We are proud to announce that renowned scientists and politicians will be part of our scientific program as well as our framework program.
Here we would like to inform you with great pleasure which invited speakers have already confirmed their contribution at this point in time.
Maria Krautzberger heads the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) since May 2014. Ms Krautzberger, born in Upper Bavaria and a graduate of administrative sciences, served as Permanent Secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment from 1999 to 2011.
Professor Dr. Johan Rockström
Johan Rockström 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.
In March 2018, Svenja Schulze took up office as Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany. In 2010, she was appointed Minister for Innovation, Science and Research in North Rhine-Westphalia; she held this position until 2017. She attended the Ruhr University-Bochum and graduated in German studies and political science.
Prof. Dr. Maren Voss
Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde, Germany
My research focuses on the biogeochemistry of nitrogen including microbial rates measurements and nitrogen fixation in the ocean and the Baltic Sea in particular. Studies on the effects of eutrophication in coastal regions include estuaries and river plumes as well as hypoxic systems.
Prof. Dr. Bretislav Friedrich
Bretislav Friedrich is the head of the research group “Interactions of molecules in and with fields” at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and honorary professor at the Technical University Berlin. Aside from his research in molecular physics, he maintains an abiding interest in the history of science and is engaged in efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.
Asst. Prof. Dr. David Kanter
David Kanter is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU and Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative. His research examines new policy options for addressing nitrogen pollution and how to manage the transition to a global food system consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol in the UK and his MA and PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Prof. Dr. N Raghuram
N. Raghuram is the current Chair of theInternational Nitrogen Initiative and a Professor of Biotechnology at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. He co-founded the Indian Nitrogen Group, co-organized the fifth INI Conference (N2010) in New Delhi, co-led and co-edited the Indian Nitrogen Assessment and is currently co-leading the South Asian N assessment under INMS and South Asia Nitrogen Hub. He also facilitated the Indian Govt led resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management adopted by UNEA4 in March 2019. His lab has recently discovered the phenotype for nitrogen use efficiency in rice and is working towards characterizing the genotype and identifying the candidate genes for NUE in rice.
Carly Stevens is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist at Lancaster University in the UK where she is a senior lecturer. Carly is particularly interested in the impacts of nitrogen deposition on semi-natural habitats, something she has investigated in a number of countries and habitats. Lancaster University is one of the leading research universities in the UK.
Xin Zhang is an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Her research investigates socioeconomic and biogeochemical processes that affect the global nutrient cycle and the sustainability of agricultural production. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Yale University and held a postdoctoral position on environmental policy at Princeton University.