Prof Victor Snieckus
Queens University, Kingston, Canada

Victor Snieckus was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1937 and spent his childhood in Germany during World War II. He received the B.Sc. degree at the University of Alberta (1959) where he was strongly influenced by R. Sandin. After graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley (M.Sc. with D.S. Noyce) and Oregon (Ph.D. with V. Boekelheide), he returned to Canada for a postdoctoral year with O.E. Edwards at NSERC, and then joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1966. He held the Monsanto/NRC Industrial Research Chair, 1992-1998, at which time he accepted the Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry at Queen's University.

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Prof. Eugenijus Butkus
Vilnius University, Lithuania

E. Butkus obtained his Ph.D in 1979. During the academic year 1980-81 he was a postdoc at The Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czechoslovakia. At Vilnius University, he has served as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry in 1991, and obtained a full Professorship in 1997. He was appointed the Chairman of the Science Council of Lithuania in 2003 and the Chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania in 2008.
He has been a visiting fellow at Lund University, Sweden, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, and the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. He is a recipient of the American Chemical Society International Exchange program grant.
He has published >100 papers and presented lectures at numerous international conferences. He is a Section Editor of the Central European Journal of Chemistry, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Chemistry published by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.




Dr. Jaan Pesti
Gelest Inc., USA

Jaan Pesti was born in New York, USA in 1954 as part of the large Estonian community that developed in the area after the war. He attended Long Island U (BA), Columbia (MS, MPhil & PhD with Thomas Katz) and University California Berkeley (postdoc with William Dauben). He has since retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in Delaware and New Jersey. He has worked for NAL Pharma and Gelest Inc.




Dr. John Duncia
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., USA