Members of the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee

Bengt NordénChair: Bengt Nordén, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Bengt Nordén is the Chair Professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests are in biophysics, focusing on mechanisms of molecular recognition in hydrophobic contexts and interactions of nucleic acids with small molecules as well as proteins. He is also interested in biological systems that can catalyse interchange between mechanical and chemical energy. Bengt Nordén is member of many science academies including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry; he is former Chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. He is Editor in Chief of ‘Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics’ and the founder and chairman of the Molecular Frontiers Foundation, a global organisation for identifying science breakthrough and promoting science outreach.


Marian Gomez-FatouMarian Gomez-Fatou, Research Professor at the Department of Polymer Physics, Elastomers and Energy Applications at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) in Madrid, Spain

She obtained her BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Complutense University of Madrid. She joined CSIC as permanent member of staff in 1986. She worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ (USA) during two years and has been visiting researcher at H.H. Wills Physics Laboratories of the University of Bristol (UK), College of Textile of North Carolina State University and at the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of California Riverside (USA). She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and she has been co-editor of a book related with the application of scattering and diffraction techniques to Materials and Life Science and co-authored 17 chapters of books. She has been Deputy Vice-president for European Affairs at CSIC (2008-2012).


Mats GyllenbergMats Gyllenberg, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Helsinki, Finland

He studied mathematics and microbiology at the Helsinki University of Technology, from where he received his doctorate in mathematics. After having held positions of acting Associate Professor at the Helsinki University of Technology and Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland, he was appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics at Lulea University of Technology in 1989. From 1992 to 2004 he was Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Turku. Since 2004, he has been Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Helsinki, where he has been the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2008. Gyllenberg was a visiting researcher at the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in the academic year 1984–1985. He has held visiting professorships at the following universities and institutes: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1985–1986), National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, California (1996), University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (1997, 2006, 2007) and Chalmers University of Technology (1998). In 2006, he held the F.C. Donders Visiting Chair of Mathematics at the University of Utrecht. Gyllenberg is an elected member of the following learned societies: the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland (1996), the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (2008), the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters (2009) and the European Academy of Sciences (2010).


Signe KjelstrupSigne Kjelstrup, Professor in Physical Chemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Signe Kjelstrup is a chemical engineer, having obtained her Master of Science degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1971, where she became Research Assistant and Assistant Professor soon after. Since 1986 she has held her current position at NTNU. She is author of 236 articles in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2300 citations of her work over the last ten years. She is Member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and of the Norwegian Academy of Technology.


Ana María ManchoAna María Mancho, Applied Mathematician at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas of CSIC, Spain

Professor Mancho has worked at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas since 2003, where she leads a group on geophysical fluid dynamics. Among her research goals are the advancement of theory and foundations of novel dynamical systems tools and the development of computational techniques for describing geophysical flows. She is also focused on the application of these tools to society challenges such as sustainability and the environment. To this end she collaborates with leading groups from Mathematics and Earth Sciences Departments in Universities all over the world. She is an Executive Editor of “Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics” a journal of the European Geosciences Union.


Andras PerczelAndras Perczel, Professor of Biological Chemistry, Department of Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Professor Perczel obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1988, and a D.Sc. in 1998, and since then has had several teaching positions at Eötvös Loránd University, where he is currently in charge of the Laboratory of Structural Chemistry and Biology. He also leads the Protein Modeling Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals with over 3000 independent citations. He is also a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Europe.


Manuel PrietoManuel Prieto, Professor, University of Lisbon

Manuel Prieto is a physical-chemist, having obtained his degree at the Technical University of Lisbon in 1971. He is President of EBSA (European Biophysical Societies’ Association) and Member of the Scientific Council for the ‘Exact Sciences and Engineering’. He also collaborated with other Institutions,such as the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies. He received 6 awards for his research and pedagogical work, and was the founder of the Portuguese Biophysical Society. His research is centered on molecular biophysics, using state-of-the art fluorescence and microscopy approaches.


Katherine Richardson ChristensenKatherine Richardson Christensen, Professor and Leader of Sustainability Science Centre, University of Copenhagen

Professor Richardson received her BA in 1976 from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her PhD title in 1980 from the University of North Wales, carried out while on a Marshall Fellowship from the UK. In the recent years she led the Galatea project, the largest project on a round-the-world cruise to develop a global picture of carbon flow, and was Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Scientific Conference on Climate Change, organised by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).


Yves SamsonYves Samson, Director of Nanoscience Programme, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), France

Yves Samson is the Director of the Nanoscience Programme at CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), and CEA Senior Expert (since 2005, with nanomagnetism and mass data storage technologies as areas of expertise). He is a Member of the Nanotechnology Sectorial Committee of the French National Research Agency (ANR). A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Samson joined the CEA in 1995 after a PhD on the surface mechanisms involved in the direct synthesis of dimethyldichlorosilane. He obtained the Habilitation from the University of Grenoble in 2002. During his career Samson has also been Head of the Laboratory Nanostructures and Magnetism (2001-2007) and Deputy-Head of the Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (2007-2010).


Susanne SiebentrittSusanne Siebentritt, Physics Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg

Her research interest is twofold: the development of new thin film solar cells and the semiconductor physics of the materials used in these cells. She is the author of more than 140 peer reviewed publications, with more than 2100 independent citations. In 2014 she received the FNR Outstanding Publication Award, together with three co-authors. She is a regular topical organiser at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference.


Karl SigmundKarl Sigmund, Professor, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Professor Sigmund received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Mathematics of the University of Vienna in 1968. After spending some time in Manchester, UK (1968-1969), at the Institute of High Studies in Paris (1969-1970), and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1971-1972), he returned to Vienna. In 1973 he became Professor at the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in Göttingen, Germany. Since 1974 he has been Professor at the Institute for Mathematics of University of Vienna. He has been a Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 1999 and of the German Academy of Sciences since 2003. He is also a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IAASA), where he is currently working in the Evolution and Ecology Programme.


Diederik Sybolt WiersmaDiederik Sybolt Wiersma, Professor at the University of Florence, Italy and Director of the European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy

Professor Wiersma received his Master’s degree Cum Laude and his PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam in 1991 and 1995 respectively. He is a Research Director of the National Institute of Optics (INO-CNR) and the Director of the European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS). In 2012 he obtained full professorship at the University of Florence.


Emanuela ZaccarelliEmanuela Zaccarelli, Researcher at National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Complex Systems, Rome

Emanuela received her “Laurea” in Physics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1999 and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University College of Dublin, Ireland in 2002. Since 2004 she is a Researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), heading the Soft Matter Research Line in the Institute of Complex Systems, located at the Department of Physics of Sapienza, University of Rome. She has been awarded the Soft Matter Lectureship by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2009) and a “Futuro in Ricerca” Grant, by MIUR (2012). She has published over 95 articles receiving more than 4000 citations. Her main research interests are in modeling, phase behavior and dynamic arrest of complex fluids, including colloids, star polymers, microgels, clays and patchy particles, by means of theory and computer simulations.

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