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 International Symposium 

Global Sustainable Development Goals in a Mediatized World 

April 4 – 5, 2019

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

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Short Bios – Speakers


Alison Anderson

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Alison Anderson is Professor in the School of Law, Criminology & Government at the University of Plymouth, UK, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Her latest book is Media, Environment and the Network Society (Palgrave, 2014). She is former Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Communication and has published widely on media and sustainability including one of the first major studies Media, Culture and the Environment (Routledge, 1997).

Roy Bendor

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Dr. Roy Bendor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His current research explores the relations between design and social imaginaries as they unfold in such areas as smart city infrastructure, speculative design, and sustainability futures. Roy is also a Fellow of the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University, and editor of the Sustainability in (inter)Action forum in the ACM's Interactions magazine. His first book, Interactive Media for Sustainability, was recently published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication series. Find out more about him on his website: www.digitalsustainability.com

Eric A. Davidson

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Eric A. Davidson is Director and Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, MD. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist and served a term as President and Executive Director at the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, MA. His research in biogeochemistry includes the exchange of plant nutrients from the land to streams and groundwater and the exchange of greenhouse gases between the soil and the atmosphere. He works in a variety of ecosystems, including forests and agricultural lands in North and South America. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in forestry from North Carolina State University and held post-doctoral positions in soil microbiology and biogeochemistry at the UC-Berkeley and the NASA Ames Research Center. He is Past President of the American Geophysical Union and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Institute for Scientific Information Clarivate Analytics lists him as a Highly Cited Researcher. He served as the Coordinator of the North American Center for the International Nitrogen Initiative. Davidson has written a popular book, You Can’t Eat GNP, which explores the links between economics and ecology for students and laypersons.

Gabriele Doblhammer

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Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter studied Statistics at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in 1997 in the fields of demography and statistics. She worked as a research scientist from 1995 to 1998 at the Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. From 1995 to 1996, she was a guest scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg (Austria), yet also in 1996-1997 at the Institute for Family Research in Vienna. As senior research scientist and science coordinator, she worked  at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, in the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity from 1997 to 2004. In 2002, Doblhammer-Reiter has been visiting Associate Professor at the Stanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, North Carolina. Since 2004, she is Professor for Empirical Methods in Social Sciences and Demography at the University of Rostock. She is Executive Director of the Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change (since 2006) and is distinguished research scholar at the MPIDR (since 2008). Among other things, she is a reviewer for professional journals (e.g. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) or Social Science and Medicine) and reviewer for funding organizations (e. g. German Research Foundation (DFG), Fund for Scientific Research (FWF)). Since 2009 Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter is working for the DZNE in Bonn.

Jasmin Godemann

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Dr. Jasmin Godemann is a Professor of Communication and Engagement in Agricultural, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen. Before coming to Justus-Liebig-University in 2015 she held various academic positions at the University of Kassel, at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University Business School (UK) and the institute for Environmental Communication (Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany). Her research and teaching interests have led her to different national and international universities such as the University of Basel (Switzerland), Cambridge University (UK), the University of Greifswald (Germany) and Nottingham Trent University (UK). In her research, she is interested in how individuals and organizations deal with the challenge of sustainable development especially regarding food and she investigates how aspects such as responsibility are constructed and communicated. Her research is concerned with discourses of food communication as well as communication practices and processes and their role in individual, social and organizational empowerment.

Nyovani Janet Madise

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Nyovani is currently Director of Research and Development Policy and Head of the Malawi office of the African Institute for Development Policy, whose headquarters is in Nairobi. Her most previous employment was as Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton where she also served as the University’s lead for Equality,  Diversity, and Inclusivity, Associate Dean (Research), and Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy.  Nyovani has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Malawi and as a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. Nyovani has over 100 peer reviewed publications focusing on the social determinants of health in the specific areas of maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, food and nutritional security. A new research area for her is evidence informed policymaking, focusing on three questions: why, how, and what for.

Riel Miller

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Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy (UNESCO, Paris), is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. He is recognized as an innovative and globally experienced project initiator, designer and manager. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of the Internet to transforming strategic processes. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator. He has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; Industry) and at the OECD in Paris (Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). In 2005 he founded a consultancy – xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. New book: Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century and video. Publications: ResearchGate.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He is a former tenured Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology.

Among other positions, Prof. Nakicenovic is a Member of the United Nations Secretary General Special Advisory 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism; Executive Director of The World in 2050 (TWI2050); Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute from Climate Impact Research (PIK); Member of the Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments; Steering Committee Member of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21); and Member of OMV Advisory Group on Sustainability.

He is Editorial Board Member of the following journals: Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Institution of Civil Engineers; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Energy Sector Management; Ecosystem Health and Sustainability; Scientific World Journal; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions; and the Energy Strategy Reviews.

Lucy Y. Pao

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Lucy Pao is the Palmer Endowed Chair Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder in the USA. She has completed sabbaticals at Harvard University (2001-2002), the University of California, Berkeley (2008), the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2009), the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany (2016-2017) and the ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research at Oldenburg University (2016-2017). She earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Her research has primarily focused on engineering control systems, with applications ranging from rapid and precise control of atomic force microscopes to multi-megawatt wind energy systems where she is always looking for more efficient ways to utilize wind technology for future generations. She is a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Selected recent awards include the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, the 2015 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Journal on Control and Optimization Best Paper Prize, the 2017 Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council, and the Scientific Award 2017 from the European Academy of Wind Energy. Selected recent and current professional society activities include being a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (2009-present), General Chair of the 2013 American Control Conference, member of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Board of Governors (2011-2013 and 2015), IEEE CSS Fellow Nominations Chair (2016-present), and member of the IFAC Executive Board (2017-2020).

Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez

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Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez is the elected President of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and Chair of Soil Sciences the Agricultural Engineering Department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as well as Chair of General Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of the FES-Cuautitlán-UNAM.

Laura was born in Mexico City. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from UNAM, where she continued studying Biological Sciences (edaphology). Laura received a Master in Science Education (summa cum laude) and Ph. D. in Natural Sciences for Sustainable Development (magna cum laude) from both the Costa Rica Technological Institute and UNAM.

Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez received numerous awards, including a diploma for a presentation in environmental chemistry (soils) signed by PhD. Paul Crutzen (recipient of the Nobel Price in Chemistry, 1995); a University Merit granted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2000); a diploma for a presentation in environmental education (soils) (2003) signed by PhD Mario Molina (recipient of the Nobel Price in Chemistry, 1995); an Academic Excellence Award issued by Sylvan International Universities, Baltimore, Maryland (2004); a Diploma of Excellence granted by the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (2009); a Teaching Award from UNAM (2009); an Appointment as Distinguished Visitor of the Old City of Guatemala (2011); Latin-American Soil Science Award 2014; and the "Álvaro Barsellos Fagundes" Medal by the Brazilian Soil Science Society (2018).

Since 2005, Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez is the General Secretary of the Latin American Soil Science Society (SLCS) and a Member of the “Working Group Pillar 2 of the Global Soil Partnership FAO and Chair of Pillar 2 of the Regional Alliance for Central America-Mexico-The Caribbean of FAO.

Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi

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Prof. Sariciftci is Ordinarius Professor for Physical Chemistry and the Founding Director (Vorstand) of the Linz Institute for Organic Solarcells (LIOS) at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz/Austria.
He studied at the University of Vienna (Austria) and graduated as PhD in physics in 1989. After two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) he joined the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, by Prof. Alan J. HEEGER, Nobel leaurate 2000 for Chemistry. His major contributions are in the fields of photoinduced optical, magnetic resonance and transport phenomena in semiconducting and metallic polymers. He is the inventor of conjugated polymer and fullerene based "bulk heterojunction" solar cells. Prof. Sariciftci has over 600 publications and with over 70000 citations he is one of the most cited scientists in material science (2011, Thompson Reuter ranking No: 14 of the world in material science).  Google scholar ranks Sariciftci with an h-index of >110. Sariciftci has composed 8 books and educated several academic and industrial scientists. He also initiated seven spin off companies for organic optoelectronics. He is recipient of several prizes among them the National Science Prize of Turkey 2006 and the Austrian Scientists of the year Prize for Research 2008. He received the Medal for Humanity of the City of Linz 2009 and the Kardinal Prize for Science of the Archbishop in Vienna 2010. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Wittgenstein Prize of Austria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of SPIE, and member of several societies such as American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Austrian Chemical Society and Austrian Physical Society. He was elected as corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Austria (ÖAW). Sariciftci has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Abo Academy in Finland in 2011 and University of Bucharest in Romania in 2012. Recently, Sariciftci received the TÜBA Science Prize of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (2015) and elected as member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2017.

Vladimír Šucha

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Vladimir Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, its in-house scientific service. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, he was director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, national body responsible for funding research. He was principal advisor for European affairs to the minister of education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005). He worked at the Slovak Representation to the EU in Brussels as research, education and culture counselor (2000-2004).  In parallel, he has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. He published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Linxiu Zhang

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Professor Linxiu Zhang: Director, International Ecosystem Management Partnership, UN Environment (UNEP-IEMP). UNEP-IEMP is UN Environment's first collaborating center in the South and for the South. It endeavors to provide science, policy and capacity services to developing countries to integrate ecosystem management approaches into national policies and plans that enhance the delivery of ecosystem services for the wellbeing of humanity. Professor Zhang was affiliated with the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as senior research fellow and professor.

Her research concentrates on policy relevant studies on rural development in China, particularly on poverty alleviation, poverty and environment dynamics, labor market development, public investments, and the economics of rural education and healthcare.

She has published more than 270 papers in peer-reviewed journals and also received numerous awards. The most recent ones include “Ten Most Outstanding Women in Science” award from CAS (2013), TWAS “Celso-Furtado Prize” in Social Sciences (2013), “Fudan Management Excellence Award” (2014) and TWAS fellow membership (2014).