Klaus Schömann

Professor Dr. Klaus Schömann has been a professor at Jacobs University Bremen since 2004. Now an adjunct professor he has returned to a research position at the Deutsches Institut Erwachsenenbildung in Bonn where he is involved in such projects as research targeting countries to improve adult literacy rates, and more. In his own words describing his research interests and career’s focus, you’ll get a glimpse of what he will share:
“Aging societies, life courses and lifelong learning are the main topics of my research. The life course perspective consists in analysing major transitions throughout the life course, such as the transition from school to work, job mobility and retirement transitions.”

Ralf Fücks

Ralf Fücks has been a member of the executive board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996. Together with his colleagues, he rebuilt the foundation completely, moving its headquarters to Berlin. In November 2011, he was re-elected for a fourth term. The primary focus of his work is on sustainable development, reshaping the welfare state, migration, the future of European integration, and on foreign policy. He is responsible for the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israeli-Relations as well as for the foundation’s scholarship program.

Paul O’Maille
Ph.D., Project Leader, Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Food and Health Programme, Institute of Food Research, Norwich UK

Dr. Paul O’Maille received a B.S. in Chemistry from John Carroll University, University Hts, OH in 1995, then earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH in 2001. Paul then went on for postdoctoral training at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA where he was honored as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in 2003 and continued on as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate in 2005. Currently, Paul is a Project Leader at John Innes Center (JIC) where his group investigates the origins of chemical diversity in specialized metabolism of plants with a focus on cyclization reactions catalyzed by terpene synthases. Along with his role at JIC, he serves as a Project Leader at the Institute of Food Research (IFR), where his group investigates the bioactivity (drug action) of terpenes—the consequences of cyclic terpene diversity on human health.

Britta and Amit Gupta
Architects, Founders of Studio Symbiosis

Britta and Amit Gupta are the co-founders of Studio Symbiosis Architects. They are known for their dynamic and pioneering works with a focus on creating spaces that exist in equilibrium with their surroundings. The project portfolio displays a wide repertoire of design exploration ranging from Master plans, Hospitality, Mixed use development, Offices, Housing and Villas. Amit Gupta and Britta Knobel Gupta have done their masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the prestigious Architectural Association London, and have also worked for Zaha Hadid Architects for a period of 5 years, where they were involved in a number of award winning projects at the office. According to the firm, "In nature through the process of self-organization intrinsic patterns emerge. It is a system of inclusion of complexity as opposed to the system of exclusion. Instead of discarding information and creating a reduced whole, we like to integrate the complexity in the design, following the principle of inclusion, thereby resulting in an amalgamated design with a high level of sophistication."

Betty Mohler
PhD, Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Dr. Mohler’s research focuses on using and improving virtual reality technology by scientifically exploring human perception and action. Her research, as she puts it, is done by “animating and manipulating virtual human characters (avatars). Using avatars we can systematically explore the influence of visual information about the body (size, shape, identity) on human behavior, such as space perception, object interaction, communication and decision making.”Also, based on the results obtained from her experiments, she aims to improve Virtual Reality technology and software.

Gerd Klock
Professor for Biochemical Engineering at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

Study of biology and chemistry in Bonn, postdoctoral lecture qualification at the Universität Würzburg, several years of research activity at Bionord, Bremerhaven.
Some main areas of focus are natural materials and organisms from marine resources, new applications for marine materials (micro-capsules, micro-gels), as well as processes and methods with surfaces (micro-enzyme reactors, biofilms). Further projects deal with the development of biological components for bioanalytical systems (immune sensors, gen sensors).

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