Young scientists from Canada and Germany meet in Edmonton

Welcome remarks by Werner Wnendt, German Ambassador to Canada, 3rd HAI Science Forum in Edmonton.

This event provides our students and post-doctoral fellows within the Energy & Environment program with valuable opportunities to showcase their research results in oral and poster presentations as well as to interact with peers, mentors, and other stakeholders from academia and industry. The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Werner Wnendt joined Lorne Babiuk, Vice-President of Research at the University of Alberta in welcoming the record number of Science Forum participants.

This year, a panel discussion was added to the agenda, offering the junior HAI researchers an opportunity to express their personal views on energy sustainability and the role of research. Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive of COSIA will facilitate a lively and open discussion by graduate students on Meeting Future Energy Needs: Sustainability and the Role of Research.

 

Meet the panel participants

Ashley Zachariah

Ashley Zachariah

MSc student, University of Alberta

Born and raised in India, Ashley joined Arno de Klerk’s team on an undergraduate research internship during his last semester at the Manipal Institute of Technology. Funded by HAI, he is currently pursuing his MSc studies at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on investigating methods of coke suppression during mild bitumen pyrolysis.

Sabereh Rezaei

Sabereh Rezaei

PhD candidate, University of Alberta

Sabereh has been with HAI since its inception in 2010. She received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Currently a research assistant and a PhD candidate in Steven Kuznicki’s research group at the University of Alberta, Sabereh is conducting research on acid gas treatment in process streams.

Florian Wagner

Florian Wagner

PhD candidate, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences

After acquiring a master’s degree in applied geophysics, Florian joined the team of Cornelia Schmidt-Hattenberger at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam for his doctoral studies. Within HAI, he develops techniques to optimally design tomographic experiments for high-resolution and cost-efficient CO2 monitoring. His first peer-reviewed publication is currently one of the top 3 most downloaded articles in the Journal of Applied Geophysics.

Simon Weides

Simon Weides

PhD candidate, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Simon joined HAI in 2010 as one of Inga Moeck’s PhD students at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences after studying geology in his hometown, Cologne. Simon’s main area of interest is the geothermal aquifers of Alberta. While on PhD student exchange at the University of Alberta, he modeled potential geothermal systems in the Edmonton region.

Chengjin Wang

Chengjin Wang

PhD candidate, University of Alberta

Simon joined HAI in 2010 as one of Inga Moeck’s PhD students at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences after studying geology in his hometown, Cologne. Simon’s main area of interest is the geothermal aquifers of Alberta. While on PhD student exchange at the University of Alberta, he modeled potential geothermal systems in the Edmonton region.

Victoria Collins

Victoria Collins

PhD candidate, University of Alberta

Victoria recently received her master’s degree in renewable resources – land reclamation and remediation from the University of Alberta. Currently a PhD student in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School, Victoria is studying nitrogen cycling and hydrocarbon degradation in oil sands tailings and end-pit lakes, which will contribute to the ability to determine if end-pit lakes can become sustainable ecosystems.