Speakers

15 June

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Head of higher education unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton is Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programmes at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. The unit is the lead service for European policies on reform and transformation of higher education, the new European Universities initiative, automatic mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, the creation of the EU student card, and the higher education strand of Erasmus+. In previous posts in the European Commission, Vanessa has worked in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation. Before moving to the European Commission in 2006, Vanessa spent eight years working for several petroleum and chemical companies.

Estelle Iacona

Acting President, Université Paris-Saclay

Estelle Iacona is an engineer and graduate of Polytech Nantes. She obtained her PhD from the École Centrale Paris (known today as CentraleSupélec). Estelle Iacona worked in cooperation with the European Space Agency as a postdoctoral researcher at John Hopkins University in the United States, where she has recently been made a member of the university’s Society of Scholars. As a professor at CentraleSupélec, her field of research focuses on gas radiation and coupled heat transfers. Estelle Iacona was head of the Macroscopic Molecular Energy and Combustion Laboratory (EM2C – CentraleSupélec, CNRS) from 2010 to 2013. In 2012, she was appointed Vice-President for Research at CentraleSupélec, before becoming Executive Vice-President for Academic and Research Affairs in 2016. From 2016 to 2019, Estelle Iacona was the school’s Delegate Director General, she is also a member of the board at École Centrale Casablanca.

In 2019, Estelle Iacona became advisor to the President of CentraleSupélec for the Université Paris-Saclay project, and in March 2020, she was appointed First Vice-President and Vice-President for the Governing Board of Université Paris-Saclay, working alongside Sylvie Retailleau.

Charlotte Malle

Athletic training student, Université Paris-Saclay

Charlotte Malle is a 23 years old Athletic training student in Université Paris-Saclay. She joined EUGLOH in 2020, and became Université Paris-Saclay’s Student representative in december 2021. She has been involved in EUGLOH’s campus life, by providing sports video and recipes for Summer Schools as well as testimony videos for E-conferences. Besides sports, she loves studying abroad and has made several trips to England (1 month), Germany (2 x 3 months) and Brazil (4 years). She also participated in the European Student Assembly in 2022.

Sandrine Lacombe

Vice-President for international and European affairs, EUGLOH coordinator, Université Paris-Saclay

Sandrine Lacombe is a full professor in Chemical-Physics at Université Paris-Saclay. After her PhD, she was granted a Fritz Haber fellowship to join the group of Prof Gerhard Ertl (Nobel prize in Chemistry) at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Berlin, Germany). She’s been invited in labs worldwide, among which, the Sherbrooke hospital (Canada), the nuclear center of Bariloche (Argentina), the Center of Nanoscience of Sydney University (Australia). Expert in nanoscience and particle therapy, she’s leading a research group focused on theranostics in hadrontherapy to improve cancer treatments. Recently, she joined the governing board of the Université Paris-Saclay as Vice-President for International and European Affairs, and she’s also heading the European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH).

Peter M Nilsson

Professor of Clinical Cardiovascular Research at the Lund University

Peter M Nilsson is a Professor of Clinical Cardiovascular Research at the Lund University in Sweden, and a senior consultant. His main area of expertise is cardiovascular and metabolic risk mechanisms. This is especially relevant for studies related to the Early Vascular Aging syndrome – a cardiovascular risk syndrome based mainly on the combination of increased arterial stiffness (pulse wave velocity), impaired glucose metabolism, telomere length shortening, and early signs of atherosclerosis. Another field of interest is the gene-environment interactions behind the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes, but also the study of patients with type 1 diabetes of long duration but escaping major complications (PROLONG and ESCAPER studies). More recently he has been engaged in a project on “Biodiversity and Health” with a focus on the nexus between obesity, malnutrition and climate change linked to loss of biodiversity.

Luís Filipe Coelho Antunes

Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto

Luís Filipe Coelho Antunes is Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. Currently, he is member of the University’s General Board, the director of the Competence Centre for Cybersecurity and Privacy of University of Porto. He serves as Data Protection Officer of the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (CNPD). He develops research activity in the field of computer security and data privacy. He has regularly collaborated with the National Security Office and the Attorney General’s Office in the area of cybercrime and exercised consultancy activity in the area of computer security for the Ministry of Health and the Portuguese Data Protection Commission. Luís Antunes appears regularly on TV news programmes as information security expert. In 2013 co-founded a spin-off from the University, called HealthySystems that centers its activity in the area of information security with a strong focus on auditing, eID and anonymization techniques. Recently co-founded the University of Porto spin-off Adyta. Adyta main objective is to promote specialized security solutions tailored to the needs of sovereign bodies dealing with sensitive or classified information and large business groups. This spin-off is the result of several years of collaboration with the Portuguese National Security Agency. He is also founder of the start-up TekPrivacy that leveraging on his vast experience in privacy and data protection aims to develop solutions to assist the work of the data protection officer.

Kristina Adorjan

Senior Physician, Vice Chairwomen, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Kristina Adorjan is Senior Physician and Vice Chairwomen of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In addition to having a degree in medicine, she has Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Sciences. She is Board Member of International College of Neuropsychopharmacology as well as Member of the Steering Committee for Pandemic Preparedness in the framework of Network University Medicine and Member of Center for International Health.

Ildikó Csóka

Director-General for Strategy of the University of Szeged, Head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Regulatory Affairs at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Prof. Ildikó Csóka is professor and head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Regulatory Affairs at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged. She has been working as a lecturer and a researcher in higher education at the University of Szeged since 1990. She does research in the field of pharmaceutical technology, which forms a bridge between basic chemical sciences and medical applications, and takes part in applied researches, R&D activities, and the development of different innovative solutions to meet the expectations of patients, drug regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry. Besides her managerial tasks and responsibilities, she is involved in teaching ethics-, law-, economics-, communication- and quality assurance-related pharmaceutical care courses, as well as pharmaceutical technology courses related to the pharmaceutical industry. She also holds the position of Director-General for Strategy at the University of Szeged through which she leads the management of strategic investments, R&D and innovation, clinical research and related project management at the institutional level.

Eric Cassan

Deputy Vice-President for European affairs, Université Paris-Saclay

Eric Cassan is Deputy Vice-President for European affairs at Université Paris-Saclay (since early 2020). He has been a professor at Université Paris-Saclay since 2009. His research field is optoelectronic integration, in particular silicon photonics. He is the co-author of more than 200 research papers and 250 communications in international conferences. Within the European alliance EUGLOH, he is the coordinator of the H2020/EUGLOHRIA project.

Alexandra Neller

PhD Student, University of Szeged

Alexandra Neller is a second year PhD student from the University of Szeged. Her main topic is finding genetic factors that can alternate the severity of COVID-19. She also works in the rare genetic diseases research group mainly analyzing genetic data.

Maria Inês Pinhão

Student in Organizational, Social and Work Psychology, University of Porto

Maria Inês Pinhão is a Portuguese student who started her educational path in Economics, at the Faculty of Economics of Porto, but soon realized Psychology was what she was most identified with. At the moment, she is in the last year of her Master’s Degree in Organizational, Social and Work Psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, and completed her curricular internship in MC’ People team (Sonae), which is the food retail market leader in Portugal. During her academic years, she has actively participated in various volunteer organizations in the field of health, children, and habitational poverty, and also in some students’ organizations. She was the Treasurer and then Vice-President of the Students’ Association of her Faculty, and, at the same time, President of the General Council at the National Association of Psychology Students. Since 2020, she is a member of the Academic Federation of Porto, which represents more than 70.000 students from the Academy of Porto, and is also a member of the Student Board of EUGLOH.

Nina Vang

Student in Public Health, Lund University

Nina Vang is a Master’s of Medical Science student studying Public Health at Lund University. She has been a student representative for WP2 since November of 2021 and has participated in EUGLOH events from facilitating a Business Talk with IKEA to organizing activities during the Alliance week. Nina has also recently joined the EUGLOH Student Think Tank project and will be starting as a student representative for WP5 next year.

Yueli Yao

PhD Student in Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

From 2011-2016, Yueli Yao was doing her bachelor study in Preventive Medicine in Lanzhou university, China. Then she continued her master study in environmental toxicology there. In 2019, she came to Munich, Germany and started her PhD study in Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology – IBE, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She is mainly working in environmental epidemiology and doing her PhD project in Helmholtz Munich.

16 June

Csilla Ducrocq

Lecturer of English and certified trainer in Intercultural Communication, Language Department of  Université Paris-Saclay

Csilla Ducrocq is lecturer of English and certified trainer in Intercultural Communication at Université Paris-Saclay. She came to France 32 years ago to do a Master 2 in Animal Breeding at AgroParistech. She then obtained a degree as an Agricultural engineer and a degree in English/Hungarian interpretation in life sciences at University of Agriculutral Sciences, Gödöllö, Hungary. After returning to France for personal reasons, she taught English as a contract teacher for a few years, then got her degree in Teaching English in France and became a lecturer at Université Paris-Sud (currently Université Paris-Saclay) where she teaches English for science and business and also trains future primary school teachers. She has been involved in intercultural communication programs for the past 20 years, and is a certified trainer in intercultural communication.

Ferenc Peták

Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Informatics, University of Szeged

Ferenc Peták is the academic leader of the Work Package 3 on “Research and innovation” and head of the Department of Medical Physics and Informatics, University of Szeged. Prof. Peták is an active university lecturer with multidisciplinary research expertise, particularly in the field of respiratory mechanics. As part of his academic work, he is committed to encourage young talents to get involved in research and innovation and determined to pursue the development of their professional skills. The successful activity on talent mentoring was acknowledged by several awards and by the nomination as the secretary of the Council of Student Research Societies.

Álmos Schranc

PhD Student in Medicine, University of Szeged

Álmos Schranc is a member of EUGLOH Student Board and the Work Package 3 group. Ha was also the formal Chair of the local Student Board until September 2021. Following the graduation from the University of Szeged, as a medical doctor in 2019, he started his PhD in the field of respiratory science. Currently he works as a research fellow at University of Geneva.

António Coelho

Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto

António Fernando Coelho is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, where he teaches Computer Graphics, Programming, and Digital Games. He is also the director of the Doctoral Program in Digital Media at the University of Porto and academic leader of the EUGLOH WP4 on Professional and Personal Development and Employability. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Human-Centered Computing and Information Science (HumanISE) of INESC TEC. where coordinates the Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments area. His research interests are in the areas of Computer Graphics, Serious Games, and Geospatial Systems.

João Rocha Gomes

Student in Healthcare Economics and Management, University of Porto

Medical graduate from the University of Porto. Currently completing a MSc in Healthcare Economics and Management while working in the field of MedTech. Looking to fulfill the global health mission of democratizing access to healthcare through technology. Deeply interested and actively engaged in Public Health and European Policy.

Katherine Fregnac

Manager of EUGLOH campus life

Katherine Fregnac is manager of EUGLOH campus life since March 2020. With a professional experience built upon innovative project environment, among other projects, she has worked at the early stage and during more than 5 years on the European flagship Human Brain Project as the HBP Theoretical Neuroscience and EITN (European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience) manager at CNRS. Former sound designer and editor in the movie and TV industry, she also has expertise in communications and digital technology.

Miguel Sousa

Vice-Dean, School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto

Miguel Sousa holds a Bachelor degree in Management, a Master in Finance from the School of Economics and Management (FEP, University of Porto) and a PhD degree in Financial Economics from the Saïd Business School (University of Oxford). Since 1996, he has taught at FEP where he is also the Vice-Dean and a member of the Executive Council and the Scientific Council. He is currently an Assistant Professor at FEP and Guest Professor at Porto Business School, Kozminski University (Warsaw), and the University of Luxembourg. He Is the WP4 EUGLOHRIA academic leader. He was previously a member of the PBS General and Supervisory Board and the Magellan MBA Director as also a member of the Bial-Portela Supervisory Board. He had worked previously as corporate controller in a Portuguese listed company and as CFO in an SME from the cork sector.

Fariba Vaziri-Sani

Associate Professor, Lund University

Fariba Vaziri-Sani is Associate Professor in Experimental Autoimmune Diabetes at Lund University, Sweden. She has a PhD in Medical Sciences and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) at Biomedical Laboratory Technology, Lund University. Her research focuses on the autoimmunity of type 1 diabetes (T1D). She has a broad university pedagogical education and many years of supervision and teaching experience as a senior lecturer in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. In February 2022, she accepted an exciting new position as European Project Manager of WP2, EUGLOHRIA, Lund University. She also works as Project Manager at the Department of Research, Cooperation, and Innovation of Lund University.

Bich-Liên Doan

Professor in Computer Science, Université Paris-Saclay

Bich-Liên Doan is a full professor in Computer Science at CentraleSupélec and LISN (Université Paris-Saclay and CNRS). She is specialized in information retrieval, and her current research is related to contextual and more particularly personalized information retrieval and recommender systems. She is interested in new models from NLP, deep learning, semiotics and quantum mechanics that can help in representing information. She co-organized several workshops and conferences between 2005 and 2010 (ECIR, Context). She was deputy dean of research at centraleSupélec from 2008 to 2021. She is now academic leader in the workpackage 4 in the European alliance EUGLOH.

Slavka Kascakova

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine of Université Paris-Saclay

Slavka Kascakova holds a PhD in Biophysics from University of Orléans, France (co-tutelle with University of P.J. Safarik, Slovakia) and a Master’s degree in Physics from P.J. Safarik University, Slovakia. After receiving her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2007-2010). Her research mainly dealt with understanding the mechanism of action of underlying (pre-) clinical photodynamic therapy (PDT) using mTHPC and the investigation of receptor-targeted PDT. From 2010-2012, she supported external user research by acting as a Local Contact at DISCO beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL and participated in internal research project focused on the development of nanoscintillator for X-ray induced PDT for deep-seated tumors. Slavka Kascakova is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Université of Paris-Saclay, France, and works as a senior researcher at the Centre HepatoBiliaire of Paul Brousse hospital in Villejuif. Her research focuses on using synchrotron multimodal spectroscopic approaches for the diagnosis of liver diseases. She holds two patents and numerous publications in peer-review journals.

17 June

Ryadh Sallem

“Paris 2024 Ambassador” and top level athlete who took part in five Paralympic Games (French swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby teams)

Ryadh Sallem is a multi-champion in sport and life. His life is illustrated by the many battles and victories he has won on the social and solidarity field. Initiator of humanitarian and associative projects aimed at fighting against all forms of discrimination and of which disability is a strong component, founder of CAPSAAA (Parisian sports club and association dedicated to the prevention/awareness of disability through the universal values of sport), Organizer of the DEFISTIVAL and societal and cultural symposiums, he is also at the origin of Educapcity, a major citizen rally dedicated to the 8-14-year-olds. A humanist serial entrepreneur who invites us to refuse all forms of fatalism and has only one idea in mind: to promote fraternity and to live together in peace.

Daphné Biboum-Nouga

Student in Pharmacy, EUGLOH Ambassador, Université Paris-Saclay

Daphné is a 4th year Pharmacy student focusing on public health policy. For her, health is the best gift we can give to a person, which is why she wants to get involved in health policy to allow as many people as possible to live in good health. Especially in developing countries. Daphné is a committed student: in addition to being an ambassador of EUGLOH, she is part of the humanitarian and eloquence student association of her faculty and she is elected student. She did athletics from a young age and reached a national level, currently sharing her passion for sport with young people.