Participants

The short bios are presented in alphabetical order. This shall give speakers and fellow participants an idea about the professional backgrounds of the attendees of the forthcoming summer school.


Andrade, André
is an economist and member of the Brazilian federal career of Public Policy and Government Management Specialist (EPPGG) since 2006. He is specialist in environmental economics with focus on forestry, renewable energy, climate change and governance. He is currently working at the Ministry of Economy. Previously he has served as Technical Advisor on Environment and Climate Change issues at the Executive Office of the Brazilian Presidency (Casa Civil). Andre also had a very sound experience at the Brazilian Forest Service, where he served as Forestry Planning Manager having delivered four Annual Plans for Forest Concessions, developed an intelligence unit on forest economics and created an national context of monographies on forest economy called “Prêmio SFB em estudos de economia e mercado florestal”.
Boyacioglu, Hülya
is an environmental engineer. She got her master degree from Resources Engineering program at Karlsruhe University in Germany. She was post-doctoral fellow at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Magdeburg in Germany and University of Twente, Water Footprint Network in The Netherlands Her research areas are water footprinting, water management, water and waste water treatment in general. In last years she is working for several projects related to climate change and environmental impacts. Currently she is working as an academician at Dokuz Eylul University Department of Environmental Engineering in Turkey.
Caccia, Valentina
is a passionate Marine Scientist, Ocean Explorer, and Educator specializing in Climate Change and Marine Pollution. She has participated in many worldwide oceanographic cruises, doing scientific research focused on Climate Change. These excursions have motivated her to communicate her experiences through educational programs that make people aware of this global problem. In 2015, Valentina and her students developed “The Climate Change Challenge,” a virtual campaign focused on increasing awareness of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification worldwide, leading up to the COP 21 Summit in Paris (http://globalclimatechangechallenge.com/). At present, she is developing a video game also focused on Climate Change awareness.

She worked for several years at the University of Miami and Florida International University conducting environmental studies to evaluate the effect of pollution on coastal and marine ecosystems in South Florida. At present, she is working at Nova Southeastern University teaching graduate courses in Climate Change and Effective Environmental Communication, and doing research focused on trace metals, nutrients and other chemical parameters. Valentina has great scientific curiosity and seeks out projects that can solve real problems confronting the world. With her broad knowledge of ocean issues and her global perspective, she is always developing original and engaging educational initiatives, as well as collaborating with many TV networks, radio stations and environmental groups to increase environmental awareness.
Chang, Yingmu
you can also call me Jessie. I am working at the of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University in Beijing, China. Currently I am working as the project officer of MAIRS of FUTURE EARTH. Before this, I was working in Peoples Daily, the biggest media platform in China, and focused on the topics of energy and environment. I had my master and also worked one year in Germany before, at that time I studied and lived in Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland for 3 years. I was majoring in Environment Management. I love Germany very much and I am interested in topics about sustainability, bio energy and the relations between environment and society. I also love music, and in my spare time I enjoy piano music, swimming and reading.
Costa, Alpio
I am a PhD student on Atmospheric Sciences at the National University of Buenos Aires and belong to the Argentine Antarctic Institute - INSTITUTO ANTÁRTICO ARGENTINO - the scientific institution affiliated to the Argentine Antarctic National Program. My PhD research is focused on Antarctic Peninsula Climate Change. I study, through climate models, the observed changes on climate over this region - a critical one since it is the region all over the world with the largest observed warming during the last decades, after the Arctic - and compare it with those expected for next decades.

I also belong to APECS Argentina - the argentine subsidiary of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists), and to Sustentabilidad Sin Fronteras (Sustainability Without Frontiers), an NGO focused on Sustainability and Climate Change.

Apart from my research I do, sometimes, talks to students and general public. I have some experience on mass media, specifically, on weather forecast and reporting environmental events on TV news. Consequently, I do use a lot social networks, mainly twitter, not only for weather report to my followers, but also to promote environmental awareness and share climate scientific issues.
Filippi, Alexander
I am a biomedical chemist by training and now doing a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. Therein, I am trying to better understand the impact of ambient ultrafine particles on human health. Beyond my scientific research I am involved in science policy by serving as spokesperson of Max Planck PhDnet. By this, I am trying to improve the status of early career scientists in the Max Planck Society and beyond. Coming to the Potsdam Summer school 2019 I hope to get to know many people, who are just like me enthusiastic about using science to improve societies.
Garcimuño, Mayra
I have a PhD in Physics. I worked for 10 years in atomic spectroscopy, implementing the LIBS technique (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) in different types of plant samples with the objective of detecting heavy metals. Between 2016 and 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow of CONICET, doing research in public science communication and museology. During this period I completed the Specialization in Public Communication of Science and Technology at the University of Buenos Aires.

I am currently doing research in science communication, particularly in the area of museology of sciences. I am also interested in developing formal and non-formal education activities. I am convinced that science can be a tool to promote the integral development of people. In 2018 I founded a scientific communication project in Spanish called Epsilon.h, in which I write articles on various topics. I am also a producer and host of a science radio program.
Goeldel, Nicolas
currently works as Deep Tech Lead at Hello Tomorrow and is an Advisor at Médecins Sans Frontières. After receiving his PhD degree from EPFL in Switzerland, he joined Médecins Sans Frontières as Mercator Fellow, guiding the development of different digital tools to ensure continuous medical care for mobile patients in regions where access to healthcare is a challenge. At Hello Tomorrow, he conducts research to identify emerging technologies and trends across diverse scientific fields as well as to assess their implications on society and industry.
Görsch, Robert
I am doing my Masters in Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen. I am specializing in the field of Environmental Psychology and my interest lies in variables that influence individuals’ pro-environmental behavior. Parts of my research deal with how human values influence acceptability of different energy sources. In another project, I work on a literature review on the acceptability of energy system scenarios and their likelihood to induce behavior change that we will need to achieve the global climate targets. This aims to inform the chapter on energy systems in the next IPCC report, AR6, focusing on the social aspects relevant for changes in the energy system.

My studies were funded by the Friedrich-Ebert foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the German Academic Exchange Service.
Grandi-Nagashiro, Cecilia
is a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), The University of Tokyo. She holds a double bachelor in Natural sciences and Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She also holds a specialization in Environmental Impact Assessment from the same university. In Japan, she studied industrial forest policy analysis and obtained a master degree in International Forestry at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo. She has conducted research on marine conservation, social forestry, indigenous communities, and environmental psychology. Currently, Her research focuses on designing effective interventions for the adoption of sustainable lifestyles. She is the founder of a Sustainable Living Tokyo, an initiative that runs workshops to communicate science-based methods for the adoption of sustainable lifestyles. She is a passionate, cook, gardener, and advocate of sustainable living.
Hahn, Tobias
Hei! I am Tobias, born 1988 and raised in Halle/Saale (central Germany). After a gap year abroad, I stepwise moved up to Northern Germany for my Bachelor (Bremen University) and Master (Kiel University) studies in chemistry. Even though the stone’s throw to the Baltic Sea is already worth the stay, the decision to end up in Kiel was motivated for ocean sciences: I am a sea-going chemical oceanographer at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. My doctoral research project focuses on novel optical oxygen sensors and the air-sea gas exchange of O2 and CO2. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, running, playing football and being outside, best linked with sustainable behaviour. I love to pepper people with questions and see that interdisciplinary engagement of scientists continuously increases. See you at PSS2019!
Holmes, Dakota
is a Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Geography at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Ireland, where Dakota researches past abrupt climate events using deep-sea climate archives to better constrain future climate predictions in a warming world. Dakota is specifically interested in science communication and outreach as a means to inspire tomorrow’s leaders today; as well as increasing general accessibility to scientific research.

Before starting his Ph.D., Dakota studied Biology in the United States before moving to Ireland to obtain a M.Sc. in Coastal and Marine Environments at NUI Galway. Dakota is a big movie-buff, animal lover and avid hiker from Pennsylvania (USA). Please email d.holmes1@nuigalway.ie to contact Dakota or reach out on Twitter @DakotaEHolmes!
Ibrahim, Aziza
has a PhD in Environmental Politics from the Chair of Forest Policy/ Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources/ Freiburg University, Germany (2015). She works as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment of the American University in Cairo. Her current research focuses on environmental movements and the epistemologies of the Global South. Beyond her research accomplishments, she works as Freelancer journalist, writing for Al Hayat Newspaper. She was a visiting scholar to the Institute of Social Ecology at Alpen Adaria University in Vienna in 2013. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala in Sweden.
Kebede, Dawit Dagnew
was born and raised in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. He has over ten years’ experience in ICT, communication, marketing, research, and knowledge management focusing on private sector, renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change in Ethiopia. Dawit earned his bachelor’s in business administration and master’s degree in marketing management from Addis Ababa University. Dawit is working as knowledge management and communication advisor in a renewable energy access project. He is contributing and will continue to engage in a communication, research and policy works focusing renewable energy and climate change advocacy. He has been part of nationwide research and study works like improve cook stoves sustainability survey and SE4ALL global tracking framework. He is passionate about renewable energy, inclusive green economy, digitalization and sustainable consumption topics from research to policy work and have a strong passion for environmental protection.
Köllner, Gitta
holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc. in Global Change Management, which combines the spheres of natural, social and political sciences. Following the path of cross-sectoral research, she worked in a Nexus project in Ethiopia, led by SEI, on a water-energy-food-environment nexus, focussing on the environmental component. Following up, Gitta supported a binational case study in the H2020 Nexus project SIM4NEXUS. After a specialized training in project management, she now holds a science supporting position at PIK. Of great interest in her future career is the understanding of basic communication tools throughout the realm of sustainability science and how to use them to reach a non-scientific audience. She is looking forward to getting to know inspiring people, exciting viewpoints, and fresh ideas during the Summer School.
Krug, Andreas
I am a researcher in the field of Machine Learning with a background in bioinformatics and computational systems biology.
Currently, I am doing my PhD at the AI Lab at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. My research is driven by the idea of a confident and sustainable cooperation of humans and artificial intelligence (AI), which will facilitate solving large-scale global challenges in society and economy. AI for such sensitive matters needs to be transparent and explainable to be confidently used.
Therefore, I am researching methods to interpret decision processes of currently opaque AI systems.
Lee, Chen-Guang
I am a PhD student whose topic concerns the communication and science-policy interface in the field of natural resource governance and ecological conservation in the context of climate change and globalisation.

Meanwhile, I am a government official and urban planner that have been dealing with practical environmental issues for two decades. My expertise is in environmental economics, environmental planning, policy of wetland conservation.
Lutkewitte, Brennan
I was raised in Ohio, the part of Middle America where the Rust Belt meets the Bible Belt. I was lucky to have an upbringing that encouraged many interests, although I constantly have to reign them in when distracted. Always exploring nature, I developed a passion for the environment and eventually studied environmental engineering in Colorado. I then worked on various major infrastructure projects, based in Texas, and now find myself studying space engineering in Berlin. It’s been a winding path, but one that always made sense to me—Space allows me to gain diverse knowledge while creating a meaningful impact for life ‘down here’. I hope to contribute to clever solutions that benefit our planet through technology, sustainability, and STEM education.
Martinez, Ernesto
holds a Master in Energy Law from the Technical University of Berlin. He has a granted scholarship from the Mexican Research Council and the Ministry of Energy. He got his master’s degree with the thesis “Comparative analysis between the unbundling in the European Union and the unbundling in Mexico”. With this thesis he can make a prediction of the energy market and the public policies that Mexico and most of the Latin American countries will follow. Ernesto is a lawyer with more than 5 years of experience in corporate and competitive law.

He also is co-founder of the NGO “Energía para todos” (Energy for all), an organization that provides advice and management in the creation of mini-grids in remote communities.
Mohr, Berit
Communicating appropriately and thinking about your audience, has become so important, especially, when it comes to the right transfer of knowledge related to the climate issue.

My name is Berit (Bee) and I consider myself as a global citizen. Born in Germany, brought up bilingual attending a Danish highschool, did my undergraduate in Geology and Environmental Science through the University of Wellington in New Zealand and am now doing my Masters via distance and part-time through the Igeon collaboration programme offered by Lund University in Sweden and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. “GIS for environmental modelling and natural resource management”. With this degree and my accumulated experience working with New Zealand government and my experience as a consultant for ecological health monitoring in Southeast Asia, I want to connect technology, science and last but not least people. Apart from being equipped with communication methods, I want to establish a wider network across the globe with all other participants. I want to learn from and with others. I enjoy being outdoors, dancing Salsa, playing the piano and am always up for board games and social gatherings.
Mueller, Carina
Is currently doing a PhD in Environmental Economics at the thinktank Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) based at the University of York in the United Kingdom. She is interested in the link between food consumption and how this drives through trade impacts on the natural environment in agricultural producing countries. Within this research she is particularly interested in developing methodologies that can be applied to real-world decision-making. Carina holds a Bachelors and Master degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Bayreuth in Germany and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Biology from the University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Prior to starting her PhD, Carina was working for four years in industry providing environmental sustainability expertise and life cycle thinking to guide sustainability decisions in innovation, the supply chain and marketing mainly for food products and technologies.
Oppliger Zan, Luz Valeria
with a doctoral degree in ecology and evolution, now I consider myself a science communicator. I am working at the Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES). Comunicación y Extensión at Universidad Católica de Chile. I have experience in formulation and management of multidisciplinary projects. And I consider myself to be a translator of scientific information to a non-specialized public with special interest in minority audiences. I am creative, responsible and organized, with great capacity for group work. My hobbies are knitting and hatha yoga.
Paschek, Fanny
Born and raised in Germany, I have been living and working in the UK for the past 10 years. I originally gained a BSc in International Business & Economics from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in 2009. My Master’s degree in Politics, Economics & Philosophy then took me to the University of York, UK. I have remained in the UK since and following completion of my PhD on socio-technical innovation for more sustainable urban transport (read: cycling) I now work as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Greenwich in London.

More recently I have also been getting stuck in with activism after joining the Extinction Rebellion campaign in autumn 2018. Doing so has profoundly shifted my perception on the opportunities open to me in terms of communicating with colleagues, students and other fellow human beings on issues of sustainability and the climate crisis. But it has also made me quite interested in reassessing the privileged role scientists and other experts are given vis-a-vis normal citizens and lay people in the political decision-making processes relating to sustainability and climate change challenges. And so, I am keen to get stuck in and look forward to meeting you all at the Potsdam Summer School in order to exchange on these and other topics. See you soon!
Quiñones Hoyos, Carolina
I grew up in Colombia, a megadiverse country, so my childhood was full of outdoor adventures. I hold a degree in psychology and an MSc in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems. I work as a lecturer and supervise internship in environmental psychology at Universidad de Los Andes, I supported scientific integration and communication at Humboldt Research Institute and I recently joined the United Nations Environmental Program in Project Office in Colombia. I would love to continue expanding my professional network and to collaborate with experts. I love outdoors, hiking, swimming, vegetarian food and dancing.
Ramamurthi, Pooja
is a PhD student of Public Policy at Princeton University. Her research interests lie in the area of energy, climate change and sustainability. Her work is multidisciplinary, looking at technical, socio-economic, political and developmental aspects of the energy sector. At Princeton she works on understanding how decisions around energy and environment are made in developing countries.

Prior to coming to Princeton, she worked at premier think tanks in India and on projects in Ghana and Cambodia related to energy access.

She received her double Masters degree in Energy Management from top universities in Sweden and Portugal via a scholarship granted by the European Commission.
Rejado Albaina, Sergio
is a graduated environmental biologist with an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. He has built a career a career in international environmental cooperation, which has brought him to work for diverse organizations at multiple levels in three different continents (Europe, Africa, Central America). He currently works for CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) coordinates the implementation of the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative in Africa and Eurasia. He also works as a consultant and freelance environmental journalist”.
Ribau, Monica
I was born in Aveiro (Portugal), 1992. I studied journalism in Coimbra (2013), and I received my Master's degree in Management and Environmental Policies (2016) at the NOVA University of Lisbon (The discourse of media in construction of political agenda about environment – COP 21 Paris). I worked as journalist in SIC and SP Televisão Productions, in several areas such as news and information, daily time shows, tv series and soap operas. I worked as researcher in NOVA University of Lisbon (Faculty of Sciences and Technologies), with environmental education and public participation processes. Currently, I am PhD candidate and I am working about the role of narrative in social perception of uncertainty in complex problems, (as climate change) at the University of Lisbon (FCT fellowship). "Am I sure" is my first personal project. Since 2017, this science communication initiative, has counted with several sessions (pitch, talks, conferences) about complex problems, such as climate change, uncertainty and the relation between media, science, politics and philosophy. I don't drink coffee but I am known for being "the powerbank". I am a huge comic strip fan and I love radio too (I am missing those times in Radio University of Coimbra). I am also a passionate poetry writer and travel addicted.

My study fields are climate change, communication, narrative strategies, uncertainty perception, philosophy of science and epistemology; climate change history; post-normal science & post modernity; climate change representations in media, public sphere, politics and science.
Róman Reina, Kathia
is an architect, urban planner and LEED GA from Costa Rica, raised in Brazil and currently based in Germany. She received her bachelor from the Universidade Federal do Ceará, did an MBA in Sustainable Construction and recently finished her M.Sc. Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity Universität Hamburg. During the last 10 years, she gained working experience in different countries through private and public sectors, NGO, educational area and international organizations, such as UNFCCC and ICLEI. Ms. Román looks forward to the summer school since she believes it can contribute to her Ph.D. She researches the relation between climate change legal instrument, mitigation and adaptation strategies for architecture and urban scale projects for selected countries of the global south.
Rosenbaum, Paul
is a PhD Candidate at Uppsala University where his research focuses on the engagement of Multinational Corporations in Social Innovation projects. He previously worked in Paris, New York and San Francisco as a consultant and writer, and has written and co-produced MOOCs for SciencesPo Paris. Over the past two years, he has co-led a working group through APECS (apecs.is) which has crowdsourced the peer-review process of two upcoming IPCC reports (see: Casado et al. Nature 560, 307, 2018). He previously studied at the University of California at Berkeley, INSEAD and UVSQ-Paris Saclay and was a participant in the 2017 edition of PSS ‘Human Environments in a Changing World’.
Saraeva, Tatyana
born in Russia, is a communicator and researcher with a multidisciplinary background. She currently works for the Climate Impacts Research Center in Abisko, Umeå University, Sweden. She is working on the Arenas for Cooperation through Citizen Science (ARCS) project as a researcher developing guides for the use of technology in citizen science.

Tatyana’s main field of professional interests is climate change awareness and science communication. She is particularly interested in communication of climate change and natural hazards through comics and cartoons.

Her academic backgrounds include MSc Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, MA Cultural Management, and Master of Public Relations.
Scarpellini, Marcella
studied law at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas (Venezuela) and studied with an LL.M. at the University of Stockholm (Sweden) in the field of environmental law. She has professional experience with the international corporate law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, in the public sector as well as within the fields of intercultural management and project management in a multinational company. In the context of her work with the NGO ProVene, Marcela is engaged with human rights. She is also active in theatre and is a yoga teacher.

The fact that the natural world is generally taken for granted in Venezuela - the country where Marcela was born and grew up - is what spurred her to investigate how other countries take responsibility for their ecological systems. She is particularly interested in how this is transferred to social, economic, and political structures.

Marcela sees the preservation of functioning ecosystems as the only way to ensure the conditions for development on this planet. For Marcela, work with the concept of science-based emission goals at right. is a clear step toward her vision of how the world should be.
Schwarzer, Johanna
is a Master Student of Environmental Earth Science at FU Berlin, Germany. She completed a Bachelor in Bioscience and a second Bachelor in Landscape Ecology, both at WWU Münster, Germany.

Johanna is fascinated by complex processes and overarching networks which define planet earth. She is particularly interested in carbon rich soils, such as peatlands, and their fate under a warming climate as well as resulting implications for air chemistry interrelations.
Singha, Sutandra
is a Geographer. She has received her M.A. and M. Phil. Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi, India). Currently, she is pursuing Ph.D. from JNU (New Delhi, India) and she will submit her Doctoral Thesis in July 2020. She has received Non-NET Fellowship in Geography for M.Phil.-Ph.D. research from the University Grants Commission (Govt. of India) and currently receiving Centrally-Administered Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship from the ICSSR (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India). Her areas of research interest include Environmental Problems, Climate Change Vulnerability and Coping-Adaptive Capacity, Sustainable Development, Migration, and Geopolitics of Natural Resources. She has to her credit more than 12 research papers published in different national and international Journals and Books and research paper presentations in more than 12 national and international conferences. Miss Sutandra has participated in four academic and skill enhancement training programmes organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Space Research Organisation (Department of Space, Govt. of India), DST (Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India), ICSSR (New Delhi, Govt. of India), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India) and TERI School of Advanced Studies (New Delhi, India). She has received full financial grants by the foreign universities (University of Bergen, Norway and the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil) for attending workshops/summer schools; full scholarship from the ICSSR (New Delhi, Govt. of India) and JNU (New Delhi, India) for attending international conferences in Italy and Sri Lanka respectively. The School of International Studies, JNU (New Delhi, India) has awarded Miss Sutandra a Field-Trip Grant for conducting field-work in Moscow, Russia (facilitated by the Department of Geography and Department of Political Science of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and Faculty of Economic Sciences/Department of Mathematics of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow Campus).
Smolla, Marco
I am currently doing my PhD in astrophysics which allows me to study star formation as an example for a nonlinear process involving critical transitions. On the long run I hope to contribute with my knowledge on complex systems to the great transformation of modern society.
Sokolenko, Vladislav
is a junior researcher in Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences. His PhD research is «The role of innovation and scientific and technical cooperation in the implementation of sustainable development goals in the Arctic».

In previous working possitions he worked as senior manager assistant LLC "Kornevo" (RBPI Group), teacher of economic disciplines. His educational background: Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences where he did Postgraduate Studies in Economics and International Economy.

(Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk - PhD programme diploma in Economics, Regional Economy; Murmansk State Technical University, Murmansk, Russia with a specialist Diploma with Honors in International Relations; University of Gavle, Sweden with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics)
Trescher, Dino
As a science and risk communication scholar at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) my research focuses are on risk perception and public discourses on new and emerging sciences and technologies. As a science journalist and delegate to the European Union of Science Journalists´ Associations (EUSJA) I worked towards a common framework of ethical principles for research and innovation projects in the context of the EU project SATORI. My intrinsic motivation is deeply rooted in the cognition, that the current co-evolutionary pathway of the human enterprise and the ecosphere puts civilization at risk – fostering the need for successful sustainability transformations. These transformations comprise the further development of ethically responsible economic and societal systems that are more sustainable than current societies – that will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Therefore PSS suits my capacity to co-create best available evidence-based knowledge and to engage in mutual exchange with peers across disciplines and borders – collaborating in order to achieve more sustainable societies.
Troncoso Quilaqueo, Andrea
Andrea studied Forestry in Chile, working mainly in topics related to biodiversity conservation and environmental education, acting as a mediator in the interface science-society, coordinating education programmes for different stakeholders, that involved forests ecologists. After studying a master in Human Development in Geneva, Switzerland, she moved to the Chilean Ministry of Education, inside the National Science Commission, coordinating a programme that involved universities, NGO´s and different societal actors via science education and science communication. Since 2015, she has worked in the scientific public engagement sector, first at ECSITE, the European Science Network of Science Centres and Museums and currently at EUSEA, the European Science Engagement Association. Her role has been mainly EU-Projects Officer.
Vasquez, Rosalynn
is a bilingual communications professional and currently a second-year PhD student and graduate instructor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.

As an industry professional, Rosalynn has more than 15 years ofexperience in strategic public relations through various leadership roles in corporate, agency and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as the vice president of marketing &communications for Earth Day Texas, a leading environmental nonprofit in Dallas. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and an MBA degree from the University of Dallas.

Since transitioning to an academic career in 2017, Rosalynn has become an active researcher integrated in multiple research projects with professors within and outside of Texas Tech, thereby expanding her network and utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her research interests include science communications, public relations and corporate social advocacy. Specifically, she examines how science communicators use PR tofacilitate public understanding and engagement of science issues such as climate change, and most effectively impact public policy.

A native of Lima, Peru, she is passionate about environmental, health and sustainability issues that impact society. Through her education, cultural background, research pursuits and industry experiences, she is interested in collaborating on research and teaching projects that furtherbridge academia with industry.
Wehnemann, Kai
is a researcher at the German Environment Agency (UBA) for German climate policy. After receiving his master’s degree in sustainability economics and managements in the beautiful city of Oldenburg in north-western Germany, in which he developed a new framework for sustainable development which connects the SDGs with the planetary boundaries, he worked for a MP in the field of energy policy. At the UBA, he is responsible for climate protection measures as well as projections due to EU reporting obligations. He is also a member of a working group of the European Commission trying to implement the Governance Regulation.

The main questions arising from his work is what science needs to do better to trigger transformation processes. Should science be neutral or an advocate for change?
Wiederkehr, Charlotte
has an interdisciplinary background in social sciences and is interested in human-nature interactions and environmental governance in different world regions. She has lived in Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and the Netherlands and enjoys multicultural environments. Currently, she is doing a PhD in human geography at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. In this context, she focusses on how environmental change influences human migration and vice versa in the Global South and applies various synthesis approaches to create a bigger trans-regional picture on the topic. Part of her motivation for participating in this year’s summer school is the high societal and political relevance of her research topic as well as the controversy surrounding it.
Wilson, Jake
is an atmospheric chemistry PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany. In his work, Jake uses a range of computational modelling tools, from the molecular to the global scale, to study the impact of different types of air pollution. Specifically, he studies the chemical interactions taking place in the lung, as well as the long-range transport of pollutants in the atmosphere.

Jake obtained a BSc in Chemistry with Mathematics from University College London (UCL), and a MSc in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling from the University of Valencia (UV). Jake was born in the UK and has lived in the Falkland Islands, Spain and most recently in Germany.
Xiao, Suili
is an ecologist and environmental expert. She got her PhD from Urban Forestry Program at Beijing Forestry University in China. She worked in Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, PRC. before she was awarded German Chancellor Fellowship/Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) for Green Cities Research. Her research areas are Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation and Sponge City. She has rich experience of interdisciplinary research on ecological and environmental issues. Currently she is senior researcher working in IOER on a project: Urban-Rural Assembly-- Managing inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China.