Prof. Eric Lauga, Ph.D., U Cambridge (UK)
The complex hydrodynamics of bacteria
Eric Lauga received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2005. After stints on the faculty at MIT and the University of California, San Diego, he is now Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge (DAMTP) and a Fellow of Trinity College. His work focuses on fluid mechanical problems relevant to, and inspired by, the biological world. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the François Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics and the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics, both from the APS.
Prof. Todd Squires, Ph.D., U of C Santa Barbara (US)
Driving particles and fluids using chemical fluxes
Todd Squires earned a physics Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002, spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, and joined UCSB’s Chemical Engineering Department in 2005.  His research group studies small-scale fluid mechanics and soft materials, both experimentally and theoretically, focusing on microfluidic systems, surfactant function and dysfunction in the lungs and in the field, the manipulation of charges and particles in fluid environments, and the formulation of complex fluids and products. Honors include the NSF CAREER award, the Beckman Young Investigator, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, the GSOFT Early Career Award, and election as APS fellow.
Prof. Dr. Miguel Onorato, U Torino (IT)
Rogue waves
Miguel Onorato received his PhD in Fluid Mechanics from the Politecnico of Torino in 2000.  He is now Associate Professor in Condensed Matter Physics in the Physics Department of the University of Torino. His work focuses mainly in the dynamics of nonlinear dispersive waves with application to surface gravity waves, Bose-Einstein condensates, nonlinear optics and solid states physics. He is interested in the statistical mechanics of incoherent wave systems.  Since June 2017, he is member of the Editorial Board of JFM.
Prof. Dr. Jörg Schumacher, TU Ilmenau (DE)
Numerical studies of cloud turbulence - from mesoscale moist convection to cloud microphysics
Jörg Schumacher studied physics in Berlin and Marburg. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam in 1997. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Philipps Universität Marburg and Yale University and completed his Habilitation in 2005. In the same year, he became a faculty member at Technische Universität Ilmenau. From 2008 to 2013, he held a Heisenberg Research Professorship for Theoretical Fluid Mechanics. Since 2013, he is a Professor for Fluid Mechanics in Ilmenau. His research is dedicated to fluid turbulence, dry and moist turbulent convection, and liquid metal flows, all in combination with supercomputing. 
Dr. Claudia Cenedese, Woods Hole Ocean. Inst. (US)
Melting icebergs and glaciers: What are the basic ingredients?
Claudia Cenedese is a Senior Scientist in the Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA, USA). She earned a PhD at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge (UK) after a MS+BS in Environmental Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. The focus of her research is to improve our understanding of how mesoscale and submesoscale processes such as buoyant plumes generated by melting glaciers and icebergs, buoyancy driven surface and bottom currents, turbulent mixing and entrainment, river plumes and mesoscale vortices influence and modify the general circulation of the ocean.
Prof. Dr. Lyderic Bocquet, ENS Paris (FR)
Fluid transport at nanoscales: fast and curious
Lydéric Bocquet is director of research at CNRS and joint professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. His resarch interests are mainly curiosity driven and extend to domains at the interface of fluid dynamics, soft condensed matter and nanoscience. He combines experiments, theory and simulations to explore the intimate mechanisms of fluid interfaces from the macroscopic down to the molecular level. His recent interests aimed at taking benefit of the unexpected fluid transport behavior occurring at the nanoscales to propose new routes for energy harvesting and desalination. He also has a strong interest in every-day life science. He received several awards including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel prize of the von Humboldt foundation in 2007 and an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council in 2010.
Prof. Dr. Björn Hof, IST Vienna  (AT)
The onset of turbulence in shear flows - a matter of life and death
Björn Hof received his PhD in physics from the university of Manchester in 2001. After postdocs in Manchester and Delft he returned as a lecturer to Manchester in 2005 and in 2007 moved to the MPI-DS in Göttingen. Since 2013 he is Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. He is interested in the onset of turbulence, in turbulence control and in instabilities in non-Newtonian fluids.

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