9 Nov

Falling Walls Conference

The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.

RADIALSYSTEM V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

The 20th anniversary of the end of a divided Europe marked the starting point for a new and unprecedented science conference: More than 20 outstanding researchers from around the world and a wide range of disciplines convene to showcase their scientific breakthroughs in their respective fields of research – in 15 minutes each. Inspired by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall they are answering the question: Which are the next walls to fall? And how will that change our lives?

Speakers and subjects are rigorously reviewed in collaboration with leading research institutions. Topics range from medicine to high technology, from science to the humanities.

Key Governance Issues – Ways for the Future

During the symposium „Key Governance Issues – Ways for the Future,” senior international representatives from academia, business, and regulators will discuss key issues of corporate governance.

ESMT Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

After opening remarks by Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President, ESMT Berlin, and Prof. Christian Strenger, Director, Center for Corporate Governance, international experts from academia, business, and regulators will contribute their viewpoints to achieve results for advancing corporate governance.

Throughout the day, three different sessions will focus on specific areas: 1) Executive Compensation: Limits, Complexity and Say on Pay Issues; 2) Board Independence: the Quality Question and dealing with Insider Issues, and 3) Shareholder Identification and Voting Issues (Proxy).

The sessions will be moderated by Peter Montagnon, Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics; George Dallas, Policy Director, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN); and Prof. Dr. Dirk Andreas Zetzsche, Universities of Düsseldorf and Luxembourg.

Does Coal Threaten the Global Energy Transformation?

The talk discusses the question why countries around the globe are still investing in carbon-intensive coal – despite the fact that renewables become increasingly cost-effective – as well as the resulting implications for the Paris Agreement.

Euref-Campus, Haus 19, Torgauer Straße. 12-15, 10829 Berlin

Changing the way we supply energy plays a key role for achieving he climate targets agreed in Paris. The power sector today relies heavily on fossil fuels, although low carbon alternatives are widely available. Despite recent cost reductions in renewable energy technologies and high growth rates in low carbon capacities, many countries still invest (or plan to invest) in carbon-intensive coal.

As coal fired power plants have a long economic life time, those operating and currently under construction are expected to emit 240 Gt of CO2 to the atmosphere. Achieving the Paris targets can be translated to a carbon budget of around 700 Gt CO2. Hence, remaining below the budget requires a gradual phase out from coal – and a full phase out of new investments. This deep transformation is unprecedented in history.

Yet, a shift in investment patterns does not seem to be at the horizon as growth rates of new coal investments and coal use are still positive. This talk will discuss reasons why countries and companies invest in coal and how a transformation away from coal could be incentivized and managed.

For registration please contact mcc-presse@mcc-berlin.net.

Robotic Surgery – Challenges and Opportunities for Medical Education

The conference creates a platform for interdisciplinary discussions between physicians, clinic managers and university professors on robotic surgery – a revolutionary and fast spreading medical tecnology for a broad range of surgical interventions.

Embassy of Hungary, Unter den Linden 76, Berlin, Germany

16.00 Uhr
Welcome and Introduction
Botschafter S. E. Dr. Péter Györkös, Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfred Holzgreve, President Dennis-Gábor-Society, Prof. Dr. Ildikó Rita Dunay, Vice President Dennis-Gábor-Society

16.10 Uhr
Significance of robotic-assisted surgery in Head and Neck Surgery: Medical indications, Barriers, Added Value and Perspectives
PD Dr. med. Balazs B. Lörincz, Ph.D., Chief Physician, Head and Neck Surgery Asklepios Klinik Altona

16.30 Uhr
International Concepts in surgical Education at Semmelweis University
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. György Wéber, Head of Experimental and Undergraduate Surgical Training at Semmelweis University, Budapest

16.50 Uhr Break

17.00 Uhr
Perspectives of robotic surgery – point of view of a manufacturer of medcial technology
Stefan Kürbis, W.O.M. – World of Medicine GmbH, Senior VP Global HR & Innovation Management

17.20 Uhr
After over 200 Interventions with da Vinci(R) – Capabilities vs. Patient benefit
Dr. med. Dipl.-oec. Colin M. Krüger, MBA, Chief of Surgical Dept., Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf

17.40 Uhr
Panel discussion – Future of Surgery: Realistic potential under the aspect of technological possibilities and patient benefit

R.S.V.P. until 31 October 2017  robotik@immanuel.de

Next Frontier Debate: At the Melting Point

A heated debate about global warming and how the 2°C climate target can be achieved in a just and sustainable way.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Festsaal, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

The effects of climate change have long become perceptible: melting of the poles, increase in extreme weather conditions, droughts, and floods. Human beings are the cause for this, artificially fuelling the earth’s natural greenhouse effect with their consumption of resources.

At the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries signed a global climate agreement for the first time. It provides for limiting global warming to a maximum of 2° C above pre-industrial levels.

There is no simple answer to how this target can be reached. The complexity of the problem rather necessitates bringing different approaches together. As part of the Next Frontier Debate scientists from various disciplines and practitioners will discuss the current state of research, its applicability, and prospects.

Representatives of the Integrative Research Institute IRI THESys at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the German Climate Consortium will take part in the debate.

For registration please contact berlinscienceweek@hu-berlin.de.



Green Alley Award 2017 – Pitch Event

Six start-ups pitch their ideas concerning the Circular Economy as part of the Green Alley Award, a European business competition.

betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin

Landbell Group is hosting the Green Alley Award for the fourth time – a European start-up competition for innovative business models tackling the challenges of the Circular Economy.

On the 9th of November, the Pitch Event is held in Berlin where six finalists present their business ideas in the area of waste and recycling. The pitch will be concluded with an award ceremony and a networking event.