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Division : Chemistry

Professor Pierre Braunstein, University of Strasbourg, France
Head of Division
Since Sept. 2014, Pierre Braunstein is CNRS Emeritus Research Director and « Professeur conventionné » at the University of Strasbourg (Institute of Chemistry, UMR 7177 CNRS). His main research interests lie in the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of the transition and main group elements, where he has (co)authored over 500 scientific publications and review articles. He has received numerous national and international awards and he is also a member of the French Académie des Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Hans-Joachim Freund

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Hans-Joachim Freund is a scientific member and director at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin where he is head of the Department of Chemical Physics. The department is dedicated to the study of model catalysts, applying a large number of techniques and instruments, some of which were newly developed within the department to investigate oxide surfaces and oxide metal interfaces. He serves as Adjunct Professor at five universities in Germany and UK. He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the Karl-Ziegler-Award of the German Chemical Society. In 2012, Hajo Freund was awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science of the European Academy of Sciences. He is Centenary Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom and the recipient of the Gabor A. Somorjai Award of the American Chemical Society. He is a regular member of the Chemical Sciences Section of the Academia Europea, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Academia Brasileira de Ciencias, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Chemical section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Hajo Freund holds an honorary Doctorate from University Aix Marseille, France. In 2014, he received the Gaede-Langmuir Award of the American Vacuum Society and is the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart for the Advancement of Catalysis, sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company and administered by the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and of several scientific societies; member of several advisory boards of scientific journals, has published more than 710 scientific papers with more than 30.000 citations and given more than 680 invited talks. He has held a number of named lectureships around the world. Hajo Freund is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. He has educated more than 120 PhD students and collaborated with more than 70 postdoctoral associates.
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Santiago Alvarez

Dept. Quimica Inorganica Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Professor Santiago Alvarez holds a Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. He has carried out theoretical research on bonding, stereochemistry and magnetic properties of transition metal compounds. In recent years ha has been involved in the application of shape and symmetry measures to the study of stereochemistry and structure-property relationships. He is also active in promoting exploration of the frontiers between chemistry and humanistic culture through assay papers and the NoSIC (Not Strictly Inorganic Chemistry) meetings.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor João Rocha

University of Aveiro, Portugal
João Rocha is Full Professor of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, and Director of the Aveiro Institute of Materials-CICECO. He is member of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and of the ChemPubSoc Europe. Prof. Rocha received the Madinabeitia-Lourenço award from the Real Sociedad Española de Química, the prize Ferreira da Silva (Portuguese Chemical Society), and the prize for Scientific Excellence from the Portuguese Science Foundation. He was member of the National Science and Technology Council (advising the Prime Minister). He headed the Commission on Inorganic and Mineral Structures of the International Union of Crystallography and is consultant for the Commission on NMR Crystallography and Related Methods. Prof. Rocha published ca. 480 SCI papers and 24 book chapters with 15,000 citations (h index 57) and 4 patents; gave over 200 talks at conferences; and supervised 40 post-docs and 25 PhDs. His present main research interests encompass microporous transition metal and lanthanide silicates, photoluminescent lanthanide-bearing materials, and Metal Organic Frameworks for sensing applications, including nanothermometry; nanosystems for multimodal (magnetic resonance, optical and thermometry) imaging and small molecules drug delivery; solid-state NMR and X-ray diffraction.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor J. Derek Woollins

Dept of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK
Professor Derek Woollins holds the Chair of Synthetic Chemistry and is Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He is deputy director of EaStChem (the joint research school of Edinburgh and St Andrews University Chemistry Depts). Professor Woollins has developed numerous novel main group molecules and heterocycles, including S-N and Se-N systems. In recent years his work has included the development of new P-Se systems as reagents for selenation of organic molecules; the most successful of these systems is now known as Woollins' reagent.
Professor Woollins has published ca. 400 research articles and two books 'Non Metal Rings Cages and Clusters' and the widely used 'Inorganic Experiments' which is now entering a third edition.
March 2016 - March 2019
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Division : Computational and Information Sciences

Professor Endre Süli , University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Head of Division
Endre Süli is Professor of Numerical Analysis in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics at Worcester College, Oxford, and Supernumerary Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He was educated at the University of Belgrade and, as a British Council Visiting Student, at the University of Reading and St Catherine's College, Oxford. His research is concerned with the mathematical analysis of numerical algorithms for nonlinear partial differential equations.
Prof. Süli is Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2009) and Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (2010). He was invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006 and was Chair of the Society for the Foundations of Computational Mathematics (2002--2005). Other honours include: Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA, 2007), Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture (2011), IMA Service Award (2011), Professor Hospitus Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis, Charles University in Prague (2012), President, SIAM United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section (2013--2015), London Mathematical Society/New Zealand Mathematical Society Forder Lecturer (2015). Since 2005 Prof. Süli has been co-Editor-in-Chief of the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis and he is a Delegate of Oxford University Press. His services to mathematics include memberships of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge (2010--2014), the Scientific Committee of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach) (2013--), and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Archimedes Center for Modeling, Analysis and Computation at the University of Crete (2010--2014).
March 2017- March 2020

Professor Alfio Quarteroni

EPFL, Lausanne - Switzerland
Alfio Quarteroni is Director of the Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing at the EPFL, Lausanne, since 1998, Director of MATHICSE and CADMOS at EPFL since 2009 and Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Politecnico di Milano, since 1989. He is the founder of MOX and MOXOFF at Politecnico di Milano.
He is member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italian Academy of Sciences), 2004, member of the Lombard Academy of Science, 1995, recipient of the Galileian Chair, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 2001, recipient of the Laurea Honoris Causa in Naval Engineering from the University of Trieste, 2003, recipient of the NASA Group Achievement Award, 1992, of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Outstanding Paper Prize 2004, Fanfullino della Riconoscenza 2006, Lodi, Premio Capo d’Orlando 2006, SIAM Fellow, 2009, Ghislieri prize 2013, plenary lecturer at ICM2006, recipient of an ERC advanced grant in 2008 and of an ERC PoC grant in 2012.
He is author of 20 books, editor of 6 books, author of more than 300 papers, member of the editorial board of 25 Journals and editor in chief of 2 Book Series. He has been an invited speaker in more than 200 Conferences and Academic Departments.
March 2017- March 2020

Professor Barbara Wohlmuth

Technische Universität München
Professor Wohlmuth is a leading specialist in the field Computational Mathematics, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. Between 2001 and 2010 she was Full Professor for High Performance Computing (C4/W3) at the University of Stuttgart, and since 2010 she has been Full Professor for Numerical Mathematics (W3) at the Technical University of Munich. Between 2015 and 2017 she is Magne Espedal Visiting Professor at the University of Bergen in Norway.
Among numerous honours, Professor Wohlmuth is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (since 2013), the recipient of the 2005 Sacchi-Landriani Prize of the Accademia Lombarda di Scienze e Lettere, Milano, and a recipient of the 2012 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG.
Professor Wohlmuth is currently Head of the Advisory Board of the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), Member of the Scientific Council of INRIA, and member of the editorial boards of several leading journals in the field of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing.
Professor Wohlmuth has made significant and lasting contributions to the development and mathematical analysis of numerical algorithms for the approximate solution of partial differential equations that arise in the natural sciences and engineering, particularly finite element methods for contact problems and friction problems, as well as electromagnetism.
June 2017 - March 2020

Professor Olivier Pironneau

Université Paris 6, France
Olivier Pironneau is professor at the université Sorbonne, Pierre et Marie Curie, in the applied mathematics department, Jacques-Louis Lions. He is also member of the French Académie des Sciences and president of the Comité d’Orientation Scientifique of CINES for super computing. He is author or coauthor of 6 scientific books published by Springer, John Wiley, Oxford University Press, SIAM and Dunod. He has contributed to control theory and optimization during his first PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California Berkeley, with E. Polak, and then to optimal shape design for aerodynamic shapes during his PostDoc at Cambridge University, UK, with Sir James Lighthill, and for aerospace while at INRIA with J.L. Lions in cooperation with Dassault industries for his second PhD in applied mathematics. His university career began at Paris-Nord as professor in computer science and allowed him to become an expert in Pascal and C++ and to applied the techniques of compilation to scientific computing software by inventing FreeFem. In 1985 he moved to his current position where he is now emeritus after having taught and researched (more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals) in computational methods for the partial differential equations with applications to mechanical, nuclear and aerospace engineering and quantitative finance.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Carl Chang

Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University , United States
Carl K. Chang is Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Director of Software Engineering Laboratory at Iowa State University where he also served three terms (2002-2013) as the Chairman of Computer Science. His research interests include requirements engineering, net-centric computing, situational software engineering and successful aging, and has publish extensively in there areas. Chang is 2004 President of IEEE Computer Society. Previously he served as the Editor-in-Chief for Software (1991-94), the signature publication of IEEE for software professionals. From 2007-1010 he served the Editor-in-Chief of Computer, the flagship publication of IEEE Computer Society. He received the Computer Society’s Meritorious Service Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, the Golden Core Award, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In 2006 he received the prestigious Marin Drinov Medal from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and was recognized by IBM with the IBM Faculty Award in 2006, 2007 and 2009. He is the 2012 recipient of the Richard E. Merwin Medal from the IEEE Computer Society. More recently he was elected the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus by the National Central University in Taiwan, and received the 2014 Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award from China Computer Federation. Chang is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of AAAS, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
March 2017 - March 2020
Division : Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences

Professor Antonio Camacho, Cavanilles Institute – University of Valencia , Spain
Head of Division
Antonio Camacho, born in 1965 in Spain, is Head of Research at the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, and Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Ecology of the University of Valencia. He got a PhD degree in Ecology and Microbial Ecology in 1997, for which he obtained the award to the best PhD Dissertation on Aquatic Microbiology for the biennium 1996-1997 from the Spanish Society for Microbiology. In 2004 he also got the Award on Environmental Innovation from Foundation 3M. Currently, his main research and university teaching concerns are associated to basic and applied aspects of Aquatic Ecology. Basic research aspects are related to the functional ecology of lakes and wetlands, microbial ecology of such ecosystems and the effect of climate change on Mediterranean and Antarctic lakes and wetlands. Applied aspects of his research mainly concern the development of methodologies for the evaluation of ecological status of lenític ecosystems and the conservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and water quality. He has been visiting scientist at some Universities and Research Centres mainly from the USA, France, The Netherlands, and Austria. He led five Antarctic expeditions in which multinational teams with researchers of 15 different countries made joint research on the functioning of terrestrial freshwater Antarctic ecosystems. Dr Camacho is co-author of more than 100 research papers in peer-review scientific journals and books, as well as of near 200 papers presented in scientific meetings. He is nowadays the President of the Iberian Limnological Association, which associates near 500 limnologist from Spain and Portugal.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Hans Peter Blankholm

University of Tromso, Norway
Hans Peter Blankholm is Professor in Archaeology at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, since 1994. A Danish citizen, he got his doctoral degree at the University of Århus, Denmark in 1991. Blankholm's research interests include comparative hunter-fisher-gatherer archaeology in the northern and southern temperate and sub-arctic, and arctic areas, with emphasis on social and economic relations. His research interests also include the development of analytical methods with emphasis on computer-based quantitative methods, including multivariate statistics, spatial analysis on both local and regional scales, geographical information systems (GIS), and artificial neural network based predictive modelling. Blankholm has recently been involved in three major projects: The IPY-SCIENCEPUB (Arctic Natural Climate and Environmental Changes and Human Adaptation: From Science to Public Awareness) project, the LARM (Landscape and Resource Management in Interior Arctic Norway 2500 BC – AD1000) project, and the Taking the North into Possession. The Early Settlement of Northern Europe – Economy, Technology and Society project. Blankholm is a member of Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP), Polar Archaeology Network (PAN), of which he was a founding member and chairman from 2006 to 2012, and vice-director of the Interuniversity Centre for the Study and Promotion of Prehistoric Cultures, Technologies, and Landscapes – a cooperation between the University of Siena , the University of Rome (La Sapienza), and the Univerversity of Tromsø. He was awarded one of 2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st century by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England in 2005.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Jean-Pierre Gattuso

CNRS, France

Jean-Pierre Gattuso is CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6. He is also Associate Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris. He previously held positions in Australia, Perpignan, Monaco, the US and China. His main research activities relate to (1) the cycling of carbon and carbonate in coastal ecosystems and (2) the impact of global environmental changes on the ocean. In 1995, Jean-Pierre Gattuso began working on the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the FP7 large-scale integrated project EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification). Its overall goal was to advance the understanding of the biological, ecological, biogeochemical, and societal implications of ocean acidification. The EPOCA consortium brought together more than 160 researchers from 32 institutes and 10 European countries. He is a lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC, the Founding President of the European Geosciences Union Biogeosciences Division (2001-2005) and the Founding editor-in-chief of the journal Biogeosciences (2004-2009). He led the launch of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at the International Atomic Energy Agency. He received the Vladimir Vernadsky medal of the European Geosciences Union and the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences. More information is available at: http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/~gattuso
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Louis Legendre

Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris 6, France
Louis Legendre is Professor emeritus at the Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris 6, France, and Laval University, Québec City, Canada. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science. His fields and topics of research are biological oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, numerical ecology, and philosophy of science. He has published more than 250 refereed papers and 7 full books (including Numerical Ecology, written with Professor Pierre Legendre, whose different editions have been cited more than 14,000 times). He is Honorary Doctor of the University of Liège (Belgium), Knight in the Order of Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco), and Sustaining Fellow of the Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). His prizes and honours include the Québec Prize in Pure and Applied Sciences, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award (ASLO), and the International Ecology Institute Prize.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor John Roy Porter

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
John R Porter is an internationally known agricultural scientist with an expertise in agronomy, crop ecology and physiology, simulation modelling and food systems. His post-PhD academic career started in 1981. Main contribution has been multi-disciplinary and collaborative experimental and modelling work in the response of arable crops, energy crops and complex agro-ecosystems to their environment with an emphasis on climate change, ecosystem services and food systems. JRP has published 137 papers in peer-reviewed journals out of a total of about 350 publications and has personally received three international prizes for his research and teaching and two others jointly with his research group. From 2011 to 2014 he led the writing of the critically important chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment in Working Group 2 on food production systems and food security. Starting as a crop simulation modeler in the early 1980s, which led to breakthrough research on the effects of climate variability on crop yields, he has also invented a fossil fuel energy-neutral crop production system, collaborated with industry to use models to make within season pre-harvest predictions of durum wheat quality for pasta and has recently expanded his interest into food systems and food security, with an emphasis on the food systems of urban populations. He also invented identity-based methods to deconstruct greenhouse gas emissions from land-use, enabling analysis of emissions per unit food product and area and per unit population. Since 2008, he has lead the innovation at the University of Copenhagen in internet based e-learning for students from all continents with courses on climate change, food security and the environment. At the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich UK, Porter contributed to their MSc and PhD programmes that support research and education in global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. As his career has developed, Porter has served or continues to serve on many national, regional and international public and private bodies concerned with agricultural research, education and development such as CGIAR committees; IPCC; International Crop Science Society; European Society for Agronomy; European Joint Research Programme on Food Security, Agriculture and Climate; Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in France; US AgMIP and EU MACSUR joint program on agricultural and economic modelling and, most recently, The Barilla Foundation for Food and Nutrition.
March 2017 - March 2020
Division : Engineering

Professor Alberto Carpinteri , Chair of Structural Mechanics Politechnico di Torino, Italy
Head of Division
Professor Alberto Carpinteri is the Chair of Structural Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), since 1986, and Director of the Laboratory of Fracture Mechanics. He has held different responsabilities during this period, among which Head of the Department of Structural Engineering (1989-1995), and Founding Member and Director of the Post-graduate School in Structural Engineering (1990-). He has been a Visiting Scientist at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA (1982-1983), and a Member of different Academies: European Academy of Sciences (2009-), Russian Academy of Engineering (2009-), American Academy of Mechanics (2003-), and Fellow of the Turin Academy of Sciences (2005-). Prof.Carpinteri is Deputy and Acting President of the National Research Institute of Metrology in Italy (INRIM), since 2006, and President of the International Congress on Fracture, ICF (2009-2013). He has also been President of the European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS (2002-2006), the International Association of Fracture Mechanics for Concrete and Concrete Structures, IA-FraMCoS (2004-2007), and the Italian Group of Fracture, IGF (1998-2005). He is a Member of the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, IUTAM (2004-2012), a Member of the Editorial Board of eight international journals, and the author of over 600 publications, of which more than 250 are papers in refereed international journals and 40 are books. Prof.Carpinteri received numerous Honours and Awards: the Robert L'Hermite Medal from RILEM (1982), the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal (1993), the Honorary Professorship from the Nanjing Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, China (1996), and from the Albert Schweitzer University, Geneva, Switzerland (2000), the Wessex Institute of Technology Eminent Scientist Medal, UK (2000), the Griffith Medal from ESIS (2008), the inclusion in the "Top 100 Scientists" list of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK (2009), and the ICF Honorary Fellowship Medal (2009).
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Jean-Luc Bredas

Georgia Tech, United States
Jean-Luc Bredas received his Ph.D. from the University of Namur, Belgium, in 1979. In 1988, he was appointed Professor at the University of Mons, Belgium, where he established the Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials. While keeping an "Extraordinary Professorship" appointment in Mons, he joined the University of Arizona in 1999 before moving in 2003 to the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he is Regents' Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and holds the Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design; he is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar since 2005. Jean-Luc Bredas has been the recipient of several awards including the Francqui Prize in 1997 and most recently the American Physical Society David Adler Award in Materials Physics in 2013 and the Award of the American Chemical Society in the Chemistry of Materials in 2016. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and a Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He has published over 1,000 refereed papers that have garnered well over 60,000 citations (excluding self-citations) and a Web of Science h-index of 117 (as of Feb. 2017). His research interests focus on the computational characterization and design of novel organic materials for organic electronics and photonics.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Igor Emri

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and President and CEO, Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies
Igor Emri is a Chair Professor of Mechanics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, and President of the Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies, EEIG. He has developed an innovative theoretical-experimental approach, known as Knauss-Emri model, to study the non-linear behavior of time-dependent materials. His current research activities are focused on non-linear time-dependent behavior of dissipative systems with the emphasis on behavior of solid polymers and their nano-, micro-, and macro-composites and granular systems.
He is one of the founders and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal »Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials«, published by Springer. He is recipient of several awards, among them Kapitsa Medal, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (1997); Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia, 2001; Lazan Award (2010), and S. Nemat-Nasser Medal (2017), from the Society of Experimental Mechanics (USA); and Golden Emblem” of the Russian Engineering Academy (2011). He is a fellow grade member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (USA), Russian Academy of Engineering, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, Slovenian Academy of Engineering, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Honorary Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Engineering. He is a past president of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, and of the International Committee on Rhelogy (ICR). Since 2016 he is the Vice-Chairman of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Mauro Ferrari

Houston Methodist Research Institute , United States
Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute, Executive Vice President of Houston Methodist Hospital, Professor of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Dean at Weill Cornell Medical School in Manhattan, New York. Trained in mechanical engineering, mathematics, medicine and business leadership, Dr. Ferrari pioneered nanotechnology for medical applications, and founded the fields of transport oncophysics and nanofluidics. He has authored over 500 archival publications, 7 books and more than 50 issued patents. A Fellow of the AAAS, AIMBE, and ASME, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Italy (Detta dei Quaranta), and of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Dr Ferrari has received numerous awards including Blaise Pascal Medal (EAS), Aurel Stodola Medal (ETH), Founders' Award (CRS), as well as honorary doctorates in biotechnology, electrical engineering, and letters (theology).
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Philippe Dubois

University of Mons, Belgium
Philippe Dubois, is full professor at University of Mons (Mons, Belgium) where he leads the Center of Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers CIRMAP. His expertise covers organic chemistry; macromolecular chemistry; catalysis in polymer materials; and (reactive) processing of (nano)composites and nanohybrid materials, including biosourced polymers. He is scientific director of Materia Nova Research Center, Mons, and scientific advisor at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) where, as scientific director in 2016-17, he launched and installed the National Composite Center of Luxembourg (NCC-L). He has published more than 720 peer-reviewed scientific articles/book chapters, 9 books and scientific special journal issues (H-index: 91; overall citations: +40,000) and is the inventor of 70 patents. He is co-founder of NANO4 S.A., a spin-off company of UMONS and Materia Nova research center. Currently he is the president of the administration board of NANO4 S.A. He is a member of the editorial boards of 18 international scientific journals in the fields of polymer chemistry and materials science. He is a laureate of the FNRS Quinquennal Award in applied exact sciences (2011–2015), the highest scientific award of FNRS delivered every five years by the Belgian FNRS and personally awarded by King Philippe of Belgium. In 2016, he is awarded the excellence research program PEARL by the National Foundation of Research FNR in Luxembourg. He is personally ranked (18th) in “Top 100 materials scientists of the 2000-2010 decade” by Thomson Reuters. He is adjunct professor at the Chemical Engineering Faculty, Michigan State University, MSU, Lansing (US), honorary professor at University of Luxembourg, and guest professor at the National key-lab of Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Ph. Dubois was vice-rector of research of UMONS for more than 7 years and president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Belgium in 2006-2007. Ph. Dubois is titular member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium (since 2010).
March 2018 - March 2021
Division : Materials Science

Professor Nick Serpone, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, Canada
Head of Division
Nick Serpone is a senior academic, research scientist, program manager and industry consultant with extensive North American and International experience. Many years of close collaboration with Canadian, American, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and European scientists, and working sabbaticals in France, Italy, Switzerland and the United States, have given him an intimate knowledge of the working relationships between Academia, Industry and Government agencies in various countries. As Program Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation (1998–2001), Arlington, VA, he co-managed and recommended funding for many of America’s most brilliant researchers. A prolific editor and contributor to numerous books and journals, with over 410 papers published in a variety of prestigious journals, he was the 1997 recipient of the “Best Paper Award” from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. An Industry Consultant, he has had a long and fruitful relationship with the 3M Company in the United States and was the founding partner and Vice-President of a company established (with David Ollis of NCSU) to develop a commercial technology for environmental pollution abatement. A skilled organizer, efficient, professional and analytical, he has chaired numerous Organizing Committees, Review Panels and Appeal Boards at the Provincial, National and International (NSF & DOE) levels, and was a member of a Task Force of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1990–1991). He has been a member of the Major Resources Support Committee for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2007–2010) to evaluate and adjudicate proposals of thematic and physical resources. He is also a Guest Editor for the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies and Applied Catalysis B (2009-2010). Fluently trilingual, written and spoken, and an effective communicator, both horizontally and vertically, he has also been a frequent Keynote Address Speaker and Invited Plenary Lecturer.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Martin Schadt

MS High-Tech Consulting, Switzerland
Apart from his pioneering work on OLEDs, the twisted nematic (TN)-effect and liquid crystal materials, Martin Schadt and collaborators invented the linear photo-polymerization (LPP) technology in 1991 enabling alignment of liquid crystal molecules by light instead of mechanically. This opened up novel liquid crystal display (LCD) configurations and LCD operating modes, as well as numerous anisotropic optical polymer thin-films. The invention of the TN-LCD by Martin Schadt and Wolfgang Helfrich initiated in 1970 a paradigm change towards flat panel field-effect liquid crystal displays (LCDs) enabling today’s LCD industry.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Jerzy Leszczynski

Jackson State University, USA
Professor Jerzy Leszczynski is Professor of Chemistry and President’s Distinguished Fellow at the Jackson State University, Jackson Mississippi (since 1998) NSF Center of Excellence – Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions. His research activities cover a broad range of projects including studies of nature of chemical bonds, theoretical predictions of molecular potential energy surfaces, structures of weakly bonded complexes, properties of DNA fragments, interactions of explosives with soil, decomposition of nerve agents on metal oxides and clays. He has published about 500 referred papers in leading journals and more than 30 book chapters.
He has been selected to: European Academy of Sciences (2002); International Academy of Engineering, (2003); Ukrainian Ecological Academy of Sciences, (2003) and European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities, (2004).
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Ulrike Diebold

University of Vienna, Austria
Ulrike Diebold received her PhD degree in 1990 from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. After working as a post-doc with Prof. Ted Madey at Rutgers University in New Jersey, she joined the faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.A. In 2010 she returned to her alma mater, where she currently holds a full professorship at the Institute of Applied Physics. Diebold conducts research in experimental surface science with an emphasis on metal oxide surfaces. She has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, and given over 200 invited talks. Her articles have been cited more than 11,000 times. She serves on several editorial and other advisory boards and is currently a divisional associate editor of the journal Physical Review Letters. She has been elected Fellow of AVS, APS, and AAAS, and is a recipient of several international awards, most recently an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council, the Adamson Award of the Amercian Chemical Society, and the Wittgenstein Prize, the highest science award in Austria.
March 2017- March 2020

Professor Paolo Colombo

ead of the PhD school in Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
Paolo Colombo is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Technology in the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University, a Visiting Professor at University College London, a Foreign Scientist at INSA, Lyon, and a Mercator Professor at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. He is an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Fellow of the European Ceramic Society. He received the Pfeil Award (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), Global Star Award (American Ceramic Society), Edward C. Henry Award (American Ceramic Society), Verulam Medal & Prize (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), Global Ambassador Award (American Ceramic Society). He published 220 papers and co-authored 15 patents and patent applications, and 2 books. He has co-organized more than 80 international symposia, given more than 40 invited and plenary talks and is in the editorial board of 8 scientific journals. His primary ields of research are: Porous Ceramics, Polymers-Derived-Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics.
March 2017- March 2020
Division : Mathematics

Professor Benoit Perthame, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Head of Division
Benoît PERTHAME is professor in mathematics at the university Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris since 1993 and the director of the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions (CNRS, UPMC, UPD). He has been a professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure and the founder of the team Bang at Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique.
He has been editor in chief of the journal ESAIM:M2AN and serves as an editor for several journals and book series in applied mathematics. He was an invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich (1994), a speaker at ICIAM (Vancouver 2011) and a plenary speaker at ICM 2014 (Seoul). He received the Blaise Pascal Medal of EURASC in 2013.
His research activities concern Partial Differential Equations where he has introduced new concepts with several co-authors; the semi-relaxed limits for Hamilton-Jacobi equations, the compactness averaging lemmas for kinetic equations, kinetic schemes and the kinetic formulation of conservation laws, the generalized relative entropy. Recently, he has shown the important role played by nonlinear PDEs in a number of problems from biology as cell motion and cell colonies self-organization, adaptive evolution, modeling in tumor growth and therapy, models of neural networks.
March 2018 - March 20121

Professor Michel Chipot

University of Zurich Angewandte Mathematik, Switzerland
Since 1995, Michel Chipot has been a professor at the University of Zurich. He graduated in 1981 (thèse d' état) at the University of Paris VI under the supervision of H. Brezis. His resarch interests in nonlinear analysis include, variational inequalities, elliptic equations and systems, parabolic equations, calculus of variations, numerical methods. He has been the organiser of more than 40 international meetings. Among them the Metz Days, the European Conferences on Elliptic and Parabolic Problems of which he is also the founder. He is member of the editorial board of 25 journals. He is the editor of 17 books of proceedings and editor of the handbook of differential equation (Stationary Partial Differential Equations, 6 Volumes) and the author of more than 150 articles and 5 books.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Luis Vega

Universidad del Pais Basco, Spain
To be completed
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Jean-François Le Gall

Université Paris Sud, France
Jean-François Le Gall is a Professor at University Paris-Sud and a member of the mathematical section of the French Academy of sciences. His research interests lie in probability theory, and more precisely in Brownian motion, random trees, random geometry and their connections with other fields of mathematics such as combinatorics and partial differential equations. He has written more than 100 research papers as well as several books, and he served as the editor in chief of two major probability journals. He has been awarded several major international prizes, including the 1998 Loeve Prize and the 2005 Fermat Prize, and he also received the Silver Medal of CNRS in 2009. Among numerous prestigious invitations, he delivered a plenary lecture at the 2014 International Congres of Mathematicians in Seoul.
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Donatella Marini

University of Pavia, Italy
Donatella Marini is full professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Pavia. Her main field of interest is the analysis of numerical schemes for the solution of elliptic partial differential equations (of second and fourth order) by means of different kinds of finite element methods: conforming, non-conforming, hybrid, mixed, and Discontinuous Galerkin. The more recent production is devoted to a new technique, the Virtual Element Method, for the discretization of Pde's with applications. She has been invited speaker to numerous international conferences, is member of the editorial board of journals of high level in the field of Applied Mathematics, and SIMAI representative in the Managing Board and General Assembly od Eccomas.
March 2018 - March 2021
Division : Medicine and Life Sciences

Professor Daniel Scherman, Director of the "Paris Centre of Pharmaceutical Research" (CRP2) at the Paris Pharmacy Faculty, France
Head of Division
During the first part of his career, Daniel Scherman developed his research in bioenergetics and neuropharmacology. Some of his results led to the introduction of bio-imaging agents of early Parkinson’s disease and of other monoaminergic degenerative disorders, as well as new concepts on the natural history of these diseases.
In particular, Daniel Scherman has discovered techniques for the in vivo delivery of DNA plasmids for gene therapy and genetic vaccination. He also pioneered the concept of biosafe “mini-plasmids” and “minicircles” devoid of antibiotic resistance genes. Daniel Scherman is since 2014 founder and Director of the “Paris Centre of Pharmaceutical Research” (CRP2) at the Paris Pharmacy Faculty, and of the “Laboratory of Chemical and Biological Tools for Health” (UTCBS).
In the recent years, Daniel Scherman has been President of the Committee of “Non-Viral Gene Therapy” of the European Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (ESGCT), and President of the Pharmacology and Bio-imaging Section of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has been Scientific Director of the Genethon Laboratory of the Telethon/AFM French Myopathy Association. Daniel Scherman has been and is presently advising several pharmaceutical Companies, and is Vice-Chairman of Horizon 2020 European Committees.
Daniel Scherman is an author of over 465 articles in international journals and he holds an h-index of 60. His publications count overall over 15,000 citations according to ISI Web of Science. He is co-inventor of 40 independent patent families and presented 90 invited lectures in international meetings.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Edgardo Carosella

Hopital Saint Louis, France
Professor Carosella is Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Member of the Real Academia de Córdoba de Ciencas, Bellas Letras y Nobles Artes, Member of the Real Academia de Medicina y Cirugia de Sevilla, Member of the Real Academia de Medicina y Cirugia de Murcia. Professor Carosella is immunologist, Founding Member and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of C.E.P.H. (Centre d' Etude du Polymorphisme Humain) - Fondation Jean DAUSSET, Head of the Hemato-Immunology Department at the French alternative energies and atomic energy Commission (SRHI) – CEA, at the Hôpital Saint-Louis - Paris. Laureate of prestigious prizes such as the French Academy of Sciences « Grand Prix de l'Académie des Sciences », the Blaise Pascal in Medicine. Professor Carosella was the pioneer who demonstrated the protective role of HLA-G molecule on trophoblasts which form a shield protecting the foetus from the immune reaction of its mother and subsequent reject. Thus the pregnancy can continue developing. He has since then described the immunological mechanisms and therapeutic applications of this molecule, of which he is the undisputed international leader. His studies on HLA-G molecule have introduced the concept of an HLA tolerance molecule in the heart of the MHC complex of antigens, previously considered solely as antigens of immune defence and rejection. His discovery will provide a considerable advance in the treatment of pregnancies, organ transplantation and in the immunotherapy of cancer. To date he has published more than 310 papers in peer reviews and several books.
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Isabelle Mansuy

ETH Zürich, Switzerland
To be completed
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor Ernst Wagner

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
Ernst Wagner, full professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Department of Pharmacy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich, Area Coordinator of Biomedical Nanotechnologies and Executive Board Member of Excellence Cluster Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), focuses on development of synthetic carriers for drugs, proteins and genes, including bioinspired chemical evolution of drug delivery carriers. He is Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Gene Medicine, and Editor of Pharmaceutical Research and has authored =425 publications (h-index 76). He was guest professor at Fudan U, Sichuan U, Utrecht U, and is elected member of the CRS College of Fellows. In his former function as Director for Cancer Vaccines (BI Austria) the first-in-world polymer-based gene therapy study was developed in 1994.
March 2018 - March 2021

Professor WYZ

Institution XYZ
To be completed
Division : Physics

Professor Paul Lecoq, CERN, Switzerland
Head of Division
Paul Lecoq is senior physicist at CERN, presently working for the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider. He has been responsible for the construction of the scintillator-based electromagnetic calorimeter of this experiment, which has been one of the first detectors to obtain a clear signature of the Higgs boson. He has received his diploma as engineer in physics instrumentation at the Ecole Polytechnique de Grenoble in 1972, under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Louis Néel. After two years of work at the Nuclear Physics laboratory of the University of Montreal, Canada, he got his PhD in Nuclear Physics in 1974. Since then he has been working at CERN in 5 major international experiments on particle physics, one of them led by Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting. His action on detector instrumentation, and particularly on heavy inorganic scintillator materials has received a strong support from Georges Charpak. He has initiated in 1990 the creation of an international and multidisciplinary collaboration (Crystal Clear) hosted by CERN, to regroup all the competences in different fields (solid state physics, crystallo-genesis, chemistry, solid state optics, particle physics, etc…) for the development of new inorganic scintillators for scientific and industrial applications. In order to support this research effort at the international level Paul Lecoq has organized and chaired the SCINT series of international conferences on inorganic scintillators for physics and industrial applications (10 conferences so far). Member of a number of advisory committees and of international Societies Paul Lecoq is also working on the translational aspect of his research in the field of medical imaging. He is in particular the promoter of a European Centre for Research in Medical Imaging (CERIMED). He is presently recognized as an international expert on scintillators, particle physics calorimetry and medical imaging.
March 2017 - March 2020
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Dimitri Batani

Université de Bordeaux, France
Dimitri Batani is professor of “exceptional class” at the University of Bordeaux where he works at the CELIA laboratory (Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications). His main scientific interests concern the study of the physics of laser-produced plasmas, and in particular of laser-driven inertial confinement fusion, and the physics of high-energy-density states. He has pioneered the use of laser-driven shock waves to produced multi-Megabar pressures and study the equation-of-state and physical properties of matter in extreme pressure conditions. He is responsible of the Project PETAL+ addressed at realizing plasma diagnostics for the LMJ/PETAL laser facility.
He has chaired or chairs various scientific research programs and networks in the field of ICF: the COST Action MP1208 “Developing the Physics and the Scientific Community for Inertial Fusion”, the EUROFUSION project "Preparation and Realization of European Shock Ignition Experiments”, and he has been responsible of a working package within the European Projet HiPER.
Staring in 2000, he has co-organized the series of Summer Schools on “Atoms and Plasmas in Super-Intense Fields” in Erice, Sicily. HE is author of more than 300 scientific papers and has organized several international scientific conferences.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Antonio Bianconi

Rome International Center for Materials Science, Superstripes, Italy
Prof. Antonio Bianconi, born in Rome Italy 1944, graduated in Physics from the University of Rome in 1969 in the Giorgio Careri low temperature physics laboratory. Ugo Fano has been his supervisor during the work on synchrotron radiation spectroscopy at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (1972-1976). Assistant professor of physics at Camerino University (1972-1980), associate Professor at Rome University (1980-1987), full professor at L'Aquila University (1987-1993) and Chair of Biophysics at Sapienza Rome University (1993-2012). Visiting Professor at Paris VI and VII, University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, Unversity of Somaly) I has worked in many synchrotron radiation facilities around the world (Stanford, Orsay, Daresbury, Tsukuba, ESRF, Trieste).
He has been a pioneer of synchrotron radiation research for material science in Italy and it is well known at international level. He has published 370 papers on international journals receiving more 10000 citations, with a Hirsh factor 55. He has introduced methods like X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES), X-ray-Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL) , unconventional photoemission methods. He has realized in the 1970s the first soft x-ray beam lines on the Frascati 1GeV electro-synchrotron and at SSRL, Stanford. He has unveiled local structural features relevant for the functionality in complex materials like cuprate superconductors, manganites , vanadium oxides, valence fluctuating compounds , cerium oxide and catalysts. He has provided the first direct experimental identification after the Alex Muller discovery of high Tc superconductors that the carriers in doped cuprates, giving high temperature superconductivity, are holes in oxygen orbital. He has showed the polymorphism of the CuO2 lattice at a short-range scale and a short time scale by usung polarized EXAFS and resonant x-ray diffraction [5]. Recently he has been developing the scanning nano x-ray diffraction for a real space mapping a lattice fluctuations in single crystals due to dopants self organization .
Using XANES he has solved the fluctuations of the local structure of active sites in metallo-proteins: calcium binding proteins, myoglobin, hemoglobins, transferrin, and hemocyanins. Using time resolved XANES he has identified transient states in of the ligand in the photodissociation process in myoglobin, Using small angle scattering he has identified the temperature dependent fluctuations of the Tau protein relevant for Alzheimer desease and the formation prcoess of ferritin nano core. He is now working on the fluctuations of myelin structure by scanning micro X-ray diffraction relevant for muscular distrophy desease.
He has been in many international scientific committees of synchrotron radiation facilities and for many years in the scientific committee of the int. conference series on X-ray and Inner-shell processes. He has organized the first international conference on Biophysics and Synchrotron Radiation in Frascati and the second Int. Conf. on EXAFS and Near Edge Structure (1982). He has been the chairman of the 19th international conference on X-ray and Inner-shell processes held in Rome in 2002. Now he is the chairman of the series of workshops on high Tc superconductivity held in Erice (Sicily) each two years. He is the chairman of the series of conferences on “Stripes and high temperature superconductivity” since 1996.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Manuel Garcia Velarde

Emeritus Professor, Instituto Pluridisciplinar, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain
Manuel Garcia VELARDE is graduated in Physics at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM, Spain). Later on he has been awarded the Honoray Doctorate from the Universite de Provence-Aix-Marseille (France) in 1994 and from the Saratov State University (Russia) in 2010. His research with a dominant line being fluid physics and, in particular, interfacial phenomena at large, covers a wide spectrum of phenomena, problems and sub-disciplines, with an inter-, trans-, and pluri-disciplinary approach (from Physics, including geophysics–waves in the atmosphere, the sea and straights-, waves in nonlinearly elastic solids, laser dynamics, reaction-diffusion systems, lattice dynamics in active media, quantum electron transport, ... to neurodynamics and model-brains for robots.
In 2002 he was elected Rector of the International Center for Mechanical Sciences (CISM, Udine, Italy). Since 2005 he is Honorary Rector. He has been invited research scientist or invited professor in several University (for example, CEN-Saclay, Paris [VI, XI], Cambridge U., Imperial College, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, etc) He has served the international community and the profession in committees like "Liquids" (EPS); MAC-ESA; Statistical Physics (IUPAP); Chaos, etc. He was elected to membership in 1993 with Academia Europæa. In 1996 he received the RAMMAL Medal of the Societe Française de Physique. In 2003 he was awarded the DuPont Science prize. In 2013 he was awarded the Ordre National du Merite (OM) by the President of France.
In 2011, to celebrate his 70th birth ay a “Week of Science” was organized at IP-UCM where many of his former collaborators and friends, from quite many countries, delivered contributions covering a vast domain of Science, not just Physics. As a follow-up in 2013 appeared a book with the tittle “Without Bounds: A Scientific Canvas of Nonlinearity and Complex Dynamics”, edited by former and present collaborators. Then, also celebrating his 70th birthday, in 2014 appeared vol. 206 of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science edited by R. Miller, V. M. Starov and R. G. Rubio.
March 2017 - March 2020

Professor Victor Malka

Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée ENSTA - Ecole Polytechnique, France
Victor Malka is a CNRS research director (DRCE) at Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (CNRS/ENSTA/Ecole polytechnique), and Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He worked on different topics such as atomic physics, inertial fusion, laser plasma interaction. His works now is mainly devoted on relativistic laser plasma interaction and on laser plasma accelerators, in which he makes several breakthrough contributions. He has published about 350 articles and has been invited in more than 175 international conferences. He got several national prizes (including the Grand Prix d’Etat of the French Academy of Sciences) and international prizes (including in 2017 the Julius Springer prize, the F. Holweck prize from the SFP and IOP, and the QEOD prize from EPS). Victor Malka, fellow of APS and EPS, member of the European and of the Romanian Academy of Science, got 2 Advanced and 2 Proof of Concept grants from ERC.
March 2018 - March 2021
Division : Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Martin Carrier, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Head of Division
Martin Carrier received his Ph.D. in philosophy of science at the University of Münster in 1984 and got his habilitation at the University of Konstanz in 1989. Since 1998, he is professor of philosophy at Bielefeld University and director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS). His chief area of work is the philosophy of science, in particular, historical changes in science and scientific method, theory-ladenness and empirical testability, intertheoretic relations and reductionism, and presently the methodology of applied research. He is a member of various German national academies (Leopoldina, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science, Mainz Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature). He was co-director of a research group on “science in the context of application” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University 2006/07 and was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Association (DFG) for 2008. His book publications include Mind, Brain, Behavior. The Mind-Body Problem and the Philosophy of Psychology, New York: de Gruyter, 1991 (co-authored with Jürgen Mittelstrass); The Completeness of Scientific Theories. On the Derivation of Empirical Indicators within a Theoretical Framework, Dord­recht: Kluwer, 1994; Nikolaus Kopernikus, Munich: Beck, 2001; Wissenschafts­theorie: Zur Einführung (Introduction to the Philosophy of Science), Hamburg: Junius, 2006, rev. 2008; Raum-Zeit (Space-Time), Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Georges Van Den Abbeele

University of California, United States of America
Dr. Georges Van Den Abbeele is dean of the School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine.
He joined UC Irvine from Boston's Northeastern University, where he is founding dean of the College of Social Sciences & Humanities and a professor of English as well as of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. At UC Santa Cruz, he established the Institute for Humanities Research, created the major in Jewish Studies, raised endowed chairs in Ethics and in Sikh Studies, and supported initiatives in digital humanities, Mediterranean studies and the study of the ancient world. In 2008, he received our Blaise Pascal Medal in Social Sciences.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Gerhard Heinzmann

Université de Lorraine, France
Gerhard Heinzmann is Professor of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Lorraine at Nancy (France). Founder of the Research Center Laboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie - Archives Henri –Poincaré (UMR 7117 of the CNRS), former Director of the Lorrain Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (MSH, 2007-2014), he is the editor of the Publications of the Henri-Poincaré Archives (Birkhäuser) and of the journal Philosophia Scientiae (Kimé). Author of numerous articles and books on the philosophy of Henri Poincaré, Ferdinand Gonseth, Jean Cavaillès and Paul Bernays, among them Zwischen Objektkonstruktion und Strukturanalyse. Zur Philosophie der Mathematik bei Henri Poincaré (1995) ; L'intuition épistémique. Une approche pragmatique du contexte de justification en mathématiques et en philosophie (2013), he was the President of the organizing Committee of the 14th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (Nancy 2011), and is the President of the International Academy for Philosophy of Science, Brussels; he even is member of the Academia Europaea.
March 2016 - March 2019

Professor Olivier Houdé

Paris Descartes University, France
Olivier Houdé received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1991 from the University of Paris Descartes – Sorbonne, where he has been a professor since 1995. He was also a guest professor at the University of Geneva from 1992 to 1995 and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) from 1997 to 2002. He received his M.Sc. in human biology (neuroscience) in 1998 from the University of Claude Bernard (Lyon). He is an exceptional class professor at the University of Paris Descartes (now University Sorbonne Paris City, USPC) and a senior member of the IUF since 2007. He is currently the director of the Laboratory for the Psychology of Child Development and Education at The Sorbonne in Paris (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS).
Using experimental psychology and brain imaging techniques, he studies cognitive development and learning in children and adults (specifically, the role of cognitive inhibition in strategy selection). He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of Cognitive Science (London and New York, Routledge – Psychology Press, 2004 – E-Book, 2010) and the author or co-author of 16 popular books in French, namely the follow-up to Jean Piaget’s book titled “The Child Psychology” by the Presses Universitaires de France in Paris.
At the interface of child psychology, pedagogy, and human biology (brain imaging), working with a large network of schools (preschool and up), Olivier Houdé, who is known for his cognitive-inhibition theory of reasoning, explores the mechanisms of development and learning in his laboratory. In each child’s or adult’s brain, fast and intuitive heuristics or cognitive biases (System 1, D. Kahneman) and logical rules or exact algorithms (System 2, J. Piaget) may compete at any time. Such competitions are called “cognitive conflicts”. To overcome them, the whole-brain adaptation (i.e., intelligence or flexibility) depends on the executive control ability of the prefrontal cortex (System 3) in connections with emotions and feelings to inhibit System 1 and to activate System 2 on a case-by-case basis, depending on the context. Metacognitive training in the laboratory or at school may be designed to help the brain to do so. It is useful for both children and adults, as the latter remain poor reasoners in many situations where their System 1 dominates, often unconsciously.
He was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret Prize of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in 2002, the International Roberval Prize in 2013, the Binoux-Henri-de-Parville-Jean-Jacques-Berger-Remlinger Prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2014, and the Grand Prix Moron of the French Academy in 2015. He also received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) in 2015. He is Knight of the Order of Academic Palms and Knight of the Legion of Honour in France.
June 2017 - March 2019

Professor Stéphanie Ruphy

Université de Lyon 3, France
To be completed
March 2018 - March 2021