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Dr. Jochen Apel  

Heidelberg University Library

Dr. Jochen Apel is the head of the branch library for science and medicine as well as a staff member of the Competence Center for Research Data at Heidelberg University. He works on research data management, electronic publishing open access and bibliometrics. Before joining Heidelberg University Library he studied physics and philosophy in Kassel and Münster and did his PhD in philosophy of science at Heidelberg University’s Department of Philosophy.


Dr. May-Britt Becker  

Managing director Cluster of Excellence "CellNetWorks", Heidelberg University

She studied biology in Göttingen, where she also completed her doctoral training. She subsequently worked as an assistant in Zürich and did a postdoc in Constance. From 2004 to 2007 she was employed at the German Research Council and was active in the development of the Excellence Initiative. She has been the managing director of the Cluster of Excellence “CellNetworks” in Heidelberg since 2007.

Dr. Susanne Berger  

Visual Science Communication

Dr. Susanne Berger is a freelancing trainer, coach and illustrator. With her business „Visual Science Communication“ she helps scientists to effectively communicate their projects and ideas in visual media, such as graphical abstracts, data visualizations or posters. With her scientific background (PhD in biology) her main focus is always on the science behind the visuals. She loves to tackle the task on how to best design the visuals to clearly transfer the scientific message.

Dr. Markus Burger

Dr. Markus Burger holds a B.A. and M.Sc. in quantitative social sciences from Oxford University. He got his PhD in Management from the Free University of Berlin, where he was also Post-Doc. He worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Today, he teaches slidewriting and storylining at international companies and research institutes.

Dr. Anjana Buckow  


Anjana Buckow works as a Programme Director at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Bonn where she heads the team that is responsible for Research Career matters. She supervises the Research Training Groups at Bremen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and has extensive experience when it comes to funding and supporting early career researchers.


Simon Chaplin  

Freelance Trainer and Translator, Berlin. Graduated with first-class honours from a British university in the 1980s. Has worked as a consultant for the Economics Ministry in Berlin, as an expert for the European Commission and has provided consultancy services to a range of economic development agencies in Germany.


Dr.-Ing. Christian De Schryver  

TU Kaiserslautern

  • Studied Electrical Engineering, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Saarland (Prediploma)
  • Studied Information Technology, TU Kaiserslautern (Diploma)
  • Dissertation TU Kaiserslautern, Department Electrical- and Computer Engineering
  • Research Assistant, Department Electrical- and Computer Engineering, Prof. Dr. Norbert Wehn
  • Director Student Affairs and Business Development, Department Electrical- and Computer Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Own business as Consultant for IT and Media
  • 2012 - 2016 member of steering committee TU-Nachwuchsring, vice spokesperson and spokesperson of the steering committee

Sanja Dembić  

Institute of Argumentation Competence

Ms. Dembić studied philosophy, psychology and gender studies and has been a doctoral student at the Institute of Philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin since 2014. She has several years of work experience at the university in the fields of philosophy and psychology and is also a trainer at the Institute of Argumentation Competence in Berlin.

Dr. Sonja Diekmann  

Businesscoaching + Consulting

As Business Coach and Consultant Mrs. Dr. Diekmann supports transformation processes and examines their effect on executives, teams and organizations.

Josie Dixon  

Lucian Consulting

Josie Dixon has given training workshops for researchers in humanities and social sciences in over 100 universities in the UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. She became a consultant after 15 years in academic publishing, as Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press and Academic Publishing Director at Palgrave Macmillan.


Petra Eggensperger  

Department of Key Competencies and University Didactics, Heidelberg University

Petra Eggensberger is a staff member in the Department of Key Competencies and University Didactics at Heidelberg University. She has been the head of the section for university didactics since 2001. As a lecturer, she focuses on teaching the basics of university didactics, mentoring doctoral students and providing writing support. Ms. Eggensberger has also published on these topics.

Dr. Malte Engel  

Institute of Argumentation Competence

Dr. Malte Engel studied philosophy, psychology and English. In 2010 he finished his PhD at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain with a thesis on “Cognitive Capacities as a Basis of Moral Responsibility”. Since 2012 he is teaching courses on critical reasoning and logic. In 2013 he founded the Institute of Argumentation Competence. His courses are offered at more than 40 universities and research institutions in Europe.


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Julia Fauth  


Julia Fauth studierte von 2011-2019 Englisch, Französisch und Ev. Theologie an der Universität Heidelberg und der University of Durham. Im Rahmen ihres Auslandsaufenthaltes war sie an einer örtlichen englischen Gesamtschule tätig und hat dort die Deutsch-AG der 6. Klasse geleitet. Seit 2013 engagiert sie sich als Buddy im Buddy-Programm der Universität Heidelberg und betreut ausländische Austauschstudenten. Nebenbei arbeitet sie privat als Nachhilfelehrerin für die Fächer Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Mathematik. Nach Abschluss ihres Studiums möchte sie im Fach Englisch promovieren.

Christoph Forster  

Patent and Information Centre, TU Kaiserslautern

Christoph Forster has been working for the Patent and Information Centre at the department of Technology and Innovation at TU Kaiserslautern since 2001. His focus lies on first level support in all questions regarding industrial property rights as well as patent, brand and design research.

Ulrike Freitag  

Graduiertenakademie, Universität Heidelberg

Ulrike Freitag obtained a bachelor’s degree at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg in the field of European literature in 2014. In 2017 she successfully completed her master's degree in English and Russian Literature at the University of Heidelberg, where she is currently working on her doctoral thesis in the field of American feminist utopian and dystopian contemporary literature. Ulrike already has many years of experience in the field of student counselling for international students and has recently started working for the Graduate Academy. Her focus is on the supervision and counselling of doctoral students as well as exposé counselling.


Dr. Matteo Garavoglia  


He has studied in London, Paris and Berlin. He is currently a doctoral student at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies and a staff member at the Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science. He has also worked at various UN offices and as a research assistant at the London School of Economics. At the moment he works as a lecturer for impulsplus.

Eugen Gerein  

Gerein Consult

Founder of the company gerein consult, Mr. Gerein is also a freelance actor and drama educator as well as a freelance trainer and consultant. He works for Goll Consulting in Bonn and is a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik and Darstellende Kunst (university for the performing arts) in Stuttgart.

Jan-Ulrich Glup  

Head Patent and Information Centre, TU Kaiserslautern

Jan-Ulrich Glup studied Economic Geography at Saarland University. After having worked at an engineering office, he joined the office of information transfer at TU Kaiserslautern in 1993. He is the head of the Patent and Information Centre Rheinland-Pfalz since 2014.

Simon Golin  

GOLIN Wissenschaftsmanagement

Dr. Simon Golin, Berlin, heads the consultancy company GOLIN WISSENSCHAFTSMANAGEMENT. For more than 30 years now he has been involved with not-for-profit management – with a focus on science, education and the foundation sector. Amongst other things, he has been managing director of the “Deutscher Studienpreis” at the Körber foundation, secretary general of the German National Ethics Council and secretary general of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg.

Jonathan Griffiths  


Jonathan is presently a doctoral student based both in Heidelberg and University College, London (UK), working towards a dissertation in the field of History of Science and Philosophy. Originally he comes from Wales, UK. He completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Classics at the University of Oxford, UK, before spending time as a guest-researcher in the University of Heidelberg (Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Philosophie). He has extensive experience in offering English language support across most, if not all, university subjects, in the format of shorter texts, longer projects (e.g. dissertations, book-projects), workshops and courses.


Amanda Habbershaw  

Tinta Training

Amanda Habbershaw is British born, has a Master`s degree in Applied Foreign Languages and is a certified English language coach for adults. She has worked for various universities (European Business School, Mainz University, Karlsruhe International University) as an English language instructor since 1998. More recently, she has developed a specialization in academic English and has held workshops regularly for the Interdisziplinäre Promotionszentrum and Graduate School Teaching Processes of Koblenz-Landau University since 2008.

Dr. Raoul Haschke  

Heidelberg University

Raoul Haschke studied physics in Heidelberg until 2012 and earned his doctorate in astronomy. He has been the founding manager at Heidelberg University since 2012, and since 2013 heads Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.

In his work, he supports university members on their way to self-employment. All founders who stand between the phases of idea development and the search for a loan, can book a personal consultation with him. In particular, he gives support for grant applications with a knowledge-based or technological background.

Christiane Hirschberg  

Heidelberg University Library

Christiane Hirschberg has a degree in library science and currently works at the University of Heidelberg main library. One particular emphasis of her work is giving courses on information retrieval und information management.

Ralf Hurst (*Zeidler)  

Freies Institut für Datenanalyse

Mr. Hurst studied physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and completed a master’s degree in adult education in Kaiserslautern. He worked for several years as a university lecturer for physics, computer science, statistics and electrical engineering. He has been the managing director of the FRIDATA Institute for Data Analysis and a freelance trainer since 2013.


Internationales Studienzentrum, Heidelberg University  

The "Internationales Studienzentrum" is part of Heidelberg University. Its aim is to prepare students for studying at post-high school level by teaching them German and the specific knowledge required.


Roman Jaburek  


"Joy and ease in communication" is Roman Jaburek's vision, and at the same time the goal of his coachings. He experienced the importance of a harmonious demeanour during his activities as a radio presenter, narrator, journalist, voice coach, media trainer and yoga teacher. Based on this variety, he developed his coaching program "STIMMIGKEIT", where he teaches how to develop clear presentations, a convincing voice and stress handling abilities. His clients range from speakers, trainers and team leaders to entrepreneurs and politicians.

Dr. Theo Jäger  

Saarland University (Saarbrücken)

Dr. Theo Jäger works as coordinator of the support activities for young scientists at the presidial office from Saarland University (Saarbrücken). Beyond the promotion of researchers (PhD candidates, postdocs, advanced scientists) from all disciplines, he is also active as trainer/instructor and responsible for various projects in the area of organisational development or internationalisation.

Dr. David Jara  

Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University

David Jara obtained an associate degree in social sciences and humanities at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2010 he completed his MA studies in English and Spanish literature at the University of Heidelberg and was subsequently granted an LGFG scholarship to pursue his doctoral research project “Framing Strategies in Role-playing Games” which he defended successfully in 2019. David has been working for the Graduate Academy since 2014 and is currently the coordinator of the writing and language support services for doctoral students.


Dr. Rainer Keil  

Heidelberg University

Dr. Rainer Keil studied law in Trier and Heidelberg. After his first (1994) and second (1996) juristic state examination he practiced law as Rechtsanwalt (equivalent to an attorney-at-law admitted to the bar) for several years in Stuttgart. The Faculty of Law conferred the doctoral degree (Dr. iur.) to him on the basis of a dissertation within the fields of constitutional law and philosophy of law (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Görg Haverkate). At Heidelberg University he manages administrative matters within the office of the dean and is responsible for legal questions of doctoral students and faculty employees.


Petra Lehmann  

Career Service, Heidelberg University

Petra Lehmann is a certified trainer, coach, image consultant and a qualified chemist. She has many years of experience as an independent career coach for academics, employees and managers of all disciplines and hierarchy levels. In addition, she became a career counselor for doctoral candidates and students at the Career Service of Heidelberg University in 2012. Prior to that, she gained extensive experience as a manager in various economic areas, such as research & development, international project management, sales, services and education.

Dr. (Dipl.-Psych.) Ute Leidig  

Department of Key Competencies and University Didactics, Heidelberg University

Dr. Ute Leidig (Dipl.-Psych.) is a staff member of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Heidelberg University. She is a trainer for transferable skills and has many years of experience in research and teaching as well as a freelance consultant for institutes, companies and research institutions.

Wolfgang Leybold  

Leybold & Akli Personal- und Organisationsberatung GmbH

Mr. Leybold studied social and economic geography and was a project manager in a business promotion agency. He has been the managing director of Leybold &Akli GmbH since 2004 and also works as a lecturer at several universities and colleges.

Iris Löhrmann

Iris Lörmann works as a freelance trainer and coach since January 2017. Before, she was the scientific director of scientific vocational training at the ZEWK, TU Berlin. Having participated in over 30 projects, she has extensive practical experience in the conceptioning of projects on a national and international level.

Birgit Lukowski  

südstern Grafik

Birgit Lukowski is a communication designer and lecturer for presentation technique in Berlin.

Based upon her extensive teaching experience in various academic contexts she conceptualized a design workshop programme specially tailored to the needs of graduates and early career scientists. The workshop "Designing Effective Academic Posters" focuses on the practical and effective training of design and presentation skills for academic content. Since 2008 the seminar has been offered at numerous graduate academies across Germany and enjoys increasing popularity.


Dr. Tobias Maier  

National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik)

Tobias Maier is scientific head of the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik). He holds a doctorate in biology and has done research at leading institutes for over ten years. His scientific articles were published in Science and Cell amongst others. He has several years of experience in working as an independent trainer for scientists and is part of the NaWik team since 2015. Since 2008 he is the author of the blog "WeiterGen" on ScienceBlogs.

The National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) trains scientists to communicate their findings and to engage with society for a dialog. NaWik offers a wide range of seminars and practical workshops for the academic community.

Dr. Matthias Mayer  

Matthias Mayer Seminare und Coaching

Matthias Mayer received his PhD in Computer Science and his Diploma in Visual Communication. As a Computer Scientist he knows both about process optimization and about digital tools to support working processes. Years of project coordination and leadership gave him a thorough foundation in selfmanagement, professional communication and team processes. Since 2004 he is leading Matthias Mayer Seminars & Coaching, giving him a lot of experience with very heterogeneous audiences. His special insights in science and related communication resulted in cooperation with many Graduate Academies and research institutions all over Europe. His education as NLP-Bachelor and -Master as well as a special training in interactive online webinars complete his qualification.

Dr. Síofra McSherry  

Scienza Berlin

Síofra McSherry has a PhD in American Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. She graduated from Oxford University with a first in English and completed her MA at University College London. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Germany and the UK, with extensive experience delivering lectures, talks, seminars, and workshops to international audiences. She has participated in leadership training programmes through the Fulbright Commission UK and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. Her international experience includes organizing conferences and events, managing research projects, and writing grant applications. Dr. McSherry completed a counselling qualification at the University of London and has a broad range of experience in peer-to-peer counselling and coaching.

Dr. Michael Mende  


Michael Mende is currently working as Research Coordinator and Animal Facility Lead at the Department of CollectiveBehavior of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. In addition, he has been appointed Ombudsperson of the Institute. In 2018 he has successfully completed the DFG recognized training to become a coach for Workshops in Good Scientific Practices. He is presently completing his training to become a coach for lecturers in Good Scientific Practice through the EU/Hozizon 2020 sponsored VIRT2 UE Program. Through GSP| ARM!d he offers training sessions to groups of 8-16 participants to inform about the rules of research integrity and Good Scientific Practices (GSP) and how to Avoid Research Misconduct (ARM!d)

Matthias Merkelbach  


Matthias Merkelbach, coach and workshop leader for ”Career Planning“, ”Tailor Made Job Applications“ and ”Team Communication“, is a member of the Impulsplus trainer team since 2009. He also is a coach with a certification from the Coaching Acadamy, Stuttgart, and regularly works for ETH Zürich, Max-Delbrück Center Berlin, JGU Mainz, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, etc. pp.

He is an author for various textbooks in the area of German for Professional Purposes as well as an editor for a textbook for Technical English. Until 2011 he was Director of Studies for a language training institute (ISD – Sprachen & Kommunikation, Stuttgart) focusing on educational services for German and international companies.

Prof. Martin C. Michel  


MCM is an experimental and clinical pharmacologist with more than 30 years of experience in academia, industry and venture capital. He heads the guideline committee of the International Union of Pharmacology on reproducibility. His research interests focus on the cardiovascular and urogenital system.


Dr. Martin Nissen  

Heidelberg University Library

Dr. Martin Nissen studied History, German and English in Freiburg and Dublin. He has received a Phd in Newer History from the Humboldt University in Berlin. Dr. Nissen has done editorial work for the publisher de Gruyter/KG Saur in Munich. Since 2010, subject specialist for history and head of the department of information services, reading rooms, training courses at Heidelberg UB.





Monika Puls-Rademacher  

uni support

Monika Puls-Rademacher works as an independent business consultant for personel and organisational development at universities and in businesses. Her consultancy focus lies on assessment procedures, potential assessment for management trainiees, and career development in the industrial sector.




Susanne Reizlein  

Susanne Reizlein is a graphic designer and visual communication trainer with over 20 years of professional experience.

She believes that clear design solutions can accelerate scientific advancements and spark collaborations.

Since 2008 she gives seminars to scientists on presentation skills with a focus on graphic design. She also taught visual communication at the Bildkunst Akademie in Hamburg and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her studio, based in Berlin, is fully commited to science communication.

She develops corporate designs for clients like Mount Sinai in New York and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Her most recent project, the relaunch of, communicates the institute‘s scientific achievements in a clear and welcoming manner.


Cendrese Sadiku  

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft Baden-Württemberg

Cendrese Sadiku works as a an expert advisor for higher education and research at the GEW Baden-Württemberg (Union for Education and Science). She has studied economic policy and philosophy at Bergische University Wuppertal and political theory at Goethe University in Frankfurt. She is doing her doctorate at Bergische University Wuppertal.

Dr. Sita Schanne  

Department of Key Competencies and University Didactics, Heidelberg University

Staff member of the Department of Key Competences at the University of Heidelberg. Studies of sociology and ethnology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Madrid. Working experience in research and teaching for several years. Freelance trainer for transferable skills and university didactics.

Dr. Beate Scholz  

Scholz CTC GmbH

Dr. Beate Scholz works internationally as a strategy coach, trainer, and presenter at universities and research institutions. She is primarily responsible for the field of the development, implementation and evaluation of concepts and strategies for the promotion of academic careers. She was previously employed for 12 years at the German Research Foundation where she developed and headed the department for the promotion of young researchers.

Dr. Peter Schröder  

GOLIN Wissenschaftsmanagement

Dr. Peter Schröder, Düsseldorf, is a biologist and IPMA-certified project manager. After working in the field of biomedical fundamental research and application-oriented development he became self-employed with “brain4hire” in 2011. He has authored numerous scientific publications, has a long-standing experience in teaching science and is an experienced trainer on soft skills.

Ingo Schüler  


A trained economist, Ingo Schüler has been working as trainer and coach for more than 20 years. The focus of his work are company seminars, project management, controlling, and strategic company management. He has held workshops at various universities and Graduate Schools in Germany.

Dr. Christina Schütte  


After finishing a Masters in Chemistry at the University of Freiburg i. Br., Christina Schütte changed to the University of Bonn for a PhD in Biochemistry. She proceeded to the Neurobiology laboratory at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen as a Research Associate in 2000. In 2004, she was co-founder of the ProSciencia Beratungs-GmbH, where she focuses on acquisition and scientific management of technology driven research projects as well as education and training. Since 2010 she is active as an evaluator for the European Commission within the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie funding program of FP7 and Horizon 2020. She has extensive first-hand experience in managing projects both in science and in education.

Dr. Anna Sharman  

Cofactor Ltd.

Anna Sharman PhD is an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc (at the University of Heidelberg), an in-house biology journal editor and a scientific publishing consultant and now runs Cofactor, a scientific training and consultancy company. She can give insider insights into how to write and publish scientific journal papers most effectively.

Dr. Jacqui Shykoff  

Université Paris Saclay

Dr. Jacqui Shykoff is a Canadian (and since recently French) evolutionary ecologist. She studied in Canada, the USA and Switzerland and did a post-doc in The Netherlands before being hired as a research scientist in France. She is currently a senior research scientist with the French National Research Council, and also director of the Doctoral School in Plant Sciences of Universités Paris-Sud and Paris-Saclay.

She reviews a large number of manuscripts for a large number of journals and has been associate or deciding editor for a smaller number of journals. She has quite a lot of experience assessing the quality of manuscripts and also understands how the publishing houses work with (or against) scientific editors.

Dr. Jan Stamm  


Jan Stamm is a trainer and coach with years of experience in academia. His target groups are PhD candidates and Post Docs from all disciplines.

He studied philosophy, linguistics, and economics at Universität Dortmund, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Nottingham University. He finished the interdisciplinary graduate program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain with a philosophical PhD (summa cum laude).

One focus of his work is time- and project-management. Another emphasis lies on workshops on viva defense and rhetoric. He also works as a PhD coach. Finally, he supports professors regarding their stress-competence.

Dr. iur. Natalie Struve  

Dr. iur. Natalie Struve has taught at both British and German universities. Now she supports scientists and academics from all fields in their endeavours, and fosters critical thinking in academia and in democracy.






Andy Valvur  

Deutsche Welle

Andy Valvur is a writer, a journalist, an actor and a dialogue coach. As a voice-over actor he has appeared in numerous video games such as Star Trek, Top Gun, Psychonauts and Secret Weapons over Normandy for Lucas Arts, playing aliens, fighter pilots and even a bulldog. He even played a recording engineer who spoke Japanese with a British accent in Stolen Song, a video game with Hottei, one of Japan`s biggest rock stars. He was also dialogue coach for Shu Qi in the 20th Century Fox motion picture "The Transporter" starring Jason Statham. He currently works with Deutsche Welle as one of the voice coaches training people to read news broadcasts.

Dr. Bradley van Paridon  

Science birds

Brad van Paridon is a scientist turned science journalist and communicator. He completed his PhD in his home country of Canada studying biology and parasites. During this time in academia Brad realized that he preferred learning about and communicating research rather than doing research himself. After graduating he immediately started pitching stories to online science outlets and working with PR companies and researchers who needed web content about their research that was both engaging and understandable. Brad continues to work as a freelance science journalist and communicator.

His work, both written and as podcasts, has appeared in Hakai, Chemistry World and Undark magazines. With the knowledge gained switching from academia to building a successful freelance career Brad now offers workshops for scientists on scientific storytelling, writing and podcasting.

Dr. Julia Verse  

Team Scientific Integrity

Dr. Julia Verse is a historian and ethnologist and received her doctoral degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin. She conducted international research, and while extending her experience as a consultant and coach in science, she currently teaches good scientifc practice throughout Germany. She is a member of the Team Scientifc Integrity.

Dr. Sascha Vogel  

Science birds

Sascha Vogel is a theoretical physicist by training. After a career in science (diploma 2005, PhD 2009, postdoc abroad until 2011), he moved to science management in 2011. Here he coordinated a Helmholtz Graduate School until 2016 and was responsible for the scientific program, as well as for the Transferable Skills courses. Here he also quickly became a tutor and trainer himself, accompanying more than 400 PhD students on their journey through their doctorate.

From 2016 until the end of 2019, he was Managing Director of the Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science, again bringing his expertise in both science management and training and coaching.
In both of the above roles, he was responsible for organizing and hosting over 15 international conferences and nearly 70 graduate education courses. In addition, he held courses for other institutions.

Since his return to Germany, he pursued science communication initially as a hobby, and later professionally. As a successful science slammer (e.g. winner of the Hessen-Slam, national winner of the ideenexpo science slam) he soon moved on to the bigger stages and inspires people with the show "Physics in Hollywood" for physics and science. As a science ambassador for the state of Hesse, he has been responsible for the exhibition “Wissenschaft zum Anfassen” (“Hands-on science”) since 2013, which has been shown at many exhibitions like the Hessentag, the Bundesrat, the Frankfurt Book Fair and in numerous schools, among other places. Here, he and his team have been able to fascinate over a hundred thousand people with science over many years. For several years, he has also acted as a lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt, holding seminars on science communication. At the end of 2019, he founded science birds GmbH. Here he combines his passion for science, science communication and the training of young scientists.


Anna-Lynn Wegener  


Anna-Lynn Wegener is a communications professional with an academic background in biology (BSc degree, Cambridge University, UK) and science communication (MSc degree, University of Bath). She has been working as the Press Officer of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg for 4 years from 2005-2009 and now works in strategic communications at the same institute in the position of Communications Officer to the Director General.






Ralf Zeidler  

Institute for Data Analysis

Mr. Zeidler studied physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and completed a master’s degree in adult education in Kaiserslautern. He worked for several years as a university lecturer for physics, computer science, statistics and electrical engineering. He has been the managing director of the FRIDATA Institute for Data Analysis and a freelance trainer since 2013.

Dr. Jernej Zupanc  


Jernej Zupanc was a PhD student and postdoc in computer science at University of Ljubljana, is a National Geographic published photographer and Fulbright alumnus. He worked as the Head of computer vision at a startup and Horizon 2020 project evaluator and now consults and runs workshops on the topic of visual communication and grant writing. Drawing on various fields including technology, art and communication, he studies the best practices and principles scientists and entrepreneurs can use to visually present complex ideas. His workshops are regularly attended by researchers at top institutions in already 15 countries.

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