Lena Funcke

Quantum Computing Machine Learning Phenomenology

Lena Funcke is a theoretical physicist and junior professor at the University of Bonn in Germany. Her research focuses on two complementary approaches to tackle the fundamental open problems of the Standard Model of particle physics. First, she develops new models beyond the Standard Model and studies the phenomenological implications, focusing on neutrino masses and the strong CP problem. Second, she advances and applies computational methods to study strongly coupled quantum field theories, based on lattice field theory, tensor networks, deep learning, and quantum computing. While many of these methods currently focus on lower-dimensional theories, the long-term goal is to apply them to the (3+1)-dimensional Standard Model and beyond. 1

Stefaan Poedts

Plasma Astrophysics Space Weather

Stefaan Poedts is a Belgian mathematician and full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. He works there in the Plasma-Astrophysics department of the Department of Mathematics. He specializes in studying and predicting space weather and solar winds that affect life on Earth and telecommunications. In 2008, Poedts was re-elected as chairman of the European Solar Physics Division and in 2012 he was elected as an EPS fellow. The same year he became a member of ESA 's Space Weather Working Team (SWWT) . Since August 1, 2015, he has been chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the Catholic University of Leuven. 2

Anamaria Font

String Theory Supersymmetry

Anamaría Font Villarroel is a Venezuelan theoretical physicist and professor of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). Her research has been focused on models about the primordial components of matter in the context of string theory. Font has contributed to development of Calabi–Yau dimensional compactification and she introduced the concept of S-duality to superstring theory, contributing to the second superstring revolution. In 2023, she was added to the BBC's 100 Women list. In 1998, she was awarded, jointly with Fernando Quevedo, the ICTP Prize in the field of High Energy Physics (in honour of Chen Ning Yang). In 2023, Font was awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, representing Latin America. 3

Ulf-G. Meißner

Quantum Chromodynamics Effective Field Theory Nuclear Physics

Ulf-G Meißner is Professor in Theoretical Physics at Bonn University, Germany and Director at the Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. His research focuses on strong interaction physics, especially nuclear and particle physics. He was awarded the Lise-Meitner prize of the European Physical Society and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received an honorary doctorate from the Ivane Javakhishvili State University of Tbilisi (TSU), Georgia in August, 2018. 4

Ilya Nemenman

Theoretical Biophysics Neuroscience Learning and Adaptation

Ilya Mark Nemenman is a theoretical physicist at Emory University, where he is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics and Biology. He is known for his studies of information processing in biological systems, from molecular to neural. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Simons Investigator, and James S. McDonnell Foundation Complex Systems Scholar. He served in the Chair Line of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society. He is a founder of the q-bio conference, organizer of regular international theoretical biophysics schools, and is a general member of the Aspen Center for Physics. 5

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