Plenary Session Speakers#


Andre Berger
André Berger

M.Sc. in Meteorology from M.I.T. and Dr Sc. from the Université catholique de Louvain. He is an ordinary professor and was head of the Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics , Georges Lemaître at the Catholic University of Louvain where he lectures on meteorology and climate dynamics. André Berger was chairman of both the International Climate and Paleoclimate Commissions and of NATO scientific Panels. He was president of the European Geophysical Society and is a Honorary President of the European Geo-Sciences Union. He received the Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award from the World Meteorological Organization (1994), the Milutin Milankovitch Medal from the European Geophysical Society (1994), the Prix quinquennal A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart of the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research for 1991-1995 and the European Latsis Prize in 2001.

Arnold Burgen
Arnold Burgen

Born in London, he grew up in Finchley and went to school at Squires Lane elementary school, Christ’s College and Woodhouse School. In 1939, he entered Middlesex Hospital Medical School on an Entrance scholarship. After a peripatetic studentship, he graduated in Medicine 1945 and became an Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacology and started research on aspects of neurotransmission which together with molecular aspects of drug action has been his main area of research. In 1949 Arnold Burgen went to McGill University, Montreal as a Professor of Physiology and later became head of research at one of the University teaching hospitals. He returned to England in 1962 as Professor of Pharmacology in Cambridge and a Fellow of Downing College and in 1966 Director of the MRC Molecular Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964. In 1971 he became Director of the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill and in 1976 he was Knighted for services to medical research. Arnold Burgen was Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society from 1981 till 1986. In 1982 he returned to Cambridge as Master of Darwin College and started the Darwin Lecture series. In 1988 became the first President of the Academia Europaea. He has been involved with many national and international organisations in science. His writings have been mainly in pharmacology and physiology and aspects of medicines.

Mike Burton
Mike Burton

Senior researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Section of Pisa, Italy. Following his Ph.D. he began working in the field of remote sensing of volcanic gases, within the Geography Department of Cambridge University, performing innovative new measurements on Mt. Etna (Italy), Montserrat (BWI) and Masaya (Nicaragua). In 2008 he led a team to install the first permanent continuous FTIR on a volcano, on Stromboli. His main research questions are; the processes by which magmatic degassing takes place during both quiescent and explosive activity, the relationship between degassing and geophysical observations, the climatic impact of volcanic degassing and utilizing novel gas and video imaging techniques to better understand volcanic processes.

Anne Buttimer
Anne Buttimer

Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College Dublin since 2003, Anne Buttimer is Fellow of Royal Irish Academy, Royal Geographical Society (UK) and Academia Europaea. She served as Council Member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) 1974-77, of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) 1996-99 and as President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) 2000-2004, first female and first Irish person to be elected to this role.




Jérôme Chappellaz
Jérôme Chappellaz

Senior research scientist (First class „Directeur de Recherche”) at CNRS in France. After defending a PhD in geophysics and geochemistry in 1990, he worked at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (New York, USA) on biogeochemical cycle modelling before returning to France to take a CNRS research position. Over the last 25 years, he became a specialist of past atmospheric composition changes (notably greenhouse gases and their stable isotopic ratios) at different time scales using polar firn air and trapped air bubbles in ice cores. His main scientific interests concern the interactions between climate and trace gas biogeochemical cycles, past climate dynamics, and glaciology. Aside from developing innovative analytical methods in the laboratory, he also contributes to obtain the precious frozen archives through dedicated expeditions. As such, he participated to four expeditions in Antarctica (and he will participate to his fifth one this winter) and two expeditions in the Arctic (Greenland and Canadian Northern Territories). Former Deputy Director of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie (LGGE) at Grenoble, France, he now heads one of the LGGE research teams including 20 researchers/engineers and focusing on climate studies. Highly cited researcher (~9200 citations), he was appointed Knight in the French national order of merit in 2010. Among his awards and prizes, in 2011 he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for developing innovative research at the frontier between ice core science and laser physics. In August 2013 at the Goldschmidt conference, his work was recognized through the Science Innovation Award and the Shackleton medal of the European Association of Geochemistry. He was appointed Fellow of this association as well as of the Geochemical Society (USA).

Alessandro Cavalli
Alessandro Cavalli

Formerly professor of sociology at the University of Pavia where he began teaching in 1967. He studied Economics and Business Studies at the Bocconi University of Milan from which he graduated in 1963 with a dissertation on Economic History. He then studied Sociology at Yale University and at the University of California at Berkeley as Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund (1965-1967). He has also taught at the Universities of Siena and Bolzano. Member of the Committee for Economic, Statistical and Sociological Sciences at the CNR – National Research Centre -(1972-1975), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (1982-1986), Max Weber Gastprofessor at the University of Heidelberg (1989), L. Leclerq Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (1994), Fellow of the Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Studies (1995). Member of the Editorial Board of the Enciclopedia delle Scienze Sociali, Institute of the Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani (1984-1998), Director of the Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia (Italian Review of Sociology) (1978-80), Il Mulino publishers (1994-2002), Editor-in-Chief of “Mundus”, journal of didactics of history. Former chairman of the “Associazione Il Mulino” (2003-2009), former Chairman of the of the Scientific Council of the IARD Institute for youth education and development, former Vice-Chairman of the Associazione Italiana di Sociologia, currently Member of the Academia Europaea, Non-resident National Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin, Chairman of CIRSIS (Centre for Studies and Research into Systems of Higher education)of the University of Pavia. He was also (2002-2004) in the Ministry Commission for the revision of secondary school curricula. He was a member, from its inception until 2008, of the Governing Council of the Schools Foundation of the Compagnia di San Paolo. In 2010 he was awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli prize by the famous science institute L’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. His fields of study and research: German social thought between the XIX and XX centuries, the Sociology of youth, education, time and memory. Current research projects concern: the teaching profession, a comparative study of higher education, key career orientation in adolescence, a comparative study of the problems of territorial dualism: North-South Italy, East-West Germany. He is the author of more than 200 publications in Italian, French, English and German and is a Member of the review boards of a number of journals, both Italian and foreign.

Vincent Courtillot
Vincent Courtillot

French geophysicist. His research has focused on the Earth’s magnetic field both past and present (geomagnetism and paleomagnetism) and on plate tectonics and Earth geodynamics, about which he has published nearly 200 papers. He is a professor of geophysics at the University Paris Diderot and the Director of Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris. He also holds the chair of Paleomagnetism and Geodynamics at the Institut Universitaire de France. He has taught at Stanford, UC Santa Barbara and Caltech.



Norman Davies
Norman Davies

English historian of Welsh descent, noted for his publications on the history of Europe, Poland and the United Kingdom. His academic career has been centred on the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor. He was elected Fell of the British Academy in 1997. He is the author of the book about Polish history: Poland, God’s Playground (1981), Europe: A History (OUP, 1996), which became a Number 1 best-seller in Britain and The Isles: A History (1999). He was awarded the CMG in 2001 for ‚services to history’ and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Order of Merit.


Tomasz Dietl
Tomasz Dietl

Professor and a head of Laboratory for Cryogenic and Spintronic Research at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences where he completed his PhD and habilitation degrees in the experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics in 1977 and 1983, respectively, and obtained a professor title in 1990. He has also a part-time ordinary professor appointment at the Chair of Condensed Matter Physics in the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Warsaw and at the Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan. In 2008 Tomasz Dietl obtained the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2011 he was appointed by the European Commission for the Scientific Council and Steering Committee of the ERC and he was elected to Academia Europaea. His current research interests are focused on the development of material systems and device concepts for nanospintronics of ferromagnetic semiconductors and of hybrid metal/semiconductor nanostructures. He is recipient of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Award in Poland (1997), Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in Germany (2003), Agilent Technologies Europhysics Prize (2005) with David D. Awschalom and Hideo Ohno, for pioneering works that paved the way for the emergence of semiconductor spintronics, the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science (2006), and the Marian Smoluchowski Medal of the Polish Physical Society (2010).

Donald Dingwell
Donald B. Dingwell

Born in 1958 in Canada, Don Dingwell received his B.Sc. (1980) in Geology/Geophysics from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Alberta (1984). After two years as a Carnegie Research Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and one on the Faculty of the University of Toronto. He was recruited to Germany to the newly-founded Bavarian Geo-institute. There he obtained his Venia Legendi in Geochemistry in 1992. In 2000 he was called to the Chair in Mineralogy and Petrology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich where he held a research professorship in Experimental Volcanology (LMUexcellent). Dingwell’s principal research interest is the physico-chemical description of molten rocks and their impact on volcanic systems. His research work has been supported by grants from the ERC, Carnegie Institution, NSERC, German Research Society (DFG), Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, European Commission, NATO, and several other research agencies as well as selected industries. The fruits of that research (ca. 300 articles with over 8000 citations) have been recognised by scientific awards and fellowships of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG), the German Research Society (DFG) the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the Institute of Scientific Information (Highly Cited researcher). He is an elected member and Chair of the section of Earth and Cosmic Sciences of the Academia Europaea and a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and holds the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Dingwell has participated in teaching in five Universities, three countries and two languages. He has been highly active in the proliferation and support of science and science awareness within national and international scientific societies. He has held office within several academic and professional societies and recently served as the President of the European Geoscience Union.

Matt Edgeworth
Matt Edgeworth

PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Durham. He worked as supervisor, Project Officer and Site Director for several commercial archaeology units – including Albion Archaeology, Cambrian Archaeological Projects and Birmingham University Archaeological Fieldwork Unit – carrying out a series of urban surveys and directing excavations in Bedford, Rugby, Manchester, Wednesbury, Birmingham and elsewhere. He worked at the University of Leicester as Project and Research Officer for the AHRC-funded Wallingford Burh to Borough Research Project from Jan 2008 to Dec 2010. In early 2011 he was Leonard Slater Fellow at University College, Durham, where he wrote the book Fluid Pasts: Archaeology of Flow. He is currently working as Senior Investigator for English Heritage. Matt is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Ekhart Ehlers
Ekhaert Ehlers

Professor of social geography. He has been taken the position of Full Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn in period: 1986-2004; Full Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Marburg in years 1972-1986 and begun as Full Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Giessen March in years 1970-1972. Since 2004 he’s a Professor Emeritus. On his Fields of Scholarship lays: Economic and social geography of the Islamic Middle East; Urban Development and Politics and geopolitics of the Middle East. He was honourde by many awards since 1989, for example with the Gold Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Glasgow. In 2005 he became a Honorary Member of the Hamburg Geographical Society.

Pieter Emmer
Pieter C. Emmer

Professor in the history of the European expansion at the University of LeidenThe Netherlands until 2010. Was a visiting fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, The Netherlands. He served as visiting professor at the Universities of Texas, Lorient and Hamburg. In English he published The Dutch in the Atlantic Economy, 1580-1880 and The Dutch Slave Trade, 1500-1850 . He is one of the editors of the Enzyklopädie Migrationen in Europa (an edition in English has appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2011). With Seymour Drescher he edited Who Abolished Slavery? (2010).He heads the Archaeology and History section of the Academia Europaea.


Nicole Foeger
Nicole Foeger

Holds a PhD in biochemistry and worked as a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna (Austria), the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg (Germany) and the University of Basel (Switzerland). Lateron she did some Postgradual Studies on Public Relations and worked as a journalist for several scientific journals in Austria. Since September 2010 she is Head of Administrative Office of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (which was established in 2009). Besides organizing the agency’s office she is giving seminars, lectures and workshops on research integrity for all kind of target groups. In April 2012 she was elected as Chair of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO) for a period of three years. This network comprises members from 18 European countries.

Jean Pierre Gatuso
Jean-Pierre Gattuso

CNRS Research Professor at the Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). His main research activity relates to the cycling of carbon and carbonates in coastal ecosystems. More recently, he focused on the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification. Between 2008 and 2012 he was the Scientific Coordinator of the FP7 large- scale integrated project EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification), bringing together more than 160 scientists from 32 institutes and 10 European countries.



Anne Glover
Anne Glover

Joined the European Commission as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President in January 2012, being the first person to hold this position. In this role she advises the President on any aspect of science and technology, liaises with other science advisory bodies of the Commission, the Member States and beyond, coordinates science and technology foresight, and promotes the European culture of science to a wide audience, conveying the excitement and relevance of science to non-scientists. She also chairs the recently established Science & Technology Advisory Council of the President. Prior to her current appointment she was Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland from 2006-2011. Professor Glover currently holds a Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen. Most of her academic career has been spent at the University of Aberdeen where she has a research group pursuing a variety of areas from microbial diversity to the development and application of whole cell biosensors (biological sensors) for environmental monitoring and investigating how organisms respond to stress at a cellular level. Professor Glover holds several honorary doctoral degrees and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Arts and the American Academy of Microbiology. Professor Glover was recognised in March 2008 as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and was awarded a CBE for services to Environmental Science in the Queen’s New Years Honours list 2009.

Brian Heap
Brian Heap

President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, and Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge. Professor Sir Brian Heap was Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Cambridge and Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B. He was President of the Institute of Biology, UK Representative on the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee, and worked with the World Health Organization, the UK-China Forum, the European Commission, and major pharmaceutical companies in the USA.

Robert Huber
Robert Huber

German biochemist and Nobel laureate. He graduated from the Humanistische Karls-Gymnasium in 1956 and subsequently he studied chemistry at the Technische Hochschule, receiving his diploma in 1960. Afterwards, he conducted research into using crystallography to elucidate the structure of organic compounds. In 1971 he became a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry where he worked on the development of methods for the crystallography of proteins. In 1988 he received the Nobel Prize jointly with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel. The main focus of their work was on crystallizing an intramembrane protein important in photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, and subsequently applying X-ray crystallography to quantify the protein’s structure.

Michał Kleiber
Michał Kleiber

President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, former minister of sience and information technology, former education, research and innovation advisor to the President of Poland. Professor of computational science & engineering. In 2006 – 2010 member of the European Research Council in Brussels.





Kai Konrad
Kai Konrad

German economist whose main research interest is in public economics. He holds a Ph.D. and habilitation from the University of Munich. He has done research at the universities of Munich, Bonn, Bergen (Norway) and the University of California at Irvine, and taught. He also is a scientific member of the Max Planck Society, from 2009 to 2010 he was Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law and since 2011 he has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance. Since 2011 he has been Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Federal Ministry of Finance. His research interests are public economics, microeconomic theory and political economy.


Wilhelm Krull
Wilhelm Krull

Running the Volkswagen Foundation Since 1996 – following his studies in German, philosophy, education and politics, an appointment as a DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford, and leading positions at the Wissenschaftsrat (German Science Council) and at the headquarters of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society). Besides his professional activities in science policy as well as in the promotion and funding of research, he was and still is a member of numerous national, foreign and international committees. At present he is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, a member of the Scientific Advisory Commission of the State of Lower Saxony and of the Board of Regents of several Max Planck Institutes. In 2012 he was appointed a member of the Academia Europaea and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council of the Prime Minister of Singapore.

MASSON-DELMOTTE Valerie
Valérie Masson-Delmotte

Senior scientist at IPSL/LSCE (Gif-sur-Yvette). Head of the „climate dynamics and archives” research group. After studies in fluid physics, she dedicated her PhD thesis to past climate modeling. She then moved to the field of paleoclimate reconstructions using stable isotope measurements from tree rings and ice cores. Her research activity has covered different geographic areas (e.g. Greenland, Antarctica, Tibet, Europe) and different time scales, from the last centuries to the last million years. She has received French and European prizes for collaborative research activities, has been a lead author of IPCC AR4 and is a coordinating lead author of IPCC AR5 (paleoclimate chapters).


Peter Nijkamp
Peter Nijkamp

rofessor of Regional Economics and Economic Geography at the Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands. Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and President of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). He holds an MSc (1970) in Econometrics and Regional Economics and a PhD (1972) in Regional Economics, both from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is an advisor to the government of the Netherlands, the European Commission, the World Bank, Academia Sinica, the OECD and many other bodies. He has honorary doctorates from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the National Technical University of Athens. He is a winner of the Spinozapremie (1996), the European Prize in Regional Science and Founder’s Medal of the Regional Science Association International.

Helga Nowotny
Helga Nowotny

President of the European Research Council and Professor of Social Science Studies at ETH Zurich. She is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions throughout Europe. She has been Chair of EURAB and Chair of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation. In 2009-10 she was a Member of the Advisory Group for the Royal Society Study “The Fruits of Curiosity”, Chair of an International Benchmarking Review of UK Sociology and a Member of the EC Expert Group “The role of Community research policy in the knowledge-based economy”. Among others she has received the prestigious Bernal Prize for life-long achievements in social science studies. She is a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, a member of Academia Europaea, a Member of the Holberg Prize Academic Committee and of the Jury for the Prix Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Jacques Poot
Jacques Poot

Born in The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in economics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand in 1984. He has held academic positions in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and The Netherlands. He is currently Professor of Population Economics in the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) in New Zealand, but also adjunct professor at VU University in Amsterdam. Jacques Poot is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and elected Member of Academia Europaea. He is currently New Zealand’s Economist of the Year. His teaching and research interests include all aspects of the economics of population, but particularly: international and internal migration, local labour and housing markets, regional development, forecasting and meta-analysis. He currently co-leads several collaborative research projects on: the economic integration of immigrants in New Zealand; population ageing and regional development; as well as migrant diversity and regional disparity in Europe.

Hans J. Schnellnhuber
Hans J. Schellnhuber

Founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1992 and its Director ever since. He holds a Chair in Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University and is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). From 2001-2005 he also served as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre in the UK and became a Visiting Professor at Oxford University thereafter. Schellnhuber is currently Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Governing Board Chair of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He is an elected member of the Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Max Planck Society and several other academies. He received, inter alia, the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2002), the German Environment Prize (2007) and the Volvo Environment Prize (2011). Schellnhuber was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II (2004), the Order of Merit of the State of Brandenburg (2008) and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011). He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Copenhagen (2011) and Technische Universität Berlin (2012). Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He served as chief government advisor on climate and related issues during the German G8/EU twin presidency in 2007 and serves as a principal advisor to the European Commission President Barroso. He is a member of numerous national and international panels addressing scientific strategies and sustainability issues. Schellnhuber has authored, co-authored or edited more than 250 articles and more than 50 books in the fields of condensed matter physics, complex systems dynamics, climate change research, Earth System analysis, and sustainability science.

Lars Walloe
Lars Walløe

Studied medicine in Oslo and has also a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Lars Walløe is Professor emeritus of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oslo where he has previously also been professor of applied statistics and cybernetics. He has also been part-time Research Director at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen and part-time Professor at the Department of Arctic Biology at the University of Tromsø. His current research is in the field of cardiovascular control mechanisms in man and in other large mammals, and he has developed non-invasive ultrasound instruments for such studies, but he has also published on neuronal nets, statistical methodology, historical demography, population biology, and reproductive epidemiology. Professor Walløe is President of Academia Europaea and Scientific Adviser to the Norwegian Government on Marine Mammals. He has been President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Chairman of the Norwegian Population Panel, Director of the Norwegian research program on acid rain, Chairman of the Norwegian Research Board for Environment and Development and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation.

Moshe Yaniv
Moshe Yaniv

Emeritus Research Director (Classe Exceptionnelle) at CNRS (France), Emeritus Professor at Pasteur Institute (Paris), and has been Unit Director in the Pasteur Institute since 1975 (Oncogenic Virus Unit, since 2002 called Gene Expression and Disease Unit). He is a world expert in Molecular Biology and Virology. His laboratory was the first to clone and sequence the genome of a human papillomavirus and has maintained a leading position in this field. In addition, his laboratory excels in the study of transcription factors and gene expression and has developed a number of animal models for human disease and Cancer . Prof. Yaniv is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Europaea, European Academy of Cancer Sciences and EMBO. He was chairman of the EMBO Council and is currently a member of numerous of scientific advisory boards and evaluation panels including Wellcome Trust (London), Leibnitz Institute for Aging (Jena), executive board of the European Association for Cancer Research. Prof. Yaniv has authored more than 250 publications in high impact international journals. He holds a M.A. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Paris University (F. Gros-Pasteur Institute) and completed post-doctoral studies in Nobel Prize winning Paul Berg’s lab at Stanford University.

Roger Elliott
Roger Elliott

Ph.D. of theoretical Physic and Math gained at the Oxford University. In years 1988-93 he’s been the CEO of Oxford University Press. Sir Elliott has been honoured with the Kt (Sir Roger Elliott), FRS, FInstP, than he became an Hon. Doctorates at the University in Paris, Essex, Bath, and has been awarded with the Medals Maxwell at the Guthrie of Institute of Physics. Mainly interested in theoretical physics of condensed matter – particularly magnetic, semiconductor and optical properties. He wrote 4 books and more than 200 articles, the most popular is called Disorder in Condensed Matter Physics’ – Volume in Honour of Roger Elliott, ed. J.A. Blackman and J. Taguena (OUP, 1991). In his career he was a Visiting Professor in Universities in Berkeley, California, in Florida and Michegan, Yale and Harvard. He was a member of many scientific and national Councils, as Electronic Research Council, Computer Board for Universities and Research Concils ( also as Chairman), Advisory Board for Research Concils, Hebdomadal Council, UKAEA, (Board Member) British Council. He led the position of the Chairman in ICSU Press, Blackwell Limited and Disability Information Trust.

Alberto Quadrio Curzio
Alberto Quadrio Curzio

Professor Emeritus at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He is lecturer of Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, where he was full Professor of Political Economy (1976-2010) and Dean (1989-2010). In 1977, he founded the Research Centre in Economic Analysis (CRANEC), where held position as Director (1977-2010) and now he is the President of the Scientific Board. He previously held positions as Professor at the University of Cagliari since1965, full Professor at University of Bologna since 1972, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Political Science. For ten years he has been the Italian Economists’ representative at the National Research Council (CNR); he has been President of the Istituto Lombardo and President of the Italian Economic Association (SIE). He has been Distinguished Academic Visitor at Queens’ College of Cambridge (2010-2011). He is a national member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, where has been elected President of the Class of Moral Sciences for the period 2009-2012. He is the founder of the journal „Economia Politica. Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics”, and has been its Editor-in-chief since 1984; he also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of some international journals. He is author of more than 350 publications, many of which have been edited by important international and national publishers; 78 of these publications are listed in EconLit. He has given lectures and seminars in many Italian and foreign universities. He has received the Golden Medal from the President of the Italian Republic for his Accomplishments in Science and Culture, and thirteen other scientific awards.

Andre Mischke
Andre Mischke

Assistant Professor and Research Group Leader at Utrecht University. Andre Mischke studied Physics and Mathematics at the Philipps-University Marburg and obtained his Ph.D. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. He was a member of the NA49 and STAR Collaboration and visiting researcher at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics CERN (Switzerland), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (USA) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA). His current research focuses on the study of the dynamical properties of the Quark-Gluon Plasma, a noval state of matter which is believed to have exist in the early expanding universe a few microseconds after the Big Bang. His studies are carried out with the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at CERN. Andre Mischke was awarded a Starting (Consolidator) Grant of the European Research Council and a Veni and Vidi Grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. He received the Nuclear Physics A – Young Scientist Award in 2008. He is co-founder and Chair of the Young Academy of Europe.

Martin Rees
Martin Rees

Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University. After studying at the University of Cambridge, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor, and then from 2004 to 2012, Master of Trinity College. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-2010.



Moshe Vardi
Moshe Ya'akov Vardi

The George Distinguish Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology Institute at Rice University. He is the co-recipient of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award, and the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s Distinguished Scientist Award. He is the author and co-author of over 400 papers, as well as two books: Reasoning about Knowledge and Finite Model Theory and Its Applications. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science, and Academia Europea. He holds honorary doctorates from the Saarland University in Germany and Orleans University in France. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM.

Bert Sakmann
Bert Sakmann

German cell physiologist and co-winner of the Nobel prizeHe graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, subsequently becoming a medical assistant at Munich University in 1968. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Göttingen in 1974, Sakmann joined the department of neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. Working with Erwin Neher, he used the patch-clamp technique to conclusively establish the existence of characteristic sets of ion channels in cell membranes which led to the development of new and more specific drug therapies. He and Neher received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991.


Thomas Schaefer
Thomas Schäfer

Earned his BSc from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and MSc in Chemical Engineering with focus on Bioreactor Technology from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (Germany). He obtained his PhD in 2002 from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and has worked as a postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), IBET/Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Università degli Studi di Siena and Università di Pisa (Italy), as well as Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). In October 2010, he was appointed Ikerbasque Research Professor at POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country, where he is leading a multi-disciplinary research group that focuses on mixed-matrix and stimuli-responsive membranes with applications in downstream processing, water treatment, sensors, and biomedicine.

Piotr Sztompka
Piotr Sztompka

Professor of sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he is heading the Chair of Theoretical Sociology, as well as the Center for Analysis of Social Change “Europe ’89”. He has been a visiting professor at numerous foreign universities in the USA, Latin America, Australia and Europe. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cambridge, Mass.). From 1998 he was the Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and in years 2002 – 2006 was elected a President of this Association (ISA). Recipient of New Europe Prize 1996. His books published in English include: System and Function; Sociological Dilemmas, ; Robert Merton: An Intellectual Profile, ; Rethinking Progress, Society in Action, Sociology in Europe: In Search of Identity, The Sociology of Social Change, Oxford and Cambridge MA, Blackwell 1993 (also available in Russian and Spanish), Agency and Structure, New York 1994: Gordon and Breach, R.K.Merton on Social Structure and Science, Chicago University Press 1996; Trust: A Sociological Theory, Cambridge 1999: Cambridge University Press.

Salvatore Settis
Salvatore Settis

Italian archaeologist and art historian. He is the former director of the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, Ca.) and of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy). He is the author of extensive publications on archaeology and art history, including The Future of the ‚Classical’ (Polity Press) and The Classical Tradition (Harvard University Press), co-edited with A. Grafton and G. Most. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Institut de France, the American Philosophical Association, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and has been one of the founding members of the European Research Council.



Stanisław Sołtysiński
Stanisław Sołtysiński

Professor of Law; a renowned specialist in civil law, intellectual property rights, commercial law and foreign investment law. He is a member of many associations and scientific organizations. Among others, he is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Board of Directors of UNIDROIT. From 2000 to June 2012 prof. Sołtysiński has been serving as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A.




Joseph Straus
Joseph Straus

Professor of Law at the Universities of Munich and Ljubljana Marshall B. Coyne Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law at George Washington University School of Law, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Joseph Straus received his Law-Diploma in 1962 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and his Dr. jur. in 1968 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. He received Habilitation in 1986 at the University of Ljubljana.



Guido Tabellini
Guido Enrico Tabellini

Professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan since 1994, where he was Rector from November 2008 to October 2012. Previously, he taught at Stanford and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a joint recipient of the Yrjo Jahnsson award from the European Economic Association, of which he is also a past President. The main focus of his research is on how political and policymaking institutions influence policy formation and economic performance. He earned his PhD in Economics at UCLA in 1984.



John Walker
John Ernest Walker

English chemist and Nobel laureate. He graduated from Rastrick Grammar School, specializing in Physical Sciences and Mathematics. Then, he studied at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and received the B.A. degree in Chemistry in 1964. Subsequently, he conducted research in the field of the structural composition of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that transports energy in cells. In 1997, he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Currently, he is a group leader at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.
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