Polly holds the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained degrees from Oxford and Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT before returning to the UK to a lectureship in 1999.
Polly has received a variety of awards and prizes including the RSC Wilkinson prize in 2018, the Lord Kelvin Medal 2017, which is the senior prize for the physical sciences awarded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Seaborg Lectureship 2015 (UC Berkeley, USA), and the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin award in 2012. She made the film 'A Chemical Imbalance', a call to action for simple changes to achieve equality of opportunity in science, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours last year for her contributions to chemistry and women in STEM.
Mei-Hung Chiu is a Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the Graduate Institute of Science Education (GISE) of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). She has a BS in chemistry (National Taiwan Normal University), Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She has published articles about science curriculum, students' conceptual understanding and changes as well as mental models of scientific phenomenon and modeling-based text in science learning in international well-known journals. She also co-edited or edited four books, namely Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie's Nobel Prize in Chemistry by Sense in 2012; Chemical Education and Sustainability in the Global Age published by Springer in 2013, Science Education Research and Practice in Taiwan: Challenges and Opportunities by Springer in 2016; Science Education Research and Practice in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities by Springer in 2016.
Her recent research topics include (1) elicitling students' conceptional construction and conceptual change, (2) promoting students’ perceptions on scientific models and developing model-based inquiry and modeling competence, (3) exploring whether facial microexpression state (FMES) changes can be used to identify moments of conceptual conflict scenarios, one of the pathways to conceptual change in science learning, and (4) the use of argumented reality for learning structures of organic compounds.
She was a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Chemical Education Award from the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) in 2009. With her deep involvement in science education research and practice, she was a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Science Education Award from Eastern-Asian Science Education Association (EASE) in 2016.
Maria Rentetzi, associate professor at the NTUA, Greece, has widely published on the history of nuclear sciences with an emphasis on radioactivity, radiation protection, and nuclear diplomacy http://mariarentetzi.weebly.com/ She earned her B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Thessaloniki, an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the NTUA, an MA in Philosophy at VT. and her PhD in STS at Virginia Tech (VT).
She was recently awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to study the history of radiation protection and the role the International Atomic Energy Agency has played as a diplomatic and political international institution in shaping radiation policies and nuclear diplomacies.
Rentetzi is the president of the Commission for Women and Gender in Science, Technology, and Medicine, (IUHPS/DHST); member of the DHST Council; correspondent member of the International Academy of the History of Science; director of the laboratory of HPS/NTUA. She is a recipient of the Gutenberg e-prize of the American Historical Association. She has taught as invited professor at a number of European and US universities and has recently been a Silverman Professor at Tel Aviv University.
After ten years of reseach in organic synthesis (terpenes, steroïds and sugars), Nicole J. Moreau then successfully designed the 1st purification of enzymes that inactivate aminoglycoside antibiotics. Her research was at the interface of chemistry and life sciences, mainly in the field of antibacterial agents. She developed a medium throughput screening system in order to find molecules, from natural substances or synthesis, able to be active against resistant bacteria.
Professor Moreau received an M.S. in physical chemistry then a doctorate in physical sciences (chemistry distinction) from Paris XI University. She worked as a Research Director at CNRS, then as a professor at Paris 6 University and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris.
She has held a number of leadership positions with leading chemistry institutions. She has been Deputy Director of the Chemistry Department of CNRS, President of IUPAC, Member of the Executive Committee of ICSU (now ISC). She is now chair of the IBSP (International Basic Science Programme) of UNESCO.
David Cole-Hamilton is Past President of EuCheMS and is helping to coordinate EuChemS activities related to the International year of the Periodic Table.. He was Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews from 1985 until becoming Emeritus in 2014. His main research interests are in the applications of organometallic chemistry to solving problems in materials chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and green chemistry. He has published over 400 papers patents and articles with an h index of 47