Timandra Harkness is a british writer and comedian. She hosts the show “Future Proofing” on BBC Radio. She published a book “Big Data : Does Size Matter” in 2016, where she explores data’s potential in our daily lives, with an intent of demystification. She also have written and acted with mathematician Matt Parker in a stand-up show called “Your Days are Numbered : the Maths of Death”, which is a humoristic dialogue about mathematics, statistics and probabilities.
Ben Feringa is a Dutch chemist and 2016 Nobel Prize Laureate. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and at the Shell Biosciences Centre in the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen where he completed a PhD in organic chemistry. He was the first to develop a molecular motor in 1999, followed by a nano-car. Ben Feringa, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and James Fraser received the Nobel Prize for their work on molecular machines.
Élodie Chabrol is a neuroscientist and head of international development at Pint of Science World. After a PhD on epilepsy at the hospital of La Pitié Salpêtrière in France, she became a post-doctoral associate at the University College of London. She is passionate about democratizing science and became President of Pint of Science’s French Office, a scientific association which gathers aficionados and researchers around a ‘pint of beer’ to share their latest discoveries or interests.
James Kakalios is an American physicist best known for his book ‘The Physics of Superheroes” in which he explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and incredible deeds of the most famous comic books superheroes. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota, where he has developed a research program in experimental physics with projects ranging from nanomolecules to applications in neuroscience to solar cells.
Jean-Marie Solvay is the President of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Innovation Board at Solvay SA. The main activity of the Solvay Institutes, which are dedicated to supporting fundamental science, are the Conseils de Physique Solvay and Conseils de Chimie Solvay, an ensemble of renowned conferences. The Institutes also manage workshops, chairs, seminars and an international doctoral school.
Tim Lewens teaches Philosophy of science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. Tim Lewens completed his PhD at Cambridge University in 2001. He was also a Council Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethic and the Deputy Director of the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). He is the author of several books, amongst them : The Meaning of Science (2015), Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges (2015), Risk: Philosophical Perspectives, editor (2007), Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere (2004),