Józef Sznajd

Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences

Jozef Sznajd was born Wroclaw, Poland, 21 February 1947. He completed his PhD in physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1973. It was here that he also received his Habilitation (1980) and professorship (1989). He has remained at the same institution currently holding the position of head of the Institute of Low temperature and Structure Research. Other notable position include being a Humboldt fellow (1985-1986) and visiting professor (1991-1992) at the University of Cologne. His main research interests include the study of solid state theory, theory of phase transitions, low dimensional spin and fermion systems, applications of the real space renormalization group method to in the study of low dimensional quantum spin systems and applications of statistical physics to sociological and political environments. He has been a member of a number of various scientific councils including the International Lab of High Magnetic Field and Low Temperature, Wrocław and the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex System, Dresden between 2004 and 2010. He was also warded the Scientific Secretary of Polish Academy of Sciences in 1971 and 1978.
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Oksana Patsahan

Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Oksana Patshan was born February 15, 1956 in the Kremenets Ternopil region, Ukraine. She received her PhD from Kiev State University in 1978 and later Habilitated at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, Lviv in 1988. Since 1990 she has held a number of research positions at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, currently as a Leading Researcher since 2009. She is a member of the Learned Council of the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, the Shevchenko Scientific Society and Ukrainian Physical Society. His research interests include the development of the collective variables method to the study of a demixing phase transition in binary continuous systems, Statistical theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena in multi-component fluid systems, Physical problems of fuel contained materials in ”Shelter” (Choernobyl) Theory of the criticality and phase transitions in the systems with long-range interactions.
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