Invited speakers


Prof. Natalie Stingelin (Imperial College)

Prof. Serdar Sariciftci (JKU Linz University)

Prof. James Durrant (Imperial College)

Prof. Ljuba Bacharova (International Laser Center)

Dr. Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf (Erlangen University)

Dr. Harald Hoppe (TU Ilmenau)

Dr. Ray Boucher (John Wiley & Sons Ltd)

Dr. Brigitte Pépin-Donat (CNRS/CEA)

Prof. Iain McCulloch (Imperial College)

Prof. Wouter Maes (Universiteit Hasselt)

Prof. Nazario Martin (IMDEA Nanociencia)

Prof. Jenny Nelson (Imperial College)

Richard Brigis

Dr. Krzysztof Lokaj (Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry)

Find out more about them....

Prof. Natalie Stingelin (Imperial College)

Dr. Nathalie Stingelinis a Reader in Organic Functional Materials at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London.She held a part-time Senior Researcher position (20%) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Techology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland (2003-2013) and was an External Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2010 - 2013). Prior to these appointments she conducted research at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, and as junior staff at Queen Mary University of London. She obtained the degree of Engineer in Materials Science in 1997 from the Eidgenönissische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, and her PhD in 2001, for which she was awarded the ETH Medal. She has published more than 90 papers, and holds 4 granted patents and 4 patent applications. Her current research interests encompass the broad field of organic functional materials, including organic electronics, multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids, and smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C and received a €1.2 Million ERC Starting Independent Researcher Award in 2011.

Prof. Serdar Sariciftci (JKU, Linz)

Prof. Serdar Sariciftciis Ordinarius (Chair) Professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and head of the .

 Prof. James Durrant (Imperial College)

Prof. James Durrant (Imperial College)team undertakes fundamental scientific studies of new materials and device concepts, aiming to elucidate design principles which enable technological development. Research is based around using transient laser spectroscopies to undertake photochemical studies of light driven electron and energy transfer reactions. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with device development and functional characterisation, employing a wide range of molecular, polymeric and inorganic materials. Control of materials structure on the nanometer length scale is often essential for efficient utilisation of solar energy, and therefore the nano-morphology and the use of nanostructured materials is a key component of our research. His group’s expertise is focused around photochemistry and physical chemistry. However our research is very much interdisciplinary, with expertise in the group ranging from protein function and inorganic materials synthesis to device physics. Prof. J. Durrant is leading the Sêr Cymru Solar Initiative and also co-ordinator Imperial's Solar Network, as part of its Energy Futures Lab, and UK's Solar Fuels Network.

Assc. Prof. Ljuba Bacharova (ILC, Bratislava)

Assoc. prof. Ljuba BacharovaMD, PhD, MBA is a senior Researcher at International Laser Center, Bratislava, Slovakia. She is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Electrocardiology, Secretary of the International Society of Electrocardiology. Her education icluds a MBA 2000 Business School, University of Leeds, UK, PhD 1986 Medical School, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, MD 1971 Medical School, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. Her interets focuss on Electrocardiology, academic writing, management of research and education and healthcare management.

 Dr. Hans-Joachim Egelhaaf (ZAE Bayern)

Dr Hans Joachim Egehaafis the Group Leader of the Solar Factory at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research

Prof. Nazario Martin (IMDEA Nanociencia)

Nazario Martín is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid and vice-director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience of Madrid (IMDEA-Nanoscience). Professor Martín's research interests span a range of targets with emphasis on the molecular and supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanostructures such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphenes, p-conjugated systems as molecular wires and electroactive molecules, in the context of electron transfer processes, photovoltaics applications and nanoscience. find out more on IMDEA Nanociencia website

 Prof. Iain Mc Culloch (Imperial College)

iain mcCullochProf. Iain McCulloch is currently Professor of Polymer Materials in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. His research focus is in the development of high performance organic semiconductor materials for application in organic field effect transistors (OFET) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.These activities are carried out in collaboration with colleagues within both the Physics and Chemistry Departments at Imperial College.

 Dr. Brigitte Pépin-Donat

tetewebis a researcher at INAC within the LEMOH laboratory which goal is to develop a multidisciplinary basic research to create new materials, new molecules and macromolecules to be used as efficient active elements in organic, molecular or hybrid (opto)electronic devices.

Dr Harald Hoppe (TU Ilmenau)

hoppeHead of the Solution Processed Photovoltaics team at TU Ilmenau. He received his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) at the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) under the mentorship of Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, in 2004. Since spring 2005 he joined the Experimental Physics group of Prof. Gerhard Gobsch at the Technical University Ilmenau as post-doctoral research assistant. His main research activities are in the field of organic optoelectronics with a special focus on polymer solar cells.


Prof. Wouter Maes (Universiteit Hasselt)


Wouter Maess is a Professor of (Organic) Chemistry at Hasselt University, Belgium. He is currently heading the research group Design & Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors (part of the Institute for Materials Research), mainly studying small molecule and polymer materials for organic electronics (with a main emphasis on organic photovoltaics).


Dr. Ray Boucher (Wiley & Sons ed.)

boucherDr. Ray Boucher joined Wiley in 1998, with a background in the physical sciences, including a PhD in chemistry from Bath University, several years’ post-doctoral research work at Bristol University, and hands-on editorial management of scholarly chemistry journals with Thieme in Germany. He is currently Editorial Director responsible for journal management and strategic journal development across a wide portfolio of journals. He is an IUPAC Fellow and a Director of the InChI Trust.

Dr. Krzysztof Lokaj (Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry)

lokajDr. Krzysztof Łokaj, is currently Managing Director in Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry (PIPC, national federation of chemical industry in Poland) and Vice-president of FORUMCO2. Krzysztof graduated from Faculty of Chemistry of Warsaw University of Technology in 2007, obtaining his doctoral degree from the same University in 2012. Since 2010, Krzysztof works in PIPC, cooperating with national and European industrial organizations and authorities, providing opinions on legislative acts influencing operation and development of chemical industry in Poland and EU. Krzysztof is still associated with his Alma Mater where he gives lectures regarding chemical industry in Poland and EU and its current economical and legal environment.

Richards Brigis

brigisRichards Brigis has been working within the HR field since 2007, recruiting, placing and outplacing people from all over the world into positions ranging from trainees to board members and niche specialists of international banks, IT, FMCG and chemical companies. More recently, he has managed the Central and Eastern European consultancy desk for the largest banking & finance recruitment agency - Huxley. He holds a double bachelor degree and an MBA from Steinbeis University in Berlin.