Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Elisabete Figueiredo xxxx  

Elisabete Figueiredo, University  of  Aveiro

ELISABETE FIGUEIREDO is a Sociologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is a full researcher at GOVCOPP (Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies), University of Aveiro. Her main research interests are related to rural sociology and rural studies; environmental sociology; rural tourism studies and perception of risk.

She has been involved in several national and EU funded research projects, as Coordinator or member of the research team. She is the President of SPER - Portuguese Society for Rural Studies; Co-Coordinator of the Environment & Society Section of the Portuguese Association of Sociology and member of the Executive Committee of ESRS – European Society for Rural Sociology. She is author and co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, divided between international and national journals, book chapters, books and conference presentations and papers. More information:


Enrique Serrano, University of Valladolid, Spain

Enrique Serrano Cañadas is Professor of Physical Geography (University of Valladolid). He has researched on mountain environments, mainly mountain geomorphology, glacial and glaciology, natural and geomorphological heritage, and geodiversity, mostly in the Pyrenees, Cantabrian Mountains and the Antarctic. He began studies on Geoheritage and Geomorphology in 1987, and he has participate in more than 10 projects, begining studies on Geodiversity in 2002. He has published and editing numerous works on Geomorphosites and geodiversity and nowadays he is director of the Recognized Research Group on Natural Heritage and Applied Geography (GIR PANGEA), and Director of the Doctorate Program on Cultural and Natural Heritage, History, Art and Territory of the Doctorate School, both in the UVA, member of the Commission of Cryospheric Sciences of the Spanish Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics (Ministry of Fomento) and National Representative Member in the Council of the International Permafrost Association.


Phil Hughes, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Philip Hughes is Reader in Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He studied for his Bachelors degree reading geography at the University of Exeter graduating in 1999. This was followed by a Masters in Quaternary Science (2000), then a PhD in Geography (2004), both at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). For the PhD he worked on the glacial history of the Pindus Mountains, Greece. He then went on to a post-doctoral research position at the University of Manchester (2004-2006) working on the glacial history of Montenegro, and he has remained there ever since. He has studied glacial geomorphology across the Mediterranean mountains, including in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Spain and Morocco.  He has also recently published an edited volume by the Geological Society of London entitled Quaternary Glaciation in the Mediterranean Mountains with Jamie Woodward. 


Piotr Migon, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Piotr Migoń is Professor of Geography at the University of Wrocław, Poland. His main subjects of research are rock control in geomorphology, especially in granite and sandstone areas, weathering, mass movement in mountain terrains. The Sudetes Mountains in Central Europe are his main research area, but he was also involved in projects in other European countries (Czech Republic, Sweden, Great Britain, Portugal), in the United States, Mexico, China, Jordan, and Namibia. His ongoing interest in geoheritage and geomorphological outreach is attested by papers in „Geoheritage“, numerous popular science publications, open lectures and editing a book series „World Geomorphological Landscapes“ wth Springer publishing house. In 1997-2001 he was the Secretary of the International Association of Geomorphologists, and its Vice-President in 2009-2013.





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