Joeri Van Mierlo
Prof. Dr. ir. Joeri Van Mierlo is a key player in the Electromobility scene. He is professor atthe Vrije Universiteit Brussels, one of the top universities in this field. He leads the MOBI – Mobility, Logistics and automotive technology research centre. He was visiting professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2012). He is expert in the field of Electric and Hybrid vehicles (batteries, power converters, energy management simulations) as well as to the environmental and economical comparison of vehicles with different drive trains and fuels (LCA, TCO).
Prof. Van Mierlo was Vice-president of AVERE (2013-2019), the European Electric Vehicle Association (www.avere.org) and Vice-president (2015-2019) of its Belgian section AVERE-Belgium (http://avere-belgium.org). He chairs the EPE chapter “Hybrid and electric vehicles” (www.epe-association.org). He is an active member of EARPA (European Automotive Research Partner Association) and member of EGVIA (European Green Vehicle Initiative Association). He is active in Flanders Make.
He is IEEE Senior Member and member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) and IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.He is editor in chief of the World Electric Vehicle Journal and the author of more than 500 scientific publications.
Prof.dr. Jorgen D'Hondt is Chairperson of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA).
With my research I try to unravel the mysteries of the quantum scale of nature using gigantic particle colliders, like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Through creative scientific thinking and innovative technologies, we seek to discover new insights in the origin, evolution and content of the universe. In 2012 we have discovered a new particle which could be the cornerstone of our understanding of the universe and was quoted "breakthrough of the year 2012" by Science Magazine. Beyond this milestone in my career, as well as in the career of many of my colleagues, numerous challenges are awaiting. Our theory of particle physics is not perfect and should be extended to reach a "theory of everything", a dream pursued already by Albert Einstein.