Ivan Tchalakov, Bilyana MIleva

Biliana Mileva: B. A. in Sociology (2010), M.A. in Media Communication (2013); PhD student at Plovdiv University „Paisii Hilendarski“ since 2020; project manager in the association „BG Be Active“ (2013-2020)
Mileva, B., 2018, Results From Bulgaria’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Journal of Physical Activity and Health 15, s2; 10.1123/jpah.2018-0422|Ivan Tchalakov, Professor and Head of the Department of Applied and Institutional Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Plovdiv University.
Obtaining his PhD in sociology of science at BAS Institute of Sociology in 1988, he visited the Department of Science and Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands during 1990-1991. Between 1993 and 1998 he carried out an ethnographic study of Bulgarian research lab in the field of holograph. After extensive research on post-communist science and innovation (Tchalakov 2003, 2011, Nikula and Tchalakov 2013), he turned to STS studies of Outer Space comparing post-communist entrepreneurs with New Space entrepreneurs (Tchalakov 207, 2015, Чалаков Поправко 2019) and as Fulbright Fellow (2016-2017) he focussed on US space entrepreneurs. Between 2011 and 2015 Ivan led a team who won a project at Bulgarian government for establishing a Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at University of Plovdiv. These years deepened his understanding of university-industry relationships. Since 2020 Ivan is head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at University of Plovdiv, established under Erasmus+ research and teaching grant focused on the processes of hidden (dis) integration of Europe.