Invited Speakers

Professor Christos Zerefos, Academy of Athens

Christos Zerefos, Head, Research Center for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens. President-elect of the General Assembly of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2017). Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Physics at the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Visiting Professor, Universities of Minnesota and Boston. Samarbeidspartnere (Scientific Collaborator), University of Oslo. He has been known for his research in ozone, UV, ozone-climate interactions and climate extreme events. His research led to important contributions to international agreements such as the Montreal Protocol. Member, Academy of Athens, Academia Europaea, Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, European Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and other distinguished scientific societies. UNESCO Chair Holder on Natural Hazards; Honorary Professor, Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Honorary Doctorate Degree, Physics Department, University of Patras; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, University division of the American College ANATOLIA, Thessaloniki;Recipient of the UNEP Global Ozone Award, 1997 and a number of distinctions, awards and medals from WMO/UNEP and several scientific societies (e.g. Blaise Pascal Medal, European Academy of Sciences; AGU Kaufman Award; European and Balkan Physics Societies Award; European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Award and others) for his career achievements. In the past 20 years has acted as author, contributor or reviewer in almost all WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion and reviewer in IPCC Aviation and extreme events reports (1998 and 2013). Award Certificate and Letter from UNEP and IPCC for substantial contribution to the reports of IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the former Vice President of USA, Al Gore (December 2007).

Prof Andrew Stockman, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Professor Stockman holds the Steers Chair of Investigative Eye Research at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and is an Honorary Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Professor Stockman is a leading psychophysicist and expert on testing visual function, who specializes in physiological optics, colour vision, rod vision, visual adaptation, temporal sensitivity, retinal processing and clinical psychophysics. He is probably best-known for his work on human cone spectral sensitivities. The cone spectral sensitivities and the related luminous efficiency function proposed by Stockman and Sharpe, all based on measurements in observers of known photopigment opsin genotype, have now been adopted by the Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage (CIE) as the 2006 and 2015 “physiologically-relevant” international standards for colour definition and colour measurement. These functions are central to modern work on colour vision.
His other important work includes measurement of cone and rod temporal (flicker) sensitivity and delay that has resulted in the identification of “slow” and “fast” signals in photopic and mesopic vision, the discovery of an unexpected S-cone input to luminance, work on rod and cone adaptation and measurement of visible distortion that allows the performance of the visual system to be dissected into early and late stages. This work has led to new models of early visual processing.
As an Honorary Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Professor Stockman is also involved in the visual assessment of clinical patients in several significant collaborations with the Hospital, including experimental work on the effects of specific gene defects in rod and/or cone photoreceptors, and their implications for retinal processing of visual signals in normal vision. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and was recently awarded the Colour Group Newton medal and the Inter-Society Color Council Macbeth award.

Dr. Ireneusz Grulkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University

Dr. Ireneusz Grulkowski received his MSc (Biomedical Physics – 2003, Biotechnology – 2005) and PhD (Experimental Physics – 2007) from the University of Gdansk, Poland. In 2008 he joined Medical Physics Group at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland (Prof. M. Wojtkowski). In 2010-2012, Dr. Grulkowski was a postdoctoral fellow (visiting scientist) at the Prof. J. G. Fujimoto lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA). In 2016, he obtained habilitation degree in the field of biophysics (bio-optics). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, and the leader of the Bio-Optics and Optical Engineering Lab.

The scientific interests of Dr. Grulkowski’s team include application of novel optical imaging modalities in ophthalmic diagnostics, optical engineering to enhance the performance of optical microscopy tools, and the studies of optical properties of ocular structures etc. Dr. Grulkowski specializes in the development of optical coherence tomography systems for anterior eye imaging. The team performs also many collaborative clinical and fundamental studies with leading research groups from Europe and the US.

Dr. Grulkowski published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of 4 chapters in books. He delivered over 100 presentations at the international conferences (including 11 invited talks). He is a life-time member of SPIE, a member of the Optical Society of America and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has been the mentor of few graduate and post-doctoral students, and serves as an associate editor in ‘Open Physics’ and ‘Sensors’.