Prof. Dr. Eduardo de Mulder (The Netherlands)
Executive Director of the very successful International Year of Planet Earth (2007-2009), a former president of the International Union of Geology, Director of the Planet Earth Institute in Wageningen, Netherlands.
Prof. Dr. Rupert Maclean, AO (UNESCO, Australia)
advisor to the Outreach Panel; Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); UNESCO Chair in TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) and Life Long Learning, the Foundation Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Previously, he was the Director of the Section for Secondary Education at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. He is the editor of the book Learning and Teaching for the Twenty-First Century.
Prof. em. Dr. Bruno Messerli (Switzerland)
Executive Director of the International Year of Mountains, former president of the IGU, the National UNESCO-MAB Committee and director of the MAB Mountain Research Program; laureate of the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize.
Prof. Dr. John M. Dudley (France/New Zealand)
is the initiator of the 2015 UN International Year of Year of Light & Light-based Technologies and chairs its Steering Committee. He is the head of optoelectronics and photonics research at the University of Franche-Comté at Besançon (France), has won numerous awards, including the Hopkins Leadership Award of the Optical Society of America and is co-laureate of an ERC Advanced Grant studying extreme events in nature. He served as the President of the European Physical Society (2013-2015).