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Paula ML Castro is Full Professor (Professor Catedrático) at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (ESB-UCP), Porto, Portugal; she is since 2013 member of the Direction Board of ESB-UCP. She obtained a degree in Food Engineering from ESB-UCP in 1989, and holds a PhD degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London, 1994. After her PhD she worked in a UK biotech company for two years in environmental biotechnology related processes, line she has continued at ESB-UCP. She co-authored more than 210 papers in international journals and was involved in the supervision of 20 concluded PhD theses, currently supervising 6. Her scientific activity focuses on developing bioprocesses targeted at environmental protection and restoration and sustainability. One of the major themes has been the degradation of organic pollutants, including fluorinated compounds and micropollutants, combined with the development of bioprocesses for wastewater treatment, such as aerobic granular sludge, and with the production of bio-based products. The synergy between microorganisms and plants is exploited in soil recovery approaches, including phytomanagement and microbial assisted crop production in forestry and agriculture. Nature based solutions for water and wastewater are materialized through the development of green roofs and constructed wetlands at full scale.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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