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Wolfgang Lechner​

President of the international jury 2018 of this concourse 

He graduated in physics at the F​​acul​​ty of Physics in Vienna (Austria). Since 2013 he is a senior scientist at the​ Intstitute of Quantum Optica and Quantum Information in Innsbruck and since 2016 assistant professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Innsbruck. 

His scientific interests are: quantum computing, quantum sof condensed matter physics, quantum glass, non-equilibrium many-body dynamics with ultracold atoms and molecules, optomechanics with levitated nano-stuctures, computational physics and rare events in many-body systems. 

Prizes: Hand und Walter Thirring Preis 2017, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften; START Prize 2017, Austrian Science Fund; Wallnöfer Prize 2015, Austrian Industrialists Association; Loschmidt Prize 2011 for his PhD Thesis, Chemisch Physikalische Gesellschaft

 
 

Christoph Wehrli​

Education: 1973 – 1978 Diploma studies in physics at ETH Zürich; 2005 – 2008 PhD in environmental sciences, ETH Zürich. 

Professional Activities: 1978 – 1988 research assistant at Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos; 1989 – 2014 senior scientist at PMOD/WRC; 2015 retired

Fields of work: Solar spectral irradiance and its variability from space, remote sensing of the atmosphere, optical calibrations, global measurement network, development of onboard and ground based system software.

Space experiments (Co-Investigator): IPHIR experiment on PHOBOS (launched Jul. 1988); SOVA on EURECA (Aug. 1992); VIRGO on SoHO (Dec. 1995); SOVIM on SSI (Feb. 2008); LYRA on PROBA2 (Nov. 2009); PREMOS on PICARD (Feb. 2010)

International commissions: 1990 – 1997 Solar Electromagnetic Radiation Study for Solar Cycle 22 of SCOSTEP/ICSU; Co-Leader of WG1 on total and spectral irradiance; 2003 – 2014 Scientific Advisory Group on Aerosols for the GAW program of WMO, Chairman sub-group AOD from 2006 to 2012. 

He has already been a member of the international jury of this concourse.

 
 

Claudio Rhyner​

Claudio holds a master of science in Chemistry from the University of Bern and a PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Zurich.

He currently leads the vaccine development research group at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos, Switzerland. His main research interests are in the identification, cloning, expression, and engineering of biological molecules, comprising proteins, lipids, and carbohydrate moieties. He is also involved in the development of a novel technology to measure molecular interactions for rapid quantification of biomarkers. He is member of the Life Science Graduate School Zurich, jointly run by ETH and University of Zurich and in the organizing committee of the World Immune Regulation Meeting (WIRM). He is President of the Kirchner Förderverein and in the board of the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Foundation.

He has already been a member of the international jury of this concourse.

 
 

Christian Steurer​

He graduated at the Politecnico of Milan in 1997 as telecommunication engineer. During the study he worked as teacher of physics, mathematics, informatics and electrical plants. From 1997 until 2002 he was working in the private industry for a regional telecommunication company as head of department. From 2002 until 2012 he was working at Eurac Research in the Information and Communication Technology and also as head of the service department Technology Development, with major expertise on IT-security, networking and IT-infrastructure. 2012 – 2017 he was chief of the IT-department CIO of the public health authority of South Tyrol. Since January 2018 he is Head of the Center terraXcube of Eurac Research.

He is specialized in developing IT and communication systems including radio communication and the respective infrastructure. He has profound knowledge in remote sensing techniques and image processing.

He has already been a member of the international jury of this concourse.

 
 

Josef Dalla Via​

He is responsible for the development of the Research and Innovation Information System ‘Aristoteles’ in South Tyrol, for the creation of a territorial information concept and its implementation in the context of a database and a portal to be created. Scientific projects and their results, products and publications should be brought closer to the public and the specific expertise made accessible. He obtained his PhD in Biology (Zoology and Ecology) at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (AT) in 1986.

Professional Activities:​ 1986-1995 Assistant Professor at the Department of Zoology and Limnology, University of Innsbruck, Austria; 1987-2002 Lecturer under contract at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria (Lectures in general and comparative physiology, marine biology and aquaculture); 1999-2008 Head of the Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry Laimburg, South Tyrol, Italy; 2001-2014 Lecturer under contract at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy (Lectures in anatomy, morphology and physiology of livestock, and general zoology). 

He was member of several administrative and scientific councils. 

He has extensive research experience in projects as collaborator or project leader in the field of animal physiology, ecology and agriculture, and undertook several research periods abroad and in international cooperations.

He has already been a member of the international jury of this concourse.

 
 

Paolo Bresciani​

He is a senior research scientist of the Provincia Autonoma di Trento. He is in charge of the role of Grant Development Manager at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), a key research institution in Trentino. He is part of the technical group of EPE (Esperti di Programmazione Europea) appointed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research to provide support to the Italian National Delegates in the European Union Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (Horizon 2020).

Paolo Bresciani has been doing research in several areas of ICT for more than 25 years, mainly working at FBK. As well, he held the role of Contract Professor at University of Trento (2001-2004) and at University of Verona (1994-1998), and of Visiting Professor at University of Marseille (2003 and 2005). in 1999 he has been visiting Scholar at University of Toronto. In more recent years, he covered several roles as project advisor, both at FBK as well as at the European Commission, where he worked as Project Officer at DG Connect from 2006 till 2011 and at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs from 2012 till 2013. In 2004-05 he has been a Scientific Expert at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has already been a member of the international jury of this concourse.

 
 

Emanuele Eccel​

​He g​raduated in 1990 with a Master Degree “cum laude” in Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.

At the Fondazione Mach – Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige since 1995, he strengthened his knowledge of the atmospheric sciences and of agro-meteorology, also attending to several specific courses and seminars, particularly on weather forecasting. For eleven years since 1997 (starting of the meteorological service for Trentino) he worked as a weather forecaster for the local meteorological service (Meteotrentino). Eventually he focused his scientific interest on local climatology and the interaction between climate and plants, especially crop phenology. He was for five years at the head of the Technological Platform “Dynamics of Agro-ecosystems”. Lately he engaged in science communication topics, joining since 2016 the Communication and Public Relationships team of the Research & Innovation Centre.​

 
 

Manuel Fliri​

​Professional career:
2001 Graduation at HTL for facility engineering and energy planning in Jenbach

2001-2002 Research employee for heat pump development

2002-2003 Employee for facility engineering, working mostly with heating and cooling systems

2003-2008 Diploma studies in chemistry and physics for teachers at the University of Innsbruck with specialisation in analytical chemistry, especially gamma-spectrometrical environmental analytics

Since 2008 Chemistry, physics and science lab teacher at Gymnasium and HTL in Tyrol (currently at HTL for mechanical engineering, facility engineering, economy engineering and mechatronics in Jenbach)

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