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Falling Walls Circle Table: Science in a Multilateral World

Falling Walls Foundation | Jan-Martin Wiarda, Andrei Fursenko, Wan Gang, John Holdren, Annette Schavan

LIVE: Setting the Post-Corona-Agenda

Science and science policy has always been internationally oriented. National and cultural borders are secondary to the global search for knowledge and scientific breakthroughs. The pandemic is a current example of how, beyond politically difficult times, scientists seek dialogue with another. In particular, a new respect for facts is emerging and politicians are reacting to this in different ways.

What can science and science policy do to jointly overcome the pandemic and other crises for a prospective future of the global society? What is the best case scenario for the dialogue between politics and science? How can science succeed as a diplomacy of trust? These are some of the questions this discussion will seek to answer.

Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.

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Jan-Martin Wiarda

Independent Journalist

Jan-Martin Wiarda is an independent journalist, political scientist and economist.

Studied in Munich, Chapel Hill (USA) and German School of Journalism. Has been an author at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Brand Eins, the Financial Times Deutschland, Tagesspiegel and others. For 8 years has worked as an editor in Hamburg at ZEIT in the education department “Chancen” and for 3 years as Head of Communications at the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft . Since 2015 has worked as  freelance journalist, author and moderator. In 2016 defended his dissertation at the HU Berlin.

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Andrei Fursenko

Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

Andrei Fursenko is Aide to the President of the Russian Federation since 2012. In 2004 he was appointed as a Minister of Education and Science. Before he held several positions such as Deputy Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, the Director of Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development and the Vice President of the Advanced Technology Centre. Between 1971 and 1991 he was the deputy director for research at the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Leningrad State University as a Doctor of Physics and Mathematics.

Wan Gang

China Association for Science and Technology

With a PhD in engineering, Professor WAN Gang is Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party, and President of the 9th National Committee of the China Association for Science and Technology.

He obtained a doctorate (Dr. Ing.) at Clausthal University of Technology of Germany. He was President of Tongji University from July 2004. In December 2006, he became Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party and was elected Chairman in December 2007. From April 2007 to March 2018, he served as Minister of Science and Technology.

In March 2008, he was elected Vice Chairman of the 11th National Committee of the CPPCC, and re-elected Vice Chairman of the 12th CPPCC in March 2013 and Vice Chairman of the 13th CPPCC in March 2018.

In June 2016, he was elected President of the 9th National Committee of the China Association for Science and Technology.

John Holdren

Harvard University

John Paul Holdren served as the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues through his roles as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Annette Schavan

Former German Minister of Education and Research

Annette Schavan was the Federal Minister of Education and Research in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2013, and served as the German Ambassador to the Holy See from 2014 until 2018.

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