific articles and 15 books focused on the themes of environmental education, environmental ethics and ecological spirituality. Among the most well-known we have: Socio-environmental ethics, Spirituality and the Environment, A look at nature, Inácio de Loyola Ecological Meditations, Ecological Prayers, Ecological Spirituality of the Jesuits, The PUC-Rio Campus Flora, Spirituality within reach of all, Pirenópolis: Territorial identity and biodiversity, Rio + 20: Reflections on socioenvironmental sustainability, Medicinal plants of the cerrado, Phytogeographical approaches, Phytoanthropic parables, Laudato Si: a present for the planet. Member and Vice-President of the Council of the Foundation of Amparo and Research of Rio de Janeiro, and of the Sustainability Council of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rectors of Brazilian Universities.

Armando (Abraham) Skorka

Birth: 5th July 1950. Argentine. Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (1979). Graduated from the “Midrasha HaIvrit”, School of High Jewish Studies (1972). Graduated and Ordained Rabbi (Musmaj) for the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (1973). Specialized in Family Law (Mesader Gittin), Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1984). Honorary Professor of Hebrew Law, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2002). Doctor of Hebrew Letters, honoris causa, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (2011). Doctor Honoris Causa, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (2012). Doctor of Theology Honoris Causa, Sacred Heart University (2013). Rabbi of the Lamroth Hakol and Benei Tikva Communities. Director of the A.J. Heschel Rabbinical School, Latvian Rabbinical Seminary. (1993-96). Rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary M.T.Meyer (1996 - 2008, 2010 to date). President of the AMIA Arbitral Tribunal (1996 - 1998). President of the Higher Institute of Religious Studies (2004 - 2009). Av Beit Din (President of the Rabbinical Tribunal) of the Latin American Region of the Rabbinical Assembly (1984 -). Publications in biophysics, rabbinic activity and theology. Prizes: Together to Educate 2003. Episcopal Vicariate of Education. Archbishopric of Buenos Aires. Figure of reconciliation (2015). Polish Council of Christians and Jews. The Eternal Light Award (2016). St. Leo University Center for Catholic and Jewish Understanding.

Marcel Szanto Narea

Nationality Chilean Spanish. Doctor of Civil Engineering. Post-graduate from: Universidad de Chile (1972); University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1974); University of Buenos Aires (1976); Center of Information of Environmental Sciences (C.I.F.C.A.), Madrid (1976); International Center for Water and Land Development (C.I.D.I.A.T.) and Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela (1980); University of Lousiana, U.S.A. (1981), U. Polytechnic of Madrid (1984). Director of the Solid Waste Group GRS Research of the School of Engineering in Construction of the Faculty of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile. Full Professor of this University. He has directed a hundred thesis works, postgraduate and technical assistance. He has published a hundred works of his specialty with multiple teaching texts. Member of the National Council of the Environment as scientific representative of the Council of Rectors of Chile. Extraordinary prize of doctorate by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. University Master of the post-graduate program of the University of Santiago de Cali Colombia (1996). European Prize for International Environmental Cooperation, awarded to the company Residuos de Cantabria, Spain, in conjunction with the Catholic Universities of Valparaiso and the University of Cantabria of Spain. DIRSA AWARD of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary Engineering AIDIS, Lima Peru 2013.

Carmen del Pilar Tello Espinoza

Doctor in Environmental Engineering in Solid Waste. National Autonomous University of Mexico. Environmental Engineer with specialty in Hygiene and Industrial Safety. National University of Engineering. Lima Peru. Thirty years of experience in minimizing pollution, waste treatment and remediation of contaminated soils through the analysis and implementation of control systems and innovative strategies. General Manager of H.P. Asesoría Ambiental SA de CV. Private company dedicated to Environmental Consulting (studies, projects, management, technical-legal advice) National and international, as well as the transport of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Mexico Federal District. President of the Mexican Association of Engineering Science and environmental management AC. AMICA. Inter-American Director of the Solid Waste Technical Division. DIRSA - of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (2004-2010). Vice President of solid waste 2002 - 2004 of the Mexican Federation of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering of Mexico. FEMISCA. DIRSA - 2015 Award granted by the Interamerican Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering AIDIS, to the most outstanding professional for its trajectory in the subject of solid waste in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gabino Barreda Medal for Academic Excellence of the Post-Graduate Division of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Award for the Best Professional Achievement in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Abroad (1996).