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Invited speakers

Speakers that have accepted to participate:

Steffen Brünle, Leiden University

Steffen Brünle received in 2017 his PhD from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he worked at the Max-Plank-Institute of Biophysics on the structural underlying’s of the molybdenum storage protein using classical X-ray crystallography, as well as single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. For his postdoctoral studies, Steffen Brünle joined the group of Dr. Jörg Standfuss (Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen Switzerland) and worked on the human GPCR CC chemokine receptor 7 within a structural biology/drug discovery project focusing on intracellular allosteric modulators. Besides his work on CCR7, he used serial and time-resolved X-ray crystallography using synchrotron radiation and free-electron lasers to unravel the structural dynamics of retinal proteins after photoactivation. Since 2021 Steffen Brünle has been an Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry at Leiden University.

His current research focuses on the structural details of chemokine receptors, and he is particularly interested in allosteric modulation, biased signaling, and drug discovery of GPCRs. He uses single-particle cryo-EM, as well as classical and time-resolved X-ray crystallography at synchrotrons and free-electron lasers to unravel structural snapshots and dynamics of proteins.

Scott Cockroft, University of Edinburgh

Scott Cockroft was born and raised in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, UK. He joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 2007 as lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2019 as Personal Chair of Supramolecular Chemistry. Prior to this he conducted postdoctoral work with Prof. M. Reza Ghadiri at The Scripps Research Institute, California (2006-2007) and his PhD with Prof. Christopher A. Hunter FRS at the University of Sheffield (2002-2006). His research spans organic chemistry and bionanotechnology. We combine molecules of synthetic and biological origins to examine the physical organic chemistry underpinning molecular interactions and the operation of molecular machines.

Alberto Credi, University of Bologna

Alberto Credi is professor of general and inorganic chemistry at the Università di Bologna and associate research director at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). He is the founder and scientific director of the Center for Light Activated Nanostructures (CLAN), a University-CNR joint laboratory for research in the areas of supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry, materials science and nano science. His interests are focused on the development of molecular systems and materials controlled by light; in particular, his contribution to the realization of logic devices, machines and motors of nanometer size is internationally recognized. He is involved in various research projects and he collaborates with several laboratories and institutes in Italy and abroad. He has authored books and over 300 scientific publications, he received several awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant, and he has delivered more than 160 invited talks at national and international conferences and seminars. Since the beginning of his career he is engaged in the popularization of chemistry disciplines and scientific culture in general.

Ben Feringa, University of Groningen

Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen and named the Jacobus H. van 't Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected Foreign Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was appointed Academy Professor and he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.

Feringa’s research has been recognized with numerous awards including the Körber European Science Award (2003), the Spinoza Award (2004), the Prelog gold medal (2005), the Norrish Award of the ACS (2007), the Paracelsus medal (2008), the Chirality medal (2009), the RSC Organic Stereochemistry Award (2011), the Humboldt award (2012), the Nagoya gold medal (2013), the ACS Cope Scholar Award (2015), the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize (2015), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffman Medal (2016), The 2016 Nobel prize in Chemistry, the Tetrahedron Prize (2017) and the European Chemistry Gold Medal (2018). In 2019 he was elected as a member of the European Research Council. Feringa’s research interest includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly, molecular nanosystems and photopharmacology.

Cally Haynes, University College London

Cally Haynes completed her PhD in chemistry at the University of Southampton under the guidance of Prof. Phil Gale in 2011, studying the design of small molecule anion carriers. She was awarded a Doctoral Prize fellowship in Southampton and continued working here as a PDRA until 2013. From 2013 - 2015 she worked as a Publishing Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, helping to produce journals including ChemComm, Chemical Science and ChemSocRev. In 2015 she took up a postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge, studying the applications of metal-organic cages as ion channels, stimuli-responsive phase separation agents, components of supramolecular gels, DNA binders and porous liquids. She joined UCL as a lecturer in June 2019.

Nicolas Giuseppone, University of Strasbourg

Nicolas Giuseppone received his PhD in asymmetric catalysis (laboratory of Prof. H.B. Kagan, Orsay University), performed a post-doctoral research in total synthesis (laboratory of Prof. K.C. Nicolaou, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA), and entered the field of supramolecular chemistry as a CNRS research associate (laboratory of Prof. J.-M. Lehn, University of Strasbourg). In 2008 he started his own research group, became Associate Professor, and was awarded the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2010. In 2013 he was promoted Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg and nominated as a junior member of the Institut Universitaire the France (IUF). In 2016, he was promoted Distinguished Professor. He is deputy director of the Institut Charles Sadron - CNRS (since 2012), and director of the Research Federation on Materials and Nanoscience for the Grand Est region (since 2018). His research interests are focused on supramolecular chemistry, molecular machines, and functional materials.

Matthew Langton, University of Oxford

Matthew Langton studied Chemistry at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, carrying out a Part II research year in the group of Harry Anderson FRS. He remained in Oxford for a DPhil with Paul Beer, followed by a short spell as a EPSRC Doctoral award PDRA in the same group. In 2015 he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up an Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, based in the group of Chris Hunter FRS. He returned to Oxford in 2018 where he is now a Royal Society University Research Fellow, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow and Tutor at Balliol College.

Roeland Nolte, University of Nijmegen

Roeland J.M. Nolte is Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and former Director of the Institute for Molecules and Materials of this university. He is a member of several learned societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, and the Academia Europaea. He currently holds a special University Chair in Molecular Nanotechnology at Radboud University. His research interests span a broad range of topics at the interfaces of Supramolecular Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry, and Biomimetic Chemistry, in which he focuses on the design of catalysts and (macro) molecular materials. After his retirement in 2009 he received twice an ERC Advanced grant for his studies on the encoding of digital information into polymers.

His contributions to science have been recognized with numerous award lectureships and several national and international prizes including the Izatt-Christensen Award for Excellence in Macrocyclic Chemistry, the Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry, the first Royal Netherlands Academy of Science Chair in Chemistry, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, and a knighthood in 2003. He has served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, including the journal Science (Washington) and the RSC journal Chemical Communications (as Chairman).

Dirk Slotboom, University of Groningen

Dirk Slotboom was trained as a chemist and did a PhD in microbiology. The group of Slotboom now combines biophysical (X-ray crystallography, spectroscopy), biochemical (membrane enzymology) and microbiological methods to study the mechanisms of solute transport across membranes. He has made major contributions in elucidating the mechanism of the secondary-active (ion/coupled) glutamate/aspartate transporters and is a pioneer and leading scientist in the study of a novel and widespread class of ATP-binding cassette transporters. His group focuses on families of proteins that show unique dynamical behavior in lipid bilayers, which will allow to derive generic insight in the physical chemistry of membranes. In addition, in collaboration with organic chemists, small molecules are developed that inhibit the transport activity of bacterial transporters, with the aim to discover novel bactericidal or bacteriostatic compounds.

Hennie Valkenier, University of Brussels

Hennie Valkenier (also known as Elisabeth van Dijk) studied Chemistry at the University of Groningen (NL) and obtained her PhD from this university in 2011 with a thesis on Molecular Electronics. After a year of teaching in West-Africa, she joined the group of Tony Davis at the University of Bristol as a post-doc to develop transmembrane transporters for chloride.

In 2015, she moved to Brussels where she worked for a year on the functionalisation of gold nanoparticles, before returning to transmembrane transport research as Postdoctoral Researcher (Chargée de Recherches), funded by the FRS-FNRS. In 2018, she has obtained a permanent position as FNRS Research Associate at the Université libre de Bruxelles and has been awarded an ERC starting grant to develop new classes of transporters for ions and nucleotides.

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