Since 1992, Michał Misiurewicz has been a professor of mathematics at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN, USA). He received his PhD from the University of Warsaw in 1974, then worked at the University of Warsaw for the next 16 years. He spent the academic year 1978/9 at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (Bures-sur-Yvette, France). In 1990 he went to the United States, spending one year at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) and the next year at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA), before coming to Indianapolis.
His research interests are mainly in Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory. For almost every phenomenon in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Economics and other sciences, one can construct a mathematical model that may be regarded as a dynamical system. The long-time behavior of such a system usually either stabilizes, becomes periodic, or becomes chaotic. Tools from Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory allow us to study those behaviors, and, in particular, to understand what kind of predictions are possible for chaotic systems. While sometimes such systems are very complex, quite often they can be reduced to simpler, low-dimensional ones.
Prof. Misiurewicz is known for his contributions to low- dimensional dynamics (Misiurewicz points and Misiurewicz maps), combinatorial dynamics and rotation theory.
Prof. Paszkowski studied Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Agriculture University (SGGW) in Warsaw. In 1981 he earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and in 1994 he pursued his DSc (habilitation) at the University of Basel. In 1981-2003 he was a postdoctoral fellow and group leader at prestigious Swiss institutions, including the Friedrich Miescher Institute and ETH Zurich. From 2003 to 2013 he was a professor at the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Geneva and from 2006 to 2013 the director of this Department. In 2013-2018 he was based at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge and associated with the Department of Genetics of the University of Cambridge.
Now a farmer in Radachówka (Poland), until 2018 he was a group leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory, which is dedicated to research on the regulatory systems underlying plant growth and plant development. Prof. Paszkowski is known for his innovative findings in the field of DNA repair and gene targeting in plants, gene silencing and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in plants and, more recently, also for the epigenetic, developmental and environmental control of retrotransposition.
While her parents were Polish, Barbara Romanowicz was born and educated in France, where she studied mathematics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Paris 7. Between 1982 and 1990, as a researcher at the CNRS, she developed GEOSCOPE, a then state-of-the-art global network of digital seismic stations for the study of earthquakes and the structure of the earth's interior. In 1991, she was appointed Director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley.
During her directorship (until 2011), she helped establish a joint UC Berkeley/US Geological Survey real time earthquake notification system for northern California. In 2011, she was appointed to the chair of Physics of the Earth's Interior at Collège de France. She currently shares her time between Paris and Berkeley. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Académie des Sciences in France and is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Her research interests include the study of deep Earth structure and dynamics using seismic data analysis and modeling, and recently, implementing numerical seismic wavefield computations in seismic imaging at the continental and global scales. She also has an interest in earthquake processes and scaling laws, the development of modern broadband seismic and geophysical observatories on land and in the oceans, modeling Earth's normal modes and low frequency "hum".
In 1993-2000, Prof. Schmitt studied Byzantine studies, Modern Greek studies and Eastern European history in Basel, Vienna, Berlin and Munich. In 2000 he obtained a PhD at the University of Munich, followed by a DSc (habilitation) in Eastern and Southeastern European History at the University of Regensburg in 2003. Since 2005 he has been Professor of Southeastern European History at the University of Vienna. In 2010, Prof. Schmitt was a Visiting Professor at the Collège de France. Since 2011 he has been a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and since 2017 he is the President of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Currently, he heads the Balkan Studies Research Unit at the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Schmitt specializes in South-East European history. His research interests include fascism in Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean urban societies in the 19th century, socio-cultural developments in the Albanian Balkans (19th-21st centuries), as well as society and politics in the late Ottoman Empire, among other topics.