Ambassadors & Jury

Selfie at ATLAS

Victoria Martin
Reader in Particle Physics, University of Edinburgh, Researcher on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC and the CLIC detector & physics project.

Victoria will give a keynote at the opening symposium. You can find more about her research and outreach activities on her homepage and Twitter.


Reinhard Prix
Senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institut – AEI), Hannover. As an alumni of both universities in Graz he is looking forward to give a talk about gravitational waves at the symposium.

His main research area today is the development and implementation of data-analysis methods for the search for continuous gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars. He is one of the core developers and scientist of the Einstein@Home project to search for gravitational waves and electromagnetic emission from neutron stars.

As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Reinhard also contributed to the discovery of the first gravitational wave signal (GW150914), in particular to characterizing the ringdown signal following the merger.


Karin Everschor-Sitte
studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cologne from 2003 to 2009, and was a member of the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics until 2012. After a scholarship of the German Telekom Foundation and a stay abroad at the University of Texas, she took her postdoc at the Technical University in Munich as well as at the University of Texas.
She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and has been a member of MAINZ, Graduate School of Excellence as well as the head of Emmy Noether group TWIST since 2016. Additionally Karin Everschor-Sitte is Scientific Coordinator of SPICE.
She will give a key-note lecture at the symposium related to latest Nobel Prizes about
Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics.



Johannes Kofler
studied technical physics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. After finishing his PhD “sub auspiciis” at the University of Vienna he worked at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) in Vienna.
Since 2011 he has been a research associate at the Theory Division of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching near Munich.



Juan Ignacio Cirac Sasturain
is one of the pioneers of the field of quantum computing and quantum information theory. He is the recipient of the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award in technical and scientific research and  currently Director of the Theoretical Division of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany.

PLANCKS is a really great and exciting event, once a year bringing together very bright students from all over the world for scientific discussion and competition.

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Hermann Hauser,
an Austrian physicist and hightech entrepreneur – better known for his role in the successful story of the ARM processor and for engagement in the startup community – proudly supports PLANCKS competition as a great chance for international students to connect and compete intellectually.


Peter Christiansen
is an Associate Professor at Lund University in the Division of Experimental High Energy Physics. His main research activity is Quark Gluon Plasma physics and he is working on the ALICE experiment at LHC. His website is


Caterina Doglioni
is an Assistant Professor at  Lund University in the Division of Experimental High Energy Physics. Her research interest include new phenomena beyond the Standard Model, in particular Dark Matter, and the physics of hadronic jets. Given the chance, she will cluster students as if they were inputs to jet algorithms. She works at the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Her website is and she can be found on Twitter at @CatDogLund.


Camilo Andrés Granados Buitrago
is a fellow researcher at the RILIS-ISOLDE laboratory at CERN. His research interest is the laser ionization and spectroscopy technique applied to the fundamental understanding of the nuclear force and the evolution of the nuclear structure for exotic nuclei.