Jerzy Langer – professor of physics, specialising in physics of defects, junctions and recombination processes in solids.
Some of his major internationally acclaimed scientific achievements and discoveries include the discovery of bistability of defects in semiconductors and their negative-U character and the co-discovery of a novel mechanism of efficient holographic storage in semiconductors with bistable defects and physics of recombination phenomena in solids, particularly related to localized impurities in semiconductors.
Elected Fellow and former Foreign Secretary of Academia Europaea, Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Founding Member and Honorary Vice President of EUROSCIENCE.
Former Deputy Minister of Science and science advisor to the President of Polish
Academy of Sciences and President of Wrocław. Was the President of the Wrocław Research Centre EIT+ (now PORT), the largest new research and innovation infrastructure in Poland – co-funded by the cohesion funds.
In his science policy advisory capacity assisted European Commission (DG RTD, DG Connect and DG Regio) as a member of major science and innovation advisory bodies to the EC (EURAB, ISTAG, Governing Board of the JRC and Smart Specialisation Strategy Platform). Recently acted as a Future Emerging Technologies (FET)-AG chair, conducted, and coordinated analysis to underpin the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Research Council (ERC) and formulated concept of the FET-based EIC (2011). In the ERC headed the Advance Grants panel in condensed matter. Co-author of several key European policy documents related to the ERA, ERC, FET and regional innovation policy. Co-assessed the 6th Framework Program. Currently, member of the first Advisory Group to the European Innovation Council.
He also served as a panel member/chair of numerous national science and innovation policy assessments in the EU.