Wladimir-Georges Boskoff graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Bucharest in 1982 and completed his Ph.D. at the same university in 1994. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Department of Mathematics at the Ovidius university, teaching courses on various subjects, including Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, differential geometry, calculus on manifolds, mechanics and relativity, astronomy, and other subjects. His scientific papers and books relate to the foundations of geometry, Euclidean and hyperbolic geometry, metric geometry, differential geometry, modified theories of gravity, general relativity, and the history of mathematics. He has been an invited speaker at conferences in France, Japan, the USA, Greece, Italy, and Chile. He is a recipient of the Academy of Sciences of Romania's G. Tzitzeica Prize for contributions to geometry (1996), and the Romanian Mathematical Society Medal for contributions at mathematical education (2010).

Salvatore Capozziello is a Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Department of Physics at the Universita' di Napoli "Federico II", Visiting Professor at Gran Sasso Science Institute (L'Aquila), and Honorary Professor at Tomsk State Pedagogical University (Russia). He also holds research appointments at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), and Gruppo Nazionale di Fisica Matematica (GNFM-INDAM). From 2012 to 2018, he was President of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV). Professor Capozziello has spent periods of his scientific career in Germany, Poland, the UK, Mexico, the USA, South Africa, Canada, France, and Japan. His research focuses on general relativity, cosmology, relativistic astrophysics, and physics of gravitation in their theoretical and phenomenological aspects, in particular extended theories of gravity and their cosmological and astrophysical applications. His main scientific achievement has been in 2002 when he introduced the concept of gravitational curvature quintessence, f(R) gravity, to explain the cosmological dark energy. He is the author of almost 550 refereed papers and six books and listed as one of the Top Italian Scientists.