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Interdisciplinary Communication: How do we talk across lines and roles?

InsSciDE’s Open Conference Erlangen
Thursday 25 November

NH Hotel Erlangen [Webinar]

An engineer and a diplomat, concerned with improving wellbeing or with addressing global challenges through biotech, talk about their fields, their respective vision and their engagement in interdisciplinary education. Responses, challenges and reflections on the links with science diplomacy come from an astrophysicist who leads science academies in formulating policy advice, and from an analyst of innovation, social shaping of technology, and public communication.


Maria Paula Diogo - Professor of History of Technology at the School of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon.

Opening speakers:

Björn Eskofier - Head of Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
• My current research interests are applied machine learning, data science, signal processing, simulation, human-computer-interaction, and sensor integration methods for wearable computing systems in human-centered studies with a focus on wellness, sports, and health care. I seek to generate a positive impact on human wellbeing, be it through increasing performance, maintaining health, reducing injuries, improving rehabilitation, or monitoring disease.

Muhammad Adeel (remote attendance) - Career Diplomat at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan; Biotechnologist and PhD Scholar
• The Biotech Game lets diverse audiences role-play agri-biotechnology negotiations, witnessing the complexities of science policy and regulations in the international arena. It utilises science diplomacy as a platform to reduce silos between academia and industry, and to provide training to interdisciplinary stakeholders.


Thierry Courvoisier - Honorary Professor at University of Geneva; past president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Miyase Christensen - Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University and Affiliated Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and Environment, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

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