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.