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Dr. Seraina A. Dual

Stanford University

Department of Radiology

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Group

Patient-specific design of
soft robotic medical devices

about
Seraina A. Dual is a post-doctoral fellow at the departments of Radiology at Stanford Medicine and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, mentored by Prof. Daniel Ennis, and Prof. Alison Marsden. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in Mechanical Engineering, a master's degree at ETH Zurich in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in robotics and biomedical application, and her Dr. of science at ETH Zurich in Mechanical Engineering with Prof. Mirko Meboldt. My research focuses on smart medical devices inspired by concepts frombiomedical engineering, sensor systems, and product design to enhance human health.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes diverting from finding innovative ways to move from treating disease to sustaining health.  
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes engineering health care products and systems that benefit all people in an equitable way  – across the globe and including all socioeconomic, gender, and racial groups.

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Kristin Fondahl

Volkswagen AG Group Innovation,

Sustainability Solutions

Field of Action and Lighthouse

Lead Go.Sub-Zero

The path to sustainable mobility – Go.Sub-Zero

about
Kristin Fondahl studied biomimetics („Bionik“) and mechanical engineering. After specializing in the field of robotics and mechatronics she worked at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Innovation Centre developing mobile robots and in this topic field she also started in the Volkswagen Group Innovation. After a year of sailing sabbatical Kristin Fondahl reoriented herself towards sustainability topics and now coordinates the field of action Go.Sub-Zero in the Volkswagen Group Innovation to develop innovations for carbon negative and circular mobility.
my vision of a sustainable future

My vision of a sustainable future includes sustainable mobility options for everyone.

my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes everyone.

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Dr. Barbara Güttler

Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe

Manager of Competence Field Material Cycles

Sustainability & Composite Materials

about
Dr. Barbara Güttler successfully graduated in 2007 at the University of Applied Science Berlin (Germany) in the program Biotechnology with an emphasis in bioprocess engineering. She then started her graduate studies at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where she began her research in the field of biocomposites. In 2012 she successfully graduated from her PhD program in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She joined the Institute of Composite Materials in April 2014 where she is the manager of the competence field "Material Cycles" in the department of materials science. Dr. Güttler is also the group leader for the AG Biocomposites at the Composites United e.V. West.
my vision of a sustainable future

My vision of a sustainable future includes that each and every single person takes responsibility for their actions.

my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

 My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes that people and institutions recognize the different social roles that everyone holds simultaneously and make holistic decisions that comprehends our whole.

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Dr. Jeanette Muñoz Abela

University of Malta

Lecturer & Director, Bureau 105

Curiosity: a key trait in the design process

about
Jeanette studied architecture and civil engineering at the University of Malta and went on to read for a Masters and PhD in Structural Engineering at Imperial College London.
 
She uses her experience in working in industry both in the UK and Malta within her lecturing and mentoring roles with both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
 
Her areas of research interest are instability of structures, and the interdisciplinary approach to the fusion of architecture and engineering by way of enhancing the experience and well-being of the ultimate user of the project.
 
She is a council member of the Kamra tal-Periti since 2016 where she acts as representative on the ECCE, FEANI and Inġiniera Malta as well as a member of the UIA Committee "International Women in Architecture". Jeanette is also the national representative of the IABSE.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes everyone! It needs to be inclusive, diverse, equal, decent, respectful, and just. I would like to think that the future holds the silver bullet that will solve global poverty, social exclusion, and environmental degradation. This is going to be difficult, but designers have a key role that they can play in this future.

A little goes a long way: good design – in its broadest definition of art, architecture, engineering, urban planning, visual communication, graphic design… - should lead to true sustainable solutions, and that we need to keep in mind that it costs the same amount to do something right as it does to do it badly. Designers have a social responsibility, to whomever they are designing for, to ensure this. We each need to do our little part in ensuring a happy and healthy world to pass on to our children.

 
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision for equal opportunities and female visibility includes the integration of the male and female archetypical orientations such that we are concurrently leaders and followers, so that we may all be more efficient, effective, and more respectful and nurturing towards each other. We need to learn how to use each other’s language in communicating and learn to trust each other and to collaborate with different disciplines and professions.

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Elisabeth Kindler-Abali

animi motus e.V.

Photo © Alessandro De Matteis

Instant choreography as artistic tool for sustainable and inclusive choreography

about
Elisabeth Kindler-Abali is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. Trained at the Palucca Schule Dresden, she has worked at Theater Darmstadt, Theater Bonn and Hans-Otto-Theater, with Rodolpho Leoni in Dresden, with Chaim Gebber and Chizu Kimura in Berlin, Oxymoron Dance Company Potsdam and bo komplex Bonn, with Julia Brendle in Limassol, Cyprus and with Epiphany Dance and Tim Rubel Human Shakes in San Francisco, USA. Since 2018, she has directed the contemporary dance company animi motus in Berlin, which works internationally and addresses socio-political issues. More info at: http://animimotus.de
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of sustainable future includes flat hierarchies.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes family friendly and flexible working times and places.

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Sophie Klemm, M.Sc.

Materials Science and Engineering

TU Berlin

The Stability of Mycelium Composites

about
Currently I am working on my PhD at TU Berlin in Material Science. For this I am interested in the hierarchical structure and mechanical properties of bracket fungi. Before coming to Berlin I was in Toulouse, France for my master thesis. I studied Material Science in Jena and Kiel.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes the awareness that we ourselves are a part of nature. And the willingness to live within the planetary limits. Along the way, new democratic instruments such as citizens assemblies’ help to include all perspectives into decision-making.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes a society that rejects all forms of discrimination. A society that acknowledges that not everyone has the same chances and that provides every person space to flourish.

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Prof. Dr. Ing. Kerstin Kracht

Universität Bremen

Head by proxy of Chair of Engineering Mechanics and Continuum Mechanics

A Year for the Protection of Works of Art from Mechanical Vibrations –
How Engineering and Restoration Students Worked Together on Concepts for Solutions

about
Kerstin Kracht completed her studies in Physical Engineering in 2006 at the Technical University Berlin. In 2011 she graduated with her PHD thesis “Investigation of the vibration behaviour of oil paintings dependent on aging” at the Chair of Mechatronics, TU Berlin. After a Post-Doc phase and a working phase as test and development engineer at an environmental testing lab she has been working as vibration technology expert in the field of Museums. In 2020 Kerstin Kracht was appointed as a Visiting Professor for the “Mechanics of Works of Art” at the Chair of Continuum Mechanics and Materials Theory, TU Berlin. Since April 2021 she is the Head (by proxy) of the Chair of Engineering Mechanics and Continuum Mechanics at Universität Bremen.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes the real attainment and appreciation of diversity.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes the confession that femaleness is not a disadvantage.

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Maxie Schneider

Weißensee School of Art

Department of Textile and Surface Design

Architecture in motion –
Adaptive textiles between light and shadow.

about
Maxie Schneider is an architect and teaches at the Weißensee School of Art in the Department of Textile and Surface Design. At the Design and Experimental Materials Research (DXM) research facility, she explores adaptive facades through the integration of smart materials in the ADAPTEX project. As part of the Matters of activity cluster of excellence, she researches active materials using her expertise in technical textiles, prototyping and computational tools. With a strong interest in unconventional material systems and hybrid tectonics, she develops solutions for a more sustainable material, design and building culture. As part of her PhD project at TU Berlin, she is exploring the potentials of a material-based design approach in architecture.
my vision of a sustainable future
The goal of my research is to stimulate interdisciplinary applicable design methods for environmentally sustainable material systems. Textiles drive the transfer of soft mechanisms and the implementation of smart materials as the basis for new building technologies.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

A greater recognition of female knowledge and holistic approaches in collaborative planning processes. 

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Ass. Prof. Dr. techn. Melanie Todt

TU Wien

Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics

Continuum Mechanics Modeling of Materials: Aims, Modeling Concepts, and Examples

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Melanie Todt completed her Master’s Studies in Mechanical Engineering at TU Wien in 2008 and was awarded her PhD for her work on “Continuum Shell Models for Multi-Layer Carbon Nanostructures” in 2012. She continued her academic career as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics, TU Wien, working mainly on the continuum mechanics modeling of thin film-substrate systems and the modeling of the impact behavior of fiber reinforced composites. In 2016 she was appointed as Assistant Professor for “Computational Multiscale Materials Modeling” at TU Wien and promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. Her research interests include the multiscale modeling of nanostructured and heterogeneous materials involving carbon nanostructures, thin films, architectured materials, and laminated composites.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes a society that is less driven by consumption and possessions and more concerned with the well-being, health and happiness of all requiring a slow and steady change in mindset that happiness is not linked to material possessions.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes working environments that strongly support the reconciliation of work and family life by providing high flexibility in working time and place of work. Pay should be equal and independent of gender for equal roles and responsibilities.

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Dr. Gabriele Zipf

Head of Exhibitions at Futurium, Berlin

Exhibiting Future(s)

about
Gabriele Zipf studied prehistory and social anthropology in Munich and Paris and received her PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. As a curator and project manager she realized the settings of new museums and developed the concepts for several exhibitions during the last 15 years. These projects have presented the challenge of communicating complex and often abstract themes to a broad public. She loves working on multidisciplinary topics and bringing science, the needs of societies, and the hopes of individuals together by breaking the boundaries between classic museums and science centers.
my vision of a sustainable future
My vision of a sustainable future includes equal opportunities for everyone not only in Europe but in every society and nation all over the world. Sustainable that means long term solutions for the actual challenges can only be negotiated and realized together – with equal partners.
my vision of equal opportunities and female visibility

My vision of equal opportunities and female visibility includes that we don’t have to talk about it any longer because everybody takes it for granted. A deep shift in the existing rules and patterns of power is needed!  

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