Dr. Inés Dawson
Science communicator and Oxford graduate (DPhil Biomechanics of Insect Flight)
Inés is a science communicator and Oxford graduate (DPhil Biomechanics of Insect Flight). She runs the award-winning bilingual YouTube channel Draw Curiosity, and makes science stories interesting and accessible for a wide range of audiences. An enthusiastic and entertaining educational speaker, Inés uses creativity to make complex subjects simple and fun.
Prof. Dr. Herwig Buchholz
Herwig is Head of Group Corporate Sustainability and Science and Technology Relations at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Having joined the company in 1996, Herwig has held various positions with rising responsibility within several businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Starting in Business Development Fine Chemicals, followed by heading R&D in Life Science Businesses, Cosmetics and Pigments, Herwig then successfully embarked in 2006 on the exciting journey of advancing OLED technology from its early developments to the current OLED business. Today, the company is among the top innovators and suppliers to the OLED industry. Herwig is also experienced in taking innovations from the academic and start-up level to fully developed businesses. Prior to his appointments at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Herwig worked from 1991 for the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he is a Fellow still today. Herwig holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Hamburg, Germany, and studied chemistry and biology in University of Oldenburg, Germany, University of Oslo, Norway, and University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Furthermore, Herwig is voluntarily involved in several academic and nonprofit institutions in the US and Germany, and thus contributes also externally to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s reputation as a leading science and technology company. This includes also a Professorship at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, his service on the Board of the GDCh, the German Chemical Society, and on advisory boards of several academic and private institutions including Fraunhofer Society.
Michael John Gorman
Originally from Ireland, Michael John is the founding director of the natural history museum BIOTOPIA in Bavaria. BIOTOPIA is expected to open in 2025 as an innovative museum and forum for life sciences and the environment. The museum aims to inspire visitors from all over the world and show the biological diversity of our planet: it should stimulate curiosity to explore different life forms and thus reconnect with nature. In addition, Michael John holds the Chair in Life Sciences in Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.