Jan Vymazal graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic in 1980 and received the PhD at ITC in 1985. Between 1985 and 1991 he was affiliated with Water Research Institute in Prague at the department of wastewater treatment. In 1991 Jan joined Duke University Wetland Center, North Carolina, USA as a visiting scholar. During his stay at Duke University until 1993 he focused on the wetland plant communities in Florida Everglades. Between 1994 and 2006 Jan worked as free lance researcher focusing mostly on constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. In 2007, he joined Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. He is currently a head of Department of Applied Ecology and vice-rector for research and science. Jan has authored more than 140 papers indexed in Web of Sciences with over 5000 citations and H-index of 33, wrote two books and edited nine books on natural and constructed wetlands. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Engineering.
Peter Schröder is Deputy Head of the Department Comparative Microbiome Analysis at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health and Associate Professor for Herbology & Agrochemical Metabolism: Chair for Ecological Farming and Plant Production, Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan (WZW-TUM).He studied Biology at University of Cologne and did his PhD Thesis in Ecophysiology of wetland plants in 1986. In 1986 he joined theFraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as a research group leader. In 1989 he received a grant for a post-doc stay at USDA Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. From 1994 to present he was group leader at GSF National Research Center (now: Helmholtz Center for Environmental Health) acting as a Group leader & Research farm coordinator. Since 2009 he is Deputy Head in the Department Comparative Microbiome Analysis. His qualifications includeHabilitation (Dr. agr. habil.) at Technical University of Munich in 1997, the Venia Legend from TUM Life Sciences Weihenstephan in 1997 and an associate Professorship at the Chair for Organic Farming at TUM Weihenstephan since 2004. Since 2017 he is member of the advisory board on pesticides and residues of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. During several teaching grants at universities Patras (GR), Porto (PT), Lisbon (PT) and Aydin (TR), he gained international teaching experience in the frame of the ERASMUS programme. He serves as editor in Zeitschrift für Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-forschung, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Reports, Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences in Europe, and is reviewer for several international funding agencies. On the EU level, he was also active since 2000 as national delegate and working group coordinator in several COST actions and member of an EPSO working group on Plants and Microbiomes. Peter Schröder has published 3 Books and several book chapters, 175 peer-reviewed full research papers in international journals and more than 80 articles in journals and newspapers. His Hirsh Factor, as calculated by www.researchgate.net is 36 (August 2018).