Born in Oldenburg (Oldb) in 1981. Obtained a double-degree in physics (Diplom) and philosophy (Magister) at the TU Berlin on topics from astrophysics and philosophy of mind. In 2013 she obtained a PhD degree in astronomy and astrophysics on the modelling and observations of shock waves in the interstellar medium from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. From 2013 until 2017 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique in Grenoble, France, working on topics in the context of star formation and astrochemistry. As a visiting scientist she is still a member of this institute. Besides her research in astrophysics she has published on topics from the philosophy of science. Since 2010 she has been working as a freelancer science journalist for the German newspaper F.A.Z, since 2017 she is permanent full-time member of the science desk. In 2017 her popular science book “Das Universum und ich - die Philosophie der Astrophysik” was published at Carl Hanser Verlag München.
Stephan Balzer is an entrepreneur, innovator and an influential voice in the Pan-European innovation community. The studied media consultant is one of the pioneers of the German new media scene.
With over a decade of technology experience, Balzer founded Berlin’s idea incubation company, red onion GmbH, in the 90’s. By 2009, he was the first German TEDx conferences licensee and was soon appointed TEDx ambassador for Europe by the American TED organization. Today, he organizes TEDx events in the 4 major German cities Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt.
In 2015 Balzer started a partnership with Singularity University (SU), a Silicon Valley based organization, which was founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. Since then, he is SU Ambassador for Germany and the head of Germany’s first SU Chapter in Berlin.
Having organized more than 60 conferences on pivotal themes and subjects impacting society, science and the future – Balzer is a C-Level advisor and change facilitator.
Stephan Balzer is a frequent speaker on innovation and exponential technology. He is an expert in storytelling and talks about “How to give a TED Talk”. Stephan is a an avid art collector passionate about culture, and active citizen initiating constructive discourse on global challenges facing society. He strongly believes in the impact of change, transformation and innovation on corporations, organizations, institutions, public entities, and NGOs.
Benjamin Denes, 42, is an editor at SPIEGEL.TV - the online longform-video-department of SPIEGEL ONLINE. He is also an experienced trainer for journalists and pr-staff in Multimedia Storytelling and Social Media Skills. Denes studied Media- and Communication Studies and German Linguistics at the FU Berlin, writing his magister thesis about a typology of fakes in journalism. His professional journalistic career started in 2003 with a 18 month training at the ELECTRONIC MEDIA SCHOOL (ems) in Potsdam. After several internships Denes worked seven years for public broadcaster rbb (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). In 2011 he helped to start the new invented online platform SPIEGEL.TV, where he remained until today.
Onur Güntürkün is a Turkish-born Professor for Biopsychology at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He is kept awake with questions like: “Why do humans and other animals have asymmetrically organized brains?” or “Can different kinds of brains produce the same cognition?”. He spent years of his life in different universities in Germany, France, the USA, Australia, Turkey, Belgium, and South Africa. He mostly uses humans and pigeons as his experimental subjects but also loves to do science with dolphins and magpies. Onur Güntürkün is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, holds two honorary doctorates, and received numerous national and international scientific awards, among them both the highest German and Turkish science award.
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.
Matthias Kleiner completed his habilitation in the field of forming technology in 1991. In 1994, he joined the faculty of the newly founded Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus as Professor of Forming Technology in the Chair in Design and Manufacturing. Professor Kleiner was awarded the most prestigious prize in German research, the DFG’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 1997. He responded to the call to the TU Dortmund University in 1998, where he held the Chair of Forming Technology.
From 2004 to 2006, he served as managing director of the newly established Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (IUL). He has played an instrumental role in a number of international and interdisciplinary research projects and research networks and acts as a member of numerous international professional committees and academies. In 2011, he co-chaired the German “Ethics Commission for a Safe Energy Supply”. Matthias Kleiner was elected President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2007. His six year-term of office as President of the DFG ended in December 2012. Matthias Kleiner assumed office as President of the Leibniz Association in July 2014.
Gwilym Lockwood was born and grew up in the UK. He received his BA in Japanese & Linguistics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, before moving into the quantitative side of things, starting with an MSc in Language Sciences from UCL, and then doing a PhD in the Neurobiology of Language department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, defending in April 2017. He liked his PhD research a lot, but found more enjoyment in the process than in the subject, and so he spent the last year or so of his PhD playing around with whatever interesting datasets he could get his hands on.
This helped him find a job with The Information Lab in London. Still not sure what exactly to call himself, he switches between Data Scientist, Data Visualisation Consultant, and Consulting Analyst depending on the scope of the project, but basically, he turns numbers into pictures to help organisations make decisions more easily. The software he uses to do this is Alteryx (for data preparation and analysis) and Tableau (for visualising data and making it interactive), which is especially popular in businesses
In the last year or so, he has done projects for banks, Premier League football clubs, charities, engineering companies, and cargo companies.
Dr. Tobias Maier is a science communication professional with a PhD in biochemistry and a ten-year track record in academic research. He is the scientific head of the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Tobias is the founder of two science communication startups and he is the author of a popular science blog in German.
While doing a PhD in Physics, Gijs Meeusen also studied composition. He loves to create, perform, and help others, which led to the foundation of Artesc. Among other things, Artesc offers courses on the art of scientific writing and the art of presenting science. In a workshop on the art of presenting science, Gijs will share his knowledge of theatre skills and how they can be used to reach the audience when presenting one’s research.
Rosmarie Katrin Neumann
Rosmarie has more than 10 years of interdisciplinary expertise, split between research and practice. Trained originally as a landscape ecologist in Germany, Iceland and New Zealand, she worked with a wide range of stakeholders around the world, including NGOs, practitioners, policy-makers, law enforcement and media. During her time as a professional knowledge broker with the German science-policy interface for biodiversity in Leipzig, at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental research, she liaised between national, European and international policies and policy makers, and collaborated with a range of other international science-policy interfaces within the EU and internationally. The Science paper she co-authored about the failures of science-policy dialogue in relation to EU agricultural policy has still an ongoing impact. Since 2016, she is a trained mediator. Besides her ongoing research at Newcastle University on science-policy dialogue she is running the knowledge brokerage company Impact Dialog in Germany.
Johannes Vogel is Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science) and Professor for Biodiversity and Public Science at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Since 2016 he is chair of the European Open Science Policy Platform, advising the EU Commission and the Competitiveness Council of EU member states on the Open Science agenda. Johannes is also chair of the European Citizen Science Association, vice chair to the Federal Bioeconomy council, advisor for the Centre for Science and Policy in Cambridge, UK and Chair of the Leibniz Biodiversity Research alliance.
He studied biology at the Universities of Bielefeld and Cambridge and received a PhD in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. From 1992 to 2012 he worked at the Natural History Museum in London, where he was Keeper of Botany from 2004 to 2012. His (research) interests are open science, public engagement with science, national and international science policy, citizen science, the role of museums in science and society, biodiversity and evolutionary biology.
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 Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science.
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.