Speakers – 2015

Alice Bauer

Alice Bauer - Climate-KIC Transition Hub

Climate-KIC Transition Hub
Transition Hub Manager
Transition Management Traning and Consultancy
About my session:
Market is demanding a new labor force empowered with soft skills to lead complex processes of innovation and change. Therefore, re-skilling processes are more necessary than ever before preparing professionals for the new challenges of the green market.The GOAL of this session is to go through the learning skills pathway, bringing up not only the skills necessary for green projects but also those individual capabilities of the summer school participants that remain hidden but are essential in the new context: THE BLACK HOLE of knowledge.

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Elisabeth Berger - Senckenberg Reaserche Institure and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Reaserche Institure and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
PhD Student
Research – River Ecology and Ecotoxicology
About my session:
Host at World Café

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Jon Bloomfield - Innovation Birmingham Ltd

Innovation Birmingham Ltd
European Advisor
About my session:
‘Transition Cities: Moving from Individual Projects to System Innovation’:
Many European municipalities are tackling climate change but projects are often stand-alone, uncoordinated and isolated. Transition Cities ambition is to rectify these shortcomings and help cities and regions to chart a path for low carbon transition in two ways. Firstly, it focuses on more comprehensive approaches by showing how to develop low carbon clusters involving key stakeholders. Secondly, it recognises the limitations of a traditional project approach and calls for the promotion of comprehensive, challenge-led demonstrator programmes. These can act as flagships for the action needed in each cluster.

Arianna Cecchi

Arianna Cecchi - Climate-KIC / ASTER S.Cons.p.A.

Cliamte-KIC / ASTER S.Cons.p.A.
RIC Innovation Lead, MTH platform manager
Innovation
About my session:
I will present an overview of the past and current projects in the MTH area: the challenges they’ve faced and specific solution they’ve sought to trial. The objective is to offer to PhD students possible links to hands-on experience they might want to liaise with to obtain insights or use as test-bed to prove their research hypothesis.

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Susan Dreyer - CDP

CDP
Director DACH Region & Global Head of Citizen Engagement
NGO

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Dr. Christian Garbe - FiZ Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH

FiZ Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH
Managing Director
Life Science
About my session:
FiZ, together with leading partners, builds internationally competitive Big Data and software solutions. The idea of “New. German Engineering.” highlights the shift from traditional German Engineering to the development of data-driven smart solutions, impelled by digitalization. Simply put, FiZ believes in innovation based on smart networking and new disruptive, customer-oriented business models. The session will present and discuss the underlying concept of “New. German Engineering.”

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Frank Geels - University of Manchester

University of Manchester
Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability
Innovation Studies

About my session:
My session will: a) introduce the MLP as a way to understand the dynamics of socio-technical transitions, b) illustrate the MLP with a case study of the German electricity transition.

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Dr. Richard F. Haldimann - Clariant International Ltd

Clariant International Ltd

Head New Business Development

Technology & Innovation

Michael_Kassner

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Kassner - Former CEO of Siemens Germany Central Region

Former CEO of Siemens Germany Central Region
Management, Strategy, Innovation, Technologies
About my session:
Session title: „Future urban industries – Serving economical, ecological and smart cities“. By sustainable manufacturing processes with new concepts like “Industrie 4.0”, urban industries will be no contradiction but a value add for society, wealth and life quality. Company-internal processes will be smart. A smart portfolio will be competitive e.g. by providing value to increasing sustainable city-infrastructures. Cities need strategic masterplans to leverage urban industries.

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Karsten Löffler - Allianz Climate Solution GmbH

Allianz Climate Solution GmbH
Managing Director
Finance
About my session:
How is the market for sustainable investments developing? What’s the role of institutional investors? How can the market be facilitated? This information will be used for documentation in the Summer School Reader that every participant will receive.

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Dr. Kai Morgenstern - RKW Kompetenzzentrum

RKW Kompetenzzentrum
Project Manager
Think Tank and Consulting
About my session:
Entrepreneurship flourishes in areas which have a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem consis-ting of a collaborative mix of start-ups, large firms, universities, funders and the right infra-structure. Although many individual features have been identified and elaborately described, the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems still poses various challenges for policy makers and regional stakeholders. The Panel will highlight some of the characteristics of the Frankfurt Region as an entrepreneurial ecosystem with a special focus on green startups and their business models. Energy founders and the contribution they can make to transform a regions energy system will be a second focus of the panel.

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Nanja Nagorny - Goethe University Frankfurt/M

Goethe University Frankfurt/M
Climate-KIC PhD Student
Department of Human Geography
About my session:
Together we will critically rethink the Green Economy concept and answer the question why the Green Economy will have to fail in meeting its claim of greening the economy, which is due to the prevailing capitalist and imperialist conditions as well as the unquestioned faith in progress.

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Joakim Nordqvist, PhD - Malmö University

Malmö University
Lecturer
Department of Urban Studies
About my session:
Host at World Café

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Dr. Bernd Paul Rentmeister - Frankfurt Economic Development / City of Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Economic Development / City of Frankfurt, Germany
Project Directori Life Science and Biotechnology
Public Service
About my session:
Participants get knowledge of the city, its sustainability challenge and the perspective of Frankfurt Economic Development. The major current projects are introduced to the participants. Expectations of the summer School between City of Frankfurt and the participants are exchanged. The challenges on different fields of action are addressed to the participants.

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Dr. Robert Schleich - Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG

Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG
Head of department „waste water“
Site management and operation

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Dr. Christine Schütte - ProSciencia - Founding Consultancy, Scientific Writing, Training

ProSciencia – Founding Consultancy, Scientific Writing, Training
Co-founder and Senior consultant
Academic consulting
About my session:
Funding organizations that provide funding for young researchers. Typical mistakes in grant applications and tips for writing successful grants. Self-presentation in grant applications.

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Rüdiger Schweer - Ministry of Economic, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen

Ministry of Economic, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen
Head of Unit
Development of Energy and REgional Development
About my session:
The Energy Transition (Energiewende) on a regional level has a huge impact on innovation structures, economic growth and regional development. Up to 2020 the contribution of renewables to electricity production in Hessen should be doubled. Energy conservation in housings and industrial production is a main subject. Markets are changing to flexible demand side response. Information and communication technologies will be key for successful energy strategies.

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Fred Steward - University of Westminster

University of Westminster
Professor of Innovation & Sustainibility
Policy Studies Institute
About my session:
The session will examine the challenges for European policy of the new concepts of socio-technical transition and system innovation. This will address new directions in challenge led systemic innovation policy. Its relationship with multilevel governance in cities and regions will be explored drawing upon the Climate-KIC action research on Transition Cities. Its relationship with industrial policy will discussed in relation to the European Climate Foundation initiative on Industrial Policy for Competitiveness, I24C.

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Prof. Dr. Hannes Utikal - Provadis School

Climate-KIC Transition Hub
Vice President and Professor
Business Administration
My contribution to the summer school:
I was responsible for the concept development for this summer school and hope that we were able to create a fruitful blend of perspectives and a well-balanced mixture of theory and practice, of business and public authority perspectives.
I am curious to see how the systems innovation approach and transition theory will help to analyse and design Frankfurt’s path towards a sustainable economy – balancing economic with ecological requirements.

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Dr. Matthias Wallisch - RKW Kompetenzzentrum

RKW Kompetzenzzentrum
Project manager
Think Tank and Consulting
About my session:
Entrepreneurship flourishes in areas which have a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem consis-ting of a collaborative mix of start-ups, large firms, universities, funders and the right infra-structure. Although many individual features have been identified and elaborately described, the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems still poses various challenges for policy makers and regional stakeholders. The Panel will highlight some of the characteristics of the Frankfurt Region as an entrepreneurial ecosystem with a special focus on green startups and their business models. Energy founders and the contribution they can make to transform a regions energy system will be a second focus of the panel.

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Jutta Ziemen-Graves - Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa Group
Manager Commercial Development, Innovation and Sustainibility
Aviation
About my session:
Climate protection requires global thinking in combination with local action. Environment-friendly aviation starts on the apron. Lufthansa and Fraport have combined their forces in a joint initiative “E-PORT ON” with the state of Hesse and the project office of the Rhine-Main Electromobility Model Region, where they develop and test vehicles and handling equipment with electric propulsion instead of or additionally to combustion engines, wherever feasible and sensible. Target is a “green handling” with as little emissions as possible. The initiative was nominated as “Lighthouse of electric mobility” by the German government and has been honoured with the prestigious Green Tec Award in the category Aviation in 2014.

Heike Zimmerman

Heike Zimmermann-Timm - Goethe University Frankfurt

Goethe University Frankfurt
Managing director of the Goethe Graduate Academy
Faculty Biological Sciences
My contribution to the summer school:
Welcoming the participants as organising partner of the Summer School. Member of the Panel Discussion representing the scientific perspective. Academic Coaching Session in the area of Career Development inside and outside University. Organising the World Café at Goethe-University Campus Westend.

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