Heinz Gattringer

Studies of Biology at the Karl Franzens Universität in Graz and Agriculture at the University of applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Geisenheim branch (1990 – 1996).
Specialisation in Tropical Plant Production, Phytomedizin and Fruit Crops.
More than ten years of practical experience in managing and developing tropical crops like macadamia orchards and oil palm plantations. He lived and worked in Ecuador, South America from 1996 to 2007. Heinz Gattringer has gained good insights into the societies of developing nations and the dysfunctions which lead to dependencies, depletion oriented exploitation of resources and inadequate social development.
Since 2007 he is a permanent staff member of alchemia-nova.

E-mail: heinzjos(at)


Igor Luketina

Fascinated by the element of water, I try to understand the processes and its role in ecosystems and to gain benefits from. I am a dedicated engineer with solid communication, technology and water management skills. By time my areas of specialization became Atmospheric Water Generation, so extracting water from the air, and Solar Desalination. In addition to water, the power of plants plays a major role. In my work, I value integrative designs in which plants perform in technological processes. In collaboration with partners, I benefit from five languages ​​and experience from development cooperation and several EU projects. I strive to innovate in the water sector through efficient collaboration, to relegate water scarcity to the history books.

E-mail: igor.luketina(at)


Marco Hartl

Marco Hartl (M) (PhD and MSc. in Ecological Engineering) has been working and conducting research in the field of Constructed Wetlands (CWs) for wastewater treatment since more than 7 years. After his master thesis about a vertical flow CW with an innovative two-stage design in the alpine region of Austria at BOKU University, Vienna, he explored the opposite climatic extreme by working for BAUER Nimr LLC in the Sultanate of Oman for 15 months. There he coordinated a research project at the world’s largest industrial CW, which is situated in the middle of the Omani desert and treats highly polluted wastewater from the oil industry. In the following years he conducted and finalized his PhD research on the use of CWs operated as bioelectrochemical systems at UPC BarcelonaTech, Spain and Ghent University, Belgium. He speaks fluent English and German, as well as basic Spanish. Now he is part of several projects in alchemia-nova.

E-mail: marco.hartl(at)
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