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Giovanni Pernigotto

Faculty of Science and Technology
He joined the  Research Group in Building Physics and Building Energy Systems in 2016.

Dr.Pernigotto is  author of more than 100 papers published in national and international journals and presented at national and international conferences, reviewer for several international journals in the field of building physics and editor for the journals “Energies” and “Buildings”.


  1. Building envelope components: Characterization of the thermal behavior of opaque components, thermal and optical characterization of fenestration systems.
  2. Building system:
    • Optimization of energy efficiency measures in the framework of building refurbishment
    • Assessment of indoor environmental quality conditions, especially in school buildings, in particular related to thermal-hygrometric comfort, visual comfort and indoor air quality IAQ, as well as to the impact on occupants ’performance and productivity’
  3. Building stock and urban-scale analysis:
    • Analysis of the energy performance of the existing building stock, study of historical data of final uses and identification of reference case-studies
    • Building simulation at district / urban scale, energy policies definition
    • Study of climatic boundary conditions for building energy simulation analyses-modelling of solar irradiance, analysis of multi-year weather data series, climatic classification


Jan Van Dierdonck

Jan Van Dierdonck  is the manager of the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources” at University Colleges Leuven-Limburg. He aims at setting up collaborations with SMEs, government organizations, universities or universities of applied sciences, etc. to initiate innovative research projects on a national and international scale. These projects are centered around three focus areas, i.e., (i) valorization of waste streams into new products, (ii) sustainable energy systems and (iii) the link between environment and human health. Following the latest innovations and trends within these fields and translating them into tangible research output beneficial for the involved stakeholders and students is a key element for the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources”.

Sarah Eyckmans

After several roles within the Danone organisation linked to operations, continuous improvement, safety and planning , both on factory and global level, Sarah Eyckmans is now responsible for PMO (project and portfolio management) fully driving the Rotselaar Actimel factory towards the “one planet one health” mission.

Sustainability in the broad sense is fully integrated in the local strategy by using innovation in combination with Danone’s human capital and stakeholders to further support the development of the  business, the people and our environment. The results of all the initiatives are recognized both internally in Danone as externally by several authorities.

Sonia Bonus

Sonia Bonus graduated in Business administration from HEC Saint Louis, Brussels and has been  Sustainability Manager for Danone entities based in Belgium and in the Netherlands since March 2016.

In this role Sonia is responsible for co-building, implementing and animating the Danone “One Planet One Health” framework in all of Danone’s activities and more specifically for leveraging the B Corp movement for growth.

For that it is key to embark everyone to be ambassador of Danone’s OPOH (One Planet One Health) journey to become changemakers and to constantly improve to make a positive impact on the planet and on the people; and to contribute to empower people internally on our health and planet commitments and work with them to transform the Danone company to create a positive impact for the society.  

“It gives me energy to see people act as changemakers  to turn challenges into new solutions and become as passionate as I am by sustainability” is what Sonia says.

Sonia Bonus | LinkedIn

Martijn Kiers

Martijn Kiers is Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher at University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM GmbH in Austria. His areas of knowledge are: Project management and negotiation skills; Highway expansion Projects inclusive environmental impact assessment highway A1; Utilization projects e.g. hard shoulder running A27 and A28, Ramp meters; Spatial planning; Transport planning; Traffic Telematics; Dynamic Traffic Management; Shared Space; Indoor Navigation; Benchmarking; slow mobility; surveys and evaluations; municipal transport plans; customized public transport, etc.

Alexis Versele

Alexis Versele is MSc in Architecture (Ghent, B) and MSc in Industrial Design (Milan, I). 

He is affiliated with Department  of  Building  Physics and Sustainable Design at KU Leuven Technology campus Ghent and is lecturer “Socio-ecological Construction”. 

His research interest is focused on “Community scale sustainability and social sustainable development” with a focus on assessment and certification of societal sustainability and zero carbon emissions on community and regional scale. 

Alexis Versele runs his own Green Building architectural practice “BAST architects & engineers” in Gent. He is also chairman of the social-profit organization Domus Mundi with the mission “Sustainable building and living with and for vulnerable groups”. He is co-founder of the social real estate company “Het Pandschap”, the social contractor “Rewind” and the social profit company “RenoseeC” for collective renovation of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Alexandre Cotovio Martins

Alexandre Martins holds a PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the New University of Lisbon. He is an Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (ESECS-IPP) and a Researcher of the IPP’s Valoriza Research Center. He is an integrated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center in the Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon (CICS.NOVA) and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Constructive Communities on Functional Aging (Age.Comm). He is Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Territory and Development and Vice-President of the Technical-Scientific Council of ESECS-IPP. He is Coordinator of the Master of Gerontology of IPP. In his research activity, he has been studying end of life processes in the context of palliative care, processes of ageing and foresight methodologies in the field of Gerontology. He has been a reviewer in a number of specialized journals in the fields of social sciences and health sciences, including publications indexed in Elsevier. He is an editor of the board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing. His more recent scientific article, written in co-authorship, can be found here:

Colleague and co-author João Emílio Alves, IPP, Portuga

Thomas Vanhove

Thomas Vanhove is lecturer mechanics and energy systems. He is also researcher in the research centre ‘Sustainable Resources’. Thomas Vanhove has participated in the project ‘ Control of residential loads and energy storage supports the integration of renewable energy sources’  and a second one ‘Power quality with green energy sources linked to the net and microgrids’. He has also been part of some European projects such as ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development”.

Jan Elsen

Jan Elsen is lecturer electricity, power electronics and drive technology in the study programmes Energy Technology, Electromechanics and Electronics-ICT.

Together with Thomas Vanhove Jan Elsen was the driving force of the mobile energy unit and the Moving Lab. As a researcher in the research center ‘Sustainable Resources’ he is involved in various projects such as  ‘Overcoming an electrical black-out in a residential microgrid’ and ‘Power quality with green energy sources’. He also participated in the European projects ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development’.