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Zoltan Kovács, PhD – 8th EYEC Scientific Commission member

Today we'd like to present to you the next member of this year's EYEC Scientific Commission - Dr Zoltan Kovács, an Associate Professor at the Department of Food Engineering, Szent István University (Hungary).

Dr Kovács received his MSc degree in Food Engineering in 2003 from the Szent István University. In 2008 he obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Process Engineering at the Johannes Kepler Universitaet Linz (Austria).

Prior to his current position, he had worked as a Senior Scientist for 5 years at the Institute of Bioprocess Engineering and Pharmaceutical Technology of the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen, Giessen (Germany). In 2013 he obtained the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant that allowed him - after 10 years of international experience spent abroad - to return to his home country and to establish his own research group.

During his scientific career, he has received distinctions from the European Membrane Society, the Association of German Engineers as well as has recently been awarded the Bolyai Research Fellowship by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has participated and is responsible for many out-of-campus projects with industrial partners regarding bioprocess design and membrane technology development.

Find out more about the Members of the Scientific Commission here.

PhD Student Council of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, WUT – 8th EYEC patronage

There are exactly two months left till the Conference!

We are delighted to have our Faculty's PhD Student Council among the patronages of this year's edition. The Council is an organization formed by graduate students that provides information and guidance regarding postgraduate education. It associates the PhD students of the Faculty, represents them and their interests both internally and externally as well as participates, through elected representatives, in the works of the University. Many members of the Council always provide a great part of the group representing our Faculty at the Conference. To get more information please visit the website.

Piotr Mazurek, PhD – 8th EYEC Scientific Commission member

It's time to announce the next member of the 8th EYEC Scientific Commission - Piotr Mazurek from Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Piotr Mazurek studied chemical engineering at the West Pomeranian University of Technology (Poland) graduating with a Bachelor's degree (one semester spent at the German Aerospace Center, Braunschweig, Germany) in 2011 and Master's degree in 2012. He received a PhD degree in polymer science from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2016 for the study on the development of functional materials used as dielectric elastomer transducers (DET).

After the graduation he became an industrial postdoctoral researcher at Grundfos (Denmark) working on smart anti-corrosion materials. He was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) where he investigated new strategies for preparation of silicone membranes with physically immobilized enzymes.

Currently he is a researcher at the Danish Polymer Centre, DTU where he works on smart elastomeric silicone membranes and foams used in DET, biomedical drug delivery and magnetochromatic systems.

Find out more about the Members of the Scientific Commission here.

Copernicus Science Centre – 8th EYEC honorary patronage

April is getting closer and closer! The next Honorary Patronage of the Conference that we'd like to present to you is Copernicus Science Centre, an institution based in Warsaw, which was opened in 2010. Known as a real treat for science lovers, it is one of the largest and most modern institutions of that kind in Europe. CSC contains hudreds of interactive exhibits that enable visitors to broaden their scientific knowledge and to discover the laws of science for themselves. The Centre's main value is to 'inspire people to observe, experiment, ask questions and seek answers'. 

Each year since 2008, the Copernicus Science Centre, together with Polish Radio, organizes the Science Picnic that is known as Europe's largest outdoor science-popularization event.

Overall, CSC is an institution that provides the finest possible experience to the million visitors it welcomes every year and that strengthens the relationship between science and society. To get to know more, please visit the website.

Prof. Jörg Vienken – 8th EYEC Honorary Guest

We have a real privilege to announce the Honorary Guest of the 8th EYEC edition - Prof. Jörg Vienken from Germany, who will attend this year's edition for the third time in the whole EYEC history.

Prof. Jörg Vienken graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and received a Doctoral Degree in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the Technical University of Aachen, both in Germany. He was then appointed the position of an Associate Professor at the Institute for Biotechnology of the University of Würzburg, Germany.

In 1985 he switched to the medical device industry and worked for 11 years at AKZO NOBEL Membrana in Wuppertal as a Director for Clinical Research and Science Services, followed by a position as a Vice President BioSciences in Fresenius Medical Care in Bad Homburg, Germany which he held until his retirement in 2013. Then he served as one of the Nephro-Solutions AG Board Members in Hamburg. Since 2016 he works as a Freelance Advisor for the Medical Device Industry.

He has been awarded the Emil-Bücherl Award for the life-time achievement in the realm of Artificial Organs from the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and is a distinguished fellow of ERA-EDTA, the European Dialysis and Transplantation Association.

Prof. Jörg Vienken is a Past President of the International Federation of Artificial Organs (IFAO, representing the umbrella organisation of the continental societies from Europe (ESAO), the USA (ASAIO) and Japan (JSAO)). He was a long lasting Board member of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and served as its secretary treasurer between 1998 and 2006. He is also a Past President of the Association of German Biotech Companies (VBU- DECHEMA).

Prof. Jörg Vienken still teaches Biomaterials and Artificial Organs at several German and European Universities. He has published more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters as well as 8 own books.

Find out more about our Special Guests here.

Artur Małolepszy, PhD – 8th EYEC Scientific Commission member

It's time to announce the first member of the 8th EYEC Scientific Commission - Artur Małolepszy from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology.

Artur Małolepszy defended his PhD thesis  'Production and characterization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and metal oxide functional composites for formic acid fuel cells applications' in 2015 at the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology. Since 2016 he is employed as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology.

He is focused on the carbon nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and searching for new applications for these nanomaterials in the field of biomaterials, alternative energy sources, electromagnetic screens and against infrared radiation. He is a principal investigator of the 'Fluorescent carbon nanodots production' LIDER IX project financed by the National Centre for Research and Development.

Artur Małolepszy is the co-author of more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed international journals. In 2013 he received a team award of the first degree for scientific-research achievements founded by Rector of Warsaw University of Technology.

As a reminder - the Scientific Commission is responsible for evaluating participants’ presentations. During the 8th EYEC edition the members of the Scientific Commission will be divided into three groups that will be evaluating both oral and poster presentations. At the end of the Conference, the Scientific Commission will choose 3 best presentations to be awarded in each of the two categories (poster and oral).

Find out more about the Members of the Scientific Commission here.

Ministry of Science and Higher Education – 8th EYEC honorary patronage

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Some good news at the end of the year! The 8th EYEC edition will take place under the honorable patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

Ministry of Science and Higher Education was established in May 2006. The Ministry pursues a policy in the area of science and higher education in Poland. It deals with issues connected with students, universities and scientists. Its experts prepare strategic solutions, care for the implementation of EU programmes and funds. Overall, the Ministry is an institution that supports the development of Polish universities, research institutes and scientific institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. To get to know more, please visit the website.

We do believe that the received support from the Ministry will help us make the upcoming Conference an even greater event. Stay tuned for further updates!