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Recent Elected Members

Professor Kari Rissanen
University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

Kari Rissanen got his Ph.D. degree at the University of Jyväskylä in 1990. The Ph.D. work focused on solid-state structural chemistry of small organic molecules. The Ph.D. thesis work was followed within several positions funded from the Academy of Finland (1988- >). Since then he has pioneered the research in Supramolecular Chemistry in Finland and is one of the world-leading experts in Supramolecular Crystallography, weak intermolecular interactions, especially halogen bonding and anion-pinteractions, and new methodologies in crystallography. His research has focused on a multitude of chemical systems, but in all studies the governing feature has been the understanding of the interactions involved in the recognition and self-assembly phenomena, and subsequent design and synthesis of functional host and sensor molecules based on this knowledge.  The detailed structural studies form the solid basis for the understanding and utilization of weak non-covalent, viz. the supramolecular interactions occurring in recognition and self-assembly events, visualized in the solid state by single crystal X-ray diffraction and solid state NMR, in solution by NMR and in gas phase by mass spectrometry. He is the first chemist in the history of the Academy of Finland to get nominated twice as the Academy Professor (1st term 2008-2012, 2nd 2013-2017), the highest-ranking academic position available in Finland. He has been awarded several national scientific honors, prices and awards: Doctor Honoris Causa, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia (2018), the Humboldt Research Award (2017), Commander, of the Order of the Red Rose of Finland (2016); and the Nanotech Finland Award (2010); Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (2008); the Magnus Ehrnrooth Prize in Chemistry (2005) Throughout his whole career he has been extremely active both nationally and internationally in various levels of science and university administration, funding and evaluation councils and boards. The major international and national administrative duties include: the Finnish representative at the Management Committee of the COST Chemistry Actions D7, D11 and D31. Since 1987 he has published > 630 publications, 6 book chapters and 4 edited books.

Professor Julian Revalski
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Julian Revalski was born in 1956 in the town of Simitli, Blagoevgrad region. In 1981, he graduated in Mathematics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ with a golden badge. In 1986, he became a Candidate in Mathematical Sciences; in 1997 – Doctor of Sciences. He was elected corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in 2015, he became a full member (Academician).

Professor Julian Revalski, Full Member of BAS, was elected President of the Academy at a meeting of the General Assembly on 1 December 2016, with a term of office until 2020.

Areas of scientific interest of Prof. Revalski are Operations research – Optimization, Variation Analysis, Game Theory, Functional analysis – Banach Space Geometry, Monotone Operators, General Topology – Topological Methods in Optimization and Variation Analysis, Set-valued mappings. He has 55 scientific publications, with over 500 citations (out of which over 480 by foreign authors) and h-index – 15. He speaks English, French and Russian.

Prof. Revaslki has been visiting researcher and visiting professor in France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Canada, Chile, Peru, Cuba. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians, the Union of Bulgarian Scientists, the American Mathematical Society and Société des mathématiques appliquées et industrielles. 

He has been working at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the BAS since 1986, while successively going through all academic positions, and from 2012 to 2016 he was Director of the Institute.

Professor Alex Jen
City University Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Professor Alex Jen obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. His research interests are in the inter-disciplinary material sciences, specializing in organic/hybrid functional materials and devices for photonics, energy, sensors, and nanomedicine.

 For the pioneering contributions in organic photonics and electronics, he has been elected as Fellow by AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE, and as an Academician by the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He was recently named by the Times Higher Education (THE) as one of the “Top 10 university researchers in Perovskite Solar Cell Research” from 2014 to 2017, also by Thomson Reuters as one of the "World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2015 and as one of the "Highly Cited researchers" in the area of materials science from 2014-2017. Professor Jen has been appointed as the 1000 Talent Chair Professor by Zhejiang University, the Changjiang Chair Professor by the Chinese Ministry of Education, as the World Class University Professor by the Korean National Research Foundation, and as the Distinguished Chair Professor by the National Taiwan University.

Professor Joost Reek
University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Joost Reek is full professor (chair supramolecular catalysis )since 2006, and distinguished faculty professor since 2017 at the University of Amsterdam. He is co-founder (and currently scientific director)  of  InCatT (innovative catalyst technologies), a spin-off company that was launched in 2009, and since 2016 he is the scientific director of NIOK. In 2013 he was elected as a new member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and in 2015 he was elected member of the KNAW (Royal Dutch academy of sciences). With over 315 scientific papers published on different topics, mostly related to catalysis, he has reached a H-index of 66. He has given many invited lectures including the Troisième cycle (Switserland, 2007), the DSM-lecture at the ICOMC (Rennes, 2008) the Erdtman Lecture in 2009, the molecular science frontier lecture of ICCAS (Chinese academy of science) in 2018, the  IFOC lectureship award (Japan 2018), JSPS lecture fellowship (Japan 2018) and the Earl Muetterties Lecturer at Berkeley (USA, 2019)

The research performed in the past 20 years is broadly centered around homogenous catalysis and supramolecular chemistry. We develop new catalytic processes based on 1) rational ligand design in transition metal catalysis 2) Supramolecular catalysis 3) Bio-inspired catalysis. We study crucial aspects of catalysis, including activity, selectivity, stability and recycle-ability of the catalyst. In the past 8 years, part of the research has been focused on solar to fuel devices based on molecular components. In this context, we developed new catalyst for water oxidation and proton reduction, and we can drive these uphill reactions using light as the energy source by combining them with the proper chromophores.

Professor Egbert Meijer
Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)

E.W. “Bert” Meijer is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems of the Eindhoven University of Technology. After receiving his PhD degree at the University of Groningen, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991 he was appointed in Eindhoven, while he has part-time positions in Nijmegen, Santa Barbara, and Mainz. He is member of many editorial advisory boards, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and received a number of awards, including the Spinoza Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry in 2006, the ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2012, the Prelog medal in 2014, the Nagoya Gold medal in 2017, and the Chirality medal in 2018. He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he is appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.

Professor Soteris Kalogirou
Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus)

Soteris A. Kalogirou (born 1959, Nicosia, Cyprus) is Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. Currently he is the elected chairman of the Department. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, UK, in 1995. In 2011 he received the title of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.).

He is considered internationally as an expert in the field of solar thermal collectors, hybrid photovoltaic/thermal systems and to the use of artificial intelligence techniques in energy and renewable energy systems. For more than 30 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling. Additionally, he is involved in a pioneering research dealing with the use of artificial intelligence methods, like artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic, for the modelling and performance prediction of energy and solar energy systems.

He has more than 400 publications as book chapters, international scientific journal papers and papers in refereed conference proceedings. This work received more than 12,400 citations and currently his h-index is 57 (both from Scopus). He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy (IF=4.900) and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy (IF=4.968), and Editorial Board Member of another fifteen journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.

He participated in more than 100 conferences, in most of them he was a member of the Scientific Committee, while he was invited speaker in 29 of them and in 20 conferences he was a keynote speaker. He has evaluated hundreds of research proposals worldwide, but mainly at European level, and currently he is an ERC evaluator (all levels).

Professor Paul Dyson
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Paul J. Dyson is a professor of chemistry at EPFL where he leads the Laboratory of Organometallic and Medicinal Chemistry. He was formerly the Director of the Institute of Chemical Sciences at EPFL (2008 - 2016) and is currently engaged in numerous activities at the Swiss National Science Foundation.

His research is in the area of organometallic chemistry, notably in sustainable chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and spans fundamental principles through to applications. His research in this area of sustainable chemistry focusses on the development of catalytic approaches to transform renewable starting materials such as biomass into valuable chemicals and in using CO2 as a C1-building block. His research on medicinal chemistry is concerned with the development of organometallic compounds for the treatment of cancer, with recent studies showing that some of the compounds developed in his lab are effective against chemoresistant tumors. As with his studies on catalysis, considerable efforts are made to understand the underlying mechanisms by which these compounds operate. He has co-authored over 600 research publications and is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher with an H-index >100 (google scholar).

He has won several prizes including the Werner Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society in 2004, the Centennial Luigi Sacconi Medal  of the Italian Chemical Society in 2011, the Bioinorganic Chemistry Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015 and the European Sustainable Chemistry Award of the European Chemical Society in 2018.

Professor Leticia Gonzalez
University of Vienna (Austria)

Leticia González is currently full Professor at the University of Vienna. Born in Madrid, she graduated in Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain and obtained her PhD with honors in Chemistry in 1998 at the same university. In 1999 she moved to the Free University Berlin, Germany, as a postdoctoral research and later as an assistant professor. There she obtained her Habilitation and venia legendi in 2004. She was appointed Professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany, in 2007 before she got appointed by the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2011. Her research deals with accurate electronic structure and non-adiabatic molecular dynamics to achieve basic understanding of chemical reactions. She was Heisenberg Fellow from the German Research Foundation, received the Dirac Medal from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, is elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS) and received an honorary doctorate by the University of Lorraine. She is author of more than 250 publications and has delivered over 180 invited lectures all over the world.

Professor Frances Kirwan
Oxford University (United Kingdom)

Frances Kirwan is the Savilian Professor of Geometry at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford.

Her research lies in the area of algebraic geometry (mostly over the field of complex numbers) and its links with other parts of geometry, especially symplectic (and hyperkähler) geometry. She is particularly interested in classification problems in algebraic geometry and the construction and study of moduli spaces. After completing her undergraduate degree in Cambridge and her doctorate in Oxford, supervised by Michael Atiyah, she was a Junior Fellow at Harvard (1983-85) before returning to Oxford, first as a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College and then as a Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics at Balliol (1986-2017) before being appointed to the Savilian Professorship. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, serving on its Council 2012-15, and she chaired the UK Mathematics Trust 2010-16.

Professor Andy Hor
University of Hong Kong (China)

Professor Andy Hor is the Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair Professor of Metallic Chemistry & Materials in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He developed his academic career at the National University of Singapore and was the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering of A*STAR of Singapore before he moved to Hong Kong in 2015. He specializes in structural coordination and materials chemistry and have investigated a range of intermetallic bi- and polynuclear systems. By Dec 2018, he has published 435 international papers, filed several patents in battery materials and supervised over 100 PhD, MSc and other research students. His annual citations in 2017-8 is about 1,200. He was a graduate of Imperial College [B.Sc.(Hon)] and University of Oxford (D.Phil.) and did his postdoctoral research at Yale University. He was conferred D.Sc. by the University of London, Fellow of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science. He was Humboldt and Commonwealth Fellow, former President of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, and won many prizes including ASEAN Achievement (Science) Award, National Young Scientist & Engineer Award (Singapore), Outstanding Educator Award (NUS), Outstanding Scientist Award (NUS), Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Award (Education) etc.

Professor Armando Pombeiro
University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Armando J. L. Pombeiro is Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), President of the College of Chemistry of ULisboa, Full Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (where he was in charge of various positions, e.g., Secretary-General and Vice-President of the Class of Sciences) and former President of Portuguese Electrochemical Society. He was(is) President of the Centro de Química Estrutural, Coordinator of its Synthesis and Catalysis thematic line, Coordinator of the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis group, and Director of the Catalysis and Sustainability (CATSUS) PhD program.

His research addresses the activation of small molecules with industrial, environmental or biological significance, including: (i) metal-mediated synthesis and (bioinspired) homogeneous or supported catalysis under mild/sustainable conditions (e.g., functionalization of alkanes, water oxidation, water in catalysis, alcohols and ketones oxidations, C-C couplings, CO2 utilization; catalysis in water, in ionic liquids, in supercritical medium, under microwaves, mechanochemical conditions, and/or metal-free); (ii) crystal engineering of coordination compounds, design and self-assembly of polynuclear and supramolecular structures (e.g., coordination polymers and MOFs) with catalytic activity; (iii) non-covalent interactions in synthesis; (iv) coordination compounds with anti-tumor and anti-bacterial activity); (v) molecular electrochemistry; and (vi) theoretical studies.

He was Chairman of the 25th Internat. Conference on Organometallic Chem. (ICOMC 2012) and of the 7th EuCheMS Conference on Nitrogen Ligands (2018), and will (co-)chair the 1st Internat. Conference on Non-covalent Interactions (2019) and the 22nd Internat. Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC 2020). He was(is) member of organizing or scientific committees of over 40 international conferences or schools.

He authored one book and is Editor of 6 books on the fields of: Alkane Functionalization; Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis; Non-covalent Interactions in Synthesis, in Design and in Catalysis; Molecular Electrochemistry; and Unit Operations in Laboratory Chemistry.

He (co-)authored ca. 800 research publications, 40 patents, and presented over 110 invited lectures at international conferences.

Among his honors, he was awarded the 1st SCF French-Portuguese award by the French Chemical Society, the Madinabeitia-Lourenço Prize by the Spanish Royal Chemical Society, the Vanadis Award, the Prizes of the Portuguese Chemical and Electrochemical Societies, and the Scientific Prizes of the Technical ULisboa and of the ULisboa.



Professor Miguel Angel Alario Franco
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Professor Alario-Franco (Carabanchel Bajo, Madrid 1942) did his undergraduate studies in Chemistry, master and D.Sc. (1970) Thesis at Complutense University in Madrid (UCM). After postdoctoral work at Brunel University, University College of Wales and ICTP Trieste, he won a Research Scientist position at the Inorganic Chemistry Elhuyar Institute (CSIC-Spain). In 1976 he obtained a professorship, becoming Full Professor of Solid State & Inorganic Chemistry (1983) in UCM, his Alma Matter up today. He is at present Honorific Professor UCM 2016-2019.

Professor Alario, has been  pioneer in the development of Solid State Chemistry both as an academic discipline and as a research topic in Spain and abroad; he did introduce High Pressure Synthesis techniques and Electron Microscopy in SSCh and founded the S.S. Ch laboratory, at UCM, heading it between 1974 and 2012.  His mentoring activities benefited a large number of scientists, many of them foreigners, in particular Ibero-American. Fourteen professors and four associate professors, working at present in various Spanish Universities were there trained. In parallel, he founded and presided over (1985-2016) the Solid State Chemistry group within the Real Sociedad Española de Química.

Full member (1991-) and President (2009-2012) of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain, he is Honorary member of the Materials Research Society of India (1998-), Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the República Argentina (2008-), Honorary Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Colombia (2010-) & Honorary Fellow of the University of Aberystwyth (2015).

Miguel Ángel Alario-Franco  has participated in, and often presided over, the organization of important international conferences such as Reactivity of Solids (Madrid -1992), Solid State Chemistry of Inorganic Materials (MRS-Boston 2002), Gordon Research Conference in Solid State Chemistry (Oxford 2003), The Chemistry of Non Molecular Solids (MRS & MexMRS, Cancun 2006-10,12, 2014-18). And served in many scientific committees such as Reactivity of Solids, M2S-HTSC, IUPAC Solid State Chemistry, etc.

He is the author of more than 325 publications, cited an average of 125 times/ year in the last twenty years; co-author, with J.L. Vicent, of the first text on Superconductivity in the Spanish language and co-editor of five meetings Proceedings.

Among the different research lines that he has followed, stand out his studies on non-stoichiometry and extended defects, and also the relationships between structure, microstructure, composition and properties of non-molecular materials mainly, but not exclusively, High Tc Superconductors and Ionic Conductors.

Prof. Alario-Franco is an enthusiast scientific  and cultural communicator  and was Science Director in El Escorial UCM Summer School (1991-5) General director of the same  (2006-8) and promoter of the “Science for all” Course in the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain (2004-).

Amid the Prizes and awards that he has received, one can mention the Royal Society of Physics and Chemistry of Spain Prize for young scientists 1973, the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain, Research prize 1984. The Academy of Sciences of Granada, Research Prize, 1990. The Rey Jaime I Prize on Materials Science in 1991. The Medal of Honour of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry 1996. The Electroceramics Golden Epsilon of the Spanish Society of Ceramics 2003. The México Prize in Science and Technology 2009. The Senior Research Award  of the Franco-Spanish Solid State Chemistry and Physics conferences (2010). Miguel Catalán Prize of Madrid Autonomous Community to a “scientific career” 2010. The Gold and diamonds medal of the Madrid Community Chemist’s College (2016).        

Professor Sidney J. L. Ribeiro
São Paulo State University (Brazil)

Professor at the Institute of Chemistry of the São Paulo State University (UNESP) at Araraquara-SP, Brazil. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo.

Chemist, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry working with glasses and transparent glass-ceramics under the supervision of Professor Gilberto Sá. Pos-doc at the École Centrale Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France (1994) working with Dr. Jeannette Dexpert-Ghys and at the CNET-France Telecom, Bagneux, France (1995) working with  Dr. François Auzel.

Main interests are in Inorganic Chemistry and its implications in Materials Science, Spectroscopy and Education in Chemistry. On-going research projects deal with natural polymers (bacterial cellulose and silk fibroin), organic-inorganic hybrids, waveguides (optical fibers and thin films), porous materials and luminescent markers for Medicine.

Member of the international board of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology and Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.

Invited researcher at NIRIM - National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials - Tsukuba, Japan.

Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy, University of Angers, Angers, France, University of Toulouse, Toulouse France, University of Bordeaux, Bordeau, France, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz De Fora-MG, Brazil

Over 397 published papers with more than 8000 citations h=45 (ISI WebofScience) (12 cuitations h=57, Scholar Google), 17 patents.  

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Research ID- E-9864-2012


Professor Evamarie Hey-Hawkins
Leipzig University (Germany)

Evamarie Hey-Hawkins has been a Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Leipzig University, Germany, since 1993. She received her diploma (1982) and doctoral degree (1983) at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. After stays at the University of Sussex, UK (Liebig Grant VCI, 1984/85), the University of Western Australia (Liebig Grant, 1985/86) and the ANU, Canberra, Australia (research grant, DFG, 1986/87), she completed her habilitation in Marburg (1988). From 1988-1990 she was a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany.

She was awarded a Heisenberg Grant from the DFG (1990-94), has obtained several visiting professorships, and has received a Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2007), an ANU Fellowship (Canberra, Australia, 2009) and a Fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2016.

In 2013, she was awarded the degree of “Distinguished Woman in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering” by IUPAC. In 2015, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) jointly honoured her with the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Lecture Award, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the Costin Nenitzescu-Rudolf Criegee Lecture Award, awarded jointly by the GDCh and the Romanian Academy of Sciences. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree (Dr. h.c.) by Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania, and in May 2016, she has received her second honorary doctoral degree from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2016, the Romanian Chemical Society (SChR) honoured her with the Costin Neniţescu Medal. In 2017, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. In 2018, she was elected as ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow and honoured with the University Medal of Leipzig University.

She acts as a reviewer for several national research foundations and serves on several editorial and international scientific advisory boards. From 2007 to 2017, she has been the Speaker and since 2018 she is the Vice-Speaker of the Graduate School “Building with Molecules and Nano-objects” (BuildMoNa). From 2008 to 2013, she has been the Chair of the EU-COST Action CM0802 “European Phosphorus Sciences Network” (PhoSciNet), and from 2013 to 2018, she has chaired a COST Action on “Smart Inorganic Polymers” (CM1302, SIPs).

She is a member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) since 1983 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) since 1999. Her scientific interests are in the field of organophosphorus chemistry, biologically active boron and transition metal compounds, heterometallic transition metal complexes and catalysis. More than 75 doctoral students have already graduated from her group. She has authored more than 465 publications in refereed journals.

Professor Eva Hevia
University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Originally from Gijon (Spain), Eva Hevia is currently a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. Research in her group focuses on applying polar organometallic reagents incorporating cooperative effects to key organic transformations. Recently she had made important advances in both the activation of N-heterocyclic molecules and Green Chemistry, including the first applications of polar organometallics in Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) as well as developing new s-block-based metal catalysts.

Eva received both her MSci degree in Chemistry and her Ph.D. degree from the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) in 1998 and 2002 respectively. The latter was under the supervision of Professor Victor Riera and Dr Julio Perez. After a three-year position at the University of Strathclyde working as a Marie Curie Fellow with Professor Robert Mulvey, in 2006 she took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and Lectureship there. Subsequently she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2011 and to Professor in 2013.

Elected to the Fellowship of Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Scotland’s National Academy in 2018, Eva has authored over 125 peer-reviewed papers to date and her research has been recognized with a several awards. These include the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Harrison-Meldola Prize (2009), the Sigma-Aldrich Emerging Investigators Award (2011), and the SRUK Emerging Talent Award (2016), given by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK to the most talented Spanish scientist working in the UK under the age of 40. Most recently in 2017 Eva was honoured by the 2017 RSC Corday-Morgan Prize, which recognises the most meritorious contributions of chemists working in the UK.


Professor Richard Kaner
University of California Los Angeles - UCLA (United States)

Richard Kaner received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. After postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1987, earned tenure in 1991, became a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering in 2012 and was appointed to the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation in 2017. He has published over 390 papers in top peer reviewed journals and holds 31 U.S. patents. According to the most recent Thomson-Reuters rankings, he is among the world’s most highly cited authors. His papers have been cited over 58,000 times with an H-index of 99. Professor Kaner has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Packard and Sloan Foundations along with the Materials Research Society Medal, the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize, and the American Chemical Society’s Buck-Whitney Research Award, the Tolman Medal and the Award in the Chemistry of Materials for his work on refractory materials including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard metals, graphene and conducting polymers. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Professor Mickael Tanter
Langevin Institute (France)

Mickael Tanter is a research professor of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and a distinguished professor of ESPCI Paris. He is the director of Physics for Medicine Laboratory (INSERM/ESPCI/CNRS) at ESPCI Paris, France. He is also the director of the first INSERM Technology Research Accelerator dedicated to Biomedical Ultrasound.

His research interest ranges from wave physics to biomedical imaging and technology for health. He is a world-renowned expert in biomedical ultrasound. Mickael Tanter co-invented several major innovations in Biomedical Ultrasound: Transient Elastography, Ultrafast Ultrasound and Shear Wave Elastography, functional Ultrasound imaging of brain activity introducing Ultrasound as a new neuroimaging modality and more recently Ultrasound Localization Microscopy leading to deep non invasive Superresolution Ultrasound. He received many national and international distinctions, among them the Frederic Lizzi Early Career Prize of the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2009, the Leon Brillouin Prize of the S.E.E. and I.E.E.E. societies in 2010, , the Grand Prize of Medicine and Medical Research of Paris city in 2011, the Honored Lecture of the Radiology Society of North America in 2012 , the Grand Prize of the Fondation NRJ - Institut de France of the French Academy of Science in 2015, the Grand Prize of Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale in 2016, the Carl Hellmuth Hertz Prize of IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control society in 2017 and the Grand Prize of the European Society of Molecular Imaging in 2018.

M. Tanter is also the co-founder of several MedTech companies in Biomedical Ultrasound such as Supersonic Imagine, CardiaWave and Iconeus companies.

Professor Jonathan L. Sessler
University of Texas at Austin (United States)

Jonathan L. Sessler received a B.S. degree (with Highest Honors) in chemistry in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1982. He was a NSF-CNRS and NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Jean-Marie Lehn at L′Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France. He was then a JSPS Visiting Scientist in Professor Tabushi′s group in Kyoto, Japan. In September 1984 Dr. Sessler accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently the Doherty-Welch Chair. Dr. Sessler was a co-founder of Pharmacyclics, Inc., which was acquired by AbbVie for $21B in 2015. He also served as a WCU Professor at Yonsei University for 4 years and recently accepted a laboratory directorate at Shanghai University. As of December, 2018 Dr. Sessler had authored or coauthored over 720 research publications, co-written or co-edited 4 books, and been an inventor on over 75 U.S. Patents. His h-index is 100 (Web of Science). Dr. Sessler′s research interests include Supramolecular Chemistry, Drug Discovery, Soft Materials, and Expanded Porphyrin Chemistry. Dr. Sessler speaks French, Hebrew, German, and Spanish, as well a few words of Japanese.

Professor Nicola Hüsing
University Salzburg (Austria)

Nicola Hüsing is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg/ Austria. She studied chemistry at the University of Würzburg/ Germany. After receiving her PhD in 1997 from the University of Würzburg, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with C.J. Brinker (Albuquerque, USA). Returning to Vienna she received her Habilitation in 2003 and became a full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ulm University in 2004. In 2010 she was appointed as full professor of Materials Chemistry at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg. Since 2015 she is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles.

Her research interests focus on the liquid phase synthesis (sol-gel processes, hydrothermal approaches, etc.) of porous materials, inorganic-organic hybrid materials and mesoscopically organized systems, especially with respect to synthesis – structure – property relations.


Professor Stefan de Smedt
Ghent University (Belgium)

Stefaan De Smedt studied pharmacy at Ghent University. Following his doctoral studies he joined Janssen Pharmaceutica. He did post-doctoral research in Ghent and Utrecht and became Professor in Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy at Ghent University (1999) where he founded the Ghent Research Group on Nanomedicines. He served as dean of his faculty between 2010 and 2014. Since 2014 he is a member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University. Stefaan De Smedt’ s research is at the interface between drug delivery, biophysics, material sciences and physical chemistry. He has strongly enjoyed to be the scientific promoter and mentor of +45 doctoral students. Since 2004  he serves as Editor of the Journal of Controlled Release. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.

Professor José Maria Benlloch
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)

José M. Benlloch (1962, Valencia, Spain) is Full Professor (Tenure Research Scientist) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His PhD thesis (1990) was on the first data taken by the DELPHI collaboration of the LEP accelerator at CERN, and determined indirectly the number of light neutrino generations and the top quark mass. Later, he was member of the CDF collaboration that discovered in 1995 the top quark, one of the 12 elementary particles that constitute matter. He worked as Staff member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991-1995) under the direction of Jerome Friedman (Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1990). In 1996, he comes back to CERN in order to perform research on radiation detectors in the groups of F. Sauli and T. Ypsilantis. When he returned to Spain in 1999, he started a research group on Medical Imaging. Since then, he has developed several medical imaging devices based on the detection of gamma rays, X-rays, and magnetic resonance, that have been successfully transferred to industry (for instance, BRUKER) and installed in the best research and medical centers of the World.

Coordinator of the EU MAMMI project (MAMmography with Molecular Imaging, 2007-2010). MAMMI developed a PET dedicated to the breast examination, with an unprecedented spatial resolution (1.5 mm), for the early diagnosis of cancer and therapy monitoring. Coordinator of the EU MINDView project (Multimodal Imaging of Neurological Disorders, 2011-2018), an innovative PET/MRI system dedicated to the brain examination in order to better understand the interplay between different neurotransmitter pathways and the activation of several areas in the brain, and ultimately to achieve a more precise and quantitative diagnosis of mental disorders. Currently coordinates the HISTO-MRI project (H2020 – Future Emerging Technologies Open), to develop an innovative MRI technology that will eventually allow the visualization of individual human neurons in vivo and in real time. He has also received an ERC Advanced Grant (4D-PET project) to develop a new PET scanner that stores the 3D position and time of each gamma ray interaction along its path.

Author of around 300 articles in international peer reviewed publications, with an H index of 76. Advisor of 10 PhD theses. Author of more than 20 patents related to imaging equipment for medical diagnosis. Founder (2010) and director of the Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging (I3M). Amongst other prizes, he received from Felipe VI, King of Spain, the National Research Award "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" in 2014, and from Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain, the "Rey Jaime I" award in 2008.                  

Professor Giancarlo Sangalli
Università di Pavia (Italy)

Giancarlo Sangalli (born 1973) is full professor of numerical analysis at the Mathematics Department of the University of Pavia, and research associate of CNR-IMATI "E. Magenes". He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2002 from the University of Milan, under the supervision of Prof. Franco Brezzi.

Sangalli′s research interests are in the field of numerical methods for partial differential equations. He has worked on multiscale numerical methods, domain decomposition methods, stabilized finite element methods, and, more recently, on isogeometric analysis (efficient solvers, unstructured isogeometric spaces, isogeometric differential forms,...).

On this topics, Sangalli has coordinated italian (FIRB) and european (ERC) research projects.

He is member of the ECCOMAS Computational Applied Mathematics Committee, of the Scientific Committees of GNCS (Gruppo Nazionale per il Calcolo Scientifico) and of the Fondazione Alma Mater Ticinensis. He has been invited speakers at FoCM 2017, FEF 2017, ECCOMAS Congress 2016, the International Conference on Mathematical Methods for Curves and Surfaces 2016, GDSPM 2015.

Professor Sylvie Méléard
Ecole Polytechnique Paris (France)

Sylvie Méléard graduated in 1980 from Ecole normale supérieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses, France. She earned a PhD in Probability Theory in 1984 (University Paris 6) and an HDR in 1991. She has been Assistant Professor in Le mans and Paris 6,  then full Professor at University Paris-Nanterre and since 2006 she is full Professor at Ecole polytechnique. She has been the head of the Applied Maths Department at Ecole polytechnique from 2010 to 2014. Award La Recherche 2013.   She is presently head of the Research Team PEIPS (Population Evolution and Interacting Particle Systems) and of the Chair « Mathematical Modeling and Biodiversity » (sponsorship between Ecole polytechnique, Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Veolia).  She has been pioneer in the interface non linear pdes/stochastics (Boltzmann equation, networks, SPDE) and has a leading role in the field of mathematical biology and stochastic modeling, emphasis on individual behaviors, feedbacks Ecology/Evolution and systematic study of various regimes depending on scale parameters.

She is currently Chief-Editor of the Journal Stochastic Processes and Applications.  Her broad research interests focus on the mathematical modeling of adaptive biological phenomena in different scales. With N. Champagnat, a French researcher, she gave a rigorous mathematical framework to the theory of Adaptive Dynamics, from individuals to polymorphic evolutionary sequences and then to canonical equations. She emphasized the role of quasi-stationary distributions for population processes and their link with the approximating dynamical systems. Her current research interests are mainly the mathematical modeling of the effect of gene transfer in the evolution and the mathematical modeling of the cell differentiation and the emergence of myeloid neoplasms.

Professor José Antonio Carrillo
Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Born in Granada, Spain, in 1969. He obtained a Ph. D. degree in Mathematics at Universidad de Granada in 1996 and he held assistant and associate professor positions there during 1992-1998 and 2000-2003. He was a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin 1998-2000. He was ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona during the period 2003-2012. José A. Carrillo currently holds a Chair in Applied and Numerical Analysis at Imperial College London since October 2012.

His research field is Partial Differential Equations (PDEs). They constitute the basic language in which most of the laws in physics or engineering can be written and one of the most important mathematical tools for modelling in life and socio-economical sciences. The modelling based on PDEs, their mathematical analysis, the numerical schemes, and their simulation in applications are his general topics of research. More precisely, his expertise comprises long-time asymptotics, qualitative properties and numerical schemes for nonlinear diffusion, hydrodynamic, and kinetic equations in the modelling of collective behaviour of many-body systems such as rarefied gases, granular media, charge particle transport in semiconductors, or cell movement by chemotaxis.

He was recognised with the SEMA prize (2003) and the GAMM Richard Von-Mises prize (2006) for young researchers. He was a recipient of a Wolfson Research Merit Award by the Royal Society 2012-2017. He was awarded the 2016 SACA award for best PhD supervision at Imperial College London. He served as chair of the Applied Mathematics Committee of the European Mathematical Society 2014-2017. He was the chair of the 2018 Year of Mathematical Biology. He is editor in more that 15 journals in PDEs and their applications. He has organized mathematical events and summer schools worldwide in many institutions such as the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden, Oberwolfach-MFO in Germany, CRM-Barcelona in Spain, BIRS-Canada, IPAM-USA, ICERM-USA, WPI-Vienna, AIM-USA, and others.

Professor Yannis Phillis
Technical University of Crete (Greece)

            Yannis A. Phillis, Professor and Rector Emeritus at the Technical University of Crete, was born in 1950. He received his diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1973 and the M.S., Engineer Degree, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in control systems in 1978, 1979, and 1980 respectively. From 1980 to 1986, he was with Boston University, Boston, MA. Since 1986, he has been with the School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece where he was Rector for 12 years and past director of the CAM Laboratory. In 1992 and between 2005 and 2007 he was visiting professor at UCLA’s Chemical Engineering Department. In 2008 he was Onassis Foundation Senior Visiting Fellow in the US. In 2013-2014 he was Prometeo Senior Research Fellow in Riobamba, Ecuador. His research interests are in stochastic control, manufacturing, sustainability and climate change.

            Dr. Phillis is member of the editorial board of several technical journals. He is the recipient of numerous honors among which Harry Kurnitz Literary Award at UCLA, 1978 and 1979; Professor of the Year Award at Boston University, 1986; Award by the Academy of Athens for his environmental activities, 2007; Fellow of the Venizelos Research Institute in Greece, 2006; Awards by the Municipalities of Chania and Assini, Greece in 2005 and 2008 respectively for his service to society, science, and letters; Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Automation Congress 2010, Kobe, Japan; and Academic Alumni Professional Achievement Award, UCLA, 2013. He has published over 120 scientific papers, six technical books, and fifteen poetry collections and novels. He is an award winning writer in Greece and the US. He is a Fellow of AAAS; a Senior Member of IEEE; and Member Poets and Writers, USA; and P.E.N. Club.

Professor Steven de Feyter
KU Leuven (Belgium)

Steven De Feyter (1971) is Full Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium since 2011s. He obtained his PhD at the same university in the group of Prof. Frans C. De Schryver. In 1998, he moved as a postdoctoral fellow to Caltech to work on “femtochemistry” in the group of Prof. Ahmed Zewail, and returned in 1999 to his alma mater.

He has a strong interest in nanochemistry and supramolecular chemistry on surfaces. Molecular self-assembly on surfaces is a central theme of his research, with a focus on the relation between structure and function. Recent research activities cover a broad range of topics such as two-dimensional crystal engineering (e.g. formation of nanoporous surfaces, chirality at interfaces), modification of 2D materials, templating, dynamics and reactivity. The liquid-solid interface is his preferred research environment. He also investigates biomolecular systems (DNA, proteins, their complexes, etc.), with a focus on those that are involved in disease related processes. Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy techniques are particularly useful in this respect.

He served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at KU Leuven (2012-2016).

He was awarded an Advanced ERC grant in 2013. He is Elected member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts: Natural Sciences. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2010, he is Associate Editor of the RSC journal “Chemical Communications”.

Professor Jean-Marie Dubois
Institut Jean Lamour (France) and Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)

Born in 1950, Professor Jean-Marie DUBOIS is a CNRS director of research emeritus working at Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France, and a scientific adviser at Jožef Stefan Institute and professor at the Jožef Stefan Post-graduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He created a research team dedicated to non-crystalline solids in the early years of his career. This group evolved towards surface physics under the leadership of Vincent Fournée when Dubois took the head of the Metallurgy Laboratory at Ecole des Mines de Nancy. Dubois was the founding and first director of Institut Jean Lamour in Nancy, the largest public research laboratory dedicated to materials science and engineering in France. He served on several conference organisation committees, administrative and editorial boards among which the French National Research Council in the area of inorganic chemistry, thermodynamics and metallurgy, which he chaired for a period of 4 years. Dubois was awarded several scientific prizes in materials science and vacuum technologies such as e.g. the Grand Prix Aluminium Péchiney of the French Science Academy, the IBM Materials Science Award, the Robert Franklin Mehl Medal of the TMS in the USA, or the Science Prize of the International Union of Vacuum Societies (IUVSTA). He is a permanent invited professor of Dalian University of Technology in China and a Doctor Honoris Causa of Iowa State University in the USA and of Federal University of Paraïba in Brazil. He is a corresponding associate of Académie de Stanislas and a fellow of the Science Academy of Lorraine, France.

Dubois received his higher education from Université Henri Poincaré in Nancy under the supervision of Professor Robert Mainard, an expert in thermodynamics and thermal transport. He owns a state doctorate in physics from Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (Nancy, France) and was elected a fellow of Churchill College during the period 1982-84 when he was a researcher at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK. He was hired by CNRS in 1977 as a research scientist and was promoted to a director of research position in 1985. Although he has spent a significant amount of time at Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble and in Paris at Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique, Matière et Rayonnement as well as in foreign universities (Cambridge, UK, Tsukuba and Sendai, Japan, TU Wien, Austria, TU Dalian, China, Iowa State, USA, Joao Pessoa, Brazil) as a guest or invited professor, his career developed at Lorraine University in the north-east of France. It is only after retirement from CNRS in 2015 that he became a part-time scientist at Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. Aside being involved as a participant in several large national and European projects, he was the scientific coordinator of three European projects (Brite-Euram FP4 n°5188, Growth 2000 FP5 n° GRD2-2001-30054, and CMA network of excellence FP7 n°500140) representing altogether a cumulative budget of around 20 M€.

Dubois’ scientific interests revolve around complexity in metallic materials, both from a fundamental point of view and in view of applications. Of special interest in this context are metallic glasses, quasicrystals, and intermetallics with a giant unit cell. Modelling of the lattice structure and experimental characterization using a variety of techniques such as neutron scattering, EXAFS, Mössbauer spectroscopy, soft X-Ray spectroscopy (SXS) for the determination of electronic structures and transport properties measurements were performed over the years until more recently, his attention turned to surface properties such as friction, adhesion and surface energy. He collaborated on these topics with a large number of colleagues from four continents, and especially with Philip H. Gaskell (Cambridge) on modelling, Christian Janot (Grenoble) on neutron diffraction, and Esther Belin-Ferré (Paris) on electronic structures. He shares his current interest for push-pull alloys in complex metallic systems with Spomenka Kobe and Janez Dolinšek (Ljubljana). Dubois is the author, or co-author, of about 370 papers in scientific journals, 8 books and 14 international patents. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students and post-docs and has delivered a good 300 invited conferences and seminars in many European, American and Asian countries.

Professor Fabiola Gianotti
European Center for Nuclear Research (Switzerland)

Fabiola Gianotti obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Milano in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a research physicist at CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics. She is also a corresponding member of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and of the French Academy of Sciences, and honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Her field of interest is experimental particle physics. She has worked on several CERN experiments in the areas of detector R&D and construction, software development and data analysis.

From March 2009 to February 2013 she was project leader (”Spokesperson”) of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. On 4 July 2012 she presented the ATLAS results on the search for the Higgs boson in a seminar at CERN. This event marked the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. Dr Gianotti is the author or co-author of more than 550 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

She has been a member of several international committees, such as the Scientific Council of the CNRS (France), the Physics Advisory Committee of the Fermilab Laboratory (USA), the Council of the European Physical Society, the Scientifc Council of the DESY Laboratory (Germany), the Scientific Advisory Committee of NIKHEF (Netherlands).  She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon.

She received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Uppsala, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, McGill University (Montreal), University of Oslo, Edinburgh, Roma Tor Vergata, Napoli and Chicago.

Dr Gianotti was awarded the honour of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”. She received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2013), the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society (2013), the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, 2013), and the Wilhelm Exner Medal (Vienna, 2017).

On 1st January 2016 she has become Director-General of CERN.

Professor Sandrine Bony
National Center for Scientific Research (France)

Sandrine Bony is a Director of Research of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). She obtained her PhD in 1993 from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. In 1994, she received a fellowship from the French space agency, and visited several US laboratories including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate in San Diego. She worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge from 1999 to 2001, and since then, she worked at the Laboratory of Dynamical Meteorology (LMD/IPSL) in Paris.

Her research aims at understanding the role of clouds in climate and in climate change through modeling, observational and theoretical approaches. She is interested in how clouds form, organize, respond to the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and how this response can raise or lower the Earth’s temperature and perturb the atmospheric circulation and the geographical distribution of rainfall. Her research does not only advance the physical understanding of how the climate system works and responds to external perturbations. It also helps distinguish aspects of the model projections of climate change that may be considered as robust and credible from aspects that remain uncertain and should be considered with caution. Her research has shown in particular that the response of low-level clouds to warming tends to amplify the global warming associated with the increase of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, but that the strength of this positive feedback remains very uncertain in climate models. She is co-organizing an international airborne field campaign that will take place over the tropical Atlantic in 2020 to help reduce this uncertainty.

In the past decade, she has been coordinating several activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) related to the modeling of climate change and the understanding of interactions between clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity. She was a lead author of the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the recipient of the 2012 Bernhard Haurwitz Award from the American Meteorological Society, and the laureate of an ERC Advanced Grant in 2016. She received the Gérard Mégie Award from the French Academy of Science in 2017, and the silver medal from CNRS in 2018.


Professor Omar M. Yaghi
University of Berkeley (United States)

Omar M. Yaghi is the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute, and a Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, as well as the California Research Alliance by BASF.

He is known for making metal-organic frameworks with permanent porosity and pioneering the basic science and applications of these materials in hydrogen storage, methane storage, carbon capture, and harvesting water from air. He also developed the chemistry and methods to linking organic building units into crystalline covalent organic frameworks, thus expanding organic chemistry beyond molecules and polymers to 2D and 3D extended structures. He named the building block chemistry used to make MOFs and COFs as reticular chemistry, which is currently being practiced in hundreds of labs worldwide.

Yaghi has received many awards for his work, including the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004), the Materials Research Society Medal (2007), the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009), United Kingdom′s Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010), King Faisal International Prize in Science (2015), Royal Society of Chemistry Spiers Memorial Award (2017), the Albert Einstein World Award of Science conferred by the World Cultural Council (2017), the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2018), the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2018), the Prince Sultan International Water Prize (2018), and the ENI Energy Transition Award (2018). He published over 250 articles, which have received over 120,000 citations. He is listed among the top five most highly cited chemists worldwide.

Professor Giuseppe Lacidogna
Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Giuseppe Lacidogna holds the National Academic Qualification as Full Professor in Structural Mechanics. He has been Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics at the Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering (DISEG), Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy) since January 2011.

He received his PhD degree in Structural Engineering from Politecnico di Torino with a dissertation on: “Mathematical Modelling of the Viscoelastic Behaviour of Concrete” (1994), and then he has been working as Assistant Professor in Structural Mechanics in the DISEG Department (1997-2010). He graduated cum Laude in Architecture with a thesis entitled “Elastic Plastic Calculation of Plane Frames” at Politecnico di Torino (1985).

Professor Lacidogna is currently the Director of the Doctorate Course in Structural Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, and an active member of several associations; among them: AIMETA, IA-FraMCoS, SEM, and RILEM.

He received a Certificate Merit Award by the European Society for Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM) for his research activity.

He is member of the Editorial Board of several international journals.

Professor Lacidogna is author of more than 300 publications, among which: seven monographs, more than 90 papers in refereed international journals (appearing on SCOPUS and ISI databases), 24 book chapters.

His areas of scientific interest include:

the characterization of the different forms of energy (acoustic, electromagnetic, particle) emitted by materials and structural systems during fracture propagation; Critical phenomena: from Structural Mechanics to Geophysics; Acoustic emission methods for the identification of cracking phenomena and the damage diagnosis in structures and construction materials (concrete, masonry and rocks); Mechanics of proteins and biomolecular structures; Raman optical activity for the vibrations frequency analysis of macromolecular structures; Theoretical and applied studies for static and dynamic analysis of high-rise buildings; Cracking evolution in masonry arch bridges, Energy dissipation in crushing and fragmentation; Creep behaviour of concrete structures.

Professor Lacidogna is currently or has been involved in teaching the following courses at the Politecnico di Torino: Structural Mechanics, Static and Dynamic Instability of Structures, Plasticity and Fracture, Static Analysis and Stability of Masonry Constructions. Moreover he holds the PhD Course on Structural Monitoring by the Acoustic Emission Technique.

Professor Dimitrios Aggelis
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

Dimitrios Aggelis is Professor of the Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since October 2012. Prior to this position he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Ioannina, Greece (2008-2012) and as research fellow in the Research Institute of Technology, Tobishima Corporation, Japan (2006-2008). He received his PhD degree from the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics Department of the University of Patras in 2004 and his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the same department in 1998. His main area of interest includes characterization of cementitious materials, expanding also to composites and metals by use of non-destructive inspection techniques focused on elastic wave propagation. He is active member of several technical committees of RILEM, the secretary of 269-IAM (Damage assessment in Consideration of Repair/ Retrofit-Recovery in Concrete and Masonry Structures by Means of Innovative NDT). He has published 120 papers in international journals and more than 140 in conference proceedings along with 12 chapters in books or stand-alone books. He is editor of the journal Construction and Building Materials, the Acoustics section-editor-in-chief of Applied Sciences, associate editor of Materials and Structures and editorial board member of NDT&E International. He is reviewer for more than 40 journals. He is currently or has been involved in teaching of Dynamics of Structures, Experimental Techniques and Nondestructive Testing of Materials, Mechanics of Materials, Construction Materials. He is married with a child.

Professor Saffa Riffat
University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)

Professor Riffat holds the posts of Chair of Sustainable Energy and Head of Buildings, Climate and Environment Research Group at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is is also the President of the World Society of Sustainable Energy (WSSET) and a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.  Professor Riffat has a wide range of experience of renewable energy/sustainable technologies, eco-cities/sustainable buildings, heat pumps/ cooling systems, energy storage and heat powered power cycles. He has obtained grants in excess of £120 million from the EPSRC, EU and industry and published over 650 refereed papers. According to the 2011 analysis, Professor Riffat is named as the author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in his field worldwide. Professor Riffat has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Oxford for his research contribution in the field of heat pumps and ventilation technology. He is named as the inventor on 30 International Patents. 

Professor Riffat is one of the world’s leading experts in sustainable technologies/eco-buildings. He has established several major sustainable buildings including the Millennium Eco-House, the Marmont Centre for Renewable Energy, the Environment Centre for Education and Creative Energy Homes, as well as played an important role in the development of the world largest Sustainable Energy Campus for Higher Education, ‘The Jubilee Campus’. Professor Riffat has been involved in teaching and research on low carbon buildings in China and other part of Asia.

Professor Riffat’s Chair has been supported by industry. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies and Renewable Bioresources Journal International Journal of Future Cities and Environment and Founder/previous Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of several journals including the Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering, journal of Green Energy, Journal of Ambient Energy, Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Journal of the Energy Institute and Journal in Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

Professor Riffat has been awarded Honorary/Distinguished Professorships by 14 universities. He is a member of the Advisory Eco-City/China Group to the previous Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, MP. He has also established the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, UNNC for research and training of Chinese students in renewable/sustainable energy. He has visited over 100 academic institutions to sign MoU, give lectures, carry out collaborative projects and promote renewable/sustainable energy. Professor Riffat has established several joint courses with institutions in China, Chile, Korea, Japan and Sudan.

Professor Riffat is a Fellow to the World Innovation Foundation and a Fellow of the Korea Institute of Ecological Architecture and Environment. He is an advisory Member of the National Energy Foundation. Professor Riffat has been awarded the UK Engineering and Innovation Award 2009/10 for his work on low/zero carbon homes. He has also been awarded the Community Award for Exceptional Individual, the Euro Solar Award, Energy Globe Award, the Rushlight Awards, the Engineer and Technology Innovation Awards and the CIBSE Baker Silver Medal. Professor Riffat has strong links with industry and has been a member of the Advisory Boards of several companies. Professor Riffat has organised/co-organised major international conferences such as the Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET2002-2018). He also acted as the chairman of numerous conferences including SET and the Energy Conversion & Application Conference. He has given numerous keynote papers and chaired sessions at International Conferences including Heat Powered Cycles Conference, CIBSE Conferences, Sustainable Construction Forums, COGEN Conference and World Renewable Energy Congresses.

Professor Francesco Tornabene
University of Bologna (Italy)

Francesco Tornabene was born in Bologna, January 13, 1978. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Course of Studies in Structural Mechanics) at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna on 23/07/2003. PhD in Structural Mechanics at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna on 31/05/2007. Research Activities in collaboration with Foreign and National University Professors. Author of the 11 books. Some of them entitled: Meccanica delle Strutture a Guscio in Materiale Composito. Il metodo Generalizzato di Quadratura Differenziale; Mechanics of Laminated Composite Doubly-Curved Shell Structures. The Generalized Differential Quadrature Method and the Strong Formulation Finite Element Method, 2014; Laminated Composite Doubly-Curved Shell Structures I. Differential Geometry. Higher-Order Structural Theories, 2016; Laminated Composite Doubly-Curved Shell Structures II. Differential and Integral Quadrature. Strong Formulation Finite Element Method, 2016. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journals: Journal of Engineering, International Journal of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Composite Structures, Technologies, Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Journal of Composites Science, Advanced Materials and Technologies, Heliyon, International Scholarly Research Notices, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, ISRN Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Computational Engineering, Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journals: Curved and Layered Structures, Journal of Composites Science. Author of more than one hundred and ninety research papers since 2004. Assistant Professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna form 2 April 2012 to now. He receives habilitations as Full and Associate Professor in Area 08/B2 (Structural Mechanics) and as Associate Professor in Area 09/A1 (Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering and Naval Architecture). His research focuses on Structural Mechanics and Computational Mechanics.

Professor Jincai Zhao
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

Prof. Jin-Cai Zhao obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry in 1994 at Meisei University (Japan). He is a professor at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is an academician of CAS, a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a Council member of Chinese Chemical Society.

Prof. Jin-Cai Zhao has been awarded with several prizes, such as Lectureship Award for Asian and Oceanian Photochemist (Japanese Photochemistry Association), the National Prize of Natural Science of China and the Award of Excellent Young Scientists of Chinese Academy of Sciences- Bayer (Germany).

His research interests cover novel approaches for the photodegradation of environmental pollutants, photochemical cycling of iron species and the related environmental photochemical processes, and photocatalytic selective redox of organic compounds. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in well-known international journals (received 25300 citations, H-index85 (Scopus, April 2018)). Prof. Zhao is also the Editorial (Advisory) Board member of several international journals such as Environ. Sci. Technol. (ACS), Energy Environ. Sci. (RSC), ChemCatChem and ChemPhysChem.

Professor Asunción Gómez-Pérez
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Prof. Dr. Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Azuaga, Spain, 1967) is Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Doctoral Studies (2016-) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is Professor in Artificial Intelligence at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) since 2007. She was Head of the Department of Artificial Intelligence (2008-2016), Director of the Ontology Engineering Group (OEG) (since 1995), Academic Director of the Master′s Degree in Artificial Intelligence (2009-2016) and Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Artificial Intelligence (2009-2016). She is part of the expert groups advising the government in the topics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Awards: She has received the National Award ARITMEL - National Prize of Computer Science 2015, the UPM Research Annual Award (2015) and the National Prize Ada Byron for the Technologist Woman in its second edition (2015). She has been recognized with an Award to the Best Ideas of Business XII actúaupm (2015) and the software OntOlogy Pitfall Scanner! (Opps!) was rewarded in the III Course of Commercialization of Technologies UPM by its business potential (2014).

Research Areas: Ontological Engineering, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Multilingualism in Information and Management of Knowledge are some of her main research areas. She took part in the creation of a global scale of the area of Ontologies and Semantic Web from its beginning, in the nineties.  The main achievement in all her scientific career is Methontology and its evolution into the NeOn Methodology. Methontology is a well-structured methodology to develop ontologies. Main papers on Methontology have achieved up to now almost 7,000 citations.

Publications and Ph.D Thesis supervision: more than 300 publications with more than 20.000 citations, h-index is 59, and i10-index is 169 in scholar.

Ph.D Thesis supervision. She has been supervisor of 24 doctoral thesis. 8 thesis have been distinguished by UPM with an excellent award, and 13 got the international mention. She has also supervised more than 20 postdocs financed by national and international programs.

Projects: She has directed significant amount I+D+i research projects from the National Plan, European projects and private contracts. She has coordinated 5 European research projects in FP6 and FP7, and has taken part like Main Researcher of the UPM in 25 European research projects.

Activities to bring the science and the technology over to the citizen: In 2010 she was one of the 27 invited researchers to participate in “The European corner: to be a scientist in Europe, 27 experiences”.  Among her most recent works the new portal of Open Data of the National Library of Spain.  

Professor Malgorzata Witko
Jerzy Haber Institute (Poland)

Professor Malgorzata Witko, director of Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (ICSC), Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in Krakow obtained her B.S. (1973) at the Department of Mathematics-Physics and Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University. In 1978 she got Ph.D. at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS in Warsaw, next in 1991 she finished her habilitation (D.Sc.) at the Department of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University. Since 1997 she is professor and since 2002 she is guiding ICSC.

Professor M. Witko is a Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2007) and Member of Academia Europea (2012). She is also doctor honoris causa of the Polytechnic University in Rzeszow.

For her work she was awarded with Knight′s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2012) and Officer′s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2018)

Professor Malgorzata Witko is the author of over 140 papers, with average citation equals to 17, and H=30.

Professor M. Witko gave over 150 lectures at the international conference and was involved in organization of about 50 conferences in Poland and abroad. She is polish representative to EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies (since 2003) and member of the Board of Directors of ERIC (European Research Institute on Catalysis (since 2009), she worked as panellist PE4 and PE5 for the European Research Council (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). In Poland, she is a member of the Board of Directors of all institutes of PAS and member of scientific councils of. Institute of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Nuclear Physics, and Center of Polymers and Carbon Materials.

In her work she profited from international collaboration; she spent post-doc at the Universite de Paris-Sud, CNRS, Orsay, and was also Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Fritz-Haber-Institute of MPG, in Berlin.

Professor Malgorzata Witko specializes in theoretical chemistry and catalysis. Her main achievements are: in heterogeneous catalysis field - explanation of electronic structure of V and Mo oxides, alkali-doped systems, oxide systems supported on other materials; clarification of activities of structurally different surface centers; description of surface vacation formation and re-oxidation processes; in homogeneous catalysis field - theoretical modeling of catalytic activity of porphyrins, interpretation of mechanism of interaction of porphyrin with small molecules; elucidation of the mechanism of epoxidation/oxidation of cyclohexene by manganese porphyrin; in enzymatic catalysis field - elucidation of electronic structure/activity of ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH) enzyme, description of molecular mechanism of ethylbenzene oxidation to +(S)-1-phenylethanol and development of the theoretical multiple regression model coupling experimentally measured kinetic constants to the theoretical parameters. Her paper in Journal of Molecular Catalysis, 1 (1975/76) 35-41 was probably the first in the world where a catalyst was taken explicitly into consideration.

Professor Mikhail Semenov
Rothamsted Research (United Kingdom)

Mikhail Semenov is an internationally known scientist at Rothamsted Research in the UK, leading research in mathematical modelling and computer simulation of complex biological and agricultural systems. He graduated as mathematician from the Moscow State University in 1981 and completed his PhD at the Computational Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1985. Throughout his career, he was involved in many international multidisciplinary projects on the impact assessments of climate change on agricultural systems, including impacts on crops, pests and disease. Focus of his research was investigation of nonlinearities in climate change impact assessments. In2008 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Climate Research. MS published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is known for developing the LARS-WG stochastic weather, a computationally inexpensive downscaling tool for local-scale climate change scenarios used in impact assessments. This popular tool was used in over 75 countries by scientists for research and as an educational tool at universities. MS is a principal developer of the Sirius crop simulation model for modelling agricultural crops and inter-plant competition. Sirius is used by many scientists to understand crop responses to environmental variations, and by farmers to optimise management. He pioneered the use of crop models for designing wheat ideotypes for target environments including climate change. MS is actively involved in many international activities on climate change and crop model inter-comparison, including IPCC, AgMIP and MACSUR.

Professor Camille Parmesan
Plymouth University (United Kingdom)

Camille Parmesan obtained her PhD in 1995 from University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on wild plants and animals. Her research spans from field-based work on butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes. She has also authored numerous assessments of impacts of climate change on agricultural pests and on human health, through changes in the wild animal vectors and reservoirs of diseases.

Parmesan has received numerous scientific awards, including being ranked the second most highly cited author in the field of Climate Change from 1999-2009 by T Reuters, being named the "2013 Distinguished Scientist" by the Texas Academy of Sciences, and elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  Her 2003 paper in Nature was ranked the most highly cited paper on Climate Change (Carbon Brief, 2015).  She works actively with governmental agencies and NGOs to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.  She was awarded the Conservation Achievement Award in Science by the National Wildlife Federation, named "Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change," by IUCN, and named as a “Who’s Who of Women and the Environment” by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).  She has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for >20 years, and is an official Contributor to IPCC′s Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Professor Roger A. Falconer
Cardiff University (United Kingdom)

Roger Falconer graduated from: King’s College, London (BSc Civil Engineering) in 1973, University of Washington, USA (MSCE Hydraulic Engineering) in 1974, and Imperial College, London (PhD) in 1976.  He is currently Professor of Water Management (part-time) and Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University and an Independent Water Consultant. He was previously Professor of Water Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford (1987-97) and Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Birmingham (1977-86).

Throughout his career he has managed a range of research projects on water-environmental engineering and modelling and has published over 400 papers in journals and international conference proceedings. His main research activities are currently in the fields of: flood risk modelling and management, water quality and sediment transport modelling, tidal and river hydro-power devices and structures (including barrages and lagoons), and water security. He has delivered over 30 keynote lectures at major international conferences and has given over 500 presentations on his research to a wide range of learned societies etc., in 23 countries.    

He is a Fellow of: the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the Learned Society of Wales (LSW) and the City and Guilds Institute (CGI). He has served on the Council of a number of learned societies and was President of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research (2011-15) and elected an Honorary Member of IAHR in 2017. He is a recipient of the RAEng’s Silver Medal (1999), IAHR’s Ippen Award (1992) and various other awards, such as the Institution of Civil Engineers Telford Premium (1994). His computer models have been used extensively in over 100 Environmental Impact Assessment studies worldwide and he consults regularly on major UK and international water environmental and engineering projects.

Professor Shuanggen Jin
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

Shuanggen Jin received the B.Sc degree in Geodesy from Wuhan University in 1999 and the Ph.D degree in Geodesy from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. After that, he has been a Visiting Fellow at University of New South Wales, Australia, Post-Doc and Senior Scientist at Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Research Fellow at University of Texas at Austin, USA, Professor at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS, China, Professor at Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey, and Professor and Dean of School of Remote Sensing and Geomatics Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China.

Prof. Jin has been President of Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Planetary Sciences (2018-2020), President of the International Association of CPGPS (2016-2017), President of International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) (2015-2019), Chair of IUGG Union Commission on Planetary Sciences (UCPS) (2015-2019), Vice-President of the IAG Commission 2 (2015-2019), Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Geosciences (2010-), Editor-in-Chief of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (2018-), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2014-), Journal of Navigation (2014-), and Advances in Space Research (2013-2017) as well as Editorial Board member of Remote Sensing (2017-), GPS Solutions (2016-), Journal of Geodynamics (2014-), and Planetary and Space Science (2014-). He has received Special Prize of Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (2006), Fu Chengyi Award of Chinese Geophysical Society (2012), Second Prize of Hubei Natural Science Award (2012), Second Prize of National Geomatics Science & Technology Progress Award (2013/2014), Second Prize of Shanghai Science & Technology Progress Award (2014), First Prize of Satellite Navigation and Positioning Progress Award (2017), First Prize of China Overseas Chinese Contribution Award (2018), Hundred-Talent Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010), Fellow of International Association of Geodesy (IAG) (2011), Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS) (2017-), and Member of European Academy of Sciences (2018-).

His main research areas include Satellite Navigation, Space Geodesy, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, Geophysics, and Planetary Sciences. He has published over 400 papers in JGR, IEEE, EPSL, GJI, Icarus, JG etc. with more than 3500 citations and H-index>36, 8 books/monographs and 8 patents/software copyrights.

Professor Pete Smith
University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

Pete Smith is Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange). Since 1996, he has served as Convening Lead Author, Lead Author and Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His interests are in climate change mitigation and impacts, greenhouse gases fluxes, ecosystem modelling, soils, agriculture, bioenergy and food security.

He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013), the John S. Waid Award for the best Review in Soil Biology & Biochemistry (2012), the British Ecological Society Marsh Award for Climate Change Research (2014), the European Geosciences Union Philippe Duchaufour Medal (2017) and was made an Honorary Member of British Soil Science Society (2017)

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

Professor John Arnold
University of California (United States)

John Arnold began studies at Salford University in 1979, where he studied Applied Chemistry and nuclear technology and obtained a first class Honours in Applied Chemistry in 1982.  He left England for the first time to work on his PhD at the University of California, San Diego (with Professor Don Tilley). He returned to the U.K. to a postdoctoral position with Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, then became a Royal Society Research Fellow at Imperial in 1988. In 1989 he returned to the U.S. to an assistant professorship at U.C. Berkeley, where he is now a full Professor. He also holds a faculty scientist position at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working in the Heavy Element Chemistry group.

In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, Prof. Arnold recently became the Undergraduate Dean of the College of Chemistry. He has played an active role in working with and promoting Dalton Transactions for many years, acting as the longest-serving Associate Editor (2001-16. In January 2016, he stepped down as Associate Editor and became Chair of the editorial board. He is also a member of the board of Inorganic Syntheses (since 2015) and an editorial board member of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews (since 2014). Other professional service commitments during the review period included: Chair of the U.S. delegation to CS3, Chemical Sciences and Society (2013), Chair of NSF CCI; Review Panel, University of Minnesota (2012-14), Co-Chair of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding Working Group (2011-present); Member of the Science Foundation of Ireland Review Panel (2008-present), and ACS National Meeting Session Chair (2014). 

His main research interests concern the application of inorganic and materials chemistry to problems relating to energy and the environment; catalysis; kinetic and mechanistic studies of early transition metal inorganic and organometallic systems; new ligand platforms and metal/metalloid bonds in actinide-element chemistry.

Professor Rosa Llusar Barelles
Universitat Jaume I (Spain)

Rosa Llusar is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University Jaume I of Castelló (Spain). She studied chemistry at the University of Valencia (Spain) where she graduated in 1983 with the highest honours. Her doctorate work was devoted to the chemistry of cubane-type molybenum and tungsten sulfides and received Ph.D. degrees from Valencia University in 1987 and from Texas A&M University (USA) in 1988 under the guidance of Prof. F. Albert Cotton.  After working in the Research and Development Department of a Capolactam Production Plant in Castelló (Spain) for three years, she spent one year (1992) with Prof. John D. Corbett at the Ames Laboratory (Iowa State University, USA) investigating new solid state phases based on reduced rare earth halides.  Since 1993, she has held a position at the University Jaume I of Castelló (Spain) and became Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1995 and Full Professor in 2009. She has been appointed visiting professor at the Laboratory of Chemistry, Molecular Engineering and Materials of the CNRS-Universtity of Angers (France) in 2005, the University of Rennes (France) in 2012 and the Universidade Stadual Paulista in 2015 (Brazil). 

In the area of university management, Prof. Llusar has been vice chancellor of research at the University Jaume I of Castellón from 2006 until 2010 and Director the Technical Services of Scientific Instrumentation from 2010 until 2014. In June 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute Nikolaev of Inorganic Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science.  She has also received the XVII Edition Research Award from the Social Council of the University Jaume I in 2015 for her scientific trajectory.

At present her research is focussed on the chemistry of transition metal clusters with special emphasis in their physicochemical properties directed towards their technological applications in fields such as catalysis and photocatalysis. Prof. Llusar leads the molecular materials research group of the University Jaume I (http://www.grupo-rllusar.uji.es/) since its creation in 1998.  She is co-author of more than one hundred sixty publications in high impact international scientific journals and has supervised eleven Ph. D. thesis. 

Professor Rinaldo Poli
Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (France)

Rinaldo Poli is Professor at ENSIACET, an engineering school which is part of the University of Toulouse. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa with Fausto Calderazzo as supervisor. He spent one year as an exchange Ph.D. student at Imperial College London in the group of Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. After a 2-year post-doc with F. Albert Cotton at Texas A&M University, he started his career at the University of Maryland College Park where he climbed the ranks to Full Professor. He then moved to France, first to the University of Dijon in 1996, then to his current position in 2005.

He was a Henry and Camille Dreyfus New Faculty, a Sloan Fellow, an Exxon Research Fellow, and a Presidential Young Investigator in the USA, a fellow of the Humboldt Foundation in Germany and the winner of the Nasini Medal in Italy. He received the Italian Chemical Society organometallic interdivisional group senior award and the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society. He was also elected as a senior member of the “Institut Universitaire de France”.

He was invited Professor at Tecnhische Universität München, Tokyo Metropolitan University, the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Celal Bayar Üniversitesi, Universität Heidelberg, Leibniz Institut für Katalyse, Université du Quebec à Montréal, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Osaka University, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Huazhong Institut of Sience and Technology. He is currently serving as President of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society and represents this society within the Division of Organometallic Chemistry of EuCheMS.

He has disparate research interests, all focused on the chemistry and reactivity of molecular transition metal compounds, spanning across the effects of the spin state in organometallic reactivity, hydrides and dihydrogen complexes, metal-mediated controlled radical polymerization, high oxidation state aqueous organometallic chemistry and oxidation catalysis, the coordination chemistry and catalytic applications of chiral ligands, and on biphasic catalysis with polymeric nanoreactors.

Professor Jian-Ping Lang
Soochow University (China)

Jian-Ping Lang received his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1993 from Nanjing University. From 1995 to 2001, he carried out postdoctoral studies at Nagoya University (Kazuyuki Tatsumi) and at Harvard University (Richard H. Holm). In April 2001, he became a full Professor at the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University. During 2003-2013, he was served as vice-dean, executive-dean and dean of this college. From 2013-2017, he served as the vice-dean and dean of the Graduate School of Soochow University. Currently he is working as the vice-chairman of Academic Degree Evaluation Committee and vice-director of Academic board of Soochow University. He was promoted as a Chung Kong Scholar Chair professor by the Ministry of Education of China (2012).

His research interests cover the synthesis, structural chemistry and third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of metal sulfide clusters, photochemical synthesis within crystalline MOFs, development of new coordination complex-based catalysts, and bioinorganic chemistry related to mimicking metal sites of enzymes and proteins, and so on.

He has published more than 380 research papers in the international and domestic journals and obtained 22 Chinese patents. He is a member of International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions (2010-date) and an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports of Nature Publishing Group (2015-date). He has also been named as one of the most cited Chinese researchers in Physics and Astronomy during 2015-2017.

He has been the recipient of several awards, including the National Outstanding Teacher by Ministry of Education (2003), the Distinguished Young Scholar Fund by the National Natural Science Foundation (2005), the New Century National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (2007), the Second Prizes of Science and Technology Advancement of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (CPCIA) (2009), the Science and Technology Advancement of Jiangsu Province (2010), and Natural Science by Ministry of Education of China (2011). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) of UK (2014).

Professor Paul R. Raithby
University of Bath (United Kingdom)

Paul Raithby obtained his B Sc (1973) and Ph D (1976) from Queen Mary College, University of London, working for his Ph D in structural inorganic chemistry under the supervision of Professor Mike Hursthouse.  He is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bath (since 2000), prior to which he was a faculty member of the Department of at the University of Cambridge for 25 years. In Cambridge he worked with Professor the Lord Lewis and Professor Brian Johnson FRS on the chemistry of transition metal cluster compounds and on the organometallic chemistry of platinum acetylide complexes.

At the University of Bath Raithby has developed research interests that span aspects of chemical crystallography, including time-resolved crystallography, structural coordination chemistry and organometallic polymer characterisation.

Raithby was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Corday Morgan Medal and Prize (1988) and the RSC Prize for Structural Chemistry (2008). He has over 850 publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and was President of the British Crystallographic Association (2006-2009). He was an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow (2006-2011) and sat on the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network (2011-2016).  He is one of the three main editors for Acta Crystallographica, Section C, and has served on the editorial boards of a number of RSC and Royal Society journals: Molecular Systems & Design Engineering (2017 - date), Philosophical Transactions A (Royal Society) (2017 -date), New Journal of Chemistry (2001-2006), Chemical Communications (1997-2000), Dalton Transactions (1992-1996). He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (2016-2018). He has been senior investigator on a number of large grants including the EPSRC sponsored Dynamic Structural Science Consortium (2011-2016) and the EPSRC Programme Grant in Functional Materials (2012-2018). Between 2010-2017 he was the PI of the EPSRC Grand Challenge Network entitled “Directed Assembly of Extended Structures with Targeted Properties”. 

Professor Hans-Peter Steinrueck
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

Hans-Peter Steinrück received his PhD in physics at TU Graz/Austria 1985, was postdoc at Stanford University/USA 1985/86, received his Habilitation at TU München/Germany 1992, and became Professor of Physics at Würzburg University in 1993. Since 1998, he holds a chair of Physical Chemistry at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. He was Guest Professor at USTC/Hefei in China, holds a honorary doctorate degree from Szeged University/Hungary, is member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea, Fellow of APS and AAAS, and received the AVS Medard W. Welch Award/USA in 2017. His research focusses in surface and interface science, from ionic liquids, porphyrins, liquid metals and liquid organic hydrogen carriers to chemically modified graphene. He published 335 peer-reviewed papers.


Professor Uwe Bunz
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)

Uwe Bunz received his Dr. rer. nat.  in organic chemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (1990) for his work with Prof. G. Szeimies.  After a postdoc in Berkeley (K. P. C. Vollhardt, 1991-1992) and Habilitation at the University of Mainz in the MPI for Polymer Research (K. Müllen, 1997) he accepted an Associate Professor position at the University of South Carolina (Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1997). He was promoted to Full Professor in 2001 and moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Full Professor in 2003. In 2010 he accepted a position as a Chair of Organic Chemistry at Heidelberg. He is a Director of the CAM (Centre of Advanced Materials) at Heidelberg.  He received a Heisenberg Fellowship (1997), a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (2001) and an NSF-CAREER award (2001). He is member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

His research interest is in the broader realm of alkyne and arene chemistries. Here he and his group have developed a number of novel approaches for the synthesis of larger N-heteroacenes and N-heteroarenes. A particular achievement was the synthesis of derivatives of 6,13-diethynylquinoxalino[2,3-b]phenazine, a tetraazapentacene-derivative. This material is a superb organic n-channel semiconductor and has been used in thin film transistors. Currently he and his group stitch together multiple azaacenes and azaarenes with unusual properties, topologies and structures.  

Prof. Bunz´s second interest is in the development of hypothesis free sensor arrays. Here, a specific class of water soluble, charged fluorescent polymers, poly(para-phenyleneethynylene)s (PPE) are the ground structural motifs for these hypothesis free sensor arrays. In several cases combinations of these structurally related PPEs alone and often in jucture with different adjuvants discriminate and differentiate complex analytes. Investigated sets of successfully discriminated analytes include whiskies, white wines, teas, bacteria, proteins etc. The overall goal would be to create a generalized sensor array, that could be used in strip form and allows read-out by cellphone. 

Professor Tong Yang
City University of Hong Kong (China)

Tong Yang received his PhD degree in 1993 from the University of California, Davis. After one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he joined the City University of Hong Kong in 1994 and was promoted to Chair professor of Mathematics in 2007. He has also been a visiting chair professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The awards and honors that he has received include the State Natural Science Award (2nd class) of China in 2012, the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2011, the Changjiang Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China in 2005, and the Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics by ICCM in 1998.

He works in partial differential equations and kinetic theories. He has made contributions to the L1 stability of BV solutions to hyperbolic conservation laws by introducing the Liu-Yang functional, fluid dynamic phenomena in kinetic models, boundary layer theories and high Reynolds number limit. He authored more than 170 papers in refereed journals. He served as co-editor-in-chief of Analysis and Applications (2013-17) and is one of the founding co-editors-in-chief of Kinetic and Related Models in 2008, and sits in the editorial board of three other academic journals. He has been the President of Hong Kong Mathematical Society since 2016.

Professor Roger Lecomte
University of Sherbrooke (Canada)

Roger Lecomte is Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology at Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and the Scientific Head of the Sherbrooke Molecular Imaging Center (SherbrookeImaging.ca). He received his master degree in Applied Nuclear Physics in 1977 and a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Université de Montréal in 1981. After postdoctoral training in Nuclear Medicine at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), he established the Laboratory of Positron Emission Tomography (LabPET) with the aim of designing, developing and exploiting multimodality imaging instrumentation and methods for preclinical studies in small animals.  He developed the first PET scanner based on semiconductor photodetectors (avalanche photodiodes, APDs), achieving the world’s best spatial resolution in 1995, and established the first animal PET imaging facility in Canada as part of the Sherbrooke Molecular Imaging Center, which became the 2nd most active preclinical PET imaging laboratory in the world in 2001 (SNM Highlights 2001).  Further developments in PET methodology and multimodality imaging resulted in numerous applications of molecular imaging in new radiotracer validation, pharmacokinetic modeling, cardiac disease assessment, tumor characterization and cancer treatment follow-up.  He was the co-founder in 2002 of Advanced Molecular Imaging (AMI) Inc., manufacturing the LabPETä, the first APD-based, fully-digital, commercial PET scanner distributed worldwide by GE Healthcare from 2007 to 2011.  More recently, he co-founded IR&T Inc. with the intent of introducing a second-generation LabPET technology in clinical brain PET imaging to achieve an order of magnitude improvement in volumetric spatial resolution with respect to the current state-of-the-art.  

He is an author of over 250 refereed journal papers and 190 conference papers, a frequent invited speaker with over 150 invited lectures, and he holds 7 patents with many more pending.  Dr. Lecomte has received several awards, including: the J.-Armand-Bombardier Award for Technological Innovation from the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas, 2009); the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction from the Ernest C. Manning Foundation (2012); the Lionel-Boulet Quebec Government’s Scientific Award (2013); the Michel-Sarrazin Career Award for Advancement of Biomedical Research (2014); and the Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences (CANPS) Award from the IEEE Society (2016) for contributions of real time techniques in the field of Positron Emission Tomography.  He was also invited to present the William Feindel Neuroimaging Honorary Lecture (2016) for outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging.

Professor Habib Ammari
ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Habib Ammari is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at ETH Zürich. Before moving to ETH, he was a Director of Research at the Department of Mathematics and Applications at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He received a Bachelor′s degree in 1992, a Master′s degree in 1993, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1995, all from the Ecole Polytechnique, France. Following this, he received a Habilitation degree in Mathematics from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris three years later. Habib Ammari is a world leading expert in wave propagation phenomena in complex media, mathematical modelling in photonics and phononics, and mathematical biomedical imaging. He has published more than two hundred research papers, eight high profile research-oriented books and edited eight books on contemporary issues in applied mathematics. He has advised twenty-nine PhD students and twenty two postdoctoral researchers. Habib Ammariwas awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2010 in recognition of the excellence of his achievements and his outstanding research program in mathematical imaging. He was named the 2013 winner of the Kuwait Prize in Basic Sciences and received this prestigious prize from His Highness the Emir of Kuwait.  In 2015, he was the recipient of the Khwarizmi International Award in Basic Sciences, which is the highest honor accorded by His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for intellectual achievement.  In 2016, he was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in Mathematics by Clarivate Analytics. Habib Ammari has been a fellow of the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts since 2015.

Professor Andrea Cavalleri
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (Germany)

Andrea Cavalleri is the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg (Germany) and a professor of Physics at the University of Oxford (UK). After receiving a laurea degree from the University of Pavia (Italy), he held graduate, postgraduate, and research staff positions at the University of Essen (Germany), at the University of California, San Diego (US), and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (US). He joined the Oxford faculty in 2005.

He is best known for his experiments in which electromagnetic radiation is used to control complex materials and to induce new quantum phases. He has for example pioneered the field of nonlinear phononics, in which intense TeraHertz pulses are used to drive large amplitude and coherent lattice distortions in solids to create new crystal structures. He has also demonstrated that one can induce non-equilibrium superconductivity far above the thermodynamic transition temperature. Motivated by the need to probe driven lattices, he has also been majorly involved in the development of ultrafast X-ray techniques, since their inception in the late 1990s through their modern incarnation at X-ray Free Electron Lasers.

Cavalleri is a recipient of the 2004 European Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, of the 2012 Medaglia Teresiana from the University of Pavia, the 2015 Max Born Medal from the IoP and the DFG, the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize from the Goettingen Academy of Sciences and the 2018 Isakson Prize from the American Physical Society. He was also chosen as the 2012 Ångstrom Lecturer at Uppsala University. Cavalleri is a fellow of the APS, of the AAAS, and of the IoP. In 2017, he was elected Member of the Academia Europaea.

Professor Michael Ward
New York University (United States)

Michael D. Ward is the Silver Professor of Chemistry at New York University, located in Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1981 under the supervision Jeffrey Schwartz and was a Welch postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin with Allen J. Bard through 1982. He joined the research staff at Standard Oil of Ohio in Cleveland in 1982, and in 1984 he joined the research staff at the Dupont Central Research and Development Laboratories in Wilmington, Delaware. Ward then joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1990, where he was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1999. He was a founding Director of the NSF-supported University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) from 1998 – 2005. He then moved to New York University in 2006 to create the Molecular Design Institute within the Department of Chemistry and was appointed Department Chair for six years from 2009 through 2014. He also was the founding Director of the NSF-supported NYU MRSEC, serving as Director from 2008 through 2017, and is the current Director of the Molecular Design Institute.

Ward is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been an invited Professor at several institutions, frequently at the University of Strasbourg. Ward has published more than 240 peer-reviewed manuscripts in highly ranked journals and presented more than 250 invited seminars. He has served as an Editor for the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials since 1998. His current research interests include organic solid-state chemistry, crystal growth, polymorphism, active matter, the role of biominerals in biomedicine and disease, organic epitaxy, and atomic force microscopy.

Professor Beate Koksch
Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Beate Koksch, studied chemistry at the Technical University Merseburg and University Leipzig in Germany where she completed a PhD in biochemistry. Following a DFG postdoctoral research fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, she started her independent career at University Leipzig in 2000. In 2004, she assumed her position as Professor for Organic and Natural Product Chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Her research program at FU Berlin focuses on peptide and protein engineering with applications to current problems in biomedicine, biotechnology, and materials science. The structural and functional diversity of peptides and proteins depends upon the physical and chemical properties of the amino acid building blocks that they are composed of. One key aspect that her research group has devoted its efforts to over the past 15 years is expanding the toolkit of building blocks to include fluorinated aliphatic amino acids to improve the pharmacokinetic and physicochemical profiles of peptide/protein-based drugs and materials, respectively. Advances in these areas rely on the combination of various scientific disciplines such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, inorganic chemistry, material sciences, analytics, and theory and her group is collaborating with several groups at the Freie Universität Berlin, Max-Planck-Institutions nationally and internationally.

Professor Koksch’s research has been documented in over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 patents and more than 60 plenary and invited lectures. She is Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Cell Chemical Biology, ACS Med. Chem. Lett. and Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology.  Recently, she received the Publication Award of the GDCh “Fluorine Chemistry” division. Professor Koksch is member of the Max-Bergmann-Kreis for the Advancement of Peptide Chemistry and the GDCh Division of Fluorine Chemists. She is the Director of the DFG- Graduate Program “Fluorine as key element” and a co-founder and CEO of FluxPharm GmbH. 

Professor Tanja Weil
Max Planck Institute (Germany)

Tanja Weil received her Ph.D. in organic and macromolecular chemistry from the University of Mainz (2002) for her work with Prof. K. Müllen at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Resaerch. From 2002 to 2008, she managed different leading positions at Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH (Frankfurt) from Section Head Medicinal Chemistry to Director of Chemical Research and Development. In 2008, she accepted an Associate Professor position at the National University of Singapore. Tanja Weil joined Ulm University as Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry III / Macromolecular Chemistry (2010-2016). In 2017, she became Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, where he is heading the Department „Synthesis of Macromolecules.

Her current research interests include the synthesis of functional macromolecules to address current challenges in biomedical and materials research. Results have been published in more than 140 peer-revie­wed scientific papers. She is an elected member of the Heidelberger Academy of Sciences (since 2016). For her work in the field of macromolecule synthesis, she was awarded with the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (2002), an ERC Synergy grant (2012, together with Martin Plenio and Fedor Jelezko) and the Wissenschaftspreis of the city of Ulm (2014). He is serving as member of the senate of the Leibniz Association and the German Research Fundation.  She is member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the Dechema, the German Natural Scientists and Physicians Society (GDNÄ) and the American Chemical Society.

Professor Dion Dionysiou
University of Cincinnati (United States)

Professor Dionysiou was born on the Island of Cyprus. He is currently a UNESCO co-Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” and a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He received a Diploma (B.S./M.S.) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and an M.S. from Tufts University, both in Chemical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. He teaches courses on drinking water quality, treatment and reuse, advanced unit operations for water treatment, environmental nanotechnology, advanced oxidation technologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. His research interests include (i) physical chemical processes for treatment of surface water, groundwater, industrial wastewater, and other types of polluted water, (ii) advanced oxidation technologies and nanotechnologies, including processes based on hydroxyl and sulfate radicals, (iii) development of advanced functional materials, (iv) UV and solar light-based remediation processes, (v) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern, (vi) remediation of Harmful Algal Blooms/cyanotoxins, (vii) transition metal-based chemical oxidation, (viii) environmental nanotechnology, (ix) (nano) interfacial phenomena in environmental systems, and (x) water sustainability. He has industrial experience with W. R. Grace where he performed research on investigating environmental problems in masonry formulations and he is serving as consultant of several environmental companies in the field of treatment of water, air, and soil.

Professor Dionysiou is currently serving as Chair (2018-2019) and member of several other committees of the Division of Environmental Chemistry, ACS (ENVR/ACS); he has previously served as Chair-Elect (2016-2017) and Program Chair (2008-2016) of ENVR/ACS. He has served as AEESP Board of Directors (2015-2017) and member of the Distinguished Lecturer, Education and Awards Committees of AEES. He has served as Member (previously served as Co-chair) of Water Environment Federation Groundwater Committee; Member of AWWA Organics Contaminant Control and Ph.D. Dissertation/M.S. Theses Award Committees. He is a member of over ten professional organizations including ACS, AEESP, ASCE, AWWA, EurASc, IUVA, IWA, RSC, Sigma Xi, and WEF.

Dr. Dionysiou is the author or co-author of over 350 refereed journal publications (received over 22,000 citations, H-factor of 77; Google Scholar), over 86 conference proceedings, 32 book chapter publications, 26 editorials, and more than 600 presentations. He frequently serves as organizer and member of international scientific committees in conferences throughout the world and he frequently participates in European conferences in the fields of materials, nanotechnology, advanced oxidation processes, water quality, sustainability, and environmental science in general. He has extensive collaborations with many research groups throughout the world. Dr. Dionysiou has also served as editor/co-editor of six books in the fields of photocatalysis, water reuse, water sustainability, ferrates/ferrites as well as guest editor of several journal special issues. He has received funding from US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/CICEET, United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ohio Sea Grant, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine/USAID, Cyprus Research Foundation, and DuPont.

Prof. Dionysiou is currently one of the editors of Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of more than ten journals including: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Environmental Technology Reviews, International Journal of Photoenergy, Membranes, Advanced Science Letters, Catalysts, Nanomaterials and the Environment, The International Journal of Water Sciences, Ecological Chemistry and Engineering S, and Nanomaterials and Nanosciences. He has previously served as Associate Editor of Water Environment Research (WEF) (2006-2011) and as member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Progress (now renamed as Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy) (AIChE) (2003-2009).

Dr. Dionysiou is fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc), fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and recipient of several awards including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, The Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, the 2017ARCADIS / AEESP (Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors) Frontier in Research Award (2014), the Tufts University Graduate School Alumni Outstanding Career Achievement Award (2012), the Inaugural Super Reviewer Award (2011) and Excellence in Review Award (2008) from the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ACS, 2008); the AEESP Dissertation Advisor Award for Mentoring Hyeok Choi who was selected as the recipient of the CH2M Hill/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2008; the NSF CAREER Award (2005); the DuPont Young Professor Award (2005); the 2007 Sigma Xi Award for Young Faculty, University of Cincinnati Chapter; the 2017 Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, University of Cincinnati, the College of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Engineering Researcher Award (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and the 2006 College of Engineering Research Award for Young Faculty at the University of Cincinnati; the American Water Works Association’s First Place Academic Achievement Award for Best Dissertation (2002); and the Journal of Environmental Engineering Editor’s Award (2001). His students also received numerous awards.

Dr. Dionysiou has been featured in several international symposia, professional meetings, and scientific publication, including an interview on “Cleaning up water” published in the Chemistry World magazine of the RSC. Professor Dionysiou has trained over 120 graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars in his laboratories.              

Professor Kazushi Mashima
Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University (Japan)

   Kazushi Mashima received his PhD degree (1986) from Osaka University.  He became an Assistant Professor at Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki National Institutes in 1983 before receiving his PhD degree from Osaka University.  He moved to Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor in 1989, and then to Faculty of Science, Osaka University as an Assistant Professor in 1991. He worked as a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor M. A. Bennett, Australian National University in 1992 and as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Professor W. A. Herrmann, Technisch Universität München in 1993.  He was promoted to an Associate Professor at Faculty (now Graduate School) of Engineering Science, Osaka University in 1994, and then to a full Professor at Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University in 2003. 

   He received Progress Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan in 1994, BCSJ Award (the best paper award of Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.) in 2000, The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work for 2008, The 9th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award, Awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2010, and The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan in 2010.  He received CSJ Awards 2017 for his achievements on “Development of New Metal-catalyzed Organic Transformations Based on Detailed Studies of the Reaction Mechanism“ from The Chemical Society of Japan.

   His current research interests lie in the area of organometallic chemistry for metal-catalyzed organic transformations, including direct amination of alcoholic substrates, asymmetric hydrogenation, and polymerization catalysis as well as enzyme-like catalysis composed of polynuclear assembled metals.

   He is the principle PI of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific on Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2015-2019), MEXT, Japan, “Precise Formation of a Catalyst Having a Specified Filed for Use in Extremely Difficult Substrate Conversion Reactions” (http://precisely-designed-catalyst.jp/index-e.html).


Professor Jens Kreisel
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg)

Prof Jens Kreisel is the Director of the "Materials Research and Technology Department" at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Luxembourg and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal "Phase Transitions". Before moving to Luxembourg in 2012, he was Director of Research at the CNRS in Grenoble and Dpt. Vice-President of the Grenoble Institute of Technology.

Jens Kreisel has studied Physics and Materials Science in Karlsruhe, Lyon and Grenoble. In 1999, he has then obtained his PhD from the Grenoble INP, followed by a Post-doctoral stay at the University of Oxford.

JK’s research interest lies in materials physics, with a particular interest in how physical/structural properties interact and couple in functional materials and how such functionalities can be translated into technology.

JK has received several distinctions in Germany, England and France, and is currently holding a 5 Mio€ PEARL award from the Luxembourg research council FNR for investigating multifunctional materials.

Professor Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus
University of Bielefeld (Germany)

Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus studied Chemistry at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, where she received her diploma 1975 and her PhD 1978. Her habilitation in engineering was awarded 1992 at Stuttgart University. Her independent academic career includes research periods at DLR German Aerospace Center in Stuttgart, Stanford University, SRI International, Menlo Park, and ONERA, Palaiseau. Since 1994, she is professor of Physical Chemistry, since 2017 Senior Professor, at Bielefeld University, addressing topics in combustion chemistry, biofuels and diagnostics in high-temperature reactive systems. She has received guest and honorary professorships in several European and Asian universities and is an elected member of the academies of sciences, technology and arts Leopoldina, acatech, Göttingen and Northrhine-Westphalia, respectively. She belongs among the most-cited researchers in her field. Among her academic activities count membership in the Senates of the National Research Foundation DFG (2007-2013) and of the Helmholtz Association (2008-2013), in the international advisory board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2007-2013) and of its central selection committee (2004-2012), in the German Council for Science and Humanities (2012-2018) and in a number of international advisory boards. She was president of the German Bunsen Society (2007-2008) and of the International Combustion Institute (2012-2016), and editor-in-chief of Combustion and Flame (2004-2010). Kohse-Höinghaus has received a number of high-level international awards, including most recently the Chinese National Friendship Award 2016 as well as the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award presented to her 2017 by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beyond her research, her pioneering science outreach programs have been awarded with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic (2007) by then German President Horst Köhler.

Professor Moniek Tromp
Van ′t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) (Netherlands)

Moniek Tromp finished her MSc in Chemistry, with specialisations in spectroscopy and catalysis, at the University of Utrecht (Nld) in 2000. She then obtained a PhD from the same university, in the fields of homogeneous catalysis and time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy with Profs. Koningsberger and van Koten. After finishing with distinction (‘cum laude’, greatest honours possible) in 2004, she moved to the University of Southampton (UK) for a Post-Doctoral Research fellowship in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and spectroscopy. In 2007, she was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship to start up her own independent academic career. She moved to Germany in 2010, where she took up a position as professor in Catalyst Characterisation at the Technical University Munich. In 2014, she decided to come back to the Netherlands, where she is now working at the University of Amsterdam.

Her research focusses on the development and application of operando spectroscopy techniques in catalysis and materials research (incl. fuel cells, batteries, photochemistry, as well as arts) with a focus on X-ray spectroscopy techniques. Novel (time resolved) X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy methods have been developed as tools in catalysis research. This includes the development of the required operando instrumentation and cells, as well as data analysis and theoretical methods. Application of the techniques to fundamentally or industrially interesting catalytic processes and materials has been pursued, providing unprecedented insights in catalysts properties and reaction mechanisms.

She has been awarded prestigious fellowships/awards like the EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and the NWO VIDI. In 2017 she won the NWO Athena price, which rewards excellent female chemists who act as a role model for other researchers. She is active in numerous science advisory and review panels of large research facilities and universities internationally, has published over 80 papers in high profile journals, given over 70 invited lectures worldwide. Additionally, Tromp develops gender bias and science and engineering programs for primary schools and is active in science outreach and education via lectures as well as TV programs.

Professor Katharina Fromm
University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Katharina M. Fromm is Full Professor for Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the bilingual University of Fribourg since 2006. After having been President of the Chemistry Department and Director of the Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials (FriMat), she was (re-)elected as a Research Councilor of the Swiss National Science Foundation as of 2011 for eight years. In 2015, she became President of the Division “Programmes” of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and as of 2016 Vice-President of the Research Council. She has also been elected as the first Fellow of the American Chemical Society in Europe, is member of the Platform Chemistry of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and acts as mentor to a group of young talents via the Swiss Study Foundation. Her research interests emerge from the coordination chemistry of alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal elements via antimicrobial properties of silver compounds to nanoparticles and nanorattles for batteries and implants. A current focus lies on the bioinorganic chemistry of silver, as well as silver resistance and biomineralisation mechanisms by bacteria. Furthermore, she is active in public outreach activities and pushing the MINT areas.

She studied Chemistry in Karlsruhe and in Strasbourg at the trilingual “Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Industries Chimiques de Strasbourg” (EHICS, now ECPM) before earning her PhD from Karlsruhe University in 1994. After postdocs with Joachim Strähle in Tübingen, Germany, and Nobel-Prize winner Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg, she became a Junior Lecturer at the University of Geneva where she obtained her habilitation in 2002. An Emmy Noether II project from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as well as a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship allowed her to become Assistant Professor, first in Karlsruhe, then at the University of Basel as of 2003. In 2006, she received the call the University of Fribourg.  

More can be found under http://frommgroup.ch.

Professor Wen-Hua Sun
Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

Wen-Hua Sun heads a group of catalytic polymerization oriented organometallic chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a professor since October of 1999. Moreover, he has been a professor with teaching duty in the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2014. He has made numerous innovative contributions to organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis in academic and industrial considerations; which has had international impact across the areas of polymerization catalysts for conversional alpha-olefins, polyolefins, biodegradable polymers and bio-massive process as well as intermediates and mechanism of organometallic chemistry. Dr. Wen-Hua Sun was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2011) and member of European Academy of Sciences (2017). Received his B.Sc. in chemistry at Lanzhou University (1986), his M.S./Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry at Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (LICP, 1989/1994). He worked in LICP as a Research Associate (1989) and Associate Professor (1993), and at Hokkaido University with fellowships from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1995), Center of Excellence (1997) and Japan Science and Technology Corporation (1998). Since October 1999, he has promoted as the current position. His group has been opened to domestic and international colleagues, therefore he has been visiting professors in Lanzhou University, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (CAS), Hebei University, Renmin University of China, Shanxi University, Dalian Institute of Light Industry, Zhejiang University of Technology, Inner Mongolian Normal University, Hebei Normal University in China, and visiting professor in Muenster University (Germany), Louis Pasteur University (France), University of East Anglia (UK), Strasbourg University (France), Hokkaido University (Japan), Nagoya University (Japan), Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (Russia), Johannesburg University (South Africa), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and so on. Moreover, his group has accepted many visiting researchers from those organizations mentioned above and also India, Pakistan, Poland, Ukrain and US. Those collaborations have visually recognized according his publications including coauthor members from different affiliations. His major subjects include: Polyolefin oriented organometallics; Developing polyolefin process; New donors for Ziegler-Natta catalysts; Coupling reaction; Fluorescent properties of metal complexes; Pilot process of ethylene oligo/poly-merization as well as r industrial processes.

Professor Bao-Lian Su
University of Namur (Belgium)

Bao-Lian Su, received his B.Sc. degree (1983) from the University of Liaoning, China, his M.Sc. degree (1986) from the Chinese Academy of Sciences University and the Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After three years research as engineering at the Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, Sinopec, he went to Paris, France, for his Doctoral study and earned his Doctorate from the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France in 1992. After his post-doctoral stay in the University of Namur and his research stay at Catalytica Inc., California, he joined the faculty of the University of Namur in Sept. 1995 where he was charged to establish the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry and was promoted as a Full Professor in Chemistry in 2004.

Elected to the Royal Academy of Belgium on March 2011, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Life Member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge since 2012. He held the Belgian Francqui Chaire of Materials in 2012-2013.

He is guest professor at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, the University of Saint-Etienne, the Shanghai Jiaotong University, the Jilin University, the East China University of Science and Technology, the East China Normal University, the Harbin  Institute of Technology. He serves as Consultant for Solvay China and the member of Mixed Laboratory Solvay-CNRS.

Prof. Su has received a series of major awards such as the Invention Award of Sinopec in 1992, the Chinese Excellent Patent award in 1994, the “Adolphe Wetrems Prize” of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007 and the “IUPAC Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” in 2011. He has published more than 450 scientific papers and book chapters and is the editor of one Wiley-VCH book and five special (Themed) issues of high profile journals with a number of citations around 14000 and an h-index of 62. He is the inventor of 27 patents and is coordinator and principle leader of more than 70 research and collaborative projects. He is a member of the editorial boards of 18 international scientific journals in the fields of chemistry and materials science.

Prof. Su’s current research fields include the design, the synthesis, the property study and the molecular engineering of nanostructures and highly organized and hierarchically self-assembled porous materials, bio-integrated living and bio-inspired materials including leaf-like materials by the immobilization of living organisms and biomaterials for catalysis, photocatalysis, CO2 reduction and water splitting, artificial photosynthesis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy storage and conversion, cell therapy and biomedical applications.

Professor Alessio Figalli
ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Alessio Figalli (born 1984 in Rome, Italy) is Professor of Mathematics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

Figalli received his master′s degree in mathematics from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 2006, and in 2007 earned his doctorate in mathematics from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. In 2007, he was appointed Chargé de recherche at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, then in 2008 he went to the École Polytechnique as Professeur Hadamard. In 2009, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin as Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. From 2013 to 2016, he was the R. L. Moore Chair holder. Since 2016, he is a Chaired Professor at ETH Zürich.

Figalli’s research embraces several areas of mathematics, including Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations, and Geometric Measure Theory. These areas have applications to physics, biology, and economics. For instance, one of Figalli’s main focuses of research is the “optimal transport problem,” which states, given a distribution of mass, find the most efficient way to transport it from one place to another. Of course, this problem has important applications in economics. However, more recently, this problem has found new unexpected applications to other areas of mathematics, as well as biology and meteorology.

Figalli has authored more than 100 papers and has also published three books. His editorial duties include several international journals and he has organized important conferences in many places all around the world. Among his recognitions, he has been awarded the Harrington Faculty Fellowship in 2009, the Peccot-Vimont Prize of the Collège de France in 2011, the Prize of the European Mathematical Society in 2012, the Stampacchia Medal in 2015, and the Feltrinelli Prize in 2017. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014.

Professor Laure Saint-Raymond
Ecole Normale Supérieure (France)


Torn between her taste for abstract theories and her wish to understand a little bit more the world surrounding us, Laure Saint-Raymond has studied mathematics and physics. She finally opted for applied mathematics, and  got her PhD under the supervision of François Golse in 2000.

An important part of her work is related to the sixth problem raised by Hilbert in 1900 on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians, which  addresses the question of the axiomatization of mechanics, and more precisely of describing the transition between atomistic and continuous models for gas dynamics by rigorous mathematical convergence results. Laure Saint-Raymond has obtained major results concerning  the asymptotic theory of the Boltzmann equation in kinetic theory of gases. She has also studied  problems of scale separation in the context of  geophysical flows, especially  for the wind-driven oceanic dynamics.

Hired as a junior researcher at CNRS in 2000, she has been promoted Professor at University Paris 6 - Pierre et Marie Curie in 2002. She is currently Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. She has been awarded many prizes, among which the Prize of the European Mathematical Society in 2008, the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2009, and the Fermat Prize in 2015. She is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Europae.

Professor Stéphanie Ruphy
University of Lyon (France)

Stéphanie Ruphy is currently Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Lyon.

She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University (2004) and a PhD in Astrophysics from Paris VI University (1996). From 2012 to 2017, she was Professor of Philosophy of Science at Université Grenoble Alpes, head of the research laboratory PPL (Philosophie, Pratiques & Langages) and, in 2016-1017, vice-president in charge of interdisciplinary research. Her research work in general philosophy of science focuses on the unity/plurality of science debate, metaphysics of science (e.g. natural kinds), models and simulations, and science and society topics (e.g. autonomy and governance of science, public participation in science).

She is head of the research project DEMOCRASCI (www.democrasci.com) dealing with epistemological foundations and principles for the democratization of science.

Her recent publications include Scientific Pluralism Reconsidered. A New Approach to the (Dis)Unity of Science (Pittsburgh University Press, 2016).

She is currently President of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS). 

Professor Torsten Wilholt
Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)

Torsten Wilholt is Professor of Philosophy and History of the Natural Sciences at Leibniz Universität Hannover. He is also a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Leibniz Center for Science and Society at his university as well as chairman of the joint graduate program of the universities of Hannover and Bielefeld in “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”. His research interests include the social epistemology of science, the philosophy of applied science, the political philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics. His publications include a book on why and in what sense science ought to be free (Die Freiheit der Forschung, Suhrkamp 2012) and one on why mathematics is applicable in the empirical sciences (Zahl und Wirklichkeit, Mentis 2004).

Wilholt studied in Göttingen, Berlin and Bielefeld and received his PhD in Philosophy in 2002, and his Habilitation in 2010, both at Bielefeld University. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (on a Feodor Lynen fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation) and acting Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology at Stuttgart University, before joining the faculty at Hannover as a tenured professor in 2011. 

Professor Erhard Kemnitz
Humboldt-University of Berlin (Germany)

Erhard Kemnitz secured his Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry at Humboldt University of Berlin under supervision of Professor D. Hass in 1977, and received the Dr. sc. nat. degree from the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 1986.

He started his independent research career at the Humboldt-University in the Chemistry Faculty in 1988 when he entered into an Assistant Professor position. Since 1993 he is a full University Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. To date, he has supervised 40 PhD graduations to completion, about ten are presently under progress.

His research is related to solid state fluorine chemistry with special emphasis on heterogeneously catalysed fluorination reactions. His group explored the so-called fluorolytic sol-gel synthesis approach, which gives unique access to a wide variety of monodispersed nanoscopic metal fluorides. Water-clear metal fluoride sols and powders obtained via this synthesis open access for optical, dental, luminescent, ceramic, catalytic and other applications.

Erhard Kemnitz has coordinated European ITN projects (in the 3rd, 5th and the 6th frame program), and conducted three consortia projects, one funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and two funded by the German Ministry for Industry (BMWi). His research has just recently been rewarded by the ACS Award for Creative work in Fluorine Chemistry 2018.

He published about 500 research papers, including 14 reviews, 15 books or book chapters, respectively, filed more than 20 patents and has given more than 200 invited lectures.

Professor Philippe Dubois
University of Mons (Belgium)

Philippe Dubois, Ph.D. in sciences, is full professor at University of Mons (Mons, Belgium) where he leads the Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, 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 700 peer-reviewed scientific articles/book chapters, 8 books and scientific special journal issues (H-index = 88; overall citations > 38,000) 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 (4 millions €) 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).

Professor Victor Malka
Laboratoire d′Optique Appliquée ENSTA - Ecole Polytechnique (France)

Victor Malka obtained his PhD thesis at Ecole polytechnique in 1990, is a CNRS research director at Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (CNRS/ENSTA/X at University Paris-Saclay), and Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (2003-2015). 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).

 Since 2002, he has coordinated many European projects structuring the laser, plasma and accelerators communities. Victor Malka, fellow of APS and EPS, member of the Romanian Academy of Science, got 2 Advanced and 2 Proof of Concept grants from ERC. Since 2015 he is also a Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Professor Hanne Andersen
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Hanne Andersen is Full Professor in philosophy of science and head of the Department of Science Education at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. As an active member of AAAS, PSA, EPSA and SPSP she has been working for increased collaboration between history, philosophy and sociology of science and practicing scientists and for making philosophy of science relevant to science education. She has served on several committees on science education and on socio-scientific issues, including the Danish Committee on Research Misconduct and the National Board of Science Education. Her primary research interests are the philosophy of interdisciplinarity, scientific collaboration, scientific change, and responsible conduct of science. She holds an MSc in physics and comparative literature from the University of Copenhagen (1992) and a PhD in philosophy of science from Roskilde University (1998).

Professor Ernst Wagner
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany)

Ernst Wagner, PhD in chemistry in 1985 from TU Vienna, full professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at LMU Munich since 2001, is member of the Center for Nanoscience (CeNS), and executive board member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Nanosystems Initiative Munich’, contributing to polymer-based delivery systems for thirty years. Since 1988 as Group Leader at IMP Vienna, he developed synthetic virus-like gene transfer, including adenovirus-enhanced transferrinfection (AVET), which led to the first-in-world polymer-based gene therapy study (IL-2 gene-modified cancer vaccines) in 1994, developed under his function as Director for Cancer Vaccines at Boehringer Ingelheim Austria (1992-2001). His current research focuses on chemical evolution of sequence-defined carriers for drugs, proteins and therapeutic nucleic acids, with a medical focus on tumor-targeted therapies. He has authored ≥420 publications (h-index 75), is Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Gene Medicine, Editor of Pharmaceutical Research, board member of the German Society for Gene Therapy, committee member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), invited guest professor at Utrecht University (1996), Fudan University (Shanghai 2012-13), Sichuan University (Chengdu 2014-17), and was awarded with the Attocube research award, Phoenix Pharma Science award, and the election into CRS College of Fellows.

Professor Enrico Traversa
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)

Enrico Traversa got his “Laurea” (Italian Doctoral Degree), Summa cum Laude, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1986. From April 2017, he is The National 1000-Talent Distinguished Professor at the School of Energy Science and Engineering of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China. He joined the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 1988, where he is since 2000 a Professor of Materials Science and Technology. In the same University, from 2001 to 2008 he was the Director of the PhD Course of Materials for Health, Environment and Energy. From January 2009 to March 2012, he was Principal Investigator at the International Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan, leading a unit on Sustainability Materials. In 2010-2012 he was Adjunct Professor at Waseda University and at the University of Tokyo, Japan. From 2012 to 2017, he was the Director of the Department of Fuel Cell Research at the International Center for Renewable Energy, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. In 2013-2015, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

Prof. Traversa’s  research interests are in nanostructured materials for environment, energy, and healthcare, with special attention to sustainable development. He is an author of more than 500 scientific papers (more than 340 of them published in refereed international journals) and 13 patents, and edited more than 30 books and special issues on journals. He is listed in the Essential Science Indicators/Web of Science (2005-date) as a highly cited researcher, in the Materials Science, in the Chemistry (2014-date), and in the All Fields categories. He was listed also in the Engineering field (2005-2013). His papers were cited more than 12,000 times, and his ISI h-index is 59 (69 in Google Scholar).

He is Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and of the European Ceramic Society. He was elected in 2007 in the World Academy of Ceramics. He has received the Ross Coffin Purdy Award of the American Ceramic Society for the best paper on ceramics published in 2010, and the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Smart Materials Medal in 2014. He received in 2011 a “1000 Talent” Scholarship from the Government of China. In 2015, he was featured in trade cards by the Electrochemical Society (ECS) as one of the 50 most influential electrochemists all time (with Volta, Faraday, Ampère, Edison, etc.).

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and was one of the Volume Organizers of MRS Bulletin for 2014.

Professor Jan-Erling Bäckvall
Stockholm University (Sweden)

Jan-E. Bäckvall received his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 1975.  During 1975 – 1976 he spent one year as a postdoc with K. B. Sharpless at MIT, USA. In 1976, he became Assistant Professor and in 1977 Associate Pro­fessor, both at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. In 1986, he moved to Uppsala University as a full Professor. In 1997 he moved to his current position at Stockholm University. Prof. Bäckvall is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and Academia Europaea. During 2008 – 2016  he was a member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. He is a member of a number of Editorial Boards for many journals and he is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemistry – A European Journal.

Prof. Bäckvall is renowned for his contribution to organopalladium chemistry and catalytic oxidation reactions where he has done mechanistic work and developed new reactions. He has also pioneered the development of efficient systems for dynamic kinetic resolution of alcohols and amines based on combined metal and enzyme catalysis. More recently the enantioselectivity of enzymes was improved by directed evolution. The Bäckvall group has also developed a variety of useful aerobic biomimetic oxidation reactions. In these reactions electron-transfer mediators are employed to facilitate low-energy electron transfer similar to that occurring in natural systems. Recent applications of the latter topic involve palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbocyclizations. He is the author of more than 500 papers and he has presented 170 plenary or main lectures at international conferences.

Some selected honors and awards are: Arrhenius medal (1986), Senior Individual Grant Award to Outstanding Senior Scientists (1997), Celsius Medal in Gold (2002), The “August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Lectureship Award” (2003), The “Björkén Prize” (2003), Award for Excellent Research Environ­ments from the Swedish Research Council (2003), 2005 Ulla and Stig Holmquist’s Prize in Organic Chemistry (2005), 2006 Herbert C. Brown Lecturer at Purdue University (2006), Organic Syntheses Lectureship Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA (2008), Groningen Stereochemistry Lectureship award (2009), ERC-Advanced Grant (2010), Honorary Doctor at “Åbo Academy” (Åbo Akademi University) (2014), Criegee Lectureship, Karlsruhe, Germany (2015).

Professor Mir Wais Hosseini
University of Strasbourg (France)

Mir Wais Hosseini is a distinguished Professor at the department of Chemistry of the University of Strasbourg and holds the Chair of Molecular Tectonics at the Institut Universitaire de France. He started his research career with Jean-Marie Lehn and worked with him for 10 years. He assumed a post-doctoral period at Berkeley with K. N. Raymond.

He is a member of Academia Europaea. He was the winner of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society Prize, the Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society Prize, the Italian-French award by the Italian and French Chemical Society, the Silver medal of the French National Research Center (CNRS), the German-French Grignard-Wittig award by the German Chemical Society (GDCH). He also obtained the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, the Izatt Christensen international Award in Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry and the Achille Le Bel Grand Prix of the French Chemical Society. In 2014, he was made “Chevalier de la Légion d′Honneur”.

He was invited Professor at University of Geneva, University of Western Australia, Tsukuba Research Centre, University of Tokyo, Academia Sinica, University of Kyoto, University of Hokkaido, Stellenbosch University, Politecnico di Milano, Aoyama Gakuin University and University of Namur.

His main interest is centred on molecular organization by self-assembly processes. His domains of interests range from organic to coordination and supramolecular chemistry. By combining these disciplines of chemistry, he has developed the filed of Molecular Tectonics.

Professor Alberto Credi
University of Bologna (Italy)

Alberto Credi (born 1970) is professor of Chemistry at the University of Bologna, Italy, and Associate Research Director at the National Research Council (CNR). He is the Director of the Center for Light Activated Nanostructures (CLAN) in Bologna, a University-CNR joint laboratory for research in the areas of photochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, materials science and nanoscience.

He received his PhD in 1999 from the Università di Bologna and, after a post-doctoral period, he became assistant and associate professor at his Alma Mater. His interests are focused on the development of stimuli-responsive functional molecular systems and materials; his contribution to the realization of logic devices, machines and motors of nanometer size, in particular controlled by light, is internationally recognized.

He is involved in several research projects and he collaborates with laboratories and institutes in Italy and abroad. He received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for performing research on light-effected artificial molecular pumps. He has authored books and over 260 scientific publications (h-index = 64), and he received several prestigious awards, including the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, the Grammaticakis-Neumann International Award for Photochemistry and the Enrico Santoro Prize of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He has been invited to speak at more than 100 national and international conferences. Since the beginning of his career he is engaged in the popularization of chemistry disciplines and scientific culture in general.

Professor Marie-Pierre Krafft
University of Strasbourg (France)

Marie Pierre Krafft is Research Director at the Charles Sadron Institute (CNRS), University of Strasbourg. She obtained her PhD (1989) and Habilitation (1995) from the University of Nice with Prof. Jean Riess, did Post-doctoral work at the University of Nagoya, Japan, and in the R&D department of a Californian pharmaceutical start-up. She joined the CNRS as a Research Associate (1998) and soon became a Research Director (2005). She is a Section Editor for Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, has served in numerous national and international evaluation, recruitment and funding committees and review boards, conference organization committees, the executive committee of the French Network on Fluorine Chemistry, and serves on the International Scientific Committee for the Henri Moissan Prize.

     Marie Pierre has published over 130 papers, 10 book chapters, holds 10 patents, has given some 75 invited lectures in International meetings. She has supervised a number of graduate students and postdocs and entertains active and enjoyable collaborations all-over the planet. In 2015 she received the Lectureship Award of the Colloid and Surface Division of the Chemical Society of Japan, in 2016 the Philippe Guye Award (Physical Chemistry) from the French Académie des Sciences, and was promoted Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2017. She is currently an Invited Professor at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan).

     Marie Pierre’s current research bears on the design, engineering and investigation of nano-compartmented, fluorocarbon-driven molecular self-assemblies (interfacial films, surface domains, spherulites, vesicles, fibers, gels, microbubbles); fluorocarbon-based therapeutics (lung surfactant replacement, tissue oxygenation, diagnosis, drug delivery); and active soft matter (generation of self-propelled droplets with collective behaviour).

     Recent findings include a new type of interfacial molecular recognition phenomenon that allows recruitment of molecules across a phospholipid film; - The engineering of new, size-controlled stable microbubbles (including magnetic or diamond-decorated ones) for multimodal diagnostic imaging; - A new way of immobilising fluorinated drugs and biomarkers in microbubble shells for in vivo delivery; - The acceleration by sinusoidal oscillations of phospholipid adsorption at interfaces, providing an effective tool for monolayer investigation; - The co-surfactant effect of apolar hydrophobic molecules when inserted in a phospholipid monolayer; - The modelling of the co-adsorption of phospholipids and fluorocarbons at the air/water interface; - A fluorocarbon-controlled means of reversing the outcome of the competitive adsorption of phospholipid versus protein at the air/water interface; - New lung surfactant substitutes that fluidize phospholipid monolayers and overcome lung surfactant inactivation by serum proteins; - Organized surface domains self-assembled from fluorocarbon-hydrocarbon diblocks; - The effective control of 2D radial and ring-banded spherulite morphologies made from such diblocks; - The dynamic generation, synchronous collective motion and self-organization of swarms of fluorocarbon droplets on water that mimic the behaviour of populations of live beings such as flocks of birds, schools of fish or human crowds.

Professor Nicola A. Spaldin
ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Nicola Spaldin is the Professor of Materials Theory at ETH Zürich. She is a passionate science educator, director of her department’s study program, and holder of the ETH Golden Owl Award for excellence in teaching. She is best known for developing the class of materials known as multiferroics, which combine simultaneous ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor, she can be found playing her clarinet, or skiing or climbing in the Alps.

Professor Johan Martens
University of Leuven (Belgium)

Johan A. Martens was born in Brussels, Belgium, on January 22, 1958. He is professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is head of the of Catalysis Division and affiliated with the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis. Prof. Martens is renowned for design of zeolites, ordered mesoporous and hybrid organic-inorganic materials for catalysis, molecular separation and controlled release. His research spans a wide application rage including environmental protection, solar fuels, pharmaceutical formulation and food science and technology. Prof. Martens embodies innovation with over 100 patent applications and foundation of 3 active spin off companies. He is recipient of Methusalem funding, the Highest level of structural funding by the Flemish Government granted to individuals in regard to proven excellence in research. Prof. Martens is an active member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.

Professor Clive Gamble
University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Clive Gamble is an archaeologist researching the deep history of humans and hominins. He has held positions in the Department of Geography Royal Holloway University of London where he was a member of the Centre for Quaternary Research. He holds a PhD from Cambridge and a DSc from Royal Holloway. He is a  Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor in the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins, University of Southampton. His recent projects include the British Academy’s Centenary Project From Lucy to language: the archaeology of the social brain (2004-2011) which brought together archaeologists and psychologists to study when hominin brains became human minds. This is the subject of his two most recent books Settling the Earth: the archaeology of deep human history (2013) and Thinking big: how the evolution of social life shaped the human mind (2014 with John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar). He has recently completed two major projects funded by the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust; the first examines thresholds in Middle Pleistocene hominin behaviour at the site of La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey, (with John McNabb, Matt Pope, Beccy Scott, Andy Shaw and Marie-Anne Julien) and the second the beginnings of food storage in the late Pleistocene of Europe (with Alistair Pike, Martin Jones and Alex Pryor). He is currently working on a history of the concept of deep human history.

Professor Alberto Bianco
CNRS (France)

Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Padova (Italy). As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Tübingen (Germany) (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) and the University of Padova. He has been invited to Japan as JSPS fellow in 2012 (Tohoku University, Sendai) and 2105 (AIST, Tsukuba). He is member of the American Chemical Society and in the Board of the French Society for the Studies on Carbon (SFEC) and of the International Research Network on Graphene and Nanotubes (GDRI-GNT). He is currently Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene and adamantane) and other 2D materials for therapeutic, diagnostic and imaging applications. He is co-author of over 240 papers. Since 2015,  Alberto is in the Thomson Reuters list of the top 200 most cited chemists worldwide. He is also in the Advisory Board of Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology Reviews and the Journal of Peptide Science. In 2011 he was appointed as Editor of the journal Carbon.

Professor Li Da Xu
Old Dominion University (United States)

Li Da Xu is an Eminent Scholar and Full Professor of Information Technology at Old Dominion University, USA. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), the Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan University of Technology, and the Tang Ao Qing Chair Professor of Engineering at Jilin University.  In addition, the Ministry of Education of China endowed him with the Changjiang Chair Professor designated by the Ministry of Education of China.

Currently, Li Da Xu is researching industrial integrated information systems; also referred to as enterprise systems, enterprise information systems, or enterprise resource planning. He is the Founding Chair of IFIP TC8 WG8.9 and the Founding Chair of the IEEE SMC Society Technical Committee on Enterprise Information Systems. He has made contributions in initiating the IFIP and IEEE efforts regarding the research and practice of industrial integrated information systems; in addition, he has pioneered the development of a new interdisciplinary subject called Industrial Information Integration Engineering, which is a cornerstone of Industry 4.0.  His IEEE Fellow citation is: for the contribution in enterprise information systems (in which the core idea is Industrial Information Integration). In addition to his research endeavors, his peers have recognized his contributions and bestowed upon him numerous awards including the gold medal from the Russian Academy of Engineering for outstanding contributions in industrial integrated information systems and the related large projects. Due to the foundational nature of his work, many well-known scholars have cited his work in their seminal research, including Qian Xuesen. 

Li Da Xu is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Information Integration (Elsevier) and Enterprise Information Systems (Taylor & Francis).  In addition to these numerous achievements, he is an IEEE Fellow, an academician of the Russian Academy of Engineering (formerly Engineering Academy of USSR), and a Highly Cited Researcher in the field of engineering designated by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

Professor Véronique Gouverneur
University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Véronique Gouverneur secured a PhD in chemistry at the Université Catholique de Louvain (LLN, Belgium), under the supervision of Professor L Ghosez. In 1992, she moved to a postdoctoral position with Professor R Lerner at the Scripps Research Institute (California, USA). She accepted a position of Maître de Conférence at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France). She worked with Dr C Mioskowski and was Associate Member of the ISIS Institute directed by Professor J-M Lehn during this period.

Veronique started her independent research career at the University of Oxford in 1998 in the Chemistry Faculty and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2008. Her research aims at developing new approaches to address long-standing problems in the synthesis of fluorinated molecules including pharmaceutical drugs and probes for imaging (Positron Emission Tomography). To date, she has mentored more than 30 Postdocs and supervised 40 PhD (= DPhil in Oxford) to completion.

Since her appointment in Oxford, she holds a tutorial fellowship at Merton College Oxford where she teaches organic chemistry. She has coordinated European ITN projects (currently H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016, FLUDD), and is the (co)author of > 170 peer-reviewed publications and 10 patents. Her research has been rewarded by numerous prizes and distinctions (e.g. 2015 ACS Award for Creative work in Fluorine Chemistry, RSC Tilden Prize 2016, and Tetrahedron Chair 2016).

Professor Maria J. Esteban
University Paris Dauphiné (France)

Maria J. Esteban is a CNRS senior researcher in mathematics working at the University Paris-Dauphine. She is currently the president of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and member of Jakiunde, the Basque Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Her research is mostly concerned with the study of nonlinear partial differential equations and the use of variational methods to study problems in relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry. She has also made contributions to the study of fluid-structure interaction problems and is recently interested in the understanding of symmetry and symmetry breaking phenomena in the framework of functional inequalities.

She is co-editor in chief of the Annales de l′Institut Henri Poincaré (Analyse non linéaire) and editor of several other mathematical journals. She was plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics in 2000, invited speaker at the European Congress of Mathematics in 2008 and at the International Congress of Mathematics in 2018. She has got a Honorary doctorate at the Universities of the Basque Country and of Valencia.

Professor Jian Li
University of Florida (United States)

Jian Li is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA and Department of Electronic Engineering and Information Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China. She received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Her research focuses on spectral estimation, statistical and array signal processing, and their applications to radar, sonar, and biomedical engineering. Her goal is to establish realistic data models and devise accurate and robust algorithms for the analysis of digital signals in diverse applications. Her results are aimed at solving practical problems and are based upon solid mathematical and statistical analysis theories. Jian Li authored many research articles and several books in the field of signal processing. Her publications include Robust Adaptive Beamforming (2005, Wiley), Spectral Analysis: the Missing Data Case (2005, Morgan & Claypool), MIMO Radar Signal Processing (2009, Wiley), and Waveform Design for Active Sensing Systems -- A Computational Approach (2011, Cambridge University Press). She was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and a member of the Editorial Board of Signal Processing, a publication of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).  She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IET.


Professor Hans Fecht
University of Ulm (Germany)

Hans Fecht is Chaired Professor in the Faculty of “Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology“ at the University of Ulm, Germany, and Director of the “Institute of Micro and Nano-Materials". He received his Diploma in 1981 and PhD from the University of Saarbrücken in 1984. Next, as a fellow of the Max-Kade Foundation, New York, he was appointed as post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and in 1987 as senior associate at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. In 1990 he became Professor at the University of Augsburg, Germany, in 1993 he was appointed Full Professor at TU Berlin and in 1997 at University of Ulm in the newly established Faculty of Engineering, while between 2001 and 2012 he additionally held a post as senior scientist at the Institute of Nanotechnology, KIT. In addition, he holds several appointments as Guest Professor in China, India and Japan.

Currently at Ulm, he directs a research group of about 30 academics, BSc and PhD students, technicians and scientific guests. He has published more than 500 scientific papers, coordinated numerous national, European and international research projects and (co)organized a number of international workshops, symposia and conferences in the field of materials science, nanotechnology and space research. Specifically, his scientific work has been and is concerned with the structure and properties of solid/solid and solid/liquid interfaces, nucleation phenomena, nanocrystalline and non-crystalline complex alloys, diamond-based nanotechnology and the thermophysics of contact-free “hot fluids” in Space - ISS. Hans Fecht also edited several books in the field. He was awarded with the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), "Pioneer of Nanotechnology" (Deutsche Bank), the Innovation Award of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In addition, he is the office director of the EUREKA Cluster Metallurgy Europe.

Professor Panagiotis E. Souganidis
University of Chicago (United States)

Panagiotis E. Souganidis is the Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in Mathematics and the College at the Department of Mathematics of The University of Chicago. Before, he held positions at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brown University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at  College de France, the Mittag-Leffler Institute, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the University of Paris-6 as well as several other Institutions.

He works in partial differential equations and stochastic analysis. He has made contributions to phase transitions and evolution of interfaces, microscopic limits of particle systems, turbulent combustion, stochastic homogenization, stochastic partial differential equations, and equation on graphs.

He is currently the co-editor of the Communications in Partial Differential Equations and sits in the editorial board of ten academic journals. He has received many awards and distinctions, has given numerous invited lectures and tutorials, and has been mentor to a number of graduate students and postdocs.

Professor Jesus Jiménez-Barbero
CIC bioGUNE (Spain)

Jesús Jiménez-Barbero is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director at CIC bioGUNE (Bilbao, Spain) since 2014.

Previously, he held a Research Professor position at CIB-CSIC since 2002, serving as Head of the Dept. of Chemical and Physical Biology (2009-2014). Earlier in his career (1988-1992) he worked as postdoc at Dept. of Chemistry, University of Zurich (Switzerland), 1987; National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill (UK) (Postdoctoral) and Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, USA. 1990-1992 (Postdoctoral and visiting). He has been visiting Professorships at École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2004), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, (2009), and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (2010-2012). He has been the recipient of different Awards at the national and international level, with special mention to the International Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry from the International Carbohydrate Organization (2010) and the Gamboa-Winkler Award from the Chemical Society of Hungary (2017). He was designed ChemPubSoc fellow in 2017.

From the scientific perspective, he is focused in exploring molecular recognition studies from the atomic perspective.

His major contributions to the molecular recognition field comprise the unravelling of the molecular basis of the recognition of ligands (glycans & small molecules, carbohydrate mimics) by receptors in solution, using a multidisciplinary approach, which employs organic synthesis, protein biochemistry and molecular biology, biophysics, molecular modeling, and NMR, using a wide network of collaborations worldwide. In this context, he has achieved major developments of general methodological aspects of NMR and, particularly, in its applications to the study of the dynamic features of molecular recognition processes involving sugars and proteins. The first NMR-based lectin-glycan structure was unravelled in his lab. From the drug discovery perspective, he has systematically scrutinized the employment of glycomimetics (C-, S-, N-glycoside analogues) as sugar analogues.

Major contributions include his systematic studies on the interactions of glycans with lectins, and especially on their roles in cancer, infectious and inflammatory processes. Such detailed investigations have contributed significantly to our general understanding of glycan-mediated interactions, from the fundamental aspects to the implications in health and disease.

Of particular interest, the fine details of the interactions between carbohydrates and proteins have been explored at the fundamental level, with special emphasis on the relative role of sugar-aromatic stacking forces. This achievement permitted to gain high international recognition.

Other fundamental aspect was the first use of STD-NMR using living cells to directly monitor the interactions between glycan chains with overexpressed receptors at the cell surface.

Recent advances have permitted to open new avenues to deduce conformational, dynamic and interaction properties by employing paramagnetic metals (lanthanides). This novel approach is permitting to scrutinize unexplored molecular recognition events by NMR.


Professor Tomas Torres
Organic Chemistry at the Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain)

Tomás Torres is Director of the Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem) and Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Autonoma University of Madrid, and Senior Associate Researcher at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience (IMDEA-Nanoscience).

Prof. Torres′s contributions mainly include the synthesis of unsymmetric phthalocyanines and subphthalocyanines, their conjugation with carbon nanostructures (fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene), supramolecular organization in solution and condensed phases, and applications of these compounds in non-linear optics (NLO),  photoinduced electron transfer, molecular photovoltaics (organic solar cells, hybrids and perovskites), and more recently in areas of nanotechnology (organization and synthesis in surfaces) and nanomedicine (photodynamic therapy, PDT, cancer and atherosclerosis, and inactivation of bacteria and viruses). Torres has published more than 500 articles, reviews and patents, and has an h-index of 74, with 14 "highly cited papers" (Thomson Reuters).

He is the recipient of the “Research Prize and Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry” for 2013. He has been awarded the "Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry 2016" by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP).

Professor Isabelle Mansuy
University Zürich and ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Isabelle Mansuy is professor in neuroepigenetics at the Medical Faculty of the University Zürich and the Department of Health Science and Technology (D-HEST) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ). She obtained a PhD in developmental neurobiology at the Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, France then trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, New York before establishing her lab at ETHZ in Dec 1998. Her research examines the epigenetic basis of complex brain functions and the heritability of acquired traits across generations in mammals. It focuses on the mechanisms underlying the expression and the inheritance of the effects of environmental conditions such as traumatic stress in early postnatal life, on behavior and physiology, and their link with diseases in humans. The major goals are to gain new knowledge into the ensemble of epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation, non-coding RNAs and histone modifications that are persistently altered by early experiences and how they are transmitted across generations. This research is based on mouse models and on translation to humans. Isabelle Mansuy co-authored many research articles, reviews and books in the field of neuroepigenetics. She is member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Science, the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and European Molecular Biology Organization. She is recipient of the Medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite and of the Medal of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France.


Professor Filippo De Angelis
CNR-ISTM (Italy)

Filippo De Angelis is the founder of the Computational Laboratory for Hybrid/Organic Photovoltaics (CLHYO, www.clhyo.org) at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Insitute of Molecular Science and Technology (CNR-ISTM), Perugia, Italy. He currently is first researcher and deputy director of CNR-ISTM.

He holds a degree in Chemistry (1996) and a PhD in Chemical Sciences (1999) from the University of Perugia. He was research associate at Princeton University, USA, from 2000 to 2001 before being hired as research scientist at CNR-ISTM. He is the CNR delegate to CECAM. He was contract professor of Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati of Trieste, visiting professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and he is scientific advisor of the Italian Institute of Technology.

He is Senior Editor of ACS Energy Letters, Editor of an RSC Energy and Environment series book and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry. He is author of > 270 publications, 7 book chapters and co-author of 3 patents. He has coordinated various National, European and Industrial projects.

He was awarded the “Raffaello Nasini” Gold Medal of the Italian Chemical Society in 2007 and the  CNR award for Strategic Research in 2009.

His research activity is mainly focused on the development and application of ab initio methods for the study of complex molecules and materials containing metals. His most significant results were obtained in the field of non-linear optics, organic light emitting diodes and dye-sensitized solar cells. Recently he switched to the study of metal-halide perovskites and of the related solar cells.

Professor Francesco Stellacci
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Francesco Stellacci is a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Institute of Materials and in the Interfaculty Bioengineering Institute since 2010. He got his degree in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In 1999, he moved to the University of Arizona as a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry. In 2002, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he eventually raised to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. He has held the title of Adjunct Professor at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology and at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Currently he is also the Director of the Integrative Food and Nutrition Center at EPFL.

Stellacci was one of the founding editors of the RSC journal Nanoscale and is in the editorial board of the Wiley journals Small and Particle.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Global Young Academy.

His research interests are in supramolecular materials science, in nanoparticles and in nanomedicine. Specifically he is interested in solid-liquid interfaces when the solid is a complex supramolecular surface and in the morphology of the ligand shell in nanoparticles.

Professor Joachim Sauer
Humboldt University (Germany)

Joachim Sauer is Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Humboldt University in Berlin and since 2006 external member of the Fritz Haber Institute (Max Planck Society). He received the Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry from Humboldt University in Berlin in 1974, and the Dr. sc. nat. degree from the Academy of Sciences in (East-)Berlin in 1985. He is member of the Berlin-Brandenburg (formerly Prussian) Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, and the Academia Europaea.

His research has explored the application of quantum chemical methods in chemistry, with emphasis on surface science, particularly adsorption and catalysis. He has published more than 350 research papers, notably in the area of modeling the structure and reactivity of transition metal oxide catalysts and zeolites, and he has given more than 440 invited lectures. From 1999 to 2011 he was chairman of the Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Aggregates of transition metal oxides – Structure, dynamics, reactivity" and he is co-founder and principal investigator of the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence “Unifying concepts in catalysis” in Berlin.  He is one of the editors of the Journal of Catalysis.

Professor Jean-François Le Gall
University of Paris-Sud (France)

Jean-François Le Gall is a Professor of mathematics at Université Paris-Sud Orsay. He is also a senior member of Institut universitaire de France and a member of the mathematics section of the French Academy of Sciences.

Jean-François Le Gall is a specialist of probability theory. His early research work was concerned with fine properties of Brownian motion in space. Then he studied spatial branching processes and invented the new probabilistic process called the Brownian snake, which has strong connections with certain semilinear partial differential equations. He developed a theory of continuous random trees, which appear as scaling limits of the well-known discrete Galton-Watson trees. In the last ten years, he has worked on models of random planar geometry which are motivated by two-dimensional quantum gravity. He studied the model known as the Brownian map, and proved that it is the universal scaling limit of many classes of discrete random graphs embedded in the sphere. Jean-François Le Gall has received several awards, including the 1997 Loève Prize and the 2005 Fermat Prize. He was a also a plenary lecturer at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians.

Professor Ernesto Carmona Guzman
University of Seville (Spain)

Ernesto Carmona is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sevilla, Spain. He obtained a PhD Degree in Sevilla (1974), under the supervision of Prof. F. González-García, and did postdoctoral work (1974-1977) at Imperial College London, in the laboratories of the Nobel laurate (1973) Prof. Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. He then returned to Sevilla where he became a full Professor in 1983.

            Over the years, his research interests have concentrated in the activation of small, unsaturated molecules, like N2, CO, CO2, C2H4, etc. by compounds of different transition metals. His research group has also studied the structural characteristics of metallocenes of some actinide and main group elements, as well as the activation of C-X bonds (X= H, C, O, etc.) by rhodium and iridium compounds stabilized by cyclopentadienyl or hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate ancillary ligands. More recently, efforts have been directed toward the study of zinc-zinc bonded compounds, of molecules containing molybdenum-molybdenum quadruple and quintuple bonds, and the study of platinum and gold complexes with alkylidene and other unsaturated organic ligands.

            He holds several named lectures: the Seaborg Lecture, University of California at Berkeley; the Pacific Northwest Inorganic Chemistry Lecture, and the Arthur D. Little Lecture (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.I.T.). He also holds the joined lectures established by the French (Catalan-Sabatier) and the German (Goldschmidt-Hermanos Elhuyar) Chemical Societies, together with the Spanish Chemical Society. He is the recipient of of the Research Prize and Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences for 2006. In 2005 he was elected a Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry with the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Lectureship and Silver Medal (2007-2008) and by the Inorganic Division of the Italian Chemical Society with the Luigi Sacconi Gold Medal (2007). In 2010 he obtained the Gold Medal of ANQUE (National Association of Chemists of Spain) and the Jaime I Prize for Fundamental Research. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Malcolm Green Lectureship (Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories, University of Oxford).

Professor Jesus Ildefonso Diaz
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Diaz, Jesús Ildefonso (Toledo, Spain, 1950) obtained a Ph. D. degree in Mathematics at Univ. Complutense de Madrid in 1976, and he is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics  in this university since  1983. He is member of the Real Academia de Ciencias (the Spanish Academy of Sciences) since 1997.

His research mainly deals with  nonlinear partial differential equations: Free boundary problems,  Fusion Plasma, Climatology and Glaciology, Continuum  Mechanics , Control theory, Bifurcation in singular problems, and Homogenization.  In the 2015 he won the Grand Prix "Jacques-Louis Lions" in Applied Mathematics of the Académie des Sciences de France .

He was recognized  in 1996 as Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université de Pau (France). He was founder and first editor of the Revista de la Real Academia de Ciencias. Series A: Mathematics (RACSAM). In 1980 he obtained the Prize of Mathematics of the Real Academia de Ciencias, in 1989 the Prize of the Academia de Ciencias de Canarias, from which is Corresponding member since 1989. In 1979, he was the organizer of the first Congreso de Ecuaciones Diferenciales y Aplicaciones (CEDYA) whose regular organization (now biennial) has remained to up present. Founder (1990) and Chairman (1991) of the Sociedad Española de Matemática Aplicada (SEMA), was also a member of the Executive Committee for the foundation of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española (1996 to 2001).

Author of many publications (more than 450 at present, of which more than fifty concern divulgation and history of mathematics) and Adviser of 22 doctoral theses. He is member of the several international Editorial Board. He was responsible of numerous research projects (national and international ones, including the European Project ITN "FIRST", of 2019-2013, with four million euros as budget), collaborating projects with France, Italy and Germany.  On June 2006 he founded the Instituto de Matemática Interdisciplinar de la UCM, from which he was its Director until  November 2016.

Professor Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin
EPFL (Switzerland)

Nazeeruddin is a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland where he directs the Group for Molecular Engineering of Functional Materials. Nazeeruddin leads the world in PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS (PSCs), DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS (DSSCs) AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODES (OLEDs). He is one of the 19 scientists identified by Thomson Reuters as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (from all scientific domains). His seminal contribution to the field of inorganic chemistry for renewable energy is molecular engineering of ruthenium sensitizers, which convert solar energy through the use of high surface area nanocrystalline mesoscopic films of oxide semiconductors. His research findings have led to over 80 patents and 520 peer-reviewed articles, which are well cited 60’085, with an h-index of 117, based on “WEB OF SCIENCE.” GOOGLE SCHOLAR citations are 76039 with an h-index of 127.  He has been invited to deliver over 170 plenary/keynote/invited talks, and appeared in 2014, 2015, 2016 Lists of Most Cited Researchers in the field of materials science and engineering.

He was awarded EPFL Excellence prize in 1998 and 2006, Brazilian FAPESP Fellowship in 1999, Japanese Government Science & Technology Agency Fellowship, in 1998, Government of India National Fellowship in 1987-1988. Korea University appointed him as World Class University (WCU) professor (http://dses.korea.ac.kr/eng/sub01_06_2.htm), Adjunct Professor at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Eminent Professor at Brunei.

Professor Artur M. S. Silva
University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Artur M. S. Silva (https://sites.google.com/site/artursilvaua/; born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal, in 1963) is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and executive director of the Organic Chemistry, Natural Products and Food Stuffs (QOPNA) Research Center in the Chemistry Department, a research center that counts with almost 150 members.

He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Aveiro (supervised by Prof. José Cavaleiro) in 1993, and carried out some postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Medicinal Chemistry, CSIC-Madrid, Spain (Prof. José Elguero) and Faculty of Sciences II, University of Montpellier, France (Prof. Georges Tarrago). In 1993 he became Assistant Professor, in 1996 Associate Professor and in 2001 Full Professor, after being approved in the Habilitation in 1999, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He was visiting Professor in the University of Metz, France in 2003 and 2012.

His research interests are focused in the chemistry of polyphenolic and nitrogen heterocyclic compounds, with special emphasis on the development of new synthetic routes and also on organocatalytic and metal-catalyzed transformations. His group has been centered in the development of sustainable synthetic methods, by using microwave irradiation and solvent free conditions; more recently the group developed the first static ohmic heating reactor for chemical synthesis at laboratory scale, a high energy-efficient way of heating chemical reactions using water as solvent. Using this alternative heating method, new protocols for the synthesis of relevant compounds have already been successfully developed. His research interests also include the isolation and structural characterization of natural products from diverse terrestrial and marine sources.

He has published 515 SCI papers (h-index 40) with 8000 citations, 37 book chapters and 2 patent applications. He has given over 45 talks at conferences, supervised 10 post-doctoral fellows, 24 PhD and 32 MSc students and coordinated some financed projects. Also he has organized many national and international scientific events. In 2004 he received the Portuguese National Science Foundation prize for Scientific Excellence and the APDF Scientific Award in 2005.

He was the chairman of the Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro for 6 years, President (2 terms of 2 years each) and Vice-President (2 terms of 2 years each) of the Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society; Vice-President of the Portuguese Chemical Society and currently is the President of the Portuguese Chemical Society (July 2016-….). He is the Portuguese representative in the organic division of the EUCHEMS (since 2007) and since January 2017 is member of the Executive Board of EuCheMs.

He is the Director of the MSc (since 2009) and PhD (since 2007) programs in Chemistry at the University of Aveiro and Vice-director of the PhD program in Sustainable Chemistry (a financed joint PhD program of Universities of Aveiro, Porto and New University of Lisbon). He is a member of the editorial boards of some organic chemistry journals (e.g. Molecules, Current Organic Chemistry, and Letters in Organic Chemistry).

Professor Daniel Scherman
Université Paris Descartes – Chimie ParisTech (France)

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.

The current competence fields and main contributions of Daniel Scherman concern drug gene therapy, drug delivery, in vivo imaging, and rare drug 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 also held the following positions:

- President of the Committee of “Non-Viral Gene Therapy” of the European Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (ESGCT),

- Member of the Non Viral Gene Therapy Committee of the American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT),

- President of the Pharmacology and Bio-imaging Section of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS),

- 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.

Daniel Scherman has edited the “Advanced Textbook on Gene Transfer, Gene Therapy and Genetic Pharmacology” at Imperial College Press.

He has been Editor in the series "Advances in Behavioral Biology" (Plenum Press): Physiology and the Biology of the Blood-Brain Barrier.      

Professor Antoni Llobet
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) (Spain)

Antoni Llobet was born in Sabadell (Barcelona) in 1960.

He obtained his PhD at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) with Prof. Francesc Teixidor in July 1985, and then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a postdoctoral stay with Prof. Thomas J. Meyer, until the end of 1987.

After a short period again at UAB and at University of Sussex-Dow Corning (UK) he then become a Scientific Officer for the Commission of the European Communities, based in Brussels, Belgium (1990-1991).

Then he was appointed Senior Research Associate at Texas A&M University in College Station (USA) from 1992 till 1993, working with the groups of Prof. Arthur E. Martell and Donald T. Sawyer. From 1993 till 2004 he joined the faculty of the Universitat de Girona where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2000. At the end of 2004 he joined the faculty of UAB also as Full Professor.

In September 2006, he was appointed as Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona.

His research interests include the development of tailored transition metal complexes as catalysts for selective organic and inorganic transformations including the oxidation of water to molecular dioxygen, supramolecular catalysis, the activation of C-H and C-F bonds, and the preparation low molecular weight complexes as structural and/or functional models of the active sites of oxidative metalloproteins.

In 2000 he received the Distinction Award from Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Scientists. In 2011 he was awarded the Bruker Prize in Inorganic Chemistry from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and in 2012 he was awarded with the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” lecture jointly by RSEQ and the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

At present he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of “Catalysis Science and Technology” from the Royal Society of Chemistry,  “Inorganic Chemistry” from the American Chemical Society and “European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry” from Wiley-VCH.

Professor José Luis Mascareñas
Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biológica e Materiales Moleculares (CIQUS) (Spain)

José Luis Mascareñas (Allariz, Spain, 1961, http://metbiocat.eu) is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, Galicia, Spain) and director of the Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CIQUS), a research center that counts with almost 200 members.

He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Santiago (Prof. A. Mouriño, L. Castedo) in 1988, and carried out postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (1989 and 1990, P. A. Wender) and in Harvard University (4 months 1992, G.L. Verdine). In 1993 he became associate Professor at the USC. He has been visiting scientist in Harvard University in the summer of 1995 (four months), and visiting professor in the University of Cambridge (summer 2009) and MIT (summer 2013). He is full Professor in Chemistry at the USC since 2005, after winning the national habilitation in 2003.

His research activities up to year 2000 were mainly focused on synthetic methodology; but after starting a fully independent group, his research split in a double program, one in metal catalysis and synthetic applications, and other more centered in Chemical Biology, including the design of non-natural DNA binders and the preparation of bio-sensing devices. Currently, his work also includes the design and development of artificial metal catalysts capable of working in biological habitats.

He has pioneered the development of new type of metal-catalyzed cycloadditions to make complex carbo- and heterocycles, and the discovery of new DNA binding modes of synthetic peptides. He has been the founder, president of the “Chemical Biology group” of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, a group that counts now with more than 200 members. He has supervised 28 PhD theses and published over 180 articles in top journals.

His work has been awarded various prizes, including the Janssen Cilag award of organic chemistry (2009), the gold medal of the University of Santiago (2013), the gold medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2015, maximum recognition in the Spanish chemistry) and an advanced grant of the ERC (2014).

He is member of the advisory boards of ChemBioChem and Chem. Asian J. Org. Chem., and Spanish representative in the organic division of the EUCHEMS (since 2015).

Professor Luis Liz-Marzán
Centro de Investigación Cooperativa en Biomateriales CIC biomaGUNE (Spain)

Luis Liz-Marzán is an Ikerbasque Professor and Scientific Director of CIC biomaGUNE, in Donostia - San Sebastián, Spain, since September 2012. He graduated in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela, was postdoc at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and Professor at the University of Vigo (1995 – 2012). He has been Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, University of Michigan, University of Melbourne, University of Hamburg, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.

His major research activity is devoted to understanding the growth mechanisms of metal nanocrystals, to tailor their surface chemistry and to direct their self-assembly and plasmonic response. He also works on the design of biomedical applications based on the plasmonic properties of well-defined metal nanoparticles and nanostructures.

Dr. Liz-Marzán has published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers, which received over 30,000 citations (h-index > 90), is co-inventor on 8 patents and has delivered more than 300 invited talks. He is one of the inaugural Co-editors of ACS Omega, has been Senior Editor of Langmuir, is in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and serves on the Editorial Boards for numerous prominent journals, including Accounts of Chemical Research, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Nano Today, Faraday Discussions, Advanced Optical Materials and Chemistry European Journal, among others.

Dr. Liz-Marzán has been the recipient of several awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant, the Rey Jaime I Award on Basic Research, Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, ECIS Rhodia Prize, ACS Nano Lectureship Award, Langmuir Lecturer, and DuPont Award for Science. He is a Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Dr. Liz-Marzán has also been named as one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in both Chemistry and Materials Science.

Professor Qiang Xu
National Institute of Advances Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Qiang Xu received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry in 1994 at Osaka University, Japan. After one year working as a postdoctoral fellow at Osaka University, he started his career as a Research Scientist in Osaka National Research Institute in 1995. Currently, he is a Chief Senior Researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and adjunct professor at Kobe University, Japan. He received the Thomson Reuters Research Front Award in 2012 and was recognized as among the highly cited researchers (2014 & 2015 & 2016) in both fields of Chemistry and Engineering by Thomson Reuters. His research interests include chemistry of nanostructured materials, in particular porous materials, and related functional applications, especially for clean energy. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals with citation > 16000 and h-index > 65 (Web of Science). He is involved in a number of editorial/advisory boards of journals, including as an associate editor of Coordination Chemistry Reviews (Elsevier) and an advisory board member of Chem (Cell Press).

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.

Website: http://olivier.houde.free.fr/

Professor Paolo Colombo
University of Padua (Italy)

Paolo Colombo is a professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. He graduated from the University of Padova with a degree in chemical engineering in 1985. He was an assistant professor at the University of Padova from 1990 to 1998 and then an associate professor at the University of Bologna, until 2005.

He is also an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London, UK, a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (UK).

He was a Foreign Scientist at INSA, Lyon, France in 2015, and a DGF Mercator Professor at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany in 2016. He was elected Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (2006), Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2010) and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2011).

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Pennsylvania State University in 1991, the Pfeil Award (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK) in 2007, the Global Star Award (The Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society) in 2010, the Edward C. Henry Award (The Electronics Division of The American Ceramic Society) in 2011, the Verulam Medal & Prize (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK) in 2013 and the Global Ambassador Award (The American Ceramic Society) in 2016.

He was Principal Investigator for PRIN, Vigoni, Galileo projects and has been involved in European Projects (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020). He has been Principal Investigator for several research contracts with national and international companies.

He published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and holds 10 international patents. He is co-editor of a book on cellular ceramics, a book on polymer-derived-ceramics and 11 proceedings books. He is in the editorial board of 11 international scientific journals. His h index is 37.

He has co-organized several international conferences (>80), has given numerous invited talks in the field of porous ceramics and polymer-derived-ceramics (>35), and has been the guest editor for special issues devoted to those topics (6).

Paolo Colombo′s research interests include novel processing routes to porous glasses and ceramics (including Additive Manufacturing), the development of ceramic components from preceramic polymers and geopolymers, and the vitrification and reuse of hazardous industrial and natural wast

Professor Juan Luis Vazquez
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

Born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1946, J. L. Vázquez moved to Madrid in 1964 to study Engineering. He obtained a Ph. D. degree in Mathematics at Univ. Complutense de Madrid in 1979, and has been a Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at Univ. Autónoma de Madrid in the period 1986-2016, where he is now Emeritus Professor.

His main research interests are:  Nonlinear partial differential equations, and their applications to Physics and Engineering.   More specific topics are: Diffusion equations.  Filtration equations in porous media; the mathematical study of processes with free boundaries and change of phase; special solutions via self-similarity methods; asymptotical behavior of solutions, entropy methods and functional inequalities; blow-up problems and singularities.  Recent interests include: Nonlocal diffusion and fractional Laplacian operators, and PDEs in Riemannian geometry. Author of 3 research monographs in English, and numerous scientific papers, edited volumes, and other publications. He has had 13 Ph. D. students and approx. 100 coauthors.

Vázquez is a member of Real Academia de Ciencias (the Spanish Academy of Sciences) since 2013, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society since 2014, Doctor HC by University of Oviedo in 2015, ISI Highly Cited scholar since 2003. He  was honored with the Spanish National Prize for Research in Mathematics in 2003. President of SEMA, the Spanish Society for Applied Mathematics, in 1996-98. Plenary speaker at the Int. Congress of Mathematicians in 2006. Invited professor for long periods at Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of Texas, Univ. de Paris VI, Univ. of Rome, Univ. of Buenos Aires, MSRI in California, and Newton Institute in Cambridge.  He speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian. Organizer of the worldwide International Congress of Free Boundary Problems in Toledo, Spain, in 1993, and over 100 events like conferences, courses, schools and workshops in Spain or abroad. A two-volume special issue of the journal Nonlinear Analysis TMA (vols. 137 and 138, 2016) celebrated his 70th anniversary.

Professor Roland Wiesendanger
University of Hamburg (Germany)

Roland Wiesendanger studied physics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he received his Ph.D. in 1987 and his Habilitation degree in 1990, working in the field of scanning tunnelling microscopy and related techniques. In 1992 he received an offer for a full professor position from the University of Hamburg related with the launch of the Microstructure Advanced Research Center Hamburg.

In Hamburg, Roland Wiesendanger has initiated the Center of Competence in Nano-scale Analysis, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center Hamburg, the Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation entitled “Magnetism from single atoms to nanostructures”, and the Cluster of Excellence “Nanospintronics” of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Since end of the eighties, Roland Wiesendanger pioneered the technique of Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (SP-STM) and Spectroscopy which allowed the first real-space observation of magnetic structures at the atomic level. Roland Wiesendanger also contributed significantly to the development of Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) and Magnetic Exchange Force Microscopy (MExFM).

Roland Wiesendanger is author or co-author of 550 scientific publications and 2 textbooks, and editor or co-editor of 8 monographs and 7 conference proceedings. He already presented more than 500 invited talks worldwide. For his outstanding research contributions, Roland Wiesendanger has received numerous scientific awards and honours, including the Gaede-Prize of the German Vacuum Society in 1992, the Max Auwärter Prize in 1992, the Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize in 1999, the Philip Morris Research Prize in 2003, two Advanced Grant Awards of the European Research Council in 2008 and 2013, the Nanotechnology Recognition Award of the American Vacuum Society in 2010, the first Heinrich Rohrer Grand Medal and Prize in 2014, the Hamburg Science Prize of the Hamburg Academy of Sciences in 2015, and the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics in 2016. He is an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”, the Hamburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Technical Sciences “acatech”, and foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2012, he is Honorary Professor of the Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. In 2015 he was honoured by the title Doctor Honoris Causa of Poznan University of Technology, Poland and by becoming International Fellow of the Surface Science Society of Japan (SSSJ).

Professor Anders Hagfeldt
EPFL (Switzerland)

Anders Hagfeldt is Professor in Physical Chemistry at EPFL, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. at Uppsala University in 1993 and was a post-doc with Prof. Michael Grätzel (1993-1994) at EPFL, Switzerland. His research focuses on the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells and solar fuels. For fundamental research the key questions are related to the energetics and kinetics of electron transfer processes at interfaces. The recent breakthroughs in dye-sensitized solar cells have come from development of new redox mediators based on cobalt and cupper complexes. For perovskite solar cells world record efficiencies have been obtained from compositional engineering of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite light absorber material. He was ranked number 46 on a list of the top 100 material scientists of the past decade by Times Higher Education. In 2014 and 2015 he was on the list of Thomson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researchers. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Stockholm. He is a visiting professor at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Cedric Villani
University of Lyon (France)

Cédric Villani, (born Oct. 5, 1973, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) French mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 for his work in mathematical physics.

Villani studied mathematics at the École Normale Supériere in Paris. He received a master’s degree in numerical analysis from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris in 1996 and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine in 1998. From 2000 to 2010 he was a professor of mathematics at the École Normale Supériere in Lyon, and in 2010 he became a professor of mathematics at the University of Lyon.

Villani was awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, India, in 2010 for his work involving entropy. The amount of molecular disorder, or randomness, of a system is measured by entropy. Entropy always increases in a system until it is in thermal equilibrium with its environment. However, the rate at which entropy increases was unknown until 2005, when Villani and French mathematician Laurent Desvillettes determined that entropy did not increase at a constant rate. In 2009 Villani and French mathematician Clément Mouhot proved Soviet physicist Lev Landau’s conjecture that plasma reaches equilibrium without increasing its entropy. Villani also found applications for the mathematical study of entropy in differential geometry and in transport theory.

Professor Angelos Michaelides
London Centre for Nanotechnology (United Kingdom)

Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen′s University of Belfast. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.

He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year, a visiting professorship at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a Miller Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, a European Young Investigator Award, two European Research Council Grants (Startup and Consolidator), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was also the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Marlow Award "For his innovative contributions in broad areas of surface and physical chemistry, with particular relevance to heterogeneous catalysis and improved understanding of the water-ice interface".  In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Coday-Morgan Prize for “the development of computational methods and applications that have significantly advanced understanding of several important chemical systems”.  In 2012 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and in 2013 a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK). Since 2011 has been a Director of the Thomas Young Centre and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Research in his group (www.chem.ucl.ac.uk/ice) involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching a fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces. Water is a major focus of their work.

Professor Juan Barcelo
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)

Juan A.  Barceló (b. 1961) obtained a PhD in History and Archaeology in 1989 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). After 2 years post-doctoral work at the CNRS- he joined the Department of Prehistory, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has been teaching and doing research on  computing and quantitative methods in archaeology. He is the founder and Director of the Laboratory for Quantitative Archaeology and Computer Applications (http://grupsderecerca.uab.cat/laqu/en) and co-founder of the Laboratory for the Computer Simulation of Social and Historical Dynamics. He has been named President of the Spanish Association of Computer Applications in Archaeology, and represents Spain at the International Association on Computer and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, and Commission IV Data Management and Mathematics at the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences.

Juan A. Barceló is interested in all questions related with the theoretical and methodological development of Archaeology, Social and Environmental Sciences, notably on all branches of computing. He has investigated the suitability of advanced statistical tools for the spatial analysis of archaeological and environmental data, and explored alternative methods for data mining, temporal and stratigraphic seriation, classification (neural networks, probabilistic graphical models, etc). Currently he is engaged in innovative artificial intelligence approaches to the analysis of social dynamics and environmental factors affecting past societies (computer simulation) and also in many projects related with Computer Assisted Visualization and Virtual Reality applied to Digital Heritage and landscape studies. As an archaeologist, he has participated in excavations in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Syria, Nicaragua and Argentina.

In 2012 he was awarded with the Tartessos award for his work on Virtual Reality and Computer Visualization in Archaeology (http://smartheritage.com/tartessos-awards/2012-awards)

In 2014, the Catalan Research Agency (Icrea) awarded with the Academia Award for outstanding research career.

Professor Barbara Wohlmuth
Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Barbara Wohlmuth works in the field of numerical simulation techniques for partial differential equations with special focus on discretizations, a posteriori error analysis, fault tolerance, multi-scale and massively parallel iterative solvers, variational inequalities, and the mathematical modeling of coupled multi-field problems. Interdisciplinary cooperation with engineers and computer sciences play an important role in her work. After studying mathematics at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Grenoble she completed her PhD in 1995 at TUM and habilitated in 2000 at the University of Augsburg. As a PostDoc she stayed at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and as a visiting professor in France and Hong Kong. In 2001 she accepted a full professor position for Numerical Mathematics at the Universität Stuttgart and in 2010 at TUM. She holds the Magne Espedal guest professor at the University Bergen. She serves on numerous Editorial Boards, acts as a reviewer for national research foundations and is member of international scientific advisory boards. Currently she is the Director-Elect of the International Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering at TUM.
Barbara Wohlmuth is elected member of the DFG Review Board 312 for Mathematics and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Professor Rodrigo Martins
New University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Rodrigo F.P. Martins received his MSc in Disordered Semiconductor Materials by Dundee University, Scotland, under the supervision of W. Spear (Euro physics prize 1977) in 1977 and the PhD in Energy Conversion and Semiconductors, by New University of Lisbon, Portugal in 1982; and the Aggregation in 1988 in Semiconductor Materials and Microelectronics by the same university.  Currently he his full Professor of New University of Lisbon, head of the Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL) since 1989 and director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of the Institute of New Technologies; Co-chair of the Energy Materials industry Research Initiative, EMIRI, an European Association; chair of the European Committee affairs of E-MRS; chair of the Committee of Global Leadership and Service Award of the International Union of Materials Research Societies, IUMRS; member of the Administration board of the Nature/FCT-UNL partnership journal named npj 2D materials and applications; member of the strategic committee of the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for Raw Materials, Central Colocation Centre, Metz, Germany; member of the Expert Advisory Board of the European program HORIZON 2020, DG Research and Innovation, Advanced Materials, Nanotechnologies, Biotechnologies and Manufacturing. Moreover, he was involved in the launch of the activities of the European Research Council, representing E-MRS (Letter to the editor, Science, August 2004. http://www.initiative-science-europe.org/pdf/04-Science-Letter-Creating-ERC.pdf).

Rodrigo Martins pioneer research work in the field of amorphous silicon, belonging to the second generation of researchers working in the Dundee group; world pioneer oxides as semiconductors and one of the inventors of the paper electronics, being the authors of the first CMOS device produced on and with paper.

Rodrigo Martins has been distinguished with several prizes and honors, from which we highlight: among the 3 finalists of the European Innovation Inventor Award 2016, given by the European patent office, due to the work on paper transistor; 2016 Gold medal award given by Almada municipality; 2016 Innovation prize given by Exame Informatica (Portuguese media), with the work Tetra Solar (solar cells on paper); Demonstrator award given by OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics – Association) during the LOPEC - Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention 2015, held in Munich, February 2015 to the EC project Autonomous Printed Paper Products for Labels & Electronics, A3Ple; 2014 The Best Research award and the best Leadership and Service award given by FCT-UNL to 3 top researchers of all Faculty for the period between 2010 to 2012; 2012 Scientific Prize of Cidade de Almada, 1st edition with work Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials @FCT-UNL, a window of opportunities opened to the world; 2012, Doctor Honoris Causa by University of Galati, Romania.

Professor Peter Baeuerle
University of Ulm (Germany)

Peter Bäuerle received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Stuttgart (Germany, 1985) working with Prof. F. Effenberger. After a post-doctoral year at MIT, Boston (USA, 1986), in the group of Prof. M.S. Wrighton, he completed his habilitation (1994) at the University of Stuttgart. After being Associate Professor of organic che­mis­try at the University of Würzburg (Germany, 1994-95), he became Director of the Institute of Organic Che­mis­try II and Advanced Materials at the University of Ulm and head of the Service centre mass spectrometry (Germany, since 1996).

Current research interests include development of novel organic materials, in par­ti­cu­lar, organic semi­conduc­tors such as conjugated poly- and oligo­thiophenes, struc­ture-pro­perty rela­tion­ships, self-assembling pro­per­ties, and their applications in elec­tronic devices, in parti­cu­lar orga­nic solar cells. Results have been published in more than 330 peer-revie­wed scientific papers, 9 book chapters, and 12 patents. He is elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2013). For his work in the field of plastic elec­­tro­nics he was awarded with the René Des­cartes Prize of the European Union (2000) and the Cooperation award science-economy (2014), he held the Nozoe Memorial Lecture at ISNA-14 2011 (USA) and Gompper Memorial Lecture at KOPO 2013 (Germany). He received Guest Professorships at the University of Osaka (Japan, 2002), Université Rennes 1 (France, 2004), Melbourne (Australia, 2008), Shanghai (China, 2010), and Gainesville (USA, 2012). He is cofounder of Heliatek GmbH, Dresden/Ulm, a company devoted to the production of organic solar foils (since 2006). He was serving as Dean of the Faculty of natural sciences (2008-2009) and as Vice President Research at Ulm University (2009-2012). He is member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Natural Scientists and Physicians Society (GDNÄ).

Professor Kurt Kremer
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (Germany)

Kurt Kremer studied Physics in Cologne and obtained his PhD in 1983 under the supervision of Kurt Binder. After stays at Mainz University, at Exxon Research and Engineering, Universities of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Santa Barbara, CA, and Research Center Jülich he became Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in fall 1995, where he is heading the Theory Department.

The scientific work of Kurt Kremer focuses on theoretical physics and physical chemistry of ‘soft matter’, i.e. synthetic as well as biological macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. For more than 30 years now he especially develops and employs advanced computer simulation methods, most notably multiscale approaches, which combine chemistry specific local aspects with more generic physical models and schemes. Properties of soft matter combine chemistry specific and universal scaling physics aspects in a unique way resulting in the ubiquitous versatility and presence of soft matter. This comes at the price that analytical theoretical work in most cases only can deal with highly idealized model systems, making computer simulations indispensable. His name is linked to two very efficient simulation models for Monte Carlo simulations (Bond Fluctuation Model) and molecular dynamics simulations (coined Kremer Grest model) for polymer simulations. Until now the vast majority of simulation studies investigating generic physical properties of macromolecules employ these two models or variants. The latter model was already used in 1990 to demonstrate the microscopic validity of the reptation concept, which is central for our understanding of polymer melts, elastomers and many aspects in biophysics like the problem of chromosome territories. Other work concerns polyelectrolytes, membranes and surface and interface problems.

Kurt Kremer was one of the first to point out that the huge diversity of synthetic and biological soft matter results from the interplay of universal and chemistry specific contributions. Already in 1998 he and coworkers published a paper dealing with scale bridging simulations for polymers, which by now developed into a truly quantitative and predictive tool. Beyond plain structural properties organic electronic materials pose additional challenges. His group systematically linked structural and morphological properties with electronic properties of the individual molecular moieties. They demonstrated that the conventional approach to study systems only at T=0K neglects fluctuations and disorder, often leading to qualitatively wrong results. Recently he combined field based, particle based coarse grained and all atom models for P3HT, the ‘fruit fly’ of organic electronics. His scientific work typically connects physical problems with methodological advances. Such an advance e.g. is the particle based adaptive resolution simulation, where different regions with different resolution freely exchange molecules. First applications concern quantum classical systems or the problem of co-nonsolvency of organic macromolecules in mixed solvents.

Kurt Kremer’s work has led to a number of honors, among them the 1992 Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society and the 2011 Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society. The citation “For establishing numerical simulation as a tool on equal footing with experiment and theory in the field of polymer science…” best describes a central goal of his work. Kurt Kremer is member of the German National Academy Leopoldina.

Professor Antje Boetius
University Bremen (Germany)

Antje Boetius is Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University Bremen, and leader of a joint research group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology. She is Vice Director of MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences. Antje has studied Biology and Biological Oceanography at the University of Hamburg and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her PhD thesis dealt with deep-sea microbiology and biogeochemistry. She became Professor for Microbiology in 2001 at the Jacobs University in Bremen, and was Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology from 2003-2008. Antje Boetius is an expert of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography, deep-sea biology and microbial of the ocean. She works on polar seas, on chemosynthetic ecosystems and other extreme habitats of the ocean. Antje Boetius has lead or participated in over 45 seagoing expeditions, and she has coordinated many national and international ocean research programs. Antje Boetius and her team are renowned for their contributions to the diversity and function of life associated with seafloor processes, including pelagobenthic coupling, gas seepage and fluid flow, and the structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities of the ocean floor. The group uses novel technologies and methods for the study of life at the bottom of the ocean. Current studies include the exploration of Arctic deep-sea life under the ice, and the long-term observation of the effects of global warming on polar ecosystems as well as on hypoxic aquatic ecosystems. Antje Boetius was head of the Science Commisstion of Germany’s Science Council. She is member of the advisory boards of many international and national research programs, marine research institutes and museums. She has been awarded with the Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France, the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the Advanced Grant of the ERC, the Petersen Price and Hector Fellow, among many other honors. Antje Boetius has been elected as an external scientific member of the Max Planck Society, to the German National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology), and to the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. She is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Academy of Microbiology. She engages much in public outreach and transfer of knowledge on the role of the ocean in the Earth System, as well as on the value of (bio)diversity.


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), He is also Professor emeritus at Laval University (Québec City, Canada) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science). He chairs the Scientific Council of the Oceanographic Institute (France and Monaco). After obtaining his first university degrees in liberal arts (B.A.) and sciences (B.Sc., zoology) at the University of Montreal in 1964 and 1967, respectively, Louis Legendre completed a doctorate in oceanography (Ph.D.) at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) in 1971.

After two years of postdoctoral research at the Villefranche-sur-Mer Marine Station, France (1971-1973), Louis Legendre was hired as Faculty member by Laval University in 1973 (Full Professor in 1981). In 2000, he left Laval University to join the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and became director of the Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory (Laboratoire d’oceanographie de Villefranche, (LOV) from 2001 through 2010. He joined the Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris 6 as professor in 2009.

Professor Legendre′s fields and topics of research are biological oceanography and marine biogeochemistry, numerical ecology, and philosophy of science. His work is a blend of theoretical studies, laboratory research, and fieldwork. He had field experience in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, and in the Mediterranean and Okhotsk Seas. Over the course of his career, he conducted research in tropical, temperate and polar waters. He presented more than 530 public lectures and seminars, including 115 keynote and invited lectures, in more than 30 countries.

Professor Legendre has received numerous prizes and honours, which include knighthood in the Order of Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco), the International Ecology Institute Prize, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, ASLO), recognition as Highly Cited Researcher (Institute for Scientific Information), Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liege (Belgium), the Quebec Prize in Pure and Applied Sciences, and two awards from the Association canadienne-française pour l′avancement des sciences (Acfas) for Biological and Medical Sciences and for Environmental Sciences (the latter with Prof. Pierre Legendre), respectively.

Professor Iain McCulloch
Imperial College of London (United Kingdom)

Iain McCulloch holds a Chair in of Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, and is a Professor of Chemical Science within the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering of KAUST.  Prior to joining academia, he spent 18 years managing industrial research groups at Hoechst in the US and Merck in the UK, responsible for polymer chemistry design, synthesis and applications in optics and electronics.  

His research interests focus on the design of novel organic conjugated aromatic semiconducting polymers for a range of optical, electronic, photovoltaic, and bio-electronic applications.  This spans from chemical design conception, through synthesis and characterization.  A key aspect of his research has involved control of the molecular alignment and organization of polymers and small molecules in the liquid crystalline phase, aiming towards a better understanding of the relationships between molecular self-assembly and charge transport properties of semiconducting polymers.  His research led to the discovery of a liquid crystalline thiophene polymer which has served for over a decade as a benchmark semiconductor, employed in fundamental studies of the properties of organic field effect transistors, demonstrating the feasibility of solution processed organic polymers, and provided the impetus for advances in the field.  More recently, his research interests have encompassed organic electronics, solar cells, OLEDs, organic bioelectronics and spintronics.  He is a co-inventor on 56 patent families filed from these research activities, and has published over 250 peer reviewed publications. 

He was cited in Thompson Reuters “Global Top 100 Materials Scientists, 2000-10, Ranked by Citation Impact” at number 35 globally and number 2 in the UK, and was listed on ISI Highly Cited Researchers List 2014 and 2015, based on ESI Highly Cited Papers cumulatively for the prior 10 years. He was awarded the 2009 Royal Society of Chemistry, Creativity in Industry Prize, the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize for Advances in Chemistry and a 2014 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. 

Professor Dimitri Batani
University of Bordeaux (France)

Dimitri Batani is professor at the University of Bordeaux at CELIA Laboratory (Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications).
After a Ph.D. at Pisa University in Italy, he worked at Milan University and then at the University of Milano Bicocca, developing an experimental activity on laser-produced plasmas.

In 2005-2014 he has been coordinator of the Working package 10 (Fusion Experiments) of the European Project HiPER (European High Power laser Energy Research). In 2010 he moved to Bordeaux where he  received a "chaire d’excellence régionale / chaire d’accueil" of the Region Aquitaine.
In France he is Scientific coordinator of the project PETAL; Responsible of the EquipeX PETAL+; Coordinator of the “High Energy Density” activities within ILP (the French Institut Lasers et Plasmas).
He became Fellow of the European Physical Society (EPS) in 2013, and member of the Institute universitaire de France (IUF) in 2015.

He has performed pioneering works in fields like:
·     Study of Warm Dense Matter (WDM) and High Energy Density (HED) states by laser-driven shocks. He published the first measurement of equations of state at Megabar pressures done with laser-shocks. This activity continued with developing new techniques, new diagnostics and studying other materials. Recently he studied phase changes in water, a problem with important planetological implications. He has also pioneered the study of WDM and HED  by short-pulse ultra-high-intensity lasers (so called “isotopic heating” of matter).

·     Study of the physics of direct-drive ICF (inertial confinement fusion). He pioneered the study of the transport of intense currents of relativistic electrons created by lasers in matter, in the context of the "fast ignition" approach to ICF. His work gave the evidence for collective phenomena in the electron transport, induced by self-generated electric and magnetic fields. More recently he has pioneered the study the “shock ignition” approach to ICF in Europe. He is leading an intense activity on shock ignition including the preparation of future experiments on the LMJ/PETAL laser.

·     Study of laser-proton acceleration. He worked on the optimization of laser-driven proton source, on the study of effects induced by laser prepulse, on impact of fast electron transport on proton acceleration.

·     Development of diagnostics methods and tools. During his entire  career, he has been introducing new diagnostics tools in the study of HED physics, a role that has now culminated in the responsibility of the EquipEx PETAL+.

Professor Andres Lozano
University of Toronto (Canada)

Professor Lozano is University Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and holds both the RR Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience. 

He has achieved international renown for his groundbreaking research on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).  His team has mapped out cortical and subcortical structures in the human brain and have pioneered  applications of DBS  for movement disorders and psychiatric disease, including  Parkinson’s disease, depression, dystonia, anorexia, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  Professor Lozano has over 500 manuscripts published or in press and is, according to Thompson Reuters, the most cited neurosurgeon in the world for the 11 year period from 2002 to 2012.  He has trained over 60 international fellows in Functional Neurosurgery, many who have become leaders in their field.

Professor Lozano serves on the board of several international organizations and is a founding member of the scientific advisory board of the Michael J Fox Foundation and the Weston Brain Institute.  He has received numerous awards including the Margolese National Brain Award, the Olivecrona medal and the Pioneer in Medicine Award.  Professor Lozano has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Order of Merit of Spain, and the European Academy of Sciences.  Professor Lozano was born in Sevilla, Spain.


Professor Jean-Yves Saillard
Université de Rennes (France)

Jean-Yves Saillard is an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Rennes 1, France, and an honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is a former head of the “Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes”.

He works in the field of applied theoretical chemistry, using the tools of quantum chemistry in order to rationalize the stability, structure, bonding, reactivity and physical properties of inorganic compounds having complicated and/or unexpected architectures. Electron counting rules (in other words, the relationships between structure and number of valence electrons) constitute one of its central interests, with a special focus on compounds which do not obey the ordinary rules. His current research interest includes both organometallic chemistry and cluster chemistry, with a special emphasis on chemically stable nanoscale species, such as ligated transition-metal Group 10 and Group 11 clusters.

Professor Marta Catellani
University of Parma (Italy)

Marta Catellani obtained her Doctorate (Italian Laurea) in Chemistry in 1971 from the University of Parma, after which she began researching catalytic processes in the group of prof. G. P. Chiusoli. She joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Parma in 1981. She spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of prof. Jack Halpern (University of Chicago, 1977–1978), some months in Sheffield and in Tsukuba, Japan. Later she was Visiting Professor at the Moscow State University, the Beijing Institute of Technology, the University of Xi’an, China and JSPS fellow in Japan.

She has developed her researches in organic chemistry via homogeneous catalysis with group VIII metals, emphasising sequential organic syntheses and the spectroscopic detection of intermediates in catalytic reactions. Her present research interests are centred on the catalysis of multistep, multicomponent organo-palladium reactions via C–H activation. In this area she has discovered new and innovative synthetic methodologies, involving palladacycles, which allow the formation of several C–C bonds in a single synthetic operation.

In 2011 she was elected Corresponding Member of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She was awarded the 2012 Piero Pino Medal and the 2014 Organometallic Chemistry Prize by the Italian Chemical Society.


Professor Annabella Selloni
Princeton University (USA)

Annabella Selloni graduated in physics at the University “La Sapienza” (Roma, Italy), and received her Ph.D. degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 1979. After a postdoc at the IBM- T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, she held positions at the University “La Sapienza”, at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy), at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). In 1999 she joined the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University, where in 2008 she became the David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry. She has co-authored more than 260 publications, which have received more than 15,000 citations. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2008) and has been named an APS Outstanding Referee (2012). She has been a Co-Editor of the Special Issue on Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials of Chemical Reviews (2014).  Her current research is mainly focused on metal oxide surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures, charge transport and electron transfer, photocatalysis and photovoltaics.

Professor Johannes Lercher
Technische Universität München (Germany)

Johannes A. Lercher, studied Chemistry at TU Wien, receiving his PhD in 1981 at the same institution. After a visiting lectureship at Yale University, he joined TU Wien as Lecturer, later Associate Professor. 1993 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemical Technology at the University Twente, the Netherlands and in 1998 in the Department of Chemistry of TU München, Germany. Since 2011 he is also Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. He is external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as well as Member of the Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Honorary Professor at several institutions in China.  Author of over 500 papers and 19 patents, he is currently President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis. Recent awards include the Kozo Tanabe Award for Acid-Base Catalysis, the Burwell Lectureship of the North American Catalysis Society and the Francois Gault Lectureship of the Federation of European Catalysis Societies. His interests are related to catalysis in zeolites as well as on nanostructured oxides and sulfides, focusing on bifunctional and concerted catalysis, as well as understanding the influence of the steric and chemical environment on the properties of active centers in a catalytic site.

Professor Axel Ockenfels
University of Cologne (Germany)

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Axel Ockenfels is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne, Director of the Cologne Laboratory of Economic Research, Speaker of the University of Cologne Excellence Center for Social and Economic Behavior, and Coordinator of the research unit "Design & Behavior" funded by the German Research Foundation. Ockenfels is considered one of the most influential economists in behavioral and design economics, both in fundamental research and in practical market design. He is also a Member of the Berlin Brandenburgische and of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, the Academic Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Cologne. In 2005 he was the first economist in 17 years to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation.

Ockenfels′ research is based on the fact that people respond to incentives. While they do not always do so in a rational or selfish way, economic and social behavior follows systematic and predictable patterns. This allows devising models of ′real′ economic behavior (as alternatives to the widely used homo oeconomicus model). At the same time Ockenfels′ work opens the door to market and strategy design as an engineering science. This line of research has many useful applications for design and behavior in the Internet, electricity&climate, telecommunication, finance and other sectors, as well as for the management of within and between firms interaction. It has benefitted from numerous collaborations with governments, market platforms, companies and research institutions mostly across Europe and the US. 

Further information about Ockenfels is available at: http://ockenfels.uni-koeln.de/de/ao/

Professor Jean-Marie Flaud
Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA) (France)

Jean-Marie Flaud is performing his research at the Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systemes Atmospheriques (LISA). His research interests are both in molecular physics and high resolution molecular spectroscopy, and in atmospheric physics. In particular:

- he developed new models which account for the various ro-vibrational resonances effecting the energy levels and line intensities,

- he studied large amplitude motions in floppy molecules (in particular staggering in

H2O2 or torsional splitting in HNO3) as well as local mode behavior and demonstrate such effects in molecules of low symmetry such as H2S and H2Se.

- he measured rare isotopologues in atmospheric spectra (16O18O16O, H15NO3, …)

- he is in charge of the spectroscopic database dedicated to the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) experiment,

- he has been a member of the Science Advisory Groups of the satellite experiments

MIPAS and SCHIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric

CHartographY) and is a member of the ESL (Expert Support Laboratory) and of the Science team for the MIPAS experiment.

Besides about 340 refereed publications in international journals J.-M. Flaud is the co-author of two books on molecular properties and line parameters of water and ozone.

He was awarded the "Prix Aime Cotton »from the French Physical Society (1978), the ,"Humboldt-Gay Lussac" award  from the Humboldt Foundation (1998), the  “ Gentner-Kastler” prize from the French and German Physical Societies( 2002), the Medal Ionnes Marcus Marci of the Ioannes Marcus Marci Spectroscopic Society, Czech republic (2002) and the  Benedict Spectroscopy Award (2015).  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America since 1986 and of IUPAC since 2002.

He is currently Project leader "Atmosphere, Climate" at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (French Ministry of Higher Education and Research)

Professor Francesco Priolo
University of Catania (Italy)

Francesco Priolo is the President of Scuola Superiore di Catania (a School of excellence of the University of Catania – www.scuolasuperiorecatania.it), and a Professor of Physics of Matter at the University of Catania (Italy) (www.dfa.unict.it). He received his master degree in Physics in 1985 and the PhD in Physics of Materials in 1989. In this period he performed  research at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (NJ) (1987-1988) and worked as a consultant for STMicroelectronics before joining the University of Catania. He is currently an Editor of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing (Springer) and a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Physics Reviews (American Institute of Physics). He has been the founder and first Director of the Center of Materials & Technologies for Information, Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS) within CNR-IMM, Italy (www.matis.imm.cnr.it), a member of the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committtee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation and a Past-President (2009-2011) of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS, www.european-mrs.com).

His main research interests include electronic materials and devices, photonics, nanostructures and nanotechnologies, with a particular emphasis to semiconductor materials.  Of particular interest his results on silicon-based nanophotonics. He is an author of over 350 papers on international journals, author of several reviews, author of 1 book, editor of 10 books, he holds 3 patents and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences (over 80 invited talks). He holds an h-index of 47 and its publications count overall over 10,000 citations according to ISI Web of Science.


Professor Andreas Speer
University of Cologne(Germany)

Andreas Speer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cologne, Director of the Thomas-Institut (http://www.thomasinst.uni-koeln.de), one of the world leading research institutes in the history of philosophy and sciences in the Middle Ages. Moreover, he is Director of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne (http://artes.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de) , Speaker of the Cologne Center for eHumanities (http://www.cceh.uni-koeln.de/), and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

He is one of today’s most distinguished historians of science working at the threshold of the history of philosophy and science. His historically focused works dealing with the period commonly referred to as the Middle Ages, are mainly concerned with the mutual dependence of historical and theoretical processes, their peaks and durations, with a special focus on their reception and the accompanying transformations as well as their cultural and institutional contexts. Those contexts not only accidentally touch our scientific world views, but gain an epistemic status within a critical scientific analysis. His special attention lies on the conditions and contexts of the discourses of knowledge in the Arabic, Hebraic, Byzantine, and Latin culture of the Middle Ages. As director of the Thomas-Institut, he has also inspired, initiated, and accompanied just as many research projects.

The areas of Professor Andreas Speer’s main research combine the history of the sciences and philosophy in the Middle Ages, the history of epistemology and theory of science, the question of a first science under the lemmas of wisdom, metaphysics, and theology, the theological discourse in the context of philosophy and religion, and the question of aesthetic symbolic worlds and their conceptualization in the field of the theory of science, and questions of anthropology and ethics.

Further informations are available at: http://www.thomasinstitut.uni-koeln.de/11783.html

Professor Günter Haufe
University of Münster (Germany)

Günter Haufe studied chemistry at the University of Leipzig (1968-1972) and obtained the Diploma degree. He did a doctorate within the group of Manfred Mühlstädt in Leipzig and obtained the Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1975. After basic military service (18 months) he started his independent scientific career in 1977 and did his Habilitation and venia legendi in Leipzig (1985). In 1986 he worked as a Research Fellow of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) with André Laurent at the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, and as a visiting scientist with Jakko Paasivirta at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. From 1988-1991 he was an Associate Professor (Docent) of Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Leipzig before he was appointed at his present position as a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster. In 1999 he declined an offer to join the chemistry faculty at the University of Kiel. He was a Visiting Professor in Lyon (1994), in Poznan (2003), in Rouen (2013), in Valencia (2014) and a Paul Tarrant Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville (2002). In recognition of his research achievements he was awarded with the Friedrich-Wöhler-Prize in 1985.

From 1995-2002 he was the Spokesman of the Graduate School "Highly Reactive Double Bond Systems" at the University of Münster. From 2001-2015 he supervised PhD students within the “International NRW Graduate School of Chemistry”. From 1997-2008 he was a PI within the Collaborative Research Centre “Molecular Orientation and its Function in Chemical Systems” and since 2005 he is a PI and Deputy Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Centre “Molecular Cardiovascular Imaging”. Since 2007 he is member of the Board of EIMI (European Institute for Molecular Imaging) and since 2012 he is a PI and member of the Executive Board of the “Cells in Motion” Centre of Excellence at the University of Münster. From 2008-2010 he was chair of the group of German fluorine chemists within the GDCh (German Chemical Society).

Günter Haufe has strong research interests in organofluorine chemistry including 18F-radiochemistry. Experimental studies carried out in his group include selective fluorination methods and synthesis of fluorinated analogues of natural products and medicinally relevant compounds. Other topics are application of enzymes in organic synthesis, alicyclic chemistry and total synthesis of natural products. Günter Haufe owns >20 patents and has published >280 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. In 1989 he published a book on "Chemistry of Alicyclic Compounds" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Gerhard Mann and in 2008 he edited a monograph "Fluorine and Health" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Alain Tressaud. He was an Associate Editor of "Advances in Fluorine Science" and he is a Regional Editor of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry since 2008.

Professor Ray Baughman
University of Texas (United States)

Ray Baughman became the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas in 2001, after 31 years in industry. He is a Member of The National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry; an Academician of The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; an honorary professor of six universities in China; and is on editorial or advisory boards of Science and other journals. Ray has 72 issued US patents and over 380 refereed publications, with 29,000 citations and an H-index of 76. His current research focuses on such areas as artificial muscles; energy storage, conversion, and harvesting; the science and technology of nanomaterials; thermoacoustic sound projectors; solid-state synthesis; smart textiles; novel known and unknown forms of carbon; and materials with extreme and rare properties.

Professor John R. Porter
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

John R. Porter is an agricultural scientist and educator in crop physiology, modelling and agricultural ecology. His contribution has been multi-disciplinary, highly international and collaborative in the response of crops and agro-ecosystems to their environment, emphasizing climate change and ecosystem services. He started his career studying plant population biology and plant architecture with John L Harper at Bangor University in the UK. He has published 130 papers in reviewed journals, receiving two international prizes for his research. He holds professorial positions in climate and food security at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and chairs of Agriculture and Climate in the UK and New Zealand. He initiated and developed the global first crop simulation model of wheat in the early 1980s, subsequently used to study the impacts of climate change on crop production and quality. He instigated modelling and experimental studies in the early 1990s of the importance of climate variability for crop processes including their threshold and non-linear responses to temperature and other environmental factors. This has been recognised globally as a vital way in which climate change can affect food production. He invented and developed a combined food and energy (CFE) agro-ecosystem that simultaneously produces food, fodder and bioenergy, and which has increased non-marketed ecosystem services compared to conventional agriculture and requires much less fossil-based inputs. His 35-year career has been innovative, inclusive, long-lasting in its impacts, international and relevant for society. Involved with IPCC since the early 1990s, he led the writing of the important chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on food production systems and food security and contributed to the AR5 chapter on GHG mitigation in agriculture. He has been a prime driver of European and international teaching and use of e-learning in agricultural and climate sciences, winning two prizes for this work. He has been engaged in many reviews, including the Laboratoires d’Excellence in France, CSIRO in Australia and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, based in Rome.

Professor Paul Wassmann
University of Tromsø (Norway)

Paul Wassmann is professor in environmental biology at the Institute of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø – Norways Arctic University.  Born and grown up in Germany he studied chemistry, bilogy, geophysics and psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway.  His special interest is in Arctic marine system ecology, C flux in marine ecosystems and physical-biological coupled models of primary production. He has worked in all European seas and extensively in the European sector of the Arctic Ocean. Besides refereed papers, he edited 12 dedicated journal volumes and co-authored two outreach books. He was head of the he ARCTOS network in arctic marine ecology and the ARCTOS PhD school and has headed several multidisciplinary research projects.  He has also supported the conference Arctic Frontiers, the only annual, multidisciplinary conference in the pan-Arctic region.

Professor Safa Kasap
University of Saskatchewan (Canada)

Born in 1953, Safa Kasap grew up in London, England, and obtained a BSc (1976), MSc (1978) and PhD (1983) from the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London, specializing in optoelectronic materials and devices. In July 1986, he joined the University of Saskatchewan as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and in July 1992 he was made a full professor in electronic materials. In 2002, he took up his present position as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials, which has a tenure until 2016.

In addition to two well-known textbooks on electronic materials and devices, and optoelectronics and photonics (with translations in Greek, Korean and Chinese), Prof. Kasap has published more than 250 articles in refereed international journals. Since 2002, he has been the Deputy Editor for J. Materials Science: Materials in Electronics (Springer). He has been the Chair of the Steering Committee and the International Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications (ICOOPMA) since 2005. In 2006, with Dr. Peter Capper (UK), he edited a major comprehensive reference work entitled The Springer Handbook of Electronic and Photonic Materials (Springer Heidelberg, Germany, 2006).

Professor Kasap′s contributions have been recognized with honours and awards, including a DSc in Engineering (1996) from the University of London. He is a Fellow of a number of professional and scholarly societies, including the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), SPIE (the International Society of Optical Engineering), American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Materials (IOM3), Institute of Physics (InstP), Society for Glass Technology (SGT), and the City and Guilds London Institute (CGI)  In 2012, he received the prestigious IEEE Canada J.M. Ham Medal as an outstanding educator.  

Professor Gerhard Heinzmann
Université de Lorraine (France)

Gerhard Heinzmann graduated with a M.A. in Mathematics (Diplom-Mathematiker) at the University of Heidelberg, received in 1981 his Ph.D. degree in philosophy from the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), was then fellow at the College de France (Chaire J. Vuillemin) in Paris, and taught at Saarbrücken before becoming full professor of philosophy at the University of Lorraine in Nancy (1992). Director and founder (1992) of the research group "Laboratoire d′Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie — Archives Henri Poincaré" (UMR 7117 of the CNRS), he was Director of the “Lorrain Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences” (MSH Lorraine ; USR 3261 of the CNRS) from 2007 to 2014. Editor of the « Publications of the Henri Poincaré Archives » (Birkhäuser/Springer) and of the journal « Philosophia Scientiae » (Kimé), his areas of specialization are: Poincaré Studies, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Logic, French Philosophy of Science in the XXe century. His latest book is entitled: L’intuition épistémique. Une approche pragmatique du contexte de justification en mathématiques et en philosophie, Paris : Vrin, collection Mathesis (2013) ;

Member of the Academia Europaea and the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Bruxelles (2000), president of the organizing Committee of the 14th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (DLMPS; Nancy 2011), assessor of the Council of the DLMPS, he was awarded in 2006, on the proposal from the Academy of Sciences (Paris), with the scientific price of the "Prince Louis de Polignac" Foundation.

« Construction. Festschrift for Gerhard Heinzmann » (P.-E. Bour/ M. Rebuschi/ L. Rollet ; eds.), London : College Publication (2010), 687 pages, 60 contributions.

Professor Martin Visbeck
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany)

Martin Visbeck holds the physical oceanography chair at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Germany. He received his PhD from Kiel University in Physical Oceanography on research about deep ocean convection in 1993. During a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, Cambridge USA, his research interest focused on the interaction between ocean eddies and deep convection regions and their respective heat and density transports. As a Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York, his interest shifted to more general aspects of the ocean′s role in the climate system including work on the North Atlantic Oscillation and Deep Water formation off Antarctica. Since October 2004 he holds the chair in Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University. In 2008 he was awarded a guest professorship at the Ocean University in Qingdao, China.

Martin Visbeck’s current research is concerned with ocean and climate variability and change with particular emphasis on the circulation. In the Subpolar North Atlantic his group maintains direct current measurements to document the variability and change of North Atlantic Deep Water transport, a key component of the Atlantic

Overturning Circulation. In the Tropical Atlantic he works on ocean mixing with a focus on the supply of oxygen towards the tropical oxygen minimum zones. For his research he makes use of research vessel based expeditions but also is increasingly using and advancing modern robotic platforms including profiling floats and gliders. He has an active interest in the development of integrated ocean observatories for long-term observations in the water column. More recently he engaged in integrated marine sciences brining together different disciplines to provide the scientific basis for ocean sustainable development.

Martin Visbeck has served on several national and international advisory committees. Currently, he is member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme, which facilitates global climate research. He was appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN - Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He serves on the committee for science, programme and review of the International Council for Science (ICSU) He is the chair of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) German Committee Future Earth that promotes integrated environmental and sustainability science. And in Kiel he is the speaker of the research cluster ′The

Future Ocean′ supported by the German excellence initiative, which is advancing integrated marine sciences.

Professor Giuseppe Resnati
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

A distinctive features of the research activity of Prof. Resnati has been his ability to address frontier fields after a highly original approach and well before these fields were recognized by the vast majority of the chemical community. In the eighties, he focussed his interests on the asymmetric synthesis of selectively fluorinated compounds endowed with biological and/or pharmacological relevance.  With his results he contributed significantly to the understanding of the strategic role of introduction of fluorine in drugs and bio-compounds. In the nineties he devoted his interests to the fluorous chemistry, namely to the unique opportunities offered by reagents bearing a perfluoroalkyl chain.  He introduced the first fluorous reagent, the perfluoro-cis-2,3-dialkyloxaziridenes, which he proved to be a powerful yet selective oxidizing agents. 

As a recognition to his contribution to fluorine chemistry, he will be the chairman of the 21st International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry ([http://fluorine.sites.acs.org/meetings.htm]).

More recently he devoted his attention to crystal engineering and he developed the concept of halogen bonding, the interaction where halogen atoms work as electrophilic sites.  This interaction is becoming a first choice tool in all fields where molecular recognition and self-assembly play a key-role.  The seminal role of Prof. Resnati’s results in the field is emblematically declared by the fact that he published his first paper in the field in 1998 (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 8261) and according to ISI – Web of Knowledge, in the fourteen year of the period 1998-2012, the papers with the words “halogen bonding” in the title are 575, the first, second, sixth, and seventh most cited papers being from Prof. Resnati.  A further recognition of the importance of the field and the leading role of Prof. Resnati is that he has been appointed as Chairman (along with Prof. Pierangelo Metrangolo) of an IUPAC project aimed at defining the term “halogen bonding” ([http://www.iupac.org/home/projects/project-db/project-details.html?tx_wfqbe_pi1%5bproject_nr%5d=2009-032-1-100]).

Professor Robert Fox
University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Robert Fox took a doctorate in the history of science at Oxford, after reading physics as an undergraduate. Following twenty years at the University of Lancaster and brief periods  at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (La Villette) in Paris and the Science Museum, London, he was professor of the history of science at Oxford from 1988 to 2006. As Emeritus Professor since 2006, he has held visiting positions in a number of universities and research groups in the USA and Europe. His interests have been mainly in the history of physics and the relations between science, technology, and industry in Europe since the eighteenth century. His latest book, Science without frontiers: cosmopolitanism and nationhood in the world of learning, 1870-1940, is due to be published in 2016.

Professor Klaus Müllen
Max-Planck-Institute (Germany)

Klaus Müllen joined the Max Planck Society in 1989 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. His PhD degree was granted by the University of Basel in 1972. He received his habilitation in 1977 at ETH, Zürich. In 1979 he became a Professor at the University of Cologne, and in 1983 at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz.

In 1993 he was awarded the Max Planck Forschungspreis, in 1997 the Philip Morris Forschungspreis, in 2001 the Nozoe-Award, in 2002 the Kyoto University Foundation Award, in 2003 the Science Award of the “Stifterverband”, in 2006 the Belgian Polymer Award, in 2008 the Innovation Award, the Nikolaus August Otto Award and 2009 the Society of Polymer Science Japan International Award. Many more honors followed since then: 2011 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry; Tsungming Tu Award, Taiwan; 2012 BASF-Award for Organic Electronics; 2013 Franco-German Award of the Sociéte Chimique de France; Adolf-von-Baeyer-Medal, GDCh; Utz-Helmut Felcht Award, SGL Group; ChinaNANO Award. In 2014 he obtained the Carl Friedrich Gauß-Medal of the "Braunschweigischen Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft" and he is winner of the 2014 ACS Nano Lectureship Award.

Klaus Müllen obtained honorary professorships from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai; the Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing; and the University of Heidelberg, as well as Honorary Doctorate degrees from University of Sofia, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jiatong University, Shanghai. From 2008-2009 he served as president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). In 2010 he received an Advanced ERC Grant for his work on nanographenes. 2013 he was elected as president of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine and in 2013 he got an appointment as honorary member of the distinguished American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

He is currently associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. His broad research interests range from the development of new polymer-forming reactions, including methods of organometallic chemistry, to the chemistry and physics of small molecules, graphenes, dendrimers and biosynthetic hybrids. His work further encompasses the formation of multi-dimensional polymers with complex shape-persistent architectures, nanocomposites, and molecular materials with liquid crystalline properties for electronic and optoelectronic devices. He owns about 60 patents, published nearly 1700 papers.

Professor Hans Foellmer
University of Berlin (Germany)

Hans Follmer is a German probabilist, known for his contributions to Stochastic Analysis and to Mathematical Finance. After studies of Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at the Universities of Koln, Gottingen, Paris and Erlangen, Hans Follmer obtained his PhD in 1968 in Erlangen and spent several years as Postdoc, rst in Erlangen and then in the US at MIT and Dartmouth College. He then held positions as Professor of Mathematics or Statistics at the Universities of Frankfurt (1973-74) and Bonn (1974-77), at ETH Zurich (1977 - 88), Bonn (1988 - 1994), and since 1994 at Humboldt University in Berlin. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including Paris VI and VII, Paris-Dauphine, TU Munchen and LMU Munchen, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the University of Tokyo, and he has been Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell Unversity (2008 - 2014). At present he is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Humboldt University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, Professeur Invite at the University of Luxembourg, and Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge Hans Follmer has received numerous awards, including the Science prize of the German Society of Operations Research, the Prix Gay-Lussac/Humboldt of the French Government, the Georg-Cantor medal of the German Mathematical Society, and a honorary degree of the University Paris-Dauphine. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Academia Europaea.

Professor Jean Luc Bredas
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Jean-Luc Bredas received his B.Sc. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees from the University of Namur, Belgium. 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 was Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and held the Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design. Between 2011 and 2014, he was also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Since July 2014, he is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Rawabi Holding Research Chair in Solar Energy Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. He also serves as Director of the KAUST Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center.

Jean-Luc Bredas is a Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and the European Academy of Sciences and an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. He is the recipient of the 1997 Francqui Prize, the 2000 Quinquennial Prize of the Belgian National Science Foundation, the 2001 Italgas Prize, the 2003 Descartes Prize of the European Union, the 2010 Charles H. Stone Award of the American Chemical Society, and the 2013 David Adler Award in Materials Physics of the American Physical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Materials Research Society. He is an Honorary Professor of the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and holds Honorary degrees from Linköping University, Sweden, and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since 2008, he serves as Editor for “Chemistry of Materials”, published by the American Chemical Society. Research in the Bredas group focuses on computational materials chemistry: computational methods are used as a tool to uncover the properties of novel advanced materials, understand their chemistry and physics, and derive an integrated understanding of the intrinsic molecular- and nano-scale processes in a variety of emerging applications (such as solar cells or low-power displays), especially in the fields of organic electronics, photonics, and information technology.

Professor Martin Carrier
University of Bielefeld (Germany)

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.

Professor Chuanzeng Zhang
University of Siegen (Germany)

Dr. Chuanzeng Zhang is Professor and Chair of Structural Mechanics at the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Science and Technology, University of Siegen, Germany. He received his Diploma in 1983 and his PhD in 1986 at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. From 1986 to 1988, he was Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Jan D. Achenbach at the Department of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, USA. Before his appointment at the University of Siegen in 2004, he was Associate Professor and Professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz, Germany. His research interests include computational mechanics, structural mechanics, fracture and damage mechanics, mechanics of functionally graded materials and smart materials, wave propagation and elastodynamics. He has over 600 publications in referred scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is the Co-Chief Editor of the Book Series “Advances in Materials and Mechanics” (Higher Education Press, China), Editorial Member of the Book Series “Computational and Experimental Methods in Structures” (Word Scientific & Imperial College Press), Editorial Member of the scientific journals “International Journal of Computational Methods”, “Structural Durability & Health Monitoring”, “Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences” (2004-2007), “Electronic Journal for Boundary Elements”, “Mathematical Methods and Physicomechanical Fields”, “Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements”, Managing Guest Editor of “Engineering Fracture Mechanics” (2009-2010), Guest Editor of “Advances in Mechanical Engineering” (since 2013) and “Chinese Quarterly of Mechanics” (since 2014). He is the Vice-President of the “International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics“, Adjunct Professor of Tongji-University (Shanghai, China) and Harbin Engineering University (Harbin, China), Guest Professor of Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China), Fellow of Wessex Institute of Technology (UK), Distinguished Visiting Professor (2011-2012) at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau (China), Visiting Professor of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Nanjing, China), and Visiting Professor of China Building Materials Academy (Beijing, China).

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.

Professor João Rocha
University of Aveiro (Portugal)

João Rocha (born 1962) is a member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (created in 1779 and restricted to 13 Chemists) and Director of the University of Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO, ca. 400 people), the largest Materials Science Institute in Portugal. He got his Ph.D. in 1990 from the Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, UK, working on solid-state NMR of clay materials, under the supervision of J. Klinowski. This was followed by a one year post-doc in the same group working on solid-state NMR of zeolite-type materials. In 1999 he became Full Professor of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at University of Aveiro. He was Invited Professor at Oviedo University, Spain, in 2010.

He has published over 430 SCI papers (h-index 49) with 10000 citations, and 3 patent applications. He has given over one hundred talks at conferences, supervised 30 post-docs and 20 Ph.D. students, coordinated over two dozen projects (6 European) and organized many national and international scientific events. In 2004 he received the Portuguese National Science Foundation prize for Scientific Excellence.

He is a member of the Portuguese Science and Technology Council (advising the Prime Minister). He chairs the ‘Commission on Inorganic and Mineral Structures’ and is consultant for the ‘Commission on NMR Crystallography and Related Methods’ of the International Union of Crystallography, member of the editorial boards of Chemistry – a European Journal, ‘Solid State NMR’, and is Royal Society of Chemistry Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Book Series Editor; he was chairman of the ‘European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry’. He has been a member of assessment committees all over Europe, including the European Research Council Advanced and Starting Grants, and IBM prize Portugal. He is a member of the Portuguese and American Chemical Societies and Materials Research Society.

His present main research interests encompass light emitting lanthanide-bearing microporous and mesoporous materials, and Metal Organic Frameworks for sensing applications; nanosystems for multimodal (magnetic resonance, optical and thermometry) imaging and small molecules drug delivery; solid-state NMR and X-ray diffraction.

Professor Paolo Samori
Université de Strasbourg (France)

Paolo Samorì (Imola, Italy, 1971) is Distinguished Professor (PRCE) and director of the Institut de Science et d′Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS) where he is also head of the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).

He obtained a Laurea (master’s degree) in Industrial Chemistry at University of Bologna in 1995. In 2000 he received his PhD in Chemistry from the Humboldt University of Berlin (Prof. J. P. Rabe). He was permanent research scientist at Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattività of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Bologna from 2001 until 2008.

He has focused his research activity during his Ph.D and Post Doc on scanning probe microscopy studies of self-assembled structures. As soon as he started his independent lab he has exploited these tools beyond imaging to gain a quantitative insight into various physico-chemical properties of nanostructures. His research interest has then expanded to the bottom-up development of switchable surfaces and interfaces, to the multiscale study of electronic properties of supramolecularly engineered materials, to graphene chemistry and to the fabrication of supramolecular devices. He has pioneered the realization of optically switchable field-effect transistors which combine photochromic systems with (macro)molecular semiconductors.

The current theme of his research is the unravelling the architecture vs. function relationship in graphene- and molecule-based supramolecular materials for applications in materials science and (opto)electronics, and ultimately for the fabrication of multifunctional devices.

His work has been awarded various prizes, including the young scientist awards at EMRS (1998) and MRS (2000) as well as the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists 2001, the "Vincenzo Caglioti" award 2006 granted by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the "Nicolò Copernico" award 2009 (Italy) for his discoveries in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the prix "Guy Ourisson" 2010 of the Cercle Gutenberg (France), the ERC Starting Grant 2010 and the CNRS Silver Medal 2012.

He is member of the advisory boards of Advanced Materials, Small, ChemPhysChem and ChemPlusChem (Wiley-VCH), Chemical Society Reviews, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry and Nanoscale (RSC).

Professor Paul Tréguer
Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France)

Paul J. Tréguer graduated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Rennes, became Emeritus Professor at Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

He managed research teams in chemical oceanography and biogeochemistry. He became a marine biogeochemist, expert in nutrient cycles in various marine ecosystems, with a focus on the silica cycle and on the Southern Ocean since the 1980s. He has been member or chair of numerous scientific committees at national and international level.

Paul J. Tréguer founded the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) and the Europole Mer in 2004.

He is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS).

In 2006, he received the El Sayed Award for contribution to Millenium Assessment, and the Georges Millot Medal in 2013.

Professor Patrice Debré
Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (France)

Patrice Debré graduated from Harvard Medical School is a Professor and specialist in immunology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), since 1981.

He was Director of a section at the CNRS from 1982 to 1996, and at the INSERM from 1996 to 2008.

His researches led to the development of an AIDS vaccine, still in clinical trials. To these activities, he also served in International and European Organizations concerned by the pandemics. He was appointed Ambassador for the fight against AIDS and transmissible diseases.

He is the author of 350 scientific publications and 6 books. He is member of the French National Academy of Medicine, and numerous other French and American societies. 

Professor Manuel G. Velarde
Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain)

Manuel Garcia VELARDE, was born on September 7th, 1941 in Almeria (Spain). In 1963 he graduated in Physics at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM, Spain). He obtained the Ph. D. in Physics from UCM in November 1968 and from ULB in January 1970. 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; for a complete list of publication and full cv see web site www.ucm.es/info/fluidos). Noteworthy are six research frontier monographs, five of which dealing with fluid physics and one with lattice dynamics: 2001-Nonlinear Dynamics of Surface Tension-Driven Instabilities, Wiley-VCH, N. Y. (with P. Colinet & J. Cl. Legros); 2002-Synergetic Phenomena in Active Lattices, Springer-Verlag, Berlin (with V. I. Nekorkin); 2002-Interfacial Phenomena and Convection, Chapman & Hall, Boca Raton (with A. A. Nepomnyashchy & P. Colinet); 2003-Liquid Interfacial Systems. Oscillations and Instability, M. Dekker, N.Y. (with R. V. Birikh, V. A. Briskman & J. Cl. Legros); 2007-Wetting and Spreading Dynamics, Taylor & Francis/CRC, N.Y. (with V. M. Starov & C. Radke); 2012-Falling Liquid Films, Springer-Verlag, London (with S. Kalliadasis, C. Ruyer-Quil & B. Scheid).

       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 at CEN-Saclay, Paris [VI, XI], Marne-La-Vallée, Grenoble, Marseille [I, II, III], Pescara, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NTH-Trondheim, Cambridge U., Chelsea College, Imperial College, Stanford U., UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Academia Sinica-Beijing, HUST-Wuhan, ECNU-Shanghai, etc. He has served the international community and the profession in committees like "Liquids" (EPS); MAC-ESA; Statistical Physics (IUPAP); Chaos, Order and Patterns: Aspects of Nonlinearity (NATO); ELGRA, President; LABEX Jury (France, President), 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 2002, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Prof. Nicolis coordinated a special Issue of the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos 12 (2002) 2305-2653 with the theme “Spatio-Temporal Complexity”. 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”, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 801 pp., edited by former and present collaborators. Then, also celebrating his 70th birthday, in 2014 appeared vol. 206, 428 pp., of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science edited by R. Miller, V. M. Starov and R. G. Rubio.

Professor Dragan Savic
University of Exeter (UK)

Dragan Savic is the UK’s first Professor of Hydroinformatics having held this post at the University of Exeter since 2001. He specialised in water and environmental systems for his undergraduate, MSc and PhD degrees.

His research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/ environmental sciences, informatics/ computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques) and environmental engineering. Applications are generally in the environmental science areas, including water resources management (both quality and quantity), flood management, water & wastewater systems and environmental protection & management.

His work has concentrated on the theoretical development and application of Artificial Intelligence methods that have been applied to many fields of environmental science. For example, a significant advance has been made in the development of a general methodology for modelling and optimisation of water supply and wastewater systems. He has also pioneered a new, superfast flood modelling methodology based on Cellular Automata that allows flood risk assessment to be carried out on a continental scale. Prof. Savic has published over 400 research/professional papers and reports, co-authored 24 books and book chapters and holds two patents. With over 7,000 citations to his name (source: Google Scholar), Prof. Savić is among the top 10 most cited scholars in the world in the areas of ‘water resources’ and ‘hydroinformatics’:


Professor Peter Hanggi
Institute for Physics, Augsburg University (Germany)

Peter Hänggi is known for many ground-breaking contributions in the area of statistical physics and driven quantum mechanics which he achieved at the Polytechnic Institute of New York and the University of Augsburg. He is worldwide known for his seminal contributions to reaction rate theory, driven quantum mechanics and quantum dissipation. Main discoveries of his include the detailed description of phenomenon of Stochastic Resonance, his discovery of coherent destruction of tunnelling and his initiation of the field of Brownian motors. He has been awarded with 8 doctors honoris causa and holds a honorary professorship at the Beijing Normal University. Among his many international prizes and awards are the RIKEN eminent scientist award, the Smoluchowski medal of the Jagellonian University in Krakow, the Chair of Physics Elena Aizen de Moshinsky from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the prestigious Lindhard Lecture award 2010, and alike, the Lars Onsager medal 2011 and The Lars Onsager Lecture 2011.

He is an elected member of the National Academy for Sciences Leopoldina and the Academy Europaea, and as well, an elected member of the Max-Planck society and external member of the MPI-PKS in Dresden, Germany. Furthermore, he is selected for ISIHighlyCited.com due to his exceptional citation count in the field of Physics and elected as outstanding referee of the APS.

Doctor Maria Rocio Alvarez Lopez
University Hospital "Virgen de la Arrixaca" (Spain)

María Rocío Álvarez-López received the Degree (1969) and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1981) from the Granada University (Spain). She also performed a postdoctoral training in the HLA and transplantation domains at the St. Louis Hôpital, in Paris (France, 1982-84), under the direction of Prof. Jean Dausset and Dr. Marilyne Saportes improving the generation and characterization of T suppressor cells and suppressive factors of the allogenic response. Then in Murcia (Spain), she developed the Transplantation Immunology Program and organized the Inmunology Service in the University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”. Within research activities, she also started the Immunotolerance Study Group on liver transplantation, analyzing the impact of HLA genes and molecules as well as this of costimulatory molecules (CD28/CD80 and Th1 or Th2 cytokines to predict the short term liver graft acceptance or rejection. Additionally, she also introduced the analysis of the study of the innate immunity role in transplantation, mainly in relation to the NK/KIR gene receptors and their HLA-ligands matching or mismatching in liver transplantation and liver pathologies. More recently she extended her research program to other pathologies involving autoimmune reactions (psoriasis or arthritis, etc) or a reduced immunologic response, such as melanoma, bladder o or breast cancers or virus C hepatitis infection.

Professor Flemming Besenbacher
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Flemming Besenbacher is Professor at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University (Denmark) and Chair of the board of the Carlsberg Foundation. From 2002 to 2012, he was the Director of Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and the Director of the iNANO graduate school, iNANO School.

His main research fields are nanosciences and nanotechnology and his current research activities include the development and use of scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic-force microscopy.

He received various research awards among them The Danish Physical Society’s Research Prize (1995), and the Aarhus Business Award (2009). In 2009, he was the recipient of the prestigious Einstein Professorship, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences before being elected Honorary Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society.

His memberships are numerous; we could name among them the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the American Physical Society.

He is the author of 20 book chapters and reviews and his published articles have been cited more than 20.000 times.

Professor Emmanuel Cabanis
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris 6 (France)

Emmanuel Cabanis is Professor at University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris) and a Corresponding Member of the French National Academy of Medicine in Biological Sciences. He is also an expert at the "Cour de Cassation" (Supreme Court). He was elected Honorary Member of the "Collège Médical Français des Professeurs d′Anatomie" and President-elected (until 2003) of the "Compagnie des Experts Médecins" of the Court of Appeal of Paris.

His major research fields are focused on ophtalmology and visual neurosciences. In 1973, he founded the Radiology Service at the National Center of Ophtalmology.

He received the Medical Society of London Award in 1984. Two years later, he received the « Pre-Market Approval », from the FDA, NIH and Federal Government of the United States for the importation of the 1st French MRI.

He is the author of numerous publications, and co-author of books. He published 64 scientific and administrative reports.

Professor José Peña
University of Cordova (Spain)

J. Peña performs his doctoral thesis on immunology of pregnancy in Granada (Spain) and develops a post-doctoral period in Medial College (London Hospital - 1973-75- ) under the direction of Prof. H. Festenstein. Then he describes described the presence of HLA- II molecules on macrophages as prelude of antigen presentation function, latter attributed to these cells. Later, in Spain, he studied the modulatory effect of gamma interferon on the HLA molecules expression in cancer cells and its significance in tumor inmmunosurviance phenomenon. Also he studied the involvement of CD43 molecule in the pathogenesis of Wiscott Aldrich, demonstrating that a glycosylation default of this molecule is related to the pathogenesis of this disease.

He has also developed studies about the biology and clinical implications of NK cells, mainly in HIV1 seropositive individuals. More recently J. Peña has contributed to the development of a new therapeutic phase II vaccine against HIV-1 of great importance for the 35 million of patients who are actually infected by HIV-1 and a source of knowledge for a preventive vaccine, impossible so far. Finally he has been shown, in collaboration with Dr. A Rivero, that the presence of KIR-3DS1 gene is a positive predictor of therapeutic efficacy for clearance of HCV virus in patients HCV/HIV treated with Peg-IFN/RB, which is of great clinical importance at the time.

J. Peña is the author of 3 books on immunology, several book chapters, and more than 400 articles in peer-review journals. He was the Rector of the University of Cordoba (Spain), member of several Spanish, British, European, American professional societies, and member of the Real Academia de Medicina y Cirugia of Spain.

Professor Tommaso Calarco
University of Ulm (Germany)

Tommaso Calarco was born in 1969 in Rovereto, Italy. He received his M.Sc in Physics at the University of Padua in 1994, and his Ph.D (excellent) at the University of Ferrara in 1998, with a thesis focused on polarized structure functions of the nucleon in a quark model. He obtained his first postdoc position in the group of Peter Zoller at the University of Innsbruck, where he started working in quantum information.

After the period in Innsbruck, he obtained a postdoc position at the ECT* Centre in Trento and later again in Innsbruck. He spent extended research stays with C. Williams and P. Julienne at NIST in 2002-2003 and with M. Lukin at Harvard in 2005-2007. In 2004 he was appointed as a tenure-track Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento, and finally as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007 (with tenure since 2009).

He is the author of more than 100 publications in refereed journals and participated to more than a 100 invited talks. He has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum system, which constitute the main expertise of his group, whose lines of research currently focus on ion crystals, ion transport, NV centres, optical lattices, quantum phase transitions, Rydberg atoms and, more recently, quantum open systems.

He has been awarded two EC Marie-Curie Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and the E. Wallnöfer Prize of the Tyrolean Industrialists’ Association.

He is currently the coordinator of the EC QIPC Roadmap, of the Integrated Project SIQS and the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ERA-Net CHISTERA, as well as the Director of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) of the universities of Ulm and Stuttgart.

He is active in promoting of Quantum Technologies, with a special focus on European Union institutions.

Professor Andreas Danopoulos
Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, CNRS (France)

Andreas A. Danopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He received B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and Ph. D. from the University of Athens, Greece, in the field of coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.

After a postdoctoral work with Peter G. Edwards at University College, Cardiff, UK, and research fellowships with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College, London, UK and Malcolm L. H. Green at the University of Oxford, UK, he held academic position at the University of Southampton, UK.

Currently he is based at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, at the University of Strasbourg, France, as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study. He was Chercheur associé CNRS between 2010-2013, visiting Professor at the University of Strasbourg and recipient of a Chair of Excellence Gutenberg (at the University of Strasbourg).

His research interests are in the areas of organometallic and coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. He has made significant contributions in the areas of high oxidation state metal complexes, ligand design, the chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes and their complexes and catalytic applications in polymerisation, oligomerisation of olefins, cross-couplings etc.

Professor Azzedine Bousseksou
CNRS, France

Professor Azzedine Bousseksou received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6, France) in 1992. In 1993 he was appointed to a permanent position at the CNRS Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (Toulouse, France).  He was promoted in 2005 to research Director at the CNRS and in 2011 to first class Senior Research Director at the CNRS. He presently leads the group "Switchable Molecular Materials" at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination of the CNRS in Toulouse (22 members, including 5 permanent staff). He is also presently the head of the Laboratory (~290 researchers including students and post-docs).

He is expert of molecular magnetism and switchable molecular materials. He is member of the scientific board of the European Network of Excellence on Molecular Magnetism (Magmanet).

He is the author of more than 200 publications, and 4 book chapters. In 2003, he received the Award of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society, he received the Langevin Award of the French Academy of Science in 2009, the silver medal of the CNRS in 2010, the prize for Research in 2011 and  the Award of the Korean Society of Magnetism  in 2012. He coordinates 7 national projects.

Professor Karl Leo
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Karl Leo obtained the Diplomphysiker degree from the University of Freiburg in 1985, working with Adolf Goetzberger at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme on defects in Silicon solar cells using metallurgically produced material.

In 1988, he obtained the PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart for a PhD thesis performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart under supervision of Hans Queisser. The topic was the dynamics of hot electron and hole cooling in semiconductor quantum structures.

From 1989 to 1991, he was postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, U.S.A. His work addressed coherent effects in III-V semiconductor heterostructures. He demonstrated for the first time coherent electronic wave packet oscillations in a semiconductor double quantum well.

From 1991 to 1993, he was with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany, continuing his work on coherent effects in III-V semiconductors. The work focussed on Bloch oscillations in semiconductors, showing this novel coherent solid state effect in semiconductor superlattices.

Since 1993, he is full professor of optoelectronics at the Technische Universität Dresden. From 2002 until 2013, he has been also working at the Fraunhofer-Institution for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices COMEDD. Initially, he continue work on III-V semiconductors. However, his main interests in Dresden have been novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films; with special emphasis to understand basics device principles and the optical response. This work led to organic light emitting diodes (OLED)  and organic solar cells with record efficiencies.

Currently, he is visiting professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi-Arabia. 

His work was recognized by the following awards: Otto-Hahn-Medaille (1989), Bennigsen-Förder-Preis (1991), Leibniz-Award (2002), award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (2002), Manfred-von-Ardenne-Preis (2006), Zukunftspreis of the German president (2011),  Rudolf-Jäckel-Prize (2012), Dr. techn. h.c. of the University of Southern Denmark (2013), and fellow of the Hector foundation (2014).

Additionally, he has been very active in technology transfer: He is cofounder of several successful start-up companies, including Novaled AG (aquired in 2013 by Samsung)  and Heliatek GmbH.

Professor Federico Rosei
INRS Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Canada

Federico Rosei was born in Rome (Italy) on the 27th of March, 1972. He grew up mostly in Italy, between Rome, Cosenza, Trieste, Padova and then again Rome. He received an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College of the Adriatic in 1990. He then pursued studies in Physics, graduating with a Laurea (MSc) degree (29.02.1996) and a PhD (15.02.2001) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He served in the military as an officer of the Italian Navy from October 1996 until December 1997. He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Atomic Scale Materials Physics (CAMP) at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) from November 2000 to April 2002.

He joined the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (EMT) of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Université du Québec in May 2002 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in June 2004 and subsequently to Full Professor in 2009. Since June 2011 he serves as Director of the EMT Centre.

He has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003.

Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage (MATECSS). MATECSS is designed to foster North-South collaboration and has partners in Algeria, China, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Vietnam.

Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. His core expertise emphasizes structure/property relationships in advanced materials, particularly with respect to surfaces and interfaces and how these affect the properties of nanoscale materials.

He has published over 170 articles in prestigious international journals (including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoletters, ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Small, Physical Review Letters, Chemical Communications, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review B, Nanoscale, etc.), has been invited to speak at over 160 international conferences and has given over 150 seminars and colloquia and 20 public lectures in 40 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 4400 times and his H index is 38.

He serves on the editorial board of several international journals and has been Editor of Applied Surface Science (Elsevier) since January 2012.

Prof. Rosei has trained over 100 young scientists at all levels (undergraduate summer students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists and research associates) since 2002. Nine of his former trainees are in faculty positions in Australia, Austria, Canada and France. Six of his former trainees work as staff scientists in national laboratories in Canada, France, Germany and Italy. More than half of his current and past trainees have obtained competitive fellowships and awards from NSERC, FRQNT, European Commission (Marie Curie), Alexander von Humboldt, Vanier, Banting etc.

He is Member of the European Academy of Sciences since 2014, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2013, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) since 2012, Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 2010, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology since 2011, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining since 2011, Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology since 2010, Senior Member of the IEEE since 2012, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada since 2013, Member of the Global Young Academy since 2013, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics since 2013, Senior Member of SPIE since 2013 and Member of the Sigma Xi Society since 2010.

He has received numerous awards, including the FQRNT Strategic Professorship (2002–2007), the Tan Chin Tuan visiting Fellowship (NTU 2008), the Senior Gledden Visiting Fellowship (UWA 2009), Professor at Large at UWA (2010–2012), a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the European Union (2001), a Canada Research Chair since 2003 (renewed in 2008 for a second five year term) a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2011), the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2011), the Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physics (2013), the Brian Ives lectureship award from ASM international / Canada Council (2013), the Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2014) and the EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship from NSERC (2014).

Professor David Awschalom
University of Chicago, United States of America

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor of Spintronics and Quantum Information in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He is a physicist in the fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering who performs experiments that explore photonics, electronics and semiconductor-based quantum information processing at the nanometer scale. His group has research activities in fundamental optical and magnetic interactions in semiconductor quantum structures, spin dynamics and coherence in condensed matter systems, macroscopic quantum phenomena in nanometer-scale magnets, and implementations of quantum information processing in the solid state. They have developed a variety of femtosecond-resolved spatiotemporal spectroscopies and micromagnetic sensing techniques aimed at exploring charge and spin motion in the quantum domain. His work focuses on understanding and manipulating the spin of electrons and nuclei for advanced computing, medical imaging, encryption and other technologies.

Professor Thomas Ebbesen
University of Strasbourg, France

Thomas Ebbesen received his bachelors from Oberlin College, and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris in the field of photo-physical chemistry. He then worked at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory before joining the NEC Fundamental Research Laboratories in Japan in 1988 where his research shifted first to novel carbon materials such as fullerenes (C60), graphene and carbon nanotubes. After discovering how to mass produce carbon nanotubes, he and his colleagues measured many of their unique features such as their mechanical and wetting properties. For his pioneering and extensive contribution to the field of carbon nanotubes, he shared the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize with Sumio Iijima, Cees Dekker and Paul McEuen.

While working at NEC, Ebbesen discovered a major new optical phenomenon. He found that, contrary to the then accepted theory, it was possible to transmit light extremely efficiently through subwavelength holes milled in opaque metal films under certain conditions. The phenomenon, known as extraordinary optical transmission, involves surface plasmons. It has raised fundamental questions and is finding applications in broad variety of areas from chemistry to opto-electronics. Ebbesen has received several awards for the discovery of the extraordinary optical transmission such as the 2005 France Telecom Prize of the French Academy of Sciences and the 2009 Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize of the European Physical Society.

His current research is focused on the physics and chemistry of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

In 1999, Thomas Ebbesen joined ISIS founded by Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg, which he headed from 2004 to 2012. He is the director of the International Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry. and the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the French Academy of Science and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.

Professor Tom Kibble
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Tom Kibble (full name Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble) was born in 1932 in Madras, India (now Chennai).  He was educated at Doveton Corrie School in Madras, Melville College in Edinburgh and Edinburgh University, where he studied mathematics and physics.  He obtained his PhD in Mathematical Physics in 1958, working on topics in quantum field theory under the supervision of John Polkinghorne.  He then spent a year as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.  He came to Imperial College London as a NATO Fellow in 1959, joining the group in the Mathematics Department that had been founded three years earlier by Professor Abdus Salam.  The group moved to the Physics Department the following year.  He has been at Imperial College ever since, except for a year at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York (1967-68) and shorter visiting appointments at Santa Barbara, at Tufts University and as Lorentz Professor in Leiden.  He is now Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics.

Kibble was appointed a lecturer in 1960 and promoted to Professor in 1970.  He was Head of the Physics Department from 1983 to 1991.  His work has been mainly on quantum field theory and cosmology, especially problems of spontaneous symmetry breaking and the formation of topological defects such as cosmic strings in the early universe or analogues in laboratory systems.  In 1964, together with Gerald Guralnik and Carl Richard Hagen he wrote an influential paper ‘Global conservation laws and massless particles’ on what has come to be known as the Higgs mechanism, an essential feature of the standard model of particle physics.  This was one of three papers on the subject by different authors to appear in Physical Review Letters in that year.  He followed this up with a more detailed study of the application to non-Abelian gauge theories in 1967.  Prior to that he had worked on the possibility of regarding gravity as a gauge theory, developing a formalism that has been widely used.

Another major strand of Kibble’s work began with a 1976 paper ‘Topology of cosmic domains and strings’ published in the Journal of Physics A.  This paper discussed the possible formation of cosmic strings and other topological defects at phase transitions in the very early history of the universe.  He followed this up with many later studies of the implications of cosmic string formation.  Although no observational evidence has yet been found for such structures, this remains an active area of research, in which interest has revived since it was discovered that very similar objects would be predicted by many cosmological scenarios based on fundamental string theory.

This work has also had significant impact in condensed matter physics, where many analogous topological defects are found.  Methods used initially to estimate the number density of defects formed during cosmological phase transitions, based on causality limits, have been adapted, especially by Wojciech Zurek, to make predictions for rapid phase transitions in condensed matter systems.  This is now known as the Kibble-Zurek mechanism.  The predictions have been experimentally verified in system ranging from superfluid helium-3 to atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.

Other topics on which Kibble has published include the interaction of intense laser beams with electrons and the geometrization of quantum mechanics.

Kibble was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1980, received the Royal Society′s Hughes medal (jointly with Peter Higgs) in 1981 and the Royal Medal in 2012, and was appointed CBE in 1998.  Among other awards, he received the NESTA/Nature Lifetime Achievement Mentoring Award in 2005, the Fellowship of Imperial College in 2009 and (jointly with 5 others) the J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society in 2010. 

Outside physics, Kibble has had a long-standing interest in the interactions of science and society.  He was chair of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science from 1974 to 1977, and of Scientists Against Nuclear Arms from 1985 to 1991.  Kibble was for many years a keen cyclist, commuting daily by bicycle, but now his principal recreation is walking, including leading rambles for the local branch of the Ramblers’ Association.  He also enjoys gardening.  He was married to Anne Allan from 1957 until her death in 2005.  He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Professor Peter Fulde
Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany

Peter Fulde was born in 1936 in Breslau (now Wroclaw) and grew up in East Germany. He studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin and subsequently in Göttingen and Hamburg. 1963 he obtained his PhD at the University of Maryland where R.A. Ferrell was his advisor. After spending a postdoctoral year at Maryland and in Berkeley with M. Tinkham he returned 1965 to Germany where from 1967-1971 he was in charge of the theory group of the Institute Max von Laue-Paul Langevin in Garching near Munich. From 1968-71 he held a chair in physics at the University of Frankfurt/M. From 1974-1993 he was a director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart before he became the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden in 1993. He stayed there until 2007. Since then he is president of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics in Pohang, Korea. He is an Adjunct Professor at the TU Darmstadt (since 1973) and at the TU Dresden (since 1995) and a Distinguished Professor of Physics at POSTECH (since 2007). His research fields are condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry.

Professor Athene Donald,
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

I have been at the Cavendish since 1983, and became a professor in 1998. My activity sits within the sector of Biological and Soft Systems, and focusses on using the ideas of soft matter physics to study a wide range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin. There is an emphasis on using different types of microscopy, and in particular environmental scanning electron microscopy, but these are by no means the only approaches used. We have recently been developing passive microrheological techniques for the study of a range of complex fluids, including the inside of cells; we are exploring cell adhesion, mitosis and spreading using optical approaches (including the effect of external physical cues such as topographical patterns); and we have a substantial effort directed at protein aggregation at intermediate lengthscales, predominantly using model protein systems including beta lactoglobulin and insulin but extending to A beta. The unifying theme is understanding structure-function-processing relationships. My group comes from a diverse range of backgrounds, as does my funding.

Professor Daniel Loss,
University of Basel, Switzerland

Daniel Loss received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich in 1985 under the supervision of Prof. A. Thellung. He stayed there as postdoctoral researcher for four more years before moving to the US in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. A. J. Leggett, Urbana, and from 1991 to 1993 at IBM Research Center, NY (USA). In 1993 he moved to Vancouver (Canada) to become Assistant and then Associate Professor of Physics at Simon Fraser University. In 1996 he returned to Switzerland to become full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Basel. Loss is director of the Basel Center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence (QC2), and co-director (2006) of the Swiss National Center of Competence and Research (NCCR) in Nanoscale Science at the University of Basel. He received several prestigious fellowships, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Prize in 2005, and the Marcel Benoist Prize in 2010 — the most prestigious science prize in Switzerland (see www.marcel-benoist.ch, and Uni news). He is married and has two sons.

Loss′s research interests include many aspects of the theory of condensed matter systems with a particular focus on spin-dependent and phase-coherent phenomena (‘mesoscopics’) in semiconducting nanostructures and molecular magnets. A major portion of Loss′s current research involves the theory of spin dynamics, spin coherence, spintronics in two-dimensional electron gases, and spin-related phenomena in semiconducting quantum dots--artificial atoms and molecules. Part of this work is related to quantum information processing (QIP)--quantum computing and quantum communication in solid state systems with focus on spin qubits, where Loss and collaborators made seminal contributions. Their theoretical predictions and proposals have stimulated many further investigations, and in particular many experimental programs on spin qubits worldwide. Current research includes spin relaxation and decoherence in quantum dots due to spin-orbit and hyperfine interaction; non-Markovian spin dynamics in bosonic and nuclear spin environments; generation and characterization of non-local entanglement with quantum dots, superconductors, Luttinger liquids or Coulomb scattering in interacting 2DEGs; spin currents in magnetic insulators and in semiconductors; spin Hall effect in disordered systems; spin orbit effects in transport and noise; asymmetric quantum shot noise in quantum dots; entanglement transfer from electron spins to photons; QIP with spin qubits in quantum dots and molecular magnets; macroscopic quantum phenomena (spin tunneling and coherence) in molecular and nanoscale magnetism.

Professor John Cardy
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

John Cardy received his BA (1968) in Mathematics and PhD (1971) in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. After postdoctoral studies at CERN, Geneva and the University of California, Santa Barbara, he joined the faculty at Santa Barbara in 1977. In 1993 he moved to Oxford University, where he is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College and a Professor of Theoretical Physics. He is also an Honorary Fellow ofDowning College, Cambridge.

His research prior to 1978 was in particle physics, in particular the study of high-energy diffraction scattering. After this, he applied methods of quantum field theory and the renormalization group to condensed matter, especially to critical phenomena in both pure and disordered equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems. In the 1980s he helped develop the theory of conformal invariance and its applications to these problems, ideas which also had an impact in string theory and the physics of black holes.

In the 1990s he used conformal invariance to derive many exact results in percolation and related probabilistic problems. This helped inspire the work of mathematicians which was recognised by the award of the Fields Medal to Wendelin Werner in 2006, and to Stas Smirnov in 2010. More recently Professor Cardy has worked on questions of quantum entanglement and non-equilibrium dynamics in many-body systems.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a recipient of the 2000 Dirac Medal of the Institute of Physics, of the 2004 Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, of the 2010 Boltzmann Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and of the 2011 Dirac Medal and Prize of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Professor George Efstathiou
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

George Efstathiou received his B.A. in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Durham University in 1979.

His first postdoctoral appointment was at the Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley. He spent the next eight years at the Institute for Astronomy at Cambridge, beginning as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, then in 1984 taking a position as a Senior Assistant in Research and eventually becoming Assistant Director of Research.

In 1988, Efstathiou was appointed to the Savilian Chair of Astronomy at Oxford University, where he served as Head of Astrophysics for 6 years during this tenure. He returned to Cambridge in 1997 and continues to hold the position of Professor of Astrophysics (1909).  He has served as Director of the Institute of Astronomy from 2004 until 2008 when he was appointed and remains currently as the first Director of the new Kavli Institute for Cosmology at Cambridge.

Efstathiou was first elected In 1980 as a Junior Research Fellowship at King’s Collge, University of Cambridge and in 1984 promoted to Senior Research Fellowship.  From 1983 he became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, in 1994 and 1995 awarded as a member of the Royal Society and Institute of Physics respectively.  In 1986 he was invited to be an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research and Member of the International Astronomical Union.

Several prizes for Efstathiou’s research have been awarded, in 1990 Efstathiou won the Maxwell Medal and Prize a principal award for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics made annually by the Institute of Physics.  At the same time was awarded the Vainu Bappu Prize of the Astronomical Society of India.  In 1994 received the Astrophysics Prize of the Bodossaki Foundation, followed by the Robinson Prize in Cosmology in 1997.  In 2005 American Institute of Physics awarded Efstathiou along with his collaborator Simon White the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics in recognition of their pioneering research into evolution of structure in the Universe from the earliest times to the present epoch, as examples of outstanding work in the field of astrophysics.  Most recently, in 2011, Efstathiou received the Gruber Cosmology Prize from the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.  This was awarded jointly with Marc Davis, Carlos Frenk and Simon White for their pioneering work on ‘cold dark matter’ and use of numerical simulations to model and interpret the large-scale distribution of matter in the Universe.

Professor Efstathiou has wide interests in theoretical and observational cosmology and has contributed to studies of large-scale structure in the Universe, galaxy formation, dark energy and the cosmic microwave background radiation. He is a member of the Science Team for the European Space Agency Planck Satellite, which launched in 2009.  Efstathiou is Chair of the Cambridge Planck Analysis Centre, which is developing methods to analyze the data that will be collected by the Planck satellite.  The satellite’s two-year mission will be to measure the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation with unprecedented accuracy.

Professor Michael Coey
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

 Michael Coey was born in 1945 in Belfast. He grew up in varous places – England, Germany, Hong Kong – determined by the postings of his father, a chaplain to the British army. After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, a providential bout of jaundice, contracted while working for a year and a half as a teacher of English and Physics in India, led to a month of enforced bed rest and the leisure to read Physical Principles of Magnetism by his future PhD supervisor, A. H. Morrish, from cover to cover. When he moved to Winnipeg in 1968 to start research, he began to use the new method of Mössbauer spectroscopy to investigate the properties of disordered magnetic oxides, including nanoparticles of gFe2O3, where he was able to show that the surface spins were misaligned. He has worked on different aspects of magnetism ever since.

In 1971 Michael Coey accepted an offer from Louis Néel, to join Benoy Chakraverty’s newly-formed Groupe des Transitions de Phases at the CNRS in Grenoble. Although his main work there was on electronic phase transitions, he benefitted from the stimulating scientific environment to pursue interests in amorphous magnetism and magnetic order in natural minerals, with the first demonstration of random spin freezing due to frustrated antiferromagnetic interactions. Appointed Attaché de Recherche in the CNRS 1972, he helped to organize the first International Colloquium on Metal-Insulator transitions two years later, where the innovation of a beer- and wine-fueled poster session has proved enduring. A sabbatical at IBM Yorktown Heights crystallized the ideas for his first book, a monograph on Magnetic Glasses, written with Kishin Moorjani, which included a classification of the varieties of magnetic order that occur in amorphous solids.

A move back to Ireland in 1978 to take up a lectureship in Physics at Trinity College, Dublin was a calculated risk. It was no obvious choice for an academic career in magnetism, but it worked out well, thanks to continued close links with colleagues in France, and support from the first European Framework Programmes which offered decent funding for collaborative applied research. He has been based in Trinity College Dublin ever since, holding the Erasmus Smth’s Professorship of Natural and Experimental Philosphy (1724) from 2007 – 2012.

Having set up a melt spinner with a sewing machine motor and an ancient rf furnace to continue to investigate amorphous and nanocrystalline rare-earth transition-metal alloys, Michael Coey was well placed to follow up the discovery in 1982 of the long-sought iron-based rare earth permanent magnet. Nd2Fe14B transformed applied magnetism. At a discussion meeting in Brussels it was decided to create the pioneering ‘Concerted European Action on Magnets’, which from 1985 – 1995 associated all the academic and industrial groups in Europe actively working on rare earth iron permanent magnets and their applications. At its height, Coey coordinated the research of 80 groups across the continent, with the help of three colleagues. A monograph on Permanent Magnetism written with Ralph Skomski followed in 1999. A highlight from that period was the discovery of a new iron-based rare-earth magnet Sm2Fe17N3, which was produced by a novel gas-phase interstitial modification process. Another outcome was the foundation in 1994 of Magnetic Solutions Ltd, a spin-off initially devoted to innovative applications of permanent magnets, such as the ‘Multimag’ 2-tesla variable flux source. The company later went on to develop a business manufacturing wafer-scale magnetic annealing tools for the magnetic recording and semiconductor industry.

He pursued his interest throughout the 80s in the magnetism of natural minerals, including those found in clays, meteorites and tropical oxisols, and had  brief dalliances with high-TC superconductivity and cold fusion, the sensations of the decade, but Michael Coey refocussed his interests on magnetorsistive oxides, especially when in the form of films of a few nanometers thick. Opportunites existed to exploit half-metals as sources of spin-polarized electrons in new thin film devices. This was the aim of the ‘Oxide Spin Electronics Network’, an EU-funded group of eight laboratories sharing postdocs and graduate students, which he coordinated in the late 90s. Investigations of the magnetoresistance of nanoscale oxide point contacts led to the discovery of powder magnetoresistance in pressed powder compacts.

A sabbatical at the University of California, San Diego and at Florida State University in 1996/97 spurred a new interest in the effects of magnetic fields on electrochemical processes.  The choice was guided by a desire to pick problems off the beaten track, where there was little need for sophisticated equipment.

A happy consequence of the economic boom in Ireland in the 1990s was the establishment in 2001 of Science Foundation Ireland, a properly-funded agency with a mission to secure a foothold for the country in the future knowledge economy. In a first jump-start round of funding, a dozen large five-year grants were awarded, purely the basis of internationally peer-reviewed excellence, to support a principal investigator and their team, and build up their equipment base. An award for a program on ‘Conception and Implementation of Nanoscale Spin Electronics’ allowed Coey at last to equip an internationally competitive research laboratory for magnetic nanostructures. Together with three colleagues who had also secured awards for programs in other areas of naonscience at Trinity College, Coey promoted the establishment of a purpose-built nanoscience research institute on the College campus. The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices, CRANN, was opened by the Taoiseach in 2007. The new building incorporates his brainchild, the Science Gallery, which is dedicated to an innovative program of science outreach for young adults.

With the new facilities, Coey has embarked on a program of research in spin electronics based on magnetic tunnel junction structures, and he has also explored a new group of materials which, in the form of thin films or nanoparticles, mysteriously exhibit ferromagnetic properties without the 3d or 4f moments that usually characterize ferromagnets. Working at the state of the art, Coey’s research group has helped to establish Ireland as a significant player in nanoscience, and It has also led to valuable industrial engagements. He has written many papers, reviws and books, and has received a series of honours unique for any contemporary Irish scientist, including Fellow of the Royal Society, and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science. He has held visiting professorships, mostly in France, and currently at the National University of Singapore.

Michael Coey’s broad interests across the field of magnetism make him a popular speaker at conferences, Schools and Colloquia. He served as Chairman of the IUPAP Magnetism Commission, where he inaugurated the Néel medal for outstanding achievement in the field. His textbook on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2010) will help to define the subject for the next decade. His approach to science is experimental and exploratory, firmly rooted in the critical assessment of data, guided by simple physical models, an approach epitomized in Kammerling Onnes’s motto Door meten tot weten. Both by inclination and experience, he sees science as the outstanding collective endeavour of humanity.

Professor Markus Buttiker
University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Markus Buttiker received a diploma in theoretical physics in 1974 from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1978 he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Basel, Switzerland for work on non-equilibrium phase transitions in electrical conductors.  From 1979 to 1981 he was a postdoctoral fellow at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktwon Heights, New York, working with Rolf Landauer on the statistical mechanics of soliton bearing systems. In 1981 Markus Buttiker became a member of the IBM research staff. Work on time scales in quantum tunneling was followed by predictions of sample specific mesoscopic phenomena, like persistent currents and Aharonov-Bohm effects in normal metal rings. A theory of quantum coherent transport for multiterminal conductors was developed and applied to the quantum Hall effect. This was followed by a theory of current noise in coherent conductors. In 1994 he was nominated full professor at the University of Geneva. He directed the department of theoretical physics from 1998 to 2007. Work in Geneva centered on dynamic conductance phenomena, quantum pumping, few particle orbital entanglement in electrical conductors and the statistics of electron transport. Markus Buttiker is an author or coauthor of more than 240 papers. Markus Buttiker is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and holds US and Swiss citizenships.

Professor Lahcène Ouahab
University of Rennes, France

Lahcène Ouahab, 59 old, obtained his Third Cycle thesis in 1977 and his State Doctorate in 1985 in the University of Rennes1. He was Assistant Professor and associate professor 1977-1987, in the University of Constantine Algeria. He won the entrance to the CNRS as Chargé de Recherche in 1989 in the Laboratory of Prof Daniel Grandjean. He was promoted as Director of Research in 1998. Lahcène Ouahab has been the Director of the Laboratory of Solid State and Inorganic Molecular Chemistry (LCSIM, UMR 6511) 2004 - 2006. He is currently the leader of the Multifunctional Inorganic Molecular Materials team within the UMR 6226 Rennes Chemical Science Laboratory. He is coordinating the France-Japon International research group GDRI. From 2008 to 2012, he was the President of the section 14 of the National Evaluation Committee for Coordination Chemistry. Since January 2011, he is a member of the International advisory board of the International Coordination Chemistry Conference (ICCC) and a member of the editorial board of “European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry” and”Chemistry a Mediterrannean J.”.
Lahcène Ouahab was awarded in 2012 the “Grand Prix”Pierre Süe of the French Chemical Society ; the Price “Claude Berthault” of the French Academy of Sciences in 2011 ; the price of Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society in 1998 ; the medal of the Rennes City Hall in 1999. He is a beneficiary of the CNRS Scientific Excellence Prime (PES) since 2010. He has been invited to many foreign Universities.
Lahcène Ouahab is the author of more than 250 publications in international journals with more than 100 papers in journals with IF > 4. He published also 19 review articles and book chapters as well as 3 books and one special issue of the “Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences”. He presented about 140 invited lectures (21 plenaries) in international conferences and academic institutions through the world. He organized many scientific meetings among which, The NATO Advance Study Institute (2003) , the “First France-Japan advanced school” on Molecular Materials (2006) , the France-japan Coordination Chemistry Symposium 2011 . He also successfully obtained the organization of the ICCC in France in 2016.
The research activities of Lahcène Ouahab belong to the multidisciplinary field of molecular materials. It is dealing with the use of coordination complexes in the design of new molecular materials. This concerns the physical-chemistry of charge transfer compounds and organic or organometallic radical ion salts. He is investigating several kinds of materials possessing electrical conductivity, magnetism, spin cross-over, luminescence as well as multifunctional materials possessing two or more of these properties. The aim of his research is, on basis of a rational approach, the synthesis of starting molecular fundamental building blocks, their assembly in new materials and then the studies of their structural and physical properties (electrical, magnetic and optical) for possible application in molecular electronics.
Lahcène Ouahab is at the origin of several important results in the field of molecular materials among which :

- The introduction for the first time of polyoxometalates as inorganic acceptor components in the preparation of organic/inorganic hybrid materials by charge transfer between the electron donor organic system (TTFs) and the inorganic system (Polyoxometalates). This work is illustrated by (TTF)6(Et4N)(HXM12O40) (C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris 1988, t. 307, série II, 749, J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun. , 1989, 1068, Coordination Chemistry Review., 1998, 180, 1495);
- The extension of this work to polyoxometalates incorporating paramagnetic transition metal as for instance -(BEDT-TTF)8M′W12O40, M′ = Fe(III), Co(II), Cu(II) (Angew. Chem. , 1994, 33, 223; Angew. Chem.., 1995, 34 , 1460; Chemistry of Materials, 1997, 9, 1909-1926.);
- The obtention of the first Fe(III) coordination complex with a nitronyl nitroxide radical as ligand and having a synergy between spin cross-over and antiferromagnetic interactions (Angew Chem. 1996, 35/18, 2113.);
- The synthesis of the first paramagnetic transition metal coordination complexes with redox active ligands derived from TTFs as well as their mono and bi-radical cations [MII(hfac)2(TTF-py)2].+ and [MII(hfac)2(TTF-py)2]..++ [M=CuII, MnII] where the conducting and the paramagnetic systems are covalently linked. (Inorg. Chem., 2003, 42, 1791; EurJIC, 2004, 933.);
- The design of a simple and efficient route for the synthesis of homo and hetero polynuclear complexes. This method led to the access to Single Chain Magnets as well as to the first polynuclear coordination complexes with redox active ligand derived from TTFs. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127(35), 12246.; J.C.S.. Chem Commun., 2007, 280; Chemistry . Eur. Jour, 2008, 2034.);
- The elaboration of the first Lanthanide coordination complexes with redox active ligands derived from TTFs : efficient charge transfer antenna for the sensitization of Ln(III) luminescence. (J.C.S. Chem. Commun. 2009, 377; Chemistry . Eur. Jour, 2010, 16, 11926.);
- The very recent discovery of the first luminescent and electroactifs Single Molecule Magnet, SMM based on Ln(III) and TTFs. (Chemistry . Eur. Jour, 2011, 17, 10397 ; J.C.S. Chem. Commun. 2012, 48(5), 714.)

Professor Ferenc Krausz
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany

Ferenc Krausz was born in Mor, Hungary, on 17 May 1962. He was awarded his M. S. in Electrical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology in 1985, his Ph. D. in Quantum Electronics at Vienna University of Technology in 1991, and his "Habilitation" degree in the same field at the same university in 1993. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as an Associate Professor in 1998 and became Full Professor in the same department in 1999. In 2003 he was appointed Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik in Garching, Germany, and since October 2004 he has also been Professor of Physics and Chair of Experimental Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. His research includes nonlinear light-matter interactions, ultrashort light pulse generation from the infrared to the X-ray spectral range, and studies
of ultrafast microscopic processes. By using chirped multilayer mirrors, his group made intense light pulses comprising merely a few wave cycles available for a wide range of applications and utilized them for  pushing the frontiers of ultrafast science into the attosecond regime. His most recent research direction in attosecond physics is the control and real-time observation of the atomic-scale motion of electrons and the development of brilliant X-ray and charged-particle sources for applications in physics and biomedicine. He co-founded Femtolasers GmbH, a Vienna-based company specializing in Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser sources and initiated Ultrafast Innovations GmbH, a joint venture of the Max Planck Society and the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München making cutting-edge ultrafast technologies available to research groups all over the world. Ferenc Krausz is a citizen of both Hungary and Austria and lives with wife Angela and his children Anita and Martina in Garching, Germany. He feels greatly privileged to live at a time when borders between these and other countries in Europe are being peacefully dismantled.

Professor Atac Imamoglu
ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland

Atac Imamoglu has been full Professor of Quantum Electronics at the Department of Physics of the ETH Zurich since December 2002, where he is heading the research group on Quantum Photonics.

Prof. Imamoglu received his Ph.D from Stanford University with a dissertation on electromagnetically induced transparency and lasers without inversion. After postdoctoral stays at NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan and at the Institute of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he joined The University of California at Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor in 1993. He was promoted to Associate Professorship in 1997 and to full Professorship in 1999. Prof. Imamoglu has pioneered the use of quantum dots in study of quantum optical phenomena. In particular, his group demonstrated the first quantum dot single photon source, the Purcell effect in quantum dot cavity-QED, and the use of photon correlation spectroscopy to understand quantum dot physics. Hiss current research interests include the study of strongly correlated systems using quantum optical techniques.

Prof. Imamoglu received the Charles Townes Award of the OSA in 2010, The Quantum Elecctronics Award of IEEE in 2009, Wolfgang Paul Award of the Humboldt Foundation in 2002, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in 1996, and NSF Career Award in 1995. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America.

Professor Marc Mézard
University of Paris Sud, France

Prof. Marc Mézard graduated in 1980 from Ecole normale supérieure  in Paris, France. He earned a PhD ("Doctorat d′Etat") in physics in 1984. He has been a researcher at CNRS since 1981, and professor at Ecole
Polytechnique from 1987 to 2012. He has been the head of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques in Université Paris Sud (Orsay, France).  He is presently the director of Ecole normale supérieure.  In 1984-1986 he was a post-doc at the University of Roma 1 (Italy). His long stayss abroad as visiting scientist include the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara (USA) in 1998, the MSRI (Berkeley University, USA) in 2005,  the University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 2009. He has published more than 150 papers in major international journals and he is the coauthor of two books: "Spin Glass Theory and Beyond", written with G. Parisi and M.A. Virasoro, and "Information, Physics, and Computation", written with A. Montanari. He has received several awards, among which the silver medal of CNRS in 1990, the ′Ampere′ prize from the french Academy of Science in 1996, and the Humboldt -Gay-Lussac prize in 2009. The stem of Professor Mézard′s research is the statistical physics of disordered systems. Together with his collaborators, he has made important contributions to the theory of spin glasses, the hierarchical structure of metastable states (ultrametricity), and the non-self averageness of some physical properties. This has led to the construction of the cavity method, a general method of approach to disordered systems that has found applications in several branches of science. The works of Marc Mézard ranges from disordered systems in physics, (pinning of random interfaces - manifolds, aging dynamics and modification of the fluctuation dissipation theorem in spin glasses and other disordered systems, level correlations in disordered electronic systems, theory of structural glasses, disordered superconductors…) to the interface of physics and biology (theory of heteropolymers and their elongation properties, theory of learning in neural networks,…), to information theory and computer science (error correcting codes, satisfiability of random Boolean formulae, group testing, broadcast and reconstruction, compressed sensing,…), and also to econophysics (wealth condensation, order books dynamics). Among his major contributions to these fields outside of physics one can mention seminal works on random matching and travelling salesman problems, the computation of the capacity of binary perceptrons, the discovery of a new efficient algorithm ("survey propagation") for solving the K-satisfiability problem, and a new approach to compressed sensing.

Professor André Perrin
University of Rennes, France

 André Perrin, born in 1943, obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1968 and his "Doctorat d′Etat" in Physical Science in 1976, under the supervision of Prof. J. Prigent, in the Laboratory of Solid State Chemistry of the University of Rennes. He joined the French CNRS (1968) and, after a post-doctoral stay in Bordeaux (ICMCB, Prof. P. Hagenmuller, 1977-1978), he was appointed as a Scientist and later as a Senior Scientist ("Directeur de Recherches") at CNRS in Rennes University (1990). He is retired from CNRS since 2009 and is presently Senior Professor at UFSCar (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil) in the LIEC laboratory headed by Prof. E. Longo.

André Perrin created in 1999 the CMEBA, the center for scanning electron microscopy and electronic microanalysis of the University of Rennes and was its director until 2009. He was the Deputy Director and then the Director of the Institut de Chimie de Rennes, a Research Federation under the auspices of CNRS, grouping almost the totality of the laboratories of chemistry of the University of Rennes (2002-2004). During his entire career, he was involved in solid state chemistry, focusing on complexes of uranyl, octahedral cluster-based rhenium chalcohalides and thin films of chalcogenide and oxide compounds.

Dinuclear and tetranuclear complexes of uranyl ion were synthesized in the early 70′s, in most cases by "soft chemistry" reactions, involving a now-called mechanochemistry approach under controlled vapor pressure of water. These new inorganic supramolecules opened the way to a basic study of the interaction between linear uranyl groups, bonded in their equatorial plane by hydroxo, oxo or halogen bridges. Their crystal structures were solved and their vibrational as well as their luminescence spectra were quantitatively interpreted in terms of the various coupling modes involved in these compounds.

The partial introduction of electron rich elements (especially rhenium) in place of molybdenum in Chevrel phases allowed to control the electronic density in these compounds and to reach the magic number of 24 electrons per cluster, with three consequences: the stabilization of the metastable Mo6S8, the experimental confirmation of the energy diagramme of these materials (illustrated by the changes in transport properties), and the possible existence of rhenium octahedral clusters, provided the ligands were well selected. Indeed, a number of new compounds were synthesized by high temperature solid state reaction and structurally characterized. They belong to the ternary Re-Y-X (Y = chalcogen, X = halogen) and the quaternary diagrammes M-Re-Y-X (M = countercation, in most cases alkaline). Selecting both the total number of ligands and the halogen/chalcogen ratio, a wide variety of stackings were controlled, including molecular or ionic 0-D, 1-D, 2-D and 3-D structures that involve different types of bridges. Some of these compounds are soluble in polar organic solvents, and even in water for restricted examples, giving access to new organic/inorganic hybrids and a nonmaterial approach. Examples are the substitution of counter cations by organic (alkylammonium or TTF derivatives), organometallic, complex, solvated or kryptate ones, the substitution of halogen apical ligands by cyano, azo or pyrazine ligands.

André Perrin created (1983) inside the Chemistry Department a thin film laboratory (now 2 sputtering and 2 Pulsed Laser Deposition chambers), with a material sciences approach focused on controlled growth and structural characterization, in relation with physical properties. Various materials were epitaxially grown and characterized, including as examples:

Cluster materials: Different molybdenum chalcogenides with octahedral or tetrahedral clusters and infinite chains were grown. The first example of pure epitaxial thin films of Chevrel Phases was demonstrated. These samples allowed a study of the pinning mechanisms in Chevrel Phases.

HTSC cuprates: The controlled epitaxial growth of various cuprates, mainly YBCO, was studied on a variety of substrates and orientations. The most significant results were related to: i)        the effect of vicinal surfaces on the film growth ; ii) the films specifically grown for microwave applications: a clear correlation was demonstrated between the surface resistance, the losses and the concentration of high-angle grain boundaries ; iii) the effect of film-substrate interdiffusion and its control by epitaxial buffer layer.

Ferroelectric oxides : the main focus include the epitaxial growth by Pulsed Laser Deposition of PZT on various substrates, and the selective control, in this system, of either the epitaxial perovskite or the epitaxial metastable pyrochlore phase, by the choice of the structure of the substrate ; the epitaxial growth of the anisotropic Aurivillius phase SrBi2Nb2O9 : control of composition by several routes, evidence of intergrowth mechanisms in relation with the interfacial stabilization of a metastable phase, control of the growth direction by the choice of the substrate, in relation with structural and physical anisotropy, growth of heterostructures including epitaxial bottom electrode (metal or oxide) followed by epitaxial regrowth of SBN with various orientations ; the epitaxial growth by PLD and Chemical Solution Deposition of KTaxNb1-xO3 on a variety of substrates in order to design electro controlled “agile” devices for telecommunications applications: efforts were done to perfect the crystalline quality and to improve the agility (i.e. the ability to change the dielectric constant, then the frequency of a resonator by an applied electric field) while decreasing the losses.

André Perrin is the co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, co-author or co-editor of 9 books or special issues, co-chairman of 3 International Conferences. He is Professor Honoris Causa of the Institute of Materials of Taiyuan (PRC, 1989) and awarded the Prize of Solid State Chemistry Division (French Society of Chemistry, 1991). He gave a specialized cursus focused on the growth and characterization of thin films in France and several foreign universities, where he was welcomed as Invited Professor (Sao Carlos, Araraquara, Beer-Sheva, Bishkek, Novosibirsk, Joao Pessoa).


Professor Christiane Perrin
University of Rennes, France

Christiane Perrin was born in 1946. She started her graduate work in 1967 in Rennes University. She defended her Doctoral Thesis in solid state chemistry in 1971 and her Doctorat d’Etat es Sciences Physiques in 1981 in Rennes University in the Laboratory of Professor Jacques Prigent. She obtained a position at CNRS in 1971 and she continued to work in this laboratory as Scientist and then Senior Scientist (Directeur de Recherches) at CNRS. She is retired from CNRS since 2010 and she is presently Senior Professor at the University Federal of Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, in the LIEC headed by Professor E. Longo .

Research work on metal cluster chemistry

Her main research interests concerned the basic research on Solid State Chemistry of transition metal cluster compounds developed in her “Molecular Metal Cluster” team that she managed in the CSIM Laboratory of Rennes University. It was focused on synthesis, crystal structures and relationship between structures and properties of metal cluster compounds in which the change of the ligand types (halogen/chalcogen) and/or the cationic network allow to control the evolution of charge transfer on the cluster and the dimensionality of the compounds.

In the 1970’s she was the pioneer of the molybdenum cluster chalcohalides synthesized at high temperature. She has structurally characterized the first Mo4 tetrahedral cluster chalcohalides, and more recently, derived from these previous works, she obtained the first type-II-clathrate giant framework built from a molybdenum metal cluster. She has isolated the first families of Mo6 chalcohalides in which the progressive replacement of halogen ligands by chalcogen ones allows to reduce the dimensionality and to control the strengthening of intercluster interactions giving several series going from insulators with dielectric relaxations and dipole glass behaviour to semi-conductors and to metallic conductors with superconducting transitions. Theoretical calculations accompanied these structural works to study the metal-metal and metal-ligand bonding and to explain their physical properties.

Her further work on Nb6 and Ta6 clusters concerned halides compounds in which for the first time a magnetic network of 4f rare earths ions and a magnetic network due to d electrons of the metal clusters were associated in a same compound giving magnetic properties characteristics of the coexistence of these two sublatices. In order to get closer the metal clusters for increasing their interactions, the Cl, Br and I halogens where partly replaced by the smaller F or by oxygen, favoring antiferromagnetic interactions between metal clusters. She has obtained the first known series of Nb6 and Ta6 oxyhalides in which the relation between the number of valence electrons per cluster and the number of oxygen per cluster unit were in good agreement with the theoretical calculations.

Some of these cluster compounds, prepared by solid state chemistry at high temperature, were further dissolved in various solvents, then constituting efficient precursors for elaboration of hybrid organic/inorganic metal cluster compounds by ligand exchange or by metathesis in soft chemistry that allows handling some ligands instable in the high temperature conditions of the metal cluster synthesis. The grafting of functional ligands on the metal cluster gave access to hybrid cluster units that were further used in the elaboration of nanomaterials in which the specific properties of both the metal cluster units (luminescence, magnetism, redox properties) and the functional ligands can coexist giving materials potentially useful in optoelectronic or biotechnology. For instance, cluster-dendrimer assemblings, functionalized silicon surfaces giving new type of molecular junctions, silica nanoparticles with luminescent properties or bifunctional magnetic and luminescent silica nanoparticles were obtained with octahedral metal clusters.

She developed a great number of exchanges and formal collaborations with foreign groups working on metal cluster chemistry and she organized in Rennes the first IWTMC conference (International Workshop on Transition Metal Cluster) that is now held each two years.


High Tc Superconductors

Another research field developed by Christiane Perrin concerned the fluorination of high Tc superconductors in soft conditions. She was the first to efficiently fluorine YBa2Cu3Ox powders and ceramics by solid/gas reaction using diluted NF3 gas, in order to correlate the evolution of superconducting behavior to the charge transfers due to the presence of fluorine in the structure, to the influence of fluorine on the granularity and to the type of the sites occupied by fluorine in the structure. The later site occupancies were studied by powder neutron diffraction, by theoretical calculations and by 19F NMR. The NMR study allowed, using fluorine as local probe, to study at low field the vortex network in superconducting state and to evidence a transition in the vortex state.

She has fluorinated YBa2Cu3Ox thin films using the same solid/gas technique. The crystallographic studies performed on these thin films have shown that they were not degraded, their crystalline characteristics being entirely maintained after fluorination. In any case, the superconducting properties of deficient thin films were improved after fluorination.

The published work of Christiane Perrin consists in about 200 papers including several chapters of books and four patents. She was guest editor of three special issues on Cluster Chemistry. She was invited to give research seminars in various foreign Universities, especially: DPMC of Geneva, Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne, Iowa University, Wisconsin University, Bell Laboratory of Murray Hill, Cornell University, IBM Yorktown Heights, Chernogolovka (Russia), Gatchina (Russia), Novosibirsk (Russia), University of the Negev (Israel), several universities in Brazil (Natal, Joao Pessoa, Sao Carlos), Bishkek (Khirgystan), MPI für Festkörperforschung of Stuttgart, Institute of Rez (Czech Republic).

Professor Jesus-Maria Sanz-Serna
University of Valladolid, Spain

EDUCATION: I was born in Valladolid (Spain) on the 12th of June 1953. I received my secondary education at Colegio San José, where I was very lucky in having excellent science teachers. I studied Mathematics at Universidad de Valladolid between 1970 and 1975 and obtained a PhD degree there in 1977. The thesis was in Functional Analyisis and was supervised by A. Pérez Gómez.

I decided to change subjects and in 1978-1979 I took an MSc course in Numerical Analysis at the University of Dundee (Scotland). This was an excellent course taught by Ron Mitchell, Jack Lambert, Roger Fletcher, Alistair Watson, David Griffiths and other well-known numerical analysts.

  APPOINTMENTS: After graduating in 1975 I had several non-tenured appointements at Universidad de Valladolid. In 1981 I obtained a permanent appointment in Bilbao at the University of the Basque Country. In 1982 I moved back to Valladolid as tenured full-professor.

  RESEARCH: I have worked in different subfields of Applied Mathematics. Probably my most successful reseach has been that on the numerical integration of Hamiltonian problems. It got me an invitation to speak at the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians (Zurich) (I think this was the first time a Spaniard was ever invited) and also the Dahlquist prize of SIAM in 1995 (the first time it was awarded). This sort of research has given rise to a very active area, nowadays referred to as Geometric Integration (by the way, a term I coined). I have also received the Iberdrola research prize (awarded once a year by a committee of Nobel prize winners to the best researcher in Spain across all fields), the prize of the Spanish Academy of Sciences, etc. (see Prizes in the menu bar). I also happen to be one of the most widely cited Spanish scientist, in spite of the fact that I had to interrup my research to serve as a Rector.

  RECTORSHIP: In 1998 I was elected by the University Senate Rector (Vicechancellor or President) of the University. My term in office expired in 2002. The rules for appointing rectors had by then been changed and the Government had decided that rectors were to be elected by all professors, students and other members of staff (with a system of weighted votes). I was reelected, by absolute majority of the votes, in 2002. My second term ended in June 2006. (Two consecutive terms in the maximum the University regulations allow.) While I was in office I chaired the Santander Group (an association of some fifty European universities) and I was also a member of the Permanent Committee of the Association of Rectors of Spanish Universities.

  BACK IN MATHEMATICS: When my term in office ended, I reassumed my mathematical work, that I had had to put aside completely for eight years. I have found the return to math easy and enjoyable.


  Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura

  Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado

  Premio Iberdrola de Ciencia y Tecnologia, 1995

  Dahlquist Prize of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 1995

  Premio de la Real Academia de Ciencias, 1995

  Premio de Investigacion Cientifica Castilla y Leon, 1997

  Academico correspondiente de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales, 1999

  Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Experimental Nacional de los LLanos Ezequiel Zamora, Venezuela, 2001

  Medalla de Oro de la Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, 2002

  Académico de número de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales, electo 2005, ingresado 2007 (el discurso de ingreso puede obtenerse en la sección Publications, Other Publications, de esta página web)

  Academico de número de la Real Academia de Medicina y Cirugia de Valladolid, electo 2007, ingresado 2008 (el dicurso de ingreso puede obtenerse en la seccion Publications, Other Publications, de esta página web)

  Medalla de Oro de la Universidad de Valladolid, 2011.

Professor Maciej Lewenstein
The Institut of Photonic Sciences in Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

Maciej Lewenstein has studied physics at the Warsaw University, where he has obtained the  Diplom (MSc) in 1978. He has joined Centre for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1980 and remained there until 1995.

He has done his PHD at the University of Essen in 1983 under joint supervision of Fritz Haake and Kazimierz Rzążewski.  He has spent his first post-doc years with F. Haake. After habilitation at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, he has spent 2 years as a research associate of R. Glauber at Harvard University. He obtained the professor title in Poland in 1993, and spent sabbaticals in 1992-1994 at CEA Saclay (Service des Photons, Atomes et Molécules), JILA and ITAMP (Harvard-Smithonian). He has become a member of the permanent stuff of CEA in 1995 until 1998, when he moved to Hannover as a full professor and the head of the quantum optics theory group. He remained there until 2005. In 2005 he has started a new group at the Institut of Photonic Sciences in Castelldefels (Barcelona).

His research interest are very broad and range from traditional quantum optics, through physics of cold gases,  quantum information, physics of ultra-intense laser fields, statistical physics and interdisciplinary applications of physics. He is an author of over 400 publications, including over 80 Phys. Rev. Lett.  and Europhys. Letts., 5 Science, 1 Nature and 8 Nature Physics articles. His papers were cited over 17000 times, and in the last 10 years he has published 15 Highly Cited Papers according to Essential Science Indicators of the Web of Science. His H-index is 67. He has presented over numerous invited talks at international conferences. His most important contributions include theory of high harmonic generation by low frequency laser fields and atto-second physics, quantum optics of dielectric media, studies of Bose-Einstein condensates and their excitations (solitons, phase fluctuations), theory of entanglement, and more recently studies of strongly correlated many body atomic and quantum optical systems.

Professor Paul O′Brien
University of Manchester, Manchester, England

Prof. Paul O′Brien graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1975 and took a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry supervised by Professor R.D.Gillard at University Coillege Cardiff in 1978. He is at present the Chair of Inorganic Materials Chemistry at the University of Manchester, a joint appointment between the Schools of Chemistry and Materials Science. He served as Research Dean at the Victoria University of Manchester (2000-2002) and as Head of the Chemistry Department and subsequently School of Chemistry through the formation of the new University (2002-2009). He worked at the University of London (1978-1999) at Chelsea, Queen Mary and Imperial Colleges, and also as a visiting Professor at Georgia Tech (1995-99). He is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from both Liverpool (Potts Medal alvamater) and Cardiff (A.G.Evans Memorial Medal, Ph,D.). He received the Kroll Award from the IOMMM for process chemistry in 2007 and the first Peter Day Award of the RSC for Materials Chemistry in 2009. His research centres on developing new chemical processes for thin films and nanoparticles; especially of chalcogenide containing materials. In 2002 he founded Nanoco a company which manufactures nanoparticles which is now listed on AIM (June 2012 value >£125 M). He is active in the RSC leading the Materials Forum (2001-2006) and as a Trustee (Member of Council (2001-12); he served as one of the first Vice Presidents of the Society (2010-12). In Africa he managed for the Royal Society, a major programme (>£500 K over 12 years) in an historically black South African University (UZULU). He has addressed the Ghanaian Academy of Arts and Sciences on behalf of the Royal Society and has been funded by the RS them to build links with Ghana and Tanzania and now runs major programmes in both countries. He is a firm advocate of the promotion of science and engineering: Chemistry President of the BA, a frequent presenter at Café Scientifique, is featured in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. He has lectured widely at venues as diverse as the Royal Society, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and for the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. Each year he presents several School′s lectures including a very popular master class on nanotechnology. This work was recognized in 2011 by the Colin Humphries award of the IoMMM. He has published well over 500 Scientific papers and authored with A.C. Jones ‘The Chemistry of Compound Semiconductor CVD’(1997). He has edited many books including a successful series on Nanoscience and Technology for the R.S.C. In 2009 he was a Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College Oxford and was a Distinguised Fellow at the Institute foe Advanced Studies Durham University in 2011. He is at present acting as the Head of the School of Materials at the University of Manchester.

Professor Antonio Bianconi
University of Rome, Rome, 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) [1], X-ray-Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL) [2], unconventional photoemission methods [3,4]. 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 [5], manganites [6], vanadium oxides, valence fluctuating compounds [7], 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 [8]. 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 [9,10].
Using XANES he has solved the fluctuations of the local structure of active sites in metallo-proteins: calcium binding proteins, myoglobin [11], hemoglobins [12], 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 [13,14] and the formation prcoess of ferritin nano core [14]. 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.

[1] A. Bianconi et al Phys. Rev. B 26, 6502 (1982);
[2] A. Bianconi, D. Jackson, and K. Monahan Phys. Rev. B 17, 2021 (1978);
[3] A. Bianconi et al Phy. Rev. B 16, 5543 (1977);
[4] N. L. Saini et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 3467 (1997);
[5] A. Bianconi et al Phys. Rev. Lett 76, 3412 (1996);
[6] A. Lanzara et al Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4, 878 (1998);
[7] A. Bianconi, et al. Physical Review B 35, 806 (1987);
[8] A. Bianconi et al, Solid State Commun. 63, 1009 (1987);
[9] N. Poccia et al. Nature Materials, 10, 733 (2011);
[10] M. Fratini et al. Nature 466, 841 (2010);
[11] A. Bianconi et al Nature 318, 685 (1985);
[12] A. Bianconi et al PNAS 83, 7736 (1986);
[13] A. Bianconi, et al, Journal of Biological Physics 38, 169 (2012);
[14] G. Ciasca, et al. Langmuir 28, 13405 (2012);
[15] G. Ciasca, et al. Appl. Phys, Lett. 100, 073703 (2012)

Professor Surya Prakash
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

G. K. Surya Prakash was born in 1953 in Bangalore, India. He earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry from Bangalore University and an M.S. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He came to the US in 1974 and joined Professor George Olah’s group at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) to pursue graduate work.  He moved with Professor Olah to the University of Southern California (USC) in 1977 to help establish the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and obtained his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at USC in 1978. He joined the faculty of USC in 1981 and he is currently the Director at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and a Professor holding the George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, USC.

Professor Prakash has contributed immensely in solving global warming and energy related issues. With his Nobel Laureate colleague Professor George A. Olah, he is a co-proponent in the 90s of a new approach for a technological recycling of captured carbon dioxide (CCR- carbon dioxide capture and recycling), which provides an environmentally carbon neutral and inexhaustible source of carbon based fuels and feed-stocks. Although converting agricultural biomass or food products to fuels and feedstock is feasible and is increasingly used, the enormity of the fuel and feedstock problem cannot be solved by the use of biofuels alone and they can realistically supplement 10-15% of world’s energy requirements.  A feasible solution to the carbon dioxide conundrum has been offered by Olah-Prakash’s pioneering approach of what is now called the Methanol Economy (see the monograph, Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy, co-authored with the G. A. Olah and A. Goeppert, Wiley-VCH, 2006 and 2nd Edition, 2009). The intriguing concept has moved recently from a laboratory research to gain increasing practical industrial interest and applications.

Methanol is easily transported and can serve as a proven single carbon-based feedstock to produce essential olefins (ethylene, propylene) and through which all the fuels and products currently derived from fossil fuels. Methanol-gasoline mixtures are excellent fuels for internal combustion and diesel engines and derived dimethyl ether (DME) is an excellent diesel fuel substitute and natural gas as well as liquefied petroleum gas substitute. Methanol is also an excellent fuel for direct oxidation methanol fuel cells (DMFC) of which Professor Prakash is a pioneering co-inventor. The DMFC technology has been commercially licensed to SFC Corporation. The Methanol Economy work developed by Olah-Prakash team is also commercially becoming successful and their patent portfolio is option-licensed to UOP-Honeywell.

Professor Prakash’s career over the past thirty years has revolved around fluorine from materials to medicine with rich contributions to the areas of fluorinations, redox and stereoselective reactions, battery and fuel cell electrolytes, electrochemistry, energy storage, polymers, superacids and stable carbocations, including application of ab initio and DFT theory. He is best known for his work with trifluoromethyltrimethylsilane, TMSCF3, now known as the Ruppert-Prakash reagent. TMSCF3 is the most widely used source for nucleophilic trifluoromethylations. He has developed many electrophilic and nucleophilic fluoroalkylation protocols and fluorination methods based on pyridinium (onium) polyhydrogen fluorides as room temperature nucleophilic fluorinating agents. His interests include also the use of superacids for electrophilic reactions (superelectrophilic activation) and solid acid catalysts such as Nafion-HR and gallium trifluoromethanesulfonate. Using superacids as catalysts, he has carried out selective hydroxylations, sulfurations, carboxylations and carbonylations of aromatic as well as aliphatic hydrocarbons.

 Professor Prakash’s mechanistic studies include isolation and characterization by low temperature NMR of reactive intermediates such as carbocations, heterocations, onium ions, onium ylides and carbanions.  His achievements include solving the structure of the highly controversial nonclassical 2-norbornyl cation, pagodane and isopagodane dications. The pagodane and isopagodane dications are the first examples of frozen Woodward-Hoffmann transition state analogs. His prolific studies on electron deficient intermediates are of fundamental importance in understanding strong acid catalyzed hydrocarbon conversion processes.    

 Professor Prakash’s research work is well funded and has been exceptionally productive, groundbreaking and successful with more than 660 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 11 books and over 40 patents and patent applications. According to the Science Citation Index published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Philadelphia, his scientific papers have accumulated more than 13,000 citations.  He has received a number of prestigious awards and accolades, the most recent being the 2004 American Chemical Society National Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, 2006 American Chemical Society National Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry and the 2006 Richard C. Tolman Award from the Southern California section of the American Chemical Society. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. In 2010, he received the Chemical Research Society of India Medal (CRSI Medal) for his extraordinary scientific contributions in promoting chemical research. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He also sits on the Editorial Boards of several international Chemical Journals.

Professor Gerard Jaouen
Chemistry at Chimie PARITECH, France

Gérard Jaouen did graduate work at the University of Rennes, defending his doctoral thesis in organic chemistry in 1969 and earning a Doctorat d’Etat in Physical Sciences in 1973 in the laboratory of Professor R. Dabard. He spent the year 1973-1974 at Cambridge working with Professor Jack Lewis (now Lord Lewis), and on a number of occasions since has spent extended periods in Canada, collaborating with Dr M.J. McGlinchey at McMaster University and with Dr I.S. Butler at McGill. He became a member of the CNRS in 1970, was appointed Maître de Recherche (Directeur de Recherche) in 1976 and became Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Chimie in Paris in 1983, where in 1984 he set up the CNRS URA (Associated Research Unit) No. 403, and the UMR 7576 in 1997, of which he was the director till 2009. He is now appointed as a “classe exceptionnelle” professor and has been elected as a member of the CNRS national Committee in 1991 and 1995 and as a member of the CNU (French National Committee for Universities) in 2001, until 2011. He is a member of the ParisTech International Scientific Council set up in 2008.

In 1979 Dr. Jaouen decided to focus his interests in a new direction: that of bioorganometallics. At that time the situation was “hit and miss”, with some genuine but rare successes, as well as a number of obstacles obscuring the way forward, and in general an outlook that did not appear bright. Dorothy Hodgkin had solved the x-ray crystal structure of vitamin B12, while organometallic chemotherapy, which had been introduced by Ehrlich in the form of Salvarsan®, was abandoned in favor of antibiotics such as penicillin, just after World War II.

Bioorganometallic chemistry, first defined by us as a research topic in 1985 has enjoyed a steady growth since that time. In the mid-1980’s, this embryonic field was overshadowed by the supremacy of research on organometallic catalysis. The field has now flourished and has been recognized formally as an important part of the future of organometallic chemistry (Organometallics, 2011, 30, 20). In addition, the topic has already entered into the undergraduate curriculum through its incorporation into a recent textbook entitled “Basic Organometallic Chemistry” (2010).

It becomes clear that some of the apparent obstacles of this discipline to biological and biomedical applicability (aqueous solvents, time constraints for radiopharmaceuticals, anaerobic conditions, etc.), may be seen less as a brake than as a spur in the search for imaginative solutions.

These novel ideas have been presented in lectures at IUPAC meetings all over the world (Organometallics, OMCOS, Natural Products, ICCC) at North American conferences (Gordon, ACS, Canada) as well as in Europe (UK, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Russia, etc).

Professor Jaouen is the author of more than 390 papers including 17 reviews, and holds 14 patents. His achievements in bioorganometallic chemistry have been recognized by an award from the French Academy of Sciences in 1996. Moreover he has been elected to the “Institut Universitaire de France” in 1997. He received in 2001 a von Humboldt award in Berlin and was elected by the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Centenary Lecturer 2003 and has received a Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists in 2002, the Bioorganometallic Award in Zurich (2004) and several named lectures (e.g. Dublin, Montreal). Gérard Jaouen was awarded “Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur” (2006).

Professor Vincenzo Barone
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

Prof. Vincenzo BaroneThe main research interests of Vincenzo Barone are related to a theoretical microscopic approach for the study of structural, dynamic, electronic and spectroscopic properties of complex systems (materials, nanostructures, biomolecules, “soft matter”), as well as of their reactivity. This analysis is based on the development of an integrated tool for the accurate description of physical-chemical processes in condensed phases, including a general and powerful electronic model (the result of the development of original and effective approaches in the framework of the density functional theory), an accurate description of solute-solvent interactions (through mixed discrete-continuum models), and the inclusion of the most important effects of nuclear motions (vibrational averaging of physical-chemical observables, reaction rates, vibronic structures, slow motions). Particular attention has been devoted to obtaining a computational accuracy comparable to that attainable by experiments, without losing the possibility of an interpretation in terms of basic chemical-physical models and simple general rules. The focalization towards realistic systems has typically implied “multiscale” approaches, i.e. the adoption of several theoretical models suitable for the different scales of a specific phenomenon, and their integration into more global descriptions. Moreover, it has also motivated a constant interest for computer architectures and, in the last years, grid implementations. The research strategy, at the crossway of theoretical and computational chemistry, has aimed at the development of integrated computational tools, which, starting from accurate and cost-effective methods for electronic structure calculation, take next into account environmental effects by integrated discrete-continuum approaches, and nuclear motions by models ranging from classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) to both time-dependent (TD) and time-independent (TI) quantum dynamics. A strong feeling for the interpretation of experimental results is evidenced by long-standing collaborations with top-level experimental groups. A constant effort has been devoted to making theoretical developments available in form of general and easily accessible computational tools.

Areas in which the PI has provided remarkable contributions include:
1) Density functional theory: (i) Development and validation of new density functionals (e.g. the mPW1PW and PBE0 hybrid functionals (J.Chem.Phys. 108, 664 (1998), 1320 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 110, 6158 (1999), 1712 citations); these have been employed in more than 400 scientific studies in the last 5 years; (ii) Validation of DFT for molecular spectroscopy studies; in particular, contributions concerning open shell molecules are widely recognized (J.Chem.Phys. 111, 2889 (1999), 285 citations; Chem.Rev. 104, 1231 (2004), 177 citations); (iii) Implementation and parameterization of tight-binding (TB) DFT and of its time dependent (TD) extensions (TB-TD-DFT) allowing for a wider range of applications involving both ground and excited electronic states (J.Chem.Theory Comput. 7, 713 (2011), and 7, 3304 (2011)).

2) Solvation theory: Several contributions to the development of the Polarisable Continuum Model (PCM): (i) Improvement of the model for the calculation of solvation free energies (Chem.Phys.Lett. 255, 327 (1996), 1213 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 107, 3210 (1997), 1215 citations; J.Phys.Chem.A 102, 1995 (1998), 1964 citations); (ii) Implementation of analytical derivatives allowing geometry optimizations in solution (J.Comput.Chem. 19, 404 (1998), 713 citations); (iii) Extension of the model to the description of excited electronic states (J.Chem.Phys. 111, 5295 (1999), 69 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 115, 4708 (2001), 480 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 124, 094107 (2006), 141 citations); (iv) Linear scaling implementation paving the way to the study of macromolecules in solution (Theor.Chem.Acc. 111, 90 (2004), 64 citations); (v) Development of mixed discrete-continuum models for computational spectroscopy, by both time-independent and time-dependent approaches (in particular, the recent General Liquid Optimized Boundary (GLOB) model, Theor.Chem.Acc. 117, 1001 (2007), 27 citations). These advances and (vi) their implementation in popular computational packages have greatly contributed to make PCM the most widely used method for quantum mechanical studies of molecules in condensed phases.

3) Molecular vibrations: Effective treatments of harmonic and anharmonic contributions for processes involving single (vibrational terms, J.Chem.Phys. 101, 10666 (1994), 64 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 120, 3059 (2004), 182 citations; J.Chem.Phys. 122, 014108 (2005), 325 citations) as well as multiple (vibronic effects, J.Chem.Phys. 126, 084609 (2007), 79 citations) electronic states, implemented as independent plugins.

4) Computational spectroscopy: The research activity in this area builds on, and provides a unifying frame for, all the above-mentioned topics. Specific developments, paving the way to the reproduction of spectral line-shapes, concern the effect of large amplitude nuclear motions on spectroscopic observables, and the computation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra (absorption, emission, circular dichroism, and resonance Raman) for large molecular systems in condensed phases (PNAS 104, 9931 (2007), 54 citations; Angew.Chem. 46, 405 (2007), 53 citations; Acc.Chem.Res. 41, 605 (2008), 46 citations). In the field of ESR spectroscopy, development of a number of computational tools (Theor.Chim.Acta 91, 113 (1994), 82 citations; J.Chem.Theory Comput. 4, 751 (2008), 44 citations) has allowed to account for all the chemical/physical effects modulating the spectral observables, and to compute entire spectra (as opposed to individual parameters) in agreement with experiments (Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. 8, 4609 (2006), 39 citations).

This methodological machinery has been employed to describe many systems and processes coupling accuracy comparable to that of the reference experiments with interpretability of the results in terms of molecular models and general rules. The focus has been on relatively fast “local” phenomena tuned by long-range intra- and inter-molecular interactions with comparable or longer characteristic time scales. Space and time multiscale approaches are particularly well adapted to these problems and have been at the heart of the PI’s research philosophy leading to integrated global descriptions of increasing sophistication and reliability, with the long-term perspective of building and validating a new generation of virtual microscopes and spectrophotomers with unprecedented effectiveness. The PI has always advocated the necessity of making innovative theoretical and computational methods available well beyond the circle of developers, especially towards the community of experimental researchers, that often have at hand highly interesting, challenging applications which require appropriate computational/theoretical assistance.

The scientific activity of the PI and his group, and his research leadership in the field of theoretical/computational chemistry is evidenced by the large number of contributions to the most influential scientific journals in chemistry (Chem. Rev., Accounts Chem. Res., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Chem. Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem. Int. Edit., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Chem-Eur. J.), with special reference to chemical physics and theoretical chemistry (J. Phys. Chem., J. Chem. Phys., J. Comput. Chem., Chem. Phys. Lett., Chem. Phys. Chem., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., J. Chem. Theory Comput.). Barone has authored more than 550 publications in international journals, and during the last 10 years has given more than 70 invited lectures at Italian and foreign institutions (with a total of more than 150 during his whole career). His publications have received over 25000 citations (2189, 2585, 2725, 3055, and 3295 in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively), with an h-index of 64 (46 for papers published since 2000). His papers have an average of 44 citations per paper; 7 papers have been cited more than 1000 times and 36 papers more than 100 times. Both the number of citations and the h-index has been hugely increasing in the last years.

In 2009 he was included among the ISI “highly cited” researchers for the Chemistry category. In the same year he has obtained the “Sacconi” Medal, which is awarded to chemistry scientists of international fame. In 2008 he was elected as member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, whose members are chosen among the scientists of all countries who have distinguished themselves by the value of their scientific work, their role of pioneers or leaders of a school in the broad field of the application of quantum mechanics to the study of molecules and macromolecules. The research activity of the PI has attracted numerous grants from commercial and academic institutions, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and the EU. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the American Chemical Society and of the American Institute of Physics, associated member of the Physical Chemistry and Biophysics Division (I) of IUPAC, member of the Scientific Boards of IRSAMC (Institut de Recherche sur les Systèmes Atomiques et Moléculaires Complexes, Toulouse, France), of the Chemistry Department of CNRS (France), and of the Doctoral School of the Padua University. He is member of the Advisory Boards of Spectrochimica Acta A, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, Journal of Computational Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. He is President of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) for the period 2011-2013. Since 2011 prof. Barone is President of the Chemistry Panel of the National Agency for Research Evaluation (ANVUR).

Professor Vincenzo Barone also leads IDEA : a virtual laboratory of theoretical and computational chemistry based at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Professor James D. Murray
Mathematical Biology , University of Oxford, UK

James D. Murray James D. Murray FRS, FRSE, Foreign Member of French Academy, was born in Moffat, Scotland in 1931 and received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and the first Ph.D. in Applied Mathematic at the University of St. Andrews and an M.A. and D.Sc. from the University of Oxford. He is Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford, Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington and now Senior Scholar, Princeton University. He worked in fluid dynamics for 15 years and started to work on the applications of mathematics to biology, ecology and medicine in the late 1960’s. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology in the University of Oxford in 1983 which was the model for many subsequent centres started around the world such as in Britain, Europe, USA, Australia and Japan. He was the first President of the European of Mathematical and Theoretical Biology.

Professor Murray’s research has been in a wide spectrum of areas, just a few of which are animal coat pattern formation, the spread and control of rabies, the mechanical theory of morphogenesis, brain tumour growth and control, marital interaction and divorce prediction, the benefits of cannibalism, bovine tuberculosis, wound healing and justifying tribal warfare. He has had many students and postdocs from around the world. He has published more than 230 research papers and several books of which the best known is Mathematical Biology which has been translated into Polish and Russian and which is now in its third printing of the 3rd edition. He is known for his lively public lectures about mathematics in the real world.

Professor Murray has been on the faculty of several universities: the University of Durham, Harvard, University College London, Michigan, New York University, University of Washington and was for most of his career at the University of Oxford. He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world and is the recipient of numerous international awards, a few of which are: Guggenheim Fellow in Paris, the Royal Society’s Bakerian Prize Lecture (Physical Sciences premier prize lecture), London Mathematics Society’s Naylor Prize and lecture, Honorary member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (to celebrate its 125 year anniversary and one of only 38 since it was founded), Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and several honorary degrees: three D.Sc., a Dr. Math. and an LL.D. As a result of his work on brain tumours an endowed professorship in perpetuity, the James D. Murray Chair in Applied Mathematics and Neuropatholgy, was established in the University of Washington in 2007. Oxford web page: http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/people/profiles/james.murray

Professor Peter Zoller
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Prof. Peter ZollerPeter Zoller (born 16 September 1952) is a theoretical physicist from Austria. He is Professor at the University of Innsbruck and works on quantum optics and quantum information and is best known for his pioneering research on quantum computing and quantum communication and for bridging quantum optics and solid state physics.

Peter Zoller studied physics at the University of Innsbruck, obtained his doctorate there in February 1977, and became a lecturer at their Institute of Theoretical Physics. For 1978/79, he was granted a Max Kade stipend to research with Peter Lambropoulos at the University of Southern California. In 1980, he stayed in Auckland, New Zealand, as a researcher with the group around Dan Walls.
In 1981, Peter Zoller handed in his book “Über die lichtstatistische Abhängigkeit resonanter Multiphoton-Prozesse” at the University of Innsbruck to qualify as a professor by receiving the “venia docendi”. He spent 1981/82 and 1988 as Visiting Fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and 1986 as guest professor at the Université de Paris-Sud 11, Orsay.
In 1991, Peter Zoller was appointed Professor of Physics and JILA Fellow at JILA and at the Physics Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
At the end of 1994, he accepted a chair at the University of Innsbruck, where he has worked ever since.
From 1995 to 1999, he headed the Institute of Theoretical Physics, from 2001 to 2004, he was vice-dean of studies. Peter Zoller continues to keep in close touch with JILA as Adjoint Fellow. Numerous guest professorships have taken him to all major centres of physics throughout the world. He was Loeb lecturer in Harvard, Boston, MA (2004), Yan Jici chair professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, and chair professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing (2004), as well as Lorentz professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (2005). In 2012 he is “Distinguished Fellow” at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Munich. Since 2003, Peter Zoller has also held the position of Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Professor Nikola Hajdin
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Prof. Nikola Hajdin

Born in Vrbovsko – Republic of Croatia. He is of Serbian nationality. Full professor the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

He took his Ph.D. degree at the same Faculty in 1956. He was elected scientific associate at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1958, assistant professor in 1960, associate professor in 1961. and full professor in 1966. Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade.

Besides general subjects Theory of structural mechanics, Strength of materials, Theory of plates and shells, he also taught at the post-graduate studies the following subjects: Theory of plasticity, Non-linear elasticity and Theory of thin-walled structures.

In 1970 he was elected a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 1976 a full member. Vice-president of SASA from 1994 till 2003, president of  SASA from 2003.

He is a foreign member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; of the European Academy of Sciences, Art and Literature seated in Paris; of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, headquartered in Salzburg; of the National Academy of Athens; of the European Academy of Sciences, Belgium. In the year 2000, he was elected honorary doctor of the National Technical University of Athens.

He is a member of the Greek Association for Scientific Research of Metal Structures; of the Scientific Committee of the Costruzioni Metaliche journal (Italy); of the Swiss Association for Steel Structures; of  the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE); of the Scientific Committee of the International Association for Steel Structures (Eurosteel). He is an honorary member of: the Yugoslav Society for Mechanics, the Yugoslav Structural Engineers Society and the Greek National Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

He has proposed (in 1954) and elaborated a  method for numerical analysis of boundary value problems in the Theory of elasticity, which has proved to be suitable both in Theory of linear girders and Theory of plates and shells. The method is based on modern numerical analysis concept and computer applications. In view of its wide-ranging application, the exact number of citation is difficult to ascertain. We can say that it was cited more them 100 times in foreign scientific literature

Scientific activity of Nikola Hajdin, to which he gave considerable contribution, relates primarily to application of numerical methods in Theory of elasticity and Structural mechanics and works in the Theory of thin walled-structures. N. Hajdin′s works in this field, for the most part published abroad, are among the most advanced and most important contributions of their kind. They have been presented in a number of journals and reviews, cited and used in numerous works and publications by foreign and domestic scientists. Exceptionally valuable among them are two monographs: "Dünnwandige Stäbe", Bd. 1 and 2 (with Dr. C.F. Kollbrunner), published by the Springer Publishing House in 1972 and 1975 respectively. The monographs constitute a unic work in terms of content, with a series of contributions originally describing the author′s area of interest spanning well over twenty years.

Scientific opus of Professor Hajdin of about 199 papers (almost half of which were  published abroad in the most distinguished journals); he has over 380 citations abroad and several hundreds in Yugoslavia.

Professor Hajdin is highly valued author of a series of steel and concrete structures. The following achievements deserve special attention: railway cable-stayed bridge across the Sava river in Belgrade (with Lj. Jevtović), 1979, with central span of 254 m,  and total length of 556 m. - The first bridge of this kind for railway traffic; cable-stayed road bridge across the Danube in Novi Sad (1981), with the record span of 351 m; arch dam Glažnje (Macedonia), height 85 m (1967); the biggest cable-stayed bridge (375 m span) over Visla river in Poland.

During his professional career Professor Hajdin carried out a number of scientific and professional duties at many associations in Yugoslavia and abroad: President of the Yugoslav Group of the International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and a member of the Permanent Committee of this organization, president of the Yugoslav Committee of the International Union for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics,, President of the Yugoslav Society of Structural Engineers. 

He was visiting professor on the subject of Thin-walled structures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich from 1971 to 1973, guest-scientist of the Swiss Association for Steel Structures. He visited Switzerland many times, participating in research in the theory of thin-walled structures. He also delivered many lectures at scientific conferences at foreign universities and institutions. 

He is a member of different scientific committees of  international symposia and conferences.

Professor Nüket Yetiş
The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Professor Nuket YetisNüket Yetiş was born in 1950, in Eskisehir, Turkey. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and MBA in Operations Management degrees from Bosporus University in 1973 and 1975 respectively. She obtained her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1982.

Her main research areas are in Engineering and Technology Management, Quality Management, Production Management and Enterprise Resource Management. Her interests cover applied research as well as systems design and implementation.

She has started her career as a researcher at the Department of Operations Research, Marmara Research Centre, TÜBITAK (1975-1980). She worked as a research assistant in the department of Industrial Engineering, in Istanbul Technical University (1980-1982). Afterwards she was appointed as an instructor at the same department (1980-1982).

She was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Department of Business Administration, in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Marmara University (MU) between 1985 and 1989. Then she became the Associate Dean of MU’s Faculty of Engineering (1990-1994). She is among the founders of the Faculty of Engineering. She established the Masters and Doctoral Programmes of Engineering Management.

She was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in MU (1994-2000). She was the leader of Continuous Quality Improvement movement at the same faculty, making it the first Turkish public organisation that became a finalist for the European Quality Award in 2000. MUFE was the first applicant and finalist for the European Quality Award in higher education in Europe. She became the director of the Turkish Institute for Industrial Management (2000-2003). During her term, she led several management reform and restructuring projects for different organisations. From 2000 through 2003, with moderate increase of number of employees, operational revenues of the institute went up 20-fold. The institute logged a full financial self sufficiency in 2002.

Dr. Yetiş has been the President of TÜBITAK since January 2004. During her tenure, she has led a restructuring initiative that resulted multi-tens fold increase in both the financial support and the services provided by TÜBITAK to Turkish Research Area. This development is one of the root causes of the exponential increase of the main Science and Technology indicators of Turkey.
Nüket Yetiş, supervised more than 16 PhD and graduate students. She is the first author of the book “European Quality Award 2000, First Application in Public Sector Category from Turkey” (in Turkish). She has more than 70 research papers.

Yetiş has been actively involved with international scientific organizations. She was a member of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Healthcare Group and Education Group, (1998-2003). She was the member of the Joint Research Council′s Board of Governors, (2004-2009). She is the founding member of Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs in Turkey.

She has been a member of the European Research Area Board since April 2008, the European Science Foundation Governing Council and General Council since 2005 and the selected member of EUROHORCS’s Steering Committee. She served as the member of Membership Committees of both ESF and EUROHORCS’s. She is the member of PICMET Advisory Council till 2016. She is the Chair of ESF Member Organisation Forum on European Alliance on Research Career Development. She has been awarded the PICMET Medal of Excellence Award and The World Academy of Productivity Science Fellowship Award in 2010.

Professor Yetiş is married and she has two daughters.

Professor Giulio Maier
Technical University (Politecnico) of Milan, Italy

Professor Giulio Maier
Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering at the Technical University (Politecnico) of Milan, Italy


"Liceo" specialized in classical studies.
Master in mechanical engineering, University of Trieste, 1954; "specialization" (equivalent to doctoral degree) in aerospace engineering, University of Rome, 1958, both “magna cum laude".

Academic appointments:

at the Technical University (Politecnico) of Milan: Assistant 1959-63; Associate Professor 1964-70; Full Professor 1970-2006; Emeritus 2007-present; Department Head 1975-78; Continuing Education Chairman 1973-86; Doctoral School Coordinator 1993-2002. Visiting Scholar at the following Universities: Brown (Providence, R.I., USA), Cambridge (UK), Mons (Belgium), Illinois (Urbana,Ill., USA ), Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), Cape Town (South Africa), Tsinghua (Beijing, China).

Research contributions to:

mechanics of elastic-plastic structures: various extensions of shakedown theory, theorems on extremum properties of analysis solutions, computational methods based on mathematical programming; structural design optimization by mathematical programming; identification of constitutive parameters by inverse analyses, particularly by means of Kalman filters; boundary element methods, particularly methods based on Galerkin symmetric formulations; quasi-brittle fracture mechanics; diagnostic analysis of structures based on non-destructive testing and computer simulations; multi-scale mechanics of composites and homogenization; structural engineering "real life" problems concerning: tension structures; offshore pipelines; concrete dams.


Author or co-author of about 270 peer-reviewed papers; co-author or co-editor of 9 monographs and books.
According to Scopus 2011: 1608 citations since 1996; index H =24 ( 1421 and H=22 by excluding self-citations of all authors).
Editorial board member of 16 international scientific journals.
Former Editor of "Meccanica" and former Associate Editor of "European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids".


Member of:
National (Italian) Academy ("Lincei"), Rome; National (Italian) Academy of Sciences ("dei XL"), Rome; “Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere", Milan; “Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti", Venice; “Accademia Udinese di Scienze, Lettere e Arti", Udine; “Accademia delle Scienze", Torino.

Foreign Member of:

Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; Russian Academy of Engineering, Moscow; National Academy of Engineering of the United States, Washington DC; Polish Academy of Sciences and Arts, Krakow; Portuguese Academy of Sciences, Lisbon; Royal Society of South Africa, Johannesburg; Honorary Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Fellow of:

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM); American Academy of Mechanics (AAM).

President of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA), 1986-1990; Rector, International Center of Mechanical Sciences (CISM), Udine, Italy, 2005-2010.

Honorary doctoral degrees from:

University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium; State University of Saint Petersburg, Russia. University Medal from University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Copernicus Medal from Polish Academy of Sciences. Feltrinelli Prize from Italian National Academy "Lincei". Warner Koiter Medal 2000, from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). O. C. Zienkiewicz Medal from Polish Association for Computational Mechanics. Ritz-Galerkin Medal from the European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS). Life-Time Achievements Medal at the International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES′11), Nanjing, China.

Professor Crispulo Gallegos
University of Huelva and Sevilla, Spain

Prof. Professor Crispulo Gallegos
Crispulo Gallegos was born in Sevilla (Spain), in 1955. He obtained his PhD at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Sevilla (1982).

He is, presently, Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Huelva (Spain) and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Sevilla (Spain). He has worked as Visiting Professor at the University of Laval (Québec, Canada) and as BBVA Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge.

In addition, he has been Vice-rector for Research Affairs at the University of Huelva (2000-2003) and Director of the R&D Centre on Food Technology (CIDERTA) at the University of Huelva.

His research is mainly focused on microstructured product engineering. In this sense, his works deal with the relationship among microstructure, rheology and processing of complex fluids. He has published to date over 200 scientific papers on this subject. In addition, he has participated in more than 75 research projects sponsored by the administration or the industry (more than 45 as project leader). He is also author of more than 200 contributions to international and national Conferences (many of them as invited lecturer), co-inventor in 10 patents, and Director of 13 PhD Thesis on Complex Fluids Engineering.

In the field of Rheology, his work includes pioneering research on the application of non-linear viscoelastic constitutive models to describe the behaviour of complex dispersions i.e. food emulsions, food pastes, lubricating greases).

His research work has been widely transferred to industry. For instance, his research on the mechanical behaviour of heavy fuel oils at low temperature and high pressure was used by an oil company to recover thousands of tons of this type of material from the “Prestige” shipwreck, sunk at 4,000 m in the Atlantic Ocean. His work was publicly recognised by the Spanish Administration (2003). On the other hand, his research on the modification of bitumen with waste materials (i.e. plastics and tyre rubber), patented in 2007, and on the design of new formulations able to be processed at lower temperatures (patented in 2009) has been used by an oil company to manufacture, up to this moment, thousands of tons of “more environmentally friendly” asphalt. Finally, his work on new biodegradable plastics (bioplastics), patented also in 2009, has been used by a company to produce new biodegradable bags.

In 2004, he received the AIQB award to “Excellence in Research” given by the second largest chemical-industrial association in Spain.

He is Subject Editor on “Materials Processing and Product Development” of the journal “Chemical Engineering Research and Design”, official scientific journal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). In addition, he is member of the Editorial Boards of the journals “Rheologica Acta”, “Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials”, “Applied Rheology” and “Grasas y Aceites”.

Also related to his research achievements, he has been Scientific Coordinator of the Food Technology Area of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Technology (2001-2004), President of the Spanish Group of Rheology (1993-2006), and President of the European Society of Rheology (2009-continues).

Professor Peter Fajfar
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. Peter Fajfar
Peter Fajfar was born 1943 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His main research interest is analysis and design of structures for earthquake loads.

Education and employment:

Diploma in 1966, M.Sc. in 1972, Ph.D in 1974 from University of Ljubljana.
1967-68 employed at the construction site, from 1968 employed at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana. In the period 1985 - 1987 Dean, in the period 1985 - 1990 and from 2001 on Head of the Institute for Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Construction IT at the faculty.
Visiting researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (1972/73), University of California, Berkeley, USA (1980), and University in Tokushima, Japan (1993). Visiting Professor at Technion, Haifa, Israel (1989), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1994), Stanford University, USA (1995), University of Bristol, UK (2006), and University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2009).

Research areas:

His early research was focused to elastic analysis of building structures. As a result of this work he developed a program for elastic analysis of multi-storey structures, which has been an indispensable tool in the design of buildings in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia for three decades. Later, his research extended to nonlinear seismic analysis of building structures and bridges, inelastic response spectra, the determination of seismic actions, earthquake design methodologies and their implementation in standards and codes. With collaborators, he has developed a simplified method for nonlinear seismic analysis of structures, called the N2 method, which has been implemented into the European standard for design of structures for earthquake resistance Eurocode 8. He was the principal investigator in numerous national and international research projects with the most reputable universities around the world (including Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and University of Tokyo), and the Slovenian coordinator in several European projects within the Framework Programs.

Publications and lectures:

Author of three books (in Slovenian), among them the first book Structural Dynamics in Slovenia. Co-author of the first comprehensive book on earthquake engineering in former Yugoslavia. Author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers published in journals and conference proceedings. The largest impact have had two papers on the simplified nonlinear method for seismic analysis of structures: Fajfar P. Capacity spectrum method based on inelastic demand spectra. Earthquake eng. struct. dyn., 1999, 28(9), 979-993 and Fajfar P. A nonlinear analysis method for performance-based seismic design. Earthq. spectra, 2000, 16(3), 573-592.
Invited lecturer at universities and research centres in the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Taiwan, Cyprus, Indonesia, Croatia and at numerous national and international conferences, including the keynote lecture at the 12th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, London, 2002.

Editorial work:

Editor of the international journal Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley) (from 2003) and member of editorial boards of international journals Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Elsevier, 1982-1990), International Journal for Engineering Modelling (Univ. of Split and Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia, from 1989), Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Cairo Univ., 1991-1995), Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley, 1996-2002), Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Imperial College Press / Taylor & Francis, from 1997), ISET Journal of Earthquake Technology (ISET, India, from 1998), Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, (INEES, Tehran, 1999-2009), Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (Chinese Taiwan Society for Earthquake Engineering, 1999-2003), Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration (IEM, Harbin, PR China and MCEER, USA, from 2002), Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Kluwer / Springer, from 2003), and Earthquake Spectra (EERI, USA, 2006-2007). Co-editor (together with H. Krawinkler from Stanford University) of books published by Elsevier (1992), Balkema (1997) and PEER Center (2004).

Professional activities:

President of the Yugoslav Association of Earthquake Engineering (1984-88) and founding President of the Slovenian Association of Earthquake Engineering (1988-90); National delegate of Yugoslavia (1986-91) and Slovenia (1992-2000) in the International Association of Earthquake Engineering; Member of the Executive Committees of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (2002-2010) and of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (from 2004); member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, USA (from 1981).
Organizer and co-chairman (with Prof. Krawinkler from Stanford University) of 3 international workshops in years 1992, 1997 and 2004.
Representative of Slovenia in the Technical committee TC250/SC8 responsible for the development of the European standard for seismic resistant design Eurocode 8.
As designer, consultant and reviewer, he has participated in more than 100 design projects, which have mainly dealt with static and dynamic analysis of buildings and civil engineering structures.


Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1987 and Head of its Division of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Engineering Sciences (2002 - 2008). Member of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering since 1996. Honorary Professor, Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS), Skopje, Macedonia, 1987; Advisory Professor of Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Engineering, Chongqing, PR China, 1988; National award for research achievements in nonlinear seismic analysis of RC structures, 1988; Award of the Republic of Slovenia for scientific work in civil engineering (the highest scientific honor in Slovenia), 1994; Academic Counsellor, International Academy of Engineering, Moscow, 1997; Award for engineering achievements, Engineering Chamber of Slovenia, 2009; Honorary Member, European Association for Earthquake Engineering, 2010.

Professor Valeriy P. Matveenko
University of Burgundi, Dijon, France

Prof. Professor Valeriy P. Matveenko
Born 1948 in Kizel, Perm Kray, Russia, Valeriy Matveenko gained a Diploma of engineer-mechanic –researcher in 1972 from the Perm Polytechnic Institute, PhD degree in 1978 and Doctoral degree in 1987 from the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering.

From 1972-till now he has been working at the Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, from 1983 as Head of the Laboratory of Modeling of Thermomechanical Processes in Solids (at present – the Department of Related problems in mechanics of deformable solids). In 1993 he became Director of the Institute, a position he still holds today. He is Chairman of the Perm Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2000, and Vice-chairman of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2008. He is also Head of the Department of Continuum Mechanics of the Perm State University (from1999-till now).

1997 he becam the corresponding member of RAS and year 2003 he was elected to become the full member of RAS and as Fellow Member of the European Academy of Sciences, 2010. Valeriy Matveenko is an author of more than 300 scientific works, including four monographs.

Research activities

Main scientific interests

Solid Mechanics, Mechanics of materials, Vibrations and stability, Engineering application of solid mechanics, Continuum mechanics, Numerical methods in solid mechanics, Electroviscoelasticity and its applications to smart-materials, Asymmetric elasticity theory, Aeroelasticity, Thermomechanics of polymer materials in conditions of relaxation and phase transitions.

Main scientific results

The finite element method has been extended to include the algorithms for numerical simulation of elastic bodies made of incompressible or weakly compressible materials. New methods for constructing singular solutions of two- and three-dimensional problems of the elasticity theory have been proposed. The obtained solutions have been used to gain new numerical data on the character of stress singularity at the vertices of different types of conical bodies and polyhedral wedges and also at the points of a spatial crack tip where its smoothness is broken. For different types of singular points, a new family of two- and three-dimensional singular elements has been constructed and mathematically substantiated. The problems of optimization of elastic body geometry in the vicinity of singular points have been formulated and solved. The analysis of the obtained solution has shown that the optimal surfaces have common properties. The algorithms for solving elastic problems for bodies with singular points are used to refine the test methods for adhesion strength and adhesive bond strength.
New analytical solutions of two-dimensional static and dynamic problems of the asymmetric elasticity theory have been obtained. A finite-element algorithm has been constructed to solve two-and three-dimensional static and dynamic problems of the asymmetric theory of elasticity. The solutions obtained in the framework of the asymmetric elasticity theory have been compared with the solutions of classical theory of elasticity. The results of the comparative analysis have been used to design the schemes of experiments, which would be most effective in revealing the couple stress effects of the material behavior.
Methods for solving multi-operator problems of linear viscoelasticity have been elaborated and substantiated mathematically. These methods allowed us find the effect of possible non-monotonic stress variation in piece-wise homogeneous viscoelastic bodies under constant or monotonically changing external loads.
A new mechanical problem on natural vibrations of viscoelastic bodies has been proposed as an effective tool for finding optimal dynamic characteristics of viscoelastic structures. New models have been proposed to describe thermomechanical behavior pf polymers and polymer-based composites taking into account the processes of their polymerization, crystallization and glass transition. The experimental methods have been developed to identify the model parameters, and numerical algorithms have been constructed to solve the corresponding boundary value problems. The problems on natural and forced vibrations of piece-wise homogeneous electroviscoelastic bodies with passive and active external electric circuits including the resistance, capacitance and inductance elements have been stated. Practical applications of these problems to the case of finding optimal dynamic characteristics of the structures made of smart-materials on the basis of piezo elements have been considered.
An algorithm for solving the stability problem of single- or multilayer cylindrical and conical shells subjected to external or internal fluid or gas flows has been developed. A numerical algorithm has been constructed to solve the stability problem of a rapidly rotating deformable body. Computational methods have been developed to solve the inverse problems dealing with identification of elastic and viscoelastic properties of a material based on the data of natural tests. Recently, a series of investigations have been made in the field of design if intellectual systems for monitoring the mechanical state of technical objects and constructions.

Other activities

Valeriy Matveenko is: Member of the Presidium of the Russian National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Member of the Scientific Councils on Solid Mechanics and Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Presidium of the Ural Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Supervisory Council of the Perm State Technical University; Chairman of the Expert Commission on Mathematics and Mechanics of the Council on Grants of the President of the Russian Federation for State Support of Young Scientists and Leading Scientific Schools of the Russian Federation; Editor in Chief of the journal «Computational Continuum Mechanics»; Member of the Editorial Boards of several international and Russian scientific journals.

Honours, awards

The State Prize in science and engineering (1999), The Medal for Labor Merits (1986), The Order of Honour (1999), The Order for Services to Motherland” 4th rank (2008), The mark of distinction “The Gold Emblem of Perm region” (2005).

Professor Athanassios S. Fokas
Dept.of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Prof. Athanassios S. Fokas
A.S. Fokas has a BSc in Aeronautics from Imperial College (1975), a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology (1979) and an MD from the University of Miami, School of Medicine (1986).
In 1986, at the age of 33, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Clarkson University, USA. In 1996 he was appointed to a Chair in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College, UK. In 2002 he was appointed to the newly inaugurated Chair in Nonlinear Mathematical Science at the University of Cambridge, UK.

In 2000 he was awarded the Naylor Prize (the most prestigious Prize in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in UK; the last five earlier recipients were Sir Roger Penrose, Sir Michael Berry, Sir John Ball, F.P. Kelly and S.W. Hawking). In 2004 he was awarded the Aristeion Prize in Sciences of the Academy of Athens (the most prestigious Prize of the Academy given every four years to a single scholar of Greek origin chosen from science, engineering, or medicine). In 2005 he was elected a Professorial Fellow at Clare Hall and was also decorated as the Commander of the Order of Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2006 he was awarded the Excellence Prize of the Bodossaki Foundation (this premier scientific Prize is awarded every two years to scientists of Greek origin, as chosen by an international committee chaired by a Nobel Laureate). In the period 2004-2008,he received honourary degrees from five Universities. In 2009 he was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow on the basis “of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment”. In 2010, he was appointed “Ambassador of Hellenism” by the Prefecture of Athens and was also elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Science. He is the youngest member of the Academy of Athens and the first ever Applied Mathematician to be elected a full member to the Academy.

He is an honorary member of the Institute of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Greece, as well as an honorary Member of the Philological Society Parnassos, Greece. He is an honorary citizen of Oinousses and of Delphoi.

He is the President of the Governing Body of the National Library of Greece, a member of the Advisory Board of the Goulandris Natural History Museum, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Imperial College, UK, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Nonlinear Mathematics and Applications, Loughborough University, UK. He is or has been a member of the Editorial Board of more than twenty scientific journals, including Proceedings of the Royal Society (Series A), Journal of Mathematical Physics, Selecta Mathematica, Studies in Applied Mathematics and Nonlinearity. He is also Co-Editor in chief of the Journal of Nonlinear Science and Associate Editor of the following three series: Progress in Physics and Mathematical Physics (Birkhauser), Modern Mechanics and Mathematics (CRC) and Publishing Program in Mathematics (de Gruyter).

He has delivered more than 250 invited talks and colloquia at international conferences and major universities including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Caltech, Columbia, Oxford and Tokyo. Among his recent presentations are the opening address of the 45th Mathematical Olympiad, Greece, 2004, an invited address at the celebration of the Royal Irish Academy for the Bicentennial of W.R. Hamilton, Ireland, 2005, the SIAM Invited Address at the Annual meeting of AMS and MAA, USA, 2006, the opening plenary address of the international conference “Nonlinear Waves - Theory and Applications”, China, 2008, and the opening plenary address at the 2nd World Congress of Controversies in Neurology, 2008. He has also given several presentations addressing relations between mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience, including talks at Oxford, Beijing and the Athens Concert Hall.

He is the author or co-author of three monographs and of more than 250 papers, as well as the co-editor of seven books. He has published in different areas of science ranging from abstract areas such as differential geometry and bi-Hamiltonian structures, to applied areas such as models of chronic myelogenous leukaemia (with J.B. Keller) and protein folding (with I.M. Gel’fand). In particular, he has made seminal contributions in the field of integrability and has played a significant role in the solution of important mathematical problems arising in medical imaging. In the Special Millenium Issue: Mathematical Physics - Past and Future of the Journal of Mathematical Physics, June 2000, which summarised the “most important developments in mathematical physics in the 20th century”, A.S. Fokas was asked to contribute an article on integrability.

ISIWeb of Science includes A.S. Fokas in the list of the most highly cited researchers in the field of Mathematics.
The late I.M. Gel’fand, one of the most eminent mathematicians of the last century (who has also made important contributions in biology), in the citation for the Aristeion Prize wrote “Fokas is now a very rare example of a scientist in the style of the renaissance”.

Professor Roger Guilard
University of Burgundi, Dijon, France

Prof. Roger Guilard
Roger Guilard is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Burgundy in France.

He received the « Agrégation de Sciences Physiques » Degree in 1966 and his Ph.D. in heterocyclic chemistry in 1971 from the University of Dijon. He was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston in 1985 and again in 1987. He was also a Visiting Scientist in China and Japan.

He has been the recipient of the Coordination Chemistry Award from the French Chemical Society (1978) and of two Awards (1991, 1997) from the French Academy of Sciences. He received the “Grand Prix de l’Académie des Sciences, Prix Gaz de France” in 2001 and the “Robert Burns Woodward Career Award in Porphyrin Chemistry” in 2010. He was elected as a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2011. He co-edited two series of 10 volumes published in 1999 and 2003 (Handbook of Porphyrins). He is currently the co-editor of five sets of 5 volumes (Handbook of Porphyrin Science). He was JSPS Fellow in 2008. He was an Associate Editor of Dalton Transations and he is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. He is the author of 425 papers and reviews and has been awarded 21 patents in the area of heterocyclic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and coordination chemistry.

His major contributions are both the area of basic research and applications. In addition to the synthesis and structural characterization of metalloporphyrins and the biomimetic modelling of metalloenzymes, a second line of research focuses on the preparation and physico-chemical characterization both in solution and in the solid state of transition, post-transition, lanthanide and actinide metal complexes formed with saturated and unsaturated polyazamacrocycles. Grafted and sol-gel immobilised complexes are used as specific adsorbents for detection (CO, H2) and purification (O2/N2) of gases. Similar functionalised materials (silica-gels, polymer fibers) are also implemented in solid/liquid extraction processes of heavy metals (Pb, Cd, actinides). Molecular organic frameworks are studied as adsorbents of CO2 and molecular interfacial catalysts are synthesized for CO2 reduction.

Doctor Martin Schadt
MS High-Tech Consulting, Switzerland

Doctor Martin Schadt
Dr. Martin Schadt was born on 16th August 1938 in Liestal, Switzerland. In 1967 he obtained a doctoral degree in Experimental Physics from the University of Basel. He was granted a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada, where he continued his research on the electronic and optical properties of organic semiconductors. In 1969 he and D.F Williams patented the first solid state, organic light emitting display (OLED).

His first professional association was with the watch company Omega, Bienne, where he investigated atomic beam time standards. In 1969 he joined the Central Research Laboratories of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel. Except for two years research in biophysics – i.e. ionic transport properties and optical response of artificial cell membranes – his research focused on the development of electro-optical field-effects for liquid crystal displays and novel liquid crystalline materials.

In 1970 Schadt and Helfrich invented the twisted nematic (TN)-effect at F. Hoffmann-La Roche. The invention was licensed world-wide and initiated a paradigm change towards flat panel field-effect liquid crystal displays (LCDs) initiating today’s field-effect LCD industry.

The search for correlations between molecular structures, material properties and display performance, which Schadt started in the early 1970s, enabled the development of new types of liquid crystals for TN- and subsequent field-effect applications. As a consequence the pharmaceutical company Roche established itself as a major liquid crystal supplier for the emerging LCD-industry.

His pioneering work on electro-optical effects led to the above twisted nematic (TN)-effect, the fast responding Kerr effect, the polarizer-free color switching guest-host effect, the optical mode interference (OMI)-effect for time multiplexed displays with high information content and the gray-scale-compatible, fast switching deformed helix ferroelectric (DHF)-effect. His research on correlations between molecular structural elements and material properties – i.e. elastic, optical, dielectric, charge transport and viscous properties – of liquid crystals and liquid crystalline configurations, and their influence on device performance led to several new liquid crystal classes.
Examples are liquid crystals comprising double bonds in specific side-chain positions enabling unique odd-even effects (alkenyl LCs), or LCs with rigid cores comprising heterocyclic rings (pyrimidines, dioxanes, etc.). Moreover, Schadt and collaborators invented the linear photo-polymerization (LPP) technology in 1991 enabling alignment and alignment patterning of monomeric and polymeric liquid crystal molecules by light instead of mechanically. This opened up novel LCD configurations and LCD operating modes with broad fields of view and short response times. Moreover, numerous optical polymer thin-film applications became feasible, such as high resolution patterned optical retarders for 3D-LCDs, polarization sensitive optical security elements, optically anisotropic integrated optics devices, etc.

Until 1994 Schadt headed the Liquid Crystal Research Division of Roche. Based on its LPP photo-alignment technology the Division was then turned into the spin-off company ROLIC Ltd, an interdisciplinary Research and Development Company which Schadt headed as CEO and delegate of the Board of Directors until his retirement in October 2002. He then founded MS High-Tech Consulting and is active as a scientific advisor to research organisations, industry and governmental agencies.

Schadt is a Fellow of the SID. He holds more than 106 US patents; each filed in 10-12 countries and has published 181 papers in leading scientific journals, including chapters in 4 books. He is a member of the editorial boards of Liquid Crystals and Molecular Crystals and of the Journal of SID.

He has received the following Awards:

1987 Roche Research and Development Prize: “For his decisive contributions to the knowledge of liquid crystal materials, their physical properties and electro-optics which have formed a basis for the breakthrough of a new display technology. His work has led to a new class of marketable products and to the scientific reputation of Roche in a new field”.

1987 Special SID Recognition Award from the American Society for Information Display: “For significant and continuing contributions to the theory and reduction to practice of high information content liquid crystal displays”.

1987 Best SID Paper Award (OMI-Effect), awarded to M. Schadt and F. Leenhouts: “For Optical Mode Interference liquid crystal display and dependence on material and cell parameters”.

1992 Karl Ferdinand Braun Recognition Award of the American Society for Information Display (SID): “For his outstanding and sustained scientific and technical contributions to the development of twisted nematic and other liquid crystal display technologies”.

1992 Fellow Award of the American Society for Information Display: “For his pioneering contributions to research and development of twisted nematic and other liquid crystal devices and materials”.

1994 Aachener und Münchener Preis für Technik und angewandte Naturwissenschaften; awarded to M. Schadt and W. Helfrich: “Für die bahnbrechende Erfindung der Flüssigkristallanzeige als Schlüsselelement der Informationstechnik (for the breakthrough invention of liquid crystal diplays as a key element of information technology)“.

1996 Robert-Wichard-Pohl Preis; awarded by the German Physical Society to M. Schadt and W. Helfrich: “In Würdigung der Erfindung und Entwicklung von Flüssigkristallanzeigen (for the invention and development of liquid crystal displays)“.

2008 IEEE Jun-ich Nishizawa Medal (awarded by the IEEE to W. Helfrich, M. Schadt and J. Fergason: “For their development of the technology for the display of choice for laptop computers, mobile phones, television sets and hundreds of industrial and consumer products”.

2009 Eduard Rhein Technology Prize “For outstanding and internationally acknowledged achievements in the area of novel electro-optical operating principles for flat panel display applications, the respective materials and device concepts; most notably for co-inventing the twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal effect – the crucial core technology for the success of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) – as well as for other LCD operating modes and linearly polymerized photo-polymers”.

2010 G.W. Gray Medal, awarded by the British Liquid Crystal Society. “Martin Schadt is surely known to the community for his invention of the twisted nematic (TN) cell together with Wolfgang Helfrich in 1970. But this was by far not his only contribution. For example, Martin Schadt was also to propose the first OLED in 1969, the Kerr effect in liquid crystals (1972), now used in the novel Blue Phase displays, dual frequency addressing in 1982, he pioneered photo-alignment as an alternative to traditional rubbing techniques, and worked on the molecular design of new classes of commercially relevant liquid crystals”.

2010 Blaise Pascal Medal for Material Sciences, awarded by the European Academy of Sciences “In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the development of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and liquid crystal materials (LCs)”.

Professor Bernhard Rieger
Wacker-Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry of the TU Munich.

Professor Bernhard Rieger

After receiving his PhD in 1988 at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Prof. Rieger held a postdoctoral position at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (Department of Polymer Science and Engineering). Afterwards, he worked as chemist in the research laboratory of BASF from 1989 to 1991 dealing with synthetics and concentrating on the development of catalysts for fluidized-bed gas phase processes. His professorial dissertation was about metallocene-catalysts and their polymerization characteristics and was finalized at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen in 1995. In the same year, he received offers from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and from the University of Ulm. In the year 1996, Prof Rieger received an offer from the Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, however, accepted the chair from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, as director of the newly founded Institute of Materials and Catalysis at the University of Ulm. Despite several offers from abroad and although he had returned to leading research positions of the Chemical Industry, he was presiding over the institute in Ulm till 2006. In October 2006, Prof. Rieger accepted the call to the Wacker-Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry of the TU Munich. He was appointed December 15th and, in addition, he became the head of the newly created Institute of Silicium Chemistry.

Prof. Rieger holds more than 80 patents and published about 250 scientific papers. In 1999 he got the Teachings Award of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, the Cooperation Reward University/Economy of the University in Ulm in 2000 and he was the Philip Morris Foundation laureate in 2006. Moreover, Prof. Rieger acts as advisor for a great number of international chemistry and petrochemistry companies.

Research Activities:

The main focus of the research activities lies in the domain of homogeneous polymerization catalysis. The development of new catalyst systems gives the opportunity to selectively control the microstructure of polymers and thereby tailor the macroscopic material properties. To the investigated polymers belong polypropylene, polyethylene, polyketone, polycarbonates and polyesters as well as biodegradable polyhydroxybutyrate.

A further research focus lies on the utilization of CO2 as resource for the synthesis of polymers. Through copolymerization of epoxides, biodegradable polycarbonates are gained, which are half constituted out of a renewable feedstock. The quest for highly active and selective catalysts, which can be used in a large-scale industrial product, proceeds in close collaboration with leading global companies and universities.

The focus of the new institute for silicon chemistry lies in the field of oligo- and polymeric organo-functionalized silicon-compounds. Here, new materials are developed that possess new, until now not combinable properties like hardness, hydrophobicity, gas permeability as well as UV- and temperature stability.

Professor George Dinca
Professor at the University of Bucharest, Department of Mathematics.

Professor George Dinca
He was born in October ,1941 in Caracal, Romania. He studied mathematics at the University of Bucharest and receive his doctorate in 1968, supervised by professor Nicolae Cristescu. Except for his early papers devoted to dynamic plasticity, his research work falls into the domain which is currently called nonlinear analysis. His major research interests were focused on:

1. Monotone operators and their applications to nonlinear mechanics.
Through the papers written around the seventies, George Dinca proved that monotone operators in the Minty-Browder sense provide the adequate functional framework to approach the boundary value problems of certain nonlinear theories of elasticity, plasticity and steady creep. Thus, he offers a nonlinear counterpart of Friedrichs′ famous work (Annals of Math., April 1947) showing that the appropriate functional framework in the study of boundary value problems of the theory of linear, homogeneous and isotropic elasticityis is that of linear, symmetric and strongly positive operators, defined on dense subspaces of a Hilbert space. By unifying the variational method and the method of monotone operators, George Dinca was engaged in carrying out the Hilbert program (uniqueness of the classical solution, existence and uniqueness of the weak solution, regularity of the weak solution, so that it becomes the classical solution, numerical realization) in approaching the Dirichlet problem with homogeneous place boundary conditions in the Hencky theory of nonlinear elasticity.

2. Coercive and semi-coercive hemivariational inequalities.

This type of inequalities was introduced by P.D.Panagiotopoulos and is of great importance for what is now called "non-smooth mechanics ". In setting up this type of inequalities, as well as in obtaining existence results, an important role was played by Clarke′s gradient. The main tool that George Dinca used to obtain existence results was a process of regularization combined with a compactness method.

3. Topological methods for nonlinear operator equations.
The equations considered have a duality mapping in the left-hand side and a Nemytsky-type operator in the right-hand side and were considered on different functional spaces: Sobolev spaces, Orlicz-Sobolev spaces, Sobolev spaces with variable exponent. In getting existence results and also in the study of the topological properties of the set solution, George Dinca intensively used the fundamental properties of the Brouwer degree and Leray-Scauder topological degree. George Dinca has published more than 70 papers and three books.

He was a visiting professor or invited to give lectures or research seminars at various universities: Catholic University of Louvain and Free University of Brussels (Belgium), City University of Hong Kong and Institute of Mathematics and Physics of Chinese Academy in Wuhan (China), the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI), Universite d ′ Orsay (Paris XI), Claude Bernard University (Lyon), University of Limoges, University of the Reunion (France), University of Thessaloniki (Grece), Universities of Pisa, Ferrara, Udine, Brescia (Italy),Johns Hopkins University and Brown University (USA). He has lectured at the Doctoral Schools o the Pierre and Marie Curie University(2000 and 2002) and the Doctoral School of the Claude Bernard University (2008). George Dinca received the Appllied Mathematics Award of the Mathematicians′ Balkan Union (1971), as well as the prestigious "Gheorghe Lazar" Prize of the Romanian Academy. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pierre and Marie Curie University.

Professor J.T. Katsikadelis
School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece

 Professor J.T. Katsikadelis
John (Ioannis) T. Katsikadelis was born in Piraeus, Greece on December 15, 1937. He is married to Paraskevi- Eftychia Katsikadeli born Buyuka. He has one daughter Christina Katsikadeli married to Stefan Nussbaumer, and a granddaughter Katharina-Felicia Nussbaumer.

Website: http://users.ntua.gr/jkats

Education: He graduated from the School of Civil Engineering of the National technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1962). In 1970, after 8 years of intense professional activity as licensed civil engineer, he joined the chair of Structural Analysis at the School of Civil Engineering as research and teaching assistant and after completing his doctoral work he received the degree of Doctor Engineer in 1973. In 1974 he was awarded a scholarship by the Polytechnic University of New York, where he continued his graduate studies in the Department of Applied Mechanics of the School of Aerospace. These studies ended with an MSc degree and a new PhD in the field of Applied Mechanics (majored in continuum mechanics, applied mathematics and advanced dynamics). During the 1972 and 1973 he attended courses of his interest at the School of Mathematics of the University of Athens.

Academic career and positions held: Scientific Assistant and Senior Lecturer (1970- 1982), Assistant professor, Associate professor and Full Professor of Structural Analysis at the School of Civil Engineering, NTUA (1982-2004), Emeritus Professor (2004-), Professor of Structural Analysis at the School of Corps of Engineers of the Hellenic Army (1976-2008).

Head of the Structural Engineering Department of NTUA (1988-1990 & 1993-1995), Director of the Institute of Structural Analysis and Aseismic Research of NTUA (1984-2004), Director of the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (EPPO) of Greece (1989-1992). Director of European Center on Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquake (ECPFE) of the Council of Europe (1989-1992), Permanent Correspondent of Greece in the Open Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe for the “Protection Against and Relief of Major Natural and Technological Disasters” (1989-1992), Representative of Greece in the Permanent Network of National Correspondents for Civil Protection of EU (1991-1992). As the Director of ECPFE, EPPO and Permanent Correspondent in OPA he took the initiative and worked for the establishment of the European Code of Ethics in Earthquake Predictions and of the European Advisory and Evaluation Committee for Earthquake Predictions.

Professional Activities: Professional civil engineer in Greece. Experience in the design and construction of concrete and steel structures

Teaching Experience: He has taught over 14 different courses in Structural Analysis and Applied Mechanics at undergraduate and graduate level. Among them Statically Determinate and Indeterminate Structures, Matrix Structural Analysis, Theory of Plates, Theory of Shells, Boundary Elements, Dynamics of Structures, Continuum Mechanics, Theory of Elasticity and Elastodynamics, Buckling of Beams, Plates and Shells. He introduced, developed and updated several courses at Structural Department. In the beginning of 90’s, he introduced the BEM (Boundary Element Method) in the School of Civil Engineering as formal undergraduate and graduate course.

Honors: “Recent Developments in Boundary Element Methods: A Volume to Honour John T. Katsikadelis”, WitPress (2100), U.K., Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2010), Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Engineering, Meждународня Инженерная Академия, москва (2010), Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Nis, Serbia (2009), Honorary member of the Serbian Society of Mechanics (2007), Fellow of the Wessex Institute, UK., Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

President of the Hellenic Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HSTAM) (2007-2010), President of the Greek Association for Computational Mechanics (GRACM) (1997-2000), General Secretary of the Office of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Academy of Athens, Member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), Member of the General Assembly of IUTAM and Representative of HSTAM in IUTAM, 3 award plaques Honoris Causa by the General Staff of the Greek Army for his contribution as a professor to the School of the Corps of Engineers (1986, February and November 2009). He has served on important committees, has been a member of the Editorial Board of prestigious journals (among them: Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, and Archive of Applied Mechanics), he has been a Committee Member or Chairman of important numerous conferences; Editor of Several Conference Proceedings and Guest Editor of special issues prepared for international journals.

Membership in Scientific Societies: He is a member of several societies among them: Hellenic Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HSTAM), Greek Association for Computational Mechanics (GRACM), International Society for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ISCES), International Society of Boundary Elements (ISBE), Greek Society for Earthquake Engineering, Hellenic Society for Steel Structures Research, Technical Chamber of Greece, Greek Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Alumni Association of the Poly (Polytechnic University of New York), the Scientific Research Society Sigma Xi.

Research fields : Computational Mechanics, especially in the area of Boundary Element Methods and Mesh Reduction Methods. He has developed the BEM and applied it to linear and nonlinear analysis of structures (beams, plates, shells, membranes, cables) under static and dynamic loads. Shape optimization, stability and flutter instability of structures. Numerical solution of fractional differential equations and study of the response of structures under fractional type inertia and damping forces. One of his important contributions to computational mechanics is the introduction of the Concept of the Analog Equation, which combined with integral techniques has given the AEM and the MAEM, two methods that render the BEM and the RBFs Meshless Methods efficient and versatile computational tools for solving problems in engineering, mechanics and mathematical physics described by difficult and complicated integer or fractional order differential equations.

Publications: His publication record includes 15 books, 5 guest edited journal special issues, 7 invited chapters in books, 7 edited conference proceedings, 2 doctoral dissertations and 233 original papers in the most reputed international journals and international conference proceedings. His text book “Boundary Elements. Theory and Applications” (Elsevier 2002) has been translated into Japanese (Asakura, Tokyo 2004), Russian (Publishing House of Russian Civil Engineering Universities, Moscow 2007) and Serbian Gradjevinska Knjiga, Belgrade (to appear). His published work has received about 1000 citations.

Professor Christos Zerefos
National Observatory, Academy of Athens, Greece

 Professor Christos Zerefos
Christos S. Zerefos was born in Cairo, Egypt and graduated in Physics from the University of Athens. MSc in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Physics-Meteorology, University of Athens. Post Doctoral researcher, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and other Research Institutions in Greece and abroad. Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Athens, visiting Professor at the Universities of Boston, Minnesota and Oslo (1973-today).

Has done research in ozone, UV, aerosols, climate change in the past 30 years. He has coordinated or participated in 50 international competitive research projects, funded by International Organizations (European Union, NASA, WMO etc) and participated in most of the major European Arctic Stratospheric Ozone Campaigns (EASOE, SESAME, MATCH). Has served as Review Editor of Chapter 5, IPCC Aviation Report and the European Assessments on ozone and UV as well as in the recent IPCC report on natural disasters and the EU report on Ozone-Climate Interactions.  Member of the Academy of Athens, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Academia Europaea, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and other Academies and research Institutions. Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and Life Member of the American Geophysical Union (1997 Editors Award for Excellence in Refereeing).

Global Ozone Award (1997), Award of the European Physical Society and the Balkan Physical Union (2006),  Honourable Mentions from the United Nations Environmental Program in 1995 and in 1998. Award Certificate and Letter from UNEP and from IPCC (2008) for his substantial contribution to the reports of IPCC, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, University division of the American College ANATOLIA (2008), Distinction from the Ministry of Education of Cyprus (2008),  Honorary Mention from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2009), Gold Medal of the Municipality of Thessaloniki (2009), City Medal of the Municipality of Athens (2010), Distinction from the Municipality of Panorama, Thessaloniki (2010) and the Ministry of Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt (2010). His proposal for the Geoastrophysics Museum at the National Observatory has been awarded with the 2010 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award.  

 His total published work comprises of about 200 research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. His work has been acknowledged from the scientific community with more than 3500 citations. Holder of the UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters, President elect of the International Ozone Commission (IO3C) of IAMAS of ICSU, President elect of the IUGG National Committee for Greece, former President of the National Observatory of Athens and other national and international fora.

In the past 30 years Christos Zerefos has created from the very beginning the following Research Centers and Institutions:

1. The Research Center for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens (1978) in collaboration with late Professor E. Mariolopoulos.

2. The Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, University of Thessaloniki (1981).

3. The World Meteorological Organization Northern Hemisphere Ozone Mapping Center (1991).

4. The Graduate Programme on Environmental Physics, at the Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991)

5. The Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment, Foundation for Biomedical Research, Academy of Athens (2003).

6. The UNESCO Chair on Natural Hazards in the Geosphere, the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (2006).

7. The Geoastrophysics Museum, National Observatory Athens, Greece (2008).

Professor Boris Žemva
Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Professor Boris Zemva

Boris Žemva was born in June 1940 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1964 from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and completed his PhD under the guidance of Professor Joze Slivnik at the same University in 1971. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1983 from the High Economic- Commercial School, University of Maribor.
His first academic appointment was at the Department of Fluorine Chemistry at the Jožef Stefan Institute where he first developed his interest in inorganic fluorine chemistry, in particular the chemistry of noble gases.  He was a head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology at Jožef Stefan Institute from 1983 till 2006. He became a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ljubljana in 1985 and at the International Postgraduate School of Jožef Stefan in 2004.

In the school year 1972-1973 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley with Professor Neil Bartlett as his supervisor. He returned in Berkeley in 1978 for six months as an expert in fluorine chemistry. He was working at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Žemva had played an important part in the development of the large-scale photochemical preparation of krypton difluoride and the low-temperature and nickel-fluoride-catalyzed preparation of xenon hexafluoride.  The reactions between these potent oxidizing reagents and some metal fluorides in liquid anhydrous HF (aHF) as a solvent have yielded a variety of new simple and complex fluorides. Much of this novel synthetic work has been carried out at or below room temperature, and most of the new materials have been structurally defined. Dr. Žemva recognized that the thermodynamic instability of KrF2 meant that it should be a superior F- atom source than elemental fluorine itself.  He was also aware that high oxidation states were most easily attained in an anion, in which the electronegativity of a given oxidation-state is minimized.  Therefore he realized that solutions of the good fluorobase XeF6 in aHF, in combination with KrF2, should be effective in producing high oxidation-state salts which are excellent starting compounds for the preparation of binary fluorides. The syntheses of thermodynamically unstable binary fluorides e.g. NiF4, AgF3 and CuF3 were achieved by the precipitation of corresponding binary fluoride from NiF62- and AgF4- salts in aHF solution using fluoride acceptors such as BF3 and AsF5. The XeF5+ salts were selected because XeF6 salts of BF3 and AsF5, as well as those of the Ni(IV) and Ag(III) anions, are highly soluble in aHF. This meant that it was a very good chance of separating the desired NiF4 and AgF3 (which it was expected would have a low thermal stability) from the other reaction products. This was crucial to the first preparation of NiF4, which was precipitated (and washed with aHF) at dry-ice temperature, since this fluoride loses F2 above – 60º C.  Also, AgF3 from XeF5+AgF4-, with minimal aHF washing, was of such high purity that it was immediately apparent from X-ray powder photographs that he prepared a material that was isostructural with AuF3.

The easy loss of fluorine from NiF4 led to the formation of black NiF3.  It was concluded that NiF3 was in fact Ni(II)Ni(IV)F6. To prove this the best synthetic strategy was to add a solution of Ni2+[AsF6-]2 to one of [XeF5]+2[NiF6]2-.  The black NiF3 precipitated from the aHF solution and very soluble salt of [XeF5]+[AsF6]- in aHF was separated from NiF3. This procedure gave an efficient route to NiF3.  A related route led to the “tungsten bronze” form of the trifluoride.

In the investigations of the oxidizing properties of AgF3 dissolved in acid, it was observed that xenon reduced the silver to Ag(I).  This clearly meant that Ag(II) in acid aHF should be capable of oxidizing xenon. This was quickly confirmed with the rapid oxidation of Xe with AgF2 dissolved in AsF5/aHF and clearly pointed to the greater oxidizing potency of a given oxidation state when in a cation.
In further studies of Ag(II) in aHF it was found that dilution of the solutions with added aHF led to disproportionation to a Ag(I) salt and the mixed Ag(II)/Ag(III) salt [AgF+]2[AgF4-][AsF6-].  Since Ag(I) salts in aHF are converted to Ag(II) by F2 at room temperature, this gives ready access to AgF3.

From the study of lanthanide/superacid systems, typified by AsF5 in aHF, three different compositions of salts were found: Ln(AsF6)3, LnF(AsF6)2 (Ce – Er), and Ln2F3(AsF6)3 (Ln = Tm, Yb, Lu). The very weak interaction of the anion ligands with Ln3+ in the first kind has provided new types of coordination compounds. The nearly “naked” cation can add pure donor ligands such as XeF2, or HF molecule, or AsF3 making: [La(XeF2)2.5](AsF6)3, [La(HF)2](AsF6)2, [Ln(AsF3)3](AsF6)3, Ln = Ce. This encouraged Dr. Žemva to investigate other metals e.g.[Pb(XeF2)3](AsF6)2, [Ca(XeF2)4](AsF6)2, [Ba(XeF2)4](SbF6)2.XeF2, [Ca(HF)](AsF6)2 etc. About sixty coordination compounds of this type were isolated and for majority of them also the crystal structures were determined.

Dr. Žemva has over 150 publications in referred journals, one world patent with German firm BASF, in addition, he has been invited worldwide to lecture at the symposia, at the universities and the institutes and also at the foreign industry. He was a guest editor of four special issues of different scientific journals. He is a member of many Editorial Boards of scientific journals. He was a chairman of the 11th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry (ESFC) in 1995 and co-chaiman of the 16th ESFC in 2010. He was a chairman of the 5th International Conference on Inorganic Materials in 2006.

The work of Professor Žemva has been recognised with the Boris Kidrič Award (the highest scientific honour in Slovenia); Fulbright travel grants (1972, 1978 to Berkeley); invitation as a “Visiting Miller Professor” at Berkeley (1993); and as Visiting Professor at the Institut de Chimie de la Matiére Condensée de Bordeaux, Pessac, France, 1997. Since 1996 he is a Full Member of the Engineering Academy of Slovenia. In 1999 he won an A. v. Humboldt Research Award, one of the most highly esteemed scientific awards in Germany. In 2001 he was appointed as Ambassador of Science of the Republic Slovenia. He was also conferred ACS Award for creative work in fluorine chemistry (2006).

Professor Clément Sanchez
Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie of Paris

 Professor Clément SanchezClément Sanchez is Director of Research at the Council Research (CNRS) and Director of The “Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie of Paris (Collège de France). He received an engineer degree from l′Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris in 1978 and a “thèse d′état” (PhD) in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981. He did a post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently performing research at the Collège de France in Paris. He was professor at l′Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) during 1991-2003. He was head of the nanochemistry division in the C’nano Ile de France(2006-2009). He currently leads the research group « Hybrid Materials and Nanomaterials » and he is specialised in the field of nanochemistry and physical properties of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monolith, microspheres and films. He is particularly interested on Bio-inspired approaches which allow to integrate molecular chemistry and sol-gel chemistry, soft matter and processing. He received the french IBM premium for materials science in 1988 and was a recipient of the Société Chimique de France premium solid state chemistry in 1994. He was the recipient of the Silver Medal of the CNRS for chemistry in 1995 and he also received the premium of the French Academy of Sciences for Application of Science to Industry in 2000.He received recently two international awards: The 2007 Catalan-Sabatier prize from the Royal Spanish Chemical Society and the 2008 Alexander von Humbolt Award. He also received recently two important national awards: the Pierre Süe Prize that is one of the two highest prizes of French Chemical Society (2009) and the IFP Prize that is also a very high award from the French Academy of Sciences (2010). He was  scientific organiser of several international meetings associated to the field of soft-chemistry, hybrid materials and related bio-aspects(see extended CV for more details).

Professor Donatella Marini
Numerical Analysis, University of Pavia, Italy

 Professor Graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pavia in 1970, Researcher of C.N.R. at the Istituto di Analisi Numerica in Pavia (now IMATI-CNR) from April 1, 1973 to October 31, 1990, Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Genova from November 1, 1990 to October 31, 1993, and then at the University of Pavia since November 1, 1993.

Associate editor of SISSC  (SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing, 1988-1993),  of CMAME (Computer methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering) since 2001,  of Italian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics since 2008.

Member of the Scientific Committee of various international conferences, Director of the Doctoral School of  “Scienze e Tecnologie A. Volta” of the University of Pavia since 2009, invited lecturer in numerous conferences, workshops, universities. Among  the latest: Penn State University (2010),  School on Discontinuous Galerkin methods, Dobbiaco (2010), Int. Conference on Partial Differential Equations and Applications, Hong Kong (2008), Chemnitz FEM symposium, Chemnitz (2008), ECCOMAS-WCCMVII, Venezia (2008), Perspectives in Numerical Analysis, Helsinki (2008), Conference in honor of Jim Douglas, jr., INRIA (2007), Journée en l′honneur de Alain Perronnet, Paris (2007), Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: From Theoretical Development to Industrial Applications, Bergamo (2006), WCCM VII, Los Angeles (2006), 8th US Conference on Computational Mechanics, Austin (2005), Advances in Numerical Mathematics, Moscow (2005), Compatible discretizations for Partial Differential Equations, Oslo (2005).

Scientific activity

My research is focused  on Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations.

In particular, different kinds of finite element approximations of problems coming from various applications: semiconductor device simulation, electromagnetism, fluid-dynamics, structural mechanics. In the last decade I was particularly interested in developing and analyzing schemes based on Discontinuous Galerkin methods, for the discretization of various applied problems, such as Darcy flows, advection-diffusion problems, and Reissner-Mindlin model for plate problems.

Professor Marius Andruh
Inorganic Chemistry Department, University of Bucharest

 Professor Marius AndruhMarius Andruh (b. 1954) is Chair of the Inorganic Chemistry Department at the University of Bucharest and Professor in Coordination Chemistry. He studied Chemistry at the University of Bucharest and received his doctorate in 1988, under the supervision of the late Professor Maria Brezeanu. He spent one year as a post-doc in Orsay with Professor Olivier Kahn, and one and a half year in Göttingen, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, in the group of Professor Herbert W. Roesky. His major research interests are focused on:

Molecular Magnetism: new molecular magnetic materials constructed by combining three different spin carriers (2p-3d-4f, 3p-3d-4f and 3d-4d-4(5)d). His group obtained the first heterotrimetallic single chain magnets. He synthesized and studied the magnetic properties of new classes of oxalato- and cyano-bridged heterometallic complexes.

Metallosupramolecular Chemistry: design of highly organized architectures based upon metal-ion-directed self-assembly processes (molecular rectangles, helicates, metallacalixarenes; supercomplexes constructed from metal complexes as second sphere ligands; new luminescent materials).

Crystal Engineering: original synthetic approaches leading to coordination polymers with interesting network topologies, employing homo- and heterobinuclear complexes as tectons. Novel systems were obtained through a unique interplay of π-π stacking and hydrogen bond, lipophilic or aurophilic interactions

He is a member of the Romanian Academy (corresponding member 2001, full member 2009), of the Academia Europaea (2004), and corresponding member of the Académie Européenne des Sciences, Arts et Lettres (2004). He was awarded the “G. Spacu” prize of the Romanian Academy (1990), the Gauss Professorship from the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (2006), and the Nenitzescu-Criegee lectureship by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (2008/2009). Since 2009 he is the President of the Chemistry Division of the Romanian Academy.

He was a visiting professor in various places: Université de Bordeaux I; Universität Göttingen, Mazaryk University Brno, Université d’Angers; Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, University of Manchester, Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse, Universitat de Valencia. Marius Andruh published about 190 papers and co-authored three books. He delivered more than 80 invited lectures and research seminars.

Professor Dmitrii Klimov
Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences , Moscow

 Professor Dmitrii Klimov  Klimov D.M. is a specialist in the field of mechanics (mechanics of many rigid bodies, gyroscopes, navigation, mechanics of materials, mechanics of technological processes). He performed deep studies of the problems of precision gyroscopic systems and inertial navigation systems. In the field of viscoplastic flows he developed the theory of flow of viscoplastic media with changeable boundaries. He took active part in the work concerning the use of georipping in oil and gas industry.

His last investigations concern with motion of bodies with dry friction (theory of tip-top and celt stone). He and his colleague Zhuravlev gave the new explanation of the shimmy phenomenon.

Klimov D.M. was elected as Full Member of the Russian Ac. of Sci. (1992). He got the State Prize of the USSR (1976) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1994). Klimov D.M is Deputy Academician-Secretary of Department of RAS, Member of Presidium of RAS, Editor-in Chief of Mechanics of Solids. He works in the Institute for Problems of Mechanics RAS.

Professor Janusz Lewinski
Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

 Professor Janusz Lewinski  Janusz Lewiński was born in 1956 in Poland. He did his undergraduate and doctoral studies at Warsaw University of Technology, and received Ph.D. degree  in 1989 under the supervision of Professor S. Pasynkiewicz. Then he joined the Department of Homogeneous Catalysis and Organometallics at the same University, where he first developed his interest in organometallic chemistry, in particular the chemistry of the group 13 elements, and helped to pioneer the 27Al NMR spectroscopy in the identification of aluminium complexes. In 2001 he completed habilitation, and in 2007 he was appointed full professor at Warsaw University of Technology, where he is now Head of Organometallic and Functional Materials Laboratory. In 2007 accepted a similar position at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Science.

He spent periods as a visiting scientist and lecturer at the University van Amsterdam (Host: Prof. G. van Koten and Prof D. J. Stufkens), the Rice University, Houston (Host: Prof. A. R. Barron), and the Cambridge University (Host: Prof. A. E. H. Wheathley). His awards include, amongst others, the 2000 Polish Chemical Society′s Kemula Prize and the 2008 Sklodowska-Curie Award of Polish Academy of Science for his scientific activity in the field of organometallic chemistry.

His research addresses fundamental and applied aspects of the main group metals chemistry and is aimed at understanding the relationships between the structure, reactivity and desired functionality of various entities. He made seminal advances in the understanding of the reactivity of metal-carbon bonds in the group 12 and 13 organometallics, probing their activation of dioxygen. Aside from any fundamental curiosity concerning the structure characterization of the first aluminium and zinc alkylperoxides, a hypothesis concerning the reaction mechanism of metal alkyls with O2 was significantly advanced. His group revealed also a long overlooked decomposition pathway of zinc alkylperoxides via homolysis of the O-O bond which is responsible for the formation of oxo complexes. In this connection, he has also invented novel and efficient routes to polymer-coated zinc oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

His other topics of research concern the field of supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering and fabrication of hybrid organic–inorganic functional materials like coordination polymers based on organometallic nodes or open metal–organic frameworks with controllable size and morphology with potential applications in storage and separation of gases and small organic molecules.

Professor Nick Serpone
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, Canada

 Professor Nick Serpone


Born in Toro (CB), Italy, Nick Serpone moved to Montreal, Canada, in 1951; was educated both in French and English schools obtaining a B.Sc. degree Honors Chemistry from Sir George Williams University (1964). Awarded various fellowships, most notably the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and National Research Council of Canada Fellowships, he did his post-graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in Physical–Inorganic Chemistry under the mentorship of Prof. R.C. Fay obtaining a Ph.D. in 1968. He joined Concordia University (Montreal) as Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1968-1973), Associate Professor (1973-1980) and Full Professor (1980-1998). He is married to Linda Bell, has two married daughters who live in Rome (Italy) and Fort Worth (Texas) and a granddaughter.

He spent a sabbatical year at the Istituto Chimico Ciamician, University of Bologna (1975-1976, Prof. Balzani), and spent several semesters at Boston University (Prof. Hoffman) and at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Dr. Netzel) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a Professeur Invit? at the Institut de chimie physique of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (1983-1984; Prof. Graetzel), a Visiting Professor and Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS Laboratoire de Photocatalyse, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (Dr. P. Pichat, 1990-1991), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy (1997-1998, Prof. Scandola). In 1981, he co-founded the Canadian Center for Picosecond Laser Spectroscopy at Concordia University, and was its Director for some 15 years. He has collaborated actively with Canadian, American, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and European scientists in the field of Photochemistry, Photophysics of nanomaterials, and Photocatalysis for over 30 years.

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) to examine the utilization of Solar Furnaces. He was an active member of l’Ordre des Chimistes du Quebec in which he served as a member of its Comit? des Examinateurs (1977-1979), and as Chairman of its Comit? Expérience (1979-1981). He served as a member of the Jury d’Évaluation of Québec’s Bourses d’Études Supérieures (1978-1981), and was Chairman (1985-1986) and member (1984-1987) of the Comit? des Subventions (chimie) for FCAR, Québec. He was Councilor for the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Ottawa (1983-1985), and recently he was a member of the Major Resources Support Committee for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (2007-2010) to evaluate and adjudicate proposals of thematic and physical resources in Canada. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies since its inception and was its Guest co-Editor for a Thematic Special Issue (2009-2010); was also a Guest co-Editor for the journal Applied Catalysis B:Environmental (2009-2010).

A consultant for the 3M Company (St. Paul, Minnesota) in the field of Imaging Science he was the 1997 co-recipient of the “Best Paper Award” from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology with Boris Levy (Boston University) and Mel Sahyun (3M Co., St. Paul). As an associate member of the Commission on Photochemistry of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC; 1997–2000) and later as a member of IUPAC’s sub-Committee on Photochemistry he was instrumental in the write-up of the GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN PHOTOCATALYSIS AND RADIOCATALYSIS.

Following early retirement from Concordia University in 1998, he maintained his research and international collaborations as a University Research Professor (1998-2004) and as Professor Emeritus (2000-…) while at the same time serving as Program Director of the Inorganic, Bio-inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry program (1998-2001) for the U.S. National Science Foundation (Washington). He was part of Italy’s program “Rientro dei Cervelli” at the University of Pavia (2002-2005) and a Visiting Professor during the winter semesters (2005-…) in the department of Organic Chemistry where he continues his research interests on sunscreen active agents in collaboration with Prof. Albini. In the summer 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Science (Noda Campus, Chiba) where he maintains an active research program in collaboration with Prof. Abe and Prof. Horikoshi into the interactions of microwaves with nanomaterials. Research into fundamentals and applications of metal-oxide nanomaterials in the general area of photocatalysis is being carried out with Drs. Emeline, Ryabchuk and Kuznetsov at the Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation).

Professor Giorgio Parisi
Dipartimento di Fisica Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy

  Professor Giorgio Parisi

Giorgio Parisi was born in Rome on 4/8/1948 and he is married with two children. He graduated in physics from Rome University in 1970, the supervisor being Nicola Cabibbo.

He has worked as researcher at the INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati from 1971 to 1981. In this period he has been in leave of absence from Frascati at the Columbia University, New York (1973-1974), at the Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (1976-1977) and at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (1977-1978).

In 1981 he became full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome II, Tor Vergata and since 1992 he is full professor of Quantum Theories at the University of Rome I, La Sapienza. He received the laurea honoris causa in Philosophy from Urbin University.

Giorgio Parisi have been awarded the Boltzmann Medal in 1992, the Dirac Medal and Prize in 1999, the Dannie Heineman Prize in 2005 and the European Science Microsoft Prize in 2007 and the Lagrange Prize in 2009. He also received the following Italian awards: the Feltrinelli Prize for physics in 1986, the Italgas Prize in 1993, the ‘Premio della Presidenza del Consiglio per la Cultura’ in 2002, the Enrico Fermi Award in 2003, the Nonino Prize in 2005 and the Galileo Galilei Prize in 2006. He also received an ERC senior grant in 2010.

Giorgio Parisi is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei (since 1987), of the French Academy (since 1992), of the Accademia dei Quaranta (since 2000), of the American National Academy of Sciences (since 2003) and of the Academia Europaea.

Giorgio Parisi is (or has been) member of the editorial board of several international journals: Nuclear Physics B, Communications in Mathematical Physics, Physica A, Journal of Statistical Physics, Europhysics Letters, International Journal of Physics, Il Nuovo Cimento, Journal de Physique, Journal of Statistical Mechanics, Physical Review E and Advances in Applied Mathematics. He is also (or has been) member of various scientific committees, in particular member of the scientific committee of the INFM, of the Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Physique), of the Scuola Normale in Pisa and of the International Solvay Institutes. He has also been member of the French National Research Panel, of the administration council of the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization (HFSPO), head of the Italian delegation at the IUPAP, member of the Italian evaluation panel for physics for the years 2001-2003 and president of the SISSA valuation panel. He has been for many years in the European panel for physics (networking and Marie-Curie) and at the present moment he is in the Ideas panel for Junior grants.

His main activity has been in the field of elementary particles, theory of phase transitions and statistical mechanics, mathematical physics and string theory, disordered systems (spin glasses, structural glasses, optimization and complex systems), neural networks, theoretical immunology, computers and very large-scale simulations of QCD (the APE project), non-equilibrium statistical physics and animal behaviour.

He has written about 500 scientific publications on international peer-reviewed journals and about 50 contributions to congresses or schools (252 papers, from 1992, can be found online on the open access archives at arXiv.org). The full list can be found at http://chimera.roma1.infn.it/GIORGIO/. The total number of citations received by his works (more precisely by the subset of his works considered in the ISI database from 1975 onward) is roughly 27,700 and these citations provide him with a H-index equal to 78.

He has also written three books: Spin Glass Theory and Beyond (World Scientific, Singapore, 1987) in collaboration with M. Mézard and M.A. Virasoro, Statistical Field Theory (Addison Wesley, New York, 1988) and Field Theory, Disorder and Simulations (World Scientific, Singapore, 1992).

He has been the scientific director of the APE project from 1984 to 1988, which lead to the construction of a supercomputer dedicated to QCD. He has also been the coordinator of the European Network ‘Dyglagemem’ (2002-2006) and of the European STREP ‘Starflag’ (2004-2007).

He has been also the director of the CRN-INFM center for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity (SMC) in Rome that he founded in 2001. The SMC center coordinates the research of about 50 people, with 25 having permanent positions. He has left the director role on June 2009.

Professor Anthony Kounadis
Faculty of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece

  Professor Anthony Kounadis

Professor of Structural Analysis and Steel Bridges (Faculty of Civ. Eng. of the Nat. Techn. University of Athens, NTUA); Member of the Academy of Athens; Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering (RAACS); Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE); Honor Causa Doctorate (University of NIS).

Academic Career:

(1957-1962): M.Sc. in Civ. Eng. (NTUA); (1971): Ph.D. in Civ. Eng. (NTUA); (1984-1986): Director of Structural Analysis Division; (1984-1986):  Founder and Head of the 1st (among Greek universities) School of Post-Graduate and PhD Studies in Civ. Engineering at the NTUA (1997-2005); Emeritus Professor (2005 - today).

Visiting Professor and invited lecturer in several American and European Universities; President of the Hellenic Metal Structure Research Society (1983-1987) and of the Hellenic Society of Theoret. And Appl. Mech. (1989-2005); Chairman of several national and international congresses on Metal Structures and on Mechanics; Co-chairman of the 1st and 2nd European Conference on Structural Dynamics (EURODYN, 1990, Bochum, and 1993, Trondheim); Founder (conference chairman and/or steering committee chairman) of the European Conference on Steel Structures (EUROSTEEL, 1995-Athens, 1998-Prague, 2002-Coimbra, 2005-Maastricht); Chairman of sessions on Stability in the World Congresses on Mechanics of IUTAM (Grenoble-1988, Haifa-1992, Chicago-2000); Member of the IUTAM Congress Committee for the World Conference on Mechanics (1994-2004); Vice-president of the National Advisory Council for Research and Technology (1992-1994); Organizer of Intern. Courses on Nonlinear Stability of Structures (e.g. Udine,1992); Member of Edit. Board of various Int. Journals and Books; co-editor of Int. Journals, Facta Universitatis, Series Mechanics, Automatic Control & Robotics; Editor-in Chief of the Open Mechanics Journal

More than 250 papers in various Int. Journals with more than 1000 citations; Author of 7 books on Appl. Mech., Steel Structures, Struct. Dynamics, Nonlinear static and Dynamic Stability, Calculus of Variations etc.

Research areas:
Static and Dynamic Structural Analysis, Vibration Problems, Nonlinear Static and Dynamic Stability of Conservative/Nonconservative systems, Energy and Variational methods, techniques for solving Nonlinear boundary and initial-value Problems, etc.

Professional activities:
Structural designer of large athletic installations for European Championships (and some of Olympic installations), of industrial large span steel hangars, technical consultant of the Ministry of Public Works and private companies for steel and composite bridges, founder and partner of the 1st Greek company for ready-mixed pumping concrete, etc.


  • Golden Cross of the order of Phoenix (state distinction).
  • Golden Cross of the Higher Commanders of the order of King George 1st (state distinction).
  • Gold medal: “Société d’ Encouragement au Progrès” (2000).
  • Honorary Citizen of the State of Tennessee, USA
  • Honorary member of the Polish Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Polish Academy of Sciences (1992).
  • Highest distinction (Aristion) from the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (S.E.G.A.S) for his contribution in Greek Athletics (as former President of S.E.G.A.S, 1994).
  • Vice-President of the Technical Council of the Academy of Athens (1994).
  • Vice-President of National Advisory Council for Research & Technology (1992).
  • Honorary member of the Yugoslav Society of Mechanics (1997).
  • President of the Natural Sciences Division of the Academy of Athens (2001-2002).
  • Gold medal (highest distinction) of the Town-Hall of Kallithea (2001).
  • Honorary president  of the Hellenic Linguistic Heritage (2002).
  • Honorary Member of the Hellenic Society of Philologists (2004).
  • Honor Causa Doctorate of the University of NIS (2006)
  • Honor causa Doctorate of the Democritus University of Thrace (2007).
  • Honoraty Member of Hellenic Society of Literature Translators (2007)
  • Gold Medal (highest distinction) of the Town – Hall of Shimatarion (2007).

Professor Dragoslav Šumarac
Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia

  Professor Dragoslav ŠumaracBorn August 25, 1955. in Raska, Srebia. Married wife Slavica, son Milos and daughters Tamara and Snadra. Field of interest Theoretical and applied Mechanics (Fracture and Damage Mechanics, Plasticity, Thermoelasticity) and Energy efficiency of buildings.

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA 1985-87. Major Theoretical and Applied Mechanics-Damage mechanics. M. Sc. University of Belgrade, Civil Engineering. Major: Thermoelasticity. B.SC. 1974-79, University of Belgrade with Dipl. Eng. degree of 5 years. Major: Structures.

Employment record:
Full Professor of Mechanics (1998-present), Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade. Course taught: Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Theory of Plasticity. Associate professor (1993-98). Assistant Professor (1988-93). Lecturer (1979-88) Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade. Visiting professor (1991-92) Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. Minister for urbanism and construction, Serbian Government, Prime minister dr Zoran Djindjic, (2001-2004). President of Managing Board, Serbian Post, (2007-present). President of Serbian Chamber of Engineers (2007-present).

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (1985-87) Research assistant and graduate student (advisor prof. Dusan Krajcinovic). Research in Damage Mechanics. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA 1988 (3 months), 1989 (3 months). Postdoctoral fellow. Arizona State University, Tempe, USA, Visiting professor, 1991-92.

Special Award Recognition of Belgrade Association of Investors for Multifunctional Electrochemical cell (with Lidija Rafailovic, Branimir Grgur and Tomislav Trisovic) 2008. Prize of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade for research: "20 October" (with prof. D. Krajcinovic for the book "Elements of Fracture Mechanics ", 1990. Prize of the Chamber of the City of Belgrade for Master’s degree work, 1984. Prize "Dr R. Stojanovic" for the best paper, YU Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Vrnjacka Banja 1988.

Professional Membership:
Member of European Structural Integrity Society. Member and founder of Serbian Chamber of Engineers. Member of Serbian Society of Solil Mechanic and Foundations.

Books, Journals and Publications :
Published and edited 4 books. D. Sumarac, D. Krajcinovic, Elements of Fracture Mechanics, (In Serbian) Naucna knjiga, Beograd, 1990. R.Cukic, N.N. Veljkovic, D. Sumarac, Thermoelasticity, (In Serbian), Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1993. Associate editor for the International Journal of Damage Mechanics, SAGE publishing company, USA. Published more than 110 papers among them more than 60 in international journals. More than 254 citations (SCI) within the period 1988-2009. Most important papers: 1. Sumarac, D. and Krajcinovic, D.: "A Self-consistent Model for Microcrack-weakened Solids", Mechanics of Materials, 6, pp. 39-52, 1987. 2. Krajcinovic, D. and Sumarac, D.: "A Mesomechanical Model for Brittle Deformation Processes", Part I, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 56, pp. 51-56, 1989. 3. Sumarac,D.and Krajcinovic, D.: "A Mesomechanical Model for Brittle Deformation Processes", Part II, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 56, pp. 57-62, 1989. 4. Sumarac, D. and Krajcinovic, D.: "A Simple Solution of the Crack Reinforced by Bonds", Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 33, 6, pp. 949, 1989. 5. Sumarac, D., Stosic, S.: "Preisach Model for the Cyclic Bending of Elastoplastic Beams", European Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids, 15, n0 1, 155’172, 1996. 6. Sumarac, D., Krasulja, M., “Damage of Plain Concrete due to Thermal Incompatibility of its Phases” Inter. Journal of Damage Mechanics, Vol.7, No.2, pp.129-142, 1998.

Design experience:
Responsible designer for more than 25 projects for steal and concrete structures.

Professor Igor Emri
Center for Experimental Mechanics University of Ljubljana, and Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies, Slovenia

  Professor Igor EmriBorn May 22, 1952 in Murska Sobota; Doctor of Technical Sciences (University of Ljubljana/California Institute of Technology, 1981), Chair Professor of Mechanics, and the Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies .

Areas of Specialization: Mechanics of time-dependent materials. Linear and non-linear viscoelasticity. Effect of temperature, pressure and humidity on mechanical properties of polymers and composites. Fatigue and fracture mechanics of polymers and composites. General and polymer rheology. Polymer processing, composite manufacturing and processing. New experimental methods. Dynamic and static analysis of materials and structures. Multifunctional and intelligent materials. Adaptronics.

Main Engineering and Professional Accomplishments:

Professor Emri has developed an innovative theoretical-experimental approach to studying the interrelation between the macroscopic thermo-mechanical boundary conditions and the rate of structural rearrangement which is related to the mechanical spectrum. He has developed several unique, specially designed apparatuses for characterization of time-dependent behavior of materials. Among them the high-pressure apparatus for experimental studying of the simultaneous effects of pressure and temperature on the structure formation and non-linear behavior of polymeric materials is probably the most important. The non-linear viscoelastic model Knauss-Emri, the Emri-Tschoegl algorithm for the evaluation of mechanical spectra, and the high-pressure apparatus represent a unique tool for studying the interrelation between the so-called initial molecular kinetics (determined with the molecular mass distribution and topology of molecular chains), the thermo-mechanical boundary conditions, and the macroscopic properties of polymer materials. In collaboration with BASF, this experimental-theoretical approach was used in the development of new generation nano-structured polymers, which were named the I-Polymers (where I stands for intelligent). The invention was patented world-wide. These nano-structured materials exhibit orders of magnitude different physical properties than the chemically identical conventional polymers.

Professional Experience:

Chairman of the Executive Board, National Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies, (2006-- ). Professor and Department Head, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia ( 1996-- ). Associate Professor of Mechanics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (988-1995). Assistant Professor of Mechanics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (1983-1988). Part-time Professor at the Institut für Werkstofftechnick, GhK Kassel, Germany, (1983-1990). Senior Research Fellow, Inst. für Werkstofftechnick, GhK Kassel, Germany, (1982). Graduate Teaching Assistant, California Institute of Technology, USA, (1979-81). Teaching Assistant, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (1975-1978). Visiting Positions: Visiting Professor at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, (2001). Visiting Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, (1998). Visinting Professor at the University of Saratov, Russia, (1995-2000). Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Summer (1992, 1993, 1994). Part-time Professor at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, (1990- )

Professional Activities:

Member of the International Committee on Rheology, since 1989; Member of the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, 1995-1997.; Member of the European Committee on Rheology, since 1996.; Chairman of the Technical Divisions Council, The Society for Experimental Mechanics, 1996-1997; Vice-President, The Society for Experimental Mechanics, USA, 1997-1998; President Elect, The Society for Experimental Mechanics, USA, 1998-1999; President of The Society for Experimental Mechanics, USA, 1999-2000. Member of the Scientific Alliance Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis der Universitäts-Professoren der Kunststofftechnik, 2002; Expert Evaluator for the European Framework Programs: FP4, FP5 and FP6; Member of the Executive Council of the European Society of Rheology, 2005-; Chairman of the National (Slovenian) Research Council of Technology, 2006-; Co-Founder of the European Graduate School in Enginering Rheology – EURHEO (Includes 14 EU Universities), 2007- Professional Recognition (Honors, Awards, Prizes, etc.): ′Boris Kidric Foundation′ National Award for Research Achievements in Mechanics of Polymers, Slovenia, 1983; ′Rastko Stojanovic′ Award, Yugoslav Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Beograd, 1986; Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering (former USSR Academy of Engineering), Russia, 1995; “Section of the Year Award”, Society for Experimental Mechanics (together with other members of CEM), USA, 1996; Full Member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Engineering, Russia, 1996. Associate Member of The Slovenian Academy of Engineering, Slovenia, 1996; Kapitsa Medal (together with W.K. Knauss, CalTech, USA), Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1997; Full Member (fellow) of The Slovenian Academy of Engineering, Slovenia, 1998; Listed in “Who’s Who in Polymers and Plastics”, 1999; Award “Outstanding Engineer of the Russian Federation”, Russian Academy of Engineering, 2001; Award Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia, 2001; Associate Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, May, 2005; Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, March, 2006; SEM Fellow, 2009. Full Member (Fellow) of the European Academy of Sciences, May, 2010.

Contributions of Record with selected papers and patents:

One book and chapters in 4 books, over 100 publications, 23 patents (international, US and EU), and more than 30 invited and plenary lectures on conferences, universities and research institutes. Selected papers and patents: i) Knauss, W.G. and I. Emri: Polymer Eng. and Sci, 27, pp. 86-100, 1987; (ii) Emri I., Tschoegl, N.W.:, Rheol. Acta, 32, 311 –321, (1993); (iii) Kralj, A., Prodan T., a:nd Emri, I., J. Rheol., 45, 929-943, (2001); (iv) Emri, I., von Bernstorff, B.S., J. of Appl. Mechanics, 73,752-757, (2006); (v) Emri, I., von Bernstorff, B.S., Rauschenberger, V., Horn, H.C. Patent Pub.: US 2004192855, WO 03000796, EP 1401957, DE 10129522, CA 2449895, HU 0401480, US 2004152847, WO 03000772, EP 1401917, DE 10129525, CA 2449893, BR 0210573, DE 10129524, WO 03006544, DE 10129523, WO 03000786, DE10129532, WO03000767.

Professor Endre Süli
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  Professor Endre Süli
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.

Endre Süli is Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2009). 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). He is a recipient of an Oxford University Teaching Award for excellence in and commitment to teaching (2009).

Endre Süli is co-editor-in-chief, with Arieh Iserles (University of Cambridge), of the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (1998- ), Numerische Mathematik (2004- ), ESAIM M2AN: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis (2009- ), Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (1999- ), Matematicki Vesnik (Belgrade) (1996- ), Computational Method in Applied Mathematics (2006- ), Functional Analysis, Approximation and Computation (2009- ), and of the following book and monograph series: Oxford University Press Monographs in Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computation (1994- ), Springer-Verlag Undergraduate Mathematics Series (SUMS) (1998- ), London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series (1999- ), Princeton University Press Applied Mathematics Series (2000-), and Springer-Verlag Universitext (2008- ). Further details concerning Professor Süli′s research interests and publications are available from: http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/6605

Professor Alfio Quarteroni
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and Politecnico di Milano, Italy

  Professor Alfio Quarteroni
Alfio Quarteroni is Director of the Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing at the EPFL, Lausanne, since 1998 and Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Politecnico di Milano, since 1989. He is Scientific Director of MOX, Politecnico di Milano, since 2002 and Director of MATHICSE and CADMOS at EPFL since 2009.

Previously, he has been Head of the Scientific Research Division of Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Sardinia, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Catholic University of Brescia, and Researcher at the Istituto di Analisi Numerica of the C.N.R., Pavia (Italy).

He is author of 20 books, editor of 6 books, author of more than 200 papers, member of the editorial board of 20 Journals and editor in chief of 2 Book Series. He has been an invited speaker in more than 200 Conferences and Academic Departments.

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, plenary lecturer at ICM2006, recipient of an ERC advanced grant in 2008.

His research field is the numerical approximation of partial differential equations and its applications to Medicine, Sports, the Environment, and Technology. His research group has carried out the numerical model and simulation for the twice winning America’s Cup sayling yacht Alinghi in 2003 and 2007.

Professor Steven P. Nolan
School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, Scotland

  Professor Steven P. Nolan
Steven P. Nolan was born in Canada. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of West Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami where he worked under the supervision of Professor Carl D. Hoff. After a postdoctoral stay with Professor Tobin J. Marks at Northwestern University, he joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of New Orleans in 1990. In 2006, he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as group leader and ICREA Research Professor. In early 2009, he joined the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews where he holds the Chair in Inorganic Chemistry.

His work has principally focused on the study of organometallic complexes and their uses in homogeneous catalysis. His group has developed novel complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands enabling numerous catalytic transformations. He has published some 350 research articles on these topics.

Among recent honors he was awarded the 2007 Royal Society of Chemistry Homogeneous Catalysis Award and most recently the 2009 Royal Society of Chemistry Organometallic Chemistry Award.

Professor Yurii Lozovik
Institute of Spectroscopy, Moscow region, Troitsk, Russia

  Yurii Lozovik
Yurii Lozovik is Head of Laboratory of Spectroscopy of Nanostructures in the Institute for Spectroscopy and also Professor of Physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – Technological University. He is one of the leading experts in nanostructures, NEMS and low-dimensional systems .

He published more than 500 papers (including reviews and collective monographs) devoted to nanostructures, low-dimensional electron systems, nanotechnology, nanooptics, different aspects of solid state physics, atomic and cluster physics, quantum electrodynamics in a cavity and ultrafast and near field optics . His papers received about 4000 citations in the literature.

He was co-chairman of Moscow Union of Scientists.

He was tutor more than 35 PhD theses. He has Russian State Fellowship for Outstanding Scientists.

Yu.Lozovik has been a member of the organizing committees of many international scientific conferences.

Yu. Lozovik is member of Editorial Boards of Journals : “Solid State Communications”, "International Journal of Applied Chemistry, “Nanostructures. Mathematical Physics and Modelling”.

Professor Jean-Claude Gérard
Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography, Belgium

  Jean-Claude Gérard
Jean-Claude Gérard was born near Liège, Belgium, in 1946. He studied physics at the University of Liège, where he obtained a Ph.D. in aeronomy in 1974 and a D.Sc. in 1986. He spent two years at the University of Colorado in Boulder (Colorado) as a postdoctoral fellow where he analyzed observations obtained with the Pioneer Venus probe orbiting Venus. He obtained a permanent position with the Belgian Fund For Scientific Research (FNRS) in 1976. He was appointed as a professor at the University of Liège in 1993 where he developed the Laboratoire de Physique Atmosphérique et Planétaire (LPAP) which he has been heading since then. He is currently Research Director of the Belgian Fund For Scientific Research (FNRS) and extraordinary professor of Atmospheric and Space Physics at Université de Liège. From 2001 to 2009, he was elected chairman of the Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography where he is now deputy chairman. He has served on several national and international scientific committees such as the Hubble Space Telescope Solar System panel and the Solar System Working Group of the European Space Agency (1990-1993) and has been a member of the organizing committees of several international scientific bodies. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and Academia Europaea. He was co-editor of the European “Annales Geophysicae” journal from 1992 to 1995.

His research interests are broadly spread over various fields such as atmospheric physics, aeronomy, planetary atmospheres, auroral physics and atmospheric evolution. They also include modeling aspects of the global carbon cycle and the response of vegetation to climatic changes. J.-C. Gérard has been involved in the analysis of measurements from several space missions. He was Guest Investigator of the Pioneer Venus mission (NASA), Co-Investigator of the ASSI experiment on board the SAN MARCO-5 satellite, P-I and Co-I of several Hubble Space Telescope planetary programs, Co-I of the FUV auroral imaging instrument on board the IMAGE satellite (NASA). He is Supporting Investigator of the Venus Express ESA mission, Co-I of the Mars Express-SPICAM and Venus Express-SPICAV instruments, and team member of the future JUNO mission to Jupiter. He engaged scientific collaborations with many colleagues from a large number of universities and research laboratories around the world.

J.-C. Gérard has developed an expertise in observation and modeling of the interaction between the solar and corpuscular emission of the Sun and planetary atmospheres, including the Earth. He has also demonstrated the importance of non-thermal atoms in upper planetary atmospheres and identified signatures of their presence in different conditions. He discovered the presence of an equatorial ultraviolet glow caused by a belt of magnesium ions in the Earth’s ionosphere. In the recent years, he focused his interest on the morphological and spectral characterization of the polar aurora observed near the poles of Jupiter and Saturn. In contrast to the earlier paradigm associating the Jovian aurora with the magnetic footprint of the plasma torus surrounding Jupiter, he showed that the emission is caused by precipitation of energetic electrons from a much larger planetary distance. He also discovered that the morphology of the bright spots mapping the moon Io along the Jovian magnetic field depends on location of Io along its orbit. He is also playing an active role in the Venus Express mission of ESA where he investigates non-thermal emissions of the Venus and uses them as a tool to probe the chemical composition and dynamics of the upper atmosphere. Jean-Claude Gérard has published 255 original scientific papers, mostly in peer-reviewed international journals. He has presented a large number of communications at international scientific assemblies and colloquia. His work has been awarded with several prizes.

Professor Serge Haroche
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel at ENS, France

 Serge Haroche
Serge Haroche, born in 1944, graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), getting in 1971 his PhD (supervised by Claude Cohen-Tannoudji). After a post-doctoral visit to Stanford in Arthur Schawlow’s laboratory (1972-73), he became professor at Paris VI University, a position he held until 2001, when he was appointed professor at Collège de France. He has been Maitre de Conference at Ecole Polytechique (1974-1984), visiting professor at Harvard (1981), part time professor at Yale (1984-1993), member of Institut Universitaire de France (1991-2000) and chairman of the ENS Physics Department (1994-2000). His research has mostly taken place in laboratoire Kastler Brossel at ENS, where he works in the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics and quantum information with a team of senior coworkers, postdocs and graduate students.

Serge Haroche’s awards include the Ricard Prize of the French Physical Society, the Einstein Prize for Laser Science, the Humbold Award, the Michelson Medal from the Franklin Institute, the Tomassoni Award from La Sapienza University, the Quantum Electronics prize of the European Physical Society, the Quantum Communication Award of the International Organization for Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing, the Townes Award of the Optical Society of America (OSA) the Walther Award of the OSA and German Physical Society and the 2009 CNRS Gold Medal. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Professor Peter Deuflhard
Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

 Peter Deuflhard
Born 1944 in Bavaria, Germany. Diploma degree Physics 1968, PhD Mathematics 1972, habilitation Mathematics 1978. Full professor Numerical Analysis Heidelberg 1978, professor Scientific Computing Berlin 1986. Founder and president of Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) 1986, cofounder of Research Center MATHEON 2002. Offers from RPI New York 1981, RWTH Aachen 1995. Honorary Doctorate Geneva 2000. Member of Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities 2001. Damköhler Medal 1994 (for fundamental contributions to chemical engineering), ICIAM Maxwell Prize 2007 (for originality in applied mathematics).

Author of more than 160 original papers on differential equations of all kinds (ordinary non-stiff and stiff, partial, countable, inverse problems, optimal control), two textbooks on Numerical Analysis / Scientific Computing, and a research monograph on affine invariant Newton methods for nonlinear problems. Contributions to space technology, chemical engineering, biotechnology, medicine, systems biology, science & art.

Professor Karl Sigmund
Faculty for Mathematics University of Vienna, Austria

 Karl Sigmund

Born 1945 in Lower Austria, studies of mathematics in Vienna, PhD 1963, postdoc years in Manchester, Paris and Jerusalem, 1973 associate professor in Göttingen, since 1974 full professor at the University of Vienna, since 1984 part time affiliated with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg. Work in ergodic theory and dynamical systems, biomathematics (population ecology, population genetics) and evolutionary game theory.

Author of several books including ‘Evolutionary Games and Population Dynamics’ (with Josef Hofbauer), ‘Games of Life’, ‘The Gödel Album’ and ‘The Calculus of Selfishness’. Member of the Austrian and German Academies of Science.

Professor Mats Gyllenberg
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki, Finland

 Prof. Mats Gyllenberg

Mats Gyllenberg was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1955. He studied mathematics and microbiology at the Helsinki University of Technology, where he received his Diploma in 1980 and doctorate (Doctor of Technology) in 1987. He was full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Lulea University of Technology (Sweden) 1989 - 1993, University of Turku (Finland) 1992 - 2004 and since 2004 at the University of Helsinki, where he is now Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is the leader of the Biomathematics Research Group of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Analysis and Dynamics.

Professor Gyllenberg was a visiting researcher at the Mathematical Centre in Amsterdam in 1984-1985 and visiting professor at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) 1985-1986, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (Santa Barbara, California) 1996, Chalmers University of Technology 1998. In 2006 he held the F.C. Donders Visiting Chair of Mathematics at the University of Utrecht.

Professor Gyllenberg is a leading figure in Mathematical Biology. He has very broad research interests ranging from structured population dynamics with applications to ecology and evolution, adaptive dynamics, physiological models to mathematical taxonomy. He has a truely interdisciplinary approach to science and collaborates actively with biologists, microbiologists and medical doctors.

Professor Gyllenberg is the author of two books and more than 200 research papers. He is the Editor in Chief of Journal of Mathematical Biology and Differential Equations and Applications. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Biological Dynamics, International Journal of Biomathematics, and Communications in Applied and Industrial Mathematics. He has served on the scientific committee of more than 40 leading international conferences.

Professor Gyllenberg was the President of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology in 2002-2005. Since 2006 he has been the President of the Finnish Mathematical Society and since 2009 the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Physical and Engineering Sciences of the European Science Foundation.

Professor Gyllenberg is an elected member of the following learned societies: Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland.

Professor Michael Griebel
Institut für Numerische Simulation, University of Bonn, Germany

 Prof. Michael Griebel

Michael Griebel was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1960. He studied Computer Science at the Technische Universität München where he received his Diplom in 1985, the Dr. rer. nat. in 1989 and the Habilitation in 1993. Since then he is a full Professor for Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of California at San Diego, at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics of the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, at the University Paris VII Diderot, France, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He also was an International Fellow of the Australian Research Council (ARCIF).

He is presently the Director of the Institute for Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn and the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) in St. Augustin. Furthermore, he is the Speaker of the Collaborative Research Center SFB611 “Singular phenomena and scaling in mathematical models” and a member of Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (Cluster of Excellence) at the University of Bonn where he heads the research area J on “High-dimensional problems and multi-scale methods“.

Michael Griebel works on the fast numerical solution of partial differential equations discretization techniques, multigrid- and multilevel methods, high-dimensional problems, the parallelization of numerical algorithms, high performance computing, visualization, numerical methods for data analysis and data mining, fluid flow simulations (CFD), and molecular dynamics simulations (MD), with applications in the Engineering Sciences.

He is the author of seven books and more than 150 articles in international journals, series- and conference-proceedings and he serves on the editorial board of Springer′s “Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering” and “Texts in Computational Science and Engineering”. Furthermore, he edited nine books in the area of the Computational Sciences and he is the managing editor of the journal “Numerische Mathematik”.

Details can be found on his web page http://wissrech.ins.uni-bonn.de

Professor Hans Peter Langtangen
Center for Biomedical Computing, Simula Research Laboratory, and Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

 Prof. Hans Peter Langtangen Hans Petter Langtangen was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1962. He did his studies at the University of Oslo, with a master′s degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in 1989, both in mechanics at the Department of Mathematics. He then took up a position as researcher at SINTEF, one of Europe′s largest institutions for industrial research. From 1991 he was hired as assistant professor of fluid mechanics at the University of Oslo, working both at the University and SINTEF for several years. After being promoted to full professor of mechanics at the Department of Mathematics in 1998, he accepted a professorship in mathematical modeling and software at the Department of Informatics in 1999. In the period 1999-2002 he also held an adjunct professor position at the Department of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University in Sweden. The Simula Research Laboratory was formed in 2001, and Langtangen has since then worked with scientific computing research at this laboratory, being on 80% leave from his position as professor at the University of Oslo. In 2007, Langtangen′s group was awarded a Norwegian Center of Excellence for 2007-2017 (the largest type of research grant in Norway). This center, called Center for Biomedical Computing (http://simula.no/cbc), is directed by Langtangen and hosted by Simula Research Laboratory.

Langtangen′s research is inter-disciplinary and involves continuum mechanical modeling, applied mathematics, stochasticity, and scientific computing, with applications to biomedicine and geoscience in particular. He has also been occupied with developing and distributing scientific software to make the research results more widely accessible and help accelerating research elsewhere.

The scientific production consists of 5 authored books, 3 edited books, almost 100 papers with peer review, and over 100 scientific presentations (with 8 keynote lectures). The publications cover fluid flow, elasticity, wave propagation, heat transfer, finite element methods, stochastic differential equations, and implementation techniques for scientific software.

Langtangen is on the editorial board of 7 journals, including Advances in Water Resources, BIT Numerical Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and the recently established Journal of Computational Science. He has also been a member of over 15 scientific committees at conferences and organized many minisyposia and workshops at conferences. The software package Diffpack (developed by Langtangen and co-workers in the 1990s, commercialized in 1997 and now managed by the German company inuTech GmbH) has been used at universities like Cambridge, Cornell, and Stanford, and in companies such as DaimlerChrysler, Intel, and Mitsubishi.

Langtangen′s deep involvement with teaching has resulted in 10 new university courses, besides several short courses at other universities and for industry. He has supervised over 60 master students and over 15 Ph.D. students. Langtangen has earned 5 research and teaching awards from SINTEF, Simula, and the University of Oslo.

Professor Risto Nieminen
Computational Nanoscience center of excellence at the Laboratory of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Finland

 Prof. Risto Nieminen Risto Nieminen was born in 1948 in Helsinki, Finland. He did his undergraduate and doctoral studies at Helsinki University of Technology and Cambridge University, and obtained the D.Sc. (Tech) degree in 1975.

He was a post-doctoral researcher at NORDITA, Copenhagen in 1975-79, and was appointed Associate Professor of Physics at University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 1978. In 1979-1980 and 1986-1987 he was Visiting Professor at Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, USA. In 1987 he was appointed as associate professor at Helsinki University of Technology and promoted to full professor in 1994. During 1989-1996 he served as the Scientific Director of the Center for Scientific Computing (CSC), the national center for high-performance computing in Finland.

During 1997-2008 Risto Nieminen had the title of Academy Professor, working at Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). In 2010, this university merged with Helsinki School of Economics (HSE) and University of Art and Design (TAIK) to form the Aalto University. Risto Nieminen was appointed the first Aalto Distinguished Professor in 2010.

The research area of Risto Nieminen is computational and theoretical physics, especially applied to materials and nanoscience research. He is the leader of the national Center of Excellence for Computational Nanoscience (COMP), funded by the Academy of Finland for 2000-2011. COMP has more than 70 researchers in seven groups, and covers nanoscience and nanotechnology research over a wide range of topics, from atomic-scale and electronic-structure calculations to surface science, quantum computing and devices, statistical physics and complex matter, and to biological physics. He is also the Principal Investigator in a joint “open innovation” nanoscience and nanotechnology research programme with Nokia Corporation.

Risto Nieminen has supervised 55 graduate students to date, and is the chairman of the National Graduate School in Materials Physics since 1994. He has been the host to 35 post-doctoral fellows and numerous visitors.

Risto Nieminen has published 420 original and 67 review articles, which have received nearly 14,000 citations (h-index 61). He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series, including the Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering (LNCSE) series of Springer, and Journal of Physics CM: Condensed Matter of Institute of Physics (IOP). He was also the founding editor of Computational Materials Science of Elsevier.

Risto Nieminen has served in numerous international organisations, including the CERN Council, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) committees, European Science Foundation, European Research Council, and European Union committees and panels. He is presently in the Fachbeirat of the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck Society, and in the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Thomas Young Centre (London), Center for Computational Materials Science (Vienna), Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Design (Copenhagen), and the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (Leuven). He as carried out evaluation and refereeing duties extensively, including many national research funding bodies and organisations, scientific journals, as well as appointment committees for numerous universities.

Risto Nieminen is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Oskar Huttunen Foundation, and serves on the Board of Instrumentarium Foundation and Innovation Foundation. He is the present chairman of the Millennium Prize Selection Committee. He also chairs the Committee for Public Information in Finland, as well as the United World College Committee.

Risto Nieminen has been visiting scholar and fellow in many universities worldwide, including University of Cambridge, Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, Catholic University of Chile, Curtin University of Technology (Australia), University of Bahia Blanca (Argentina) and University of California at Santa Barbara.

Risto Nieminen is member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters and Finnish Academy of Technology. He is a Fellow of American Physical Society (1994) and Institute of Physics (UK) (2000). He was nominated Outstanding Referee by American Physical Society in 2007. He was awarded as Professor of the Year in Finland in 2004.

Professor Guido Kroemer
Institut Gustave Roussy, Pavillon de Recherche,Paris, France

 Prof. Guido Kroemer Guido Kroemer is currently a Research Director at the French Medical Research Council (INSERM), and the Director of the Research Unit "Apoptosis, Cancer and Immunity" in Paris, France. Prior to joining the INSERM (1993), Dr. Kroemer was Senior Scientist of the European Community at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), at the National Center of Molecular Biology (1990-1992) and at the National Center of Biotechnology (1993). Dr. Kroemer did his post-doctoral training in the Collège de France, Nogent-sur-Marne (1988-1989) and at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, after receiving his Ph.D/M.D. degree at the same University in 1985. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Biology (Autonomous University of Madrid, 1992).

Dr. Guido Kroemer has made important contributions to medical research through his groundbreaking work in the fields of cell biology and cancer research. He is best known for the discovery that the permeabilization of mitochondrial membranes constitutes a decisive step in programmed cell death. Kroemer has explored the fine mechanisms of mitochondrial cell death control, the molecular pathways that explain the inhibition of cell death in cancer cells, upstream of or at the level of mitochondria, and the mechanisms that make cancer cell death immunogenic. His work has had far reaching implications for the comprehension, detection and therapeutic manipulation of cellular demise.

His contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Descartes Prize of the European Union, the Carus Medal of the German Academy of Sciences, the Grand Prix Mergier-Bourdeix of the French Academy of Sciences, the Lucien Dautrebande Prize of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, the Gallet & Breton Prize of the French Academy of Medicine and others. He currently serves on more than thirty Editorial Boards. These include EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, Cancer Research, Oncogene and Cell Death & Differentiation. Kroemer is also the Editor-in-Chief of Cell Death & Disease. A prolific scholar, he has more than 550 scientific publications with about 45,000 citations. He is currently the most cited scientist worldwide in the field of cell death as well as in the area of mitochondrial research. He has delivered numerous keynote addresses at symposia internationally.

He is member of EMBO, German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), Academia Europaea, European Academy of Sciences (EAS) and European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA). He is the President elect of the European Cell Death Organization (ECDO) and the Founding Director of the European Research Institute for Integrated Cellular Pathology (ERI-ICP).

Professor Günter Schmid
Departement of Inorganic Chemistry

University of Assen, Germany

   Günter Schmid

Günter Schmid was born in 1937 in Villingen, Germany. After visiting the primary school in Bräunlingen he changed to the secondary school in Donaueschingen. In 1957 he finished his school education with the “Abitur” to begin the study of Chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich. He received the title “Diplomchemiker” in 1962, followed by the doctoral thesis in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervisor Professor Dr. Heinrich Nöth. It was finished in 1965. In 1966 Günter Schmid changed to the Philipps-Universität Marburg where he startet his Habilitation which was finished in 1969.  Subject of this work was the synthesis and investigation of boron-metal compounds which have not been known up to there. Of special interest was the comparison of C2 units with the isoelectronic BN group in various organic compounds, used as ligands in transition metal complexes. Two years later Günter Schmid got a professorship at the same University. From 1975 – 1976 he was the Dean of the Chemical Faculty in Marburg. During these years he continued the boron-metal chemistry, but also began to investigate possibilities to stabilize unstable molecules as ligands in metal complexes. At the same time smaller transition metal clusters  came into the focus of his interests, among others gold clusters. These species determined later the main part of Professor Schmid’s scientific work.

In 1963 he married Ludowika Seemann, the two children Ulrich and Gabriele were born in Marburg in 1968 and 1969.

In 1977 he followed a call on the chair for Inorganic Chemistry at the new University of Essen, where he acted as the Director of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry until 2002. In 1982 he worked as Guest Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

 During the 25 years at the University of Essen Professor Schmid occupied various academic positions. From 1987-1988 he acted as Dean of the Chemical Faculty. In 1980 he became a member of the Senate and from 1988-1992 he acted as a member of the Rectorate of the University, responsible Research and Teaching.

Scientifically the activities in Essen were dominated by cluster chemistry. Noble metal clusters, their synthesis, physical and chemical properties were the main themes of Professor Schmid’s research. Fundamental findings, concerning the transition from metallic bulk state to quantum-size behaviour, important with respect to future electronic storage systems.  determined most of his scientific activity from 1980 on. This work has been awarded with the “Innovation Award 2000” of Nordrhein-Westfalen and in 2003 with the “Wilhelm Klemm-Award” of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GdCh).

Professor Schmid organized numerous German and European research projects and acted as elected referee of the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) for many years. After his retirement from the chair for Inorganic Chemistry in 2002, he continued scientific research in collaboration with other groups in Essen and at the RWTH Aachen. There, he is still active in a research program of DFG, considering the interaction of metal nanoparticles with biological systems. Of special interest is the surprising activity of very small gold nanoparticles. A 1.4 nm gold particle turned out to be extremely cell toxic, especially towards human cancer cell lines.

Professor Schmid published about 350 original scientific papers, edited five books on nanoparticles and nanotechnology, gave more than 300 invited lectures and still acts as a member of several editorial boards of international journals. Since 1996 Prof. Schmid is a member of the Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.

Professor Elio Giamello
Departement of Inorganic Chemistry

University of Torino, Italy

  Elio Giamello Elio Giamello is full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Torino. At the same University he is presently, Director of the PhD School in Science and High Technology. After some experiences in a company and abroad (Institut des Recherches sur la Catalyse, CNRS Villeurbanne, France) he started to work in the field of solid state and surface chemistry. He had a one-year post doctoral experience in Paris VI University in the group of Prof. Michel Che. In the same University he covered, later, the position of invited professor for one month both in 1994 and 2005. 

In 2007 Elio Giamello has been elected the recipient of an Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany, for his scientific activity in the field of surface chemistry. 

Elio Giamello is active, since the early eighties, in the field of Chemistry and Surface Chemistry of metal oxides with particular emphasis on the applications of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy (EPR) to this field. Focus of his interest are the paramagnetic centres at the surface (surface defects, reactive intermediates, transition metal centres) and in the bulk of bare oxides, doped oxides and mixed oxides. Such centres are investigated in order to better understand their role in determining the chemical properties (e.g. chemisorption, catalysis), the magnetic properties and the optical properties of the material.  A peculiar attention in recent years has been devoted to the problem of visible light harvesting by doped semiconductors in order to allow the use of solar light in photocatalysis.

Elio Giamello is Co-Author or Author of  210 papers on Journals, Books, Periodicals. His papers received about 5000 citations in the literature (source: ISI-Web of Science) leading to an Hirsh index (or H-index) of 36.

Recent Selected publications

M. Brustolon, E. Giamello Eds.
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: a Practitioner’s toolkit, Wiley, Hoboken (N.J.) 2009

M. Chiesa, M. C. Paganini, E. Giamello, D. M. Murphy, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni
“Excess Electrons Stabilized on Ionic Oxide Surfaces”
Accounts of Chemical Research, 2006, 39, 861-867.

M. Chiesa, E. Giamello, C. DiValentin, G. Pacchioni, Z. Sojka, S. Van Doorslaer.
“Nature of the chemical bond between metal atoms and oxide surfaces: new evidence from spin density studies of K atoms on alkaline earth oxides”
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2005, 127, 16935-16944.

T. Berger, O. Diwald, E. Knoezinger, F. Napoli, M. Chiesa, E. Giamello.
Hydrogen Activation at TiO2 anatase nanocrystals.
Chemical Physics 339 (2007) 138-145.

S. Livraghi, M. C. Paganini, M. Chiesa, E. Giamello, A. Selloni, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni
Origin of Photoactivity of  N doped TiO2 under visible light”
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128,15666-15671.

M. Chiesa, E. Giamello
"Carbon Dioxide Activation by Surface Excess Electrons. An EPR Study of the CO2- Radical Ion Adsorbed on the Surface of MgO.”
Chemistry - A European Journal  13 (2007) 1261-1267

G. Pacchioni, S. Sicolo, C. Di Valentin, M. Chiesa, E. Giamello
“A Route towards the Generation of Thermally stable Au cluster Anions supported on the MgO surface”
Journal of American Chemical Society  130 (2008) 8690-8695.

I.Moreira, J. Wojdel, F. Illas, M. Chiesa, E. Giamello.
“Evidence of magnetic ordering of paramagnetic surface defects on partially hydroxylated MgO nanocrystals”
Chemical Physics Letters 462 (2008) 78-83

M. Chiesa, E. Giamello, S. Van Doorslaer
“Ammoniated electrons stabilized at the surface of MgO”
Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009) 12664-12670.

Professor Francesc Illas
Departament de Química Física & Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional (IQTCUB) Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

 Francesc Illas Place and date of birth: Barcelona, November 13th, 1954

Prof. Francesc Illas was born in Barcelona in 1954 at carried out his chemistry degree studies and Ph. D Thesis at the Universitat de Barcelona where after several appointments’, including the Chemistry Faculty in Tarragona and the Pharmacy faculty in Barcelona, he became Full Professor (Catedrático de Química Física) in 1992.

He has spent several periods at different research centres and universities either as visiting scientists or as invited professor. In particular at Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita’ della Calabria (Host: Prof. Nino Russo, June-July 1983 and February 1987); Laboratoire de Physique Quantique, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (Host: Prof. Jean Paul Malrieu, September 1983, October-December 1985); IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA, (Host: Dr. Paul S. Bagus, October 1989-September 1990, July-September 1993, July 1996); Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA (Host: Dr. Richard L. Martin, August 1996); Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, México, (Host: Dr. Isidoro García-Cruz and Dr. Manuel Martinez-Magadán, July 2002); Center for Advanced Material Research and Technololy, Riga, Latvia, Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (Host: Prof. Eugene Kotomin, June 2003) and Laboratoire de Chimie Theorique, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (Host: Prof. Christian Minot, June 2000 and February 2007). He has also actively pursuing collaboration with chemical companies and R+D institutions with active collaborations with REPSOL I+D (1995-1996) and Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (2002-2003)

Apart from the main research activity, he has also been involved with university organization as secretary of the Chemistry Faculty of the University of Barcelona at Tarragona (1983-1985); Secretary of the CeRQT (Research Center for Theoretical Chemistry) of the University of Barcelona (1999-2001); Director of the CeRQT (Research Center for Theoretical Chemistry) of the University of Barcelona (2001-2007); Director of the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (IQTCUB) (2008-now) and Director of the Xarxa d’I+D+I de Referencia de Quimica Teòrica i Computacional de Catalunya, 2006-now. He also collaborates in the Editorial Board of several scientific journals such International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2000-2006 and 2008-now); Electronic Journal of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2002-now); International Journal of Applied Chemistry (2005-now); The Open Catalysis Journal (2008-now) and of Research Letters in Physical Chemistry (2009-now)

He has published ~ 390 scientific papers in scientific journals and ~ 20 book chapters which overall received ~ 7300 citations in the period 1981-2009 conferring him with an H-index of 41, he has given over 80 invited lectures and seminars and in 2001 received the Distinguished Professor Mention for the Research Promotion awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain) and in 2004 the Bruker Physical Chemistry Research Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.

His main research activities can be broadly described as electronic structure of surfaces and materials using the computational methods of Quantum Chemistry of Solid State Physics. In particular, electronic structure of metal clusters and nanoparticles, theory of chemisorption and surface chemistry, molecular mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysis, magnetic coupling in ionic solids and the interpretation of optical, vibrational and photoemission spectra in solids and on surfaces.

Professor Helge Holden
Departement of Mathematical Sciences,  University of Science and technology, Trondheim, Norway

 H. HoldenHelge Holden was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1956.  He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Oslo, and he obtained the dr. philos. degree in mathematics in 1985. 

With a Fulbright and ``Thanks to Scandinavia ” scholarship he then went to Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University for a one year postdoctoral position.  Upon returning to Norway he accepted a position as Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, University of Trondheim.  In 1991 he was promoted to his current position as full professor  at the same institution, which in 1996 changed its name to Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  Currently he holds an adjunct position at the Centre of Mathematics for Applications, University of Oslo.

Holden’s research area is partial differential equations. His interests cover pure research as well as applications. The applications have mostly been to flow in porous media. His first work was in mathematical quantum mechanics, resulting in the monograph (joint with S. Albeverio, F. Gesztesy. R. Høegh-Krohn) ``Solvable Models in Quantum Mechanics’’, Springer 1988 (2nd edition Chelsea Publishing, 2005).  He went on to work in stochastic analysis, see H. Holden, J. Ubøe, B. Øksendal, T.S. Zhang ``Stochastic Partial Differential Equation’’, Birkhauser, 1996 (2nd edition, Springer, 2009).  Furthermore, Holden has worked on hyperbolic conservation laws, see H. Holden and N. H. Risebro ``Front Tracking for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws, 2nd printing, Springer 2007. With F. Gesztesy Holden has worked on completely integrable systems, resulting in the two volume treatise ``Soliton Equations and Their Algebro-Geometric Solutions’’, ``Vol. I. (1+1)-Dimensional Continuous Models’’, Cambridge UP, 2003, and ``Vol. II. (1+1)-Dimensional Discrete Models’’, Cambridge UP, 2008 (joint also with J. Michor and G. Teschl).  In addition, Holden has published internationally more than 100 scientific papers. He has supervised more than 15 PhD students.

Holden has been actively involved with international scientific organizations. He served as President of ECMI, European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (2004-06), and was Secretary (2003-06) and Vice President (2007-10) of the European Mathematical Society.

Holden has served in many different positions at the NTNU, including Chairman of the Department (1990-92), member of the Board of the Faculty (several periods), and member of the Board at NTNU (2009-13).

Holden has chaired several committees of the Research Council of Norway, e.g., Chair of the eScience program (2009-11), the BeMatA (Computational Mathematics in Applications) program (2000-06), and the SUNT (research grants in fundamental science) program (2000-06).

With Prof. Karlsen has organized a special year on Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (2008-09) at the Centre for Advanced Study of the Norwegian Academy in Science and Letters, Oslo. Together with Profs. Karlsen and Constantin Holden organized a semester on Wave Motion at Institute Mittag-Leffler in Stockholm, Sweden.

Holden has participated in several evaluations of research and teaching in mathematics, e.g., Aalborg University, Denmark, the Technical University of Denmark, and Uppsala University.

Holden is elected fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

Professor Michel Chipot
University of Zurich, Switzerland

 M. Chipot

Since 1995, Michel Chipot has been a professor at the University of Zurich.

He graduated in 1981 (these d′etat) 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 was a visiting professor in various places and for long periods at Brown University (1981-82), the University of Maryland (1983-84), the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications and the University of Minnesota, (1984-85, 1990,1992), Carnegie Mellon University (1987).

He was 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 several journals among which :

Advances in Mathematical Sciences and Applications, Japon, Journal of Convex Analysis, Germany,

Communications in Applied Analysis, USA,

Journal of Applied Analysis, Pologne.

Advances in Differential Equations, USA,

Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems, Canada,

Interfaces and free boundaries, EMS, Numerische Mathematik, Germany,

Asymptotic Analysis, Netherlands,

Journal of Inequalities and Applications, USA,

Boundary value problems, USA,

Analysis and Applications, Singapore...

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.

Professor Gabriele A. Losa
Institute of Scientific Interdisciplinary Studies (ISSI),  Locarno, Switzerland

 G. Losa Birth         

  • Locarno (TI), Switzerland
  • November 12, 1941


   ●     Licence ès Sciences Naturelles, 1967
         (Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Microbiology)
   ●     University of Lausanne, Switzerland PhD. Degree  (Dr.ès Sc.Nat.), 1972
          Thesis: Influence des conditions de culture sur l’activité ß-galactosidasique
          du. Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

Professional  Experience 

     ●       Post-graduate collaborator, 1967
              Institute for Nuclear and Electrical Chemistry, (Dir.Prof. P.Lerch)
              Federal Institute of Technolog , Lausanne, Switzerland

     ●       Post-graduate collaborator, 1968-69
              Institute of Plant Biology and Physiology, (Dir.Prof. P.E.Pilet)
              University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

     ●       Post-graduate collaborator, 1969-1972
              Swiss Center for Dairy Sciences, (Dir.Prof. B.Blanc) Berne, Switzerland

     ●       Scientific Investigator, 1972-1976
              Dept. of Cell Biology, Institute of Anatomy (Dir.Prof. E.R.Weibel)
              University of Berne, Switzerland

     ●       Scientific Collaborator, 1977-78  
              International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology
              (Dir. Prof. C.de Duve, Nobel Laureate for Medicine,1974)                                                  
              University of Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium

     ●         Scientific Collaborator, 1978-1979
               Institute for Clinical and Experimental Cancer Research, Tiefenau Hospital
               (Dir.Prof. S.Barandun)
               University of Berne, Switzerland

     ●        Visiting Scientist, 1979
              Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center  (Dir.Prof. R.Good)
              New York,  USA

      ●       Founder and Head  of Laboratory of Cellular Pathology, 1979-2001          
               Regional Institute of Pathology,
               Locarno, Switzerland

      ●       Cofounder and Co-director
               Research Institute for Mathematics and Physics, 1989
               Locarno, Switzerland

      ●       Cofounder  and Scientific
               Director Institute for Scientific Interdisciplinary Studies, 1994
               Locarno, Switzerland

Teaching Activity 

       ●       Privat Docent  PD 1982 -2004
               Faculty of Biology and Medicine                                                  
               University of Lausanne, Switzerland

       ●      Temporary Professor (Professore a contratto), 1985-1996
              Dept. of Experimental Oncology,Section of General Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
              Università degli Studi,  Torino, Italy

       ●      Thesis Director for PhD candidates, since 1984
              Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne

       ●      Visiting  Professor  2004- 2005
              Faculty of  Veterinary Medicine, Università degli Studi,  Messina   Italy

       ●       Visiting Professor  2004
               Dept. of  Human Pathology, Faculty of  Medicine, Università degli Studi,  Bari  Italy

       ●       Invited Professor at the following International Schools, Workshops and Masters:

                                      - Image Analysis and Quantitative Morphology.
                                        University of Padova, Padova (1990), University of Messina, (1991,1992,2002), Italy.

                                      - Investigating Cell Dynamics and Death by Conventional and Confocal Microscopy.
                                        Leonardo da Vinci Programme, University of Pavia,  Pavia (1999), Italy.

                                      - European Course of Quantitative Pathology,
                                        University of Milano,1991, Gargnano, Italy.

                                      - The Cell Surface: from the Molecule to the Form. University of Urbino, Italy, 2003.

                                      - Scuola teorico-sperimentale di Microscopia elettronica a scansione in Scienza dei materiali.
                                        CNR  and University of Lecce, Italy, 2006.

                                      - Biotecnologie applicate alla riproduzione e al popolamento di Specie  Marine.
                                        Master. Università degli Studi Federico II , Napoli, Italy. 2007.

                                      - Elementi anatomici, morfologici e bio- funzionali del processo alimentare.
                                        High School of  Pedagogy, Locarno, Switzerland. 2007.

                                      - PhD Doctorate School < Analytical  Morphometry and Molecular Medicine  Models >.
                                        Department of  Pathology, Università degli Studi, Bari , Italy  2007- 2011.

Additional Activity                  

Lectures, conferences, redaction of scientific papers, texts for media  and large public.


● President of  the Società Ticinese di Scienze Naturali, member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences,. 1983-1986.

● FAMH specialist for Clinical Immunology 1990

● Swiss Representative at the EORTC - European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
   - Hormone Receptor Study Group.1991-2001

● Cofounder of the International Society for Diagnostic Quantitative Pathology, 

● Cofounder of the Swiss Cytometry Society (SCS) 1996

● Member of the Editorial Board  1997 Biology Forum
   Publisher  Tilgher-Genova, Genova  Italy

 ● Active Member of  National and International Scientific Societies 1980

 ● President of the Cultural Commission of the Federation of Vine-Growers
   Tessin (Italian Switzerland). 2002

 ● Member of  the Consiglio Direttivo ( Executive Council) of  the
   Italian Society of  Microscopic Sciences (SISM).2003-2005

 ● Diplôme d’Honneur  Ordre Lafayette , Strasbourg 2005 

 ● Member  of the Editorial Board 2007
   Nonlinear  Biomedical Physics.  Wlodzimierz  Klonowski   Editor in Chief   Poland

Events Organization 

  ● Symposium: High Liquid Chromatography: Applications in Biology and Pathology,
     Locarno, Switzerland, 1983

  ● Symposium: Enzymatic Pathways in Normal and Pathological Lymphoid Cells.
Second International Conference on Malignant Lymphomas. Lugano, Switzerland, 1984

  ● Meeting: Growth Factors and Steroid Receptors in Human Breast. Locarno, Switzerland, 1989

  ● Public Meeting: Alimentazione e salute.  Locarno, Switzerland, 1987

  ● Public Meeting: Acidi grassi, lipidi  ed alimentazione. Lugano, Switzerland , 1989

  ● Symposium: Order and Chaos in the Nature.
     Third International Conference on Stochastic Processes, Physics and Geometry, Locarno, 1991

  ● Symposium: Dinamiche complesse e strutture frattali in biologia umana e ambientale.
     Monte Verità Center, Ascona, Switzerland, 1994

  ● Interdisciplinary Conference:  Algoritmi Matematici e Processi Biologici. Locarno, 1999

  ● International Conference: Fractals in Biology and Medicine. First (1993); Second (1996); Third (2000);
     Fourth (2004), Fifth (2008);  ASP-SUPSI  Locarno, Switzerland.

  ● Interdisciplinary Meeting:  La Complessità delle Forme e delle Informazioni.  Locarno, 2001.

  ● 5th  Eur.Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology-ECMTB2002 Milano, Italy.
    Symposium:  Fractal Morphometry of Cellular Constituents in Programmed Cell Death and Carcinogenesis. 2002.

  ● 1o  Corso:  Fondamenti di processazione ed analisi quantitativa delle immagini biologiche.
In collaboration with prof. G.de Vico, University of Messina, Italy Caserta,  Italy,  21-23.X.2005.              

  ● Seminar  Cycle:  The Contribution of Mathematics to the Comprehension of  Complex Systems.
Institute of Scientific Interdisciplinary Studies [ISSI] ,  Locarno (Switzerland) 2008-2010.

Professor Gautam R. Desiraju
Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, India

 G. R. Desiraju

Gautam R. Desiraju, has been in the University of Hyderabad since 1979, and has played a major role in the development and growth of the subject of crystal engineering. He is noted for gaining acceptance for the theme of weak hydrogen bonding among chemists and crystallographers. His books on crystal engineering (Elsevier, 1989) and the weak hydrogen bond in structural chemistry and biology (OUP, 1999) are particularly well known. He is one of the most highly cited Indian scientists with more than 300 research papers, 14000 citations and an h-index of 50. He has won international awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis and the TWAS award in Chemistry. He has guided the Ph. D work of more than 30 students. Additionally, he has edited three multi-author books in solid state and supramolecular chemistry. He is a consulting editor for Accounts of Chemical Research, a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Angewandte Chemie, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography and the chair of the first Gordon Research Conference in Crystal Engineering, which will be held in 2010.

Professor Nikita Morozov
St.- Petersburg State University, St.-Petersburg, Russia

 Nikita Morozov

Nikita Morozov is a professor at the State University of St.-Petersburg since 1971, being the Head and chair of the Elasticity department. Nikita Morozov is also a professor at the Institute of Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, Russia. Since 2000 he is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

Nikita Morozov was born year 1932 at St.-Petersburg, Russia. He received his first academic degrees (M.Sc., 1954, Ph.D., 1958, Dr. Sc., 1967) from St.-Petersburg State University. 1994 he became the corresponding member of RAS and year 2000 he was elected to become the full member of RAS.

His research interests are broadly spread over various fields in mechanics. Among this one can mention theory of elasticity and nonlinear mechanics, fracture mechanics, dynamic fracture mechanics, theory of integral equations and nanomechanics, where his main and widely known results are achieved.
Nikita Morozov is an author of more than 200 scientific works, including eight monographs.

Major academic positions:

1958-1971: Associate professor, full professor of Leningrad Technological University of Pulp and Paper Industry (currently known as St.-Petersburg State University of Plant Polymers)

1971-current: Professor and Chair of Elasticity at St.-Petersburg State University

1988-current: Professor, chief research fellow of the Institute of Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Major Prizes:

1943, Medal for Defence of Leningrad

1999, Order of Honour of the Russian Federation

2000, State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology

2003, Order for Merit for Country (IV degree)

Major Scientific Posts:

Vice-chairman of the Russian National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics,

Head of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

Member of the editorial boards of various international and Russian journals on mechanics

Member of ESIS

Member of IUTAM General Assembly and IUTAM Congress Committee

Professor Robert V. Goldstein
Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

 Robert V. Goldstein 

Robert Goldstein was born in Moscow on May 7th 1940. He received his M.Sci. degree in mechanics with honours at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in 1962. He defended PhD. Thesis in Solid Mechanics (“Rayleigh waves and resonance phenomena in elastic bodies” (Supervisors: Prof. G.I.Barenblatt, Prof. R.L.Salganik)) and Dr. Sci. Thesis in Solid Mechanics (“Fracture mechanics of large scale structures”), Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Ac. Sci. of USSR, Moscow in 1962 and 1968, respectively. From 1962-till now he is working in the A.Yu. Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Ac. of Sci., Moscow, Russia, from 1988 as Head of the Laboratory on Mechanics of Strength and Fracture of Materials and Structures. From 1983-till now he is also working as Professor in Mechanics and Physics, K.E. Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University (1988-till now Head, Chair on Mechanics and Physics of Technological Processes). Soros Professor of Mathematics, from 1994. As a Head of a Scientific School he was awarded with the Grants of the President of the Russian Federation for the leading scientific schools of Russia in 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Robert Goldstein was elected as Corresponding Member of the Russian Ac. of Sci., 2008 and as Fellow Member of the European Ac. of Sci., 2009.


Main fields of scientific interests: Solid mechanics, Fracture mechanics, Mechanics of materials,  Strength and fracture in micro- and nanoelectronics, Ice and ice cover mechanics, Mathematical physics.

Main scientific results

(1)               Dynamic elasticity theory

Resonance phenomena in elastic bodies at crack propagation, motion of loads and punches with the velocities close to the Rayleigh velocity were studied. Non-steady stage of the process of the load motion along the half-space boundary was considered and the features of elastic fields which arise when the load velocity tends to the Rayleigh one were analyzed and the non-steady motion asymptotically tends to the steady regime. The resonance near the Rayleigh velocity of the load motion was explained. Resonance phenomena were also studied for the process of an interface crack propagation. A new type of the surface waves propagating along the interface at the conditions of possible separation without slipping of the joined materials was discovered. These waves were later observed at same earthquakes.

The statement of the problem on wedging of the elastic plane with the super–Rayleigh subsonic velocity was given. The analytical solution was obtained (together with Prof. G.I. Barenblatt).

(2)               Qualitative methods in elasticity and fracture mechanics

The qualitative methods of elasticity and fracture mechanics were developed. Two-sided and isoperimetric estimates of local and integral characteristics of the solutions of the appropriate 3D-elasticity problems on the plane cracks of complex shapes were obtained. Some estimates of the stress intensity factors for the cracks of complex shapes and sufficient conditions of fracture and non-fracture of structural components containing a crack were obtained. The monograph was written and published together with Prof. V.M. Entov.

(3)               Analytical and numerical methods for solving 3D-mixed boundary value problems of elasticity including the problems with unknown boundaries

The effective projection methods were developed for numerical solving the boundary integral equations and minimization of the boundary functions of 3D-problems of crack statics and kinetics. A class of exact analytical solutions of the elasticity problems on the cracks of complex shape in plane were constructed using the inversion transformation. Methods of matched asymptotic expansions were developed for solving the 3D-problems on elongated cracks in an elastic space and layer. The appropriate solutions were obtained. Methods for studying and solving 3D-contact problems accounting for the effects of friction, slipping and sticking, loading history were developed.

(4)               Modeling of fracture of materials and structures

A semi-empirical approach to an analysis of fracture of elastoplastic materials was developed. The similarity criteria which enable to determine the fracture toughness of large samples on the basis of testing the appropriate small scale samples and to evaluate fracture conditions of structural components with cracks using the results of testing their diminished models were suggested and realized for low alloy pipeline steels and pressurized components. An approach was suggested for the modeling of fracture and safety of hierarchical systems. Models of ordered brittle and quasi-brittle fracture of materials (media) accounting for their structure, in particular porous and layered, were developed.

(5)               Models and methods of micro- and nanomechanics

The studies of strength and longevity of micro- and submicroelectronic devices were performed, including modeling degradation and longevity of multilevel metallization because of stress and electromigration. Modeling of fracture conditions of chip-scale packages fabricated by the flip-chip technology was performed accounting for thermomechanical loading. Within the framework of a thermodynamic approach the modeling of an influence of point defects (vacancies, interstitials and dislocations) on the adhesion characteristics of thin film structures was performed. Modeling of the conditions leading to the formation of hardened getter zones in Si-wafers was performed.

Studies aimed at modeling of deformation, strength and fracture processes in nanomaterials and nanostructured objects were performed. Discrete-continuum models of deformation, defects formation and loss of stability of nanotubes and their systems, graphene plane and their systems were developed. The schemes for mechanical testing of nano- and microscale samples were suggested and calibrated. A generalized model of an atomistic crack was developed and the conditions of applicability of the continuum approach of the crack theory for evaluation of the nanoscale crack growth were determined.

(6)               Mechanics of ice and ice cover

An approach was developed for modeling of the processes of ice and ice cover fracture at interaction with icebreakers and ice resistant structures. A model of ridge formation under the action of ice cover compression was suggested and a quantitative measure of ice cover resistance to ridge formation was introduced. A classification of the fracture forms of ice cover at combined action of wind compressive loads and the loads caused by the icebreaker – ice cover interaction were developed. Modeling and evaluation of ice loads on ice-resistant structures in deep water region were performed. Structures of fracture of ice cover under the action of natural loads were analyzed and classified from the fracture mechanics point of view.


Total-more than 330; in reviewed journals more than 150; communications to scientific meetings: more than 100; books 2; edited books and Special Issues of Int. Scientific Journals 16.


He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several International and Russian Scientific Journals (International Journal of Fracture, from 1996; Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, from 1997; Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Mechanics of Solids”, from 1998; Journal of the Sibirian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences "Physical Mesomechanics", from 2005; Member of Scientific-Technical Council of JSC “GAZPROM”, from 2005; Executive secretary, Editorial Board of the Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Mechanics of Solids”, from 2006; Journal of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Computational mechanics of continuum media”, from 2008).

He was and is still now Member of many Scientific Committies of International and National Conferences (in particular, Sci. Secretary, The First Soviet-American Workshop on the Ice Mechanics and its Applications, Moscow, Russia (1991) Co-Chairman, EUROMECH Colloquium Fracture Aspects in Manufacturing, Moscow, Russia (2000) Co-Chairman, NATO Advanced Research Workshop Surface Waves in Anisotropic and Laminated Bodies and Defects Detection, Moscow, Russia (2002) Co-Chairman, ICF Interquadrennial Conf. on Fracture at Multiple Dimensions, Moscow, Russia (2003) Co-Chairman, ICF Interquadrennial Conf. on Fracture Mechanics in Design of Fracture Resistant Materials and Structures, Moscow, Russia (2007)). He is a Member of several Professional Societies (among them Vice-President (2005-2009), Director (2009-till now) International Congress on Fracture; Scientific Secretary, Scientific Council on Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2004-till now); Member, Executive Committee, International Congress on Fracture (2001-2005); Member, Executive Committee, The European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (1997-till now); Russian National Committee on the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1995); Member, Gesellschaft fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (1991-till now); Member, Int. Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (1990-till now); Deputy - Head of the All-Union (now Russian) Scientific Council of Academy of Sciences on Strength and Plasticity (1985-till now)).


State awards (Honored scientist of the Russian federation, 2008; State Prize of the Russian Federation in Science and Techniques, 2000; Order of Honor, 1999; Medal “For Labor Powers”, 1986). Fellowship: Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (1993).

Professor Yves Brechet
Technical University of Grenoble  INPG, France

 Y.Brechet  Academic curriculum:

Yves Brechet is born in 1961 in France, Europe. He lives in Grenoble and in paris

He did his undergraduate studies at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris then went for his PhD to Grenoble (1984-87). He also holds a master degree in history of sciences (Paris 1984). After a Post doctoral year in McMaster Canada, working with Prof. Embury and Purdy, he went back to Grenoble where he was appointed assistant professor (1988), then full professor just after his habilitation in  (1992).

Current positions

His Current position is Professor in Materials Science in The Technical University of Grenoble  INPG ( since 1988), Adjunct professor at McMaster University, Canada (Since 1995) and Senior Research Professor at the Institut Universitaire de France (Since 2005). He has supervised more than 60 PhD students.

He is also a Research advisor in Alcan, EDF, Onera, and is a Member of the International Scientific Council of Arcelor-Mittal, and of the scientific council of Atomic Energy Committee in France. He is member of various editorial boards (Mat.Sc.Eng, J.Mod.Comp.Sim.Mat.Sc.) and of the board of governors of Acta Materialia

Research activities

The field of research of Professor Brechet is modelling in materials science, and more specifically in physical metallurgy, with a strong emphasis on structural materials. As such his contributions are at the border between mechanics, physics and chemistry.

His interest go from microstructure evolutions in metallic alloys ( precipitation, phase transformation, dislocation structures and stability), to relations between microstructures and  mechanical properties (Plasticity and Fracture). In these classical topics of physical metallurgy, he has made important contributions to the modelling of precipitation in aluminium alloys , on the  morphological stability of precipitates in Ni based super alloys, on the austenite to ferrite transformation kinetics, on discontinuous precipitation and DIGM, and on multilayers reactions. He has also contributed to the statistical analysis of plastic instabilities, to the theory of work hardening of metals with small grain sizes, or with precipitates, on the development of constitutive equations for creep of industrial alloys, on the nucleation of recrystalliation and on the coupling of recrystallisation, recovery and precipitation. He has also a specific interest for nuclear materials , involving the dynamics of irradiation defects, irradiation hardening and embrittlement, irradiation creep. He has also studied specific effects of coupled mechanical loading and corrosion in nuclear materials.

He has contributed to the application on large scale computer simulations to the collective behaviour of dislocations. He has also been very active in modelling complex problems such as proterties of castings , and optimisation of welding processes, using integrated models of the different physical phenomena.

In the last 15 years, through a continuous collaboration with Professor M.F.Ashby in Cambridge, he has been involved in developing methods for rational materials and process selection, including the use of AI techniques such as fuzzy logic or  genetic algorithm. This has led to a new field of activity coupling modelling and materials selection to provide guidelines for “materials by design”. This has been applied to acoustic absorbers, heat insulators, radiant burners, glass design, composite and sandwich optimisation. 

More recently, he got interested into “Architectured materials” ( foams, felts, interlocked materials , multilayers) where the geometry is an integral part of materials design. This has led to a number of studies on innovative materials such as partially sintered steel wools, or interlocked materials.

The field of the interface between biology and materials science  has also been a topic of interest with close collaborations with Prof Bruckert and Prof Fratzl. More specifically, modelling of diatom formation, of collagen properties, of trabecular bone architecture development, and of cellular adhesion on inert surfaces have been investigated, in close relation with experiments.


Professor Bréchet is co-author of more  than 500 research papers ( in journals and conferences) in the field of mechanical properties of metals and alloys, phase transformation, process modelling, materials and process selection methods, and mechanisms of bioadhesion.

He is Co Author of 2 books ( « Treatise on Metallurgy » and « Materials and Process Selection ») and editor of 3 conference proceedings


Professor Brechet has received a number of distinctions which are listed below:

-         Prix Pechiney from the French Science Academy (1990)

-         Gledden Fellowship , UWA Australia (1993)

-         Prize Materials Science and Technology of FEMS (1995), for contributions in modelling

-         Prize of the  Korber foundation (1996), for modelling in materials science ( with M.Ashby and M.Rappaz)

-         Junior Member, then Senior member  of Institut Universitaire de France (1992-97 ; 2005-…): research professorship in materials science

-         Prize Bastien Guillet of SF2M (2000), for  teaching excellence

-         Weinberg Lecture University of British Columbia, Canada (2003)

-         Sawamura award from ISIJ , Japan(2006)

-         Guimaraes award from ISIJ, Japan (2006)

-         Cohen Lectures, Northwestern University (2006)

-         D.K.McDonald Lecture, Canada (2007)

-         Max Planck Lecture , Allemagne (2009)

-         Silver Medal from CNRS (2009)

-         Thermec distinguished award (2009)

-         Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (2009)

He has on-going and long term collaborations with a number of scientist in Europe and out of Europe, the most intensive ones being: L.Salvo, A.Deschamps, M.Veron, O.Bouaziz, M.Fivel, R.Dendievel , Y.Champion, L.Flandin (France),  M.Ashby, H.Shercliff (UK), J.Dunlop, P.Fratzl (Germany), T.Pardoen, P.Jacques (Belgium), E.VanderGiessen, P.Onck (The Netherlands); A.Needleman (USA), D.Embury, G.Purdy, C.Sinclair, H.Zurob , M.Militzer (Canada), C.Hutchinson, Y.Estrin (Australia).


Professor Margherita Venturi
University of Bologna, Italy

M. VenturiMargherita Venturi was born in Forlì on February 6th 1947. She received her Laurea in Chemistry with honours at the University of Bologna in July 1971. From 1971 to 1992 she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Photochemistry and High Energy Radiation of the National Research Council of Bologna. In 1992 she became associate professor in Chemistry at the University of Bologna, and since 2005 she i s full professor in Chemistry at the University of Bologna.

From 1988 to 1992 she was the delegate for Chemistry in the Governor Board of the Italian Society for Radiation Research (SIRR) From 1993 to 1997 she was a member of the Governor Board of the Radiochemistry Group of the Italian Chemical Society From 1999 to 2002 she was the President of the Guidance Committee of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Bologna
In 2004 she was elected again as the delegate for Chemistry in the Governor Board of the Italian Society for Radiation Research (SIRR) In 2006 she was elected as a member in the Governor Board of the Photochemistry Group of the Italian Chemical Society She was the co-ordinator of a Project financed by the European Community (2004-2007) in which eight international researcher groups are involved She is the Co-ordinator of the group “Conoscere la Chimica” of the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician” aimed at showing the beauty of Chemistry and its importance for our everyday life.

From 1972 to 1991 her main research activity was focused on the field of Radiation Chemistry. In particular, she studied, by means of pulsed and continuous radiolytic techniques, the electron-transfer processes involved in model systems for the conversion of solar energy in chemical energy. In 1992 she moved to the group of Prof. Balzani at the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician” of the University of Bologna, where she is still now. Her present reasearch activity is dedicated to the design, construction, and characterization of molecular-level devices and machines in the frame of the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology. An innovative aspect of this research is the idea that the concept of macroscopic device and machine can be extended to the molecular level, and that it is possible to design multicomponent systems capable of performing specific functions upon stimulation with external energy inputs. Up to now the studies in this research field succeeded in constructing (i) a number of systems for information processing such as wires, switches, antennas, batteries, logic gates, and (ii) a variety of systems that, powered by chemical energy, electrochemical energy, or light, exhibit machine-like behaviour such as piston-cylinder systems, shuttles, and rotary rings. Very recently a light powered nanomotor has been obtained which has been highlighted on several scientific journals.

The topic of molecular-level devices and machines has also been extensively discussed in a monograph, in the frame of the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology (V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi: Molecular Devices and Machines- A Journey into the Nano World, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003). Such a monograph, recently translated in Chinese and Japanese, has been well accepted by the scientific community (see, e.g., book review on: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 10191). A second edition of this monograph, updated and enlarged, has now been published (February 2008). 2 She is co-author of about 180 scientific papers, including several reviews, published in the most relevant international journals (J. Am. Chem. Soc., Acc. Chem. Res., Angew. Chem., Chem. Eur. J., Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences U.S.A.) and has presented lectures and communications at more that 120 International Conferences, Universities, and Research Centers.

Steady-state and pulse radiolysis. Steady-state and time resolved photophysical techniques. Voltammetric techniques.and spectro-electrochemical measurements.

She was and is still now member of many Scientific Committees of National Conferences. Since 1990 she is involved in chemical education and spreading of Science, in particular Chemistry, and this kind of activity is testified by about 30 papers and booklets dedicated to these topics.

Professor Marius Iosifescu
Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

 M. Iosifescu

Professor Marius Iosifescu, born in Pitesti (Romania), graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics of the Bucharest University in 1959. He then obtained fom this university a Ph.D. in mathematics (probability) in 1963 and a Sc. D. in 1969. He currently is Director of the Bucharest "Gheorghe Mihoc and Caius Iacob" Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics of the Romanian Academy.

He has held visiting professorships at several universities (Paris 5, Bordeaux 1, Lille 1, Frankfurt am Main, Mainz, Bonn, Melbourne ) as well as research appointments at the universities of Delft and Duisburg.

Among his distinctions are two prizes (1965 and 1972) of the Romanian Academy, the election (1970) as a member of the International Statistical Institute, an Overseas Fellowship (1971) to Churchill College, Cambridge, England, the granting (1975) of the Bronze Medal of Helsinki University, the election (1993) as Chevalier dans l′Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has been elected a Corresponding Member of the Romanian Academy in 1991 and has become a Full Member in 2000. In 2002 and then in 2006 he was elected and re-elected one of the four Vice-Presidents of the Romanian Academy.

Alone or in collaboration, he authored 129 research papers in real function theory, mathematical statistics, stochastic processes, and probabilistic number theory. Fourteen books, all based on his research work, have been published with important publishing houses. Books include: Random Processes and Learning, Springer, Berlin,1969 (with R.Theodorescu) ; Stochastic Processes and Applications in Biology and Medicine, I. Theory, II. Models, Springer, Berlin, 1973 (with P. Tautu) ; Finite Markov Processes and Their Applications, Wiley, Chichester,1980 (republicated with corrections in paperback by Dover, Mineola, NY, 2007) ;Dependence with Complete Connections and its Applications, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1990 (republicated with corrections in paperback in 2009) ; Metrical Theory of Continued Fractions, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2002 (with C. Kraaikamp) ; Modeles stochastiques, Lavoisier, Paris, 2007 (with N. Limnios and G. Oprisan -- an English version is due to appear this autumn).

His research interests lie mostly in dependence-with-complete-connections, a far-reaching generalization of Markovian dependence, that takes into account a complete history of a stochastic evolution. The subject, initiated in the 1930ies by the Romanian mathematicians Octav Onicescu (1892-1983) and Gheorghe Mihoc (1906-1981), has found application in a variety of situations as diverse as stochastic models of learning, continued fraction type expansions, and dynamical systems. Iosifescu′ s research helped to disseminate interest in the subject worldwide and, at the same time, to establish it as an important addition to the stochastic process theory.

Currently, Professor Iosifescu is deputy-editor-in-chief of the Romanian journal Revue Roumaine de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées. He also is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of the European Mathematical Society. He was a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Probability Theory and Related Fields, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Stochastic Processes and Their Applications.

Togheter with his colleagues Doina Cioranescu (of Paris 6) and Christian Duhamel (of Paris-Orsay), Professor Iosifescu was involved in two major European education projects aimed at Romanian students of sciences and humanities. Also, these three persons are considered founders and promoters of the series of the Colloques Franco-Roumains de Mathématiques Appliquées, that have been held every two years alternatively in France and Romania since 1992. The last of them, the 9th, was held in August 2008 in Brasov (Romania) while the next one, the 10th, will be held in Poitiers (France).

Professor Marc Drillon
Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux, Strasbourg, France

 M. Drillon

Birthday: May 29, 1947

Place: Andernach, Germany


Director of the “Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg”.

(Around 230 people working on nanomaterials for magnetic and optical applications)


PhD degree in Chemistry (1977) from Bordeaux University

Honors and Awards

CNRS Award in solid state chemistry (1980)

French Chemical Society Award (1982)

“Paul Pascal” Award from the French Academy of Science (1989)

« Grand Prix Alexandre Joannidès » from the French Academy of Science (2007) 

Committee member

Chairman of the National Committee of CNRS (sect 15)

Coordinator of the French network on nanomaterials (bottom-up like)

Member of the national committee of universities

President of the French Chemical Society on Solid State Chemistry

Member of the Materials National Committee

Expert in different French committees

Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Sciences, Elsevier

Member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the « International

Conference on Inorganic Materials »

Research field

Magnetic materials, with a special attention to low dimensional systems, magnetic nanostructures and spin electronics

Self organization of molecular clusters on surfaces, molecular magnetism and multifunctional materials, organization of nanoparticles in mesoporeus materials

Author of more than 195 research papers and chapters (>3600 citations, H=36, citations per article=21.0), 97 invited talks in conferences, editor of a series of five books on magnetism (Ed. Plenum Press and Wiley VCH) and a book in Plenum Press, organization of 20 conferences.

European projects

- Human Capital and Mobility Programme “Magnetic Molecular Materials”, European Community, 1993-1996,

-  TMR on “From Molecular Magnets to Devices”, 1998-2002,

-  ESF program “Molecular magnetism”, 1998-2002,

-  French-Spanish program, Picasso “Modeling and Magnetic Properties of nickel(II) azides”, 1998-1999

-  6th Framework Programme : European Network of Excellence “MAGMANet”, 2006-2009


Professor Antonio Camacho
Cavanilles Institute – University of Valencia , Spain

 A. CamachoProf. Antonio Camacho was born in 1965 in Valencia (Spain) and currently works as Group Head Researcher at the Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and as Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Ecology at the University of Valencia. He obtained the BSc degree in Biology in 1987. After some years of free-lance work as Biologist, he started studies for and achieved the PhD degree in Ecology and Microbial Ecology in 1997, for which he obtained the award to the best PhD Thesis 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 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. With respect to the latter, he is currently advisor from the Spanish Ministry of the Environment for the development of the European Water Framework Directive in natural lakes and coordinator of the working group for Standing Waters within the European Habitats Directive.

On several dates he has been visiting scientist at some Universities and Research Centres, such as the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), University of Oregon (Eugene, USA), Utah State University (Logan, USA), Université Bordeaux –I  (Arcachon, France) and the Institut für Limnologie der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Mondsee, Austria). Additionally, he has been the leader of five Antarctic expeditions in which multinational teams made joint research on the functioning of terrestrial freshwater Antarctic ecosystems. From this research, he maintains currently collaboration with researchers of 15 different countries.

Dr Camacho is author of 75 research papers in scientific journals and books, as well as of more than 160 papers in scientific meetings. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journals “Aquatic Microbial Ecology” (Review Editor), Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, Limnetica (Associate Editor); and has been reviewer for 22 scientific journals included in SCI.

He leaded or participated in 15 research projects financed by National and International funding agencies, as well as in 26 contracts with private companies. He has already supervised 4 PhD Thesis and 11 MSc Thesis, and he is currently supervisor of up to 12 PhD Thesis that are at different degrees of development.

Nowadays his teaching activities are centred on several disciplines related to Ecology, such as General Ecology, Limnology, Microbial Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Bachelor, MSc and PhD degrees of Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Valencia. Additionally, he taught so far more than 1200 hours in specialized courses given at other Universities and Research centres of Spain and other countries as invited lecturer.

Professor Philippe Flajolet
National Institute of Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Rocquencourt, France

P. FlajoletPhilippe Flajolet, born in Lyon, France, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1970. He then obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Paris 6 in 1973 and a Doctorate in Sciences, in both mathematics and computer science, from the University of Paris at Orsay in 1979. He was awarded several scientific prizes and he was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the Free University of Brussels in 1994; he was also elected Member of the Academia Europaea in 1995 and of the French Academy of Sciences in 2003. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Barcelona, Princeton, Stanford, and Vienna. He is currently senior Research Director at INRIA and head of the Algorithms Research Project in Rocquencourt near Paris.

His research interests lie mostly at the crossroads of computer science and mathematics. As a computer scientist, his research focuses on the area of analysis, the goal of which is to obtain a precise prediction of the probable behaviour of algorithms and data structures under well-defined discrete probabilistic models. He has made contributions in such diverse areas as tree-based methods, external memory data structures, pattern occurrences in sequences, probabilistic estimation algorithms for data bases and networks, communication protocols, computer algebra, and symbolic manipulation systems. As a mathematician he takes pride in being one of the major forces behind the construction of the field now known as analytic combinatorics. A major part of his research over the past two decades has aimed to elaborating a unified theory of this field, based on algebras of discrete structures, complex and asymptotic analysis, as well as on relevant parts of classical probability theory.

Philippe Flajolet is the author of over 200 scientific publications with coauthors from more than 25 different nationalities. He is a firm believer in cooperative (rather than competitive) research, beyond the often artificial boundaries of countries, organizations, and established disciplines.

Professor Alberto Carpinteri
Chair of Structural Mechanics Politechnico di Torino

 A. Carpinteri

Academic Positions :
  • - Professor of Structural Mechanics, Politecnico di Torino, Torino-Italy, 1986-.
  • - Director Dept. Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino-Italy, 1989-1995.
  • - Founding Member and Director – Post-graduate School in Structural Engineering,  Politecnico di Torino, Torino-Italy, 1990-.
  • - Visiting Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem-Pennsylvania, USA, 1982-1983.
  • - Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (founded in 1817), New York, USA, 1997-.
  • - Member of the American Academy of Mechanics, USA, 2003-.
  • - Fellow of the Turin Academy of Sciences (founded by G.L. Lagrange in 1783), Torino-Italy, 2005-; Member, 1995-2005.
  • - Member of the Istituto Lombardo – Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, Milano-Italy, 2006-.
  • - Member  of the Accademia Teatina per le Scienze, Chieti-Italy, 2006-.

Scientific Activity :
  • - President of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), 2002-2006.
  • - President of the International Association of Fracture Mechanics for Concrete and Concrete Structures (IA-FraMCoS), 2004-2007.
  • - President of the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF), 1998-2005.
  • - President of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF), 2009-2013.
  • - Vicepresident of the National Research Institute of Metrology (INRIM), Torino-Italy, 2006-2009.
  • - Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Fracture (ICF11), Torino, Italy, March 20-25, 2005.
  • - Member of the  Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), 2004-2012.
  • - Co-Editor of the International Journal “Strength, Fracture & Complexity”, 2003-; Member of the Editorial Board of seven international journals.
  • - Author of over 600 papers (more than 250 published in Refereed International Journals) on fracture mechanics, material fatigue, thermoelasticity, seismic structures, reinforced concrete, structural monitoring, contact mechanics, fragmentation and comminution, drilling.
  • - Author or Editor of  40 volumes.
Honours and Awards:
  • - Robert l′Hermite Medal, RILEM, 1982.
  • - Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal, JSME, 1993.
  • - Doctor of Physics Honoris Causa, The Constantinian University, Cranston-Rhode Island, USA, 1994.
  • - International Cultural Diploma of Honor, American Biographical Institute, 1995.
  • - Honorary Professor, Nanjing Architectural & Civil Engineering Institute, Nanjing, China, 1996.
  • - Honorary Professor, Albert Schweitzer University, Geneva, Switzerland, 2000.
  • - Wessex Institute of Technology Eminent Scientist Medal, WIT, Southampton, UK, 2000.
  • - Griffith Medal for Fracture Mechanics, ESIS, 2008.
  • - Inclusion in the "Top 100 Scientists" list, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK, 2009.

Professor Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao
University AT Buffalo, Department of Blostatistics, Buffalo, NY, USA

CR RAOCalyampudi Radhakrishna Rao is among the world leaders in statistical science over the last six decades. His research, scholarship, and professional services have had a profound influence on theory and applications of statistics.

Technical terms such as, Cramer-Rao inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao’s Score Test, Fisher-Rao and Rao Theorems on second order efficiency of an estimator, and Analysis of Dispersion in multivariate analysis appear in all standard books on statistics. Cramer-Rao Bound and Rao-Blackwellization are the most frequently quoted key words in statistical and engineering literature. Special uses of Cramer-Rao Bound under the technical term, Quantum Cramer- Rao Bound have appeared in Quantum Physics. Rao-Blackwellization has found applications in adaptive sampling, particle filtering in high-dimensional state spaces, dynamic Bayesian networks etc. These results have led to contributions of strategic significance to signal detection, tracking of non-friendly planes and recognition of objects by shape. Other contributions of great practical significance are Rao’s U-test in multivariate analysis, and orthogonal arrays used in industrial experimentation. More specialized contributions bearing his name are Fisher-Rao metric, Rao distance, Rao measure, Generalized inverse of matrices, Raos’s quadratic entropy and Lau-Rao-Shanbhag theorems on characterization of probability distributions.

Rao is the author of 14 books and 350 research publications. Three of his books have been translated into several European, Chinese and Japanese languages. One of his books, Linear Statistical Inference and its Applications published in 1965 and translated into six major languages in Europe and Asia, continues to be an advanced text often quoted in statistical literature.

Rao received the Sc.D., the senior doctorate degree of the Cambridge university , UK based on a peer review of his published research work He received 32 honorary doctorate degrees from universities in 18 countries (ten in Europe),spanning six continents. He supervised the research work of 50 students for the Ph.D. degree, who in turn produced 390 Ph.D.’s.

Rao received numerous international awards for his pioneering contributions to statistical theory and practice. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA, American Academy of Arts and Science, Fellowship of Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences, FRS), Indian National Science Academy, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and Third World Academy of Sciences. He was made an Honorary Member of the International Statistical Institute, International Biometric Society, Royal Statistical Society (UK), Finnish Statistical Society, Portuguese Statistical Society, Institute of Combinatorics and Applications and World Innovation Foundation and a life Fellow (limited to 11 at any time) of King’s College, Cambridge, UK.

He has been the president of all prestigious statistical associations, the International Statistical Institute, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, USA and the International Biometric Society.

He received numerous medals: Gold Medal of Calcutta University, Wilks Medal of the American Statistical Association, Wilks Army Medal, Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), Megnadh Saha Medal and Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, J.C. Bose Gold Medal of Bose Institute and Mahalanobis Centenary Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress.

Rao was honored by the President of USA with the prestigious National Medal of Science “as a prophet of new age” with the citation “for his contributions to the foundations of statistical theory and multivariate statistical methodology and their applications, enriching the physical, biological, mathematical, economic and engineering sciences..

The Government of India honored him with the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan for “outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering/Statistics”, and also instituted a cash award in honor of C R Rao, “to be given once in two years to a young statistician for work done during the preceding 3 years in any field of statistics.” For his pioneering contributions to statistical theory and practice, he has also been honored with the establishment of an institute named after him: C R Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.
Rao earned a place in the history of probability and statistics, with his name appearing in the websites: Figures from the history of probability and statistics issued by the University of Southampton, UK, Statisticians in History by the American Statistical Association, Chronology of probabilists and statisticians describing the works of 57 famous scientists from 16th century to the present.

Professor Hillar Aben
DSc, lab Head, Institute of Cybernetics, TU Tallinn, Estonia

Hillar AbenHillar Aben received his DSc degree from the Estonian Academy of Sciences in 1966. Beginning with 1960 he has been with the Institute of Cybernetics, which is now subordinated to the Tallinn University of Technology: 1960-1967 Department Head, 1967-1976 Assistant Director, 1976-1988 Director, since 1988 Head of the Laboratory of Photoelasticity. His research has been focused on three-dimensional photoelasticity. On this topic he has published two books: “Integrated Photoelasticity” (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979) and “Photoelasticity of Glass” (coauthor C. Guillemet, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1993) and more than 200 scientific papers. His current research is devoted to residual stress measurement in glass. He is CEO of the company GlasStress Ltd. This company manufactures equipment for residual stress measurement both in glass containers and in architectural and automotive glass panels. This equipment is being used for quality control in many glass companies (Arc International, Pilkington, Philips, Saint-Gobain, Schott, etc.). H. Aben has worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, University of Poitiers and Politecnico di Bari. He has been member of the International Advisory Board of Experimental Mechanics (2000-2003) and of the Österreichischer Ingenieur- und Architekten-Zeitschrift (2000-2008) and Editor-in Chief of the Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (1995-2007). He is a member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Finnish Academy of Technology and European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.

Professor Karl Christe /Germany
Department of Material Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Karl Christe is a German born and educated Research Professor at the Loker Research Institute of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. During his professional career in the US he has accomplished the following major achievements.
Dr. Christe has 46 years of experience in the synthesis of novel high energy compounds and has scientifically guided many government funded research contracts. He has achieved the first syntheses of a large number of spectacular compounds, such as ClF3O, ClF3O2, halogen perchlorates, OIF4OF, OsF4O2, and ions, such as NF4+, ClF6+, ClF6-, ClO2F2-, ClO2F2+, ClF2O+, ClF4O-, NF3+, NF2O+, and NH2F2+. He has also de-veloped solid propellant fluorine gas generators for chemical laser systems. One of the discoveries that received world-wide publicity and is cited in almost every inorganic chemistry text book, was Karl Christe′s first purely chemical synthesis of elemental fluorine. It was conceived and accomplished by him within 3 days in 1986, exactly 100 years after the electrochemical discovery of this element by Moissan. The chemical synthesis of fluorine had been unsuccessfully pursued for more than 160 years and, prior to Karl Christe′s synthesis, it had been a dogma that the preparation of fluorine by chemical means is impossible. Furthermore, he has developed a synthesis for anhydrous tetramethylammonium fluoride and has pioneered the use of this compound as a source of "naked" fluoride ions, which has led to a renaissance of high coordination number chemistry. Among the novel compounds, which he prepared in this manner, are the XeF5- and IF52- anions, which are the first and only known examples of pentagonal planar species.
He has a very broad background in general chemistry. For example, he has prepared the first stable oxonium, OH3+, and sulfonium, SH3+, salts, has discovered a new process for metal joining using hydrazine as a gaseous flux, has developed new methods for the introduction of fluorine into aromatic rings, and has pioneered graphite based ion exchange resins for the use with powerful oxidizers in anhydrous HF solutions. In addition, he has made major contributions to the chemistry of fluorocarbons, inorganic high polymers, chemical laser technology, and methane oxychlorination. More recently, he has focused his efforts on polynitrogen chemistry and has discovered the N5+ and cyclo-N5- ions and many new polyazides, including spectacular compounds such as N5+P(N3)6-, and N5+B(N3)4-. The latter two compounds are enormously powerful ex-plosives and have set new records for energetic nitrogen content in a solid. Other recent major breakthroughs in synthetic chemistry are the discovery of a new gas-solid process for the generation of singlet delta oxygen that avoids the problems of liquid-phase quenching and the development of oxidizer balanced ionic liquids. The latter have great potential as green liquid mono-propellants that can replace the presently used, highly carcinogenic hydrazine while at the same time increasing its performance by about 30 %. He has also invented the first quantitative scales for oxidizer strength and Lewis Acidity.
Dr. Christe has 332 publications in refereed journals and 64 patents to his credit. In addition, he has worldwide lectured on the results of his research. He is a member of the American and the German Chemical Societies and has received numerous awards, including the Alfred Stock Gedaechtnispreis of the German Chemical Society (2006), the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2003), the Prix Moissan (2000), the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry (1986), and the NASA Apollo Achievement Award (1969).

Professor Volodymyr V. Panasyuk
Physico-Mechanical Institute (Lviv), Ukraine

Volodymyr Vasyliovych Panasyuk was born on February 27, 1926. Prof. Volodymyr Panasyuk is a known Ukrainian scientist in the field of fracture mechanics and materials science. V. Panasyuk graduated from Lviv University in 1951. Since that time he has been working at the Physico-Mechanical Institute (Lviv) and since 1971 Director of the Institute. Prof. V. Panasyuk is also a member of editorial boards of International editions, scientific committees and societies. He is a Chairman of the ICF8 International Conference on Fracture Organizing Committee (Ukraine, Kyiv, 1993).

The main scientific works of Prof. V. Panasyuk deal with the solution of fracture physics and mechanics problems and materials strength; elaboration of brittle fracture processes in bodies with cracks; solution of problems about stress concentrations for bodies with notches; description of contact problems of elasticity theory and physicochemical mechanics of structural materials etc. He is the author of more than 500 scientific papers and 17 books, his investigation results are published in the well-known international journals.
Some investigations of Prof. V. Panasyuk in the field of materials fracture mechanics contain a number of the basic scientific results. It concerns first of all his papers, published in the Ukrainian Journals such as "Applied Mechanics" and "The Reports of the Ukrainian SSR Academy of Sciences" in which for the first time the original deformation model of the limiting equilibrium of elasto-plastic bodies with cracks was formulated. In the following research works of V. Panasyuk and his pupils new original theoretical concepts and models of solution of the principal tasks of the theory of limiting equilibrium of the deformed elasto-plastic bodies containing arbitrary oriented cracks have been proposed; new approaches and solutions of the tasks of material theory of cracks for multiply connected fields were proposed too; principally new model of the corrosion environment influence on crack growth in metals was formulated; some fundamental questions of brittle fracture of metals under hydrogen influence were investigated; the experimental techniques for the crack growth resistance characteristics determination were obtained; in particular with Ms participation the corresponding standards on determination of materials crack growth resistance were prepared and confirmed for the first time in the USSR and now they are used for the formation of corresponding scientific standards in Ukraine. All this contributes to the formation and development of the sciences about the materials and structures strength - physicochemical mechanics of fracture and metals integrity.
Especially a 10-volume book "Fracture Mechanics and Materials Strength" prepared under his guidance should be noted. This monograph was published in 1988-2008 (in Ukrainian and Russian). Synthesis of the most important achievements of the science on fracture mechanics was given in this monograph. For the first time and in a full scale the achievements of the scientists from Ukraine, Russia and other countries in this field of science are presented in these books.
Scientific works, as it was said above, as well as his Honour Lecture delivered at the 8th International Conference on Fracture in Kyiv in 1993, new calculation models of fracture mechanics for deformed bodies in contact and other results of his scientific and practical activities are a valuable contribution to the development and confirmation of materials fracture mechanics as a new trend in the science about materials and structures integrity.

. HONOURS AND MEMBERSHIP: Dynnyk's Award of the Academy of Sciences of UkrSSR (1974), The State Prize of UkrSSR (1977), Academician of the Academy of Sciences of UkrSSR (1978), Editor-in-chief of the International scientific-technical journal "Physicochemical Mechanics of Materials" ("Soviet Materials Science" -"Materials Science" since 1995; Ukraine), Advisory Board Member of the International Journal "Fatigue of Engineering Materials and Structures" (UK), State Prize of the USSR (1986), Member of the National Committee of Russia on Theoretical And Applied Mechanics, Member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), Member of the National Committee of Ukraine on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Head of the Ukrainian Society on Fracture Mechanics of Materials (1992), Paton's Award of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), Honoured Scientist of Ukraine in the field of Science and Engineering (1994), State Prize of Ukraine (1995), three Orders of Ukraine "For merits" (III, II and I degree), "Doctor Honoris Causa" of Wroclaw University of Technology (1998), ESIS Griffith Medal (2000), Award "Best Lecturer of Ukraine" of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2006), "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the National University "Lviv Polytechnics" (Ukraine) (2007), Chairman of all (4 in number) Organizing Committees of International Conferences "Fracture Mechanics and Strength of Structures" in Lviv (Ukraine, 1987-2009)
1. Panasyuk V. V. Limiting Equilibrium of Brittle Solids with Cracks - Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, 1968 (in Russian); Detroit; Michigan: Manag. Inform. Ser. -1971 (in English).
2. Panasyuk V. V., Vitvitskii P. M., Yarema S. Ya. Plastic deformation around crack and fracture criteria. Eng. - J. Fract. Mech. -1975, 7, No 2. - P. 305-319.
3. Panasyuk V. V., Savruk M. P., Datsyshyn A. P. Distribution of Stress Near Cracks in Plates and Shells - Kiev: Naukova Dumka, 1976. - 443 p. (in Russian).
4. Panasyuk V. V., Andreykiv A. Ye., Kovchyk S. Ya. Methods of Evaluation of the Crack Growth Resistance of Structural Materials - Kiev: Naukova Dumka, 1977. - 277 p. (in Russian).
5. Panasyuk V. V. Modern Problems of Fracture Mechanics. - Soviet Materials Science, 1982. - No 2. - P. 7-27.
6. Panasyuk V. V., Ratych L. V., Dmytrakh I. M. Fatigue crack growth in corrosive environments. - Fatigue Fract. Eng. Mater. Struct. - 1984. - 7, No 1. - P. 1-11.
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8. Panasyuk V. V. Mechanics of Materials Quasibrittle Fracture. - Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, 1991. - 411 p. (in Russian).
9. Fracture Mechanics and Materials Strength. A reference book in 10 volumes. Ed. V. V. Panasyuk. - 1988-2008 (in Russian and Ukrainian).
10. Panasyuk V. V. The ICF8 Honour Lecture "Deformation Criteria in Fracture Mechanics of Materials". - Lviv: Karpenko Physico-Mechanical Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, 1993. - 56 p. (in English).
11. Panasyuk V. V. Some stages of the development of fracture mechanics in Ukraine. - Fracture Research in Retrospect. An Anniversary Volume Honour of George R. Irwin's 90 th Birthday (Ed. H. P. Rossmanith). -A. A. Balkema /Rotterdam/Brookfield. - 1997.- P. 351-367.
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Professor Gianfranco Pacchioni
Department of Material Science, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Gianfranco Pacchioni is full professor of solid state chemistry and Director of the Department of Materials Science at the University of Milano Bicocca.
He studied chemistry at the University of Milano and obtained the Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Physikalische Chemie (Berlin West) (1981-1984) under the supervision of Prof. J. Koutecky. He made a Post-doctoral experience at the IBM Almaden Research Center (CA) under the supervisor Dr. P. S. Bagus.

His research activity is directed towards surface science and material science problems, with particular emphasis on the properties of oxide materials and metal nanoclusters. Prof. Pacchioni has a wide experience in the description of defects in oxides and their spectroscopic properties. From the mid '90s he has been very active in the study of small metal clusters and nanoparticles supported on oxide surfaces, their chemical activity, diffusion and nucleation processes, catalytic properties. Prof. Pacchioni has a special expertise in the analysis and interpretation of optical, vibrational, and magnetic resonances spectroscopies. In the field of supported metal clusters he has given important contributions for the elucidation of the reactivity of metal nanoclusters on ultra-thin films. About one half of the papers produced in the last years are joined experimental-theoretical studies in this field.

He has published more than 350 papers in refereed journals, and his work has received about 10000 citations (h-index 55). He has given more than 220 lectures in international conferences and research institutions.

Prof. Pacchioni has spent several periods abroad, working in research institutions as visiting fellow or visiting professor: IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA (1988, 1990, 1993); Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie, TU München, Munich, Germany (1993, 1994, 1995); Department de Quimica Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (1998, 1999); Institut de Chimie Theorique, University of Paris VI (2002); Department of Chemical Physics, Fritz-Haber Institut der MPI, Berlin (2005), Laboratoire des Matériaux Mésoscopiques et Nanométriques, Université Paris VI (2009)..

In his career, he has received the following honors and awards: Alexander von Humboldt fellow (1993); Gold Medal "Raffaello Nasini", Italian Chemical Society (1994); National Price "Federchimica" (1996); Professor Visitant Invitat, University of Barcelona (1998-1999); Humboldt Research Award (2005). He is or has been member of the Advisory boards of Surface Science (2001-2006), Theoretical Chemistry Account (2003-now), ChemCatChem (2009) and is Editor-in-chief of The Open Condensed Matter Physcs Journal (2008-now).

Prof. Pacchioni has been director/chairman of one NATO Advanced Research Workshop (1991), three NATO Advanced Study Institutes (1994, 1996, 2000), two CECAM Workshops (1991, 1992), one Euroconference (2002). He is presently Chairman of the COST Action D41 "Inorganic oxide surfaces and interfaces" (2006-2009), and has acted as Chairman of the Panel PE5 "Materials and Synthesis" of the European Research Council (2008). He is member of the Scientific Council of the "Fondazione Tronchetti Provera", of the Fondazione EnergyLab, and of the Administration Council of the Consortium CORIMAV for Advanced materials between the University of Milano Bicocca and Pirelli.
Professor Pacchioni has also been active in popularizing science. He has published several articles for the italian version of Scientific American. For the Italian Publisher Zanichelli he has authored two books, "Idee per diventare scienziato dei materiali" (2005) and "Quanto è piccolo il mondo Sorprese è speranze dalle nanotecnologie" (2007) to familiarize young students and normal people with materials science and nanotechnology.

Selected publications
1) G. Pacchioni, L. Giordano, M. Baistrocchi, "Charging of metal atoms on ultra-thin MgO/Mo(100) films", Physical Review Letters, 94, 226104-4 (2005).
2) M. Chiesa, E. Giamello, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni, Z. Sojka, S. Van Doorsiaer, "The nature of the chemical bond between metal atoms and oxide surfaces: new evidences from spin density studies of K atoms on alkaline earth oxides", J. of American Chemical Society, 127, 16935-16944 (2005).
3) M. Sterrer, M. Yulikov, T. Risse, H.-J. Freund, J. Carrasco, F. Illas, C. Di Valentin, L. Giordano, G. Pacchioni, "When the reporter induces the effect: unusual IR spectra of CO on Au1/MgO(100)/Mo(100)" , Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 45, 2633-2635 (2006).
4) M. Yulikov, M. Sterrer, M. Heyde, H.-P. Rust, T. Risse, H. J. Freund, G. Pacchioni, A. Scagnelli, "Binding of single gold atoms on thin MgO(001) films" Physical Review Letters, 96, 146804-4 (2006). 5) D. Ricci, A. Bongiorno, G. Pacchioni, U. Landman, "Bonding trends and dimensionality crossover of gold nanoclusters on metal-supported MgO thin films", Physical Review Letters, 97, 036106-4 (2006).
6) C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni, A. Selloni, "Electronic structure of defect states in hydroxylated and reduced rutile TiO2 (110) surfaces", Physical Review Letters, 97, 166803-4 (2006).
7) M. Chiesa, M. C. Paganini, E. Giamello, D. M. Murphy, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni, "Excess electrons stabilized on ionic oxide surfaces", Accounts Chemical Research, 39, 861-867 (2006).
8) S. Livraghi, M. C. Paganini, E. Giamello, A. Selloni, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni, "Origin of photo-activity of nitrogen-doped titanium-dioxide under visibile light", J. American Chemical Society, 128, 15666-15671 (2006).
9) M. Sterrer, T. Risse, U. Martinez Pozzoni, L. Giordano, M. Heyde, H.-P. Rust, G. Pacchioni, H.-J. Freund, "Control of the charge state of metal atoms on thin MgO films", Physical Review Letters, 98, 096107-4 (2007).
10) F. Napoli, M. Chiesa, E. Giamello, E. Finazzi, C. Di Valentin, G. Pacchioni, "Partially hydroxylated polycrystalline ionic oxides: a new route towards electron rich surfaces", J. of American Chemical Society, 129, 10575-10581 (2007)
11) L. Giordano, P. Sushko, G. Pacchioni, A. Shluger, "Electron trapping at point defects on hydroxylated silica surfaces", Physical Review Letters, 99, 136801/1-4 (2007).
12) M. Sterrer, T. Risse, L. Giordano, M. Heyde, N. Nilius, H.-P. Rust, G. Pacchioni, H.-J- Freund, "Pd monomers, dimers, and trimers on the MgO(001) surface viewed individually", Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 46, 8703-8706 (2007).
13) H. J. Freund, G. Pacchioni, "Oxide ultra-thin films on metals: new materials for the design of supported metal catalysts", Chemical Society Reviews, 37, 2224-2242 (2008).
14) S. Ulrich, N. Nilius, H. J. Freund, U. Martinez, L. Giordano, G. Pacchioni, "Modifying the adsorption characteristics of inert silica films by inserting anchoring sites", Physical Review Letters, 102, 016102/1-4 (2009).

Professor Maria Allegrini
University of Pisa, Italy

Maria Allegrini is full professor of Structure of the Matter at the University of Pisa. She graduated with a Laurea degree in Physics at the University of Pisa in 1969 under the guidance of Professor A. Gozzini. Her thesis reported the first observation in the optical region of the spectrum of the evanescent waves that are the basis of the present near-field optical technologies. She completed her PhD under the guidance of Professor P.G. Harper at the University of Reading in 1973. Her first appointment was at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics of the Italian National Research Council. There she developed her interest in laser spectroscopy of atoms and small molecules. A major success was the discovery of the energy pooling collisions between laser-excited atoms. Motivated by a strong interest in teaching, in 1988 she moved to the University of Pisa as Associate Professor of General Physics and in 1994 at the University of Messina as Full Professor of Quantum Optics. At the University, she extended her research interests, broadly based on optics and laser-matter interactions, to encompass materials science and technologies, in particular at the nanometer scale. In this research area, she has developed atomic force and near-field optical microscopes and used these techniques for nanowriting and plasmonic applications. Her publications include more than 300 articles in international scientific journals and three textbooks. She has been an invited scientist in the U.S.A. (Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Lehigh University, JILA-Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics Boulder, NIST-National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg), in Canada (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics Ottawa), in France (Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton Orsay), in Germany (Max Planck Institut für Quantenoptik Gärching, Ulm University, Ludwig-Maximilian University München) and in Denmark (Niels Bohr Institute Copenhagen). A result particularly important is the laser cooling of the vibration internal degree of freedom of diatomic molecules that has been obtained during her recent visit at the Laboratoire Aimè Cotton, Orsay [Science 321, 232 (2008), paper selected by Nature Photonics (VOL 2, September 2008, page 519) as Research Highlight and by Science (VOL 322, 10 October 2008, page 203: P.L. Gould "Cold Molecules Beat the Shakes") as Perspectives in Physics. Her research contracts include bilateral projects with groups in U.S.A., France, Japan, South Korea and Russia. Recent enabling activities have been in the Scientific Council of the Deépartement des Sciences Physiques et Matheématiques, CNRS, France (2001-2005), in the Executive Committee of the European Physical Society (2001-2005), in the Executive Committee of the Division of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, American Physical Society (2006-2009), in the selection panel "junior" at the Institut Universitaire de France (2007-2008) and in various evaluation panels of the European Commission. In 1971 she received the Prize "Young Physicist of the Year" from the Italian Physical Society, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (since 2001) and Professor honoris causa of the University of St. Petersburg (since 2004).

Professor Herbert Gleiter
Institute of Nanotechnology , Karlsruhe, Germany

Herbert Gleiter obtained his PhD in 1966 in physics from the Max Planck Institute of Materials Science and the University of Stuttgart. After several years as a research fellow at Harvard University and MIT, he joined the University of Bochum in 1972 as an associate professor. One year later, he accepted a position as director of the Institute of Materials Physics and a chair professorship at the University of Saarbruecken, Germany. In 1980 and 1982, he has been offered similar positions at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zuerich/Switzerland and the University of Hamburg-Harburg. In 1987 he founded the Institute of New Materials associated with the University of Saarbruecken. Three years later, the Government of Germany appointed him to the Executive Board of the Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany′s largest National Laboratory, where he was in charge of all basic and applied science programs of this Center. In 1998, Gleiter founded Institute of Nanotechnology of the Research Center Karlsruhe. In view of the interdisciplinary character of nanotechnology, this institute was given a new structure fostering the cooperation between research groups from physics, chemistry and materials science in experiment as well as in theory.

In the late 1970s, his research group opened the way to a new class of materials in which the volume fraction of the cores of interfaces is comparable to the volume fraction of the crystallites forming these interfaces. Materials of this kind were produced by consolidating nanometer-sized crystallites and were thus called nanocrystalline or nanostructured materials. In the subsequent years, this field expanded at a remarkable rate: today more than 500 papers are published and several international conferences are organized annually. His publications in this area have been cited far more than 10 000 times.

Throughout his career, Gleiter has received numerous awards, including the Leibniz Prize, the Max Planck Research Prize, the Masing Prize, the Gold Medals of Acta Materialia as well as of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), the Heyn Medal, the Heisenberg as well the Humboldt Medal, the Von Hippel Award of MRS, the R.F.Mehl Award of TMS and many others. He has received honorary doctorates from three German/Suisse universities, and several honorary professorships and doctorates of universities from abroad. He is an Honorary Member of the German Materials Society and a Fellow of both, the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science as well the Materials Research Society of India. Gleiter is a member and one of the Vice-Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences of Germany as well as a member of the European Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Vincenzo Balzani
University of Bologna, Italy

Vincenzo Balzani has given important and innovative contributions to the development of Photochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry and, more recently, Molecular Nanotechnology.
In the early seventies he was one of the first scientists who discussed the problem of solar energy conversion by photosensitisation of the water splitting reaction [1] in a paper that stimulated the work of several research groups. In the same period, he demonstrated the reducing properties of the luminescent excited state of [Ru(bpy)3]2+, a complex that he has extensively used during the following years in photochemical, photophysical, chemiluminescent and electro-chemiluminescent processes [2]. A brilliant spin-off of these systematic investigations was the discovery of an "artificial firefly" based on the oscillating Belousov-Zhabotinski reaction [3]..
In the last 20 years, most of his activity has been dedicated to introduce novel principles in the design, construction, and characterization of molecular-level devices and machines in the frame of the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology. The innovative idea of this research is that the concept of macroscopic device can be extended to the molecular level, and that it is possible to design supramolecular systems capable of performing specific functions upon stimulation with external energy inputs, in particular with light. This idea has been developed in many papers (vide infra) and illustrated in several review articles (see, e.g., [4,5]). The topic of molecular-level devices and machines has also been extensively discussed in a monograph, in the frame of the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology (V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi: Molecular Devices and Machines- A Journey into the Nano World, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003). Such a monograph, recently translated in Chinese and Japanese, has been well accepted by the scientific community (see, e.g., book review on: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 10191). A second edition of this monograph, updated and enlarged, has now been published (February 2008)..
The results obtained in the field of molecular-level devices and machines can be summarized as follows:.
1. Synthesis and characterization of dendrimers for light harvesting antenna systems based on transition metal complexes [6].
2. Photo- and redox-active dendrimers, including (i) photoswitchable boxes [7] and (ii) fluorescent sensors with signal amplification [8]..
3. Photochromism of molecules capable of performing as "write-lock-read-unlock-erase" molecular switching devices and logic gates; hese studies, which include a paper on artificial chemical systems capable of mimicking some elementary properties of neurons [9], have been repeatedly highlighted..
4. Molecular-level logic gates based on pseudorotaxanes, rotaxanes and catenanes [10].
6. Design and realization of other types of molecular-level devices and machines. The papers on a molecular elevator [11], a nanomachine powered by sunlight [12], and a molecular-level extension cable [13] have been highlighted on several scientific journals including Nature, Nature Materials, Chemical & Engineering News and Small..
Molecular devices and machine are expected to find applications in (i) information transfer, storage, and display processes that, in the long run, should lead to the construction of molecular-based (chemical) computers and (ii) the development of nanorobotics and other technologies related to the manipulation of matter and exploitation of its properties at the molecular level [14]. From a more fundamental viewpoint, the bottom-up construction of devices and machines will move science and technology not only from the micro- to the nano-scale, but also from electronics to photonics and chemionics, since light and chemical inputs are very convenient ways to power molecular-level systems and to exchange information at the molecular level [14]. In perspective, the studies carried out on molecular devices and machines will contribute to the constructions of nanodevices in which photonics, chemionics, electronics, and mechanics will be integrated to a different extent depending on the function that the device has to perform..
His scientific interest on energy, and particularly on sunlight, has recently been extended to the discussion of related political, social and moral issues in an essay which has received much attention in the scientific community [15]. A review on the photochemical conversion of solar energy has appeared in the first issue of ChemSusChem [16].
Vincenzo Balzani is included in the list of the 100 most cited chemists since the beginning of the ISI classification. In the last 10 years his 154 papers have collected 7675 citations, with an average of 49.84 citations per paper. His overall h-index is 68, which places him again in the list of the top 100 chemists of the world.
References (list of the most significant papers).
[1]. V. Balzani, L. Moggi, M.F. Manfrin, F. Bolletta, M. Gleria: "Solar energy conversion by water photodissociation", Science, 1975, 189, 852 (19 citations)..
[2]. A. Juris, V. Balzani, F. Barigelletti, S. Campagna, P. Belser, A. von Zelewsky: "Ru(II)-polypyridine Complexes: Photophysics, Photochemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemiluminescence", Coord. Chem. Rev., 1988, 84, 85 (1637 citations)..
[3]. F. Bolletta, V. Balzani: "Oscillating chemiluminescence from the reduction of bromate by malonic acid catalyzed by [Ru(bpy)3]2+", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1982, 104, 4250) (7 citations)..
[4]. V. Balzani, A. Juris, M. Venturi, S. Campagna, S. Serroni: "Luminescent and redox-active polynuclear transition-metal complexes", Chem. Rev., 1996, 96, 759 (1219 citations)..
[5]. V. Balzani, A. Credi, F.M. Raymo, J.F. Stoddart: "Artificial Molecular Machines", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2000, 39, 3348 (908 citations)..
[6] V. Balzani, S. Campagna, G. Denti, A. Juris, S. Serroni, M. Venturi: "Designing dendrimers based on transition-metal complexes, Acc. Chem. Res., 1998, 31, 26 (593 citations): Highlight: Chemical & Engineering News, 1998, October 26, 37..
[7] A. Archut, G. C. Azzellini, V. Balzani, L. De Cola, F. Vögtle: "Towards photoswitchable dendritic hosts", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1998, 120, 12187 (155 citations)..
[8] V. Vicinelli, P. Ceroni, M. Maestri, V. Balzani, M. Gorka, F. Vögtle: "Luminescent Lanthanide Ions Hosted in a Fluorescent Polylysin Dendrimer. Antenna-like Sensitization of Visible and Near-infrared Emission", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 6461 (73 citations)..
[9] F. Pina, M.J. Melo, M. Maestri, P. Passaniti, V. Balzani: "Artificial chemical systems capable of mimicking some elementary properties of neurons", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2000, 122, 4496 (78 citations); Highlights: Chemical &Engineering News, 2000, May 1, p. 12; Nature, 2000, 406, 118; The Alchemist (Web), 2000, May 5; Chem & Ind., 2000, September 18, p. 613..
[10] A. Credi, V. Balzani, S.J. Langford, J.F. Stoddart: "Logic operations at the molecular level. An XOR gate based on a molecular machine", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1997, 119, 2679 (236 citations); Highlights: New Scientist, 1997, August 2, N. 2093, p. 32; Chemistry &Industry, 1999, March 1, 178; Nature, 2000, 406, 118; Chemistry in Britain, December 2000, p. 46..
[11]. J.D. Badjic, V. Balzani, A. Credi, S. Silvi, J. F. Stoddart: "A Molecular Elevator", Science, 2004, 303, 1845 (263 citations); Highlights: Chem &Eng News, 2004, March 22, p. 10..
[12], V. Balzani, M. Clemente-León, A. Credi, B. Ferrer, M. Venturi, A. H. Flood, J. F. Stoddart: "Autonomous Artificial Nanomotor Powered by Sunlight", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2006, 103, 1178 (100 citations); Highlights: Chemical & Engineering News, 2006, January 30, p. 36; Nature, 2006, 440, 286; Nature Materials, 2006, 5, 165; Small, 2006, 2, 446..
[13] B. Ferrer, G. Rogez, A. Credi, R. Ballardini, M.T. Gandolfi, V. Balzani, Y. Liu, H.-R. Tseng, J.F. Stoddart: "Photoinduced electron flow in a self-assembling supramolecular extension cable", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2006, 103, 18411 (8 citations): Highlights: Chemical &Engineering News, 2006, December 4, 13; New Scientist Tech, 2006, November 20..
[14].V. Balzani: "Nanoscience and nanotechnology: the bottom-up construction of molecular devices and machines", Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, 80, 1631..
[15] N. Armaroli, V. Balzani: "The future of energy supplies: challenges and opportunities", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 52 (33 citations); Highlight: MRS-S1, 2007, 1(4), p. 110
[16]. V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi: "Photochemical conversion of solar energy", ChemSusChem, 2008, 1, 26 (5 citations).

Professor Didier Astruc
University of Bordeaux 1, France

Didier Astruc (born in 1946 in Versailles) studied chemistry at the University of Rennes where he received his Ph.D. with Professor R. Dabard in 1975. He then moved to M.I.T. as a NATO postdoctoral fellow, where he worked with the 2005 Nobel laureate Richard (Dick) Schrock. After being a Lecturer, then Master Lecturer (aged 25) at the University Institute for Technology of Saint-Nazaire, he worked for the CNRS at Rennes were he became Maître de Recherche in 1982. Since 1983, he has been professor of chemistry at the University of Bordeaux I and has been promoted to the exceptional class of university professors in 1996. In 1990-1991, he spent a one-year sabbatical leave at the University of California at Berkeley where he was associated with professor K. Peter C. Vollhardt. Since 1995, he has occupied the Supramolecular Organometallic Chemistry Chair of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Professor Václav Sklenička
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University, Czech Republic

Professor Václav Sklenička enjoys today international recognition, for his contribution to the understanding of the correlation between properties, mainly the deformation behaviour, and microstructure of metallic materials using different techniques and methods.

He has worked successfully in many areas of materials science using structure analysis to study a variety of materials (steels, Zr-based alloys, Al-based alloys etc.). He was able to determine the fracture mechanisms of various metallic alloys.
In recent years, Professor V. Sklenička has been investigating the creep behaviour in various magnesium alloys and composites. The results he and his co-workers have obtained are a significant contribution to the development of highly creep resistant magnesium alloys. In more recent years, Professor V. Sklenička has been working in the field of creep and mechanical properties of Al, Al-based and Ni-based alloys with ultrafine grains prepared by equal-channel angular pressing. I would like to stress that he has had to solve many very difficult experimental research problems. He has made many fundamental contributions to the understanding of the basic mechanisms responsible for the deformation behaviour and mechanical properties of alloys and composites. He has published more than 300 publications, 200 of them in international journals and processing of international conferences and 3 books.

Fundamental results of his investigations were also presented at many international conferences and published in proceedings. The published papers have aroused great interest. His papers are an important contribution to the solution of many significant problems in materials science and engineering
Professor V. Sklenička is Editor of Chief of Journal "Metallic Materials" and a member of Editorial Board of Journal "Engineering Mechanics". He was Director of the Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno and at present he is a member of the Academy Council of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague.

Professor V. Sklenička is an internationally well-known scientist. He has made a significant mark in investigations of the creep behaviour of various materials and their mechanical properties. He is able to apply the results of research to the working processes.

Professor Willi Jaeger
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Willi Jaeger was born on August 15, 1940, in Kschellowitz, Bohemia (Böhmen). He is a leading personality in the field of mathematical modelling, analysis, and simulation of complex and mainly nonlinear systems. He is involved in a wide field of applications which include physical, chemical, biological, and also medical and industrial applications. The mathematical methods used by Willi Jaeger are notedly manifold and range from nonlinear partial differential equations to bifurcation theory and optimization to visualization and multi-scale methods.

He is an active scientist, with a strong ability to open new fields by mathematical modelling, designing scientific tasks and projects, and gaining new insights by deriving mathematical models, and formulating them in such a way that the analysis can be numerically converted and the modeled processes can be simulated on the computer.

His way of working is consistently interdisciplinary and permanently alternating between real experiment, modelling and analysis, and virtual experiment on the computer. His interest in interactions across disciplines becomes visible also through the leading participation in various DFG (German Research Foundation) and BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) projects and industrial cooperations.

Professor David Sherrington
University of Oxford, UK

David Sherrington is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford, having held the Wykeham Professorship of Physics 1989-2008. During 1989-2005 he was also Head of Theoretical Physics at Oxford. He held his Chair in association with a Professorial Fellowship of New College, Oxford, where he is now an Emeritus Fellow. He is also External Professor at Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

His first and second degrees are from the University of Manchester (B.Sc 1962, PhD 1966), where he also got his first academic post, as Assistant Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, in 1964 (at age 22), continuing as Lecturer until 1969 (albeit on leave 1967-69 at the University of California San Diego). In 1969 he moved to Imperial College, London, initially as Lecturer in Theoretical Solid State Physics, later becoming Reader and Professor. He was Ulam Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1995-96, spent 6 months at IBM's Thomas J Watson Research Center (NY) in 1975, almost 3 years at the Institute Laue Langevin in Grenoble between 1976 and 1979, and 5 months at Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield, CT in 1985. He has held visiting professorships at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ecole Normale Sup´rieure (Paris), as well as sabbatical visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton.

His research interests are broadly based throughout Condensed Matter Theory, encompassing many different aspects; formal many body theory, molecules, metals, semiconductors, magnets, superfluidity and for the last 30 years dominantly the statistical physics of complex systems in which combinations of disorder/heterogeneity and frustration/conflicts in systems of many interacting entities lead to interesting (and often unexpected) cooperative behaviour, spanning examples in many areas of physical systems, but also computer and information science, biology, economics and social science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (since 1974), Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 1985) and Fellow of the Royal Society (since 1994). He gave the Royal Society's Bakerian Lecture (the premier prize lecture in the physical sciences) in 2001 and was awarded the UK Institute of Physics Dirac Medal and Prize (the Institute's premier award in theoretical physics) in 2007.

He has led many international programmes in the area of complex systems involving the methodology of theoretical physics, starting (in 1987) with the first European Community programme in the subject area, entitled "The Statistical Physics of Complex Systems in Physics, Engineering and Biology".

Among many innovative contributions (in several areas), of particular note is his introduction, in 1975, of the canonical, soluble but very subtle, spin glass model that has proven to be paradigm for the development of concepts and methodologies whose influence has expanded throughout (and helped recognise) the broad topic of complex systems, in many manifestations. This work has received thousands of citations and continues to be regularly highly cited.

He has a significant record as an Editor of very successful journals (e.g. of "Advances in Physics" which has had the highest impact factor in physics worldwide - e.g. in 2000) and for 5 years was Delegate for Physics to Oxford University Press. He has directed many workshops, conferences and advanced schools and has served on many appointment and prize committees and assessment panels.

Professor Peter Stoica
Uppsala University, Sweden

General: P. Stoica has made a number of fundamental contributions to the theory and application of signal processing during his 37 year teaching and research career. He has also been influential in setting research directions through his role in the governing bodies of the IEEE (USA), IEE(UK), and the International Time series Analysis and Forecasting Society as well as through his membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is an international researcher who has actively collaborated with more than 60 researchers from more than 20 countries. He is one of the most cited researchers in the field. The Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) has included him on the list of the 250 most highly cited researchers in the world in the entire area of Engineering. According to Harzing's citation analysis tool he has (in Apr, 2009) over 15,800 citations, an h-index of 51 and a g-index of 107. His technical contributions and achievements have been recognized with several prestigious awards: he has received Technical Achievement Awards from all three major international organizations in the field (IEEE, IEE, and EURASIP), the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing society (which is the highest level award bestowed by the said society), and several important best paper awards including the Baker Prize which is presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper that appeared in all IEEE publications.

Positions: 1998 - present: Professor of Systems Modeling, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden;1990 - 1998: Professor of System Identification and Signal Processing, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, Polytechnic Inst of Bucharest, Romania; 1995 - 1997: Associate Professor and Docent in the Department of Systems and Control, Uppsala University, Sweden; 1985 - 1991: Head of the Signal Processing Group, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1990 - 1991: Associate Dean of the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1972 - 1990: Various teaching positions, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.

P Stoica has also held visiting/guest professor positions at The Information Systems Lab, Stanford University, CA, USA, The ECE Dept, University of Florida, Gainesvile, FL, USA, The EE Dept, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, The Dept of Applied Electronics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, The Dept of Systems and Control, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and The Dept of Signals, Sensors and Systems, the Royal Inst of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Education and degrees: 1993: Doctor honoris causa in science, Uppsala University; 1979: PhD in automatic control, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1972: MSc in automatic control, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.

Editorial boards and memberships:
Member of the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Journal of Forecasting (Wiley),
Signal Processing (Elsevier), Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (Birkhauser), Digital
Signal Processing-A Review Journal (Academic Press), Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing (Kluwer), and the Signal Processing Mag (IEEE). Also guest editor of 7 special issues in Signal

Processing journals.
1981 - 1986: Director of the International Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Society.
1991 - 1998: Corresponding member of the Romanian Academy
1999 - pres: Honorary member of the Romanian Academy
2001 - 2003: Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal

Processing Society.
2003 - pres: Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
2008 - pres: Member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Awards and honors:
1989: Co-recipient of the IEEE ASSP Senior Award for work on Array Signal Processing.
1977 and 1989: Recipient of the Prizes awarded by the Academy of Sciences (Bucharest) for "outstanding work in the system identification and optimization areas."
1994 - pres: Fellow of IEEE (elected "for contributions to statistical signal processing and system identification").
1996 - pres: Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
1996: Recipient of the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for "fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing with applications in time series analysis, system identification and array signal processing." This award "honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated by publications, patents, or recognized impact on the field".
1998: Co-recipient of the 1998 EURASIP Best Paper Award for Signal Processing.
1999: Co-recipient of an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award that "honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit dealing with a subject related to the Society's technical scope, and appearing in one of the Society's Transactions".
2000: Co-recipient of the 2000 W.R.G. Baker Paper Prize Award which is "presented by the IEEE Board of Directors to the author or authors of the most outstanding paper reporting original work published in the Transactions, Journals, and Magazines of the IEEE Societies, or in the Proceedings of the IEEE."
2000: Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal awarded for "outstanding contributions in the signal processing area".
2002: Recipient of the EURASIP Individual Technical Achievement Award for "many personal contributions to the signal processing discipline" (awarded in 2002 for the first time).
2004: Co-recipient of the Bjorkenska Prize (Major Research Award of Uppsala University).
2005: Recipient of the IEE Achievement Medal awarded for "outstanding contributions to the field of Statistical Signal Processing".
2005: Included by ISI (the Institute of Science Information) on the list of the 250 most highly cited researchers in Engineering in the world.
2006: Recipient of the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for "outstanding contributions to the theory and application of statistical signal processing through fundamental research papers and prominent books". This award "honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within the scope of the Society and outstanding leadership within that field".
2007-pres: Fellow of EURASIP elected for "contributions to modern spectral analysis" (EURASIP Fellowship, which is one of the Association's most prestigious honors, was awarded in 2007 for the first time).
2008: Co-recipient of the Barry Carlton Award of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, which "acknowledges what is judged the best paper in IEEE AES Transactions in each calendar year, and which is one of IEEE's oldest and AES highest honor".

Professor Isaac M. Daniel
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Isaac M. Daniel was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He attended the National Technical University in Athens for two years and then transferred to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, from which he received BS, MS and Ph. D. degrees. He served as Science Advisor at the IIT Research Institute, and Professor and Director of the Mechanics of Materials Laboratory at IIT. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers in France. He came to Northwestern University, where he is currently the Walter P. Murphy Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments, Chairman of the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program, and Director of the Center for Intelligent Processing of Composites. (http://www.composites.northwestern.edu, http://www.ipc.northwestern.edu).

Prof. Daniel's research encompasses many areas of mechanics and materials with emphasis on experimental mechanics and composite materials. In the latter, he has worked on all aspects of the area including processing, micromechanics, characterization, fracture and damage mechanics, nondestructive evaluation and life prediction. He has pioneered test methods for characterization of polymer, ceramic and metal matrix composites. In recent years he has been working on processing, characterization and modeling of polymer/clay and polymer/carbon nanocomposites. He is also working on application of composites to wind turbines for the promotion of renewable energy sources. Some of his most notable technical contributions include the following:

1.He developed a photoviscoelastic methodology for studying wave propagation in viscoelastic and earth media.
2.He has been working in the field of composite materials since 1965. He contributed to the development of test methods which are today a standard in the industry, such as tests for tension, compression, shear , multiaxial, fatigue, and high strain rate properties.
3.He characterized and studied fatigue damage evolution in composites and proposed a life prediction model.
4.He proposed models for damage development in composite laminates and ceramic matrix composites.
5.He characterized, studied, and modeled failure of composite sandwich panels under quasi-static and dynamic loading.
6.He developed advanced processing methods for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), including on-line quality control using a gas flow method.
7.Recently he introduced a new interfiber/interlaminar failure theory for composites in excellent agreement with experiments.
8.He developed methods for dynamic characterization of composite materials at high strain rates and proposed failure theories for dynamic conditions.
9.In recent years he has been working on processing, characterization, and modeling of nanocomposites and hybrid nano/microcomposites. In the most recent publications, he describes new processing methods for nanocomposites, using block copolymers for enhancing dispersion of the carbon nanotubes.These nanocomposites are used as modified matrices in structural fiber composites resulting in enhanced thermomechanical properties.

He has received many honors from professional societies including Honorary Membership, P. S. Theocaris, M. M. Frocht, and B. J. Lazan Awards, and W. M. Murray Medal from the Society for Experimental Mechanics; and Distinguished Research Award from the American Society for Composites. He is Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, American Academy of Mechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and American Society for Composites. He has been invited as plenary or keynote speaker at the International Conference on Experimental Stress Analysis, International Conference on Composites Engineering, and European Conference on Fracture. He has received several best paper awards, He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and the Journal of Composite Materials. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of Composites, Part A and Strain.

He is a co-inventor of four patents dealing with application of composites to a hip prosthesis and quality control of composites processing. . He has lectured extensively at home and abroad; is the author of over 360 publications and ten chapters of books; co-author of a monograph entitled "Experimental Mechanics of Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials;" and a widely used textbook entitled "Engineering Mechanics of Composite Materials," now in its second edition.

Professor Chong Soo Lee
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

Born in 1955 in Seoul, Korea, Chong Soo Lee received B.S. (1979) and M.S. (1981) degrees from Seoul National University, Korea and Ph.D. (1985) degree from Polytechnic University, New York, U.S.A. After working as a research associate in University of Minnesota for two years, he joined Pohang University of Science and technology as an assistant professor in 1987. Since 1998, he has been a full professor in the department of materials science and engineering, POSTECH, Korea and has performed active researches in the fields of fatigue and plasticity of various metallic alloys. His research interest has been focused on the microstructural modeling of mechanical properties of various metallic alloys such as Al-, Ti-, Mg- and Fe-base alloys. Elucidation of high temperature deformation mechanisms of light weight alloys, high strain rate and/or low temperature superplasticity utilizing dynamic recrystallization and microstructural influence on the fatigue properties of high strength steels have also been investigated.

Prof. Chong Soo Lee has made much effort for international collaboration not only in the research works but also in exchanging ideas and researchers. He spent a sabbatical year at UCLA during 1991-1992 and at MIT during 1999-2000. He has presented many invited talks at famous foreign universities and research institutes and kept close relationship with AFRL/AOARD, MIT, NIMS, Tohoku University, IMR, Northeastern University and Marche Polytechnic University. He organized many famous international conferences and workshops: LiMAT 2001 (organizer), US-Korea Workshops (organizer), PRICM-6 (2007, general secretary) and THERMEC 2009 (general vice-chairman).

He has authored and co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed SCI journal articles and 90 conference papers. He received Seojeong Award in 2003 from the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials, a great honorable award for distinguished scientists. At the same year, his laboratory was selected as one of National Research Laboratories, funded by Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea. In 2004, he was elected as one of editorial board members of two famous international journals: International Journal of Fatigue and Metals and Materials International. At present, he is a chief vice-president of The Korean Society for Technology and Plasticity.

Professor Alan Herbert Cowley (UK)
University of Texas, Austin , USA

Alan Herbert Cowley was born in Manchester, England. He was educated at the University of Manchester, England, where he received the following degrees: Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry in 1955, Master of Science in 1956, and Doctor of Philosophy in 1958. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow, and later an Instructor at the University of Florida during the period 1958-1960. During the years 1960-1961 he was a Technical Officer with the Exploratory Group of Imperial Chemical Industries (Billingham Division), England. From 1962 to 1988 he was at The University of Texas at Austin, where he held the following positions: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1962-1967, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1967-1970, Professor of Chemistry, 1970-1984, George W. Watt Centennial Professor of Chemistry, 1984-1988. From 1988-1989, he was the Sir Edward Frankland Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College, London, U.K. He returned to the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and currently holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.

He is the author of over 500 publications

Awards :

Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Main-Group Element Chemistry, 1980 ;Centenary Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1986; American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Award, 1986; Stiefvater Memorial Award and Lectureship, University of Nebraska, 1987; Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (Britain's National Academy), 1988; Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists, 1994; von Humboldt Prize, 1996; Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Decoration awarded by the French Government, 1997; Honorary Doctorate, University of Bordeaux I, 2003; Elected a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2004; The University Co-operative Society Career Research Excellence Award, 2006; C. N. R. Rao Award and Lecture, New Delhi, India, 2007; Elected a Corresponding Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, 2007; Elected a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2007; 2009 American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.

Other Honors :

Dalton Chemical Scholar, University of Manchester, 1956-1958 ; Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Fellowship, 1973 ; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1976-1977 ; Jeremy I. Musher Memorial Lectureship. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1979 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Inorganic Chemistry, 1979-1983 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Chemical Reviews, 1984-1988 ; Chairman, Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry, 1983 ; Appointed to the Board of Inorganic Syntheses, 1983-. Editor-in-Chief of Volume 31 ; Elected to Council of Gordon Research Conferences, 1984-1987 ; College of Natural Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, 1984 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Polyhedron, 1984-1998 ; Mobay Lecturer, University of New Hampshire, 1985 ; Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, 1985 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1986-1991 ; Elected Councilor, American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, 1986-1989 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 1987- ; Appointed to the American Chemical Society Committee on Divisional Activities, 1987-1989 ; Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, 1987 ; Appointed to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Chemical Sciences Review Panel, 1987-1990 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Organometallics, 1988-1991 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, 1988- ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Heteroatom Chemistry, 1988-1996 ; Elected to the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, 1989-1998 ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, 1989 - ; Irvine Lecturer, St. Andrews University, Scotland, 1989 ; Fischel Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, 1991 ; Frontiers of Science Lecturer, Wayne State University, 1991 ; Appointed by Governor Richards of Texas to the Executive Board of Texas Science and Mathematics Renaissance Centers, 1991-93 ; Baxter Lecturer, Northern Illinois University, 1992 ; Appointed to the Scientific Committee of the European Journal of Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry, 1992-8. ; Co-Chairman, First Gordon Research Conference on Science Education, 1992 ; Frontiers in Materials Science Lecturer, University of Iowa, 1993 ; Elected Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conferences Board of Trustees, 1993 ; Elected Chair, Gordon Research Conferences Board of Trustees, 1994-95 ; Inaugural Etter Memorial Lecturer, University of Minnesota, 1995 ; President, International Council on Main Group Chemistry, 1997-98 ; Appointed to the International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions, 1997-2000 ; Appointed Institut Universitaire de France Professor, 1999 ; Appointed to the Science and Engineering Advisory Board of ORFID, Inc., 2004 ; Appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Jordanian Journal of Chemistry, 2004 ; Gauss Professorship, Göttingen Academy of Sciences, 2006 ; F. G. A. Stone Lectureship, University of Bristol, U.K., 2007.

Research Interests

(1)Main group chemistry; (2)Organometallic chemistry; (3)Catalysis; (4)Precursors to electronic materials; (5)Inorganic polymers; (6)Environmental chemistry.

Professor Eldar Salayev
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

Born in 1933 in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan Republic, Eldar Salayev graduated from the Azerbaijan State University (AGU) and received his Diploma in Physics in 1956. After having worked as a scientific researcher for about 10 years in the Institute of Physics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, he received the PhD in Physics and Mathematics, and became the chief of the Semiconductor Quantum Electronics Laboratory and Scientific Secretary at that Institute. Later on, he worked as a Vice-Director at the same Institute.

In 1975, Professor E. Salayev received the degree of Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics working in close collaboration with the Nobel Prize winners A. M. Prokhorov and N. G. Basov. The same year he became Professor in physics. In 1972 he founded in Baku the Branch of the Institute of Applied Physics, Ministry of Defence Industry of the former USSR (later on Institute of Photoelectronics Azerbijan National Academy of Sciences). He has been directed this Institute up to 1992.

Professor E. Yu. Salaev is a well-known scientist in the field of physics and tecniques of semiconductors, IR techniques, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics. He is co-author of 2 books, more than 300 scientific papers and holder of 110 patents. His research achievements include: first detection and explanation of nature of the low-temperature and high-pressure phase transitions in layered chalcogenide semiconductors; observation of the presence of the low-frequency rigid layer modes in layered crystals leading to the specific spin-phonon and electron-phonon interaction; new deformation effects in layered gallium selenide-type crystals; formation and behavior of the electron-hole liquid in layered crystals under high-density of excitation; first observation of the second harmonic generation and stimulated emission in gallium selenide and application of this crystal in non-lineer optics, including first observation of the second harmonic generation at 789.5 nm laser wavelength; first observation of the photoinduced change of the refractive index in gallium arsenide which found wide application in optical communication systems; development of the growth technology of the IR materials and creation of the mid-IR detectors.

As a visiting professor, researcher and invited lecturer, E. Salayev has presented many taught seminars and was engaged in scientific collaboration at more than 30 Universities and Research Centers. He supervised 50 PhD students and 15 Doctors of Science. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals on materials science and physics.

He has been pursuing the conference leadership to address the frontiers of the physics of semiconductors over the world serving as chair, co-chair, session chair and committee members for over 25 academic conferences.

Professor Salayev has received several awards and honors, including the Azerbaijan State Prize in Science (1972), Honorary Scientific Person of Azerbaijan (1972), Honor Medal of Azerbaijan Republick (1997) and the Vavilov Premium (1982) in the field of the scientific device creation. Salayev also a member of several Academies including the Euoropean Academy of Sciences, the Islamic Academy of Sciences (Iordan), the New York Academy of Sciences (USA), the East International Oil Academy (Azerbaijan), Russian Engineering Academy of Sciences named by A.M. Prokhorov (Russia), International Communication Academy (Ukraine).

He was elected and served as a member of the former USSR Parliament and the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republick. In 1980 and 1983, respectively, he was elected the Corresponding Member and Full Member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. In 1983 Prof. Salayev was elected the President and up to 1997 leaded the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Daniel Eylon
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA

Born in Jerusalem, Dr. Daniel Eylon received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and his master and doctoral degrees in materials engineering, all from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. He has lived in Dayton, Ohio (USA) since 1972 and worked in association with the US Air Force Materials Directorate at Wright - Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) till 1985 on development of fatigue-resistant and high-temperature titanium alloys. His work in that period led to the introduction of higher performance and higher reliability titanium alloys for both civilian and military airframes and jet engines. Since 1986 Eylon has been an engineering professor in the Graduate Materials Engineering Program at the University of Dayton and is currently the program director. In the past fifteen years most of his research work has been devoted to powder-metallurgy, casting and high-temperature titanium and other light structural alloy technologies. This work has led to the introduction of higher-ductility powder metallurgy titanium aluminide aerospace components and automotive exhaust valves, with higher specific stiffness and improved specific high-temperature creep-strength. He has over 300 papers 17 written or edited books and 50 patents all in the area of structural aerospace metals. Eylon is a Fellow of the American Society for Materials (FASM), a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, and a fellow of the Boeing Welliver Faculty Program. He served for many years as the chairperson of the Titanium Committee of The Materials Society (TMS) and is on the editorial board of several journals. In addition he has been extensively consulting to melters, producers and manufacturers of titanium alloys, titanium powders, jet engines, rocket engines, civilian and military airframes and medical implant and surgical devises in the US, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. He enjoys studying, researching, international-lecturing and writing on the evolution, history and archaeology of metals (archaeometallurgy), with a special interest in the evolution and history of wrought-iron forging and early biblical-era metal technology.

Professor Ruslan Z. Valiev
Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Ufa, RUSSIA

Born in 1949 in Russia, Ruslan Valiev finished his studies on Physical Metallurgy at the Ural State Technical University (Russia), and received his Ph.D. with the State University of Kharkov (Ukraine) in 1977. Since 1995, he is Professor and Director of the Institute of Physics of Advanced Materials and since 2003 Head of Chair of Plastic Deformation and Nanotechnology, Ufa State Aviation Technical University in Ufa, Russia. In the early 1990's Prof. Valiev and his co-workers have pioneered the production of ultrafine-grained and nanostructured metals and alloys by the techniques of severe plastic deformation (SPD). These works have attracted high interest and intensive developing in many countries. His main present research interests comprise studies of unique mechanical and functional properties of SPD produced nanomaterials.

Since 1992, Ruslan Valiev has been Guest Professor at well-recognized research departments in USA, Japan and Europe, and in 2001 was granted a Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation (Germany) as well as AvH Re-invitation Award in 2007. He has acted as co-organizer of several international SPD meetings, among these the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Investigations and Applications of SPD which was held 1999 in Moscow and initiated the NanoSPD conference series. Ruslan Valiev is a member of several international professional committees, among these are the International Committee on Superplasticity, Orlando, USA, and the International Committee for Nanostructured Materials, Sendai, Japan and chairman of the International NanoSPD Steering Committee (www.nanospd.org). He has published a large number of publications and books, and gave numerous keynote lectures and invited talks at international conferences. Prof. Valiev enters the editorial board of a number of scientific journals (The Physics of Metals and Metallography, the Physics and Engineering of High Pressures, and others). Besides, he is holder of more than 20 patents related to SPD. Currently holds position #8 in the ranking of most cited authors publishing in materials science compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) (PHILADELPHIA, USA). His value of h-index is 53 (signifying 53 publications each have at least 53 citations).

Professor Kerim Allahverdiev
TÜBITAK Marmara Research Center Materials Institute, Turkey & Institute of Physics Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciencesö, Azerbaijan

Kerim Allahverdiev, Azerbaijanian by birth, was born in 1944 and educated at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MEI), where he received degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967. His Institute diploma thesis was performed at the Lebedev Institute of Physics, Moscow and was devoted to the superconducting properties of layered Niobium Selenide crystals. In 1967 he finished 2 years English school in Moscow. In 1972 he received the degree of the Candidate of Physical Mathematical Sciences working at the Institute of Physics Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in close collaboration with the Lebedev Institute of Physics. In 1974-1975 he had Postdoctoral at the Clarendon Laboratory of Oxford University, UK. In 1982 he received a degree of Doctor of the Physical Mathematical Sciences submitting the thesis to the Institute of General Physics also, Moscow, working in close collaboration with the Institute of Spectroscopy and Institute of High Pressure Physics, Troitsk, Moscow Region. Since 1985 he is Professor in Physics. In 1992-1995 he is Professor in Physics at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Since 1995 he is Senior Scientific Researcher at the Marmara Research Centre (MRC) of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Council (TUBITAK), Gebze, Turkey and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Physics Azerabaijan National Academy of Sciences.

As a visiting professor, researcher and invited lecturer, Prof. K. Allahverdiev has presented, taught seminars and engaged in scientific collaboration at more than 40 Universities and Research Centers around the world, including Moscow State University; Oxford University, Cambridge University; Sheffield University, UK; London University; Imperial College, UK; MPI FKF, Stuttgart, Germany; RWTH Aachen, Germany; Bochum University, Germany; Bayreuth University, Germany; Hamburg University, Germany; US Air Force Wright Patterson Lab., Dayton; Colorado State University, USA; University of Cincinatti, USA; Tsukuba University, Japan and Madrid University, Spain.

He has been directing academic research in the field of physics and practical applications of layered semiconductors for over 30 years. Research Achievements include: new effective nonlinear materials in the system of layered gallium selenide- type semiconductors; first observation and explanation the nature of the low-temperature ferroelectric and high-pressure phase transitions in ternary layered chalcogenides. New class of the ferroelectric-semiconductors was discovered in a frame of joint research with the Institute of Spectroscopy (Prof. E. Vinogradov et al.), Troitsk, Moscow Region; first experimental investigation of the influence of ultra-short laser pulses on the transient-transmission change of layered A3B6 crystals and observation of quantum beats as due to the coherently excited fully symmetric phonons. As a result, new type of ultra-fast light modulator was suggested; first observation of the second harmonic generation in gallium selenide at 10.6 µm an 1579 nm and resonant excitonic second-harmonic generation; influence of intercalation on the electronic and vibration properties of gallium selenide-type crystals.

K. Allahverdiev hands-on experience in: modern spectroscopy techniques-also under pressure (pump-probe experiments, Raman scattering, nonlinear harmonic generation and wave mixing, photo- and electro- luminescence, exciton spectroscopy and others; growth and characterization of single crystals, nanocrystals and polycrystalline materials; carrier transport and galvanomagnetic measurements, dielectric spectroscopy; supervising the students at graduate and undergraduate levels, advising Ph.D Theses; demonstrated ability in project management, communication and organization skill, energetic.
Professor Allahverdiev has received several awards, honors, membership and fellowships including Azerbaijan State Prize in Science (1988); Krupp's stipendium, Technical University Aachen (1989); Window-on- Science Award, US Air Force European Office of Aerospace R&D, USA (1996, 2001); Royal Society Award as visiting Professor (1987, 1989); Citation in the USSR Academy of Sciences List of Best Achievements of the Year for the determination of the interlayer parameters and the peculiarities of the phonon spectra of A3B6 semiconductors (1978). Same Citation for different achievements in 1983, 1989 and 1991. He is a member: of New York Academy of Sciences (1998); Azerbaijan National Academy of Creation (1988); Russian Engineering Academy of Sciences, named by A. M. Prokhorov (2008); Member of the Organizing Committee of the European High Pressure Research Group (EHPRG) (1987-1990, 1991-1994, 1996-1999); Member of the Editorial Board, Turkish Journal of Physics; Reviewer of the JOSA, JAP, Materials Research Bulletin and others.

Professor Allahverdiev has published more than 275 articles on the linear and nonlinear optical properties of layered semiconductors, 1 book and 7 review articles. He has 5 patents.

Although a very busy personality Professor Allahverdiev finds time for sport (football, swimming). Among his other hobbies are gardening, walking, music (classic and modern).

Professor Ni-Bin Chang
University of Central Florida (UCF), USA

Ni-Bin was born in 1960 in Taiwan and educated at the National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) where he received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering in 1983. After having worked as an environmental engineer for about four years in the Navy and the government agency, respectively, from 1983 to 1987 he received the prestigious national award for foreign advanced study. Later on, he received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Environmental Systems Engineering at Cornell University in 1989 and 1991, respectively, in the US. He taught at many universities in Taiwan and USA (National Cheng-Kung University, National Taiwan University, Tong-Hai University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville). He is a professor with Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department, University of Central Florida (UCF) in the U.S. at present.

As a visiting professor, scientist, and invited lecturer, Dr. Chang has presented, taught seminars, and engaged in scientific collaboration at more than 30 universities and research establishments around the world, including the Peking University, Tonjig University, Tong-Hua University of Science and Technology, Cambridge University, University of Reading, University of Portsmouth, The Council of Environment in England, Karlsruhe University, Heidelburg University, Stuttgart University, Technical University of Darmstadt, and University Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. He was a visiting professor in the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics at Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) in 1998, and the former Department of Systems Engineering at University of Pennsylvania (USA) in 1999; and a visiting scientist in the Laboratory for Ecological Remote Sensing, USDA and National Risk Management Research Laboratory, USEPA in 2008. He gave graduate seminar talks in Georgia Institute of Technology (2008), University of Texas-San Antonio (2007), Louisiana State University (2006), University of Louisville (2005), Arizona State University (2005), and University of Louisiana (2004) in the U.S.

He has been directing academic research in the field of environmental and water resources systems analysis for over 20 years. His area of expertise covers many facets of environmental sciences and engineering including environmental resources management, sustainable systems engineering, environmental systems modeling, remote sensing, environmental informatics and decision making, and industrial ecology. In recent years, the focus of his research brings well-rounded interdisciplinary efforts in the area of environmental informatics and systems analysis. It emphasizes fusion of environmental hydrology, environmental/ecological engineering processes, computational methods, and information technologies to advance our understanding of large, complex, and integrated environmental and hydrologic systems. The spectrum of these systems ranges from the natural systems, to the engineered systems, and to the integrated natural and engineered systems where the green infrastructure plays a critical role. He has developed over 40 different types of simulation and optimization models for a variety of environmental and hydrological systems analyses. These findings demonstrate the pioneering work in developing and formally establishing the requirements for integrating sensor technology, remote sensing/GIS, cyber infrastructure, infrastructure asset management, low impact development, and sustainability sciences as applied to water resources and environmental management under the global change impacts. It promotes a holistic understanding of the physical world and the built environment via sensing, modeling, analysis, and prediction for various environmental and hydrologic systems under normal operation and disaster conditions.

Professor Chang has received several awards, honors and fellowships including Russell Ackoff Award in the US (1994), Annual Research Award, National Science Council in Taiwan (1994, 1995, 1996), Research Excellence Award, National Science Council in Taiwan (1999-2001), Young Engineer Award, Chinese Institute of Engineers (1999), and the Best paper award in the 6th International Conference on Environmental Informatics, Nov. 21-23, 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. His paper titled "Watershed-based Point Sources Permitting Strategy and Dynamic Permit-trading Analysis" was used by the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers, distributed to over 6,000 subscribers via Science for Environment Policy News Alert (Feb. 10, 2008).

He was one of the founding fellows of the International Society of Environmental Information Management in 2002. He has authored and co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, 9 books and 7 book chapters, and 128 conference papers with more than 1,000 citations. He served as the guest editor for seven special issues with Journal of Hydrological Engineering, ASCE, Journal of Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, Journal of Environmental Informatics, Journal of Environmental Management, Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment, Practice Periodicals of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, and Journal of Environmental Modeling & Assessment. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Informatics. At present, he is the editor or associate editor of Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, Journal of Water Quality, Exposure and Health, Frontiers of Earth Sciences in China, International Journal of Ecology & Development, and Journal of Environmental Informatics. He also serves on the editorial board of 11 international journals and ad hoc reviewers of 68 international journals. He has been pursuing the conference leadership to address the frontiers of environmental systems analysis all over the world serving as chair, co-chair, session chair and committee members for over 34 academic conferences.

Professor Viorel Barbu
"Al. I. Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania

Professor Viorel BARBU is Professor of Mathematics at the "Al. I. Cuza" University, Iasi, since 1980. He was Rector (President) of the University of Iasi (1981-1989) and Vice President of the Romanian Academy (1998-2002) ; he is Director of Institute of Mathematics of Romanian Academy in Iasi, since 1990 , and President of Romanian Academy Iasi Branch (since 2001).

His research activity is in the fields of partial differential equations, infinite dimensional equations and control theory. His works have been quoted and used by more than 1500 mathematicians in more than 2500 papers.

He was Visiting Professor at numerous foreign universities (C.N.R., University of Rome, Italy; Purdue University, USA; University of Cincinnati, USA; INRIA, Rocquencourt, France; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy; Ohio University, USA; University of Bologna, Italy; Université Paris VI, France; University of Trento, Italy; University of Wuhan, China; University of Virginia, USA; Bonn University, Germany; Bielefeld University, Germany).

Member of the Romanian Academy since 1991, he is also Honorary member of Moldovian Academy of Sciences (2001) , Doctor Honoris Causa (Honor Degree) of University of Nebraska at Omaha (1993), Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Pitesti (2001), Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Galatzi (2001) , Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Craiova (2003) . He received the Prize of the Romanian Academy in 1972.

Professor BARBU is member of various editorial boards: Numerical Functional Analysis and Optimization, (Taylor&Francis, USA), Journal of Differential and Integral Equations (USA), Advances in Differential Equations (USA), Revue Roumaine de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees (Romania), Abstract and Applied Analysis (USA), Set-Valued and Variational Analysis; Theory and Applications (Springer-Verlag), Abstract Analysis (USA).

He published, alone or with other authors, numerous books and monographs ( Nonlinear Semigroups and Differential Equations in Banach Spaces, Noordhoff, Leyden 1975; Convexity and Optimization in Banach Spaces (jointly with T. Precupanu), Sijthoff&Noordhoff, Leyden 1978, second edition D. Reidel, Dordrecht 1986; Hamilton - Jacobi Equations in Hilbert Spaces (jointly with G. Da Prato), Pitman Research Notes in Mathematics 86, London - Boston 1983; Optimal Control of Variational Inequalities, Pitman Research Notes in Mathematics 100, London - Boston 1984; Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Infinite Dimensional Systems, Academic Press, Boston, New York,1993; Mathematical Methods in Optimization of Differential Systems Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 1994; Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 1998; Handbook of Differential Equations, vol. 2, pp. 1-7, Eds. A. Canada et al., Elsevier, North-Holland, 2005; Tangential Boundary Stabilization of Navier-Stokes Equations (jointly with I. Lasiecka and R. Triggiani), Memoires AMS, 852, 2006).

Professor Jin Akiyama
University of Tokai, Tokyo, Japan

Jin Akiyama is Professor of Mathematics at Tokai University and Director-General of its Research Institute of Educational Development. Born in Tokyo in 1946, he earned his Ph.D. at Tokyo University of Science and, at the invitation of Dr. Frank Harary, began his (international) career in graph theory research as a visiting scientist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the 1970s. His major contributions to graph theory are in the areas of factors and factorizations of graphs, path invariants, and the study of common properties of a graph and its complement. A book on factors and factorizations which he has co-authored with Mikio Kano is being published by Springer-Verlag.

Professor Akiyama has published more than 150 papers on graph theory, discrete geometry, solid geometry, applied math, and math education in journals including Journal of Graph Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Annals of Discrete Mathematics, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Discrete Geometry: Theory and Applications, The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematica and Graphs and Combinatorics. He is Founding Editor (1985) and editor-in-chief of Graphs and Combinatorics, and served as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Graph Theory for 17 years. He is author of close to 100 published books on graph theory, combinatorics, discrete geometry, and math education, many of which have been translated from Japanese into Mandarin and Korean.

As a visiting professor, scientist, and invited lecturer, Dr. Akiyama has presented, taught seminars, and engaged in scientific collaboration at more than 50 universities and research establishments around the world, including the Steklov Institute of Mathematics (Russia), Nankai University and Academia Sincia (China), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories (USA), and many others. The many academic institutes and conferences at which he has given invited and plenary lectures include the International Conference on Intuitive Geometry (Budapest 2008); Differential Equations and Topology (Moscow 2008); the International Conference on Imaginative Mathematics (Moscow 2007); the Ghanaian Conference on Math Education (Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi 2007); the 20th European Workshop on Computational Geometry (Seville, 2004); XVIII Coloquio de Teoria de las Graficas, Combinatorica, y sus Aplicaciones (Mexico 2004); the 10th ICME (Copenhagen 2004); the Conference on Recent Progress in Mathematics Education (Bandung 2004); the 9th Quadrennial International Conference on Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algorithms & Applications (Michigan 2000); the Cambridge Combinatorial Conference in Honor of Paul Erd¨os (Cambridge 1988); and numerous others. He has organized ten international conferences, including the first Japan Conference in Discrete and Computational Geometry (JCDCG 1997), which has become the most prominent conference series in these fields and attracts the regular participation of their most renowned researchers. He edited several proceedings of JCDCG from Springer Lecture Notes Series.

Professor Akiyama is a member of the Organizing Committee of the UNESCO-sponsored traveling exhibition "Experiencing Mathematics", a trustee of the Heisei Foundation of Basic Science, and chairman of the Awards Committee for the Koshiba Prize, which encourages youngsters to become creative scientists. The committee includes Nobel Prizewinners Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba (Physics) and Dr. Hideki Shirakawa (Chemistry). Professor Akiyama's recent research topics in discrete geometry have an original slant and are chosen for their applicability. The appeal of the problems lies in that they are not difficult to explain, even to non-mathematicians, and their solutions, while difficult to discover, are very elegant and fascinating. A case in point is the result in his recent paper entitled "Tile-makers and Semi-tile-makers" published in American Mathematical Monthly (Vol.114). He proves that if you take a regular tetrahedron, then no matter how you cut its surface, provided that it remains in one piece and can be lain flat on a plane, then the result is a tile which tesselates the plane.

In 1999, Tokyo University of Science awarded Jin Akiyama the "The First Bochan Prize" for significant contribution to mathematics and mathematics education, and in 2003 the Japan Society of Mathematics Education honored him for significant achievement in mathematics education. For more than two decades, Japan's national television and radio network, NHK, broadcast Dr. Akiyama's lectures and programs, drawing a huge audience ranging from young children to senior citizens and popularizing mathematics among the general public.

Although a very busy personality, Professor Akiyama finds time to play the accordion and has performed in various concerts in Japan. Among his other hobbies include sailing in his yacht and making artistic patchwork with paper.

Professor Yiu-Wing Mai
University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Yiu-Wing Mai graduated from Hong Kong University in 1969 with First Class Honours and the Williamson Prize; he received the PhD degree in the same university in 1972. After his PhD, he worked as a Management & Technology Trainer, Hong Kong Productivity Centre (1973); Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Michigan (1974-75) and Imperial College (1976). He then moved to the University of Sydney where he has held the positions of Lecturer (December 1976-78), Senior Lecturer (1979-82), Associate Professor (1983-September 1987), Personal Chair (October 1987-), Sydney University; Associate Dean (Research & Development) of Engineering (1990-93, 1995-98), Pro-Dean of Engineering (1998-2004) and Director, Graduate School of Engineering (1995-98) and Australian Federation Fellow (2002-07). Professor Mai was Acting Head and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1993-95); Head and Chair Professor of Materials Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong (2000-02). He now holds a University Chair at the University of Sydney and is Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT). He has also been appointed Honorary, Adjunct or Guest Professor at: Tsinghua University, Peking University, Xian Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, Tongji University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Sun Yat Sen University, Hunan University, South China University of Technology, Huazhong University of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry - Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and City University of Hong Kong.

Professor Mai has received several awards, honors and fellowships including: Fellow of the Royal Society of London (elected 2008); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (elected 2001); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (elected 1992); Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (elected 2003); Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (elected 2003); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (elected 1999); Centenary Medal (2003); Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (2001); Honorary Member of the Gruppo Italiano Fracttura (2002); Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship (2002-07); Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University (2003-04); President, International Congress on Fracture (2002-05); AFG Achievement Award, Australian Fracture Group, Inc. (2000); Founding President, the Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (1997-98); ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science; UK Science Research Council Senior Visiting Fellowship (1980); RILEM Award and Robert L'Hermite Medal, International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (1981); Fulbright Senior Scholar (1988); and Australian Academy of Science/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Exchange Fellowship (1989, 1996) among others. In addition, in 1999, he was awarded a DSc from the University of Hong Kong, and a DEng from the University of Sydney.

Professor Mai's major research interests are: Materials engineering and science covering processing-structure-property relations, manufacturing and development of new materials including polymers blends, composites, biological materials, ceramics and cementitious materials; Fracture and fatigue mechanics of materials and structures; Smart materials; Eco-materials; Tribology and surface engineering; Nano-materials and nano-engineering. He holds 2 patents; co-authored 3 books; edited 4 monographs; published 34 book chapters, over 550 SCI journal and 250 refereed conference papers. As a highly cited researcher, he has made major contributions to several areas of materials science and mechanics research:
(a) Crack-wake shielding as a general toughening mechanism in quasi-brittle materials,
(b) Science and engineering of fibre-matrix interfaces and design of high strength-high toughness fibre composites,
(c) Fracture mechanics of stitching and z-pinning to improve delamination resistance of composite laminates, and
(d) Energy approach to fracture leading to development of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Test Protocol on Essential Work of Fracture for toughness measurements of ductile polymers in plane stress.

Professor Mai is Asian and Australasian Editor of Composites Science and Technology, Editor of Materials Forum and Key Engineering Materials; Associate Editor of IMechE Journal of Aerospace Engineering. He is also editorial board member of over ten major international journals on materials science and fracture mechanics.

Professor Emmanuel Gdoutos
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Dr. Emmanuel E. Gdoutos is Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Mechanics at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. He is editor-in-chief of "Strain - An International Journal for Experimental Mechanics," and President of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), and the Greek Group of Fracture. He served as Chairman of the European Association for Experimental Mechanics (EURASEM). He is Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, the most prestigious academic institute in Greece, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Member of Academia Europaea, Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and Honorary Member of the Italian Group of Fracture. He received the award of merit from the European Structural Integrity Society and the Theocaris and Lazan awards from the Society of Experimental Mechanics of USA. He received M.S. and Ph.D. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

He serves on the editorial board of eight international journals (Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Applied Composite Materials, Advanced Composites Letters, Experimental Mechanics, The Archive of Mechanical Engineering of Polish Academy, Facta Universitatis of the University of Nis, The Open Mechanics Journal, and Scientific Technical Review of the Republic of Serbia). He has awarded two Fulbright fellowships and an excellent teaching award from the University of Toledo.
He taught at many universities in Greece and USA (Democritus University of Thrace, National Technical University of Athens, Lehigh Univ., Univ. of California at Santa Barbara and Davis, Toledo Univ., Michigan Technological University. and Northwestern University). He visited more than fifty universities and research establishments all over the world in which he gave invited lectures, seminars and had scientific collaboration. He participated in more than sixty international conferences in the area of applied mechanics. He participated in many Erasmus and Tempus inter-university programs for the promotion of the scientific and educational cooperation among education institutes of countries of the European Union His research interest include: experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics advanced composite materials and sandwich construction.

His current research projects are concerned with sandwich constructions, tearing and fatigue of elastomers, nanotechnology, composite patch repair of metallic aircraft and design and analysis of a bridge made of composite materials. He conducted extensive research work funded by many national and international organizations. He supervised more than ten PhD. students and dozens of Master students in Greece and USA. Many of his students hold faculty positions in Greek and foreign universities.
He served as chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering of the Democtitus University of Thrace. He authored over 240 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and 15 books. .

He served as guest editor of seven special issues of international journals. His book titled "Fracture Mechanics - An Introduction" is a widely used textbook for fracture mechanics courses. He chaired many conferences in Greece and abroad in the areas of theoretical and applied mechanics including the 16th European Conference of Fracture (ECF16) and the 13th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM13). He presented invited and plenary lectures in academic institutes and conferences. He is listed in several Who's Who.

Professor Terence Langdon
University of Southern California (USA) and University of Southampton (UK)

Terence Langdon comes from Warminster in south-western Wiltshire in the U.K. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1961 and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Metallurgy from Imperial College, University of London, in 1965. Thereafter, he held research positions at the University of California in Berkeley, the U.S. Steel Corporation in Pennsylvania, the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He was appointed an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1971 and promoted to Professor in 1976. In 2003 he was appointed to his present position as the William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Currently he is Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Earth Sciences at USC. In 2005 he accepted an additional appointment as Research Professor of Materials Science in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton in the U.K. and in 2007 he was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Bulk Nanostructured Materials in the University of Southampton.
He has held various concurrent appointments including professorial positions at the University of Melbourne, Australia, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, the University of New South Wales, Australia, the Danish Technical University and Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He has been Visiting Scientist at the Risø National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark, and Visiting Senior Fellow at the International Center for Advanced Studies in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the U.K., a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bashkortostan Republic in the Russian Federation. He was awarded a D.Sc. degree in Physics by the University of Bristol in 1980 and the degree of Doctor honoris causa by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2003. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist in the U.K. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, The American Ceramic Society, ASM International, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and The World Innovation Foundation. He is an Honorary Member of The Japan Institute of Metals. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of California Nanotechnologies in Cerritos, California, and Materials Solution in Kobe, Japan.

Professor Langdon has received several awards including the Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science from the European Academy of Sciences, the Hsun Lee Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award and the Henry Marion Howe Medal from ASM International, the Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from TMS and the THERMEC Distinguished Award from the THERMEC International Conferences. He is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of High Temperature Materials and Processes, Journal of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering A, Materials Science Forum, Reviews on Advanced Materials Science and Scientia Iranica. He is a founding member of the International NanoSPD Steering Committee for Nanomaterials Processed by Severe Plastic Deformation.
Professor Langdon has a wide range of research interests including the mechanical properties of metals, ceramics and geological materials, high temperature creep. superplasticity and the processing of nanostructured materials through the application of severe plastic deformation. He has published extensively and is the author or co-author of more than 800 scientific papers and 8 books including over 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals. According to the Science Citation Index published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Philadelphia, his scientific papers have received more than 17,000 citations corresponding to an average of approximately 32 citations for each paper. More than 40 papers have received over 100 citations. He has an h-index of 68 indicating that 68 of these papers each have at least 68 citations. He is listed by ISI as one of the most highly cited scientists in the field of Materials Science on their website www.ISIHighlyCited.com .

He was ranked by ISI as #3 world-wide for the total numbers of High Impact Papers published in Materials Science during the period 1981-2001, where High Impact Papers are defined as the 200 most cited papers in Materials Science for each separate year. More recently, he was ranked as #2 world-wide for publishing in the field of Materials Science based on the numbers of citations received for papers published during the 11-year period from January 1996 to December 2006. Currently, he has published the #3 and #4 most cited papers appearing in Acta Materialia (Acta Mater. 46, 3317, 1998 with 517 citations and Acta Mater. 45, 4733, 1997 with 436 citations) and the #1 most cited paper appearing in Scripta Materialia (Scripta Mater. 35, 143, 1996 with 618 citations).

Professor Paul Lecoq
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Paul Lecoq was born in 1949 in Lille, France and educated at the Polytechnic Engineer school in Grenoble (France), where he obtained his diploma with honors in 1972 and in parallel at the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, where he got his PhD with highest honors in 1974. Part of his thesis work has been accomplished in the Nuclear Physics department of the University of Montreal (Canada). Just after his PhD he was engaged at CERN as a fellow in 1974, then as a staff in 1977.
During all his career at CERN Paul Lecoq has been involved in at least 5 large international experiments, in which he played a major role at the detector design and implementation as well as at the overall technical coordination level. His experience on X-ray and Gamma ray detectors has been gained in particular as technical coordinator of the two largest ever built calorimeters for the L3 experiment in the eighties at the large electron-positron ring (LEP) at CERN under the leadership of the Nobel laureate Prof. Samuel Ting, with 12'000 Bismuth Germanate (BGO) crystals (1.5 tons), and for the CMS experiment at the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN starting in 2008, with 76'000 Lead Tungstate (PWO) crystals (100 tons). This technical coordination activity was across up to 50 laboratories and institutions worldwide and several industries.

Paul Lecoq has become in the last 20 years a worldwide recognized expert in the domain of heavy scintillating crystals. After some interaction with the Nobel laureate Georges Charpak he has decided to create in 1990 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. This collaboration has been instrumental in understanding the fundamental role of Ce3+ as an activator in many hosts, as well as in developing the high quality mass production of Cerium Fluride (CeF3), Lead Tungstate (PbWO4) and Lutetium Aluminum Perovskite (LuAP) crystals, on which Paul Lecoq owns a patent.

In order to support this research effort at the international level Paul Lecoq has initiated and chaired the SCINT series of international conferences on inorganic scintillators for physics and industrial applications: Chamonix, FR (1991), San Francisco, USA (1993), Delft, NL (1995), Shanghai, CN (1997), Moscow, RU (1999), Chamonix, FR (2001), Valencia, SP (2003), Alushta, Ukraine (2005), Winston Salem, USA (2007). The next one is scheduled in 2009 in South Korea.

Around 1997 Paul Lecoq started to work on the translational aspect of his research in the field of ionization detectors for calorimetry. He tried in particular to promote technology transfer activities from particle physics to medical imaging. This was going first to a reorientation of the Crystal Clear program opening the fundamental research on new scintillators to the construction of medical imaging prototypes such as the ClearPET small animal PET scanner with a LuAP/LSO phoswich and the ClearPEM dedicated positron emission tomography for functional breast imaging. The next step was to organize a series of workshops and conferences, such as EuroMedIm2006, the first European conference on molecular imaging technologies.

In parallel Paul Lecoq has been tirelessly trying to setup a European Centre for Research in Medical Imaging (Cerimed) and to promote it at the European level. This centre, seen as an environment of synergystic exchange between all the disciplines involved in medical imaging and industry is now an approved project, which received funding from the French central and regional government to build a 2700m2 infrastructure on the site of the university hospital La Timone in Marseilles. Paul Lecoq is now acting as technical director of this Centre, which will be fully operational in 2011 (http://cerimed.web.cern.ch) In summary the scientific leadership of Paul Lecoq has developed along the following lines:

Since 1991: Organizer of a worldwide R&D effort for the development of new scintillators for physics, medical and industrial applications. Initiator and Spokesman of the Crystal Clear international collaboration for this R&D. Co-leader of 2 other R&D projects financed by the European Communities. Technical coordinator of a national convention in France involving industry and universities on the same subject

Since 1992: Organizer of a cycle of international conferences on "Heavy scintillators for scientific and industrial applications" First one in Chamonix, France in 1992 (200 participants), 9th one in Winston Salem (NC, USA) in 2007 (300 participants)

1994-2007: As Technical coordinator of the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter at the LHC Large Hadron Collider, responsible for the technical development and the mass production of 76'000 Lead Tungstate crystals (100 tons)

1994-2000: Organizer of the development and mass production organization of Lutetium Aluminum perovskite crystals, in particular for PET scanner applications
Since 2000: Strong involvement in the development of dedicated breast imaging camera combining several modalities for a multiparametric evaluation of breast tumors (anatomic, structural and functional)

Since 2002: Feasibility study and setting-up of an international medical imaging research centre, presently being built in Marseille (Cerimed)

Professor Georges Van den Abbeele
University of California Santa Cruz (USA)

Georges Van den Abbeele, Belgian by birth, is since three years Dean of the social sciences at UC Santa Cruz. He obtained his Ph.D. in Romance Studies in 1981 at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He became Associate Professor of Literature at the university of California in 1985, Professor of Foreign Languages in 1996, Professor of Humanities in 2005.

The research activities and teaching interests of Professor Van den Abbeele concern mainly three headings : Francophone studies ( Philosophy, Litterature and Culture); the past of California, Asian and latino immigration, problems met by a sustenable development; the history of the European idea from the mid-wars to the present. The rethinking of human and social studies in a contemporary context including philosophy, anthropology and the impact of cognitive studies. He played a decisive role in creating Research Institutes in the fields of his interests ( West Pacific Research institute, Humanities centers).

He has published and edited 11 books and more than 100 articles in scientific journals and encyclopedias.

He was awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal 2008 for Social Sciences.

Professor Saverio Cinti
Faculty of Medicine, Universita Politechnica Delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)

1949 Born at Ancona 18th December
1974 MD - University of Padua
1979 Specialist Internal Medicine University of Verona
1982 Specialist in Surgical Pathology -University of Milan Associate Professor of Human Anatomy- Faculty of Medicine, University of Ancona.
1984- Director Institute of Normal Human Morphology (Anatomy and Istology) , Faculty of Medicine, University of Ancona. Director Electron Microscopy Unit of the Dpt of Pathology of the Ancona General Hospital.
1986 Professor of Human Anatomy
1989- Didactic Dean Faculty of Medicine
1997-03 Vice-President of the European COST ACTION 918: "Body Weight and Energy expenditure"
2005-6 President of section Marche of SIO (Italian Society for the study of Obesity)
2007 Member of European COST ACTION BM0602: "Adipose tissue: a key target for prevention of the metabolic syndrome" Honorary member of Italian Society of Nutrition and Sport
2008-10 President Italian Society of Obesity
AWARDS 2008 Blaise Pascal Medal European Academy of Sciences

Professor Cinti is author of one book, of chapters in various books and of 168 original publications (with more than 1500 citations). He is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal "Adipocytes" and presented lectures at numerous international conferences. He pursues international collaborations with many Universities, in Austria,Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.

Professor J. Derek Woollins
Dept of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK

Derek Woollins was born in Cleethorpes and educated at the local grammar school before studying chemistry at the University of East Anglia (Norwich) where he went on to carry out his PhD under the supervision of Andrew Thomson and Roger Grinter. He carried out postdoctoral work with Bill Cullen (UBC, Vancouver), Barnett Rosenberg (MSU, Michigan) and Norman Greenwood (Leeds, England) before being appointed as a lecturer at Imperial College London. After 12 years at Imperial College he moved to Loughborough as the Chair in Inorganic Chemistry where he stayed for five years before moving to St Andrews as the Chair in Synthetic Chemistry in 1999. He is currently Head of the School of Chemistry in St Andrews.

His early work developed high yield reproducible synthesis of complexes containing naked S-N anions. Having originally used metathesis reactions he developed the use of liquid ammonia as both a solvent and reagent to prepare M-S-N compounds in simple efficient routes which avoid the need for explosive starting materials like S4N4. This latter benefit was especially marked when he opened up the field M-Se-N chemistry . His synthetic methodologies were sufficiently good that he was able to prepare 15N labelled compounds. His group subsequently developed a range of nmr studies in S-N chemistry – establishing the utility of 14N and 33S nmr. for molecular characterisation as well as speciation in liquid ammonia. He also developed the interface with materials chemistry, a good example of this is the elegant direct reduction of S4N4 using cobaltocene to give the charge transfer system [Cp2Co][S3N3] .

He also developed the chemistry of imidophosphinates . He studied the coordination chemistry of the PIII and mixed 'hemilabile' PIII/PV as well as the PV systems which give six-membered ME2P2N rings that adopt a number of different geometries ie., boat, chair and are capable of supporting unusual metal geometries. Amongst the most exciting compounds obtained was the first square planar Sn(II) complex , trinuclear Cu(I) systems and air stable tellurium complexes

He played a major part in the development of P-Se heterocyles, synthesising the new reagent [Ph(Se)PSe2P(Se)Ph]. This compound is now commercially available and known as 'Woollins Reagent' (WR, Aldrich Cat No 57254-3). WR is useful for a variety of organic transformations and heterocycle formations

In recent times he has also been successful in elucidating the structure of the long known but poorly understood (SCN)x as part of a wider study which included fundamental characerisation of (ECN)2 as well as developing the coordination chemistry of triselenocarbonate dianion and related systems

Recently Woollins has set about investigating 1,8 substituted naphthalene derivatives. This naphthalene based work has been conducted on the premise that the 'natural' E..E in a 1,8 substituted species is ca 2.4 … and that this distance and a bonding interaction will be favoured over ring strained alternative geometries when heavier elements are placed close to each other using the 1,8 scaffolding. Thus the premise is to take disubstituted but ring strained naphthalene [ie the naphthalene is twisted from ideal aromatic planar geometry or the E groups are pushed apart with non trigonal geometries at carbon] systems and react them to release the ring strain and to form the appropriate E-E bond. The combination of a weak E-E bond coupled with the energy gained from release of ring strain should enable unsusal systems to be obtained.

Woollins has published over 425 research papers in main group chemistry and two books

Professor Guillermo Velarde
Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain

Professor Guillermo Velarde was born in Madrid. He obtained his Master degree in 1952 and his Doctor degree in 1959 at the Polytechnical University of Madrid. In 1956 he started working in the Theoretical Physics Section of the Spanish Atomic Energy Commission (Junta de Energía Nuclear, JEN). Few months later he was sent to the United States to study nuclear physics and reactor theory at Pennsylvania State University and Argonne National Laboratory. Afterwards, he started working in Atomics International of California in a project for the design of a heavy water reactor.

When he returned to Spain to the JEN in the Fall 1963, he began research in the field of transport theory, slowing down and thermalisation of neutrons. In 1966 he was appointed professor and in 1973 got the chair of nuclear physics at the Polytechnical University of Madrid, teaching the speciality of quantum mechanics. Simultaneously to this academic activity, Professor Velarde continued his work as researcher of the JEN where he was appointed Director of Advanced Technology in 1974. This direction included the following divisions: Electronics, Engineering, In-Service Reactor Theory and Calculations, and Fusion.

Papers published by J. Nuckolls et al. in 1972 encouraged him to work in inertial nuclear fusion and he started this research in direct-driven targets based on the micropellet of DT with a layer of plutonium. To carry out these studies he organized a small but very competent group with half a dozen of scientists selected among his most brilliant students of his courses on Quantum Mechanics. Their research led to the development of NORCLA code, the first non-classified coupled code, including time-dependent hydrodynamics and realistic neutron-gamma transport with adequate energy source from fusion and fission materials. NORCLA was made of two modules: NORMA (for hydrodynamics) and CLARA (for fusion-fission sources and neutron-gamma transport).

In 1976, Professor Velarde submitted to the 19th Nuclear Energy Agency Committee in Reactor Physics held in Chalk River (Canada) a paper entitled Neutronic of Laser Fission-Fusion Systems in which the first calculation with NORCLA was postulated. This was one of the first papers published on inertial confinement fission-fusion. Since then, this code has been enlarged including two-dimensional transport and different codes for atomic physics, safety and materials.

In 1981, the JEN decided to devote all its efforts to the magnetic confinement fusion research. For this reason Professor Velarde left the JEN and founded the Institute of Nuclear Fusion (DENIM) at the Polytechnical University of Madrid. Afterwards the group that had been working with him in inertial fusion left also the JEN and joined the DENIM.

Among other data of interest, Professor Velarde was Commissioner of the Spanish Commission on Space Research (1978-1981). Chairman of the Inertial Fusion Energy Coordinating Committee of the European Union (1999-2007) and Chairman of seven international conferences. He has published 328 papers on nuclear physics, neutron transport theory and inertial confinement nuclear fusion. He has written the book Quantum Mechanics (McGraw Hill-2002) and is co-editor of other seven books. Among his publications, it is worth to remark the last one, co-edited with Natividad Carpintero-Santamaría, Inertial Confinement Nuclear Fusion: A Historical Approach by its Pioneers (Foxwell and Davies UK Ltd-2007) which describes for the first time the work carried out by the leading and pioneer scientists in this field during the last 50 years at the main international nuclear laboratories.

One the most touching moments of his life was when he was invited to Moscow by the Academician Oleg Krokhin to address the memorial lecture on Nobel Laureate Nicolai G. Basov at the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002. At the end of this ceremony, Mrs. Basova gave him Basov's own watch as a token of the sincere friendship that both scientists (Basov and Velarde) shared along their lives.

Professor Velarde was director of the Institute of Nuclear Fusion from 1981 to 2004, being now its President. His Institute has been visited by about 200 international scientists, among them, Edward Teller and five Nobel Prizes: Rudolph Mossbauer, Leo Esaki, Nicolai G. Basov, Jack Steinberg and Carlo Rubbia and, upon the request of Professor Velarde, the Polytechnical University of Madrid granted the Honoris Causa Doctorate to Professors Mossbauer, Esaki, Basov and Rubbia.

In 1997 he was awarded with the Edward Teller Award as recognition of his research in inertial fusion energy and in 1998 Professor Velarde received the Archie H. Arms Award for this work in emerging nuclear energy systems.

Professor Charles J. Joachain
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Born in Brussels on May 9, 1937, Professor Charles J. Joachain obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 1963 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. From 1964 to 1965 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation at the University of California in Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and from 1965 to 1966 a Research Physicist at these institutions. At the Université Libre de Bruxelles he was appointed chargé de cours associé in 1965, chargé de cours in 1968, professeur extraordinaire in 1971 and professeur ordinaire in 1978. He was chairman of the Department of Physics in 1980 and 1981. He was also appointed professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1984. In 2002, he became professeur ordinaire émérite at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and professeur honoraire at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

The research activities of Professor Joachain concern two areas of theoretical physics: quantum collision theory and the interaction of intense laser fields with matter. He has published over 200 research articles and four books.

Professor Joachain has been a visiting professor in several universities and laboratories in Europe and the United States, in particular at the University of California in Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), the University of Rome La Sapienza and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching.

Professor Joachain has received many scientific distinctions and prizes, in particular the Prix Louis Empain in 1963 and the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in 1998. He was President of the Belgian Physical Society from 1987 to 1989. He is Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) since 1974 and Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1977. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Durham since 1989. He is a member of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and of the Academia Europaea.

Professor Santiago Alvarez

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Professor Alvarez was born in Panama (Republica de Panama) in 1950, where he developed his interest for Chemistry. He moved to Barcelona in 1968 to study Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where he pursued graduate studies with a grant of the Agustin Pedro y Pons Foundation. He obtained a Ph. D. with a thesis on vibrational spectroscopy under the advice of Prof. Jaume Casabo and in collaboration with V. Tabacik in Montpellier (France). For some time he carried out research on the synthesis and characterization of molecular metals and worked later for one year in theoretical inorganic chemistry in the group of Roald Hoffmann at Cornell University, granted by the Fulbright-MEC postdoctoral program. He was appointed as Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) in the Universitat de Barcelona in 1984 and was promoted to Catedratico (Full Professor) of Inorganic Chemistry in 1987.

His main research interests have been in bonding and stereochemistry of transition metal compounds, combining computational chemistry and structural database analysis. In particular he has dealt with the structure and bonding of several families of coordination and organometallic molecules, the structure and electrical properties of solid state compounds, the magnetic coupling of two or more paramagnetic atoms in complex molecular structures. He has produced over two hundred research papers. The most recent line of activity of his research group consists on the definition and application of the continuous shape measures and the continuous symmetry measures to the systematic description of molecular, supramolecular and crystal structures, developing new stereochemical tools such as the shape maps, the minimal distortion paths, the path deviation functions and the generalized interconversion coordinates.

He was Director of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the UB between 1992 amd 1995 and is advisor to the Board of Governors of the UB since 2004. He has been a member of the Editorial Board and of the International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions, and participated in a IUPAC working party for the study of terminology of theoretical chemistry in 1993. His most recent awards include the Distincio de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la Promocio de la Recerca Universitaria, Premio de Investigacion en Quimica Inorganica de la Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica and the Premio Solvay de Investigacion en Ciencias Quimicas. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2005 and a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences since 2006.

He has been active in organizing scientific meetings, such as the euromediterranean conference of inorganic chemistry FIGIPS-6 in 2001 and several international advanced courses on Synchrotron Radiation and X Ray Absorption, Dessign and Assembly of Molecules and Networks, Photochemistry and Luminiscence of Coordination Compounds or Structural Databases in Chemistry. Starting in 2003, he has organized the international meetings NoSIC (Not Strictly Inorganic Chemistry), in which participants discuss on topics on the borders of Chemistry and other areas of knowledge, such as art, history, language, music or gastronomy. He publishes a section in the Revista de la Societat Catalana de Quimica entitled El Bagul dels Llibres (the ark of books), that reviews the most salient books on topics close to the edges of chemistry and humanistic knowledge. He has also recently published a book entitled Els atoms en l'espai (Atoms in Space), that provides a Catalan translation of the founding papers of stereochemistry by Van 't Hoff and Le Bel, complemented with an assay on the precedents and consequences of such publications.

Professor Professor Li Ta-tsien
Fudan University, China

LI Ta-tsien is since 1980 Professor at the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, one of the best universities in China. He began his scientific career as a student of the famous mathematician GU Chao-hao, also at Fudan University. After he got his Ph.D. in 1966, he spent the terrible years of the so-called "Cultural" Revolution in total isolation. It is only after 1975 that he could begin to resume the usual scientific activities. In this respect, the two years that he spent from 1979-1981 as a Research Fellow at the celebrated College de France in Paris were decisive. It is the late Professor Jacques-Louis Lions, one of the most eminent and influential applied mathematicians of the twentieth century, who had invited LI Ta-tsien in Paris, a sure sign that he had an excellent opinion of him! There he became acquainted with the theory of partial differential equations and control theory, together with some of their manifold applications, such as nonlinear elasticity or gas dynamics (more specific details are provided below).
After his stay in France, LI Ta-tsien began what was to become an exceptionally brilliant career. As a result, he is now recognized as one of the most eminent applied mathematicians in China, and more generally, in Asia. I will now briefly evoke some of the domains where LI Ta-tsien has made major contributions (it would be too long to describe all of them!).

LI Ta-tsien is one of the best specialists, worldwide, of the theory and numerical analysis of nonlinear hyperbolic partial differential equations, a domain where major difficulties abound, as well as a domain of fundamental importance in applications. These include in particular nonlinear elasticity and gas dynamics. Guided by the objective of acquiring a better understanding of the theory and physics of shocks that occur in gas dynamics, LI Ta-tsien has developed a new theory of local existence of classical and discontinuous solutions for the most general quasi-linear hyperbolic systems with two variables, including those where a free boundary occurs. In this fashion, he was able to specify the local structure of discontinuous solutions. This work immediately attracted the attention of Andrew Majda, a famous specialist of the subject, who stated that [quote] "In a series of interesting papers, Li and Yu have discussed general free boundary value problems for hyperbolic equations, including the full perturbed Riemann problem and steady supersonic flow in two dimensions past a curved wedge... This is the only other work known to the author on hyperbolic free boundary value problems" [unquote].

In another series of fundamental contributions, LI Ta-tsien has established the existence of classical solutions for the Cauchy problem for general quasi-linear hyperbolic system, with "sufficiently small" initial data. This work constitutes a double achievement: First, it provides optimal estimates of lower and upper bounds for the "life-span" of a classical solution; second, it can be applied to the system of nonlinear elastodynamics. The late Professor Jean Leray, one of the most famous mathematicians of the twentieth century, then made the following comment on this work: [quote] "The work of LI Ta-tsien provides precise and elegant answers to manifold questions raised by many researchers" [unquote]. In addition, LI Ta-tsien was able to obtain a complete characterization of the life-span of classical solutions for nonlinear wave equations, thus improving over previous results of Fritz John, Lars Hormander, and Sergiu Klainerman.

More recently, LI Ta-tsien was able to obtain the first satisfactory mathematical modeling of "diagraphy of wells by resistivity", a method of fundamental importance in petroleum exploitation. This work led him to introduce a new family of boundary value problems, called "boundary value problems with equipotential surface". He then studied such problems, both theoretically and numerically, in particular by successfully applying homogenization theory to the modeling of an electrod composed of many parts. It is a measure of the success and power of his approach that it is currently used in more than ten petroleum fields over the world! In this respect, the review journal "Zentralblatt fur Mahematik" recently praised the book that LI Ta-tsien wrote on the subject, stressing that this approach has proved to be very useful to anyone interested in "mathematical geology".

To this day, LI Ta-tsien has published five monographs and more than research 190 papers. He received the State Natural Science Prize, the State Education Commission Prize for Scientific and Technical Progress, the Shanghai Scientific and Technical Progress Prize and various other Prizes.

Ta-tsien is already a Member of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences, of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and of the French Academy of Sciences, he is also Co-Director of Mathematics Center of State Education Ministry and Institut Sino-Francais de Mathematiques Appliquées, President of the SMAI of China, Director for China of the CIMPA and Officer-at-large of ICIAM.

Professor Roderick Sue-cheun Wong
City University of Hong Kong, China

Professor Roderick S C Wong was born in Shanghai, China. He obtained his BA degree in Mathematics from San Diego State College in 1965 and his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1969. He started his career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba, where he stayed for almost 25 years. In 1973, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1979 to Full Professor. In 1986, he was appointed Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics, a post he held until he left the University of Manitoba in 1994.

Prof Wong joined City University of Hong Kong in early 1994 to take up the post of Professor of Mathematics. He was concurrently appointed Head of the then newly formed Department of Mathematics. In 1995, he led the efforts for the establishment of the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences and was appointed Director of the Centre. From 1998 to 2004, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and from 2004 to 2006, the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. In April 2006, he was appointed Vice-President (Research)/Dean of Graduate Studies.

Prof Wong was the Vice-President of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Society in 1988 and the President in 1989 and 1990. During 1988-1991, he served on the Grants Selection Committee for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. From 1991-1993, he was the Vice-President of the Canadian Mathematical Society, and from 1995-1997, he was the President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society. Prof Wong was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "Methods and Applications of Analysis" from 1993-1999. He has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "Analysis and Application" since 2001, and is currently serving on the Editorial Board of more than ten journals.
  The honours bestowed on Prof Wong include the Killam Research Fellowship (1982-1984), one of the most prestigious awards for researchers given by the Canada Council, and the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research (1984) from the University of Manitoba. Prof Wong is holding the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, an honour he obtained in 1993 through election. In 2002, he was elected to the Academy of Science of Turin (Italy) as a foreign member. In 2004, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur. He has also been awarded an honorary professorship by Shanghai University, Dalian University of Technology, and Northeastern University of the Mainland China.

Prof Wong's research interests cover the areas of asymptotic analysis, perturbation methods, special functions and orthogonal polynomials, integral transforms, integral equations, and ordinary differential equations. During the period of 1970-1996, his research work was continuously funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and other external grant bodies such as Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Provincial Government of Manitoba, etc. Since he returned to Hong Kong, he has been awarded five Competitive Earmarked Research Grants by Hong Kong Research Grants Council on five consecutive applications. Prof Wong has published over 100 papers in international journals, and is the author of the book Asymptotic Approximations of Integrals published by Academic Press (1989) and reprinted by SIAM in its Classics in Applied Mathematics Series (2001).

Professor Asuncion Fernandez Camacho
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas and Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Born May 1958 in Vigo, Spain, Professor Asuncion Fernandez graduated in Chemistry at the University of Cadiz (1980) and in Physics at UNED (Spanish Open University) (1984). From 1980 to 1983 she carried out her PhD work at Max-Planck Institut für Strahlenchemie in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr (Germany) under the guide of Prof.H.Kisch. During this period she got fellowships from the Max-Planck Society and the Alfried Krupp Foundation. She obtained her Dr. re. Naturforschung Degree at the University of Dortmund in June 1983. The topic of this first stage research was the photocatalytic production of hydrogen from water in the presence of semiconductor catalysts.

She returned to Spain and joined the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the University of Seville as post-doctoral researcher and continued her research on the application of semiconductor nanoparticles as photocatalysts. In 1986 the Materials Science Institute of Sevilla  (ICMS) was created as a join centre of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Sevilla and Asuncion Fernandez became a tenured scientist of this Institute in 1987. She successively became Researcher in 1997 and full Professor of CSIC in 2002. She has managed the research group "Nanostructured Materials and Microstructure" since 1991 and is the Director of the ICMS since July 2001.

The research activities of Asuncion Fernandez have been mainly focussed on the physico-chemical study of materials with grain sizes bellow 50 nm (nanomaterials). In particular she worked in the fields of: Semiconductor photocatalysis, surface chemistry and plasma assisted methods for the synthesis of thin films and coatings. Her fundamental investigations have aimed to control the synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructured thin films; as well as, to apply microstructural characterisation techniques for the study of nanostructured materials at the nano-scale. Important achievements have been done in the preparation and characterization of:

i) Gold nanoparticles stabilised through thiol derivatised organic- and bio-molecules;
ii) nanocomposite coatings for low friction and high wear resistance applications and
iii) new nanostructured materials for hydrogen storage.

She is author or more than 165 papers in International Journals and 4 internationalized patents, 37 contributions in collective and non SCI volumes and numerous scientific presentations including about 30 invited lectures in International symposia and in Industry or University centres. She leaded more than 30 research projects financed by National and European programs and supervised 9 PhD Thesis. She also leaded more than 12 experiments approved at European Synchrotrons and supervised 8 post-doctoral fellows.

Asuncion Fernandez is concerned to improve exchanges between scientific communities world wide. She did numerous stays and visits at different research Institutions and Universities: Max-Planck Institut fur Strahlenchemie Mulheim a.d. Ruhr (Germany); Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France); Berliner Elektronenspeicherring Gesellschaft fur Synchrotron Strahlung, Berlin (Germany); Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington (England); Laboratory pour l'utilisation du Rayonnement Electromagnetique LURE, Orsay (France); Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin (Germany); Institut f¨r Anorganische Chemie II der Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, Grenoble (France); Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England); University of Surrey (England); Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Frascati (Italy); Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse CNRS, Lyon (France); The Philips Electron Optics Application Laboratory, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Department of Materials Science, University of Oxford (England); H.E.F. (Research Centre), St.Ettienne (France); Laboratoire de Physique de l'Etat Condensé, UPRES CNRS 6087, Université du Maine (France); among others.

She is associated editor of the "Journal of Metastable and Nanocrystalline Materials". Trans Tech Publications. ISSN 1422-6375, electronic journal. She has been president of the "Physics and Mathematics Committee" of the CNEAI (Spanish National Evaluation Committee for Research activity) (2005-2006); member of the "Production technology Committee" for the Andalusian Research Program, regional evaluation for research activity (2003-2005); referee for evaluation of research projects of the regional government of Galicia (Spain) (2007); director of the Transmission Electron Microscopy general facilities at the Research Centre Isla de la Cartuja since October 1996. Her awards include: "Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura" (M.Sc. award), University of Cadiz; fellowship of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft for Ph.D. students (Dec.1980-Sep.1981); fellowship of the Alfried Krupp Stiftung for Ph.D. students (Oct.1981-Jun.1983); award for young researchers from "Real Academia Sevillana de Ciencias"-"Royal Academy of Sciences of Sevilla" 1994; Award "Fundacion Domingo Martinez" (1996-97), award "Andaluza que abre caminos 2004" recognition to relevant Andalusian women.

Professor Vladimir L. Arlazarov
Institute for System Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow


1961 - M.S. in Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia.
1968 - Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Gorky, Russia.
1987 - Doctor of Science and Full professor in Computer Science, Moscow, Russia.
2003 - Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia.

1961 - 1968, Engineer, senior engineer, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
1968 - 1977, Head of the Software Laboratory, Institute of Control Problems, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
1977 - present, Head of the Computer Science department, Institute for System Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
1969 - present, Professor in Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow.
1993 - present, President and CEO of Cognitive Technologies, Ltd., Moscow.

Discrete Mathematics
1970 - 1979, Identification of graphs, invariants of graphs, enumeration of regular graphs.

Data Bases
1977 - 1984, Head of the INES data base management system project, one of the most important developments for IBM-360-compatible computers of the early 80s (INES was installed in over 2500 organizations). Theoretical works on data bases.

Artificial Intelligence
1963 - 1977, Chess game programming. Development of the KAISSA chess program. Winner of the First World Computer Chess Championship (with G.Adelson-Velsky, M.Donskoy), Stockholm, 1974.
1988 - 1993, Development of the Optical Character Recognition systems. The OCR system developed in the Institute for System Analysis is the leader in the Cyrillic OCR market.
1993 - present, Speech recognition systems, Creation of speech corpora, Text-to-speech systems.
1995 - present, Handwritten Recognition, Forms Recognition, Pattern Recognition.

Document Management and Workflow
1997 - present, Theory and Development of Document management and Workflow systems.

Member of the scientific council of Institute for System Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Member of dissertation councils of Institute for System Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences and of Russian State Oil and Gas University.
Member of the editorial board of periodical "SYSTEMS RESEARCH. Methodological Problems".
Member of the editorial board of periodical "Proceeding of Institute for System Analysis".

Chief designer of instrumental data base management system INES which was installed on more then 2000 mainframes in former USSR.
Head of development of automated control system on international scientific and technical contacts USSR (ASU MNTS).
Chief designer of Information and analytical system "Academinform" developed for Presidium of Russian Academy of Science.
Head of development of first commercial Russian OCR systems Tiger and Cuneiform.
Head of development of Document Management system Euphrates.

More than 100 scientific publications, including 7 monographs.
Author of more than 60 Russian Patents in computing technologies.
Author of United States Patent in speech recognition (with D. Bogdanov, E. Komissarchik, A. Ivanov and others).

Universities of Canada, 1985 (Alberta, Edmonton, MacGill Montreal, Waterloo, Toronto).
France, 1988 (Paris-6 University, Institute of Mathematics, Grenoble, INTRA). CWI, Amsterdam, Holland, 1991.

Gold medal of IFIP for the victory of the KAISSA chess program at the 1974 World Championship.
The USSR Council of Ministers prize for the INES development and implementation. The medal "For Labour Valour" (the USSR state award).
The medal "Labour Veteran" (the USSR state award).
5 awards of Russian Fair of national economy achievements (VDNCh) for implementations of automatic control systems, mathematical knowledge based planning systems, hybrid computing system and others.
Member of several Russian IT professionals Top-100 lists.

Professor Alan Kin-tak Lau
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

In 1987, Dr. Lau joined The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO) as a craft apprentice for three and a half years in the aircraft maintenance division.

Afterward, he received his Bachelor and Master Degrees of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University, Australia) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Within this period, he was working in General Aviation Maintenance Pty. Ltd. Australia and Corporative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structure (CRC-ACS) Australia as Engineer Trainee and Research Assistant, respectively for designing a repair scheme for composite performs.

He then received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001.
Thereafter, he was appointed as Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Based on his outstanding research performance in the fields of advanced composites, FRP for infrastructure applications, smart materials and structures and nano-materials, he has received numerous awards which include The Best Paper Awards on Materials (1998), The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship Award (2000), Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005) and Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006). As his age of 33, due to his significant contribution to the field of science and engineering, he was elected as Corresponding Member of European Academy of Sciences with the citation "for profound contributions to materials science and fundamental developments in the field of composite materials" in 2002, and has now elected as Full Member of the Academy. Dr. Lau has published over 160 scientific and engineering articles and his publications have been cited over 450 times to date.

He has also successfully converted his research findings into real-life practical tools and therefore a total of 7 patents have been granted to him. Since 2002, Dr. Lau has conducted more than 30 industrial-based consultancy projects with different governmental agencies and private sectors. Besides, he has also been handling many industrial-based collaborative projects, which assist the local small and medium sized enterprise (SME) transformation.

He has also been actively organizing different local and international activities for the industry. Currently, he has been serving more than 40 local and international professional bodies as Chairman, Committee Member, Editor and Key Officer to promote the engineering profession to the public.

He has been elected as Chairman of the Fifteenth International Conference on Nano/Composite Engineering, and International Workshop on Multifunctional Materials in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Currently, Dr. Lau has been elected as Chairman of The Institution of Engineering Designers, Hong Kong Branch and Vice President of Engineers Australia, Hong Kong Chapter. He is Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

Professor Piero Baglioni
University of Florence (Italia)

Piero Baglioni is full professor of Physical Chemistry and lecturer of "Physical Chemistry of Disperse Systems and Interfaces" at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florence. He has been appointed as Visiting Scientist/Professor by some prestigious Laboratories such as the Department of Chemistry of the University of Houston, the Weizmann Institute, the Collège de France, and the M.I.T.

He is the Director of the National Consortium for Nanosystems (CSGI); he is in the Advisory Board and reviewer of several international journals, and International organization (European Science Foundation, ESF, National Science Foundation, NSF) . He is member of the scientific board of several national and international Institutions, industries (Italcementi, FAST, HMI, etc.) and Journals, coordinator of several National and European Union's projects.

Piero Baglioni is the author of more than 250 publications on books and largely diffused international journals. He is also the author of 12 patents for the preparation of aqueous suspensions at high concentration of particulate, for the therapy and photodynamic diagnosis of tumors, for the conservation of the cultural heritage, for the setup of a new process for the treatment of textile industrial waste, for production of emulsions from Bio Crude Oil, for production of nanoparticles and novel nano-coatings via flame-spraying, and using homogeneous and heterogeneous solutions.

Piero Baglioni produced several innovations in the field of both inorganic and organic colloids. Within the broad field of modern colloid and surface chemistry, his research is mainly concentrated into the following areas:
(1) Self-assembly of bio-inspired surfactants (nucleolipid and ascorbic acid derivatives) and of biomolecules (cyclodextrins)
(2) Core-shell nanostructures with tunable magnetic properties
(3) Inorganic nanophases applied to Cultural Heritage conservation and to nanocoating of materials (building materials, textiles, etc..)
(4) Interaction potentials in protein solutions
(5) Nanostrucutured surfaces for biosensors application
(6) Additive effects on microstructure and hydration in cement pastes
(7) Confined water in inorganic and biological matrices.

Professor François Pichault
University of Liege, Belgium

After a Phd in sociology under the joint supervision of Pr Michel Crozier (CSO, Paris) and P.Lebrun (Liège), François Pichault began his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Liège. In 1986, he founded and became the President of LENTIC; a research centre focussed on the socio-organizational aspects of innovation and changes processes. This centre, grouping about 15 research fellows from different disciplinary backgrounds (economics, sociology, management, psychology, communication, etc.), has reached an international notoriety and is integrated in numerous academic networks at the European level.

During the winter 1990, Pr Pichault spent a sabbatical leaf at Mc Gill University (Montreal), with Pr Mintzberg. After this meeting, he published with his colleague Jean Nizet (Catholic University of Louvain) several books devoted to the configurational analysis of organizations and HRM policies.

As a visiting teacher, he worked in various universities and academic institutions like: Catholic University of Louvain, Royal Military Institute of Brussels, HEC Paris, University of Paris-Dauphine, University of Grenoble III (UNESCO Chair), etc. Since 2004, he is affiliated professor at ESCP-EAP, Paris.

He was involved in various cooperation programmes with St Joseph University (Lebanon), Abomey-Calavi University (Benin), IFAG (Bulgaria), State University of Minsk (Belarus), etc. He is currently Director of Research of HEC-Management School, at the University of Liège.

Pr Pichault can be defined as a social scientist among business practitioners, combining theoretical knowledge with empirical experience in organizations submitted to change processes. With his team, he has been in charge of various action researches in Belgian and foreign companies belonging to various sectors such as: steel, IT, glass, electricity, automobile, food, biotechnology, plastics, bank and insurance, railways, express cargo, international organizations, Belgian public agencies, non profit organizations, etc. Such an empirical experience helped him to develop a critical and in-depth view on the main evolutions of the labour market, with a special interest for technological innovations, new organizational forms (network organizations) and flexible labour patterns and their social perceptions. His original perspective has been presented in more than ten books and several dozens of scientific papers.

Professor Claude Imbert
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (France)

Professor Claude Imbert is a philosopher by training. She obtained her Ph. D. at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris, a first degree in mathematics and mathematical logic (Harvard University and Institut Poincaré, Paris), and a first degree in old languages and literature (Greek and Latin).
Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris, later Chairman of its department of philosophy, she specialized in history of logic and epistemology. She became member of several scientific commissions of historians of sciences and philosophers of sciences. She was also associate professor at the University of California (Davis), associate Professor at the University John Hopkins (Baltimore), Scholar of the Getty Foundation (Los Angeles), Fellow at Trinity College (Cambridge, 2003), associate Professor at Fudan University (Shangaï).

Elected as President of the Jury of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2006, she is now Professor Emerita.
Her research works and publications were mostly devoted to history and anthropology of logic systems (Greek logic, Port-Royal, Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, Levi-Strauss); history of painting and symbolic systems; epistemology, cognitivism; contemporary philosophy. She published several books as author or co-author on these subjects, and numerous articles in French, Portuguese, Brazilian, American, English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Rumanian and Italian journals.

For her institute, she was in charge of various foreign missions, in United States, United Kingdom, Spain, China, Chili, Columbia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Portugal, India, Argentina, Canada, Tunisia, Israel, Australia and Switzerland.

She is now, for the Ecole Normale Supérieure, responsible of the seminars, in which she proposes challenging questions pervading human and social sciences when they are facing a second modernism. Her present seminars are organized with Universities of U.S., China, U.K., Italy, Germany, Brazil, Tunisia and France.

She always gave a great importance to popularizing social sciences, and notably philosophy; she gave numerous conferences and participated in various emissions of radio and television and conferences.

She obtained French and foreign awards et recognitions (Prix de l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques (Dagnan Bouveret-2000), Distinguished Overseas Scholar Fellowship, China (Fudan University, Shangaï- 2003); Commandeur dans l'Ordre des palmes académiques (2002); Officier de la Légion d'honneur (2006)).

Professor Krister Holmberg
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Krister Holmberg was born and brought up in Göteborg, Sweden. He graduated with a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in 1970 and continued studies towards a PhD degree at the same university. He did his thesis work in organic chemistry, studying various aspects of the Diels-Alder reaction under the supervision of Professor Erich Adler.

After having completed his PhD in 1974 he moved to Helsingborg to work as a researcher at Leo, a pharmaceutical company later bought by Pharmacia (which was subsequently acquired by Pfizer). At the end of 1976 he moved to Berol Kemi, a major Swedish chemical company, where he became head of R&D of their division for paint binders. He worked for the chemical industry until 1991, first at Berol Kemi's division for paint binders, then at Eka Kemi and then back at Berol Kemi, now as Research Director of the company. During these years he gradually moved from organic synthesis to surface chemistry. During the latter years at Berol Kemi (which during this time changed names to Berol Nobel and subsequently to Akzo Nobel Surfactants) he built strong ties to Göteborg University. Between 1984 and 1991 he was Adjunct Professor of biotechnological surface chemistry at the university. During these years he supervised several students, employees at the company, to a PhD exam in surface chemistry related to biotechnological problems. One major theme was bioorganic synthesis in microemulsions and other organized surfactant systems. Another research area was "temporary biocides", cationic amphiphiles with a weak bond in the structure. The idea was to design biocides with controlled half life.

In 1991 Krister Holmberg was offered a position as Director of the Institute for Surface Chemistry (YKI) in Stockholm, Sweden. YKI is a well-known institution in surface chemistry with some 80 member companies around the world and with a staff of around 100. At YKI he continued his research on biological surface chemistry. Together with coworkers at the institute and in collaboration with scientists in Gainesville, Florida, Huntsville, Alabama and Lyon he developed methods to make protein-resistant surfaces of interest for medical and biotechnical applications. The technique proved to be particularly interesting for solid phase immunoassay. A procedure was developed to immobilize antibodies to such surfaces and these antibodies retained activity better than antibodies attached by the conventional procedure.

Krister Holmberg moved to Chalmers University of Technology in 1998 to become Professor of Surface Chemistry. Since 2003 he is also the Dean of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has established a large research group active in many areas of applied surface chemistry. Preparation of nanomaterials using self-assembled surfactants as templates became an important research field and he collaborates closely with groups in Paris and in Gainesville, Florida. The microemulsion technique is used to make nanoparticles composed of single noble metal or metal alloys and micellar solutions of block copolymers in water are used for making mesoporous oxides, such as silica, alumina and titania and also mesoporous graphite. Nobel metal nanoparticles are inserted into the pores of the mesoporous graphite. Heterogeneous catalysis is the main application of this work.

Microemulsions and other microheterogeneous systems are also used as reaction media for organic and bioorganic synthesis. Such reaction systems are ideally suited to overcome incompatibility problems sometimes encountered in organic synthesis. In this respect the microemulsion approach can be seen as an alternative to phase transfer catalysis. Krister Holmberg showed that very high reactivity can be obtained by combining the two approaches.
In recent years Krister Holmberg has combined organic synthesis with nanomaterials. The pores of mesoporous oxides, which are water-filled, are used as host for a homogeneous catalyst, a metal organic compound or an enzyme, and the catalyst-loaded particles are kept as a suspension in a hydrocarbon were the substrate is dissolved. A rhodium-based catalyst with water soluble ligands was used for carbon-carbon coupling reactions and a lipase was used for esterifications and transesterifications.

Krister Holmberg has published over 200 research papers, he is the author or editor of six books and he is the inventor or coinventor of 35 patents. He was Chairman of the Swedish Chemical Society between 1999 and 2005. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences. He received l'Ordre National du Mérite au grade de Chevalier in 2000 and the Oscar Carlson Award in 2006.

Professor Alain Tressaud
Research Director at ICMCB-CNRS, University Bordeaux 1 (France)

Born September 1943, in Périgueux, France, Alain Tressaud graduated from Bordeaux University, 1964 where he got a "Doctorat en Chimie" in 1967 and a "Doctorat-des-Sciences Physiques" in 1969. His mentor in solid-state chemistry was Prof. Paul Hagenmuller, Director of Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide, Bordeaux, the initiator of the new born European school of solid-state chemistry. A post-doctoral stay, as a NATO fellow, in the laboratory of Neil Bartlett at Berkeley, CA,  initiated an interest in high oxidation-state fluorine chemistry.

Research appointments at CNRS began in 1966 and he became successively: "Maître de Recherche" , 1976, Research Director (2nd class 1982, 1st class 1992). He has managed the Fluorine Group in Bordeaux for several decades, and is now responsible at ICMCB-CNRS for the running of the Functionalized Materials Group, which comprises about thirty researchers involved in Fluorine, Hybrid materials and Nanoparticles topics.

He is the author of more than 300 papers in International Journals and 12 internationalized patents, 7 books as editor or major contributor, numerous scientific presentations, including about 100 invited lectures in International symposia and in Industry or University centres.

The research activities of Alain Tressaud have been mainly focused on fluorine chemistry and fluorinated materials, first at the Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide, and later at the Institute for Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB-CNRS), University  Bordeaux1. His fundamental investigations have aimed at improving our understanding of the dependence of magnetic, electronic and optical properties of solids on structure and bonding. Important achievements have been new synthetic routes to binary and complex fluorides; the preparation of novel oxidation-state transition-element compounds; and the demonstration of dramatic dependence of electronic properties on structural changes induced by pressure in mixed oxidation-state species. These studies, from which he has acquired international recognition, have suggested improved materials for uses in fields such as catalysis, energy storage, and optronics.

He has been an Invited Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley-USA; Philipps Universität, Marburg-Germany; Universidad La Laguna-Spain; NPL, New Delhi-India; Kyoto University and Aichi Institute Technology-Japan, and since 1998 has been an Associate Scientist of the Institute Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is Founder and Chairman of the French Network on Fluorine Chemistry and co-Founder of the French-Japanese Seminars on Fluorine chemistry. His book series "Advances in Fluorine Science" (since 2005) of which he is founding editor-in-chief, was motivated by important society issues: environment, health, new technologies. He is a member of the scientific board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, and has served as Guest Editor for that and other journals. In 2006 he was in charge of the scientific aspects of the celebration of the centenary of Henri Moissan's Nobel Prize.

Alain Tressaud is concerned to improve exchanges between scientific communities worldwide. For this purpose he has been involved as chairman or as a member of the scientific board in numerous International Symposia: Intercalation Chemistry (ISIC), Fluorine Chemistry (ISFC, ESFC), A.C.S. national meetings, French-Japanese Seminars, Intersiberian International Seminars (ISIF).

Professor Frans Carl De Schryver
K.U. Leuven (Belgium)

Frans De Schryver was born in St. Niklaas (W) on September 21st 1939. He obtained the degree of doctor in sciences in 1964. Afterwards he had post-doctoral training in polymer chemistry at the University of Arizona 1964-1966 (under the guidance of prof. C.S. Marvel) and stayed for a short time at the University of Stuttgart in 1970 (under the guidance of prof. Th. Förster) and at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Abt. Spektroskopie in 1971 (under the guidance of prof. A. Weller).
At the K.U.Leuven he was appointed docent (1969), professor (1973) and full professor (1975) and became in October 2004 emeritus. He has been for many years involved in the area of photochemistry and photophysics. His research has focused on fundamental aspects of photochemistry and photophysics and their use in the study of physicochemical properties of complex systems. During the last 10 years he contributed primarily to the emerging field of time and space resolved (photo)chemistry including scanning probe microscopy, optical microscopy and single molecule spectroscopy., He has published over 600 papers.

He was a visiting professor in many Universities and held appointments as a long time associate at The Université Catholique de Louvain and the Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten and was president of the Klasse van de Natuurwetenschappen (2002). He received following awards: Fulbright Research Fellowship in 1964, was a Laureate of Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen van België, a Senior Research Awardee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1993, Recipient of the Chaire Bruylants in 199. He was a Porter Medalist, awarded jointly by the European, Inter-American and Japanese Photochemical Societies, and a Recipient of a Francqui Chair in 1998. He received the Havinga Medal and was holder of the Förster Memorial Lecturer in 1999. He was further awarded the Frontiers in Biochemistry Award in 2000, the Max-Planck-Forschungspreis für Chemie in 2001, the International Award of the Japanese Photochemical society and the special medal of The University of Groningen in 2005. He is Editor in chief of Photchemical and Photobiological Sciences, associated editor of ChemPhysChem and member of the Editorial Board of Angewandte Chemie and Chem Phys Lett.

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas
University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas was born and brought up in a Welsh mining valley; and his interest in science was aroused as a teenager when his physics mistress talked about the life and work of Michael Faraday, who has remained one of his scientific heroes. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wales, Swansea, and completed his PhD at the University of London. His first academic appointment (1958) was at the University of Wales, Bangor, where inter alia he demonstrated the profound influence that dislocations and other structural imperfections exert upon the chemical, electronic and surface properties of solids. He became Professor and Head of Chemistry at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1969, where he broadened his interests in solid-state, surface and materials chemistry and pioneered the application of electron microscopy in chemistry. In 1978 he became Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge, where his development of new techniques in solid-state and materials science, and his design and synthesis of new catalysts progressed greatly. From 1986 to 1991 he was Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, where he occupied the chair that was created for Michael Faraday. He was also Director of the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory.

At Cambridge he extended his earlier electron microscopic and surface studies of minerals and intercalates to encompass the synthesis and structural determination of zeolitic materials by a combination of solid-state NMR, neutron scattering and real-space imaging. At London he added synchrotron radiation to his armoury and devised techniques which combine X-ray spectroscopy and high-resolution X-ray diffraction to determine the atomic structure of active sites of solid catalysts under operating conditions. He introduced and pioneered so-called single-site heterogeneous catalysts, which offers a widely applicable method of designing new solid catalysts to meet the challenges of clean technology. He also designed new microporous and mesoporous catalysts, onto the inner surfaces of which active centres (for isomerizations, epoxidations, chiral hydrogenations and chiral amination) were grafted from organo-metallic precursors. With his PDRA, Dr Raja, he devised molecular sieve catalysts that convert n-alkanes to n-alkanols, cyclohexane or cyclohexene to adipic acid, n-hexane to adipic acid and cyclohexanone to its oxime and caprolactam, all in air under solvent-free conditions. One of his inventions, the single-step, solvent-free catalytic synthesis of ethyl acetate, is the basis of a 220,000 ton p.a. industrial plant in the U.K., the largest of its kind in the world. One of his most significant recent catalytic innovations - the boosting of the enantioselectivity of asymmetric organometallic catalysts by constraining them within mesoporous supports - has been multiply patented (2003) by German industry as a means of producing enantiomerically enriched hydroxycarboxylic esters. His work on the production of caprolactam (precursor to nylon-6), published in PNAS (2005), is a significant advance in "green" chemistry.

He is the author of over 1000 research papers and twenty-five patents, of two definitive university texts on heterogeneous catalysis (1967 and 1997), and of Michael Faraday and the Royal Institution: The Genius of Man and Place (1991; Japanese translation, 1994; Italian translation, 2007), and co-editor of many other monographs. His awards include the Davy Medal and the Bakerian and Rutherford Lectureships of the Royal Society, the Faraday Medal, Longstaff Medal, the Sir George Stokes Gold Medal and four others of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Messel Gold Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry, the Semenov Centenary Medal of the Russian Academy of Science, the Willard Gibbs Gold Medal of the American Chemical Society and the first recipient of the Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, also of the American Chemical Society. An FRS since 1977, in 1999 he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for work that "has profoundly added to the science-base of heterogeneous catalysis leading to the commercial exploitation of zeolites through engineering processes". He is a Foreign Member or Hon. Foreign Fellow of sixteen other national and international academies and holds numerous honorary doctorates from Australian, British, Canadian, Dutch, Egyptian, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and US universities. In 2000 The Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Society of America held a symposium in his honour at their annual convention in Philadelphia. Stanford University awarded him the Linus Pauling Gold Medal in 2003 for his contributions to the advancement of science, and the Italian Chemical Society their Guilio Natta Gold Medal for meritorious work in catalysis. He is one of the world's most highly cited chemists. In recognition of his contributions to geochemistry, a new mineral, meurigite, was named after him in 1995 by the International Association of Mineralogy (the only living chemist to be so honoured).

He is founding co-editor-in-chief of Catalysis Letters (1987), Topics in Catalysis (1992), and Current Opinion in Solid-State and Materials Science (1996). He has done much to popularise science among young people and adult lay audiences, giving numerous lecture-demonstrations, radio, television, and National Portrait Gallery talks: his Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on crystals were broadcast on BBC national TV in 1987. He served (1982-85) as a science advisor in the U.K. Government Cabinet Office Committee, as Chairman of CHEMRAWN (chemical research applied to world needs), and Trustee of the Science Museum and of the Natural History Museum, London. In 1991 he was knighted for his services to chemistry and the popularisation of science. Currently he is Honorary Professor of Solid State Chemistry at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the Davy Faraday Laboratory. He also holds Visiting Professorships at Cardiff, Southampton and South Carolina and is an Honorary Professor at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan and Jilin University, China. From 1993 to 2002 he was Master (Head) of Peterhouse, the oldest college in the University of Cambridge. He is Vice-President of Cambridge University Musical Society.

Professor Brian F. Johnson
University of Cambridge, UK

Born in September 1938 and brought up in Northampton, England, Professor's Johnson's interest in Science was greatly aroused as a young boy by the excellence of the education he received from the Masters at the Northampton Grammar School, and later by the staff at the University of Nottingham. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1960, and completed his PhD under the guidance of Professor C.C.Addison at the same University in 1963. His first academic appointment was at the University of Manchester, where he first developed his interest in organometallic chemistry, in particular the chemistry of the metal carbonyls, and helped to pioneer the application of mass spectroscopy in the identification of polynuclear carbonyl systems. He became lecturer in Chemistry at University College London in 1967 where he broadened his interests in the chemistry of metal clusters, and developed new synthetic routes to cluster systems. From 1970-1978 he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and Reader from 1978-1990.

At Cambridge he together with Professor Lord Lewis extended his earlier studies of metal carbonyl clusters to encompass the synthesis and structure determination of this important class of compounds by a combination of X-ray crystallography, mass spectroscopy, and NMR spectroscopy. In 1991 he was elected to the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry a the University of Edinburgh, and began to develop an active interest in the implications of the organometallic clusters for the chemistry of organic compounds on metallic surfaces. This was to lead to the development of the Ligand Polyhedral Model, which for the first time led to the understanding of the ground-state structures that the cluster carbonyls adopt. He was further able to apply this same model to a new understanding and broader appreciation of the fluxional behaviour of the same systems, which takes place on the NMR time-scale in both the solid and solution. 

He returned to Cambridge in 1995 when he was elected to the 1970 Chair of Inorganic Chemistry. It was on his return that he together with Sir John-Meurig Thomas designed new nanocatalysts for the highly selective chiral hydrogenation, chiral ammination and oxidation of organic substrates. This led to extensive studies of clean catalysts for green technology and to the application of solvent free catalysts for many important organic conversions. A major success was the demonstration that nano-catalysts could be designed to order having a specific composition and established structure and could be studied from cradle to grave. In this connection, he has also invented new catalytic systems for the production of carbon and other nanotubes for commercial application and which have been applied for the generation of new electronic devices and lubricants. 

He is author of over 1000 research papers and patents, and several texts on Cluster systems. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Fellow of Academia Europa. His awards include, amongst others, the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize, the Sir Edward Frankland Award and Prize. The RSC Award for Chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Transition Metals.