Bertrand Berche

IJL, University de Lorraine

Bertrand Berche was born on May 6, 1963 in Metz, France. He obtained his Msc in physics and applied physics in 1987 from Henri Poincaré University of Nancy, later completing his PhD studies here in 1991. Since then, he has remained at the same university, which in 2009 became a part of the University of Lorraine, as Maître de Conférences. He habilitated in 1997 and became a full professor in 1998. Between 2008–2011 he was president of the Condensed Matter Section of the National Council of Universities, France. In 2008-2013 he was Director of the Physics Department at the University of Lorraine, and since 2007, he is involved in the organization of a French-German doctoral college which then became the L4-collaboration between Leipzig, Lorraine, Lviv and Coventry. He was advisor and co-advisor of ten PhD students. He was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Institute of Condensed Matter Physics of Lviv in 2016. His research concerns mainly Statistical Physics, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and History of Sciences.
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Ralph Kenna

Coventry University

Professor Ralph Kenna is a statistical physicist who specialises in critical phenomena and socio physics. Born in Athlone, Ireland, on 27 August 1964, he completed his PhD at the Karl-Franzens-Universit ä t Graz, Austria, in 1993. Kenna was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool (1994- 1997) and Trinity College Dublin (1997-1999) where he lectured until 2002. He joined Coventry University in 2002 where he co-founded the Applied Mathematics Research Centre. He founded the Statistical Physics Group at Coventry and is Co-Director of the L4 Collaboration (Leipzig-Lorraine-Lviv-Coventry). His research concerns the statistical physics of phase transitions and complex systems. Kenna has generated over 100 published papers, has given a similar number of presentations internationally, and been awarded over 1M in grant income. He is an editor for Condensed Matter Physics and Advances in Complex Systems as well as the Springer book-series Simulating the Past.
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Dominique Mouhanna

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Dominique Mouhanna is Professor of Physics at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6. He was born on 1967 in Paris, France. He received his PhD in physics ``Theories des champs des antiferromagnetiques quantiques et classiques'' from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in 1994 and his habilitation to conduct researches ``Autour des syst\`emes magntiques frustr\'es'' from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in 2004. He joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1994 and was promoted to Professor in 2011. His research concerns the study of the critical and long range behaviours of systems coming from statistical, condensed matter, and soft matter physics. His approach, based on both perturbative and non-perturbative field theoretical techniques, have lead to contributions in solving longstanding problems concerning the physics of frustrated magnets, polymerized membranes and disordered spin systems.
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Ralf Metzler

University of Potsdam

Born in Neuenburg/Wurtt, Germany, 13 October 1968, Ralf Metzler completed his PhD (1996) at the University of Ulm. Subsequently R. Metzler has taken up postdoctoral studies at the Tel Aviv University (1998--2000) and MIT (2000--2002). Previous faculty positions include NORDITA, Copenhagen (2002--2006), University of Ottawa (2006--2007), Technical University of Munich (2007--2011). He presently resides as the Chair professor for Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics \& Astronomy, University of Potsdam. His scientific interests include the study of stochastic processes, anomalous diffusion, soft matter, biological physics and gene regulation. He has published over 240 publications and is an editor for journals of Physics A, Scientific Reports, Physical Review E, Journal of Biological Physics. Honors include Finland Distinguished Professor (2010--2015), DFG Emmy Noether fellow (2000--2002), MINERVA Amos de Shalit fellow (1998--2000), Alexander von Humboldt Feodor Lynen fellow (1998). He received the 2017 SigmaPhi Prize for `seminal contributions to statistical physics'.
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Iddo Eliazar

Holon Institute of Technology

Iddo Eliazar is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (TAU) where he obtained a BSc Summa Cum Laude in mathematics and statistics; MSc Summa Cum Laude in operations research and a PhD in applied probability. Eliazar has held postdoctoral positions at Cambridge University, faculty positions at TAU and Bar Ilan University. He joined the Holon Institute of Technology in 2006, as an Associate Professor of Stochastics and Operations Research. His research focuses on stochastics: the quantitative modeling and analysis of complex systems incorporating a high level of randomness. He has published over 100 papers, collaborating with world-renowned scientists. He is the recipient of the BSc Nimrod Lapid prize (1992), MSc Nimrod Lapid prize (1994), PhD Wolf prize (1997), PhD Blecher prize (1998) and the HIT award for excellence in research (2009-2012). He has served as the Academic Secretary of the Israeli Operations Research Society (2006-2008) and was on the Advisory Panel of the Journal of Physics A (2013-2014).
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Carlos Mejia-Monasterio

Technical University of Madrid and University of Helsinki

Carlos Mejia-Monasterio was born in Acapulco, Mexico, on 11 February 1971. He completed his undergraduate studies in theoretical physics at the National University of Mexico and obtained his PhD degree in 2001. Since 2010 he has been a professor of physics at the School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid and now has more than 15 years of professional experience. He has published over 60 scientific articles mainly on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, transport phenomena in open classical and quantum systems, dynamical systems and stochastic systems. He is member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico, the Royal Spanish Society of Physics and the European Physical Society.
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Oleg Vasilyev

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Oleg Vasilyev was born on April 18, 1974 in Lipetsk, Russia. In 1997 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, department of General and Applied Physics. In 2000 he completed his PhD thesis ``Numerical Investigation of Diluted Spin Systems'' at Landau Institute for Theoretical physics, Russia. Between 2000 and 2004 Vasilyev was a Junior Research Associate at Landau Institute. In 2004--2005 he was a Research associate (CNRS) at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter, University Paris VI, France and in 2005--2006 he was a Research Associate (FNRS) at the Research Center for Molecular Modeling, University Mons-Hainaut, Belgium. Since 2006 he has been a Research Scientist at the department Theory of Inhomogeneous Condensed Matter, Max Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are numerical simulations in the statistical physics of phase transitions and complex systems.
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