Mikhail V. Kovalchuk graduated from the Physical Faculty of the Leningrad State University (1970), Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics (1988), Professor (1998), Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2000). Since February 2005 he has been the Director of the Kurchatov Institute, since 2015 - President оf National Research Center «Kurchatov Institute».
Prof. Kovalchuk is a leading scientist in the field of X-ray physics, crystallography and nanodiagnostics. He is one of the ideologists and organizers of nanotechnology investigations in Russia. Prof. Kovalchuk initiated a scientific program based on the interdisciplinary researches using megascience facilities in the Kurchatov Institute.
Victor Aksenov graduated from Tomsk State University in 1970, Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics (1985), Professor (1994), Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2011). Since 2017 he has been an Assistant to the President of NRC “Kurchatov Institute” and Chief Scientific Advisor of Ioffe-Röntgen Institute. Victor Aksenov proposed and developed models in the theory of structural phase transitions, superconductivity, cluster kinetics in solutions. A new research area aimed for long-pulse sources — time-of-flight neutron Fourier diffractometry — was created under his supervision and with his direct involvement.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt has been a member of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich since 1 November 2007. From 2002 to 2006, Prof. Schmidt worked as a research representative and then as director at the Helmholtz Association's Head Office. Sebastian Schmidt studied at the University of Rostock and at JINR in Dubna, Russia, and completed his degree in physics as a "Diplom-Physiker" in 1993. In 1995, he completed his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in theoretical physics at the University of Rostock, and in 2001, he obtained his habilitation at the universities of Tübingen and Rostock. His main area of research is quantum statistics with applications in quantum chromodynamics and quantum electrodynamics.
“I am a research scientist working at the boundary between physical chemistry and physical pharmacy. I graduated from the Universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Oxford, and after almost a decade serving as first responsible scientist of the neutron reflectometer FIGARO at the Institut Laue-Langevin, I have recently taken up a Senior Lectureship at the University of Manchester. I am also a committee member of the Neutron Scattering Group of the Institute of Physics in the UK. In my research, surface-sensitive experimental techniques including optical and neutron reflectometry are applied to probe mixed systems at the air/water interface with the aim of solving complex interactions mechanisms that can be dominated by non-equilibrium effects. Indeed the dynamic behaviour of soft matter systems is of particular interest.
Dr. Giulia Festa is a scientist at the CENTRO FERMI - Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi" (Rome, Italy). Her research focuses on both analysis of materials applied to cultural heritage and the development of neutron instrumentation. Her expertise include Gamma Spectroscopy for isotopic analysis, Neutron Diffraction, Neutron Resonance Analyses, Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis, Neutron and X-ray Imaging
Dr. Ralph Gilles is a senior scientist at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II), Technische Universität München, heading the research group “Advanced Materials” with expertise in neutron scattering methods for studying energy materials as high-temperature alloys and batteries. After the studies of physics and philosophy he was working as an instrument scientist. He designed, built and brought in commission the structure powder diffractometer SPODI and the small-angle scattering instrument SANS-1 dedicated for materials science and magnetism at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, near Munich, Germany.
"I am a scientist within the ISIS Excitations Group and I am co-responsible for MARI spectrometer. I am currently working in the field of Molecular Magnetism. I am using Neutron Scattering techniques to probe the spin excitations and nuclear structure of magnetic molecules. I am also interested in the study of magnetic excitations in one- and two-dimensional magnetic systems".
Dr.Sci. Denis Kozlenko is the head of the Department of Neutron Scattering Investigations of Condensed Matter at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russian Federation, since 2008. His fields of expertise include neutron scattering studies of novel pressure-induced structural and magnetic states in multiferroics, low dimensional magnets and related materials, neutron imaging research, and development of neutron scattering techniques.
"After a PhD of structural and nano-biology at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, on silk (2008), I became a beamline scientist on the BioSAXS instrument BL4-2 of stanford synchrotron for one year, developping an autosampler, and then a post-doc in the Institut de Biologie Structurale and LEGI (Grenoble) for two years, building a microfluidic chip for electrophysiological measurements on artificial membranes.
Katia leads the section Neutron and Positron Methods in Materials (NPM2), within the Faculty of Applied Sciences of Delft University of Technology. Her field of expertise is in neutron scattering science and techniques, with focus on high-resolution (neutron spin echo) spectroscopy and polarized neutrons. Besides neutron instrumentation, her scientific interests are in the field of chiral magnetism.
Since 1972 Boris P. Toperverg is a staff member at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI) of the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (Gatchina, Russia) and currently engaged as Assistant to Science Director of PNPI. As senior researcher and visiting professor he was also engaged at leading laboratories in France: LLB - Saclay, ILL – Grenoble; Germany: FZ - Jülich, FZ - Geesthacht, MPI – Stuttgart, RUB – Bochum; The Netherlands: IRI-Delft; USA: BNL – Upton, ANL – Argonne, and presently serves as Long Term Visitor at the ILL (Grenoble, France).