The independent jury that judges proposals for the European Inventor Award consists of international authorities in the fields of politics, business, media, science, academia and research.
Wolfgang Heckl is Director General of the Deutsches Museum and a professor of scientific communication at the School of Education at the Munich University of Technology. He is also the Managing Director of ENNaB: the Excellence Network NanoBio Technology in Munich. Heckl holds doctorates in biophysics and physics and is a specialist in nanosciences and scientific communication. He has published more than 200 scientific publications spanning a wide range of subjects.
Peter Marsh is manufacturing editor at the Financial Times. He received the UK Business Journalist of the Year award in the manufacturing category in 2002. Marsh is the author of several books, including, most recently, The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production (Yale University Press, 2012). Before working at the Financial Times he worked for six years as a reporter and editor at New Scientist, the international science publication.
Ernö Rubik is an architect, designer, university professor and inventor of several mechanical puzzles, including the Rubik's Cube. He founded Rubik Studio Ltd. and acts as its Managing Director. Rubik formerly served as President of the Hungarian Engineering Academy, which he helped found. He also formed the Rubik Foundation to help support talented young engineers and industrial designers and is a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's advisory board.
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Thierry Sueur is the Vice President of Intellectual Property and of European and International Affairs at Air Liquide, an international producer and distributor of cryogenic liquids and gases. He also serves as Chairman of the Patent Working Group of Business Europe, as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the French Intellectual Property Office and as President of the French Group of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property).
Mario Moretti Polegato is the inventor of the Geox shoe, whose innovative, breathable technology has earned him numerous accolades, including CNBC European Business Leaders' 2010 Innovator of the Year and Ernst & Young's 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Polegato serves as Chairman of the Italian Geox Group, which has grown into one of the world's top casual footwear companies. He also lectures on the subject of intellectual property at schools and universities throughout the world.
Blanka Říhová is a decorated professor, prolific immunology researcher and important innovator in the field of anti-cancer drug development. She is named in more than 20 patents, and her numerous awards include: a 2005 Medal of the Senate from the Czech Republic, the 2005 ‘Česká hlava' medal for her innovations in the field of polymeric drugs, and the 2005 Medal of the Faculty of Science from Charles University. In 2009, she served as a European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.
Martin Schulz has been the President of the European Parliament since January 2012. He ran a bookstore for 12 years, making a living out of his passion for books. During a political career spanning nearly three decades, he has served as a municipal councillor, a town mayor and, since 1994, as a Member of the European Parliament. He has served on and been group co-ordinator of a number of committees and has led the SPD delegation since 2000. In 2004, he was elected leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.
Ann Lambrechts is a civil engineer and Head of R&D for Building Products at NV Bekaert. A revolutionary concrete reinforcement technology she developed has transformed how concrete is used as a building material and has enabled the construction of such architectural achievements as China's Central Television's headquarters in Beijing. Her innovation is now used in one-third of all European industrial flooring. She received the 2011 European Inventor Award in the Industry category.
Jens Dall Bentzen is a biomass scientist, owner of Denmark-based Dall Energy Aps and a key innovator in the field of biomass applications for energy and district heating. He holds several patents in the field, notably those associated with a highly efficient and clean-burning biomass furnace. His technology has been recognised with the 2010 Expobioenergía Innovation Prize, the 2011 Danish Clean Tech Prize and the 2011 European Inventor Award in the SME category.