"Sustainability, Climate and what Diversity has got to do with it"

"Sustainability, Climate and what Diversity has got to do with it"


  • Start: Sep 1, 2019
  • End: Sep 4, 2019
  • Location: Harnack-Haus (Haupteingang), Ihnestr. 16, Berlin-Dahlem
  • Host: Max Planck Society
  • Contact: birgit.adam@gv.mpg.de
"Sustainability, Climate, and what Diversity has got to do with it"
The Max Planck Symposium is an intensive, two-day career conference serving as a platform to connect international Max Planck Alumni and Max Planck Early Career Researchers of all disciplines and Institutes. The topic of every symposium is suggested and realized by the participants themselves, who are then supported by high level experts and invited guests.


Registration is closed.

Note to alumns, especially when travelling from abroad: We have a limited number of travel grants available to all alumns* travelling from abroad. If you choose to apply for a travel grant during registration, we suggest to spend extra care on filling out the motivational questionaire. If you need an invitation letter for your visa application, please contact directly.

Note to participants travelling with children: We highly enourage you to make use of our on-site daytime childcare. After you've checked the corresponding box during registration we will get in contact with you to arrange the details.

There is no registration fee.

* To include all genders and facilitate transparent communication, alumni and alumnae will be referred to as alumns, henceforth and throughout the conference.

Programme (preliminary)

Please note that the programme is constantly updated as speakers are confirmed. Please check last year's programme for reference.

Sunday, 1st September 2019
Arrival, MPAA matters and Welcome Dinner

13.00 | Registration Desk opens (Harnack-Lobby)

12.30 - 18.00 | Assembly of the MPAA (for MPAA members only)

                         12.30 - 14.00 | Light Lunch for the Assembly Members (Lobby)

                         14.00 - 15.30 | Assembly of the MPAA (open to all MPAA members) (Meitner Saal)

                         14.00 - 15.30 | General Meeting of all Max Planck Alumni Ambassadors, Room II tba

                         15.30 - 16.00 | Presentation of MPAA Ambassador's Program to the Assembly (Meitner Saal)

                         16.00 - 18.00 | Assembly of the MPAA (only delegates) (Meitner Saal)

                         16.00 - 18.00 | Meeting of all Max Planck Alumni Ambassadors, Room II tba

16.00 - 18.00 | City Tours through Dahlem (Guided Tour or App Tour)

18.30 - 19.00 | Reception with Drinks and Welcome (Harnack-Lobby)

19.00 | Welcome Dinner (Harnack House Restaurant and Garden)

Monday, 2nd September 2019
Careers -- Keynotes and Panel

9.00 - 10.00 | Registration (Harnack-Lobby)

10.00 - 10.30 | Opening and Welcoming Address (Goethe-Saal)

10.30 - 11.00 | Sigourney Luz (Communications Manager at IPCC)

11.00 - 11.30 | Andi Gros (Data Scientist at Facebook) -- "Building Data Products for Social Good"

11.30 - 12.00 | Coffee Break

12.00 - 12.30| Jonas Binding (Product Manager for Autonomous Driving at BOSCH)

12.30 - 13.00 | Theofanis Karaletsos (Machine Intelligence Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs)

13.00 - 13.30 | Olga Dubey (CEO at AgroSustain)

13.30 - 15.00 | Lunch (Harnack House Garden and Restaurant)

15.00 - 15.30 | Alexis C. Johnson (Entrepreneur and Consultant in Diversity)

15.30 - 16.00 | Elias Habbar-Baylac (Gender Advisor at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development))

16.00 - 16.30 | Martina Sitt (Professor for Art History and Mentor to Women in Science)

16.30 - 17.00 | Coffee Break (Harnack-Lobby)

17.00 - 18.00 | Panel Discussion with Alexis C. Johnson, Andi Gros, Olga Dubey, and Theofanis Karaletsos moderated by Conny Czymoch

18.00 - 22.00 | Dinner, Drinks and Archery (Harnack House Garden and Restaurant)

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Engagement -- Keynotes and Workshops

9.00 - 10.00 | Registration (Harnack-Lobby)

10.00 - 10.30 | Sandra Schöttner (Ocean's Campaigner and Global Project Leader at Greenpeace)

10.30 - 11.00 | Ali Al-Sawalmih "Sustainable Management of Water, Energy, and Environment in Developing Countries" (Director at Marine Science Station University of Jordan)

11.00 - 11.30 | Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00 | Konstanze Steiner (Molecular Scientist at Cawthron Institute)

12.00 - 12.30 | Gabriela Peyrera (FarmRoots at Grow NYC)

12.30 - 14.00 | Lunch (Harnack House Garden and Restaurant)

14.00 - 15.30 | Workshop session I

Amal Kasry "The interface between intellectual property and diversity" Meitner-Saal

Jakob Schweizer "Change management for sustainability: How to get everyone on board" Goethe-Saal

Kathy Edersheim and Drago Milovanovich "Expertise and Enthusiasm - A workshop on public speaking on technical subjects for a non-technical audience" (Limited to 15 people) Warburg-Saal

Richard Schubert "Comparative Alumnistics" Mozart-Saal

Tina Persson (Career Coach) Ruska-Saal

Isabell Tunn (Cradle to Cradle e.V.) und Johannes Stiglmair (TRNSFRM) „Cradle to Cradle - A circular economy concept” Lynen-Saal

15.30 - 16.00 | Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30 | Workshop session II

Alexis C. Johnson and René_ Rain Hornstein (Freie Universität Berlin, Research Project Leader on Internalised Trans*phobia and Community Empowerment) "Internalized Oppression and Diversity in Academia" Meitner-Saal

Ritu Mishra "Impact of Women empowerment in sustainable development; Lessons from India" Ruska-Saal

Jorge Saturno, Faten Attig-Bahar and Bell Kuei-Hua Hsu "Sustainability and air quality. Interactive negotiation role-play" (Workshop announcement) Mozart-Saal

Eliza Lvova and Kathy Edersheim "MPAA Reads" Warburg-Saal

Prateek Mahalwar "Sustainable Start-Up Careers" Lynen-Saal

18.30 - 19.00 | Reception at Planck Lobby

19.00 - 19.30 | Closing Ceremony

19.30 - 21.00 | Cultural Running Dinner and Dance Off

Wednesday, 4th September 2019

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