Theo RASING: Theo Rasing (26 May 1953, Didam) obtained his degree in physics (cum laude) from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 1976, where he also gained his doctorate in 1982. After postdoctoral stays at UC Berkeley (IBM fellowship) he became staff scientist and deputy program leader at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where he developed nonlinear optical techniques for surface and interface studies. In 1988 he was appointed associate and in 1997 full professor of physics in Nijmegen. He is the founder and director of the Nijmegen Centre for Advanced Spectroscopy (NCAS), member of the executive board of the Netherlands organization for Fundamental Research FOM and founder of NanoLab Nijmegen that makes its expertise and infrastructure available to the commercial sector. His research focuses on the investigation and control of the properties of functional (molecular) nanomaterials on ultrafast (femtosecond) timescales. He has published over 470 papers that have been cited over 8000 times (h-index 44, citations 8690 Web of Science).
Andrei KIRILYUK: Andrei Kirilyuk (15 February 1965, Grodno) obtained his degree in physics (cum laude) from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology (State University) in 1988, and gained his doctorate at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud in 1982. After postdoctoral stays at Max-Plank-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik (Halle/Saale) and Radboud University he was appointed assistant and in 2012 full professor of physics in Nijmegen. Andrei Kirilyuk is an expert in the field of (nonlinear) magneto-optics and magneto-optical microscopy, magnetic domain dynamics, magnetic surfaces, ultrathin films and nanomagnetism in general, down to the smallest dimensions. Active participation in the experiments using the THz range free electron laser FELIX. He has published over 170 papers that have been cited almost 5000 times (h-index 37, Web of Science).