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Harald Baayen
Harald Baayen

Studied general linguistics and theology (Biblical studies) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In July 1980 he was a Teaching Assistant at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in High Wycombe, U.K. After his Kandidaatsexamen (B.A.) in 1983 (Theology) and his Doctoraalexamen ( M.A.) in 1985 (General Linguistics) he became a Teaching Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit (1985-1988), and after his PhD (1989, General Linguistics), he remained for one more year as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1990 he was invited to become a member of the Scientific Staff at the Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik in Nijmegen (NL). In 1998 he received a PIONIER career advancement award from the Dutch research council NWO, and became associate professor of the Radboud University of Nijmegen. This PIONIER award enabled him to build up a research group (in the Max Planck Institute) focusing on language processing (1988-2003). In 2006, the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him with a Muller chair, and he became Professor of Quantitative Linguistics in Nijmegen. From 2007-2011 he was Professor of Quantitative Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he headed the lab for comparative psycholinguistics, of which he still is a co-director. In 2011 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt professorship at the University of Tübingen, where he is now directing a large research group investigating the role of discrimination learning in language processing.

Ismail Cakmak
Ismail Cakmak

Professor at the Sabanci University in Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. (1988) at the University Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He is an editorial board member of the journals Plant and Soil (Springer), European Journal of Agronomy (Elsevier) and Frontiers in Plant Nutrition (Frontiers Journals). He was also an “Honorary Theme Editor” of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems and edited the section entitled „Impacts of Agriculture on Human Health and Nutrition” published by UNESCO. Currently, he is coordinating a global zinc fertilizer project and a plant breeding project for enrichment of cereals with zinc under HarvestPlus program that is mainly supported by Gates Foundation, World Bank and Fertilizer Industry. Furthermore, he coordinates the Working Group 1: Soil- Plant Interactions and Physiology of the EU COST Action 0905.

John Caldwell
John Caldwell

DPhil (for musicological research) since 1965, by which time he was already an Assistant Lecturer at Bristol University. He returned to Oxford in 1967, and progressed through fellowships at Keble and Jesus College, and lectureship, readership and professorship at the Music Faculty until his (nominal) retirement in 2005. Sacred choral compositions form a majority of his works. Apart from the article in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (see esp. Grove Music Online), an appreciation of his life and work was published by David Maw in Essays on English Music in Honour of John Caldwell, ed. David Maw and Emma Hornby (Woodbridge 2010). This Festschrift also continues a list of his publications and compositions. His main areas of interest are medieval and Renaissance music, music theory and keyboard music. His compositions include the opera-oratorio Good Friday, first performed in Oxford in February 1998 and Ecce sacerdos magnus for the Choirs of All Saints’ Church, Northampton. He was a Fellow of Keble College, 1967-92, and also held lectureships at Balliol, Jesus, and Lincoln Colleges, becoming Fellow of Jesus College in 1999. In the same year he was awarded the title of Professor of Music by the University. He retired in 2005 and is now Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College.

Karl Donert
Karl Donert Geographer with a national and international profile, a strong track record in initiating innovative projects, as well as leading major networking activities. He is Director of the European Centre of Excellence: digital-earth.eu and adjunct faculty at the Centre for GeoInformatics at Paris Lödron University, Salzburg. Karl is President of EUROGEO (European Association of Geographers) and a UK National Teaching Fellow. He is a member of the Council of Europe groups on Education & Culture and Landscapes and Climate Change and a former Hon. Vice President of the Geographical Association. Karl has extensive experience in major educational developments, he is an expert in the use of geo-technologies in learning and teaching in higher education, teacher training and in schools. Karl is Director and Chief Executive of Innovative Learning Networks Ltd, a UK compant specialising in professional and academic networking, developing research & development partnerships and project management. Karl is an inspirational speaker, a European leader in learning and teaching geography. He acts as a consultant to many organisations, working in this context to raise the profile and quality of learning and teaching activities and research in geographic media.

Andras Falus
Andras Falus

PhD of Biology. Member of boards of Immunology, Cell- and Developmental Biology of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, but also Medical Genetics. Former Head of the Scientific Committee of Semmelweis University. His fields of interest are: medical genomics, histamine biology, allergy genomics, gene expression regulation, gene chip technology, bioinformatics. Since 1994 he’s a Professor and Chairman in Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology of Semmelweis University in Budapest. Within his extensive scientific career, PhD Falus was awarded with: Semmelweis Award from the Senate of Semmelweis University in 2008, Szechenyi Award from President of Hungarian Republic and Geoffrey B. West Award (European Histamine Research Society in 2006.


Joseph Domingo-Ferrer
Josep Domingo-Ferrer

Full Professor of Computer Science and an ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalonia, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1988 and 1991 (Outstanding Graduation Award). He also holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics. His research interests are in data privacy, data security and cryptographic protocols, with a focus on the conciliation of individual privacy and corporate/national security. He has authored 5 patents and over 298 publications. His H-Index is 35 (Dec. 7, 2012). He has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal to the scientific merit by the Government of Catalonia (2012). He is an Elected Member of Academia Europaea and the International Statistical Institute (2012). He is a Fellow of IEEE (2011). He has been awarded an ICREA-Acadèmia Research Prize by the Government of Catalonia (2008), four entrepreneurship prizes (2007-2008), a TOYPS Award by the Junior Chamber International, Catalonia Section (2004), and a research prize by the Association of Telecom Engineers of Catalonia (2003).

Carolyn Gianturco
Carolyn Gianturco

Coordinator of „Centro per la Diffusione della Cultura e della Pratica Musicale” of the University of Pisa, Founder and Coordinator of the University of Pisa Choir, President and General Director of National Edition of „L’Opera Omnia di A.Stradella”. Studied piano and composition at Marywood College (B. Mus.1955) and after working as a free-lance accompanist in New York City (1955-59, including at Manhattan School of Music, Third St. Settlement School of Music) and as associate music director of the Turnau Opera Company (1961), she became a teaching assistant (1963-66) and instructor (1966-67) in the music dept. of Rutgers University, where she obtained an M.A. in music history in 1964. At Oxford she obtained her doctorate in 1970 with a dissertation on the operas of Alessandro Stradella (supervisor Sir Jack Westrup) and was subsequently appointed lecturer of music history at the University of Pisa (1971-79), and contemporaneously was associate prof. at the Pisa extension of the State University of New York at Oswego (1970-78) and at the Syracuse University Program in Florence (1973). She was made associate prof. of music history at Pisa University in 1979 where she remained until 2004. It was during this period that she founded the Associazione Toscana per la Ricerca delle Fonti Musicali which carried out music research in the region; in order to publicize the findings of ATMus, Gianturco also founded the double series Studi Musicali Toscani: Research and Catalogues, and Music. Her 25 years of research on the life and music of the major Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Stradella resulted in the first documented biography of the composer, as well as the first thematic catalogue of the 800 sources of his 312 musical compositions (compiled with E. McCrickard); in 2000 the Italian government recognized her work by assigning to her the Directorship of the National Edition of Stradella’s complete works, a project of 42 volumes (11 vols. have been published to date, the last in 2011). Because of the necessity of understanding the several different genres of Stradella’s music, Gianturco has investigated several of them and was able to contribute to a new understanding of the role of the poet/poetry in directing the composer’s music choices. This was a new approach in musicological studies, as was her clarification of what constituted the difference between sacred and moral cantatas and operas.

Ian Horrocks
Ian Horrocks

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.He did his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Manchester. PhD Horrocks gave more than 12 speeches at over the world. He’s a Vice-president and founding member of the Semantic Web Science Association, reviewer for numerous national and international funding agencies, including The Academy of Finland, BBSRC (UK), The British Council (UK), DFG (Germany), EPSRC (UK), FNSNF (Switzerland), NICTA (Australia), NSERC (Canada), The Research Council of Norway, RGC (Hong Kong) and WWTF (Austria). He’s an external examiner for PhD and Habilitation theses at the universities of Aachen, Bolzano, Cambridge, Dresden, Hamburg, Jaume I, Karlsruhe, Liverpool and Maryland.


Laszlo Hunyady
Laszlo Hunyady

Vice-Rector for General Affairs of Semmelweis University in Budapest. In 1992 he did his Ph.D. at Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Habilitation 5 years later at Semmelweis University of Medicine. Currently, he leads the position of Head and Professor of Physiology at Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Physiology. Since 2011 he’s a member of Basic Science Committee at European Society of Endocrinology. One of his awards is the Gold Medal for Master Professors, National Council of Scientific Students’ Associations won in 2005.



Wilfried Imrich
Wilfried Imrich

Chair of Applied Mathematics, Dep. of Mathematics and Information Technology, did his PhD Thesis in Geometry of Numbers at the University of Vienna. Emer. O. Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Wilfried Imrich is an Organizer or member of the organizing committees of international scientific meetings; member of international professional societies AMS, ICA, SIAM, ÖMG, DMV. He was an Invited speaker in Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Canada, Poland, France, Israel, USA. On the board of advisors of several Scientific Journals. His researches were focused on wide range of projects from applied projects with manufacturing companies as VOEST Alpine and HKM Germany (both steel industry), OMV (oil production), to DIMANET (The European Network on Discrete Mathematics).


Bart Jacobs
Bart Jacobs

PhD in the area of theoretical computer science. He worked at universities of Cambridge (UK) and Utrecht, and at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam. In 1996 Jacobs returned to Nijmegen on a research position of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Since 2002 he is full professor in the area of security and correctness of software. His work was supported by a prestigious Pioneer grant of the Netherlands science foundation NWO. With his research group he has worked over the last decade on a number of societally relevant security topics such as chipcards (eg. in passports and transport), electronic voting, smart metering, road pricing and privacy. During 2005-2011 Jacobs was also parttime professor at the Technical University Eindhoven. In 2007 he served as a member of the „Korthals Altes” committe that advised on the future of the voting process in the Netherlands. In 2008 his research group attracted worldwide attention by showing severe security vulnerabilities in the Mifare Classic, the most widely used smart card. He is a member of the newly formed National Cyber Security Council that provides cabinet level advice in the Netherlands on strategic computer security matters. He heads the Board of Advice of the digital rights Organisation Bits of Freedom.

Gerard Jaouen
Gerard Jaouen

Member of the ParisTech International Scientific Council set up in 2008. Graduated at the University of Rennes. He became a member of the CNRS in 1970, was appointed Directeur de Recherche in 1976 and became Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Chimie in Paris in 1982, where in 1984 he set up a CNRS Associated Research Unit of which he was the director till 2009. He’s been elected as a member of the CNRS National Committee and as a member of the CNU (French National Committee for Universities). Author of about 400 papers including 17 reviews (8270 citations), and holds 14 patents. His achievements in bioorganometallic chemistry have been recognized by many awards. Prof. Gérard Jaouen was awarded “Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2006 and elected as a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2012.

Frank James
Frank James

rofessor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution, where he is also Head of Collections and Heritage. His main research concentrates on the physical sciences in the nineteenth century and how they relate to other areas of society and culture, for example art, business, media, religion, technology and the military. He is editor of the Correspondence of Michael Faraday, of which five volumes (out of six) have been published. He has edited a number of collections of essays including ‘The Common Purposes of Life’ – a set of essays on the Royal Institution. He has been President of the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology, the British Society for the History of Science and the History of Science Section of the British Science Association. He is chair of the National Organising Committee for the XXIVth International Congress for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine to be held in Manchester in July 2013 and was recently elected a Corresponding Member of the Académie internationale d’histoire des sciences.

Catholijn Jonker
Catholijn M. Jonker

Full professor of Man-Machine Interaction at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) of Delft University of Technology. Her research and publications address cognitive processes and concepts such as trust, negotiation, teamwork and the dynamics of individual agents and organisations. The challenge for her and her interdisciplinary team is to create synergy between humans and technology. At the end of 2007 her NWO-STW VICI project “Pocket Negotiator” was awarded. In this project she is currently developing intelligent decision support systems for negotiation. From 2004 – 2006 she was a full professor of Artificial Intelligence / Cognitive Science at the Nijmegen Institute of Cognition and Information of the Radboud University Nijmegen. She was a member of the Jonge Akademie (Young Academy) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) from 2005 until 2010, which she chaired in 2005 and 2006. She is a board member of the National Network Female Professors (LNVH) in The Netherlands.

Lynn Kamerlin
Lynn Kamerlin

Associate professor at Uppsala University, in a position funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). Lynn Kamerlin received her Master of Natural Sciences from the University of Birmingham (UK), in 2002, where she remained to complete a PhD in Theoretical Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. John Wilkie (awarded 2005). Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Stefan Boresch at the University of Vienna (2005-2007), Arieh Warshel at the University of Southern California (2007-2009, Research Associate at the University of Southern California in 2010) and Researcher with Fahmi Himo (2010). She is currently an associate professor (Docent) at Uppsala University, in a position funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), as well as an ERC Starting Independent Researcher. She is also a member of the Young Academy of Europe. Her non-scientific interests include languages (5 spoken fluently), amateur photography and playing the piano.

Janusz Kozłowski
Janusz K. Kozłowski

Professor of Archaeology at the Jagellonian University. He leads the lectures for students of archaeology and history of art. He did lectures in the Neolithic archaeology of the Middle east and south-eastern Europe in the academic year 2000/2001 at the College de France (Paris). Teacher at the Harvard University (Cambridge). Took part in various archeological projects, e.g. in 2001-2006 – Mesolithic site at Maroulas (Island of Kythnos, Greece), Middle/Upper Palaeolithic site in Dzerava skala, Western Slovakia (common project with Slovak and Czech Institutes in Nitra and Brno), open air Early Neolithic sites in Eastern Slovakia and North Eastern Hungary, currently working on Mesolithic/Neolithic interface in Sarakenos Cave Beotia, Greece since 2006.


Sandra Lavorel
Sandra Lavorel

Senior Research Scientist (Directeur de Recherche) at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine in Grenoble since 2003. She did her Master’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in Montpellier, France. In 1999, she did the Habilitation in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the same University. One of her most importnat positions was Group leader of a project ‘Functional traits and dynamics of alpine ecosystems’ associating 12 permanent staff (9 scientists, 3 technical), 6 postdocs and 12 PhD. She was promoted to ‘First Class Senior Research Scientist’ (Directeur de Recherche 1ère classe) from 1/3/2011. Since 2008 she’s the Funder and Co-coordinator of the French Alpine Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Site, also a Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project (IGBP/IHDP/Diversitas). Since 1997 – now : Coordinator of CNRS international research projects on global change, plant functional diversity and ecosystem services with : Australia (since 1997), South Africa (since 1999), Argentina (since 2000), and EU countries (Spain, Czech Rep., Austria, UK). Awarded with: 2012: Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, French government, 2009: Jean Dufrenoy Prize of the French Academy of Agriculture.

Dieter Meschede
Dieter Meschede

Prof. Meschede is one of the leading experimentalists in quantum optics around the world. He has made extraordinary contributions in several areas, including cavity QED, atom trapping and cooling, and quantum information. He also possesses a very broad knowledge of the basic interaction mechanisms between light and matter. Author of a book “Optics, Light and Lasers”.





Laszlo Nagy
Laszlo Nagy

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (cell and molecular biology) from the University Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary. During his career he led such functions as: Scientific advisor at BioSystems International SAS, Officer Chief Scientific at UDGenoMed, Ltd., Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Gedeon Richter, Inc., Advisory Committee member of International Society of Dendritic Cell and Vaccine Research, Szeged Scientific Advisory Board, Member of Institute of Genetics, HAS BRC, Member of FEBS Advance Course Committee. Previously he took part in following projects: “PPARγ a lipid activated transcription factor at the crossroad of lipid metabolism and inflammation” at the International Research Scholarship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or research at MOLMEDREX Development of the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the University of Debrecen and others.

Ekmel Ozbay
Ekmel Ozbay

He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in electrical engineering. From 1992-1993, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Stanford University. His research in Stanford focused on high speed resonant tunneling and optoelectronic devices. Between 1993 and 1995, he worked as a scientist in DOE Ames national laboratory in Iowa State University in the area of photonic band gap materials. He joined Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 1995, where he is currently a full professor in physics department and also in Department of Electrical and Electronics engineering. His research in Bilkent involves nanophotonics, nanometamaterials, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, nanodevices, photonic crystals, GaN/AlGaN MOCVD growth, fabrication and characterization of GaN based devices, and high speed optoelectronics. He is the 1997 recipient of the Adolph Lomb Medal of Optical Society of America and 2005 European Union Descartes Science award. He is working as a topical editor of Optics Letters journal since 2002. He has published 169 articles in SCI journals, and 202 international conference proceedings. His publications have received more than 3000 SCI citations. He holds 2 patents in the area of photonic crystals. He has given 63 invited talks in international conferences. His recent review article on plasmonics appeared as an invited review article in Jan. 12th 2006 issue of Science Magazine . He is currently working as a principal investigator, and executive committee member in 5 EU-FP projects. These include a STREP project EU-DALHM (Development and Analysis of Left Handed Materials), NoE-PHOREMOST and NoE-METAMORPHOSE, EU-ECONAM, and EU-PHOME. Besides these EU projects, he is the principal investigator of 10 national projects supported by various funding agencies. He has worked with various high-tech companies in USA, Europe and Turkey. He is currently acting as the national delegate for Turkey in the program committee of EU-NMP (nanotechnologies, manufacturing and processes) which is preparing the workprogramme and the project calls for EU-FP7. He is also working as the national representative for the nanotechnology programs in EU-COST projects.

Vladimir Parpura
Vladimir Parpura

Member at Executive Committee, Exocytosis/Endocytosis Subgroup, Biophysical Society; a Member (in 2-year term; 2013-15) of Central Nervous System Section Steering Committee in American Physiological Society. PhD Parpura is a member of 14 different Professional Societies, e.g. International Society of Mechanobiology or International Society on Hepatic Encephalopathy and Nitrogen Metabolism. Since 2012 he’s a Professor (with tenure) at the Department of Biotechnology at University Of Rijeka in Croatia. In 1994 – 1996 he did few post-doctoral researches in various Universities in USA. In his fields of interest are topics: Modulation of calcium-dependent exocytotic glutamate release from astrocytes in health and disease, Visualization of vesicular/receptor trafficking, Examination of the nature and energetics of interactions between exocytotic proteins using single molecule detection, Development of scaffolds and dispersible carbon nanotubes, which can be used in repair after brain injury and Bio-mimetic micro-robotics using synthetic biology. He’s awarded with 11 honours and awards. Currently, PhD Parpura is a Professor at the University of Rijeka in Croatia, a Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Split in Croatia and an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in USA.

Ole Petersen
Ole Petersen

Director of the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Wales, UK and is also Medical Research Council Professor of Physiology at this University. He was elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2000 and Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2010. He is also Member/Fellow of Academia Europaea, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He received the Nordic Insulin Foundation’s Jacobaeus Prize (1994), the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Purkynĕ Medal (2003) and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for ‘Services to Science’ in 2008. He has recently been awarded The American Physiological Society’s Horace W Davenport Distinguished Lectureship and delivered the Award Lecture at Experimental Biology (EB) in April 2013 in Boston, USA. In September 2013 he gave the Opening Plenary Lecture at the Annual Congress of the Brazilian Society of Physiology at the University of Sao Paulo. Ole Petersen pioneered patch clamp single channel and whole-cell current recordings in epithelial cells, discovering hormone-evoked, messenger-mediated ion channel activation (Nature 1982), voltage-activation of epithelial ion channels (Nature 1983) and integrated these data into the first model of how ion channels control epithelial fluid secretion (Nature 1984 ISI Citation Classic). Later, he discovered sub-cellular Ca2+ signalling in epithelial cells (Cell 1993), messenger-mediated Ca2+ release from the nuclear envelope (Cell 1995) and the secretory granules (Cell 1996) as well as intracellular Ca2+ tunnels (Cell 1997). More recently, he demonstrated the crucial role of Ca2+ release channels in the initiation of alcohol-related pancreatitis (PNAS 2009), the intrinsic protective effect of calmodulin (PNAS 2011) and provided proof-of-principle for Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ channel blockade as the first rational treatment of severe acute pancreatitis (PNAS 2013). Ole Petersen currently chairs the Biological Sciences Panel for the UK Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. He is Executive Editor of Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology and member of numerous editorial boards (for example, Current Biology, Journal of Physiology and Physiology). He has been Secretary General of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (2001-2009), President of The Physiological Society (2006-2008) and Vice-President of The Royal Society (2005-2006). He currently serves as The Royal Society’s representative on the Biosciences Steering Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) (2013 – ).

Nicola Pugno
Nicola M. Pugno

Full Professor of Solids and Structural Mechanics at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento and at the Centre for Materials and Microsystems of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics, as well as a Ph.D. in Fracture Mechanics (Mathematical Foundations) and he is currently following a Ph.D in Biology (Learning Solid and Structural Mechanics from Spiders). Founder and Head of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics. He has published more than 200 international journal papers on Solid-, Structural-, Fracture-, Bio- and Nano-Mechanics in leading international journals (including Nature and Nature Materials). He is supported by the European Research Council (Starting Grant and Proof of Concept) and by the Graphene Flagship.

Mirjana Radovic-Markovic
Mirjana Radovic-Markovic

Full professor and researcher in the field of Entrepreneurship. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Economy and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Belgrade University. She has served as professor at a number of international universities, foundations and institutes. Professor Radovic Markovic is the current president of the Scientific Board and Head of the Centre for Economic Research of the Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia. She is also Director of Master studies – „Entrepreneurship for Women” at Akamai University, Hilo, USA; Vice-president of ICMT International Faculty (Ireland, India and West Africa) and Editor-in-chief of peer Journals-Economic Analysis and Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education. She is an author of twenty books and more than a hundred articles. Professor`s new book is WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Theory, Practice and Flexible Approaches, published by Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd, June 2010. London, UK. She holds the Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc) awarded St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, Tennessee, US, 2010 and the Honorary Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt) awarded by Academy of Universal Global Peace, Chennai, India, 2010. The awarding committees cited Dr. Radović-Marković for having served the world community with outstanding research in Economics and Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir

Professor of Sustainability Science at the Instituteof Earth Sciences and Institute for Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland (UI). She is Distinguished Fellow at Schumacher Institute, UK. Prior to moving to the University of Iceland in 2008 as Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences she was Professor of Environmental Sustainability in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol UK. Dr Ragnarsdóttir received BSc degree in Geochemistry and Petrology at the University of Iceland and MS and PhD in Geochemistry at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA specializing in geothermal systems. Dr Ragnarsdottir´s transdisciplinary studies include determining sustainability indicators and ecosystem services for soil as well as developing frameworks, processes and indicators for sustainable communities with food security at the centre www.convergeproject.org . She is currently undertaking world-wide evaluations of natural resources. Dr Ragnarsdóttir has been on the editorial board for Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology , Geochemical Transactions and eEarth. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Solutions, a hybrid academic/popular journal. Dr Ragnarsdóttir is the member of the International Expert Working Group (IEWG) that is working with the Government of Bhutan on a New Development Paradigm for the UN Sustainable Development Goals post 2015. Affiliated with IWEG is a newly founded Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity. Dr Ragnarsdóttir is past President of the Schumacher Society UK, current Vice-Chair of the Balaton Group and board member of FutureIceland and Association of University Women (Iceland). Previously she was on the Board of the Geochemical Society, the European Association for Geochemistry and the Geological Society UK. She is a fellow of Academia Europaea, the Icelandic Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts UK. She is scientific advisor to the Ecological Sequestration Trust, TreeSisters, Health Empowerment Through Nutrition and Association of Organic Consumers (Iceland).

Giuseppe Resnati
Giuseppe Resnati

Full professor of Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano. A distinctive feature of the research activity of Prof. Resnati is 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 focused 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. As recognition to his contribution to fluorine chemistry, he will be the chairman of the 21st International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry.

Nils Roll-Hansen
Nils Roll-Hansen

Historian and philosopher of 19th and 20th century biology at University of Oslo. He is the author of four books and many academic articles. His book „The Lysenko Effect” was praised in Nature. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He’s a visiting professor at the Yale University Program in history of science and Program in agrarian studies. He’s organized a number of national and international workshops and conferences in history and philosophy of science and was responsible for organizing and running the interdisciplinary Seminar in science studies (Seminaret i vitenskapsteori) at the University of Oslo in long periods from its start in the mid-1970s till 2006.


Dmitri Rusakov
Dmitri A. Rusakov

PhD from the Dnepropetrovsk State University and Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, NAS in Kiev. From 2003 till now, he’s a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Professor of Neuroscience (Personal Chair, 2007) at Institute of Neurology, University College London. In 2012 he was awarded with the European Research Council Advanced Grant Award. In his fields of interest lay Synaptic machinery of use-dependent plasticity and memory formation, mechanisms of rapid diffuse signaling beyond the synaptic cleft, Signal formation in neural circuits with astroglia.



Valeska von Rosen
Valeska von Rosen

Since 2006 she owns the Chair at Kunstgeschichtliches Institut in Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Valeska von Rosen did her PhD promotion at Freie Universität Berlin. Her studies are mainly concentrated on History of Art, Archeology and Egyptology. She’s associated with such a Fellowships as: the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study), Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte) or Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In 2011 she declined an offer of Chair at the Universität Münster.



Bilal Tanatar
Bilal Tanatar

Prof. Tanatar worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and he is currently a faculty member at Bilkent University in Turkey. He is the author of more than 150 papers in theoretical condensed matter physics, as well as of the so-called Tanatar-Ceperley exchange-correlation functional, often used in density functional theory calculations.





Ewa Witkowska-Zaremba
Ewa Witkowska-Zaremba

Having graduated in musicology and classical philology from Warsaw University, Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba has worked for the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1974, first as research assistant, then senior researcher and, since July 2007, Director of the Institute of Art. (The Institute has both a research and a doctoral teaching programme.) She obtained her Ph.D. in 1979, her Dr. Habil. degree in 1991. She was made a full professor in 2001.Witkowska’s main area of research is Latin music theory of the 14th-16th centuries, which has included producing critical editions of music treatises , among others Musica speculativa (1323) by Johannes de Muris and two anonymous organ treatises from the early 15th century. During the years 1993-1997 she led an international project covering musical notation in Polish sources from the 11th- 16th centuries, culminating in a dual publication of the results in Polish and in English. A professor since 2001, she has been responsible for research into the history of music conducted at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2003 she has been chief editor of the quarterly “Muzyka” published by the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Franz Wotawa
Franz Wotawa

PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology. He is currently a professor of software engineering at the Graz University of Technology and Dean of the Computer Science Faculty. Since the founding of the Institute for Software Technology in 2003 to the year 2009 Franz Wotawa had been the head of the institute. His research interests include model-based and qualitative reasoning, theorem proving, mobile robots, verification and validation, and software testing and debugging. Currently, Franz Wotawa works on applying model-based diagnosis to software debugging and automated test-case generation as well as on program repair. Beside theoretical foundations he has always been interested in bringing research into practice. For this purposes he founded Softnet Austria in 2006. During his career Franz Wotawa has written more than 200 papers for journals, books, conferences, and workshops. Franz Wotawa has been member of the a various number of program committees and organized several workshops and special issues of journals. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society, ACM, AAAI, the Austrian Computer Society (OCG), and the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence.

Nicolae-Victor Zamfir
Nicolae-Victor Zamfir

Director General of the National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering in Bucharest, has worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Yale University. He has a long history of representing Romania to the outside world: being not only the chair of the Romanian Physical Society but also a member of the Romanian Academy and the Romanian representative at CERN. He’s the new chair of the European Physical Society’s Nuclear Physics Division.

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