International speakers

Eric Scerri, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Renowned thinker on the history and philosophy of the periodic table. Author of 13 books and of numerous articles and letters on the subject, Professor Scerri offers new insight on the evolution and growth of scientific knowledge in Chemistry. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Foundations of Chemistry, and he can be followed online at www.ericscerri.com.

Christine Joy McKenzie, University of South Denmark, Denmark
Professor McKenzie’s work mixes organic, organometallic, inorganic synthesis and biocoordination chemistry in highly original ways.  Some of her remarkable work includes controlled self-assembly of molecular metal clusters, as well as homogenous catalysis for energy conversion processes. She is the recipient of the Carlsberg Chemistry and Bjerrum-Brønsted prizes.

Mari-Ann Einarsud, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
A well-known authority in the field of inorganic materials including ceramics, functional oxides, thin films and nanostructured materials. Amongst many honors she has received for her prestigious scientific achievements, she is an elected member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters as well of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. She is also notably engaged in important review panels for the Swedish scientific community.

William Casey, University of California, Davis, USA
Distinguished Professor Casey has pioneered the study of chemical weathering phenomena by focusing on metal aquo clusters, predominantly by heteronuclear Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the Clair C. Patterson Award, and the Werner Stumm Medal, for his work on the solution dynamics of oxoanions and surface chemistry.

Ian Bourg, Princeton University,USA
Former scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor Bourg’s work couples geochemistry, geomechanics and mass fluxes to predict mass transport in (nano)porous media. His research integrates atomistic simulations, laboratory experiments, and reactive transport modelling to investigating complex questions as varied as barrier properties of engineered shales and geological storage of CO2.

Heather Allen, Ohio State University, USA
A leader in the field of interfacial chemistry, Professor Allen works with state-of-the-art nonlinear optical spectroscopy to answer key questions on molecular organization and reactivity at environmental and biological interfaces. Professor Allen is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and recipient of many prestigious awards including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.

Liane G. Benning, GFZ German Research Centre, Germany
Head of the Interface Geochemistry Section of the GFZ and former president of the European Association of Geochemistry, Professor Benning works at the frontier between experiments and field work to resolve geochemical reaction mechanisms in inorganic and biogenic systems. Her work has greatly advanced knowledge on the thermodynamics and kinetics of crystal nucleation and growth of key inorganic materials of importance in nature.

James R. Rustad, U.S. Department of Energy, USA
Dr. Rustad is program manager for the Office of Basic Energy Sciences for the U.S. DOE, and notably oversees funding of research in molecular-level and nanoscale geochemistry at U.S. national laboratories and universities. His career spans three decades previously spent as Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Full Professor at UC Davis, and Research Associate at Corning Incorporated. He is a renowned molecular modeler with over 100 publications in materials chemistry and physics, resource scarity and energy materials.

National speakers

Sofi Jonsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Ann Terry, Lund University / MAX IV Laboratory, Sweden
Dirk Rudolph, Lund University, Sweden