Dr Antizar has fifteen years of experience in the development of environmentally friendly water and wastewater treatment and renewable energy projects in the UK and internationally. Examples include water supply in Cambodia, Malawi and Sierra Leone; waste to energy in the UK; fate and environmental impact of emerging contaminants in Spain, China and India; and bioremediation technologies in Israel, Spain and Chile.
Blanca was educated in Spain, England and Israel. She studied a BEng in Industrial Chemical Engineering, BSc in Environmental Monitoring and MSc in Environmental Monitoring & Assessment prior to receiving her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Technion-IIT in 2002. She did her postdoctoral research at Imperial College London and Universidad Catolica Portuguesa and received a prestigeous Ramon y Cajal Senior Research Fellowship in 2006. She has held academic positions at Univesity College London, Universidad de Cantabria and The University of Edinburgh, where she was the Founder and Head of the Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Development. She has also worked as a consultant and process engineer in the private sector.
Her responsibilities have encompassed various aspects of project development –research and development, trials, design engineering process optimization, and sustainability. Many of her projects have involved new technologies and innovative funding mechanisms, such as public and private partnerships. Her work has involved both municipal and industrial projects, of varying size and complexity. Her innovative approach has been recognised through various international awards such as the Lady Davis Prize (Canada), Rieger JNF Fellowship in Environmental Studies (USA), Ramón y Cajal Fellowship (Spain), Water Engineering Award (UK) and most recently she has become a Fellow of the Young Academy of Scotland. She is a member of the International Water Association.
Blanca has been invited as a Chair and Expert Reviewer by many Research Funding Bodies in Europe. She has been prolific at publishing her work with 1 edited book, 10 book chapters and over 116 papers. She is Editor for the journal Water Science and Technology, and Member of the Editorial Boards for Environment International and Environmental Technology and Innovation. Blanca is Professional member of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Associated member of the IChemE, Member of the Management Committee of the IWA SG in Nano and Water.