The International Advisory Board and the Project Coordination Board

PCB (Project Coordination Board)
The PCB makes strategic decisions, controls of the progress in research and handles those problems, which cannot be solved at the management level. It is also an advisory board of the management.
Responsibility of PCB

  • Decisions about human resources and infra structures to support the successful execution of the project
  • Acceptance of the organizational and operational rules
  • Decisions on the strategic trend of the project
  • Analysis of the state of the project and decisions at the branching points.
  • Approval of long term legal engagements
  • Approval of public procurements
  • Approval of project plans and acceptance of fulfillment of business contracts

Members of PCB have decisional authorities and approval rights.

Members of PCB

The president of PCB is Ferenc Joó, the scientific leader of the project. He is professor of physical chemistry, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has wide range of experiences in leading and organizing of research teams. He occupied many leading positions at the University of Debrecen (head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, vice-rector of University of Debrecen) and at Hungarian Academy of Sciences (he is the head of the section of chemistry of the Academy at present). He filled top level positions in EU supported projects as group leader in EU FP6 MRTN-CT-2003-503864 project, scientific director of TÁMOP-4.2.2-08/1-2008-0012 (CHEMIKUT) and leader of Molecular Science sub-group at TÁMOP-4.2.1/B-09/1/KONV-2010-0007 (University of Debrecen – UD, Research University) projects. He is one of internationally most respected chemistry professors in Hungary. He was visiting professor at universities within the EU and in North- and South-America. He is author of more 120 peer reviewed scientific papers, three scientific books and 16 chapters of different scientific books.

István Fábián, the prorector of the University of Debrecen, is member of PCB. He was the project leader of TÁMOP-4.2.2-08/1-2008-0012 (CHEMIKUT), supported by 340 million HUF, with title of “Basic research in chemistry and biotechnology for elimination of halogenated hydrocarbon pollutants of aquifers and ground water.” He is member of directing committee of Incubator Center of Biotechnology and organizer of Analab, a private spin-off company for environmental analytical service. He played pioneering role in building up of industrial connections of Institute of Chemistry. The most important example is the treaty of mutual assistance between UD and TEVA Pharmaceutical Ltd. He has wide range of experiences in evaluation committees of FP5-FP6-FP7 research programs as member and president of decision-making boards. He is inorganic chemist, author of close to one hundred peer reviewed scientific papers on kinetics of chemical reactions in solutions many of them have environmental importance.

István Bányai professor of physical chemistry has a wide range of experiences in organizing and leading scientific groups. He is deputy director of Institute of Chemistry and head of Department of Colloid and Environmental Chemistry. He made the grant applications for TÁMOP-4.2.2-08/1-2008-0012 (CHEMIKUT) and was the project manager. He makes applied research (Baross project) and basic research (OTKA projects and COST programs) and published more than 60 peer reviewed scientific papers in many fields of chemistry.

IAB (International Advisory Board)

An International Advisory Board, assembled from experts of different fields of environmental science, helps the successful progress of the research group. They can advise new points during the period of the project, and contribute to present of the results in international peer reviewed journals. They also can help our appearance in EU FP7/FP8 programs and in successful grant applications.

They evaluate the research program and the results, follow the progress of the work and help to make decisions in during realization of the goals.

- contributing in the development of the approach of the project;
- monitoring the activities and giving advises how to improve it;
- participating on the research activity of sub-groups where they are competent.
- using this title at international meetings and assemblies, representing the ENVIKUT project

Members of the IAB
President: prof. G. Laurenczy (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), members: prof. M. G. Basallote (U. Cádiz, Spain), prof. I. Ivanović-Burmazović (U. Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany), dr. I. Mihók (TEVA Pharmaceutical Ltd, Debrecen) and prof. M. Tysklind (Umeå University, Sweden).

Gábor Laurenczy, professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) of Switzerland, obtained his chemistry MSc degree at the University of Debrecen while his PhD degree at EPFL. His scientific interests are coordination chemistry and catalysis. He course on environmental chemistry in his institution. One of the important area of hid scientific activity is the reductive dehalogenation of organic compounds studied mainly by multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy. He holds leading positions many international scientific projects and organizations. He is the national representative of Switzerland in many COST actions and the European High Pressure Research Group.

Manuel García Basallote, professor at University of Cadiz of Spain, is an internationally respected expert of inorganic reaction mechanisms both in experimental and theoretical branches. In the last decade he was leader or principal investigator of FP6 scientific projects: new methodology for the characterization of semiconductor self-assembled nano-structures with opto-electronic applications, Leonardo da Vinci 1– CHEMICOURSES_ Training in new and emerging technologies for the chemical industry, Leonardo da Vinci 1- CET-CPI_Continuing education and training for the chemical process industry, etc.)

Ivana Ivanovic-Burmazovic, professor at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg of Germany, works for the Department of Bio-inorganic Chemistry. She received her PhD degree at the University of Beograd. In 1999 she moved to Erlangen with support a Humbolt Stiftung and became the leader of research group consisting of 15 researcher of different ranks. She is Editor of Chief of the journal named BioInorganic Reaction Mechanisms. She is founder of the initiative on Medicinal Redox Inorganic Chemistry.

Ildikó Mihók, research and development chief manager of TEVA Pharmaceutical Ltd, is decisive person of the R&D programs which made TEVA Pharmaceutical the leading innovative company of the region. She received her chemistry MSc and later PhD degree at the University of Debrecen. In her carrier she worked always at the borderline of basic research and industrial development. She played an important role in building connection between the company and the Institute of Chemistry of University of Debrecen. She is the head of the Outplaced Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Debrecen.

Mats Tysklind, professor of Umea University, makes research and development on soil remediation especially studies soils polluted by chlorinated hydrocarbons. He is author of more than one hundred peer reviewed scientific publications, dominantly in the field of environmental sciences and environmental analysis. He is leader or coordinator of environmental projects and organizations: Multi-criteria analysis for identifying sustainable remediation alternatives, MCN Northern Sweden Soil Remediation Center, and GLOCOM (Global Partners in Contaminated Land Management) EU FP7 program.

Bernhard Seiboth studied Microbiology at the University of Vienna and graduated as Dr. rer. nat. in 1996 on "Molecular regulation of cellulase gene expression in Trichoderma reesei". In 2003 he applied successfully for an assistant professor for Molecular Biology of Industrially Applied Fungi at the TU Vienna and holds since 2009 a permanent position. He co-organized the Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG8) and the Recombinant Protein Production 6. He is editorial board member of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Letters. He is also project leader and manager within the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology.


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