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Prof. Dr. Nives Ogrinc
Institut “Jožef Stefan”, Ljubljana, Slovenija


Prof. dr. Nives Ogrinc received her PhD degree from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology University of Ljubljana in 1997. Prof. Ogrinc obtained a NATO-postdoctoral fellowship from 2000-2002 in the Department of Chemistry at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. This fellowship offered her possibilities to be involved in a larger research project on mercury (Hg) cycling in Canada (METAALICUS) using stable isotopes of Hg. Now, she works in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Jožef Stefan Institute as the Head of the Organic Biogeochemistry group. She is also a professor at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and a visiting professor in Earth Science at University of Parma, Italy. Her research work is characterized by a distinctly interdisciplinary approach and the use of stable isotopes of light elements (H, C, N, O and S) as well as heavier elements in various fields of research including environmental sciences, food and nutrition, hydrology, physical and analytical chemistry, metrology, and also intervenes in the field of social science activities – archeology. In 2019 she was awarded the “Zois award for outstanding achievements in the use of stable isotopes in interdisciplinary research”. Currently her bibliography includes 152 original papers that have been cited more than 3200 times with an h-index of 32. The excellence of her work is also evident by involvement in several national and international projects and invited lectures at international conferences and symposia. In 2016, she became president of the International Association of Sediment Water Interface.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen
Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany


Klaus Müllen was director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and is continuing research at the universities of Heidelberg and Cologne. His broad research interests range from new polymer-forming reactions, to the chemistry and physics of single molecules as well as graphenes, dendrimers and biosynthetic hybrids. He published about 2000 papers. He received many awards, honorary doctorates and honorary professorships and he is member of national and international academies. From 2008-2009 he served as president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). In 2013-2014 he was president of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine. In 2010 he won an ERC Advanced Grant for his work on nanographenes. He is associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.


Prof. Dr. Bert Weckhuysen
Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (51) received his master degree in chemical and agricultural engineering with greatest distinction from Leuven University (Belgium) in 1991. After obtaining his PhD degree from Leuven University with honours (highest degree) in 1995 under the supervision of Prof. Robert Schoonheydt, he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Israel Wachs at Lehigh University (USA) and with Prof. Jack Lunsford at Texas A&M University (USA). From 1997 until 2000 he was a research fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scientist at Hokkaido University (Japan), Amsterdam University (The Netherlands), Manchester University (United Kingdom) and Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). Weckhuysen is since October 1 2000 Full Professor Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Weckhuysen has been appointed as the first Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University as of September 2012. He has been a visiting professor at Leuven University (2000-2005) and did a sabbatical at Stanford University (USA, 2012). He is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2013-onwards) and was also affiliated with the University College London (UK, 2014-2017). In January 2018 he has been promoted to Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University.  Weckhuysen authored or co-authored ~ 560 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with an average number of citations per paper of ~ 46 and a Hirsch index of 88.
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