Agriculture and agronomics, feasibility, technology transfer
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.
After years of employment in the art and music industry in Germany, Austria and Brazil, Galya embarked on a new endeavor in the field of natural sciences. She moved to Vienna in 2006 where she completed her studies in landscape planning and landscape architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.
In her work as a landscape architect, she uses as guiding principles the sustainable use of natural resources and the preservation of biological diversity. She has since collected extensive practical experience in the consulting, planning, management and execution of garden design and vertical interior greening projects, and in the planting of roofs and façades in Austria, Portugal and Italy. Her enthusiasm comes from her passion for plants, their diverse applications and multifunctional properties.
Her interest and commitment to promoting sustainable practices has now brought her to alchemia-nova, where she continues her work on plants and greening management projects.
Personal website: www.galya-greenery.com
Ever since, the desire to act according to the principles of nature shaped Helmut’s thinking and acting very strongly, he loved being in nature and playing with the elements, applying and testing feelings about how things work. Many years of formal education gave him the opportunity to root these more intuitive approaches in a sound foundation of Physics and Engineering, enabling him to see these phenomena from various angles and sharpen the image of sustainable acting. Participation in various international projects in the fields of rural water management, renewable energy, resource efficient snow production, plastic pollution and climate change added the global dimension to the picture. However, at the same time, discomfort with the predominant mechanistic thinking in science and the increasing technologisation and atomisation of the world into narrower and narrower, lifeless disciplines grew. This urged him to find other ways of looking at things and dealing with the apparent gap between how things are and how they should be. Extensive travels helped bringing along some profound insights of more spiritual nature, Yoga, Nuad and meditation should become new pillars of Helmut’s life. As a result, also his idea of sustainability changed: Understanding the importance of social sustainability, he started working with refugees and other people with difficult backgrounds. After these years of working hands-on, mainly following upcycling- ideas, and simultaneous efforts to make his home more self-sustaining, beginning of 2019 Helmut was just ready to take the opportunity to “be the change he wants to see in the world” by merging all those different approaches and applying them in his work for alchemia-nova.
Stefan started his vocational training in industrial engineering, specialised in informatics and mechanical engineering. He finished his studies on environmental and resource management at the university of natural resources and life sciences (BOKU) in Vienna in 2016, deepened in urban greening. Meanwhile he co-founded a community garden and a foodcoop. He used to work in agricultural consultancy, where he initially found his interest in vertical greening. Shortly after his studies he was involved in Open Source Ecology, building an off-grid house and getting in contact with aquaponics. Currently he is studying his masters degree in organic business & marketing, developing business-concepts for the upcoming circular economy according to sustainable development. Stefan supports alchemia-nova as a Product Development Technician, designing prototypes, minding scaleability and delivering our systems to our partners. Beside he is writing his Master thesis about transforming alchemia-nova’s prototypes to business cases.
Marco Hartl (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.
Egmont holds a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering from ISAT in Belgium. Before joining alchemia-nova, he worked in Brussels as a project engineer in the sector of HVAC and Smart Building Management Systems. During this period, he accomplished more than 50 projects and helped optimize the energy-efficiency of many different kinds of buildings. He is especially interested in technological innovations that improve the quality of life but in harmony with the environment. He loves travelling, photography and spending time in nature.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/egmont-lines/
Efecan was born and raised in Turkey, decided to study abroad and moved to Vienna in 2012. After he spent a few years learning German in order to qualify for an Austrian university, he graduated successfully from UAS Technikum Vienna in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He got attracted by the 3D printing laboratory during his studies and decided to write his theoretical bachelor thesis about printing mechanical components with a Selective Laser Sintering system.
During his practical internship during his last semester in south Turkey, he participated in designing the engine room of a steel yacht and wrote his 2nd thesis concerning the subject. The practical training and hands-on mentality of his study program allows him to realize technical concepts, work with various manufacturing methods and materials. He enjoys production-orientated design, which led him to work in the construction of an escape-room in Vienna.
About one and a half years after his graduation, he now got the opportunity to become a part of the alchemia-nova family.