Dr. Andris Anspoks, Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Dr. Andris Anspoks, Adviser of the Prime Minister of Republic of Latvia for Science and Innovation, Deputy director for innovation, ISSP University of Latvia, is managing innovation development system in Institute of Solid State Physics of University of Latvia with goal is to build a sustainable system which transforms research outcomes into products that will enhance our life. He is expanding the cooperation with the industry making scientific expertise beneficial for business.

Andris Anspoks has an experience in business development and management. He has created some successful companies like Capital, RIX Technologies. He has implemented many large scale projects. His research interests are linked into advanced topics of solid state physics: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS and XANES); condensed matter physics; phase transitions; multiferroics and ferroelectrics; complex modelling; ab initio calculations (quantum chemistry); molecular dynamics simulations.

Professor Inari Kursula, University of Oulu, University of Bergen

Inari Kursula, born in Finland, studied biochemistry at the University of Oulu, Finland. After completing her PhD studies, focused on X-ray crystallographic studies on the enzymatic mechanism of triosephosphate isomerase, at the Department of Biochemistry and Biocenter Oulu, she first worked as a post doc at the EMBL Hamburg Outstation. Subsequently, she moved to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, after receiving a “Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship”, a grant from the European Commission to promote career development and motility of European scientists within Europe. Since 2008, she is conducting a research group back in her “home university” in Oulu and, since 2009, is also a group leader at the CSSB-HZI in Hamburg. Her academic career has been fostered by several prestigious European grants. Her current research interests involve plasmodium and other weird creatures, actin, cell motility, structural biology, large macromolecular assemblies, enzymes, synchrotron-based methods for biology, X-ray crystallography.

Dr. Jörg Pieper, Research Professor in Biophysics, University of Tartu, Estonia

Jörg Pieper is a Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He received his Ph.D. in biological and condensed matter physics from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2000 with a dissertation about light-harvesting processes in photosynthetic protein complexes employing low-temperature and high-resolution optical spectroscopy. This work was carried out in part using hole-burning spectroscopy in cooperation with Ameslab, Ames, Iowa (USA). In 2000, Jörg Pieper joined the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin as a post doc to investigate protein dynamics and structure-dynamics-function relationships in proteins using quasielastic neutron scattering partly combined with laser excitation in novel laser-neutron pump-probe experiments. From 2005 to 2010 Jörg. Pieper was a researcher at Max-Volmer Laboratory of the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany. In September 2010 he joined the University of Tartu, Estonia as a professor. His research interests include the study of excitation energy and electron transfer processes in photosynthesis, solution structures of proteins and their conformational changes upon external triggers as well as the functional significance of protein dynamics at physiological temperatures as revealed by neutron scattering and time-resolved pump-probe experiments.

Jacob Becker-Christensen, LINX Director

LINX is a valuable and innovative facilitator of collaboration between universities and industry within the area of neutrons and X-ray technology. Being established in 2016, LINX is releasing the great potential of the established industry portal and continue to generate value through the many projects, workshops and networks connecting the scientific and commercial world. The collaborations take place in a highly innovative but confidential setting, with access to both large-scale facilities and university labs, giving the possibility of exploring the nature of materials in the most detailed manner thus enabling complex analysis with conclusive and clear results. LINX makes businesses, institutions, facilities and geographies around it, stand out as prosperous and attractive for partners and members to engage with. The aim is to prepare and educate the personal and organizational ability to gain maximum advantage and value out of the neutron and X-ray technologies.

The LINX Association is the platform for Linking Industry to Neutrons and X-rays. LINX is the focal point for creating commercial value through innovative material science solutions based on advanced neutron & X-ray technology in collaboration with facilities, such as MAX IV, ESS and XFEL.

Dr. Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków

Doctor Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak graduated in medical physics from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland in 2008. Her PhD thesis was done under the supervision of Prof. Wojciech Kwiatek at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków on the chemical analysis of biological samples using X-ray spectroscopy. She was granted PhD in physics with distinction in 2013. In 2015 Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak was granted Marie Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship in Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, where she spent two years developing X-ray absorption and X-ray emission techniques for time-resolved studies of DNA damage. At the moment she is working as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków. Research of Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak is focused on the elemental and structural analysis of biosamples as well as the development of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools such as XAS/XES laboratory setups. She is also experienced in using synchrotron and free-electron lasers facilities for studies of biological and chemical samples. Her recent studies focused on the interaction of metal-based compounds with DNA and other cell constituents. Dr. Czapla-Masztafiak is a supervisor or co-supervisor in multiple Master and PhD projects and actively takes part in educational activities of the Institute of Nuclear Physics. From 2017 she is the Treasurer of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society.

Professor Martin Meedom Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark

Martin Meedom Nielsen studied at Aarhus University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics in 1996 on the adsorption of alkali metals on metal surfaces. After a post doc in Germany, he came to Risø National laboratory in Denmark to work on X-ray studies of organic electronics. He was awarded the Rene Descartes prize by the European Commission for the work, which included demonstrating the structure-property relationship in organic electronic devices. In 2005 He took up a professorship at University of Copenhagen to head Molecular Movies, a center of excellence under the Danish National Research Foundation, which established Danish science at XFEL facilities. He was part of the world’s first hard x-ray experiments at an x-ray free electron laser, at LCLS SLAC, Stanford. In 2012 he joined the Danish Technical University as professor in x-ray physics, as founding head of the new section for Neutrons and X-rays for Material Physics at DTU Physics. In 2014, he was appointed chair of the Council of the European XFEL, and after serving the maximum 2 turns of 2 years he continues as vice chair. His expertise: X-ray scattering, ultrafast structure, science at synchrotrons and Free Electron Lasers, organic electronics, leading research projects.

Professor Vadim Parfenov, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University

For the past 16 years his research work was focused on the use of laser and opto-electronic techniques in Cultural Heritage preservation. He pioneered the practical use of laser cleaning technology in artworks conservation in St. Petersburg, where he has had numerous collaborative works with leading museums including The Hermitage museum, The State Russian museum, The museum-preserve “Tsarskoye Selo”, The museum-preserve “Peterhof” and The St. Petersburg State museum of Urban Sculpture. He has also collaborated with The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in the use of 3D laser scanning for documentation and replication of artworks. He was the first to introduce the non-contact replication of out-door monuments in Russia based on combined use of 3D laser scanning and CNC milling. In 2010 he established the project on replication of marble sculpture “Primavera” (of XVIII century, Italy) at the museum-preserve “Tsarskoye Selo”. It was the first case study of non-contact replication of stone sculptures in Russia. For last 10 years fields of expertise Prof. Parfenov concerned with CH preservation have expanded and now include also analysis of paintings. In the framework of collaboration with St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts he studies tempera and oil paintings using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Furthermore, he collaborates with Prof. John Asmus with the University of California using image processing techniques for analysis of oil paintings. These studies included analyses of painting “Earlier Mona Lisa” and other masterpieces created by Leonardo as well as also analysis of self-portraits by Rembrandt. Prof. Parfenov has been involved in numerous conferences and seminars since 1985, both in Russia and abroad. He organized and co-chaired several conferences and workshops such as: “Light for Artworks conservation” (2006, 2010 and 2012, St. Petersburg) and “Laser Cleaning and Artworks Conservation” (2007 and 2013, St. Petersburg). In 2005-2006 he was a member of the Management Committee of the European Union COST Action G7 “Artwork Conservation by Laser”. In 2014 he became the member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of LACONA (Lasers for Artwork Conservation). He is author of over 330 publications including numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and 16 books.