Alphabetische Liste der Vortragenden

  Name  Kurz-CV
Katharina Al-Shamery Professor Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery is professor for Physical chemistry and investigates elementary processes in (photo)catalysis using surface science approaches and femtochemistry. Besides her research her vision is to make visioners. She initiated to allow specially gifted children to study as full members at the university besides finishing school and is convinced that new concepts in universital education have to be developed for the next generations grown up with the new media. Furthermore she believes that encouraging more women to stay on in science will contribute to more diversity in thinking, an essential requirement for development of excellence in science.
  Matthias Drieß Professor Dr. Matthias Driess is professor for Organometallic Chemistry and Inorganic Materials. In the heart of his research is the synthesis of functional energy-saving materials, including catalysts, by taking advantage of modern concepts in organometallic chemistry. Since 2007 he is the spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence UniCat in the Berlin region and most recently co-director of the UniCat-BASF joint lab BasCat at the campus of the TU Berlin and vice-chair of the Einstein Centre of Catalysis. The mission of UniCat is to overcome language barriers in catalysis research through uncovering similarities and differences of chemical and biological catalysis. He believes that precision in the natural sciences is not a matter of wording but method developments. A consistent set of experiments are in the first place to disprove and to bring about progress in the natural science to the welfare of society and to combat fake news.    
Claudia Felser Professor Dr. Claudia Felser is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden (Germany) and a board member of the German Chemical Society. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the rational design of new materials especially focused on: topological insulators, Weyl- and Dirac semimetals and other materials with topological protection; superconductors; spintronics; and, energy technologies such as solar cells, and thermoelectric materials. Felser’s current vision is to bring some of the spirit of Silicon Valley to Germany, from innovation to entrepreneurship and diversity, and to encourage students and scientists to think beyond borders.
Martin Grötschel Professor Dr. Martin Grötschel has been President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) since October 2015. He held a chair in Applied Mathematics/Information Technology at TU Berlin from 1991 to 2015 and served, from 1991 to 2015, first as Vice President and later as President of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). From 2002 to 2008 he chaired the DFG Research Center Matheon „Mathematics for key technologies“. He also served the International Mathematical Union as member of the Executive Committee (1999-2007) and Secretary General (2007-2014).
His mathematical research interests include optimization, discrete mathematics, and operations research. He was engaged in many projects with industry in areas such as telecommunication, electronics, software, logistics, traffic, transportation, energy, and production technology. Martin Grötschel has also been involved in various projects on scientific information and communication as well as open access, open science, mathematical and IT-aspects of digital humanities. His research activities were honored by several distinctions such as the Leibniz-, Beckurts-, Dantzig-, and John von Neumann Theory-Prize. More information can be found at:
  Martina Havenith-Newen Professor Dr. Martina Havenith is professor for Physical chemistry at Ruhr University Bochum. Her research interests are focused on intermolecular interactions, solvation and solvation in confinement, infrared- and terahertz laser spectroscopy, molecular recognition. She is speaker of the Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation Science RESOLV and director of the Center for Solvation Science ZEMOS. In 2016 she received an ERC advanced grant. Furthermore, is she founder of the Women Professors Forum at Ruhr University Bochum.
  Martin Christian Hirsch Martin Hirsch grew up in a family of scientists, and is a grandson of the celebrated Nobel Laureate Werner Heisenberg. He studied theoretical medicine and made hjs PhD in Neuroscience. His special interests include cognitive neuroscience, semantic knowledge representation, (artificial) intelligence  and the use of technology to support human thinking and decision-making. After working as a scientist he founded different companies in the Artificial Intelligence domain. The latest one has been Ada Health GmbH in Berlin, were he is responsible for reasoning technologies and research. His work on diagnostic decision support in medicine has been funded by the EU and won a lot of international innovation awards (e.g. Global Visionary Innovation of the Year Award for the Artificial Intelligence Systems Industry from research firm Frost & Sullivan in 2017). Beside of this he is a scientist at the Parmenides Foundation for the study of Thinking, in Munich, where he leads the Learning-to-Think Initiative, which develops new educational concepts based on cognitive sciences, for Kindergarden, primary and secondary schools. Pilot implementations in Göttingen, Berlin, Dortmund and Munich show very promising results.
  Pooi See Lee Pooi See Lee is a professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are focused on the syntheses of nanomaterials for energy, electronic devices and human-machine interfaces. She believes in translational research with outcome based impact while pursuing fundamental scientific discoveries. She values interdisciplinary research that pushes boundaries between different fields for the progress of science. In the university, she is currently serving as the Associate Dean for faculty recruitment and development in the College of Engineering. She introduces a faculty mentoring system to assist early career engineering faculty to assimilate and succeed in the university community.
  Thisbe Lindhorst Professor Dr. Thisbe K. Lindhorst, professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry at the University of Kiel is the actual president of the German Chemical Society. Her research interests are focused on the glycosciences and the biological function of the glycocalyx. She believes that scientists should also think beyond their research and be aware of ethical issues. She initiated a lecture series and the workshop “Experiment future – ethical thinking in chemistry” during the Wissenschaftsforum 2017 in Berlin in context with the 150th anniversary.
  Erhard Meyer-Galow Professor Dr. Erhard Meyer-Galow was president of the GDCh in 1998/99 and played a major role in the founding of the Business and Chemistry Group. During this time he also set up a foundation chair for business management and lectured on marketing and management at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Münster.
He has held leading executive board positions in the Chemical Industry. Now he is author, speaker, founder and sponsor ( and is concerned with questions of depth psychology, mysticism, quantum physics and ZEN meditation. His writings and lectures focus on intuition, inspiration and innovation, as well as the enhancement of creativity from extended consciousness spaces.
The „Meyer-Galow-Stiftung für Wirtschaftsschemie“, which is located at the GDCh, is annually awarding an innovation prize for sustainable and important innovations.
Melanie Schnell Professor Dr. Melanie Schnell is a professor for Physical Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. At DESY, she leads the research group “Spectroscopy of molecular processes”. Her main research activities concentrate on a better understanding of chemical processes on the molecular level, which will then also lead to the ability to control and even manipulate them. To reach these goals, her group develops novel spectroscopic methods, especially in the area of broadband rotational spectroscopy. She is convinced that (female and male) role models at different career stages are important to encourage more women to stay in science, which is relevant for creating an excellent research environment. As part of the board of directors of the Hamburg excellence cluster “The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging”, she thus initiated the Mildred-Dresselhaus guest professorship program and is a mentor in a mentoring program. With respect to young researchers, she very much believes that early independence paired with good financial support is a powerful way to foster early excellence.
  Elmar Weiler Professor Dr. Elmar W. Weiler is professor emeritus for Plant Physiology and currently Senior Professor at the Faculty for Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He coordinates the transfer activities of the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr explores Solvation). From 2006 to 2015, he served as the Rector of Ruhr-Universität and was Vice-Rector for Structure, Planning and Finances from 2003-2006. During this period and through his initiative, a large number of transformative processes were started at the university. Among these were: the formation of research departments; the first institution-wide research school of a German university (funded through the Excellence Initiative since 2006 and since 2011 an institution of the university); a Career Track scheme accessible to all early career researchers of the university and more versatile than established tenure track schemes; an innovative transfer concept accessible to all members of the university, including students from their beginnings: the Worldfactory®; the planning for the rebuilding and restructuring of the entire campus (started in 2004, ongoing through 2027); a bilingual, modern on-campus kindergarden (opened in 2012); and a dual-career hiring scheme.



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