His years of engineering and technology experience stem from his work at the Hitachi Poland and Japan manufacturing plants and his 28 years of R&D work on electromechanical and electromagnetic devices at General Motors and subsequently Delphi, all of which contributed to his solid background of industrial expertise. His works on stepper motors, magnetic sensors, rotary actuators, and fast acting solenoids are frequently cited worldwide. Most of Professor Pawlak 125 scientific publications and over 150 patents are related to sensors and actuators. Professor Pawlak was honored with one of the highest number of individual awards in General Motors and Delphi history, including four prestigious “Boss” Kettering Awards for his accomplishments. (full BIO here)
DR BREGT SAENEN
– European University Association (EUA)
Works as Policy & Project Officer in the Institutional Development Unit of the European University Association, focusing on the development and coordination of the Council for Doctoral Education. Prior to joining EUA, Bregt worked for a number of Brussels-based policy organisations, including DG EMPL of the European Commission and the EU offices of SOLIDAR and the International Labour Organization. He also worked as a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for EU Studies of Ghent University and spent time as a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Global Affairs of New York University. Bregt holds a PhD degree in EU Studies from Ghent University, as well as an MS degree in EU Studies and MA and BA degrees in History from the same university
– European Commission
Is a Policy Officer at DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, where she is supporting the work of RISE expert group, providing direct advice to Commissioner Carlos Moedas on EU Research and Innovation policy. Her career in the European Commission includes also a recent secondment to the Cabinet of Commissioner Carlos Moedas, as well as work on economic analysis of R&I policy, also within DG RTD. Before joining the Commission, she cooperated with Polish Silicon Valley Acceleration centre in San Francisco, worked for the Danish Embassy in Warsaw and cooperated on research projects with Polish Academy of Sciences. Katarzyna holds a Master degree in European Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges and a BA in International Economics from Warsaw School of Economics. Her research interests are related to internationalization of innovative firms and governance of programs and institutions within innovation policy.
– Governing Board Member of Euroscience, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Slobodan Radicev is a PhD candidate / young researcher affilieted with two universities, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). He has more than ten years of experience in various organizations connected with the university and research. Currently Slobodan is governing board member of EuroScience. Before EuroScience he was two times elected as a president of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. In the past five years, Slobodan was guest speaker at many events related to young researchers in Europe and the US, he is also a member of organizing committees of several events each year.
– President of Alumni Community Board- European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Estefania is a PhD candidate and a Lecturer at the Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zurich. She also the elected President of the Climate-KIC Alumni Association (CKAA) for the year 2015 and 2016. In her role as CKAA President, Estefania is member of the EIT Alumni Board and appointed President of the first Board year. She is responsible for the strategic development of the EIT Alumni community, the coordination of the work and efficient conduct of the Board and the representation of the EIT Alumni Community to stakeholders. Additionally, Estefania has been invited as speaker in several EU and international events, such as the Sustainable Innovation Forum organized by Climate Action during COP21. Estefania is also part of the WEF Global Shapers community and lecturer for the Future Cities MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) series offer by ETH Zurich in the Edx platform.
DR GREGORY PROKOPSKY
– Researcher, Lean startup trainer, McGill University (Canada)
Founder of four software and learning startups-tests. Lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from which he also holds a PhD in CS. Also holds a MSc in business administration from Wrocław University of Science and Technology. Has worked as an independent consultant since 1999 and a practical, hands-on teacher since 2009. Gregory is mainly interested in the newest internet software technologies and best practices in managing startups and small firms. He actively practices and spreads the ideas of Lean Startup methodology. Gregory’s unique workshop „Lean Startup – Simulation Game” he presented at InnoShare 2016 conference was widely applauded by the participants.
DR MIIA IJÄS
– Employment & Career development working group coordinator, Eurodoc
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tampere, Finland. Miia defended her PhD in early modern history in 2014 and has worked as a university lecturer and researcher since. She has served as an early career researchers’ representative for years on a local, national and European level, currently serving as a working group coordinator at Eurodoc.
– The PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN)
Gareth is a PhD candidate and lecturer in linguistics at Leiden University. He is currently a board member of the PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands, a coordinator of the WG Mobility of Eurodoc, and a member of the WG Intersectoral Mobility under SGHRM and the WG Education and Skills under Open Science at the European Commission.
DR CAROLE CHAPIN
– Adoc Mètis
Holds a Ph.D in comparative literature from Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris) and is currently a R&D project manager, consultant and trainer in Adoc Metis, a consultancy firm in academic Human Resources. She leads a research project on the implementation of human resources strategy for researchers in French universities and research organisms, including the topic of intersectoral mobility at all stages of research careers. She worked for seven years in Academia, and was involved in several aspects of academic policy-making, being a representative in academic councils, a gender equality officer and an active member of early-career researchers associations (Confederation of Junior Researchers (FR) and Eurodoc (EU))
DR LUDOVIC GARATTINI
– Paris-Diderot University
Is a doctoral researcher in science communication of the University Paris Diderot. After five of experience as a teacher and a researcher, and an involvement in academic policy-making as a representative in academic councils and an active member of early-career researchers associations (Confederation of Junior Researchers (FR) and Eurodoc (EU)), he became project manager for an ERA-NET project in the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. He currently has a position as a researcher and teacher for the CNAM (National Conservatory of arts and manufacture).
– President of Eurodoc
Social activist supporting women in science, a science popularizer – one of the founders of Boost Biotech Poland promoting life science sector and Promovendi Foundation, certified project manager and a doctoral candidate at Lodz University of Technology (Poland), also working as PR Officer in Autex Research Journal. She pursues her doctoral thesis in the area of biomaterials, dealing with polymer and composite biomaterials based on hyaluronic acid. Graduated from Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering at LUT (Poland) and International Business Management at L’INSEEC Alpes-Savoie (France). Experienced in self-governance of doctoral candidates at national and international level, with particular interests put on gender equality and business – academia collaboration, she currently holds a function of the President of European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – an international federation of 32 national organisations of early stage researchers from Europe. She is involved in many scientific and social projects, inculding international ones.
PROF. WIESŁAW NOWIŃSKI
– scientists, innovator, entrepreneur, pioneer, visionary, Founding Director of the John Paul II Center for Virtual Anatomy and Surgical Simulation Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
He has 545 publications, filed 51 patent applications (32 already granted, 15 in US and 8 in EU). Three high-tech companies have been started from his lab, two already acquired. He cooperates with the best hospitals in the USA (Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical) and worldwide medical corporations (Medtronic, Brainlab, Elekta, Siemens, Philips). Dr. Nowinski has been conferred with 42 awards and honours out of which 25 were given by leading medical associations. He has received Pioneer in Medicine title from SBMT/USA in 2013 (for his work on brain atlases). He has been named The Outstanding Pole in the world in 2012. He was a finalist of Asian Innovation Award 2010 for stroke. He was awarded Magna cum Laude (radiological Oscar) from Radiological Society of North America in 2009. Dr. Nowinski has received Knight’s Cross of Merit from President of Republic of Poland in 2005.
PROF. STANISŁAW BIELECKI
– EUA – European University Association
Prof. Stanisław Bielecki, Full professor at the Institute of Technical Biochemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland; specialist in the field of biotechnology, biocatalysis and biomaterials; His present scientific interest is focused on enzyme engineering and molecular control (-omics) of bacterial nanocellulose biosynthesis and its natural modification and application. Author of over 200 publications and 57 patent applications, including 46 approved patents. Know-how and patents on bacterial nanocellulose production developed in his group led to commercialized production of nanocellulose and wound dressing (“CelMat”). The team headed by Prof. Bielecki consists of researchers from various fields such as biochemistry, medical biology, microbiology, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. He is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Section on Applied Biocatalysis, European Federation of Biotechnology, previous chairman and member of the Committee of Biotechnology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Active in many national and international platforms for development of industrial biotechnology. Coordinator of the Polish Technological Platform for Bioeconomy. Rector of Lodz University of Technology (2008-2016). He is also a founder of BTL LTD Company, Lodz, Poland.
– Investment Director – Black Pearls VC
Expert in the field of investment management and financial pre-evaluation of start-up projects. A graduate of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdansk. After three years of experience in an international consulting company he joined Black Pearls VC. Since 2014 engaged in venture capital funds investing in commercialization of R&D projects. Currently, as Investment Director, he is responsible for the investment process, project supervision and supporting portfolio companies in financial management.
– Marie Curie Alumni Association
Alejandra Consejo is a member of the polish chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). She graduated her Master degree in Physics and Physical Technologies at University of Zaragoza (Spain). Currently she holds a Marie Curie ITN scholarship to do her PhD in Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and works in the Biomedical Signal Processing Group (BSPG). Her research interest are within the field of biomedical engineering. In particular, eye modelling and aging eye.
PROF. DARIUSZ GAWIN
– Vice-Rector for University Innovations and Development at Lodz University of Technology
– SPIN PhD Program (Austria)
She is a graduate of neurobiology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Institute of Pharmacology of Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012-2014 she was the Head of the Neuronus IBRO & IRUN Neuroscience Forum, one of the largest European conferences devoted to brain research. Her contribution to promotion of science and successes in organizing international meetings was appreciated by the Polish Tourism Organisation and Conferences and Congresses in Poland Association, which granted her the title of the Honorary Ambassador of Polish Congresses, the youngest one in the history of the Polish Congress Ambassadors Programme. Currently, Iwona is a PhD student of the international SPIN Doctoral School and works in the Department of Pharmacology of Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria. Her research focuses on the role of endogenous opioids in emotional control.
DR CLAUDIA SIMAO
– Marie Curie Alumni Association, Eurecat – Catalonia Technological Centre
Dr Claudia Simao is a chemist working in materials science, both in academia and industry. During her MSc thesis, she has worked in a Belgian company investigating the curing process of polyurethane foams. In 2007 has received a FP6 MC-EST fellowship to start the doctorate in Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Consejo Superior de Investigación Cientifica (CSIC). The PhD thesis entitled “Self-assembly of electroactive molecules as wires and switches” was awarded one institutional prize for the best thesis in materials science of the year and the national Royal Society of Chemistry “NanoMatMol”. During her scientific career she has also published several peer-reviewed high impact factor publications, highlighted as cover in Nature Chemistry, and developed and published several patent applications. Currently is head of Printed Electronics group at the Catalonian technology centre Eurecat, working on brigding research and industry to push forward scientific results up and closer to the market.
– CEO of Poland Innovative
CEO Poland Innovative Foundation, Minister of Development of Science and Business Cooperation at the Shadow Economic Cabinet at Business Centre Club and PhD Candidate at Warsaw University of Technology. He worked as a manager of middle and senior management in the recruitment, IT, events and tourism. Business coach and co-founder of training and consulting company S&O Partners. Moreover, he advises startups at an early stage of development and trains managers. A former member of the Polish Economic Society – a branch of Warsaw, and in the years 2012 – 2014 Chairman of the Board of the Students’ Forum Business Centre Club Foundation. In his spare time, he pursues his passions through trekking, mentoring for young leaders and expanding knowledge on innovation and business management.
– COO CONDA Crowdinvesting
Cofounder of Collaborative Economy Center (cgs.org.pl/en), Vicepresident of Polish Crowdfunding Society and owner of AltFi Company (crowdfunding.pl). He is a frequent conference speaker, advisor on alternative finance and crowdsourcing and helps early stage companies raise funds. He is an author of a book „Crowdfunding. From idea to business, with help from the crowd” and contributor to many publications, including „A framework for european crowdfunding” and „Moving Mainstream. The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report”. He also organises series of events called „Innovation in SMEs financing”. Recently ranked in Global Alternative Finance Powerlist as the onlu person from CEE. He is a graduate from capital investments at Poznan University of Economics. In the past he was involved in ICT and e-commerce projects. He is a mentor to AIP Business Link and cooperates with several NGOs.
– President of the National Representation of PhD Candidates in Poland (KRD)
– COO of Poland Innovative, Advisory Board Member at Eurodoc, Entrepreneur.
He completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering Cracow University of Technology.
He has practical experience in organizing national and international events, as well as in building and managing large teams. As a business advisor he has worked for companies and institutions from the following industries: airlines, property protection, medical, PR, HR, organization of festivals, production, NGO’s, national student organizations and Universities. The speaker at national conferences on: team building, motivation, volunteer work, conflict resolution, business strategies. He likes like alternative music, literature, fantasy and other good books.
DR MAREK BURY
– Managing PartnerBury & Bury European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys
Polish (2009) and European (EQE 2013) Patent Attorney; Professional representative before EUIPO (2013).Marek Bury graduated as M.Sc. Eng. in 2004, at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, the Warsaw University of Technology, then received (with honors) a degree of PhD in technical sciences. He deals mainly with the cases concerning patents, particularly in the field of electrotechnics, mechanics, telecommunication and information technology. He is an author and co-author of approximately 30 scientific publications concerning radioelectronics and 5 works concerning industrial property. He is a member of the IEEE. He provides advice regarding optimal IP protection and assistance in patent and UM drafting, prosecution and litigation as well as invalidation of inaccurately granted patents and rights under utility designs. Marek Bury is interested in the mechanisms of commercialization of the results of scientific results; he is a graduate of the programme implemented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Top500 Innovators Science, Management, Commercialization, and a member of the association of graduates of this programme. He is married and has 3 children.
DR KAROLINA CZARNECKA
– Scientist and Innovation Broker
Karolina H. Czarnecka has graduated from Warsaw University with a MSc degree in Biotechnology /Molecular Biology. Following her education she completed PhD in Medical Sciences at Medical University of Lodz. Her current expertise and interests focus on search of new prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers for lung and endocrine cancers and glass fibers functionalization for optical biosensing. Currently working as Research Assosiate at Department of Molecular Bases of Medicine, where she conducts classes for the PhD students: Entrepreneurship, presentation Skills, Principles of group work and research project management using online tools. Dr Czarnecka also graduated from Postgraducated studies in Health Service Management and BioTechScience Manager. She is laureate of prestigious TOP500 Program at Stanford Center for Professional Development. As Innovation Broker at Medical University of Lodz Dr Czarnecka is responsible for search for partners for technology transferin enterprises or Scientific groups at the University for joint B+R projects. Currently working in the Council of Young Scientists at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
– CFO of Poland Innovative
– Product Development Manager – Braster S.A.
Manager with biomedical engineering and project management background, who has developed and put on a market a new medical device within less than 12 months. He is managing Product Development Department in Braster since 2013 when the company was a small start-up, taking part in strategy creation and managing the most important projects. He graduated at Warsaw University of Technology and Warsaw School of Economics. He is interested in new medical devices and diagnostic technologies and extremely fast new product introduction (NPI) projects. In free time he likes skiing, playing table tennis and watching good football.
– Partner at EXEQ.eu innovation funding consultancy.
9 years of experience in grant consulting for R&D. Experienced coordinator of over 60 grant consulting projects for EXEQ’s Clients. A specialist in the field of grant solicitation for private and public entities, funded both on a national and EU level. Member of Regional Working Groups for Smart Specialisation on Masovian District. A mediator in Polish Mediation Centre. Graduated from the University of Warsaw.
– COO iTaxi
Being only 18 years old, he sold his first innovation to Wargon Alloys. As a 20-year old he was the youngest appointed counsellor for innovation in the Swedish National company ALMI Foretagspartner. With another PhD candidate, in 2006 he established a company KYAB AB which measures the use of energy in the building on the basis of innovation. In 2009 he published a book on how to get from the idea to a commercial product. In 2012 – big takeover of OnlinePizza Norden, for which he and his co-workers gained 120 million PLN. Numerous successes have made him one of the most recognizable Polish start-up founder.
– Entrepreneur and Seed Investor
Marcin Franc is both entrepreneur and the technical expert with more than ten years of practical experience in the software engineering industry (gathered among others in TomTom corporation as manager responsible for optimization of software development processes and coordinating multiple teams in various parts of the globe). He’s the effective team leader, enthusiast of technology, as well as PhD candidate in the domain of Computer Science. Marcin is an experienced consultant and coach who teaches people about agile project management methodologies as well as lean software development (he’s a certified expert in those domains). Marcin believes that passion is the key factor in the software development process. In 2011 he gathered a group of young engineers to prove that unexperienced but devoted team can achieve outstanding results. His team won the Polish finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 competition and the solution called LifeCircle+ was afterwards deployed by the company co-owned by Marcin (Hilverse). In just one year Hilverse won Microsoft’s Your Business Your Fame competition and in November 2012 became Microsoft’s Europe SME of the month. In 2013 the company won the “National Leaders of Innovation and Development” competition.
Marcin continued his work in gathering young people with high potential, he coaches them and form teams ready to face new challenges. He supported and co-founded many you startup teams consisting among others of students and graduates who took part in the internship program organized by him together with Microsoft Poland. In 2015 together with Microsoft he launched Microsoft Imagine Business Acceleration Program which resulted in forming multiple ICT/IOT startups.