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Alicja Basiak-Rasała, PhD

Alicja Basiak-Rasała, PhD, works as a Research Assistant in the Department of Population Health at Wrocław Medical University in Poland. She pursued BSc and MSc degrees in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from Wroclaw Medical University. She is engaged as a researcher in several population studies conducted in the Department, including the Polish cohort of the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological Study and Population Cohort study of Wroclaw Citizens (PICTURE). Her work, both scientific and didactic, focuses on epidemiology and prevention of noncommunicable diseases, nutrition and public health.

Adam Bertscher, PhD

Adam Bertscher is a PhD candidate in the Tobacco Control Research Group at University of Bath. His research focuses on ways to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts from the political and commercial determinants of health. Prior to beginning his PhD, Adam worked on public policy issues concerning South Africa, the UK, and European Union at universities and policy research organisations. He is currently undertaking an internship with UK Parliament and teaches health policy related topics to undergraduates and graduates. He holds an MPH and BSocSci from University of Cape Town, and a BA honours from University of South Africa.

Prof. Olga V. Butkevych

President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law. Chief editor of the Ukrainian Journal of International Law. She was born in 16.09.1977 (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Education:Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv – MA in international law, translator (English) – diploma with recognition (1999).

Academic degree: doctor of international law.


1999-2002 – student of postgraduate studies at the Department of International Law at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

15.10.2002-31.08.2009  – Senior consultant of the Administration of the President of Ukraine (Legal Department, Foreign Policy Department).

15.10.2002-31.08.2009 – senior consultant to the administration of the President of Ukraine (Legal Department, Foreign Policy Department). Since September 1, 2009, he has been a professor at the Department of International Law of the Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In 2010-2012 she was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Since 2022, she has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

From 2021 – president of the Ukrainian NGO – Ukrainian Association of International Law. Since September 2014, she has been a member of the International Law Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She is fluent in Russian, English and French.

Author of 4 individual and 10 collective monographs, 4 textbooks and over 100 publications in the field of general theory and history of international law, international treaty law, international humanitarian law, international human rights, issues of contemporary international law, Ukraine’s international legal activity and correlation between international and municipal legal systems, issued e.g. in Ukraine, France, Russia, Georgia, Lithuania, Belgium and the USA.     

Prof. Frode Forland

Frode Forland is a Scientific Director of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), currently based in Addis Ababa as a seconded Advisor to Africa CDC. He is an MD with a specialty in Public Health and General Practice. Previous Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Tromsø. He has working and leadership experience in the field of PH and Infectious diseases for more than 30 years including in Evidence Based Methods for Public Health. During the Covid-19 pandemic he was part of the leadership group of the NIPH, and he was frequently used as a spokesman in the media. His role in Africa CDC is to lay the foundation for a long term and respectful partnership between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Africa CDC.

Prof. Martin Gorsky 

Martin Gorsky is Professor of History in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He has a PhD from the University of Bristol where he previously worked.  His research examines the history of  different aspects of public health and health services, including: charity and British hospitals; patterns of morbidity during the mortality transition; the origins of sickness insurance; public health posters in Poland; health policy-making in  Britain and New Zealand since 1948; and the intellectual and policy history of ‘health systems’. His latest book is The Political Economy of the Hospital in History (2020)

Anna Harton, PhD

Ph.D., Assistant professor at the Department of Dietetics at the Institute of Human Nutrition Sciences at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, member of the Polish Society of Dietetics. Author of about 100 scientific articles. Author, co-author and consultant of educational programs and popular articles in the field of human nutrition and dietetics. Scientific interests: dietary prevention and dietotherapy of diet-dependent diseases.

Prof. Piotr Jankowski

Piotr Jankowski, MD, PhD, professor at the Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education in Warsaw, head of the Department of Geriatric Cardiology and Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion CMKP, until 2020 professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), cardiologist. Secretary (2017-2019) and member of the Board (from 2011 to 2015) of the Polish Cardiac Society, chairman of the Health Promotion Committee of the Polish Cardiac Society (2011-2017 and from 2021). Author of over 450 scientific contributions, co-author of a number of scientific and clinical statements and guidelines. Laureate of numerous scientific awards. President of the Board of the “Zdrowie Publiczne” Foundation. 

Kinga Janik-Koncewicz

Kinga Janik-Koncewicz (M.Sc., PhD student) is a research assistant at the Institute – European Observatory of Health Inequalities, Calisia University, Kalisz, Poland. Her main interest is monitoring consumption of tobacco and alcohol and epidemiology of tobacco- and alcohol-related health burden in Poland. She’s a Lead Assistant Editor at the Journal of Health Inequalities and Project Director at the Health Promotion Foundation.

Prof. Gary Macfarlane

Gary Macfarlane is Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Research Impact. He has also held the Chair in Epidemiology (Clinical) at The University of Aberdeen since 2005 and previously held the same post at The University of Manchester from 1999. He is an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Public Health in NHS Grampian. Professor Macfarlane is Co-Director of the Versus Arthritis/Medical Research Council Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work and holds a Visiting Professor position at the University of Southampton. He trained in Statistics/ Computing Science and then Medicine at The University of Glasgow before undertaking his PhD at The University of Bristol. He worked at the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan before leading a programme of chronic pain research at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Manchester.

He leads the Epidemiology group at the University of Aberdeen which focusses its research in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD). The RMD programme has programmes of research on: mechanisms of disease onset and outcome (observational epidemiology), identifying effective management for RMDs (Clinical trials and evidence synthesis),  and designing optimal delivery of care (health services research). The clinical focus is on common complex conditions (including musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia, and early osteoarthritis), inflammatory conditions, and rare diseases. He currently has 11 active grants (4 as Chief Investigator, 2 as Deputy Chief Investigator) worth £11.1m. The group runs the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register in Ankylosing Spondylitis (BSRBR-AS) and the BSR register in Psoriatic Arthritis (BSR-PsA).  Professor Macfarlane is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. 

Aleksandra Herbeć, PhD

Aleksandra Herbeć, PhD holds PhD in Health Psychology, Behavioural Science and Digital health from University College London (2019). She specialises in mixed methods research, public health, tobacco control and smoking cessation, digital interventions, and behavioural change among healthcare professionals, patients and the general public. Since 2020 she has been co-leading on the Health Behaviours during the Covid-19 (HEBECO) pandemic epidemiological study in the UK. Aleksandra currently heads the Secretariat for the Independent Review on Equity in Medical Devices at the Medical Technologies Directorate at the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK and is a Research Fellow at Calisia University – Kalisz, Poland. Since 2009 she has been affiliated with the Health Promotion Foundation in Poland.

Britta K Matthes, PhD

Research Associate in the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, UK. She is interested in the commercial determinants of health and how commercial actors influence policy and what is and can be done about it. Her research focuses on tobacco industry interference in policymaking, and the role of tobacco control advocacy. She also works on intimidation in tobacco control and other areas of public health. Britta holds a PhD in Social and Policy Sciences from the University of Bath, UK and is an alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Public Policy.

Prof. Martin McKee

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has collaborated with Witold for many years and was Mateusz’s co-supervisor. He is also President of the British Medical Association and Past President of the European Public Health Association

Prof. Susan Michie 

Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London, UK.. Professor Michie’s research focuses on human behaviour change in relation to health and the environment: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory and evidence to intervention and policy development, evaluation and implementation. Her research, collaborating with disciplines such as information science, environmental science, computer science and medicine, covers population, organisational and individual level interventions. She has published more than 500 research articles and is one of the world’s most highly cited behavioural scientists.

Jarosław Neneman, PhD

Jarosław Neneman (PhD) is an assistant professor at Faculty of Economics and Sociology at University of Lodz, earlier at Lazarski University in Warsaw. In years 2004 – 2005, 2006 and 2014-2015 Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance responsible for tax policy and legislation. In years 2010-2014 voluntary counselor to the Polish President dealing with local governments. Since 2011 Chairman of the Council of the Center of Tax Documentation and Studies Foundation in Lodz. While not working for the Ministry of Finance, he teaches Microeconomics, Public Finance, Managerial Economics, Introduction to Game Theory and Tax Policy, alongside writing reports on tax issues and textbooks on applied economics for students.

Prof. Peter Nijkamp

Peter Nijkamp is emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics and in economic geography at the VU University, associated with the Open University of the Netherlands (OU), Heerlen (the Netherlands), and the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Iasi (Romania). He is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy and Management at the most prestigious university in China, Tsinghua University in Beijing. He participates in many international scholarly networks. He is an active and recognized academic who has published more than 2000 articles and books in the field of regional development, urban growth, quality of life, poverty and inequality, transport and the environment. His citation index and H index are extraordinarily high. He is a Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He has served as president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). He is also a Fellow over several foreign academies. He is a celebrated speaker at many international conferences. In 1996, he was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award. He is vice-president of the Regional Science Academy (TRSA). He is involved in many research activities all over the world.

Mark Parascandola, PhD

Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Director of the Research and Training Branch in the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He received his Doctorate in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University and his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has authored over 75 published articles on global cancer prevention, implementation science, tobacco control, and epidemiologic research methodology. Dr. Parascandola has served as an Embassy Science Fellow and expert advisor on tobacco control, air pollution and health at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, China, and Warsaw, Poland.

Małgorzata Pikala, PhD

Małgorzata Pikala PhD completed her PhD in Epidemiology (Medical University of Lodz, 2013), MSc in Cybernetics and Informatics (University of Lodz, 1987; Lodz University of Technology, 2002). She is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Chair of Social and Preventive Medicine of the Medical University of Lodz. Her research and scientific interests focus on biostatistics and epidemiological studies. Author of numerous publications in this field. Reviewer of many scientific papers. Member of the Polish Society of Social Medicine and Public Health, Polish Cardiac Society of and European Society of Cardiology.

Katarzyna Połtyn-Zaradna, PhD

Katarzyna Połtyn-Zaradna, PhD, public health specialist. She works at the Department of Population Health (Division of Population Studies and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases) at Wroclaw Medical University. She is engaged as a researcher in the Polish cohort of the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological Study (PURE). She is also the Manager of the Population Cohort Study of Wroclaw Citizens – PICTURE. Her areas of expertise include public health, epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases and tobacco control.

Krzysztof Przewoźniak, PhD

Doctor of medical sciences, sociologist of health and medicine, specialist in the field of epidemiology and prevention of civilization diseases as well as health promotion. Researcher at the National Research Institute of Oncology in Warsaw and Calisia University – Kalisz, Poland. Lecturer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Associate of Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. President of the “Smart Health – Health in 3D” Foundation and member of the board of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention. Coordinator, main researcher or manager of over 160 research, research and development or educational and intervention projects. Author or co-author of 339 articles and scientific monographs, research reports and expert opinions as well as popular scientific publications (IF = 373.87; H-Index = 20).

Ewa Sałkiewicz-Munnerlyn, PhD

I was the Polish diplomat, working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 2018. I was appointed the charge d’affaires at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See from 1993-1994. Afterwords I served as the Polish consul at the Consular Division of the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. from 1995-1999. I has been working several times as a short term observer of the OSCE during parliamentary and presidential elections in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Belarus. I worked as the Human Rights Officer of the OSCE in Macedonia (Skopje and Ohrid) and Bosnia and Hercegovina (Pale in Republika Srbska) from 2001-2005. I taught diplomatic protocol and savoir vivre at the Academy Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski in Krakow, Poland. I taught diplomatic protocol, Holy See diplomacy, prevention of genocide, at different Universities in Poland (WSB in Dąbrowa Górnicza, SAN in Krakow, KPSW in Bydgoszcz, Collegium Civitas, UKSW and UW in Warsaw). Each year I am teaching within Erasmus + international law at European Universities in Italy (Rome, Pisa, Cagliari, Naples, Macerata, Campobasso) and other countries such as Spain (Valencia, Tenerife), Turkey (Aydin University), France (Sorbonne), Lithuania (Vilnius), Paphos (Cyprus), Famagusta (Northern Cyprus), Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (BiH). I hold Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the post-graduate diploma from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. I worked as the HRO at the United Nations in Geneva, Human Rights Commission from 1982 to 1984 and as the assistant at the University of Geneva (1984-1986) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland from 1986-1990. I speak English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish. I am married to an American and live in Poland since 1999

Mindaugas Štelemėkas, PhD

Head of Health Research Institute, and an Assoc. Prof. at the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Faculty of Public Health, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The background education is Public Health and Health Economics, and the main area of academic interest is behavioral health risk factors such as alcohol and tobacco.

Prof. Janusz Szymborski

Janusz Szymborski, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, after 25 years of clinical work, he has been involved in the field of public health for almost three decades. Between 1989 and 1991 Deputy Chairman of the Commission of Health in Parliament of Poland, between 1996 and 2001 Director of National Research Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw. Since 2003, a professor at the Wszechnica Polska University in Warsaw, currently a professor at the University of Kalisz.Member of the Government Population Council.

Prof. Carlo La Vecchia

Dr La Vecchia received his medical degree from the University of Milan and a master of science degree in Medicine (epidemiology) from Oxford University.  Presently, he is Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the School of Medicine at the University of Milan. Dr. La Vecchia serves as an editor for numerous clinical and epidemiologic journals. He is among the most renowned and productive epidemiologists in the field with over 2280 peer-reviewed papers in the literature and is among the most highly cited medical researchers in the world, according to Clarivate HighlyCited.com, the developer and publisher of the Science Citation Index (2003, 2016, 2017, 2018, H index 183, H10 index 1804). Dr. La Vecchia was an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Centre and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Centre, Nashville, TN, (2002-18) and of Epidemiology at the University of Lausanne, CH (2000-14).

Aneta Tomaszewska, PhD

Aneta Tomaszewska, PhD in Health Sciences, Lecturer at the Department of Prevention of Environmental Hazards, Allergology, and Immunology at the Medical University of Warsaw. Public health specialist and researcher in population-based epidemiological studies on representative samples in the field of health and disease determinants, such as: Epidemiology of Allergic Diseases in Poland (allergy and environment), Global Adult Tobacco Survey (tobacco), National Health Program (nutrition and nutritional status of adults), and MedFake (attitudes towards vaccinations). Educator and author of teaching programs on scientific research methodology, observational and experimental studies, including clinical trials. She has also organized numerous scientific and training events, including two international congresses on health priorities during the Polish Presidency of the European Union Council.

Andrzej Trybusz, MD, PhD

Graduate of the Medical Faculty of the Military Medical Academy in Łódź. He served in many units and divisions of the army, including the Healthcare Directorate of Central Staff of the Polish Armed Forces. In the years 1998 – 2001, he held the position of Chief of Healthcare of Polish Armed Forces, simultaneously functioning as the Deputy Minister of Defence for the purposes of healthcare. In 1998 he was granted the rank of brigade general. In 2001 he was appointed the Chief Sanitary Inspector. He held this position until 2006, subsequently, he became the Greater Poland District Sanitary Inspector, for the period of time from 2006 to 2020. In the years 2007 – 2009, he was Assistant Professor in the Chair of Emergency Medicine of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, as well as the lecturer in Lubuski College of Public Health. Currently, he is employed as a visiting scholar at Calisia University – Kalisz. Author of several publications in the field of sanitary training, medical assistance skills, and sanitary-epidemiological management. Co-author of the book “W trosce o zdrowie publiczne. Wojewódzka Stacja Sanitarno-Epidemiologiczna w Poznaniu. Tradycje i współczesność 1253 – 2009” (In care for public health. Sanitary – Epidemiological District Station. Traditions and modernity 1253 – 2009 – translator’s note). In 1989 he was awarded the title of Doctor of Medical Sciences. Doctor of psychiatry, epidemiology, public health, and organization of healthcare specialist.       

Prof. Robert West 

Robert West is Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology at University College London. He specialises in behaviour change and smoking cessation. He is former Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal, Addiction, and has acted as an advisor to the UK Government and currently advises the Welsh Government. He has published more than 900 scientific papers and is one of the world’s top cited smoking cessation experts.

Prof. Paulina Wojtyła-Buciora

Paulina Wojtyła-Buciora, PhD. Professor at the Calisia University, Head of the Department of Public Health. Lecturer at the Department of Physiology at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Technical Editor and Editorial Secretary at the Journal of Health Inequalities.

Prof. Witold Zatoński

Witold Zatoński, MD, Professor of medical sciences, honorary doctor of the University of Aberdeen in United Kingdom. Between 1966 and 1979 he worked as an internist (post-doctoral degree) and as a biochemist at the Medical Academy in Wrocław, Poland. Then, until 2016 he was the director in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Maria Skłodowska Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. Professor Zatoński is the founder and president of the Health Promotion Foundation

Bartłomiej Żyłka

Lawyer, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia in Katowice and the University of Economics in Katowice. Member of the European Association of International Law (ESIL) and the International Association of Public Law (ICON Society). Author and co-author of articles in the field of European law and public law publications:

1. The issue of uniform application of provisions on medical devices in the EU on – case Poland,[in:] MEST Journal, ISSN 2334-7058, Belgrade 2022.

2. Unification of standards for the production of medical devices – case of the free trade agreement between the  European Union and the Republic of Korea ( oczekuje na publikację).

3. Judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal on the superiority of Polish Constitution over the law of the European Union,co-authored with Dr.Ewa Sałkiewicz-Munnerlyn, [in:] Український часопис міжнародного права No 4/2021,ISSN 1814-3385, Kiev 2022, pp. 78-86.

4.Russia’s agression against Ukraine,co-authored with Dr.Ewa Sałkiewicz-Munnerlyn, [in:] Український часописміжнародного права No 1/2022, ISSN 1814-3385, Kiev 2022, pp. 24-29.  5. Interim measures of protection, order of the ICJ from 07 December 2021 in case of Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan) and (Azerbaijan v. Armenia), co-authored with Dr.Ewa Sałkiewicz-Munnerlyn, [in:] Український часопис міжнародного права,ISSN 1814-3385, Kiev 2022.