As a student, Annick Demeule attended the Institut de Cinéma and the Ecole des Langues Orientales (University Paris VIII) in Paris. In 1967 she was placed in charge of conceiving and following up Exhibitions and International Events on behalf of the World Union for the Cinema Museum. In 1973 she became production manager and research assistant to Jean Rouch at Films de l'Homme. In 1975 she joined the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), where she still holds a position. She was first in charge of setting up and managing the Production Department (formerly SERDDAV, then CNRS Audiovisuel). Later she moved to setting up and managing the Department of Research and Exhibitions. She became Secretary General of CNRS Images/media FEMIS-CICT in 1995 and manager of CNRS Images/media in 2000. Since 2004 she has been General Delegate in charge of international events for the Rencontres Internationales Image & Science.
Annick Demeule is currently President of the "Education and Research" Platform by IFTC/UNESCO, a member of the Executive Committee of UNESCO’s IFTC (International Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication Council), Vice-President of ICS (the French Scientific Cinema Institute) and Honorary President of the Ver Ciencia Foundation. She was also the President of IAMS (International Association for the Media in Science) until 2000.
Professor Jaap Klein is former Managing Director of the Media Centre of the University of Amsterdam. In his 25 years there he produced approx. 270 audiovisual programmes about science for universities, TV stations and scientific institutions like CERN in Geneva. His programmes have received as many as 80 awards at science festivals all over the world. He has published several papers on educational technology and the dissemination of science.
He is General Secretary of the World Association of Medical and Health Film (WAMHF), connected with the WHO. The main objective of this association is to promote the production, documentation, distribution and use of audiovisual productions intended for the dissemination of medical science at all levels of society and in all cultures. A member of the International Association of Media in Science (IAMS) and often a member of the jury at international science (film)festivals, he is currently working as an expert for the European Commission and as a Fellow of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum of the Netherlands. He is conducting excavations in France, Spain and Colombia and is writing a six-volume book on Lower Cretaceous Ammonites.
Alexis Martinet is Research Manager (Directeur de Recherche) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique).
After several years in the field (1962 – 1980) at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides in Orsay (Paris XI University), where he investigated fields such as superconductors, ferrofluids and liquid crystals in collaboration with Prof. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, he spent some time at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC) in Caracas, where he lived from 1966 to 1968. Later on he devoted his work to the dissemination of scientific and technological information, basically through films. For the past twenty years he has been working at the Institut de Cinématographie Scientifique (ICS), nowadays a quasi-historical institution that he has been managing since 1991. He has directed approx. a dozen films that target different audiences, ranging from the general public to experts, in various fields of pure sciences and technology, focusing especially on the interface between science and cinema. He regularly organizes screenings of scientific films followed by debates.
Raymond Seltz is Secretary General of Euroscience, a European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology based in Strasbourg.
In 2000 he retired from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), where he held the position of Research Manager (Directeur de Recherche).
After graduating in nuclear physics at Strasbourg University, Raymond Seltz completed a post-doc research project at the University of Minnesota and later joined the Centre de Recherches Nucléaires in Strasbourg, which he managed from 1982 to 1991. He specializes in nuclear structure and particle accelerator technology. Between 1992 and 2000 he was the official representative of CNRS in Bonn, Germany.
Founded in 1997, Euroscience is a pan-European "grass-roots" association of individuals who aim to construct scientific Europe "bottom-up" and to strengthen the links between science and society.
With the upcoming ESOF2008 in Barcelona, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is a showcase of these objectives. Raymond Seltz has been deeply involved in the founding and implementation of this project since 2000.
Kathleen Van Damme is an Audiovisual Communication Consultant. After studying Contemporary Art History in Belgium and Canada, she started a career centered on audiovisual communication.
She was a Production Manager for 15 years and managed the production of more that 100 rock videos and commercials in Belgium and in the U.S. Then, she was placed in charge of business development and became a producer of feature films.
Since 1990, her job as a producer has been complemented by audiovisual communication actions for European institutions.
On behalf of the European Union Kathleen became the project leader of AthenaWeb, the first European portal for audiovisual scientific information which joined together all European sources of science video contents (TVs, independent producers, institutions, laboratories, enterprises).
In May 2005 Kathleen joined ESN as the manager of its Audiovisual Department, where she supervises pan-European audiovisual communication contracts.
In December 2006 she created Lab To Media, a communication agency exclusively devoted to science and sustainable development. Lab To Media is currently managing AthenaWeb.
An Associate Professor of General and Applied Biology at the Department of Biology and Genetics for the Medical Sciences of Universita’ degli Studi – Milan, Giovanna Viale got her degree in Biological Sciences in 1972 and later specialized in Microbiology and Medical Genetics. She has spent extensive time abroad, working for the following research institutes : Department of Pathology, Cambridge (1978); Unité de Immunochimie Analytique, Institut Pasteur, Paris (1985/86); Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston (1993); Office of the Scientific Director, NIAID, Bethesda, MD. USA, as a scientific writer/editor (2000/01); Institut fur Molekulare Virologie, TU, Munchen, DE, as a writer/editor (2001/2002).
Since 2004 Giovanna Viale has been an Associate Director at CusMiBio (Centre of the University and High School of Milan-for Bioscience education), a joint initiative of Milan State University and the Educational School Office of Lombardy. (www.cusmibio.unimi.it).
Her main scientific and teaching Interests are molecular and cellular biology, basic and clinical immunology as well as the improvement of science education in high schools.