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The Jury for EUCYS 2011

The role of the Jury of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists is of utmost importance. The Jury assesses and scores the competing projects based on their written description (before the Contest) and through interviews with the Contestants carried out at the exhibition during the Contest. The Jury then draws up the list of winners of the different prizes and Awards of the Contest. The members of the Jury carry out all their duties as independent scientific experts, not as representatives of an institution or country.

President of the Jury

Professor Maria Ana Viana-Baptista
ISEL, Portugal

Maria Ana Baptista, born in Lisbon, Portugal. Graduate in Physics, PhD in Geophysics with a thesis on Tsunami Generation and Impact, and Habilitation by the University of Lisbon. 
She is a Professor at the Lisbon Engineering Institute, of which she was president from 2003-2006. 
She is a tsunami scientist, since 1988, presently the research leader of the group on Coastal Hazards and Warning Systems at Instituto Dom Luiz (Lisbon) and the author of many publications in ISI journals and congress proceedings ( Since the Indian ocean tsunami she devotes much of her work in the implementation of the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean and connected seas tsunami warning system (NEAMTWS). Since 2007 she is the Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Coordination group of NEAMTWS ( She is married with two sons and lives in Lisbon.

Members of the Jury

Henrik Aronsson
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

I pursued my PhD degree in Plant Physiology with Dr Clas Dahlin at the University of Gothenburg. I graduated in 2001 and spent the following year and a half as a postdoctoral student in Dr Paul Jarvis’ group at Leicester University. The next year I spent at Gotland University and Skövde University as senior lecturer. I then returned to the University of Gothenburg in 2004, where I attained Associate Professorship in 2007. 
As a graduate student, I studied plastid protein targeting of the light-dependent enzyme NADPH: protochlorophyllide reductase (POR) both to the envelope and the internal membrane system. I then switched to studying the chloroplast protein import machinery with a focus on the components that make up the machinery. My group has recently started studying the plastid vesicle transport system between the envelope and the internal membrane system with emphasis on putative proteins involved in the process. 

Derek Bell
College of Teachers, United Kingdom

Professor Derek Bell began his career in the 1970s teaching science, environmental studies and physical education! He moved into science teacher education and became Director of Graduate Studies and Research at Liverpool Hope University and Vice-Principal of Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. From 2002 he was Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education (ASE) and, from 2009 Head of Education at the Wellcome Trust before stepping down in April 2011. Derek remains very active in science education through his education consultancy and committee work. He was awarded his professorship by the College of Teachers in July 2007 and is a visiting research associate at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Throughout his career Derek has maintained a strong and active interest in the enhancement of teaching and learning in science and helping children develop their understanding of the world around them. He was a member of the SPACE (Science Processes and Concept Exploration) Project team based at the University of Liverpool and co-ordinated the Nuffield Primary Science Project.
Derek has undertaken a wide range of consultancies in the UK and overseas and has been a member of several advisory / expert panels and is currently a board member of STEMNET and trustee of the IBM Trust. Derek is keen to enhance the links between science, technology, engineering and mathematics through partnerships across the education, industrial and business sectors.

Attila Borics
Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Dr. Attila Borics received his Ph. D. degree in 2005 from Creighton University (USA) for his contribution to the field of chiroptical spectroscopy and conformational studies of peptides. Then he joined the ranks of the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged (Hungary) as a research associate. His research focuses on biomolecular structure, more specifically protein and peptide structure and interactions, conformational
analysis and structure-activity studies. This includes the investigation of the three dimensional structural determinants of the biological activity of various neuropeptides, structural explanation of the mechanism of action of enzymes, location of interaction sites of proteins and the study of the interactions between semi-synthetic proteins and cell membrane. Furthermore, an alternative approach for conformational analysis of short,
biologically important molecules is under development, combining chiroptical spectroscopy and various computational chemistry methods

James Burrow
J. P. Morgan, United Kingdom

I have worked for a variety of large corporations including Microsoft & JPMorgan. I have developed and lead the design and implementation of complex and large software projects.

My current interests include Test Driven Development (TDD ), design patterns, grid\cluster computing, mobile computing, script based languages ( Python etc )  and JVM based languages ( Scala ).

Peter Celec
Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia

Peter Celec is currently the head of the Institute of Molecular BioMedicine at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He studied general medicine, molecular biology and national economy. He received his PhD in normal and pathological physiology. His research interest include chornobiology of testosterone, gene therapy using non-viral vectors, the use of fetal DNA in maternal plasma for non-invasive prenatal diagnostics and hormonal effects on cognition and other brain functions.

Evelyne Cottereau
Institut de Physique Nucléaire,Université Orsay, France

Evelyne Cottereau has en engineering degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles of Paris (France) and received a M.S. degree from Berkeley (USA). She has been working in different laboratories since 1982 in the field of ion implantation and radioactive beams. In 1997 she designed the on line isotope separator PARRNe at the ALTO facility at Institut de Physique Nucléaire at Orsay. In 2003, she set up a national radiocarbon facility based on a 3 MV electrostatic tandem. She is currently in charge of the project Andromede for surface analysis designed around a 4 MV electrostatic single ended electrostatic accelerator to accelerate cluster beams.


Anthony Fagan
University College Dublin, Ireland

Professor Anthony Fagan received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1978. He then spent two years working on advance modem design at Marconi Research laboratories in England. On his return to UCD in 1980 he established the DSP research group there. Through this group he has helped establish a strong signal processing industry in Ireland with many companies being founded by his research graduates, especially in the area of physical-layer communications design. Well over 100 research graduates have been produced by the group. Co-operation with industry has been a distinguishing feature of his academic career with much of his funding coming directly from these contacts. On a number of occasions, in order to expedite product development, he has temporarily taken direct charge of industrial signal processing design groups and given them their day-to-day direction while still tending to his academic duties in UCD. Several spin-off companies have emerged from his research group. He was a founding director of Decawave, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company that designs ultrawideband communications devices with a built in ranging capability. He is also a co-founder and director of WirelessLab, a Centre of Excellence that provides a collaborative environment for Ireland’s wireless industries. He is an associate professor at UCD and is the Director of the Communications and Optoelectronics Research Centre.


Roderick Gow
University College Dublin, Ireland

Roderick Gow is a mathematician with a BA in mathematics from Cambridge University, England (1969), and a PhD from Liverpool University, England (1973). He is currently a professor of mathematics at University College Dublin, where he has worked since 1978. He is also a member of the Claude Shannon Institute, a research group centred in Dublin, Ireland, who specialize in coding, cryptography and applications of algebra to communications. His own research is in group theory, finite fields and linear algebra, and he is the author or co-author of over 80 research papers. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1997, and edited the Bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society from 1993 to 2001. He is also an associate editor of the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. His research interests include the history of science, especially mathematics, and he has written biographical articles on mathematicians for books and dictionaries. In addition, he has refereed and reviewed numerous papers in mathematics, and served as an external reviewer for many research proposals, especially from the USA and Canada. His hobby is collecting old scientific books and documents, and researching the lives of prominent Irish scientists.


Inger Torhild Gram
University of Tromsø, Norway

Inger Torhild Gram is a Professor in Preventive Medicine at the University of Tromsø, and a Senior Consultant at the The Norwegian Center for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway - a WHO Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine. Inger earned both her degrees, MD in 1982 and PhD in 1992, at the University of Tromsø. During her career as a cancer epidemiologist Inger has worked as a Visiting Scientist for five years in the US at different Universities (University of Alabama, Birmingham; University of Southern California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii, Honolulu) and 6 months at WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. Her main research interests are the causes and prevention of breast cancer (, cancers that may be smoking related ( and tobacco control ( Inger has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and given talks all over the world on these topics. She has worked with tobacco control both at the local and national levels for many years. Inger is a committed teacher at the Faculty of Health Sciences and is currently supervising three PhD students there.


Robert Hancké
London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Bob Hancké is Reader in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previous appointments were at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and as a PhD candidate at the J.F. Kennedy School and Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and at MIT. He published Large Firms and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press 2002), Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradiction and Complementarities in the European Economy (co-edited with Martin Rhodes and Mark Thatcher (Oxford University Press 2007), Intelligent Research Design (Oxford University Press 2009), Debating Varieties of Capitalism (Oxford University Press 2009) and participated in the project that led to Varieties of Capitalism, edited by Peter Hall and David Soskice (Oxford University Press 2001). He has published widely on such topics as the political economy of advanced capitalist societies, institutions and macro-economic policy, comparative economic performance, and labour relations systems and industrial restructuring.


Elzbieta Jezierska-Ziemkiewicz

Married, 1 child, 3 grandsons. In 1965 graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of Technology in Warsaw. Since 2006 retired. Since 1988 worked in BULL (France). Hobbies: Music, skiing, sailing. Major contributions:
- Multiprocessing features in DPS7 System for Auriga model,
- CPU control in DPS8 system for Jupiter model (in Phoenix US),
- APSS- Disc Array system developing,
- FAME- ACPI function developing.
1984-1988 Institute of Computer Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPI PAN) in Warsaw
- IPIX Unix-like OS.
1965-1984 Institute of Mathematical Machines (IMM) in Warsaw
-CPU hardware designer of computers developped in Poland: ZAM, ODRA, K202 , MERA 400 (as chef of project). 


Victor Kaas
European Patent Office, Germany


Victor Kaas is Director of a technical directorate dealing with the patent procedure in the field of biotechnology in the operational unit of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. His main responsibilties include the coaching and managing of patent examiners who are experts in both the technical and legal aspects in the procedure of patent granting. Before his appointment as manager in 2006, he was acting himself since 1990 as an examiner of patent applications in the field of biotechnology received by the EPO. Amongst his other duties, he is involved in operational quality control procedures at the EPO and has performed several quality audits for the EPO on patent examination, search of prior art documentation, technical and legal patent examination procedures in various areas including biotechnology and pharmacology. He graduated in molecular biology at the University of Strasbourg. 


Marlene Rau
European Molecular Biology Laboratory – EIROforum, Germany

Dr Marlene Rau was born in Germany and grew up in Spain. After obtaining a PhD in developmental biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, she studied journalism and went into science communication. Since 2008, she has been one of the editors of Science in School, a European journal for inspiring science teaching.


Anu Reinart
Tartu Observatory, Estonia

Anu Reinart, PhD in environmental physics (2000, Tartu University, Estonia), expert in remote sensing in optically complex environment. She graduated from Tartu University as physicists (optics) and has worked in Estonia Marine Institute, Tartu University as research associate. In 2002-2004 she was working in Uppsala University, Sweden as EC Marie Curie Fellow and since 2005 has returned to Estonia, to the Department of Atmospheric physics, Tartu Observatory. Since 2010 she is the director of Tartu Observatory. She is a member of Estonian Space Policy workgroup and Estonian representative in EC GMES Partner Board and Estonian Space Council. She has been leading research projects financed by Swedish National Space Board, Estonian Science Foundation and EC FP7 Regpot EstSpacE and IAPP WaterS. Currently supervising 3 PhD dissertation. She has published 34 peer-reviewed papers.


Keijo Ruohonen
Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Prof. Keijo Ruohonen received his MS degree in 1972 and his PhD degree in 1976 both at the University of Turku (UTU), Finland, with a major in mathematics and minors in theoretical physics and statistics. After working as a researcher at the UTU Mathematics Department he became an associate professor of applied mathematics at Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland, in 1981 and a professor of applied mathematics in TUT in 1999. His main research interests originally were in discrete mathematics (morphological growth models in biology, computability theory and word combinatorics). Later much of his research has been in continuous and continuous-time computing models, and presently mostly in statistical and stochastic modeling (in molecular biology, medicine, finance and reliability).


Federico Tibone
DIGITALIA Progetti Editoriali, Italy

Federico Tibone (born 1959 Turin, Italy) graduated in physics at Turin University in 1982.
Over the years 1984−1993 he researched controlled thermonuclear fusion with the Theory Division at the JET laboratory (a Joint Undertaking of the European Commision) near Oxford, UK.
Since 1994 he has been working in Italy as author, designer and editor for science-related educational projects, both on paper and in the digital domain.


Karin Tonderski
Linköping University, Sweden

Associate professor Karin Tonderski received her B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from Uppsala University. She completed a Ph.D. studying nutrient recycling in constructed wetlands at the multidisciplinary department Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University. Since 1996, she is a lecturer and researcher at the department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the same university. Her research is focused on applied aspects of nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemistry and microbiology in constructed wetlands and river basins, and implications for water management issues. She has worked with several research and educational projects in developing countries, with the main focus on low-cost sanitation. The current scientific cooperation extends to East Africa, Vietnam and Bolivia, where the department has started an educational exchange project. Her scientific work has resulted in about 70 publications and chapters in international books, and she serves in the editorial board of the journal Ecological Engineering.