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Moses Acquah

CTO, Afrolynk Conference

ICT company builder, technology business leader, an agile coach and an innovation specialist, who is very much known as an individual with great passion for impact innovation, appropriate technology, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Artemis Alexiadou

Professor of English Linguistics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Artemis Alexiadou is a linguist. She is Professor of English Linguistics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Deputy Director of the Center for General Linguistics. She was President of the Association “Generative Linguistics in the Old World” from 2005 to 2009. In 2014, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. In 2016, the University of Technology and Natural Sciences of Norway awarded Alexiadou an honorary doctorate.

Sayed Azam-Ali

Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham, CEO of the Crops for the Future Research Centre, University of Nottingham

Sayed Azam-Ali is the Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham and the CEO of the Crops for the Future Research Centre in Semenyih, Malaysia, the first and only institution in the world to focus on underutilised crops in agriculture. The essential problem tackled by Sayed is that currently, only four basic crops make up 60 percent of the world’s food production. This extreme lack of diversity in crop plants carries severe risks for global food supply, especially when considering changing climate conditions due to global warming. To alleviate these risks, Sayed aims at tapping the 7000 species of edible crops currently unused, expanding the diversity of crops we eat while making sure that the world can continue to feed itself.

Marie-Luise Beck

Managing Director, Deutsches Klima-Konsortium e.V.

Since 2012 Marie-Luise Beck is the Managing Director of the German Climate Consortium. Before, she worked at Freie Universität Berlin on a research project about aspects of risk, safety and security called „Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”. From 2000 to 2009 she worked at the German Bundestag as a research assistant and office manager for a number of Members of Parliament. She is co-author of various papers on security and climate issues.

Markus Beckedahl

Chief Editor, Netzpolitik.org

Markus Beckedahl is founder and chief editor of netzpolitik.org. He has been actively involved in the issue of politics in a digital society for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of the agency Newthinking Communications GmbH. He co-founded re:publica, Europe’s leading conference on digital culture. Between 2010 and 2013, he was an expert in the parliamentary commity of inquiry on “Internet and the digital society”.

Laura Bernardi

PhD Student, ETH Zurich

Laura Bernardi was born in Italy and after her studies in Biomedical Engineering in Milan, she started a PhD program at ETH Zurich. Her work focuses on the mechanical characterization of materials for cardiovascular devices, and on the study of the interaction between synthetic substrates and endothelial cell monolayer upon exposure to flow and mechanical deformation. Her work is part of the “Zurich Heart” project of Hochschulmedizin Zürich.

Luís M. Bettencourt

Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago. He is also a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He has worked extensively on complex systems theory and on cities and urbanization, in particular. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways.

Alexander Betts

Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, Head of the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Alexander Betts is the Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and heads the Refugees Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His work on the economics of refugee assistance, migration and humanitarianism has influenced thinking about refugee policy worldwide. Alex is challenging the traditional view that refugees have to be a burden to their host countries and proposes a new economic model that takes into perspective refugees’ skills and talents. He shows how freedom of movement and the right to work can help in tapping this inherent potential. In a new era of mass dislocation, he advocates a new logic of integration that builds on basic human rights and the opportunities of markets and mobility.

Marie Rosa Beuthel

Research Assistant, University of Arts Berlin/Design Research Lab

Marie Rosa Beuthel completed her Bachelor in Intercultural Business Communication and Languages and her Master in IT Product Design at the University of Southern Denmark. She is specialised in the field of Interaction Design, User Research and Analysis. At the Design Research Lab she was enrolled in smart home projects. Currently, she is working on several projects with the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, exploring the future of identity and security.

Simone Bottan

CEO, Hylomorph AG

Simone Bottan has an interdisciplinary education in Biomedical Engineering (MSc, Politecnico of Milan, 2008) and Mechanical Engineering (PhD, ETH Zurich, 2012). In 2013, he became recipient of the Pioneer Fellowship at ETH Zurich, with which he then co-founded HYLOMORPH in 2014 and joined Wyss Zurich for incubation as off 2015. Simone was awarded the Venture Leader 2015 and Venture Kick 2016 prizes.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

President of the European Research Council, European Research Council, Brüssel

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is a French mathematician, working in the field of differential geometry. He was president of the Société Mathématique de France from 1990 to 1992. From 1995 to 1998 he was president of the European Mathematical Society. He was director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques near Paris from 1994 to 2013. On 1 January 2014 he took up the post of President of the European Research Council.

Michael Brecht

Professor of Neurobiology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Michael Brecht is a neurobiologist. In 1998, he was promoted at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt. In 2004, he received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. Since 2006 he has been working at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin and as a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Katharina Bredies

Postdoctoral Researcher, Berlin University of The Arts/Design Research Lab

Katharina Bredies was born in 1981 in Bremen, where she studied Integrated Design at the Hochschule für Künste. She joined the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in 2006, where she works as a research scientist and PhD student. Her main field of research by now covers electronic textiles and the combination of traditional textile production techniques with electronic functionality.

Dirk Brockmann

Professor at the Institute for Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dirk Brockmann is a physicist and Professor at the Institute for Biology at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin. The focus of his research is the modeling of the spread and dynamics of infectious diseases. Brockmann is known for his work in complex systems, complex networks, computational epidemiology, human mobility and anomalous diffusion.

Ingrid Brodnig

Journalist and author, Brodnigs Blog

Ingrid Brodnig (born 1984), author of Lügen im Netz and Hass im Netz, conducts research in the field of digitalization and more specifically related to the question of how the internet changes the society and interfuses with all areas of life. Since 2017 appointed Digital Champion in Austria to the EU, she writes the IT-column #brodnig for the newsmagazine Profil and gives lectures at FH Wien and FH Joanneum. Her work was recently awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Sonderpreis für das politische Buch.

Herbert Brücker

Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Herbert Brücker is visiting professor for the Economics of Migration and Integration at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and professor of Economics at the University of Bamberg. He is head of the department for Economic Migration and Integration Studies at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM) and head of the department for Migration and International Labour Studies at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg.

Christoph Brüssel

Member of the Board, Stiftung Senat der Wirtschaft & Universität Bonn

Dr Christoph Brüssel studied law in Bonn and media economics in Bonn and Zurich. He was a political correspondent and presenter for the German television channels ARD, ZDF, SAT1 and Pro 7, before producing various TV programmes and feature films as an entrepreneur. He went on to gain experience in the political sphere as an election campaign manager. He has been a board member of the Senate of Economy since 2014. He also teaches at the University of Bonn.

Tommaso Calarco

Director, Institute for Complex Quantum Systems, University of Ulm

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco (Institute for Quantum Complex System, University of Ulm) has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. He is the director of the centre IQST, which involves the University of Ulm, Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. He is one of the author of the “Quantum Manifesto” and scientific member of the “High Level Steering Committee for the Quantum Technologies Flagship”.

Mariana Cerdeira

PhD Student, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Mariana Cerdeira is a Brazilian PhD fellow at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, with an MSc in neuroscience from the Universities of Göttingen and Bordeaux. She enjoys explaining science concepts in a way that everyone can understand and participates in many science communication events. She is an editor of the Charité “CNS Newsletter” and a freelance science writer for online magazines. She enjoys traveling, and chronicles her journeys on her bilingual blog: InTheEuroZone.com.

Sarah Chayes

Senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sarah Chayes, a senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, combines academic rigor with practical experience in her field of corruption. Having lived in Afghanistan for nearly a decade, first as a reporter, then running a small business in downtown Kandahar, and finally as special adviser to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US military, she gathered first-hand experience on the damage and erosion of trust caused by a kleptocratic government. Her research has since expanded to investigating systemic corruption on a global scale, making her one of the most prominent voices in her field.

Robert Louis Clark

Provost, University of Rochester

Robert Clark is the University of Rochester’s 10th Provost since July 2016. Before that, Clark was Dean of the Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and then has been named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University of Rochester. Clark is an expert in the science of acoustics and bio-nano-manufacturing. His work in these areas has led to 100 journal publications and earned him several awards. Clark earned his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering.

Teresa De Marzo

PhD Student, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Teresa De Marzo is an Italian PhD student at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with a BSc from the University of Pisa and an MSc from Sapienza University, Rome. Her research focuses on vegetation dynamics and the application of remote sensing in ecology. She is also interested in the integration of environmental and social sciences for a better understanding of human-environmental systems. She is currently investigating forest degradation and its drivers in the Gran Chaco forests of Argentina.

Sophie Dithmer

PhD Student, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)

Sophie Dithmer, a native of Berlin, has nearly completed her PhD at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin. In her thesis, she is working on new therapies to improve the treatment of brain tumours. Previously, she studied medical biotechnology at the University of Rostock (BSc) and pharmaceutical biotechnology at the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg (MSc).

John Matthew Donohue

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Paderborn

John Donohue is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Paderborn, in the “Integrated Quantum Optics” group. His research focuses on ultrafast quantum optical phenomenon, such as color-entangled photons and super-resolved timing measurements, with an eye towards time-encoded quantum networks. Donohue obtained his PhD in 2016 from the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada, for research on single-photon pulse shaping.

Esther Duflo

Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT. One of the world’s leading economists, she has spent the past 25 years looking for effective remedies to global poverty. In countless field trips and by introducing innovative experiments to her discipline, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. The results of her work have deeply influenced contemporary aid and development strategies and her research has gained her numerous awards and honours, including the McArthur Fellowship and the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

Anja Eggert

Scientist, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde

Anja Eggert is a marine scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde. Since 2009 she has mainly used numerical computer models to study the effects of climate change and marine pollution on marine ecosystems. Anja enjoys science communication and currently gives lessons in schools as part of the ‘Forschungsbörse’ initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Felix Ekardt

Head, Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy

Prof. Dr Felix Ekardt is the founder and head of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy (Leipzig/Berlin) and a professor at Rostock University. A lawyer, philosopher, and sociologist, he has been engaged in transdisciplinary sustainability research since 1997, www.felix-ekardt.eu.

Martin Emmer

Professor, Freie Universität Berlin

Martin Emmer is professor for media and communication studies with a focus on media use at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the analysis of media use and media reception in modern societies and its change through internet and computer-mediated communication. Martin Emmer is the founding director of the Weizenbaum Institute / German Internet Institute.

Anita Engels

Professor, Universität Hamburg

Anita Engels has worked on the sociology of climate change for two decades. Her research and teaching focus on environmental and economic sociology, theories of social change, climate governance, and carbon markets. After completing her studies and her doctoral dissertation at the University of Bielefeld, she was appointed professor at the University of Hamburg. She chaired the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence CliSAP from 2014 to 2017.

Wolfgang Engler

Philosopher and cultural sociologist, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Berlin

Klaus Ensslin

Professor of Physics, ETH Zurich

Klaus Ensslin studied physics in Munich and in Zurich and obtained his PhD 1989 at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart. After postdocs in Santa Barbara and Munich he started a professor position at ETH Zurich in 1995. Since 2011 Klaus Ensslin is the director of the Swiss National Center for “Quantum Science and Technology”. Klaus Ensslin’s research focuses on quantum devices materials with the goal to engineer novel quantum states with enhanced coherence and manipulation properties.

Volkmar Falk

Director, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, German Heart Center Berlin

Volkmar Falk is medical director and director of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery of the German Heart Center Berlin and Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Charité Berlin since 2014. He is author or co-author of over 500 scientific publications. From 2009-2014, he was appointed professor at the University and director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich. During this time, he initiated the Zurich Heart project.

Aldo Ferrari

Research Project Leader, ETH Zurich

Aldo Ferrari obtained his Biology degree at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy where he was then admitted to the PhD school in Physics. After concluding his doctoral studies he moved to ETH Zurich, as PostDoc in Biochemistry and back again to Pisa as a Senior Scientist. Since 2011, he is group leader in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies at ETH Zurich. He collaborates to the Zurich Heart Project and co-founded the start-up company HYLOMORPH.

Thomas Fischer

Head of Market Intelligence & Government Affairs, Landbell Group

Thomas Fischer is Head of Market Intelligence & Governmental Affairs for the Landbell Group. For more than 25 years he has been engaged in environmental matters. After starting the research project “Green TV” for the Loewe GmbH, he continued working for the Sony Regional Environmental Headquarter Office in Europe, which he headed for 8 years as General Manager. He also served as Director of ERP Group companies (European Recycling Platform) and holds a PhD in electrical engineering.

Dilip Gaonkar

Professor in Rhetoric and Public Culture and the Director of Center for Global Culture and Communication, Northwestern University

Northwestern University professor Dilip Gaonkar directs the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Center for Transcultural Studies, an independent scholarly research network concerned with global issues. Gaonkar focuses on the intellectual tradition of rhetoric, both its ancient roots and its contemporary mutations, as well as global modernities and their impact on political life. He is the fall 2017 Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin.

Matthias Gauly

Veterinarian and livestock researcher, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Matthias Gauly studied agricultural and veterinary science at the Universities of Bonn and Gießen, Germany. Additionally he performed PhDs in both disciplines. This moved him into science and university life. His main interests in research were the use of functional traits in breeding and the relations between animal health and welfare and production systems. Since 2014 he chairs the Animal Science group at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Italy.

Gunter Gebauer

Anthropologist, Language and Social Philosopher, FU Berlin

Patrick Gensing

Head of ARD-faktenfinder, ARD

Patrick Gensing is a book author and head of the ARD-faktenfinder. Before that he was managing editor at tagesschau.de. He reports primarly about political extremism.

Dieter Grimm

Professor of Public Law, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dieter Grimm teaches constitutional law at Humboldt University Berlin and at the Yale Law School. From 1987 to 1999 he served as Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. He holds a law degree and a doctoral from the University of Frankfurt and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He has been a visiting professor in many universities such as Harvard, New York University, the University of Toronto, the University La Sapienza in Rome, and Seoul National University.

Sadik Hafizovic

CEO & Co-founder of Zurich Instruments Ltd, Zurich Instruments AG

Sadik Hafizovic is co-founder and CEO of Zurich Instruments AG. Before incorporating Zurich Instruments AG in 2008 he received his education in microsystem technology at the university of Freiburg, Germany and the Ritsumeikan University, Japan. In 2002 he joined ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he received his PhD in electrical engineering in 2006. Before incorporating Zurich Instruments, Mr Hafizovic ran a business in Germany providing software and network services.

Dirk Helbing

Professor, ETH Zurich, External Faculty, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Dirk Helbing is Professor of Sociology at ETH Zurich and member of the External Faculty at CSH Vienna. He is coordinator of the FuturICT Initiative and an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2014 he received an honorary PhD from Delft University of Technology. Dirk has organized several international conferences and has edited special issues on material flows in networks and on cooperative dynamics in socio-economic or traffic systems.

Anna Henkel

Professor of Cultural and Media Sociology, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Anna Henkel is Professor of Cultural and Media Sociology at Leuphana University. After studies in economics, philosophy and sociology at Witten Herdecke University and Sciences Po (Paris), post-doc positions at Bielefeld University, and research stays in the Copenhagen Business School, she was a junior professor at Oldenburg University. Her key research interest lies in processes of societal change, with a particular focus on the interaction of materiality, responsibility, and knowledge.

Constance Holman

PhD Student, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Constance Holman is a Canadian PhD student at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her research looks at neural networks underlying navigation and memory. In addition, she is passionate about scientific communication, contributing to Soapbox Science, the student-run Charité neuroscience “CNS Newsletter”, and other projects. In her spare time, Constance enjoys extending her own navigational horizons by travelling and struggling to learn new languages.

Jonathan Home

Associate Professor of Experimental Quantum Information, ETH Zurich

Jonathan Home is a Professor at ETH Zurich. He leads a research group which is trying to build a quantum computer, while taking advantage of continual experimental advances to investigate the control of quantum physics. His work includes pioneering approaches to generating quantum states, as well as combined demonstrations of the building blocks for a large-scale quantum computer. Jonathan Home has been awarded the ETH Latsis prize, the SAOT Young Researcher award, and is a TED Fellow.

Raoul Hopf

Professorship for Mechanics, ETH Zurich

Raoul Hopf attended the high school in Bern and completed a “Typus C matura”, which was centered around mathematics and physics. He obtained the bachelor and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich, with focus on continuum mechanics and numerical methods. He did his PhD in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich for the Zurich Heart project.

Sebastian Huber

Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich

Sebastian Huber earned his PhD in Physics under the supervision of Gianni Blatter at ETH in 2008. Supported by a fellowship by the Swiss Friends of the Weizmann Institute he moved to Israel for his postdoctoral studies. Since 2012 he is an assistant professor at ETH Zurich supported by an SNSF professorship. In his research he applies quantum concepts to the engineering of mechanical structures. Moreover, he pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in the study of quantum many-body problems.

Andreas Hugi

CEO & Managing Partner furrerhug, IRsweep

Prior to co-founding the ETH Zurich start-up IRsweep, Andreas Hugi received his PhD on single-mode and comb operation of broadband QCLs in 2013 at ETH Zurich. He received his Master of Science in Micro- and Nanotechnology in 2007 from the University of Neuchâtel. Among others, Andreas was awarded the ETH Medal for an outstanding doctoral thesis and the Omega student award for his Master’s thesis.

Sam Illingworth

Senior Lecturer in Science Commmunciation, Manchester Metropolitan  University 

Dr Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sam received his PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Leicester, and then spent time lecturing in Japan and China, where he also investigated the relationship between science and theatre. His current research involves developing dialogue between scientists and non-scientists, primarily through poetry. You can find out more about Sam on his website: www.samillingworth.com

Christoph Kaletka

Senior Researcher, Technische Universität Dortmund

Christoph Kaletka is a senior researcher and member of the management board at Sozialforschungsstelle, central scientific unit of TU Dortmund University (TUDO). He is teaching social innovation and digital inclusion at TUDO, is an Editorial Board member of the „European Public & Social Innovation Review (EPSIR)“ and advisory board member of „All Digital“, the network of European digital learning centres. He has participated in various international research projects on Social Innovation.

Serhat Karakayali

Assistant Professor at the Department for Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Serhat Karakayali is Assistant Professor at the Department for Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of the Department “Foundations of Migration and Integration Research” at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM). He studied sociology in Frankfurt a.M., where he also obtained a PhD in sociology. From 2009 to 2013, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Chair for Sociological Theory at University Halle-Wittenberg.

Zara Khan

MSc Student, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Zara Khan is an MSc student studying medical neuroscience at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She received her bachelor degree in biochemistry from Pakistan. After studying for a semester abroad in the US during her bachelor, she wanted to re-live the experience and ended up in Europe. When not spending time in class or the lab, she can be found at the Grimm Zentrum writing freelance articles for the Charité neuroscience “CNS Newsletter”.

Ross King

Senior Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Ross King is a Senior Scientist at the AIT and is the Thematic Coordinator of the research field “Data Science.” His research interests focus on the management, discovery, analysis, and long-term preservation of digital multimedia assets. He has coordinated numerous national and international research projects and is presently the coordinator of the H2020 project TITANIUM, which concerns the analysis of virtual currency transactions and the use of virtual currencies in darknet markets.

Wolfgang Knoll

Scientific Managing Director, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

He graduated from the University of Konstanz with a PhD degree in Biophysics. In 1986, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. From 1991-1999, Wolfgang Knoll was Director of the Laboratory for Exotic Nanomaterials in Wako/Japan and from 1992 to 2010 Consulting Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. From 1993 to 2008, Wolfgang Knoll was Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Since 2008, he is Managing Director of the AIT.

Reinhard König

Principal Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Reinhard König received his PhD at the Department of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2009. From 2009-2012, he was Interim Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Bauhaus-University Weimar. From 2014-2016, he was Senior Assistant and Lecturer at the Department for Architecture at ETH Zurich. Since 2016, he is Senior Scientist at the Center for Energy at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. In 2017, he has been appointed as Principal Scientist.

Colin M. Krüger

Chief of Surgical Department, Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf

Since April 1st 2017, Dr Krüger has been Chief of the Surgical Department at Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf, where he took the assignment to establish modern and high quality surgery using the daVinci(R) robotic surgery technology. Dr. Krüger is leading the first surgical department in the state of Brandenburg, which invested in this revolutionary medical technology. Dr Krüger is a trainer on daVinci(R) Surgical Systems and an experienced robotic surgeant (200+ interventions) with a broad overview

Wilhelm Krull

Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, VolkswagenStiftung

Since 1996, Wilhelm Krull has been running the Volkswagen Foundation – following his studies in German, philosophy, education and politics, an appointment as a DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford, and leading positions at the Wissenschaftsrat (German Science Council) and at the headquarters of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society).

Sabine Kunst

President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sabine Kunst is an internationally renowned university lecturer and politician. Starting in 2007, she was the President of the University of Potsdam for four years and from 2011 to 2016 Minister of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg. In May 2016, she took office as President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Stefan Kürbis

Senior VP Global HR & Innovation Management, W.O.M WORLD OF MEDICINE GmbH

Stefan Kürbis has been with W.O.M WORLD OF MEDICINE GmbH since 1991. During the last 10 Years he has been in charge for global, processes and strategic marketing and product management. Mr. Kürbis took over the lead of global HR, WOM ACADEMY, operative Marketing and Innovation Management in July 2016.

Jan Lachenmayer

Director Startup Meter, Entrepreneurship Ecosystems & Development Cooperation

Jan is a startup founder, management consultant and research lead. He founded tech and non-tech companies, which he ran as its CEO. He consulted Dax-listed companies on organisational development and team building. As a research and project lead, he managed publicly funded research projects on the intersection of internet, politics and society. Jan holds an advanced degree in Political Science, Economics and Business Administration from Stuttgart University.

Nadzeya Laurentsyeva

Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Nadzeya Laurentsyeva is a Research Fellow within the Economic Policy Unit of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). She is part of the CEPS research team working on the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM). Within MEDAM, her research focuses on the economic and social integration of immigrants, the decision-making process of migrants, and the design of asylum and migration policies. Before joining CEPS, Nadzeya Laurentsyeva received her PhD in Economics from the LMU Munich.

Jennifer Lavers

Research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Jennifer Lavers, a research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, studies the shocking effects of plastic pollution on ocean ecosystems, in particular seabird populations. Her 2017 reports on extraordinary pollution levels found on a remote and uninhabited island deep in the Pacific Ocean listed as UNESCO World Heritage, has served as a global wake-up call on the alarming state of our oceans. Based on her outstanding field research and equipped with haunting examples of wildlife destruction by human hand, Jennifer advocates for urgent action by governments, companies and individuals in order to avoid a complete and irreversible collapse of the world’s oceans.

Ulf Leser

Professor of Knowledge Management in Bioinformatics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ulf Leser is a Computer Scientist at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He obtained his PhD from Technical University Berlin in the field of Distributed Query Optimization. His main research interests are Biomedical Text Mining, Scientific Workflow Systems and Statistical Bioinformatics. He is Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group “Service-Oriented Architectures for Medical Applications” and of the BMBF-funded coordinated project “Comprehensive Data Integration for Precision Oncology” and also member of a number of further interdisciplinary research projects.

Emil J.W. List-Kratochvil

Professor for Hybrid Devices, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

1998 M.Sc. at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
2000 Doctor Technicae at TU Graz
2003 Habilitation in Solid State Physics at TU Graz
2000-2007 Christian-Doppler-Society funded Research Associate, directing a lab for “Advanced Functional Materials”
2004-2015 Appointed Associate Professor in Solid State Physics at TU Graz
2006-2015 Director NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
2015-now Professor (W3) at Departments of Physics and Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Beate Littig

Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Wien

Beate Littig is a sociologist, head of the Socio-Ecological Transformation division at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna, and a permanent lecturer at the University of Vienna.
Her research interests include environmental sociology, sustainable labour societies, gender studies, qualitative research methods, and theories of practice. She has coordinated several national and international research projects in these areas and is active in international research networks.

Dennis Lo

Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology; Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dennis Lo, director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemical Pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, discovered in the mid-1990s that a baby’s DNA can be found in the mother’s blood. He then spent the next decade-and-a-half trying to translate his findings into clinical use, a time during which he developed a ground-breaking new method of non-invasive prenatal diagnostics that revolutionised screening tests for Down syndrome and other genetic conditions, affecting millions of pregnant women. Dennis’s current work focuses on a technique called “liquid biopsy” which helps in detecting head and neck cancer, and other cancers from a drop of blood – even before symptoms arise. His ultimate goal is to create a blood test that finds multiple types of cancer while the disease is still curable.

Stephan Lorenz

Sociologist, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Stephan Lorenz is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and an associated member of a DFG research training group on ‘post-growth societies’. His research focuses on sustainability, environmental studies, poverty and exclusion, affluence, food, social theory, and qualitative methods. He has led research projects on organic food consumption, food banks, the decline in the bee population, and the post-growth/degrowth debate.

Balázs B. Lörincz

Chief Physician, Asklepios Klinik Altona, Hamburg

Dr Lörincz is daVinci Trainer, Associate Professor, ENT / Head & Neck Surgeon and Head & Neck Oncologic, Endocrine, Reconstructive Plastic and Robotic Surgeon. Before he joined Aklepios Klinik Altona, he gathered international surgical expertise in Norway, Australia and UK. Dr Lörincz acts also as ENT consultant and member of the Thyroid Cancer Task Force.

Hermann Lotze-Campen

Professor of Sustainable Land Use and Climate Change, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hermann Lotze-Campen is Professor of Sustainable Land Use and Climate Change at HU Berlin. He studied Agricultural Sciences and Economics at the University of Kiel and the University of Reading. For his doctoral studies he stayed in Kiel, at the University of Minnesota (USA) and at HU Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1998. In 2012 Hermann became Co-Chair of PIK Research Domain II “Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities”.

Sergio Lucia

Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Berlin/Einstein Center Digital Future

Sergio Lucia obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza in 2010 and the Dr.-Ing. degree from TU Dortmund in the field of automatic control in 2014. He then joined the OvGU Magdeburg, and visited the MIT as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Since May 2017, he is Assistant Professor at TU Berlin and at the Einstein Center Digital Future. His research is focused on embedded optimization and artificial intelligence methods for the IoT and Smart Buildings.

Steffen Mau

Professor of macrosociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Steffen Mau is a professor in the field of macrosociology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research focuses on inequality research, comparative welfare state research, political sociology, Europeanization, and transnationalization. In his newly published book “The Metric We – On the Quantification of the Social” , Mau describes the datafilling of everyday life.

Edoardo Mazza

Deputy head of Institute of Mechanical Systems, ETH Zurich

Edoardo Mazza has been Full Professor for Mechanics at ETH Zurich since 2010. He received his Dr. sc. techn. degree at ETH Zurich in 1997. He has then been working in industry until 2001. In 2002 he was appointed as Assistant Professor, in 2006 as Associate Professor at ETH Zurich. Since 2006 he also leads the laboratory “Mechanics for Modeling and Simulation” of the Empa. Mazza’s research deals with experimental continuum mechanics, applied to biomedical and engineering materials.

Kirsten Meyer

Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Kirsten Meyer became professor for„Praktische Philosophie und Didaktik der Philosophie“ at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 2011. She is Board Member at IRI THESys. Kirsten Meyer studied Philosophy and Biology in Münster, Bielefeld and St. Andrews graduating in 2000. She got her PhD in Philosophy in 2002. Since then Kirsten Meyer has gained research experience at different German universities.

W. E. Moerner

Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics, Stanford University

William E. Moerner is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Physics at Stanford University. His persistent research into super-resolution imaging, visualizing the pathways of individual molecules inside living cells, eventually awarded him the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he shared with colleagues Stefan Hell and Eric Betzig. His ardent research allows today’s scientists to peek into the nano-scale worlds of proteins and smallest molecules, creating a new understanding of diseases and innovations in many scientific fields.

Ramin L. Mokhtari

CEO, ICE Gateway GmbH

Ramin L. Mokhtari, co-founder and CEO of the company ICE Gateway GmbH has 30 years of working experience in the technology sector. Starting with software development, IT design and development he has also experience with LED light production and solar production.
For many years he has been working as an investor (VC) for the Deutsche Telekom in Silicon Valley and later on in Germany for the E.ON AG. He founded the ICE Gateway GmbH in 2013, located at the Technology Center Adlershof in Berlin.

Valeria Nicolosi

European Research Council Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Valeria Nicolosi is a European Research Council Professor at Trinity College Dublin and internationally regarded as a leading expert in the field of adaptive nanostructures and nanodevices. In her research she focuses on novel materials such as graphene, a one-atom thick carbon sheet which is super strong, lightweight and electrically conductive, properties which form the basis for new technologies that can enable next generation semiconductor and energy storage devices. Next to faster and lighter smartphones, tablets and other electronics, her recent research holds the potential to impact the development of 3D printed, long lasting batteries that can be embedded within any type of material, from smart watches to clothes and implanted cardiac devices.

Yuval Nir

Principal researcher at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Yuval Nir, a principal researcher at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, is an internationally recognized expert on the neuroscience of sleep. With his team, he explores how brain activity during sleep states, including dreams, can be connected to awareness and responsiveness when we are awake. The innovative techniques he applies include a combination of both human and animal models in order to find basic functions as well as more complex patterns of sleep in the mammal brain. Ultimately, his Lab’s challenge is to understand the link between sleep and cognition, with the hope of explaining why healthy sleep is essential for the mind to function.

Alina Nosenko

Director, Klitschko Foundation

Alina Nosenko is a Director of the charitable Klitschko Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2013. Alina was foreign exchange student at the Humboldt University Berlin for one academic year with an European Commission Scholarship and studied political sciences and communication. During her studies she gained work xperience at United Nations Country Team of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the German Parliament.

Michael Opielka

Scientific Director, ISÖ – Institut for Social Ecology

Professor Opielka is Scientific Director of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISÖ) in Siegburg and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena. From 2012 to 2016, he also headed the Institute for Future Studies and Technology (IZT) Assessment in Berlin. He was Guest Professor for Social Sustainability at the University of Leipzig in 2015. He holds a doctorate (HU Berlin, 1996) and a post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation, Univ. Hamburg, 2008) in Sociology.

Elke Pahl-Weber

Professor, Technische Universität Berlin

Research and teaching in the field of urban planning, urban development, housing, mega-cities, moderation of planning processes, energetic urban development; Reference areas Germany, the EU and the North African-West Asian region.

Jian-Wei Pan

Professor, University of Science and Technology of China

Jian-Wei Pan, a Professor of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, is one of the leading pioneers in quantum science and technology worldwide. He was responsible for launching the world’s first quantum satellite in 2016 which opened a whole new world of possibilities for research into quantum teleportation and communication in space. The revolutionary technology is expected to lay the foundation for unbreakable quantum communication networks and quantum computer architectures.

John C. Paolillo

Associate Professor of Informatics, Indiana University Bloomington

John C. Paolillo is an associate professor of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with an adjunct appointment in Linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington. The major emphasis of his research at Indiana University lies on statistical models of language and large-scale social network analysis of online activity.

Panagiotis Pergantis

Consultant for Internal Medicine, German Heart Center Berlin

Panagiotis Pergantis has been working in the field of terminal heart insufficiency with a focus on VAD therapy and heart transplantation since 2013. He takes care of patients before LVAD implantation or heart transplantation and afterwards in the course of intensive and ambulant care. Since 2014, he is clinical consultant for the Zurich Heart project and researches in the field of physiological control for VADs.

Sophie Peter

Junior Researcher, ISÖ – Institute for Social Ecology

Sophie Peter joined the Institute for Social Ecology (ISÖ) as a junior researcher in November 2016. Since then she has been involved in a number of projects focussed on social sustainability and sustainable development in a multi-level societal system. She recently embarked on her PhD on the socio-cultural dynamics of ecosystem services at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Research Centre (BiK-F). She completed her MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management in June 2016.

Birgit Pfau-Effinger

University Professor, University of Hamburg, Chair of Social Structure

Birgit Pfau-Effinger has been Professor of Sociology and Research Director at the Centre of Globalisation and Governance (CGG) at the University of Hamburg since 2003. Prior to that she was a professor at the University of Jena. She was a visiting professor at the Universities of Tampere/Finland, Aalborg/Denmark, and at the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona/Spain. She was also appointed Honorary Professor for Comparative Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark.

Edgar Pieterse

Director at the African Centre for Cities, University of Capetown

An expert on African urbanisation, Edgar Pieterse, director at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Capetown, knows what radical and rapid urban change means for a city, a country and a continent. His research takes a multi-faceted approach in analysing slums and the underlying systems that perpetuate poverty, while at the same time reimagining models of cities that can support 10+ million people in humane conditions. Pieterse’s work paves the way for a world that is radically urbanising and in dire need of new policy and planning approaches to tackle inequality and exclusion and shape the cities of the future.

Lee Rainie

Director, Internet and Technology, PEW Research Center

Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.

Bernd Rech

Interim scientific Director, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech (born in Munich in 1967) studied physics at Heidelberg University and RWTH Aachen. Since 2006, he is head of the institute silicon photovoltaics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and since 2007 professor at the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science of Technische Universität Berlin. Since 2008 he is spokesperson of the research field renewable energies of the Helmholtz Association. Since May 2017 he is the interim scientific Director of HZB.

Ortwin Renn

Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Ortwin Renn is a Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany).
He holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His honours include the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology, an honorary professorship at the Technical University Munich, and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

Henning Riechert

Director, Paul-Drude-Institute for Solid State Electronics

Prof. Henning Riechert is the director of the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik and professor of experimental physics and materials science at Humboldt University in Berlin. Following his PhD in physics and up to his present position, he worked in industrial research on materials for optoelectronic and radio frequency (RF) devices. His research interests cover the epitaxial growth and the physics of novel materials and nanostructures for semiconductor technology.

Heike Riel

IBM Fellow, Director Physical Sciences, IBM Research, Zurich

Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow and Director for Physical Sciences at IBM Research, Zurich. She is responsible for projects in the area of III-V semiconductors for applications in electronics, optoelectronics and energy harvesting and molecular electronics. Heike Riel studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth for her work on the optimization of multilayer organic light-emitting devices.

Kai Sachs

Director Health Network, SAP SE

Kai Sachs is the Development Manager of the Healthcare Networks team at the SAP Health Innovation Hub. In his previous role as Principal Development Expert, he was responsible for strategic projects in the Healthcare Development unit. Before moving to the healthcare domain, he was focusing on large-scale systems, including cloud computing and Big Data technologies. He received a PhD degree from Technische Universität Darmstadt, which was awarded with the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Robert Schaddach

Member of Berlin’s House of Representatives, Science Committee, Berlin House of Representatives

Robert Schaddach studied Law, Business Administration and Sociology. He is Member of Berlin’s House of Representatives since 2006.

Marianne Schmid Daners

Chair of Product Dev.& Eng. Design, ETH Zurich

M. Schmid Daners graduated in 2006 as a mechanical engineer and received her PhD in 2012 on the topic “Adaptive Shunts for Cerebrospinal Fluid Control” under the supervision of Prof. Guzzella, both at ETH Zurich. Currently, she leads the Biomedical Systems group of the Product Development Group Zurich and supports the project coordination of the Zurich Heart. Her main research interests are the modelling of biological systems and the development and control of biomedical devices.

Jürgen Schmidhuber

Scientific Director of the Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA, Lugano

Jürgen Schmidhuber is the Scientific Director of the Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA (of USI & SUPSI), a non-profit research institute for artificial intelligence (AI). The media has called him the father of modern AI. His lab’s deep learning methods have revolutionised machine learning, and are now available to billions of users through Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, Amazon, and many other companies. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award. As president of NNAISENSE, he aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.

Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord

Impact investor, Innovation Enthusiast, CEO at Bayer Foundations, Bayer

His special interest areas are frontier science and social innovation. He is passionate about the creation of social fiction and societal impact by applying purpose-driven tech innovations to the world’s biggest challenges. He sees his key role in the transformation of business excellence into the non-profit sector and in the connection of good ideas and frontier innovators to power, knowledge and funding.

Christoph Schneider

Professor of Climate Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Christoph Schneider is Professor of Climate Geography and Head of the section Climate-Geography at the Department of Geography of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since October 2015. He is a member of IRI THESys since 2016. From 2004 to 2015, he was Professor in Physical Geography and Climatology at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2016 he is elected member of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) review board for Physical Geography.

Karolin Schwarz

Factchecker, Hoaxmap/correctiv.org

Karolin Schwarz is a fact-checker at correctiv.org, an investigative nonprofit medium. CORRECT!V’s team of four aims to debunk rumours circulating on Facebook as well as false claims in general. In 2016, she founded Hoaxmap.org, a platform dedicated to refutiating false news about refugees and migrants in German speaking countries.

Rainer Seider

Head of Unit International Cooperation , Ministry for Economics, Technology and Research, State of Berlin

Rainer Seider, strong on 25 years’ experience in international cooperation and projects, is heading the unit for International Cooperation (European Affairs, Foreign Trade Policy and Development Cooperation) in the Berlin Government`s Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises . He initiated the Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) as a platform for dialogue with Asian partners in 1997 and the StartUp AsiaBerlin network with Bangalore, Manila and Jakarta during the APW 2016.

Daniela Setton

Senior Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Daniela Setton is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. She holds a diploma in political science. Her main project is concerned with the development of a barometer to measure the social sustainability of the German energy transition. In her dissertation she is examining the political governance of the German energy transition in core regulation areas with regard to driving forces, challenges, and reform perspectives.

Christina Smolke

Professor of Bioengineering and of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

An Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, Christina Smolke is one of the spearheads in the young field of synthetic biology. Making use of advances in chemistry, biology and technology, synthetic biology designs biological systems that do not yet exist in the natural world. By engineering yeast to synthesize opioid drugs, she aims at making pain medicine more available in developing countries. Her breakthrough could lead to much faster and cheaper drug production and could bring on an age of more affordable medicine.

Jule Specht

Professor of personality psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Jule Specht is a psychologist and teaches personality psychology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before joining the Humboldt University, she taught as a university professor for diagnostics and differential psychology at the University of Lübeck. In her research, she deals primarily with questions of personality development in the adult age and the causes and consequences of subjective well-being.

Jan Steckel

Head of working group Climate and Development, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

Jan Steckel received a Ph.D. in economics from TU Berlin and a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark. From 2007 to 2013 he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research. He has authored multiple academic articles and has been an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewables as well as its 5th Assessment Report. Since 2014 he is head of the working group “Climate and Development” at the MCC.

Georgios Stefopoulos

Professorship for Thermodynamics, ETH Zurich

Georgios Stefopoulos studied mechanical engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He obtained a Dipl.-Ing. with honours. His diploma thesis work produced two conference publications. Wanting to utilize his engineering knowledge to improve hospitalized people’s life quality, he started his PhD at ETH Zürich, where through interdisciplinary work he designs and fabricates novel biomaterials. His work is published in scientific journals covering advances in the biomedical sector.

Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn

Member of Parliament, Green parliamentary group in Bundestag

Economist, researcher and teacher at University of Bielefeld (1992-1995), Goethe University of Frankfurt (1996-2000 and 2004-2008), University of Hohenheim 2001-2003), doctorate in 2002 and habilitation in 2006, 2007-2008 professor for Labor Economics at Goethe-University, since 2008 member of Bundestag, from 2009-2013 spokesperson for pension policy and since 2014 spokesperson for social policy. Research and publications on topics like poverty, pensions, gender economics and basic income.

Leila Takayama

Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz

Leila Takayama, Associate Professor at the University of California, is on the forefront of making human-robot interaction more natural, easy and effortless. She uses her experience as a senior google researcher as well as a psychology professor to assess what humans want from robots and why they like or dislike certain traits. Takayama is a researcher, entrepreneur and innovator and her research has the potential to redefine how we interact with robots and what our future co-existence with them could look like.

Bente Thamsen

Chair of Product Dev.& Eng. Design, ETH Zurich

Bente Thamsen was born in Braunschweig, Germany. She studied Physical Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, specialising in Fluid Dynamics, Numerics and Simulation. She did her PhD at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the Biofluid Mechanics Laboratory on the development of a two-stage rotary blood pump with reduced blood trauma. In 2017, she moved to Zurich. Her research at ETH Zurich focuses on pump design, numerical simulation and blood trauma.

Susan Thieme

Professor of Sociology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Susan Thieme holds a professorship in Geography and Sustainaible Development at the University of Bern. Previously, she was professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a PhD and a Habilitation from the University of Zurich. She is interested in the role different forms of (im)mobilities play in the context of education and work, societal learning processes, inter- and transdisciplinary debates about the production of social inequalities, and unequal power relations.

Stefan Thurner

President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Stefan Thurner tries to contribute to the understanding of complex adaptive systems in quantitative and predictive ways. He is full professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna, external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, senior researcher at IIASA, and the president of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. He held postdoc positions at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Boston University. His primary education is in in theoretical physics and financial economics.

Günther Tränkle

Director, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

Prof. Dr. Günther Tränkle received his PhD in physics in 1988 (Uni Stuttgart). From 1988 to1994 he was a postdoc at TU München / WSI. In 1995 he became department head at the Fraunhofer-Institute IAF, Freiburg. In 1996, he was appointed Director of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut in Berlin. Since 2002 he is Full Professor at TU Berlin, holding the chair for microwaves and optoelectronics. Moreover, he became Acting Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Crystal Growth, Berlin, in 2013.

Joachim Trebbe

Prof. for Media Studies & Communication Science, Freie Universität Berlin

Joachim Trebbe *1965
(2011) Professor for Media Analysis and Research Methods, Freie Universität Berlin
(2003-2011) Professor for Communication Research, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
(1994-2003) Pre- and PostDoc, Freie Universität Berlin
(1990-1994) Media Researcher & Consultant

Florian Tschorsch

Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Berlin/Einstein Center Digital Future

Florian Tschorsch is assistant professor at the Technical University of Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future, where he heads the Distributed Security Infrastructures group since April 2017. His research interests comprise, among others, anonymous Internet communication and blockchain technologies. Here, the main focus is on the interplay of overlay networks and the protocol stack below.

Guus Velders

Professor of ‘Air Quality and Climate Interactions’, Utrecht University

Guus Velders, the Professor of ‘Air Quality and Climate Interactions’ at Utrecht University, is an atmospheric scientist who had essential roles in many of the world’s most important policy deals to reduce dangerous pollutants and fight global warming. As world-leading expert in the field of extremely potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), he was one of the key figures who provided the scientific basis for the success of the 2016 Paris climate accord and important amendments to earlier climate deals such as the 1987 Montréal protocol. His long-standing dedication to the cause of climate change put him on Nature’s top 10 scientists in 2016 and Time’s 100 most influential people in 2017.

Sascha Vogel

Managing Director, sciencebirds.de / FIAS

Sascha Vogel is a theoretical physicist, science communicator and movie lover. After graduating in theoretical physics and working as a postdoc in France he coordinated a Graduate School and is now the Managing Director of the FIAS. His career as a science communicator started as an accident and took off since then. While presenting Physics in Hollywood on stages all over the world he also initiated a hands-on science exhibition and is currently active within sciencebirds.de.

Martin Vogelsang

Impact Investor and German Country Representative, European Venture Philanthropy Association

Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur with a long-standing career and background in the banking and strategic consulting business. Has expertise in creating, testing and launching business models between for-profits and not-for-profits by truly leveraging skill-sets and creating models around sustainability and self-replication leading to sector/industry transformation.

Franz von Weizsäcker

Lead Disruption Strategist, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Franz von Weizsäcker is a digital policy expert covering policies on telecommunications, innovation and internet platforms, competition, cyber security, privacy and consumer protection. He served clients of the German, European, Saudi Arabian, Palestinian and Rwandan governments. His background is Computer science with majors in Economics and Law from Berlin University of Technology.

Timothy Walsh

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance, Cardiff University

Timothy Walsh is the Professor of Medical Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance at Cardiff University and one of the leading scientists into antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He led the discovery of the gene MCR-1 which helps bacteria in becoming resistant to an antibiotic called colistin. By continuously researching and monitoring the spread of new multi-resistant superbugs, he has also become one of the most prominent advocates of responsible antibiotic use. In the past years, there has been a growing awareness of the threat of an imminent “post-antibiotic era” in which common infections and surgeries could – once again – become fatally dangerous.

György Wéber

Director, Dep. of Surgical Research and Techniques Medical Faculty, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Semmelweis University Budapest

Professional experience:
1978- 2010: Member of Department of Surgery, Medical Faculty University of Pécs
1997: Dr. med. habil.
2003: Professor of surgery
Current activities:
2010: Founder and Director, Department of Surgical Research and Techniques, Medical Faculty, Semmelweis University, Budapest
2013: President of Semmelweis University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committe
2014: Invited scientific advisor, Department of Surgery, St. Istvan Hospital, Budapest (laparoscopic practice)

Lena Wiegmann

PhD Student, University of Zurich

Lena Wiegmann started her PhD in 2014 after graduating from ETH Zurich with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. During her studies, she received a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation and conducted research projects at Oxford and Harvard University. Within the Zurich Heart project, she works on the fluid dynamics and blood damage models. In general, her interest lies in the application of engineering solutions to solve current challenges in medicine.

Katarzyna Winek

Scientist, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Katarzyna Winek is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Experimental Neurology at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. During her PhD at the Charité, she investigated the gut microbiome in experimental stroke and its impact on the outcome after cerebral ischemia. Her current scientific interests focus on clinical neuroscience, particularly on the interplay between the brain and the immune system after CNS injury, and on microbiome research.

Anne Wohlauf

Research Assistant, University of Arts Berlin/Design Research Lab

Anne Wohlauf is an interaction designer and has been working at the design research lab since 2008. Her research interests are tangible interaction, digital education and identity management. Currently, she is working on several projects with the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, exploring the future of identity and security.

Vanessa Wood

Associate Professor, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich

Vanessa Wood holds a BSc in Applied Physics (2005), Yale University, a MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT (2007), and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, MIT (2009). From 2010-2011 she was a postdoc at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. In 2011 she was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. She received tenure in 2014 and chairs the Materials and Device Engineering group.

Wing Ying Chow

Scientist, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie in Berlin (FMP)

Wing Ying Chow is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin. Originally from Hong Kong, she read natural sciences in Cambridge and worked as a science technician in London before returning to Cambridge for a PhD in chemistry. Instead of building new molecules, she is more interested in using a strong magnet to find ways of studying the structure of molecules inside body tissues, specifically collagen proteins in bones and joints.