István's talk will be in English.
Chemical engineer and biotechnologist István Kenyeres is the founder and President of the Biopolus Institute, a non-profit private R&D organization. With his team of biotechnologists and information technologists, he works to address global challenges posed by urbanization, global warming and water crises. He creates sustainable „BioMakeries” − integrated, intelligent urban structures that help close the water, food, waste and energy loops, basically producing water-, energy- or bio products from wastewater, organic matter and waste in densely populated urban areas. István closely collaborates with the European Space Agency in its Melissa project, a key initiative to develop closed habitat life support system alternatives both for space and terrestrial applications. His experience in water recycling, resource recovery and engineered ecosystem design is instrumental both in developing innovative solutions and in the mentoring of the project’s ecosystem design community.
István started his career as a researcher at the Budapest Technical University, focusing on bioreactor and artificial ecosystem design and bio-refinery processes. After 15 years he left academia, founded and led several successful companies, including Organica Water Inc., which – having introduced an entirely new paradigm to the industry based on his inventions – has become a global player at the cutting edge of the water treatment market. He holds the Silver Merit Cross of the President of the Republic of Hungary for his contribution to modern environmental industry in Hungary.