Venko Beschkov, PhD, DSc was born in 1946 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has got his PhD in 1978 and his DSc degree in 1996 in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His present interests are chemical and biochemical processes for environment protection and for utilization of renewable energy sources. He participated in 30 scientific projects, supported by different sources, as well as in 18 applied ones. He published over 200 scientific papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, 2 monographs and 3 chapters in selected books and 4 chapters in the Encyclopedia Life Supporting Systems (EOLSS). Over 1400 citations have been noted (h-index=21, G-index=34). He has been Head of the Institute of Chemical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for 21 years (1993/2014) and deputy-minister of environment (1991/92).