Bertrand Berche

IJL, University de Lorraine

Bertrand Berche was born on May 6, 1963 in Metz (France). He got his master degrees in physics and in applied physics in 1987 from Henri Poincaré University of Nancy, continuing studies at this university as a PhD postgraduate student and defended his doctoral dissertation under the supervisorship of Loїc Turban there in 1991. Since then, he has been working at this university (since 2009 the university became a part of the University of Lorraine). He habilitated in 1997 and became a professor in 1998. In 2008–2011 he was president of the Condensed Matter Section of the National Council of Universities (CNU, France) – a national body in charge of the qualification, recruitment and careers of university professors. In 2008-2013 he was Director of the Department of Physics and Mechanics at the University of Lorraine.
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Reinhard Folk

Johannes Kepler University

Reinhard Folk was born on April 29, 1945 in Neuendettelsau, Germany. He studied at Vienna University, where in 1973 he has defended his doctoral thesis "Hydrodynamic Equations of Dielectric Crystals" (under advice of Franz Schwabl). In the same year he started working at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Kepler University in Linz, at first as assistant, and later as associate professor, then as extraordinary professor, and finally as director of the research group "Phase transitions and critical phenomena”. His research interests cover various fields of Condensed Matter Physics.
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Ralph Kenna

Coventry University

Professor Ralph Kenna is an Irish theoretical physicist who specialises in critical phenomena and sociophysics. Kenna was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, on 27 August 1964. He completed his PhD at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, in 1993. Kenna was an EU Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool (1994–1997) and at Trinity College Dublin (1997–1999) where he lectured to 2002. He joined Coventry University in 2002 and in 2006, he co-founded the Applied Mathematics Research Centre there. He also founded the Statistical Physics Group at Coventry University. His research interests relate to field theory, statistical physics of phase transitions and complex systems.
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Yuri Kozitsky

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University.
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Ihor Mryglod

Institute for Condensed Matter Physics NAS Ukraine

Born on 26 May 1960 in Ternopil region. He graduated from Physics Department of Ivan Franko Lviv State University in 1982 and got his Ph.D. degree in 1988 and his degree of Doctor of Sciences in 2000. Igor Mryglod became corresponding member of Ukr. Nat. Acad. Sci. for specialization “Soft matter physics, statistical physics” in May 2006. He is the Head of Department for Quantum Statistical Theory of Catalytic Processes since 2002, and is rewarded with the S. Pekar Prize of Ukr. Nat. Acad. Sci. (2003). Igor Mryglod is also awarded by the honorary diploma of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine (2004) and by the insignia "For scientific achievements" of the Ukr. Nat. Acad. Sci. (2008). He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers published in Ukranian and international journals. He holds the post of Director of the ICMP of Ukr. Nat. Acad. Sci. since May 2006.
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