Józef Sznajd

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

J\'ozef Sznajd was born in Wroclaw, Poland, 21 February 1947. He completed his PhD at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences (ILTSR PAS) in 1973 where he also received his Habilitation (1980) and professorship (1989). He is currently a head at ILTSR PAS. Other notable position include being a Humboldt fellow (1985--1986) and visiting professor (1991--1992) at the University of Cologne. His 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 the study of low dimensional quantum spin systems and applications of statistical physics to sociological and political environments. In 1971 and 1978 he received the Award of Scientific Secretary of PAS. He is also a Member of the Presidium of the Physics Committee of the PAS.
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Oksana Patsahan

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

Oksana Patsahan was born 15 February, 1956 in Kremenets, Ternopil region, Ukraine. She graduated from Physical Department of Ivan Franko Lviv State University in 1978 and received her PhD from Kiev State University in 1988. She completed her Doctoral of Sciences degree in theoretical physics in 2008. Since 1990 she has held a number of research positions at the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the NAS of Ukraine, Lviv, 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. Her research interests include statistical mechanics of multicomponent continuous systems, theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena, theory of ionic fluids, theory of liquids under confinement.
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