Speakers

We present the list of speakers with a short bio in alphabetical order to give you an overview about their individual field of scientific expertise.


Bliedung, Sven
is CEO and Director of VOLUCAP, the first commercial volumetric capture studio in mainland Europe. It shows the latest research in volumetric capture technology, with a look at the challenge of creating photorealistic human characters. Sven is also a CG industry veteran and founded a high-profile visual effects company called VFXbox. Later he founded a company with focus on immersive media called SLICE production Studios. He is also the founder of the Virtual Reality Association Berlin Brandenburg (VRBB e.V.). His credits include various projects such as "The Raven", "Marvel's The Avengers" and "Cloud Atlas".

http://www.volucap.de/
Bruhn, Thomas
is a physicist who has been working trans disciplinarily at the IASS since 2012. His research initially focused on climate engineering and CO2 utilisation. In 2016 he began to co-lead the AMA project (A Mindset for the Anthropocene) on the question how the cultivation of mental qualities like mindfulness and compassion can contribute to sustainability. He has also been engaged in research on collective learning and co-creation in the context of political decision-making for sustainability since 2017. Thomas’ key ambition is to bring together a variety of stakeholders in reflexive processes that allow for the emergence of truly shared perspectives and action pathways for a context-specific implementation of specific sustainability targets.

Before joining the IASS, Thomas did research on semiconductor nanomaterials in Berlin, Rome, and Marseille. Besides his research work, he is also a trained facilitator and regularly conducts group processes in the tradition of Art-of-Hosting and Design Thinking. He is a member of the thinktank30 (tt30) of the Club of Rome, the German Association of Scientists (VDW), and the board of directors of the Global Contract Foundation.
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.
Diekmann, Bernhard
is head of the Research Unit Potsdam at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and adjunct Professor for Quaternary Geology at Potsdam University, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science. He has a long-lasting expertise on geological, environmental, and climate research in cold regions. Latest international projects in Siberia, central China, the Bering Sea, and the Antarctic Ocean dealt with environmental changes since the last ice age, providing important knowledge for a better understanding of future global change. Another activity is to foster outreach activities to public audience.

Engel, Silke
is Director of Communications at the University of Potsdam. She joined the University in 2015 after spending more than fifteen years in journalism. Working for the German Public Radio (ARD) in Berlin she had to report on politics. As a foreign
correspondent she spent three years in London looking for interesting people and good stories in UK and Ireland. At the University of Potsdam Silke manages the press office: She is responsible for ideas and strategic messages coming across. Her team is communicating in a variety of different channels, using publications as well as face to face interviews, advertorials, events, videos and social media. Although they realize a cultural shift in using media and preparing information, they mainly focus on authentic facts and figures presenting the University of Potsdam in its best light.

Silke Engel did a PhD at the University of Freiburg writing about the unknown author August Hermann Zeiz (1893-1964), who has been part of the Avantgarde in Berlin. He worked for film and theatre in Berlin and Vienna. But he made money as a

journalist („Berliner Tageblatt“), until the Nazis went after him. While arrested in Dachau his wife was murdered in Auschwitz. After World War II he tried to continue his career as a writer and publisher - without success.
Freeth, Rebecca
is a practitioner - scholar who specializes in designing, facilitating and documenting long-term multi-stakeholder dialogue and action projects. Since 2006, she has developed an interest in grounding this work in the field of sustainability and systemic social-ecological change. Rebecca also teaches numerous university courses, including a "systems thinking for social change" summer school. Her recent doctoral research, tracking an interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of sustainability science for three years, has deepened her understanding of dynamics of collaboration in research teams. Rebecca is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Science (IASS), in Potsdam Germany.
Gärtner, Juliana
is research analyst on global environmental change to the PIK directorship. Since 2019, she works with PIK Director Johan Rockström, focusing on sustainable food systems and land-use transformations. Since 2017, she advances interdisciplinary science-based policy advice with PIK Director Emeritus John Schellnhuber in the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Juliana contributed to the Council’s most recent flagship report "Towards our common digital future", which examines the impact of digitalization on the global sustainability transition. The next flagship report will investigate the challenge of global sustainable land-use and the promise of nature-based solutions.
Goldthau, Andreas
leads the ISIGET project focusing on energy justice and the Global South. He holds a Chair in International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London and is an Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He served as Professor at Central European University's School of Public Policy, as Adjunct Professor with John Hopkins' MSc program in energy policy and climate, and as a Transatlantic Postdoc Fellow in International Relations and Security with the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. His academic interests lie in the political economy of the low carbon transition, energy security and global energy governance.
Helgenberger, Sebastian
leads the research group “Social and Economic Co-Benefits of Renewable Energy and Climate Action” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Building on experiences with Germany’s energy transition, Sebastian and his team in their research activities and international science-policy dialogues are exploring the social and economic benefits of renewable energies as drivers of accelerated transitions towards sustainable energy for all. Dr. Helgenberger has a long personal history of more than 10 years addressing the socio-economic dimension of climate change and renewable energy in research and policy making. He has been working with partners in Germany, China, Mexico, South Africa, India, Vietnam, Turkey and the US.
Hüttl, Reinhard F.
is Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Vice President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He studied Forest and Soil Sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU), Freiburg, Germany and at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA and holds the Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg since 1993. Reinhard Hüttl has held several advisory positions. He was member of the German Government’s Council of Experts for Environmental Questions, and both member and chairman of the German Government’s Scientific Commission of the Science Council. He was also member of the German Government’s Ethics Commission on the Safe and Secure Provision of Energy. He is currently member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Science Academies' project "Energy Systems of the Future". He was conferred with the Cross of Merit, First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in July 2008.
Koebberling, Folke
is an artist and an arts professor. Until 2013 she worked together with Martin Kaltwasser and took part in numerous exhibitions, e. g. group shows at ZKM Karlsruhe, at Lentos Museum and at OK Centrum for Contemporary Art, Linz and at the Ruhr Triennial (all 2012) and solo shows at Jack Hanley Gallery, NYC (2011), Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2013), Kunstverein Kassel (2014) and El Eco Museo, Mexiko City (2016/17). Lectures, workshops and tutoring, e. g. at Art Center College of Design Pasadena, Metropolitan University London, Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst Vienna and Wayne State University, USA. Since 2016 she teaches at the TU Braunschweig. Her main interest is the use of local and recycled materials and the question of mobility.

www.folkekoebberling.de
Kriegler, Elmar
is Acting Head of the Research Department "Transformation Pathways" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) where his focus is Research Area "Mitigation and Sustainable Development Pathways". His core expertise is integrated assessment of climate change, scenario analysis and decision making under uncertainty.
Elmar Kriegler has a coordinating role in the development of the Shared-Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs) in support of new scenarios for climate change research. He is also member of the scientific steering committee of the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC). Elmar Kriegler has been a lead author for the chapters on "Transformation Pathways" in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report of Working Group 3 and "1.5°C Mitigation Pathways" in the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C Warming and is currently serving as a lead author for the chapter on "Mitigation pathways compatible with long-term goals" in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report of Working Group 3.
Lantuit, Hugues
is a researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and professor for geomorphology of polar coasts at the University of Potsdam. Hugues’s research deals with the geomorphological evolution of coastal landscapes in the Arctic, their reaction to climate change and the consequences for the Earth Climate System. He focuses on the erosion of permafrost coasts and its impact on the environment and on local communities. Most of the field activities in his research group take place in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, in the western Canadian Arctic. He has led thirteen scientific expeditions in the area, the latest in spring of 2019.

Prof. Lantuit started his studies in France and obtained a Maîtrise in Geography and Geology from Université Denis Diderot in Paris, France in 2002. He then pursued his curriculum in Canada and obtained a Masters of science in Geography from McGill University in Montréal in 2004. He completed his education in 2008 with a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Potsdam in Germany.
Prof. Lantuit is the co-founder of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). Both organizations are now over ten years old and bring together over 5000 early career scientists together in the polar science community. Prof. Lantuit was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Permafrost Association (IPA), after having been the Executive Director of the association between 2008 and 2012. He sits on multiple national and international committees related to polar science, including the German National Polar Committee, the Global Cryosphere Watch and the Cryosphere Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee.
Prof. Lantuit is the leader of the Arctic coastal erosion research group at the AWI and has led several large scale projects related to permafrost thaw and the vulnerability of the Arctic coast. From 2012 until 2018, he led the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group COPER and supervised ten PhD theses focused on Arctic coasts. From 2011 until 2015, he was co-principal investigator of the EU FP7 project PAGE21, which was the first large scale EU project focused on permafrost thaw. Since 2017, he leads the NUNATARYUK project, a multidisciplinary project focused on the impacts of permafrost thaw at the Arctic coast. This project runs until 2022 and is funded with 11.5 M€ from the EU Horizon 2020 research program.
Prof. Lantuit’s research has developed into a fully-fledged transdisciplinary program, embracing the multiple aspects of coastal changes in the Arctic and engaging other disciplines but also local communities in the definition and prioritization of research questions. This co-design approach has changed the nature of his research and helped shaping new partnerships in the Arctic region.
Lauterjung, Jörn
Joern received his Master Degree in Physics in Bonn in 1981. His PhD thesis in Mineralogy and Solid State Physics was achieved with an experimental work at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron on in-situ X-ray diffraction under high pressure – high temperature using synchrotron radiation (1986). From 1986 – 1991 he was responsible for the scientific coordination of the German Continental Deep Drilling Programme in Giessen and Bayreuth. Since 1992 he is at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. From 2005 – 2014 he coordinated the implementation of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System in the Indian Ocean. Since 2011 he is the Co-Director of the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geoscience (CAIAG) in Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Lawrence, Mark
Prof. Mark Lawrence is a scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, focusing on mitigating air pollution and climate change, and on the potential impacts, uncertainties and risks of climate geoengineering. He is also exploring and facilitating the interface between sustainability and spirituality. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2000 until 2011 he was a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. He served as interim professor for meteorology at the University of Mainz during 2009‐2010, and moved to the IASS in 2011. In 2014 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam.
Mark Lawrence is author or co‐author of over 150 peer‐reviewed publications. He has led various international projects, and has been serving on the editorial and advisory boards of various journals and on various international committees, including having been co‐chair of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry program (IGAC) from 2015‐2018.
Lenz, Josefine
is an enthusiastic polar researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and a project officer in the International Directorate of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). In the frame of the ARICE project, she is currently coordinating the 6-week long MOSAiC School for 20 international graduate students at the beginning of the largest Arctic expedition ever. By taking part in a number of Arctic winter and summer expeditions herself while completing here PhD in permafrost research, she knows how valuable field experiences are for evolving young researchers. She engaged in young researchers networks like APECS and in international organizations like the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Education and outreach always has been important activity besides her scientific work. Josefine studied Geography at the University of Greifswald and holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Potsdam.
Lesch, Harald
is a German physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher, author, television presenter, professor of physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and professor of natural philosophy at the Munich University of Philosophy. He studied physics at the University of Giessen, then at the University of Bonn, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1987 and worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy. In 1992 he was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto. In 1994 he was habilitated at the University of Bonn. Since 1995 he has been a professor of theoretical astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the LMU Munich. Additionally, he teaches natural philosophy at the University for Philosophy in Munich. His main areas of research are cosmic plasma physics, black holes, and neutron stars. Harald Lesch has made television appearances for the longstanding, self-presented production of the channel BR-alpha: alpha-Centauri, Lesch & Co., Denker des Abendlandes (Thinkers of the Western World), and Alpha bis Omega (From Alpha to Omega). He also presented shorter television series. His presentations aim to make complex physical or philosophical issues more accessible to the public. In 2005 he was awarded the Communicator Prize by the DFG and the Stifterverband fŸr die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Foundation for German Scholarship) for his television appearances and publications.
Moran, Azucena
is a research associate within the ÒDemocratic (re)configurations of Sustainability TransformationsÓ project at the IASS. Her research explores the interface between social and political philosophy, democratic theory and citizen participation in contemporary politics. In particular, her work focuses on the normative and empirical challenges of political experimentation and participatory processes. Before joining the IASS; she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center, where she co-created the largest database on democratic innovations in Latin America. She has also collaborated with different NGOs, UN Agencies and the news media. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Bologna in Italy and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Nagel, Laura
joined the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam in November 2017 as a communications officer for the project COBENEFITS, which focuses on the social and economic potentials of an ambitious climate protection programme based on renewable energies. She completed a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies and worked as a freelancer in public relations for the public-broadcasting institution Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and as a public relations coordinator for the Goethe-Institut Hanoi. Living in Vietnam's capital, she became more sensitized to the issue of air pollution and developed an interest in clean energy as an opportunity for a better quality of life
Oberhänsli, Roland
Prof. em Dr. Roland Oberhänsli was President of the International Union of Geological Sciences IUGS. He graduated in geology in 1973 and earned his doctor degree in Natural Sciences in 1977 at ETH-Zürich in Switzerland. He obtained his venia docendi in Petrology and Mineralogy in 1986 at University of Bern. During his post-Doctoral time he joined the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris with a Paul Niggli stipend. In 1989 he was appointed professor of geochemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. In 1994 he then was appointed to the chair of Mineralogy at Potsdam University, where Geosciences were installed after the unification of Germany. In addition to these appointments he was teaching at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, University of Ouro Preto in Brasil, La Sapienza in Rome and at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He was awarded the Gay-Lussac – Humboldt prize in 2005. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science at Potsdam University, elected reviewer of the German Science Foundation (DFG), Chief Editor of the European Journal of Mineralogy and member of the Science Advisory Group of the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP). He was head of the Senate of Potsdam University, Scientific advisor of the Humboldt Naturkunde Museum in Berlin, permanent guest of the German Science Foundation’s Senate Commission of the future in Geosciences and still acts as President of the sub-commission of magmatic and metamorphic maps of the Commission of the Geologic Map of the World CGMW, member of the Science advisory board of the Kazan Federal University.
Pascale Bartels, Marianne
has a BSc in Earth Science from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Micropalaeontology from University College London. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and is part of the Arctic Governance group working on the Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations (GloCAST) project. Her research interests include the interactions between global change processes and local and regional developments in the Arctic with particular focus on fossil energy resources in the context of decarbonisation of the energy system.

Prior to joining the IASS, she worked on projects including conventional oil and gas, shale gas and coal bed methane exploration as well as on geothermal drilling projects worldwide. Her experiences of the human implications of hydrocarbon exploration led her to her research at the IASS. From 2013 to 2016 her work in the ‘Role and Potential of Unconventional Gas’ research group at the IASS encompassed all aspects of the shale gas debate and focused on stakeholder dialogue, public engagement across Europe and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions associated with a shale gas development in Europe.
Rachold, Volker
is the Head of the German Arctic Office, which serves as an information and cooperation platform between German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. His functions include managing the dialogue between German Arctic players, supporting the federal ministries interested in Arctic matters, coordinating Germany´s scientific input to the Arctic Council and planning and implementing national and international Arctic-related events and projects. Before moving to the German Arctic Office in 2017, he served as the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) since 2006.

Dr. Rachold graduated as a geochemist from Göttingen University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1994. Since then he worked with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. His research focused on land-ocean interactions in the Siberian Arctic and he led several land- and ship-based Russian-German expeditions.
Rath-Wiggins, Linda
is the CEO of VRAGMENTS. Before she co-founded Vragments, she had worked as an innovation manager for Germany's international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Linda Rath-Wiggins received her doctoral degree in Media Sciences, conducts lectures and is the author of a book called "VR Journalism."

Reusswig, Fritz
is sociologist in the Research Department “Climate Resilience" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is working mainly on lifestyle and consumption issues as drivers for global environmental change, especially climate change. In addition, he is interested in the role of lifestyle and consumption changes for a system wide sustainability transition. The sometimes paradoxical emergence of a global society-including new forms of inequality, power, influence and voice-is a further point of reference for his work. From an environmental sociology point of view, Fritz Reusswig looks also at the social construction of nature, and the public imagery related to nature, including the way biodiversity is perceived by societies. More recently, the possible role of cities for sustainable lifestyle and climate policy has attracted his attention.
Rockström, Johan
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is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.

Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He is a leading scientist on global water resources, with about 25 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

Aside from his research helping to guide policy, Rockström consults several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Supplementary, he chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation and the Earth League.
Scheufele, Dietram
is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. Scheufele's research focuses on public attitudes and policy dynamics surrounding emerging science. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Communication Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. He currently co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineÕs Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, and serves on NASEMÕs Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee, the Board on Health Sciences Policy, and the Division on Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee. Since 2012, he has co-organized four NASEM Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication. Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University and has held fellowships or visiting appointments at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Technische UniversitŠt Dresden, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitŠt MŸnchen. His consulting portfolio includes work for DeepMind, Porter Novelli, PBS, WHO, and the World Bank. Scheufele is one of the leading experts on science communication, political communication, and science & technology policy. His most recent research examines the role of social media and other emerging modes of communication in democratic decision making. Scheufele's research program has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy and other funding agencies.
Schröder, Bianca
joined the IASS communications department in June 2014. She studied philosophy, literature and journalism in Hamburg (MA) and Baltimore (PhD) and received her journalistic training at the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.
Sommerfeld, Anja
is the project manager of the MOSAiC project. MOSAiC is the largest Arctic expedition of our time with a highly international consortium and is coordinated at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam (AWI). For one year (from September 2019 until September 2020) the German research icebreaker POLARSTERN will be frozen into the Arctic sea ice and drift with the natural sea ice drift across the central Arctic. Anja, as part of the coordination team, manages the day to day business of MOSAiC and functions as an interface between the coordination, the scientists of all different nations and AWI`s logistics department in Bremerhaven. In addition, she supports the media and outreach activity to enlarge the awareness about Arctic science and its importance. As scientist Anja will participate in one of the cruise legs of the year-around expedition.
Before starting the position as project manager, Anja was a PhD student in the section Physics of the Atmosphere at AWI Potsdam that results in a PhD degree in 2015. From 2006 until 2012 she studied Meteorology at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
Spahn, Harald
is a geologist and expert in environmental management working for more than 20 years as an international advisor for the German development cooperation in Latin America and Asia. His fields of expertise are environmental and natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, methodological advisory and project management. From 2006 to 2013, he was team leader in the project “Capacity Development in Local Communities”, a component of the German-Indonesian Cooperation for Tsunami Early Warning (GITEWS / PROTECTS). The project supported Indonesian partners to develop and implement tsunami risk assessments, warning chains and contingency plans. Since then he is working as a freelance consultant and trainer mainly in the fields of disaster risk management and climate change.
Spreen, Dierk
is a sociologist and political scientist and heads the knowledge platform of the Research Field Earth and Environment of the Helmholtz Association "Earth System Knowledge Platform" (ESKP, eskp.de). The knowledge platform vividly conveys knowledge on the central topics of natural hazards, climate change, pollutants and the effects of the energy system transformation on the environment. Dierk Spreen received his doctorate in sociology in 1998 at the University of Freiburg i. Br. with a thesis on cultural and media sociology. In 2006 he habilitated as a sociologist at the University of Paderborn with a thesis on the relationship between collective violence and modern society. His most recent publications include a volume on "Sociology of Space Travel" (2014, with Joachim Fischer), a socio-theoretical essay on "Upgrade Culture" (2015) and, together with colleagues, a "Critique of Transhumanism" (2018). He is also a lecturer in economics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, HWR).
Tang, Matthias
studied politics and communications. He has worked as a journalist, was deputy press spokesman for the Green Party parliamentary group in the German Bundestag and, most recently, press spokesman for the Berlin Senate Administration for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection. Since joining the IASS in November 2018 he has been shaping the work of the institute's Press & Communications department together with the team. He finds the IASS focus on the societal know-how necessary for the transformation to a sustainable future particularly exciting.
Weko, Silvia
joined the IASS in 2019 as a research associate for the project Investigating the Systemic Impacts of the Global Energy Transition (ISIGET). She holds a Master's degree in Sociology from the Freie UniversitŠt Berlin, and a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Juniata College. During her studies she worked for the Heinrich Bšll Foundation on their global Energiewende project and was responsible for communicating the benefits of the energy transition to an international audience. As a freelance energy expert, she created the Energiewende Wiki for the Bšll Foundation, performed quantitative research on transportation and emissions, and took part in expert dialogues on European energy and regional development.
Winkelmann, Ricarda
is Junior Professor of climate system analysis at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and University of Potsdam, Physics Institute. She was part of the scientific expeditions to Antarctica ANT-XXVII/2 and ANT-XXXIII/2, on the research vessel Polarstern. Since 2010, Ricarda is co-developer of The Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM) with special focus on ice-ocean interaction, and core developer of the Potsdam Ice shelf Cavity mOdel (PICO) included in PISM. Since 2019, she is leader of PIK working group Ice Dynamics.
Zens, Josef
is head of Public and Media Relations at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. Previously, he headed the Communication Departments of the Leibniz Association (2008–2011) and of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (2012–2016). He has been active in journalism and science communication for more than thirty years. He is a trained daily newspaper editor and worked for five years as a science editor at the Berliner Zeitung (1998 to 2002). He studied geography, meteorology and economics at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Minnesota.
Zimmermann, Matthias
I have been doing public relations work at the University of Potsdam since 2010 and since 2012 I am in the Department of Press and Public Relations. I write press releases on all topics that move a university, from conferences, to important scientific findings and publications, to university policy developments. The most fun, however, is to write for the research magazine of the university "Portal Wissen" about exciting research projects and scientists.
From 1999 to 2006 I studied German philology, philosophy and media studies - also at the University of Potsdam and with a six-month detour to the Danish Roskilde. Inspired by books, I started working as a lecturer in a small publishing house in Berlin in 2004. From 2007 to 2010 working full-time at be.bra verlag, I have been working as a freelance editor since my move to public relations.