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The Board supports the activities of the museum by advising it in matters of fundamental importance.
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe is chair of Neurobiology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) and Max Planck Fellow at the MPI of Neurobiology in Martinsried. His scientific work deals with the question how our brain processes sensory signals and how this leads to perception. He studied at the LMU, was curator at the Museum Mensch und Natur, worked as research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, New York University and the MPI of Neurobiology. He is a world expert on the principles of hearing. He is also founder and director of the Munich Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences GSNLMU, a worldwide-recognized innovative PhD-Program run by LMU together with its partner institutions at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), three Max Planck Institutes, and the Helmholtz Center Munich.
Since June 2016, Ken Arnold has been Director of Medical Museion and Professor at Copenhagen University. He also continues as Creative Director at Wellcome, where he oversees international cultural projects. He arrived at Wellcome in 1992, where he spearheaded a number of multidisciplinary cultural initiatives, culminating in 2007 with the establishment of Wellcome Collection, in which he directed the programmes for a decade. He serves on a number of advisory panels; and regularly writes and lectures on museums and on contemporary intersections between the arts and sciences. His book Cabinets for the Curious (Ashgate, 2006) explored what can be learned from looking back at England’s earliest museums; and he is currently researching a book about the increasingly important cultural role for these enduring institutions.
Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Paola Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London, the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and Pratt Institute in New York. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries.
Her most recent exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, devoted to 111 items of clothing that have had a strong impact on the world in the past 100 years, opened at MoMA in October 2017. She is currently working on the next Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature (March 2019); on the book States of Design; and on a new Theory of Everything for design.
Oron Catts is an artist, researcher, designer and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. Catts interest is Life; more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it applications. He is co-founder and director of SymbioticA, a biological art research centre at The University of Western Australia, established in 2000.
Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction (2009-2012), and a Professor at Large in Contestable Design (2015-2017) at the Royal College of Arts, London. Catts curated nine exhibitions, developed numerous artistic projects and performances. His work was exhibited and collected by museums such as MoMA NY, Mori art Museum, NGV, GoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ars Electronica, National Art Museum of China and more. His work was covered by The NY Times, Washington Post, Wired, New Scientist, Time, Newsweek and other TV, radio, print and online media.
Steffi Czerny is Managing Director of DLD Media and co-founder of DLD Conference as well as its global spin-offs like DLDwomen, DLD Tel Aviv, DLDcities, DLDnyc and DLDsummer.
Joining the Burda group in 1995, Steffi has held several executive positions in new media activities. Her background is in political sciences and communications. She has followed developments in the digital world for over 20 years and focuses on developing branding and communication initiatives.
Steffi was identified as number 30 of The 2015 Wired 100 and has also been chosen as one of the 50 most inspiring women in European tech in 2015 by inspiring50.com for her success in bringing the international digital elite together at DLD.
Furthermore she owns the state medal for special merits to the Bavarian economy (2014) and the “Europa-Medaille” for special merits to Bavaria in a united Europe (2015).
After earning his doctorate in biochemistry in 1979, Horst Domdey worked as a scientist at various German, Swiss and US institutes such as the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, at ISREC, UCSD and the California Institute of Technology. From 1984 to 1994 he led an independent research group at the Gene Center of the University of Munich. In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Biochemistry at the LMU Munich. In the same year he co-founded the biotech company MediGene. In 1996 he successfully led the Munich Biotech Initiative into the German BioRegio Competition. Since 1997 he has been the Managing Director of BioM, the cluster development and management organization of the Munich Biotech Cluster. Since 2006 he also manages the Bavarian Biotechnology Network. From 2010 to 2015, he was also spokesman for the Munich m4 leading edge cluster program. Other current activities include the scientific management of the Bavarian Genome Research Network BayGene, the coordination of the Bavarian Research Network for Molecular Biosystems BioSysNet and the management of the tech-transfer working group in BIO Deutschland e.V. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Medigene AG. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Health Industries South Australia, member of the Supervisory Board of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, member of the Boards of the Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation and the Foundation for Stem Cell Research and Applied Regenerative Medicine.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar is the Director of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology and Director General of the Bavarian Natural History Collections. Moreover, he holds a chair for Systematic Zoology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His research area encompasses comparative anatomy, ontogeny, and systematics of molluscs. Haszprunar has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Sciences and has published over 170 works. He is also a member of BIOTOPIA’s international advisory board.
Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert Jäckle ist Direktor EmeDr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert Jäckle is Director emeritus at the Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (Göttingen, Germany) and former Vice-President of the Max Planck Society. He studied Chemistry and Biology (Universität Freiburg) and spent his postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin (USA). He held positions as staff scientist at the EMBL (Heidelberg), as research group leader (Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie, Tübingen) and as professor for genetics (Ludwig Maximilian Universität, München).
Herbert Jäckle is a member of EMBO, the Academia Europaea, and German Academies of Sciences (Leopoldina and Göttingen). He obtained multiple scientific awards (including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the Otto Bayer Prize, the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine, the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, and the Luis Federico Leloir prize) and serves on Advisory Boards both in academia and industry.
Using the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism, Dr. Jäckle's research is focussed on molecular mechanisms (biochemical pathways and regulatory networks) involved in embryonic pattern formation (segmental body organization, formation of organs). More recent work (“molecular physiology”) aims to understanding the genetic and molecular basis of cellular and organismal energy homeostasis. Herbert Jäckle is author of >200 scientific articles.
After completing his studies in biology at the LMU Munich in 1999, he received his doctorate with distinction in 2003: summa cum laude (Dr. rer. nat.). Postdocships at the Universities of Leipzig and Lancaster University, UK, followed in 2003 - 2005.
From 2005 to 2009 he worked as a scientific assistant and, after completing his habilitation, he was head of the limnological research station Seeon at the LMU.
From WS 2009 to SS 2012 he held a professorship in "aquatic ecology" at the Department of Biology II of the LMU before being appointed to the Chair of Animal Ecology I of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences at the University of Bayreuth from WS 2012.
Various awards in his career are as much a part of his CV as his commitment to research and teaching. In October 2015 he was appointed to the position of Vice President for Research and Young Scientists at the University of Bayreuth.
His research focuses on zoology and evolutionary ecology, in particular on the phenomenon of phenotypic plasticity and the adaptation of animals to altered biotic and abiotic environmental factors. Another focus is on coral reef ecology and the influence of multiple stressors on communities, food webs and ecosystem functions. The contamination of the environment with microplastics and the associated effects on organisms and ecosystems is also a central area of research.
Prof. Neuhaus heads the chair of biology education at LMU Munich, the largest institute for biology teacher training in Bavaria. Currently, she is responsible for the training of more than 1,000 biology student-teachers for elementary, middle, intermediate, special, and grammar schools. After successful completion of a diploma in biology, a teacher certification for elementary schools and stays abroad, she was awarded a Dr. rer. nat. with summa cum laude in 2004. In the year 2008, she joined the Institute of Biology Education at LMU Munich as a full professor. Two key questions lie at the core of her research: ‘How can we develop children’s interest in the biological phenomena?’ And, ‘How can we design teaching-learning environments that facilitate children in acquiring an interconnected and sustainable knowledge of life sciences from kindergarten through high school? Prof. Neuhaus believes that such an approach to biology education can help address the global problems of our times. On these issues, she leads numerous research projects and is connected with leading researchers and stakeholders in the field of education, for example, within the framework of DFG research groups, BMBF cooperation projects, and the REASON graduate school of the Elite Network of Bavaria. <br/ > She is currently a deputy director of the Munich Centre for Teacher Education at LMU (mzl), vice-chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs at the LMU Munich, member of the scientific board of the Munich Centre of the Learning Sciences (MCLS), and the member of the curriculum expert advisory board for the ‘Lehrplan PLUS’ in Bavaria. Prof. Neuhaus has also served as a jury member for the ‘Polytechnic Prize for Specialized Didactics’, worth € 70,000, of the Polytechnic Society. She is also the author of more than 100 publications in books and magazines.
Matthias Tschöp has been the Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Helmholtz Zentrum München since 2018. He received his M.D. from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (1993), where he also trained as a physician in internal medicine. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Eli Lilly Research Laboratories, Indianapolis, USA (1999-2002), followed by establishing an independent research laboratory at the DIfE in Potsdam-Nuthetal (2002-2003), he served as Professor and Research Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center (2003-2009) and Arthur Russell Morgan Endowed Chair of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, USA (2009-2011). In 2011, he was appointed as Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center at Helmholtz Zentrum München and as Chair of the Division of Metabolic Diseases at Technical University of Munich. He is the first German physician to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.
Matthias Tschöp is also Adjunct Professor at Yale University and holds an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Leipzig. He is an elected member of the ASCI, EMBO, Academia Europaea, and the German and Bavarian academies of science. He is a member of the Cell editorial board and serves on numerous national and international boards in academia and industry. His transformative scientific work has earned him more than 30 research awards (e.g., the Paul Langerhans and Carus Medals, the Erwin Schrödinger Prize and the Paul Martini Prize).
Matthias Tschöp discovered that the gastric peptide ghrelin can function as a "hunger hormone" that drives appetite and food intake after food restriction. He has revealed key elements of the gut-brain axis and its role to regulate body weight and metabolism enabling the development of several novel classes of drug candidates to prevent or reverse diabetes, obesity and metabolic diseases, several of which are currently in early and late phase clinical trials.
This multidisciplinary group of people from the worlds of science, humanities, and culture is bringing their unique perspectives into BIOTOPIA’s exhibition and event planning.
Freelance science journalist, Munich
Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremen
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Freelance polar explorer, climate analyst and photographer, Munich
Director of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the German Research Foundartion Cluster of Excellence “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior” at the University of Konstanz
Chair for Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Director of the Center for Research in Experimental Aesthetics, Technology and Engineering at the University of London School of Advanced Studies
Maître de Conférences at the University of Liège and at the Free University of Brussels
Professor for Primate Cognition at the Georg August University Göttingen und Head of the Department of Cognitive Ethology at the German Primate Center, Göttingen
Director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena
Freelance media studies scholar, writer and art curator, affiliated researcher at University of Copenhagen’s Medical Museion and Co-director of the BRIDGE artist-in-residency program at Michigan State University, Lansing/Michigan
Founder of the KÖNIG GALERIE for contemporary art in Berlin, London and Tokyo
Artistic Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich
Co-founder, Managing Director and Artistic Director of the Muffatwerk, Munich
Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition at the University of York
Research Director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris
Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and Chair in American Cultural History at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities and the Director of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities
Co-head of the interdisciplinary research centre Humanities of Nature at the Museum of Natural History Berlin and Junior Professor for socio-cultural anthropology at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-University in Berlin
Academic Director at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces in Potsdam and until the end of 2020 Chief Curator of the Humboldt University Berlin in the Humboldt Forum
Founder and director at STATE, Berlin
Senior Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, Chair of Evolution and Biodiversity at Leiden University and author
Professor of Medical History and Medical Museology and the Director of the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité
Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich, Germany, and Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Professor for molecular biology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Wels and Director of the Bio- and Environmental Technology Study Program
Director of the Institute for Epigenetics and Stem Cells and Biomedicine at the Pioneer Campus of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Professor of Stem Cells at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Honorary Professor at the Institute for Philosophy and Art Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Curator at the German Historical Museum on the exhibition project "The Political History of the documenta, 1955-1997"
XR Expert at the Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization (V2C) at the Leibniz Computing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Lecturer at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich