Professor Jan Dusza, head of the research centre PROMATECH in Košice, Slovakia. Working in the fields - microstructure and mechanical properties of silicon nitride based monolithic ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, nano-composites and nano-mechanical testing of ceramics. Member of scientific committees for numerous workshops and international conferences, founding chairman of the conference Fractography of Advanced Ceramics. Coordinator/partner of 5th – 7th EU, COST, Phare, etc. projects.