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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Reinhard Folk

Johannes Kepler University

Reinhard Folk was born in Neuendettelsau, Germany, on 29 April 1945. He completed his doctoral degree at Vienna University in 1973. In 1973 Folk took up a research position within the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Linz. It was here he become a Senior Associate Professor in 1984 eventually retiring from this position on 1 December 2009. Between 1986--1987 he also held the position of Visiting Associate Professor (Chair of Prof. W\"olfle) at the Physics Department of the Technical University Munich, Germany. His research interests lie in condensed matter physics; phase transitions; the history of physics. During his distinguished career he was awarded the Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society (together with Volker Dohm) in 1982 and a Degree 'Doctor ho\-noris causa' by the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv in 2009.
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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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Yuri Kozitsky

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University

Born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine on 21 April 1949. Yuri Kozitsky graduated from Physical Faculty of Lviv State University in 1972 and defended his PhD supervised by Prof. I. Yukhnovskii in 1981. Kozitsky worked at the Chair of Higher Mathematics of Lviv Trade-Economic Institute between 1982 and 1996; where he was the head of Chair from 1984 onwards. In the of 1992 he received a Doctor of Science degree. Since 1996 he has been a professor at the Institute of Mathematics of Maria Curie-Sk\l odowska University in Lublin, Poland. His main scientific interests include the study of mathematical methods of quantum physics; dynamics of interacting particle systems and random structures. He has also coordinated a number of international research project, including EU Project STREVCOMS PIRSES-2013-612669 and coauthored a monograph Quantum Anharmonic Crystal: A Path Integral Approach, EMS Tracts in Mathematics, 8, Zurich, 2009.
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Ihor Mryglod

Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of NAS of Ukraine

Ihor Mryglod was born on 26 May 1960 in Kozliv, Ternopil region (Ukraine). He graduated from Physics Department of Ivan Franko Lviv State University in 1982 and obtained his PhD in 1988. In 2000 Mryglod defended his doctoral thesis “Statistical theory of collective excitations in fluids: Generalized collective mode approach”. In 2012 he was elected as a real member of the NAS of Ukraine for specialization “Physics of liquid state”. Since 2006 Ihor Mryglod has been the Director of the Institute for Condensed Matter of the NAS of Ukraine. His main research interest relates to phase transition phenomena, non-equilibrium statistical theory, and liquid dynamics.
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