more than 35 years practical experience of several million m² in planning, execution, construction management, calculation of green roofs
Head of Technical department, R&D at leading manufacturer of green roof systems
Co-founder of Greenpass GmbH, Vienna (Head of Office Germany), the first company for evaluation, IT-based simulation, evaluation, optimization and certification of effects of green and blue infrastructures on urban climate and climate resilience
Independent Consultant and expert for green roofs and green facades
Lecturer at many specialist events about green roofs, green facades, urban climate, climate adaption and climate resilience etc
“Ambassador“ of the German Association of Green Roofs and Green Facades (BuGG)
Researcher on green and blue infrastructures for climate adaption
Co-author of the FLL green-roof-guidelines
Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt Maastricht University
Professor Ecological Energetics and Health
Leader of the research group Thermophysiology & Metabolism Maastricht University (TherMU)
Main emphasis is on individual differences in whole body physiology and the underlying mechanisms on cellular level, and on putting the scientific knowledge into practice.
The fundamental aspect of the research line is the effect of environmental temperatures as we encounter in daily life on physiology and behavior. Wouter was the first to put non-shivering thermogenesis in adults back on the research agenda in the early 2000s. In follow-up studies, he was among the first that identified functional brown adipose tissue in adult humans. Under his supervision, an extended series of experiments have been carried out. He showed that in adult humans brown fat is a flexible tissue that can be activated and recruited by cold acclimation, weight loss, by pharmacological agents such as bile acids, and by food. This part of the research bridges the gap between whole body human metabolic studies and recent developments on the regulation of fat and muscle tissue, the recruitment of brown adipose tissue, and mitochondrial function in relation to the metabolic syndrome. Interestingly, recent studies on mild heat exposure and acclimation have also shown beneficial effects on metabolic and cardiovascular health.
Besides basal physiological research, current research puts emphasis on how daily environmental conditions (indoor climate, light) relate to thermal comfort, thermal behavior, long-term health and prevention of the metabolic syndrome (obesitas, type 2 diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases).
His group searches for an optimal mix of different lifestyles and environmental factors to create a healthy sustainable indoor environment.
For the municipality of Venlo he was the project leader of the C2C-inspired city hall Venlo (opened in 2016). Michel Weijers is project leader for the municipality of Venlo and also managing director at the C2C ExpoLAB in Venlo. The C2C ExpoLAB is a knowledge centre for C2C and the circular economy within the built environment.
The combination between these two roles (municipality and C2C ExpoLAB) makes it possible for him to connect theory with practice. Therefore Michel Weijers is the expert for implementing the principles of C2C and circular economy in building developments or Governance strategies by providing insight in the economic and social benefits of adding value by investing in sustainability, a circular economy and C2C. Together with Willem Adriaanssen (HEVO) he will share their knowledge of making business cases for circular and healthy buildings.
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