Information about the Speakers of the Conference


Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt 

President of Freie Universität Berlin

Peter-André Alt was born in 1960 in Berlin. After passing his Abitur, he originally wanted to become a medical doctor, but then during the first week of classes, he changed disciplines and began to study German and Political Science. He completed his studies with a doctorate at the age of 24. In 1995 he was appointed professor of modern German Literature at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, at that time the youngest tenured professor in this subject in Germany. In 2002, he accepted an appointment as professor at Universität Würzburg, and in 2005, he returned to Freie Universität Berlin as the successor of his academic teacher Hans-Jürgen Schings. Alt represents a methodologically rigorous form of literary studies based on the historical dimension of texts. In numerous monographs he has examined the connection between literature and the history of knowledge, the relationship of philosophical models of thought and poetic fiction, and also the tense relationships between drama and political power. His large-scale biographies of Friedrich Schiller and Franz Kafka as well as his studies of the literary cultural history of dreams and the aesthetics of evil have been translated into several languages and recognized as important standard works also beyond the field of German studies. Alt has held numerous offices in the course of his career, most recently at Freie Universität as Dean of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities from 2007 to 2009, as a member of Freie Universität’s Academic Senate from 2007 to 2010, as Head of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, and as Director of the Dahlem Research School since 2009. On May 12, 2010, Alt was elected the seventh President of Freie Universität.

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Prof. Dr. Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan

Associate Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Since 1981, Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan has been with the Indian Institute of Science where he holds the position of professor since 1991 and as Associate Director since 2006.

Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan studied electronics & Communication at the Madras University (B E (Hons)). In 1979, he received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science (Title of the thesis: Constrained Optimization of Antenna Arrays).

His main research areas are: Numerical Electromagnetics, High Performance Computing, Information Security, Wireless networks, Bioinformatics, Digital Library and Language Technologies.

Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan is a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences; the Indian National Science Academy; the Indian Academy of Sciences; the Indian National Academy of Engineering; the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad at and the Institution of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers.

Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan received numerous honours and awards, among others: Academy Excellence Award, Defence Research and Development Organization (2009); CDAC-ACS Foundation Lecture Award (2008);JC Bose National Fellowship (2007); Homi J. Bhabha Award for Applied Sciences Hari Om Ashram Trust Awards, University Grants Commission (2004); Padmashree by the President of India (2002); Ph.D. (Honoris Causa), Punjab Technical University (2003); Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research by the Indian Institute of Science (2001); Millennium Medal of the Indian National Science Congress (2000); Excellence in Aerospace Education Award of the Aeronautical Society of India (1998).

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Dr. Lothar Behlau


Head of the "Strategy and Programs" Department

Lothar Behlau is Head of the Department "Strategy and Programs" at Fraunhofer Headquarters in Munich. He studied Bioengineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (1979-1982; degree: Dipl. Ing.) and Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (1982-1985; degree: Dipl. Ing.). From 1985 to 1990, he was a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Food Engineering and Packaging and completed his doctoral thesis at the Technical University of Munich (degree: Dr. Ing.).

Lothar Behlau’s main research areas are R&D strategy planning; technology foresight; R&D cooperation; R&D trends; evaluation of projects, programmes and institutes; performance indicators for research institutions; sustainability.

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Engelbert Beyer

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Innovation Strategies Department

Engelbert Beyer studied Economics at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), and in 2009 he completed an Executive Education Programme at the JFK School of Government, Harvard, Boston (USA).

Since 1989, Engelbert Beyer has been working with the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), where he holds the position of the Head of Directorate 11 “Innovation Strategies” since 2009. Since 2006, he has been coordinating the German Hightech-Strategy. From 2005 to 2006, he headed the division "Innovation Policy" and from 2005 to 2006 the division "Small and Medium Enterprises, Science-Industry Interfaces, R&D Reporting, R&D-Programmes for the New German States" at the BMBF.

Between 1998 and 2002, Engelbert Beyer was President of the Working Party for Technology and Innovation Policy (TIP) of the OECD, Paris (France) and from 1993 to 1994, he worked as policy analyst at the Ministers Office of the BMBF. In 1992, within the framework of a staff exchange program, he worked with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office for Technology Assessment (OTA), Washington (USA). From 1985 to 1989, he worked as consultant at the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), Frankfurt (Germany), and Tunis (Tunisia).

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Prof. Dr. Arthur Bienenstock

Researcher in the Stanford Program on Regions of

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE)

Stanford University

Arthur Bienenstock received his M.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and his PhD from Harvard University (1962). He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Lund University and from Polytechnic University of Brooklyn.

Arthur Bienenstock, the Past-President of the American Physical Society, is Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy at Stanford University, where he also is Director of the Wallenberg Research Link and a professor at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and in the Departments of Applied Physics and Materials Science & Engineering. At Stanford University he also held the position of Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy (09/2003-11/2006) and of the Director of the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (09/2002-09/2003). From 1997 to 2001 he was Associate Director for Science of the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Between 1977 and 1997 he headed the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

His main research areas are in the area of solid-state physics, amorphous materials and synchrotron radiation as well as in the area of science policy and university governance.

In 2008, Arthur Bienenstock was President of the American Physical Society; he is fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics and of the California Council on Science and Technology. He was awarded the Cuthbertson Award from Stanford University (2009), the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Energy, Stanford University (1998), Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Polytechnic Institute of New York Alumni Association (1977) and he was the first recipient of the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society's Sidhu Award for his work in x-ray diffraction and crystallography (1968).

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Dr. Xiaonan Cao

The World Bank

Dr. Cao is the Lead Knowledge and Learning Officer for the Europe and Central Asia Region at the World Bank.  During his tenure at the World Bank, he has worked on education, knowledge economy, and capacity development projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, including higher education projects in Russia, China, Afghanistan, etc.  He co-authored human resource development chapters for the knowledge economy reports on South Korea and China and delivered the first knowledge economy capacity-building program to the Baltic States in the late 1990s.  At the corporate level, Dr. Cao co-established the winning program of the Education Knowledge Management System for the Education Sector and has been involved in various aspects of current internal reforms at the World Bank.  In 2000, he left the World Bank and became a Global Knowledge and Learning Manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young – a global management and IT consulting firm with more than 50,000 employees world-wide.  While there, he co-developed and executed global knowledge and learning systems to support consultant performance. 

Dr. Cao began his career as an officer at the Ministry of Education in China and later became the Deputy Division-Chief of Higher Education at the Ministry, responsible for developing policies and national programs for over 350,000 university faculty in some 1,100 higher education institutions throughout the country in the 19080s.  The reform policies he and his colleagues developed such as academic ranking qualification, faculty responsibility system, study abroad regulations, etc., improved the faculty profile significantly and provided a solid foundation for the rapid growth of higher education in China in the last two decades.  In the late 1980s, Dr. Cao was managing the National Foundation for Outstanding Young Faculty in China – a government-sponsored program to support Chinese scholars abroad to return to Chinese universities for research and teaching.  Many leaders in today’s leading universities in China have been the beneficiaries of this program.   

In his academic capacity, Dr. Cao was a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1994-98.  During this period, he also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review – one of the world’s leading academic journals in the field of education.  He has published articles, book chapters, country reports, and book reviews and has presented at major international conferences. In his 1996 article “Debating Brain Drain in the Context of Globalization”, published in the British academic journal Compare, he coined the term “brain circulation” to explain the international exchange of scholars and the need for effective government policies.  

Dr. Cao received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, an M.A. in Higher and Further Education from the University of London, and a Doctor of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Kerstin Cuhls

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe

Kerstin Cuhls has been working as a scientific project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe since 1992. She took her degree in Japanese Studies, Sinology and Business Administration at the University of Hamburg. In 1993 she was seconded for four months to the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in Tokyo, Japan, to assist in setting up a scientific cooperation. In 1997 she was awarded a PhD at the University of Hamburg (Japanology) on technology foresight in Japan. In 2000 she assumed a teaching assignment on "Innovation Policy and Management in Japan" at the University of Bremen, in 2009 further teaching assignments on "Innovations in Japan: Actors, Topics, Policy" at the Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, and since 2010 „Futures Research“ at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2006 until 2007, Kerstin Cuhls fulfilled the intra-departmental, cross-cutting function of a foresight/perspectives coordinator at the ISI. From 2008 until 2010, she was Head of the Business Area „Futures Research and Foresight“. From 2007 until 2009, Kerstin Cuhls was project manager of the BMBF Foresight Process. She now manages follow-up projects. She already coordinated the German foresight studies Delphi '93, Mini-Delphi 1995, Delphi '98 and monitored the BMBF Futur Process, inter alia as "scientific secretariat" for both evaluations by an international committee. Since 2000 she has been teaching in various seminars on foresight, priority-setting and Delphi method (UNIDO, ESTO/ EU, diverse).

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Prof. Dr. Michael Decker

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Michael Decker is professor for Technology Assessment at the Institute of Philosophy of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), spokesman of the „Key technology and innovation processes“ department in the Helmholtz “Technology, Innovation and Society” programme (since 2009) and deputy director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) (since 2004). Michael Decker studied Physics (minor subject Economics) at the University of Heidelberg (1992 diploma). In 1995 he received his PhD degree with a doctoral thesis about spectroscopic studies of oxygen in the high pressure combustion from the University of Heidelberg. In 2006, he habilitated at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Freiburg with a thesis on applied interdisciplinary research in technology assessment. From 1991 to 1995, he was research assistant at the Physical-Chemical Institute of the University of Heidelberg and between 1995 and 1997 post-doctoral scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Stuttgart. From 1997 to 2002, he worked as senior scientist at the European Academy for the Exploration of the Consequences of Scientific Technical Developments, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH. Since 2003, he has been with the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Research Centre Karlsruhe (now KIT). His main research areas are conceptions of the technology assessment and policy advice, methodology of interdisciplinary research, robotics and nanotechnology.  

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Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher

Freie Universität Berlin

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher was born in Hamburg in 1962. After finishing his studies of Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TU) he was Junior Research Fellow in the Forecasting and Assessment in Science and Technology Prgramm (FAST) of the European Commission in 1988. From 1989, he worked as a researcher and project manager; from 1997 he was Head of the Industry and Service Innovation Department at the Fraunhofer ISI. In 1996, Dreher was Visiting Scholar at the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT. In 2005, he accepted the position of the German-Danish professorship of Innovation Research and Management set up jointly by Syddansk Universitet and the University of Flensburg. Since 2009, Dreher has been professor for Innovation Management at the School of Business and Economics of Freie Universität Berlin. In addition, he is the director of the Center for Cluster Development that advises and supports the executive board of Freie Universität Berlin in terms of strategic research planning and mapping out, developing and implementing research emphases.

His main research interests are, among others, the development of innovation competences, strategic management of research and technology, as well as instruments for research, innovation and technology policy.

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Dr. Chistoph Ettl

Max Planck Society, Munich Natural and Materials Sciences Presidential Division

Senior Scientist

From 1981 to 1988, Christoph Ettl studied Physics and Mathematics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Diplom in Physics) and from 1984 to 1985 Theoretical Physics at St. John's College (Oxford, UK). Between 1989 and 1994, he was lecturer and research assistant at the Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, and completed his dissertation in Materials Science (Mechanical instabilities in extended solid solutions near the crystal-to-glass transition). From 1994 to 1995, he worked as science editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science). He worked as senior scientist at the Materials Division of the Faculty of Engineering (1997- 2004) and as Managing Director of the Centre of Excellence for Micro and Nano Materials (2000-2004) at the University of Ulm. Since 2004, he has been senior scientist at the Administrative Headquarters of the Max-Planck-Society in Munich, and in 2007 an Associate Director at the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg, France). His main interests lie in the area of science strategy, research perspectives, and science management. Christoph Ettl is a member of the German Physical Society (DPG). He received awards from Stiftung Maximilianeum, German National Scholarship Foundation and the Award for Scientific Achievement from Swabian Industry Association (1994).

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Prof. Dr. Erika Fischer-Lichte

Freie Universität Berlin

Erika Fischer-Lichte studied Slavic Languages and Literature, German Language and Literature, Theatre Studies and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburg University. In 1972, she received her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1996 she has been professor of Theatre Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and, since 2008, director of the International Research Center for Advanced Studies on “Interweaving Performance Cultures”. She is also spokesperson for the International Research Training Group “InterArt” at Freie Universität Berlin. Between 1999 and 2010, she was speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 447 “Performing Cultures”. Prior to joining her current position at Freie Universität Berlin, she chaired the Institute of Theatre Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (1990-1996) and was professor of Comparative Literature at Bayreuth University (1986-1990) and of German Literature at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (1973-1986). Erika Fischer-Lichte’s main research areas are theory and history of theatre; aesthetics; theory of the arts; methodology; interweaving cultures in performance; performativity. She is Panel Chair of the commission of the European Research Council for the field “Cultures and Cultural production” and a member of Academia Europaea and Academy of Sciences at Göttingen, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), German Research Council/ Wissenschaftsrat (1999-2005); president of International Federation for Theatre Research / IFTR (1995-1999); a member of the Senate and Main Committee of German Research Foundation (1993-1998), and president of Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft (1991-1996). In 2010, she received the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and in 2006 she was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Copenhagen.

Andrea Frank

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. Capital Office Head of Programmes

Andrea Frank studied Regional Sciences North America, Political Sciences, Sociology and German as a foreign language at the University of Bonn and at Mount Holyoke College (USA). In 2011 she completed the Executive Master of Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Since 2006, Andrea Frank has been working with Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft as Head of Programmes for research, transfer and dialogue science and society. Between 2000 and 2006 she worked for the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) in Bonn and Berlin as project manager and head of unit, where she was responsible for higher education projects in South Eastern Europe (Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo), higher education policy (focus on North America and developing countries) and the competence centre for the “Bologna-Process”. Prior to joining HRK she was a lecturer for the Robert Bosch Foundation at the University of Pécs, Hungary (1999-2000).

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Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger

Freie Universität Berlin

Christian Hackenberger completed his undergraduate studies and pre-diploma in Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin/Madison with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman. From 2000 to 2003, he did PhD research with Prof. Carsten Bolm at the RWTH Aachen. Between 2003 and 2005, he held a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA (research work with Prof. Barbara Imperiali). Since 2005, Christian Hackenberger is leader of a working group in the Emmy Noether-Program of the DFG at Freie Universität Berlin where he habilitated in 2011 and is currently professor for Bioorganic Chemistry (since 2011). His research interests lie in the area of chemical biology, development of new chemoselective ligation and modification strategies, Staudinger reactions, semi-synthesis of naturally modified proteins, peptide and protein synthesis, glycoproteins, multivalency, structural behaviour of modified proteins. He is a member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Christian Hackenberger received numerous honors and awards, among others, the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Award of the DFG (2011), the ADUC-Price of the GDCh for junior investigators (2011), the Karl-Winnacker-Scholarship of the „Fonds der chemischen Industrie“ (FCI) (2011), a Recognition in the competition „Junior investigator of the year 2010“ (2010), the “Plus 3”-Award of the Böhringer-Ingelheim Foundation (2010), the Price of the GDCh section „Macromolecular Chemistry“ (Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie) (2009), and the Price of the Otto-Röhm Memorial Foundation (2008).

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Dr. Peter Heil

Leibniz Association

Peter Heil received his PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Cologne (1995). From 1987 to 1992 he studied History, Politics and Public Law at the University of Trier (M.A.). Between 1995 and 1997, he was a postdoc researcher in History at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken. From 1998 to 2008, he was Programme Director at the Department for Collaborative Research Centers/Cluster of Excellence of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since April 2008, he has been Head of Division at the Evaluation Office of the Leibniz-Association.

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Stefaan Hermans

European Commission - Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Stefaan Hermans is currently Head of the 'Skills' Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission.

His tasks include the promotion of the development of the skills base to foster the European Research Area, the creation of an open and attractive labour market for researchers, and the modernisation of the research and innovation dimensions of universities.

Before joining DG RTD in 2008 as Head of the 'Universities and Researchers' Unit, he was Secretary of the European Employment Committee following several other functions in DG Employment, Social Affairs, Industrial Relations and Equal Opportunities. He also worked as project officer in Education and Training at the European Commission.


Dr. Heinrich Höfer

Federation of German Industry (BDI)

Managing Director Research, Innovation, Technology and Health

Heinrich Höfer studied Economics and in 1977 he received his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Cologne. Since 1986 he has been working for the Federation of German Industries (BDI) where he held different positions at the Press and Information unit, as assistant to the President, as Director Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Policy and Director Technology and Innovation Policy. Since 2008 Heinrich Höfer holds the position of the Managing Director Research, Innovation, Technology and Health. Prior to joining BDI, he worked, among others, as assistant teacher and researcher to professor Willgerodt (Professor for Economics and Economic Policies) at the University of Cologne (1976- 1979), staff member of the Department for General Economic Policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics, Bonn (1979-1981), Head of Department for Public Relations and Director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Heidelberg, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Heidelberg-Mannheim (1982-1986).

Heinrich Höfer is, among others, a member of the R&D Working Group Business Europe, Fachkommission Innovation und Wachstum des Wirtschaftsrates der CDU, Working Group Higher Education of Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), Federation of German Industries (BDI) and German Rectors' Conference (HRK) as well as member of the acatech expert group.

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Dr. Maria Jepsen

ETUI Research Department

Maria Jepsen holds a PhD in economics from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is currently the Director of the research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and chargée de cours (associate professor) in labour economics at the ULB. Before joining the ETUI as a senior researcher in 2001, she worked as assistant professor and research fellow at the ULB from 1996-2001. Maria Jepsen’s main research interest is in gender studies and comparative studies of the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions. In recent years she has also focused on the construction and development of social policy on the European level and how this interacts with the national settings. Maria Jepsen is a member of the Belgian Central Council on the Economy (Conseil central de l’économie) and the Belgian Higher Level Council on Employment (Conseil supérieur pour l’Emploi). She is also a member of the Foresight Advisory Committee of Suez Environnement and a former member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB), the Social Science and Humanities advisory committee at the European Commission DG Research, as well as of several expert groups on women in science and science and governance.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Joos

Helmholtz Association

Head of the Research Department

Stefan Joos studied Biology, Biophysics and Genetics at the University of Freiburg, Germany and the University of Maine, Orono, USA. From 1987 to 1991, he continued his PhD studies of Molecular Biology at the University of Freiburg and subsequently held a Postdoc at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Diseases in Munich (1991-1992). Between 1992 and 2006 he headed a research group within the Department of Molecular Genetics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, and obtained the Venia legend in the field of Molecular Human Genetics from the University of Heidelberg in 2001. His major research was dealing with the analysis of complex cytogenetic aberrations in different tumor types (in particular soft tissue tumors and malignant lymphoma). He published 71 scientific publications, 7 reviews, co-authored 10 book articles and received the Karl Musshof Award at the 5th International Symposium of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in Cologne in 2001. Since 2008, Stefan Joos is heading the Research Section at the Helmholtz Head Office in Berlin.

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Dr. Wilhelm Krull

Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover

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). Besides his professional activities in science policy as well as in the promotion and funding of research, he was and still is a member of numerous national, foreign and international committees. At present he is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, a member of the Governing Board of the Central European University in Budapest, of the Scientific Advisory Commission of the State of Lower Saxony, and of the Board of Regents of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hanover, as well as further Max Planck Institutes in Potsdam and Radolfzell. In 2004/05, he was a member of a commission of experts for the evaluation of the Science Foundation Ireland. In 2005, he chaired the founding committee for the new Academy of the Sciences in Hamburg. Together with a commission of leading personalities in the German higher education system in the same year, he formulated a framework for a future-oriented higher education and research system in Germany. From 2003 to 2005, he was chairman of the Hague Club, an association of some 25 major European Foundations and from June 2006 to May 2008 he chaired the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre. In June 2008 Wilhelm Krull was elected Chairman of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Association of German Foundations). In the recent past, he received the following distinctions: in 2001, he was honored with the Leibniz-Medal of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, in 2007, he received the Swedish Order of the Polar Star, in 2009, he was appointed Honorary Senator of the University of Konstanz, in 2010, he received the State Award of Lower Saxony.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe

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Dr. William Omar Contreras Lopez

Neurosurgeon, PhD student at the University of Freiburg

William Omar Contreras López is graduated neurosurgeon (Rosario University, Bogota-Colombia). He received a fellowship in Spinal Cord surgery from the Curitiba Pontificia University, Curitiba-Brazil and a fellowship in Functional & Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Sao Paulo-Brazil. He worked as a general physician in Bogota, Colombia (2001), as neurosurgeon in Colombia (2007) and Brazil (2008).

Honors and awards: Top 7 Young Neurosurgeon Latin America 2008; Fellowship the year AO spine Latin America 2008. In 2011, he was invited to the Meeting of Nobel Laureates at Lindau. His main research areas are: stem cells human transplantation in neurodegenerative diseases; Huntington & Parkinson; neuro-oncology, spinal cord endoscopy, deep brain stimulation.

William Omar Contreras López is a member of the Colombian Neurosurgery Association, the Latin America Functional & Stereotactic Neurosurgery Flanc, The World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery WSSFN; American Association of Neurological Surgeons AANS/CNS; the Huntington European Society, and the Neurex Network.

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Dr. Cornelis Menke

Director of the Junior Research Group in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science ( ZiF / BGHS) University of Bielefeld

Since 2009, Cornelis Menke is Dilthey Fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Bielefeld where he also holds the position of the director of the Junior Research Group in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, ZiF / BGHS (since 2008). Cornelis Menke received his PhD degree in philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Bielefeld (2007, Thesis On the methodological value of predictions). From 1994 to 2002, he read Philosophy, Classics and Physics at the Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2010, Cornelis Menke is an elected member of the Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. His main research interests are: philosophy of science, methodology, social epistemology, history of science and history of philosophy of science.

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Dr. Markus Müller-Neumann


Science Relations and Innovation Management Senior Manager

Dr. Müller-Neumann graduated from the Aloisiuskolleg, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, where he passed his Abitur. He entered the University of Cologne to study Biology and received his Master’s Degree (Diplom). He continued at the University of Cologne to complete his PhD at their Institute of Genetics, followed by accepting a position as Scientific Assistant at the institute. He holds a lectureship at the Cooperative State University Mannheim, International Business. Dr. Markus Müller-Neumann is presently the Senior Manager of Science Relations and Innovation Management at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He has had a distinguished career at BASF and has held numerous positions including Team Leader/Senior Manager - Strategic Planning and Information Center (BASF), Head - International Marketing Research (Knoll/BASF Pharma), Assistant to the Chairman of the Board/Member of Corporate Development Staff (Knoll/BASF Pharma), Project Manager - Development of Pharma Proteins and Manager - Corporate Licensing (Knoll/BASF Pharma), and Laboratory Head, Biotechnology Dept., BASF. In addition to his position at BASF, he recently became Chairman of the Strategy Implementation Group Innovation at CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, Brussels. Furthermore, he is a member of the expert committee for research and education politics of the German Chemical Industry association (VCI), the European Industry Research Management Association (eirma); he is also cooperating with study groups at the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and the Federation of German Industry (BDI).

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Prof. Dr. Richard Münch

University of Bamberg

Since 1995, Richard Münch has been Professor of Sociology at the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg. He studied Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology and in 1971 he received his PhD degree from the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. In 1972, he habilitated at the University of Augsburg. He held professorship positions for Sociology at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (1976 - 1995) and at the University of Cologne (1974 – 1976). He was also Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) His main research areas are social theory and comparative macro-sociology. He is a Chair of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, a member of the scientific directorate of the Institute for European Politics (IEP), Berlin, a member of the Council of the German Society for Sociology (DGS) and spokesman of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program “Markets and Social Systems in Europe” at the University of Bamberg. Richard Münch received a number of honors and awards - Reinhard and Emmy Heynen Award Society of Friends of the University of Düsseldorf (1985), the Honorary Medal of the University of Düsseldorf (1987), the Honorary Medal of the University of Bamberg (1998). Since 2009 he has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He served as editor of following journals: American Journal of Sociology (1982-1985); Current Perspectives in Social Theory (1985-1989), Soziologische Revue (1998-2005), Zeitschrift für Soziologie (2000-2005), Sociological Theory (2007-2009).

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Prof. Dr. Rongping Mu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Institute of Policy and Management

Director General

Rongping Mu was born in October of 1960 in Hefei of Anhui Province of China and received his B.S. (1983) and M. S. degree (1990) from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his PhD degree (2001)from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Rongping Mu has been working as a teacher in Hefei University of Technology from 1983-1990, and has been working at the Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since 1990.

Rongping Mu is now director-general and professor of the Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIPM), director-general of the CAS Center for Innovation and Development, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management (an academic monthly). He is also Vice President and Secretary-General of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society (CHIPS), Vice President of the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research (CASSSP).

Rongping Mu has published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and drafted some documents concerning the National Innovation Policies and the Five Year Plan for National Capacity-building for Innovation. He has published one book with the title “Technology Transfer from Germany to China: Case Studies on Chinese Carmakers and Parts Suppliers” in English, and some other books concerning Technology Foresight towards 2020 in China, and innovation Development Policy. He has led more than 20 research projects entrusted or financed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and EU commission.

His research interests include S&T and Innovation Policy, Technology Foresight, R&D Management, and Competitiveness of High-Tech industry.


Prof. Dr. Euclides Mesquita Neto

State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

Graduated from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, (1978) with a degree in mechanical engineering has received his master´s degree, also in mechanical engineering, from University of Campinas - UNICAMP (1979-1981). He earned a PhD from the Institut fuer Mechanik at the University of Hannover (Germany) (1983-1989, as the recipient of a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD) and completed two postdoctoral placements at the Institut fuer Angewandte Mechanik at the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (1992-1993 and 2005-2006). He is professor in the Department of Computational Mechanics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FEM) at UNICAMP. He is currently Vice-President for Graduate Studies at UNICAMP (2009-2013) and is member of the Coordination for Engineering at São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP. He is a member of the ASCE Elasticity Committee. He is the recipient of a CNPq research fellowship since 1990.

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Prof. Dr. Jens Oddershede

Rector of the University of Southern Denmark

Chairman of Universities Denmark

Jens Oddershede has been rector of the University of Southern Denmark since 2001 and prior to that, he was dean of Science and Engineering at the same university (1992 to 2001). He graduated from Aarhus University in Chemistry and Physics in 1970. Since 2005, he has been the Chairman of the Danish Rector’s Conference. He was vice-chairman for the same organisation (2002-2005). He has acted as member and chairman of several boards on university politics, and in research councils, research parks and venture companies. He is professor of Chemistry within the field of quantum chemistry. Jens Oddershede specializes is the theory of electronic structure, and he has published about 180 papers and a monograph. He has been visiting professor at several US and European universities. His main research areas are: theoretical molecular physics and quantum chemistry, in particular the development and applications of methods (polarization propagator methods) for direct calculation of electronic spectra, radiative lifetime and linear and non-linear response properties like dynamical dipole polarizabilities and hyperpolarizabilities, spin-spin coupling constants, nuclear magnetic shieldings and magnetizabiliti¬es, using both fully relativistic (4-component) and non-relativistic methods; theory and calculation of non-linear optical properties of materials, and the calculation of stopping powers and shell corrections as well as mean excitation energies and other dipole oscillator strength sum rules are among the current research interests.

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Prof. Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna

Director & Professor at the

National University of Singapore, NUS

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, FNAE, FAAAS is the author of book The Changing Face of Innovation. He is an advisor and sought after speaker worldwide on global trends of higher education, scientific research, and innovation. He participates in round table discussions organized by various think tanks, World Bank, OECD, and ASEAN. He is trained as a materials engineer at the University of Cambridge, and received general management training from the Harvard University. Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge places him among the top one per cent of materials scientists worldwide (ESI rank is 30). He is an elected international fellow of major engineering societies in Singapore, ASEAN, India, UK and USA. He is a professor at the National University of Singapore and held several senior leadership positions which include Dean of Engineering, Vice-President of research strategy, Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and Founding Chair of Global Engineering Deans Council. His passion led to substantial academic partnerships with institutions such as MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge, Imperial College, French Grand Ecoles, TUM, ETH, Technion, Peking University, and IITs in healthcare, energy, water and sustainability.

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Dr. Wolfgang Rohe

Stiftung Mercator

Director of the Centre for Science and Humanities at Stiftung Mercator

Wolfgang Rohe studied German Language and Literature, Theology, Education and Philosophy at the University of Münster and 1987 he took his State Teaching Examination. In 1990, he received his PhD in German Philology. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as research assistant at the University of Münster. Wolfgang Rohe was Programme Director at the Department for Collaborative Research Centers (1992-2000) and Head of the Strategic Planning Unit (2000-2002) at the German Research Foundation (DFG). From 2002 to 2008, he was Head of the Research Policy Department at the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), and since 2005 also Vice Secretary General. Since 2008, Wolfgang Rohe has been Director of the Centre for Science and Humanities at the Mercator Foundation.

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Dr. Fabiana Scapolo

European Commission - Joint Research Centre

Fabiana Scapolo has been working at the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) since 1999. She is located at the JRC Headquarters in Brussels where she is part of a newly created Unit on Science Advice to Policy, Innovation and Horizon scanning. Her task is to contribute in the shaping setting up of a corporate intelligence function called Anticipation at the JRC. This function is studying technological and societal trends and events, which may affect future European public policies by applying horizon scanning and Foresight. From May 2008 since September 2011, she worked in the Work Programme and Strategy Unit of the Joint Research Centre where she was in the development of the new JRC Strategy for the period 2010-2020, and on the development and monitoring of JRC's work programmes. Previously she was working at JRC-Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies in Seville (Spain) where she was responsible of the Foresight activities. She has been working on several projects aiming at reinforcing the position of the JRC-IPTS as a centre for Foresight at European and international level. She is interested in the advancement of the application of Foresight as an instrument for policy-making formulation.

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Dr. Dagmar Simon

WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin

Dagmar Simon studied Political Science and German Language and Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her doctorate at the Department of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin in 1986. Since 1989, she is working at Social Science Research Center (WZB) and since 2008 she is head of the Research Group “Science Policy Studies” (WZB). At the WZB Dagmar Simon headed, amongst others, the projects “Start-up Culture for foundations at universities and colleges”, “Institutional effects of evaluations” and “Forming of judgments in peer review. International case studies on the evaluation of scientific institutes”. From 2006 to 2007, she coordinated the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ), Bonn. Dagmar Simon’s main research interests are scientific research, evaluation research, organization studies, and gender studies. Dagmar Simon is appointed to the Working Group "research-oriented standards for equality treatments" of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2009-2013). Since 2009, she has been appointed to the Project Advisory Board "New Governance of Universities" at Hans-Böckler-Foundation. Since 2008, she has been a member of the interdisciplinary Working Group “excellence initiative” of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and has been a reviewer for Dutch research funding organizations. Since 2003, she has been a reviewer for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Dagmar Simon is co-editor of the magazine “Leviathan” and a member of the scientific advisory board of the “WSI-Mitteilungen”.

Simon Sommer

Jacobs Foundation

Head Research Funding

Simon Sommer holds graduate degrees in Cultural Studies, Media Studies, and Musicology from the Universities of Maryland, USA, and Lüneburg, Germany. After graduating in 2001 and a short time in management consulting, he worked as officer for strategy and quality assurance at the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany (until 2005). From 2005, he worked as an independent consultant in research evaluation, conducting several international projects, e.g. for the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat), the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Since 2006, he has been responsible for the research funding activities at the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich, one of world’s largest private foundations supporting children and youth development.

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Sporn

Vice-rector and professor of University Management

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Barbara Sporn has been Vice-Rector and Professor of University Management (on leave) at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) since 2006. She studied Psychology (Pepperdine University), Law (University of Vienna) and graduated in Business Administration from WU Vienna, where she also received her PhD in Social & Economic Sciences in 1991 and her Habilitation in 1999. Prior to her election to Vice-Rector, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the SIHER and NCPI at Stanford University, an Acting Assistant Professorship at Stanford University’s School of Education and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at New York University as well as at the University of Michigan’s School of Education and the University of California at Berkeley, Center for the Studies in Higher Education. Barbara Sporn is, among others, a member of the European Academy of Sciences & Arts, the AOM, EAIR, CHER, Austrian-American Educational Commission and member of the R&D Committee of the EFMD. Her research expertise focuses on leadership and organization in higher education, university adaptation and change, international and comparative higher education, globalization of higher education, knowledge management and IT in non-profit organizations.

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Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak

Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourses Studies, Lancaster University

Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies at Lancaster University since 1/9/2004 (personal chair). She moved from Vienna, Austria, where she was full professor of Applied Linguistics, University Vienna, since 1991 (she is still supervising some PhD students at the Department of Linguistics, University Vienna). She has remained co-director of the Austrian National Focal Point (NFP) of the European Monitoring Centre for Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism (now renamed European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights - FRA). She has held visiting professorships in Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University, and is corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 1997. In September 2009, Ruth Wodak was elected as president of the Societas Linguistica Europea. On February 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by University Orebro, Sweden. In September 2010, she became a member of the Academia Europaea. Besides various other prizes, Ruth Wodak was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 which made six years of continuous interdisciplinary team research possible. 2001, she was awarded the Scientific Prize and 2006, the Woman’s Prize, both by the City of Vienna. She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse studies, and Language and Politics, and co-editor of the book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC). Her research is mainly located in Discourse Studies (DS) and in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). Her research interests focus on discourse studies; identity politics; gender studies; language and/in politics; and prejudice and discrimination. Recent book publications include Ist Österreich ein ‘deutsches’ Land? (with R. de Cillia, 2006); Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences (with M. Krzyżanowski, 2008); Migration, Identity and Belonging (with G. Delanty, P. Jones, 2008 [2011]), The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (with H. Heer, W. Manoschek, A. Pollak, 2008), The Politics of Exclusion (with M. Krzyżanowski, 2009), Gedenken im Gedankenjahr (with R. de Cillia, 2009) and The construction of politics in action: ‘Politics as Usual’ (2009 [2011]). See for more information on on-going research projects and recent publications.

Due to illness, Prof. Dr. Wodak can not participate at the conference.

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Dr. Knut Nevermann

State Secretary

Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn

Wissenchaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

Michael Zürn is the director of the Research Unit “Transnational conflicts and international institutes” at the WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin. Between 2004 and 2009 he was the Founding Dean of the Hertie School of Governance. From 2002 to 2004, he was the director of the special research field 597 "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen. Between 2001 and 2003, he was the director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bremen. He was also a co-founder and Board Member of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen. From 1997 to 2000 he headed the Centre for European Law and Policy, Bremen. Between 1993 and 1996, he was director of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) and since 1993 professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Bremen. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Advisory Board “Normative Orders” of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, the International Academic Council (IAC) of the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI), the Executive Committee of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) and the Scientific Board of Directors of the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP). His main research areas are multi-level governance, legal regulation of international politics (rule of law), politicization of international institutions, international security, environment and economic policy; international relationships.

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