BÁNK BESZTERI is a researcher in the section Polar Biological Oceanography and curator of the Hustedt Diatom Study Centre at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. His recent activities focus on polar diatom taxonomy, biogeography and morphometrics, while addressing aspects of biodiversity data archival, publication and re-use in connection with the Hustedt diatom collection.

JARMILA MAKOVINSKA is the head of the Slovak National Water Reference Laboratory. Her main activities and responsibilities: Experience in international/national programme on various aspects of environmental and integrated river basin management including monitoring of rivers, lakes/reservoirs, assessment of pollution of water bodies (chemical and ecological status), development of monitoring programme according to WFD; preparation of the River Basin Management Plan of Slovakia, technical assistance on preparation of International Sava River Basin Management Plan; assistance on preparation of the Danube River Basin Management Plan; institutional, legislation and capacity building support, establishment/ upgrade of environmental laboratories; implementation of the WFD and other related Directives into national legislation.

KÁROLY MÁRIALIGETI - Head of Department of Microbiology, Director of Institute of Biology, Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University, habilitated professor, PhD, DSc in microbiology. President of the Hungarian Society for Microbiology and of the Microbiology Commitee of the Section of Biological Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Research interests include environmental microbiology, especially aquatic habitats, taxonomy of microorganisms, microbial biotechnologies especially community metabolism in the anaerobic degradation of short chain chlorinated hydrocarbons.

ANDRÁS SZÖLLÖSI-NAGY currently serves as Governor of the World Water Council, Marseille, France. Prior to that he was the Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, following a two decade lead position at UNESCO in Paris as Secretary of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. He is Professor of Stochastic Hydrology with a major research interest in real-time hydrological flood forecasting by coupled structural-stochastic approaches. He started his carrier at VITUKI, Budapest, Hungary.