Professor Rui L. Reis, PhD, DSc, Hon. Causa MD, FBSE, FTERM, member of NAE, is the Vice-President for R&D of University of Minho, Portugal, Director of the 3B’s Research Group and of the ICVS/3B´s Associate Laboratory of UMinho.
He is also the CEO of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, the Global President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
He is a recognized World expert, with almost a 1000 published works and more than 36 500 (h=95 according to Google Scholar) citations to his work, on biomaterials, natural origin polymers, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
He has been awarded many international prizes and is the PI of projects with a budget totalizing more than 45 million Euros.
Dr. Béla Pukánszky graduated from the technical University of Budapest (Hungary) in chemical engineering, where he also received his PhD in 1976. From 1973 to 1978 he worked as a researcher at the Industrial Research Institute for Organic Chemistry (Hungary) and from 1978 he joined the Central Research Institute for Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as an assistant scientific co-worker, latter scientific co-worker and finally as the head of a Department.
In 1993 he was invited to the Technical University of Budapest where he became the head of the Department of Plastics and Rubber Technology.
Latter the Department was merged with the Department of Physical Chemistry to create the Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science and he was the head of the merged unit for more than 10 years. He is still employed also at the research institute of HAS.
He has produced more than 260 scientific publications, book chapters and several patents. His papers have been cited more than 4800 times and he has an h index of 44.
Dr. Pukánszky is the member of numerous committees, is on the editorial panels of several scientific journals, and he is the full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
He organized several international conferences with great success in the past; the last one was the third International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites in 2016. He has many industrial contacts and has been consulting international and Hungarian companies like Borealis, General Electric, Clariant, TVK, etc.
Mitch Winnik is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, specializing in fundamental and applied aspects of polymer science. His research group provided new scientific knowledge that helped the coatings industry develop the environmentally friendly paints that are now sold commercially. In parallel, he collaborated with Ian Manners to pioneer the study of crystallization-driven self-assembly of block copolymer micelles in solution. In 2005, he joined a team of scientists who were developing mass cytometry for rapid multiparameter cell-by-cell analysis of biomarker expression. He and his students created polymer reagents for this technique. More recently, he has become involved in a collaboration to develop metal-chelating polymers into targeted reagents for radioimmunotherapy treatment of breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.
He is an ISI “Most cited author” in chemistry, with 700+ publications and 20,000+ citations. His contributions have been recognized by an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (Germany), the 2013 national award in Applied Polymer Science of the American Chemical Society, the 2004 CIC Medal, and the 2011 LeSueur Memorial Award, Society of the Chemical Industry, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1998 he was named University Professor, the University of Toronto’s highest recognition for scholarly achievement.
Brigitte Voit received her PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry in 1990 from University Bayreuth, Germany, in the field of photoactive polymers. After postdoctoral work in 1991/1992 at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, USA, in the field of hyperbranched polymers, she joined Technische Universität München continuing the work on dendritic polymers and she received her habilitation degree in Macromolecular Chemistry in 1996. In 1997 Brigitte Voit was appointed head of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) Dresden, as well as full professor for "Organic Chemistry of Polymers“ at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). In addition, since 2002, she is heading the IPF Dresden, a large public research institute hosting about 480 people, as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer (Scientific Director).
Her major research interest is in the synthesis of new functional polymer architectures by various synthetic approaches covering topics like dendritic polymers, hydrogels, functional block and graft copolymers, as well as biofunctional polymers and functional polymers for optoelectronic applications. Brigitte Voit is very active in the community and in review work e.g. in the DFG panel Chemistry and in the European Commission (ERC grant evaluation); she is a board member of several polymer journals (e.g. Kuratorium Angewandte Chemie). For the period 2014/2015 Brigitte Voit had been elected as president of the European Polymer Federation and in 2015 she was awarded with membership in acatech (Akademie der Technikwissenschaften). In 2017 she received the Sächsischen Verdienstorden (Saxon Order of Merit) and the Covestro Distinguished Lectureship Award by Texas A&M.