Frederik Bub, born 1989 studied physics with focus on photovoltaics at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. Involved for some years in a variety of environmental activities outside the university, he founded nachHALLtig in 2012: the student driven team of nachHALLtig supports education for sustainable development at the University Halle. Thus, they realise annual interdisciplinary courses to empower students to contribute to solutions for today’s environmental and social problems. Since 2016, Frederik Bub is research assistant in the section of physics education at the University Halle. In his research he deals with questions about the relations between physics and technology and the role of responsibility in scientific-technological education.
Isabel Peter is a prospective teacher for English, Latin and Yoga in Berlin. In April 2016, Isabel‘s 13-year-old sister Valentina died after a one-year fight against a highly aggressive bone tumor. Instead of desparing, Isabel and her family searched for a constructive answer to this family tragedy and founded Stiftung Valentina. Like this, the family is now helping other severely and terminally ill children and their families. They are actively carrying on Valentina‘s legacy. In doing so, they are trying to close a huge gap in our health care system: the mobile palliative care of terminally ill children in rural areas.
Johannes Herwig-Lempp, Prof. Dr. phil., Dipl.-Soz.päd., is a social worker and professor of social work at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg. He teaches Systemic Social Work (an approach to social work which is solution focused, resource orientated and based on constructivism), youth welfare services, team work and peer supervision/collegial counseling. He has published two books “Drogenabhängigkeit als Erklärungsprinzip – Drogenkonsumenten als Subjekte” (1994) and “Ressourcenorientierte Teamarbeit” (4th ed., 2016) and a number of articles. He has extensive experience in working with teams, giving advanced training and supervision, and he has already organized six “Merseburg Conferences on Systemic Social Work”.
Originally from the lower Rhine area, Dr. Johannes Hoppe holds a diploma in psychology from the Philipps-University of Marburg and graduated from the Martin-Luther- University Halle-Wittenberg with a doctorate in work psychology (Dr. phil.). He works as postdoctoral researcher and gives courses in “mediation” and “work analysis”. His research interests are goal setting, task design, the change of work through digitalization and academic procrastination – all framed in the network of action regulation theory.
Karsten Mäder obtained his PhD in Pharmacy at the Humboldt-University Berlin. After his postdoc at Dartmouth Medical School (NH, USA) he completed his Habilitation in Berlin. Academic (Philipps-University Marburg, FU Berlin) and industrial (Roche, Basel) research positions followed. Since 2003 Karsten is Full Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He published around 180 papers, several book chapters and patents. Karsten Mäder is member of the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Controlled Release. He received several awards, including the APV Research Award for Outstanding Achievements in Pharmaceutical Sciences. His main working areas are Drug Delivery Systems for improved cancer therapy and biodegradable depot systems.
Upon completing a degree in Anthropology and German philology, working at the same time in child and youth work, environmental education and landscape conservation, Mona Schreiber started as a scientist and PhD student in a plant research institute. Currently, she is completing her doctorate about cereal domestication. Her interdisciplinary background and the desire to explain what she does clearly showed her the lack in science communication. Therefore, her enthusiasm for art became a substantial part of her work and when Thomas, a scientist at Halle University, reached out to her for ‘The Art of Science’ initiative this passion was sparked.
A graduate of Sussex University (UK) with a PhD on the evolutionary ecology of insects (1985), Robert developed interests in bees and sociality at Cardiff University (UK, 1985-1993) before undertaking postdocs at the Department of Genetics of Uppsala University (Sweden, 1993-1996) and the University of Tübingen (Germany, 1996-2003). In 2003 he took a faculty position at Queen’s University Belfast (UK) then, in 2010, moved back to Germany to take up a chair in zoology at the University of Halle and membership of iDiv. His research addresses host-parasite interactions, pollination as an ecosystem service, and social evolution, with a strong taxonomic focus on the bees.