Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Andrei MargaSmiley face

Andrei Marga is a Romanian philosopher, political scientist, and politician. In 1993, he became the rector of the Babeş-Bolyai University, of Cluj-Napoca. As minister (1997-2000), Andrei Marga promoted educational system reform, indicating that Romanian education lacked staples of professionalism such as underlined purposes, standards in certification, and evaluation criteria. Marga also criticized the system for relying on "original features" and "Romanian traditions", which had contributed to the gap between Romania and the Western world. He called for modernization, and defined his goals as "increasing the links between education and the economic, administrative and cultural environment, improving the educational infrastructure, eliminating paternalism and populism from educational management, and enhancing international cooperation in education". Marga has authored a large number of volumes on political science, political philosophy, and the philosophy of history. His work touches a variety of subjects, including the philosophical theories of Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas, the nature of positivism, and trends in contemporary philosophy. He has also lectured on specific subjects, such as the philosophic foundations of transition from communism to a market economy, and the evolution of principles guiding European integration. In later works, he approached topics pertaining to the philosophy of religion, and to the status of religion in the age of globalization. In 2005, Andrei Marga received the Herder Prize in recognition of his contributions.

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Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Felix Unger, Founder and President of European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Prof. Dr. Felix Unger was born on March 2, 1946 in Klagenfurt, Austria. In 1965, he started with his studies at the Medical School of the University of Vienna from which he graduated in 1971 with the title M.D. After receiving his degree, he started his career as the resident at the Clinic for Cardiology (University of Vienna). In 1972 he joined the II. Surgical Clinic of the University of Vienna. His work took him to the United States where in 1974 he spent seven months in additional research and training with Denton A.Cooley (Houston/Texas), Yukihiko Nose, (Cleveland/Ohio) and Dr. Willem Kolff (Salt lake City/Utah). Returning to Europe, he continued his training in surgery. In 1978 he became Assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Vienna and Associate of the University Clinic for Surgery at Innsbruck University. In 1983 he became Professor of Surgery. From 1985 - 2011 he was the Head of the University Clinic for Cardiac Surgery in Salzburg.

While prof. Unger’s primary interest is in cardiac surgery, his scientific interest is in assisted circulation and total artificial heart. He invented the ellipsoid heart for assisted circulation. Since 1977, there have been 22 clinical implantations under his guidance, 20 of which were left ventricular assist devices and 2 total artificial hearts. In March 1986 he performed the first staged total artificial heart - cardiac transplantation procedure in Europe.

Professor Unger is author and co-author of more than 400 publications, he has chaired several sessions at national and international meetings, he has given more than 60 scientific presentations. He has obtained three major awards; edited over ten books.

Professional Appointments:
- European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Founder and President, 1990-
- Ambassador of the Austrian Red Cross Club of Rome, 1993-2000

Member of Academies:
- Corresponding member of the
o Academy of Sciences and Arts in Nordrhein-Westfalen,
o Latvian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
o Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
o Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Member Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leopoldina
- Member of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
- Member of the New York Academy of Sciences
- Member of the World Academy of Art and Sciences
- Member of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences
- Member of the World Academy of Sciences
- Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
- Foreign Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences
- Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Foreign Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Univ.Prof.Dr.Dr.h.c. Felix Unger

Prof. Dr. László RosivallSmiley face

Professor László Rosivall, MD., PhD., DSc., Széchenyi and Khwarizmi prizes laureate, (1949), is the head of Department of Pathophysiology, International Nephrology Research and Training Center, PhD School of Basic Medical Sciences, Semmelweis University and the first Nephrology PhD Program in Hungary. He is Active-member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Honorary Doctor of of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Tirgu-Mures, and Honorary Member of Polish Nephrological Society. He has served several prestigious positions as: President of Semmelweis University; President of the Worldwide Hungarian Medical Academy; Treasurer of the International Society for Pathophysiology; Council Member of International Society of Nephrology. He is Founder and President of the Hungarian Kidney Foundation and the Budapest Nephrology School and of the Roma Medical Education Program. He brought experiences from the Bergen, Birmingham, Harvard, Montpellier, Heidelberg, Tulane universities. His research interests cover renal hemodynamics, renin-angiotensin system and renal fibrosis from molecules to bedside. He serves in editorial boards of 15 peer-reviewed journals. Publications: 166 articles, 75 chapters, 4 textbooks, 1 small monograph, 2 patents, IF: 345,697, citation 2541, Hirsch-index 25. His life is dedicated to the development of nephrology from molecules to bedside by educating a new generation of skilful nephrologists. He raised 28 PhDs in nephrology.

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Dr. Dieter Schlenker, Co-director of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

Dieter Schlenker is the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union since January 2013. Before, he worked for UNESCO, first as archivist at the Paris Headquarters, then as head of the Information and Knowledge Management Unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, he worked as Records Manager at Ford Company European Headquarters in Cologne and at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Describing himself as “an archivist by profession and heart”, Schlenker holds an Archivist Diploma from the Archival School of the Vatican Secret Archive and a PhD in Modern History from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Alojz PeterleSmiley face

Alojz "Lojze" Peterle (born 5 July 1948) is a Slovenian politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Slovenia. He is a member of New Slovenia, part of the European People's Party. He served as Prime Minister of Slovenia from 1990 to 1992, Leader of the Christian Democrats from the founding of the party in 1990 until it merged with the Slovenian People's Party in 2000 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1994 and 2000. He was a Member of the National Assembly from 1996 to 2004.

Elected MP 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2000. Prime Minister of the first democratically elected Slovenian Government (1990-1992). Deputy Prime Minister (1993-1994) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994 and June-November 2000). Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for European Affairs (1996). President of the Christian Democrats of Slovenia (1990-2000). Chairman of the Council of the New Slovenia-Christian People’s Party (2001-2005). Vice-President of the EUCD (1996-1999), Vice president of the European People's Party (2006-2009). Elected representative of the National Assembly to the European Convention and elected member of its presidency (2002-2003). Elected Member of the European Parliament since 2004. Head of the Slovenian Delegation in the EPP-ED (2004-2006). Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE for Central Asia (2004-2005). Co-chair of informal all-party forum "MEPs Against Cancer" and the WG on Health. MEP since 2004.

Member of the European Parliament, 2003–present

In 2002, Peterle became the 13th member of the steering committee of the Convention on the Future of Europe, which drafted the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.
In the 2004 elections to the European Parliament, Peterle was elected for New Slovenia, as a member of the European People's Party (EPP). In March 2006, he was elected as Vice President of the European People's Party. Since entering the European Parliament, Peterle has been serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was also a member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights from 2004 until 2009.

In addition to his committee assignments, Peterle has been chairing the parliament's delegation to the EU-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee since 2014. He previously served on the delegations for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (2004-2009), to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (2009-2014), to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013) and for relations with Japan (2013-2014).

He is a founder and current President of the group MEPs Against Cancer (MAC).

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izr. prof. dr. Rok Svetlič predstojnik, znanstveni svetnik Pravni inštitut, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Univerza na Primorskem

Rok Svetlič je l. 1992 vpisal študij na Pravni fakulteti in l. 1994 še študij filozofije na Filozofski fakulteti v Ljubljani. Končal je obe fakulteti. Je izredni profesor na Fakulteti za humanistične študije – Koper (kjer predava predmete »Filozofija zgodovine«, »Človekove pravice«, »Zgodovina kulturnih formacij« in »Filozofija prava«) in višji znanstveni sodelavec pri Znanstveno-raziskovalnem središču Koper. Objavil je naslednje monografije: »Dve vprašanji sodobne etike« (2003), »Filozofija prava Ronalda Dworkina« (2008), »Filozofija človekovih pravic« (2009) in »Izbrana poglavja iz politične morale« (2010). V tisku je monografija z naslovom »Prenašati bit sveta – od revolucionarne do nesrečne zavesti«.