Meet the Speakers

Oliver Holtemöller

Vice President of the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

Oliver Holtemöller is Professor of Economics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and head of the Department...
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Ângela Pereira

Joint Research Centre - European Commission

Ângela Guimarães Pereira works at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, holding a PhD on Environmental Systems and...
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Tolu Oni

GYA Co-Chair

Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow with MRC Epidemiology Unit's Global Public Health Research...
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Irina Podgorny

Research Fellow at CONICET

Irina Podgorny is a permanent research fellow at the Argentine National Council of Science (CONICET). She studied Archaeology at the La Plata University...
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Cristina Blanco Sío-López

Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics

Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen. She holds a trilingual position...
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Howard Alper

University Professor at the University of Ottawa

Howard Alper is a distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa. The basic research Alper has been pursuing encompasses...
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Silke Beck

Acting Chair, Department of Environmental Politics (UFZ)

Silke Beck is an internationally recognized expert in the field of global environmental assessmentsas well evidence-based policy-making...
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Robert Lepenies

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Dr. Robert Lepenies is a research scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. Dr. Robert Lepenies is recipient of...
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Suraj Bhattarai

GYA Member

Dr. Bhattarai is a scholar of Tropical Medicine & International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. His research...
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Vladimír Šucha

Director-General of the Joint Research Centre

Vladimír Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service...
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Matthew Levy

GYA Member

Dr. Matthew C. Levy is a computational scientist working at the intersection of physics and artificial intelligence. He is widely-recognized for creating...
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Antonio Loprieno

President of ALLEA

Antonio Loprieno is a Professor of Egyptology, Linguistics and Semitology currently teaching the History of Institutions at the University of Basel. In May 2018...
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Koen Vermeir

Associate Research Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

Koen Vermeir is an Associate Research Professor (CR1) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)...
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Rees Kassen

Full Professor and Cystic Fibrosis Canada Researcher at the University of Ottawa

Rees Kassen is internationally recognized for his work with microbes as models for studying...
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Connie Nshemereirwe

GYA Co-Chair

Dr. Connie Nshemereirwe is an independent science and policy facilitator, and acts at the science-policy interface as a trainer, writer and speaker. She is on the...
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Amy Luers

Executive Director of Future Earth

Amy Luers is Executive Director of Future Earth. Having spent her career on issues related to science communication, data, sustainability...
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Anna Harris

Maastricht University

I pursue an approach to the social study of medicine that is grounded in ethnographic studies of contemporary medical practices, my clinical experience...
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Eva Alisic

Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne

Eva Alisic is Associate Professor, Child Trauma and Recovery at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she leads the Trauma Recovery Lab...
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Alexander Kagansky

Director of Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, Vladivostok

Alexander Kagansky is a Director of a Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, School of...
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David Mair

Head of Unit H.1 in JRC at European Commission

David has worked for the European Commission since 1995 and in the Joint Research Centre (the Commission's science and knowledge...
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Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Associate Professor at University of Pretoria

Professor Inglesi-Lotz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the...
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Martin Frick

Senior Director Policy and Program Coordination, UNFCCC

Martin Frick oversees as Senior Director UNFCCC’s work supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement...
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Jacqueline Olang

Executive Director of NASAC

Jackie Olang Kado is the Executive Director of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). NASAC, whose secretariat is based in Nairobi...
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Orakanoke Phanraksa

National Science and Technology Development Agency

Dr. Phanraksa received Ph.D. degree in laws from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2005. She is...
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Sir Peter Gluckman

Founding Chair of INGSA

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ FRS is the founding chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), President-elect of the International Science Council...
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Clarissa Rios Rojas

Founder and Director of Ekpa'palek

A scientist with more than 13 years of experience in conducting and planning multilateral scientific and non-scientific projects. Worked at...
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Clifford Siskin

Director of The Re:Enlightenment Project

Clifford Siskin is the Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English at New York University and the Director of The Re:Enlightenment Project...
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Ismail Serageldin

Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria

Ismail Serageldin was the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria (2001-2017) and is currently...
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Adewale Adewuyi

Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

Adewale Adewuyi holds BSc (Chemistry), MSc and PhD in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Ibadan. Over the years, his research activities has been...
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Sameh Soror

Director of Helwan Structural Biology Research

Sameh Soror is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy Helwan University and Director of the...
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Martin Visbeck

Professor for Physical Oceanography

Martin Visbeck is head of research unit Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and...
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Detlev Ganten

Co-Chair of IAP for Health

From 2004 to 2008 Detlev Ganten was chief executive officer at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the joint medical faculty of the Free University and Humboldt...
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Chioma Daisy Onyige

Senior lecturer of Criminology

Dr Chioma Daisy Onyige is a Senior lecturer of Criminology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria...
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Sietske Fransen

Max Plank Research Group Leader at the Bibliotheca Hertziana

Sietske Fransen works on the history of communicating science in both word and image. She has worked at the...
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Volker ter Meulen

InterAcademy Partnership President

Volker ter Meulen is a physician. His research focused on pathogenic aspects of viral infections, in particular infections of the central...
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Christiane Diehl

Executive Director of EASAC

After two years of social work in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Christiane Diehl studied at the Universities of Mainz and Oxford, getting a doctorate from Oxford...
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Pearl Dykstra

Professor of Empirical Sociology

I am a professor of Empirical Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and deputy-chair...
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Jörg Hacker

Leopoldina President

Jörg Hacker is a microbiologist. His research focused on the molecular analysis of pathogenic bacteria and host-microbe interaction. From 1980...
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Elisabeth Décultot

Humboldt-Professor at MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Elisabeth Décultot is Humboldt Professor of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer at the Martin Luther University Halle...
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Maarten van Herpen

Head of the Philips Africa Innovation Hub

Maarten van Herpen was appointed as Head of the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in September 2013, making him responsible for Philips’...
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Abdalhadi Alijla

Associate Researcher at Varieties of Democracy Institute at Gothenburg University

Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian - Swedish academic and writer. He is associate Researcher at...
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Petra Sachse

City of Halle, Germany

Director of the department for Economy, Science and Digitization of the City of Halle (Saale), Germany

Lisa Herzog

Professor at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University Munich

Lisa Herzog is Professor of Political Philosophy and Theory at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical...
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Shoji Komai

Associate Professor in NAIST

I got my Ph.D. from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan (Biology). After that, I worked in Kobe Unviversity as a postdoc studying...
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Stefan Kohler

GYA Member

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Rainer Godel

Director of the Centre for Science Studies at the German National Academy of Sciences

Rainer Godel is the head of the Leopoldina Centre for Science Studies (since 2013) and adjunct Professor of German...
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Philipp Kanske

Professor at TU Dresden

Philipp Kanske is Professor for Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at Technische Universität Dresden and a Research Associate at the Max Planck...
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