Team Members

Silke Beck

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Silke Beck is an internationally recognized expert in the field of global environmental assessments as well evidence-based policy-making on climate change. She was (co)leading international inter- and transdisciplinary projects on climate change, ecosystem management, innovation and sustainable transformation. Recently, Beck is the principal investigator of the GoST project as part of the Belmont-Norface research programme, “Transformation towards Sustainability”. She is the co-leader of UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group (SPEG) which has contributed to a variety of practical attempts to integrate research insights into recent assessment activities, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), such as lead expert nominated for the scoping of the IPBES assessment of transformative change.

Timothy van Galen

Technical University of Munich

I am a MA student in the Responsibility in Science, Engineering & Technology at TUM, where I work as a research assistant for Sebastian Pfotenhauer on the CompCoRe project. I have a background in Cultural Anthropology and I am writing my thesis on the Covid-19 response in the Netherlands and Germany with a focus on civic epistemologies and the distribution of responsibility between the state, science and citizens.

Julian Nardmann

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Julian Nardmann has a master degree in Political Science from the University of Leipzig. His thesis focused on institutional fragmentation in international climate finance. Currently he is working as a research assistant for Silke Beck at the CompCoRe and GoST project. His professional background is in the fields of Political Science, Social Science and Public Law.

Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Technical University of Munich

Sebastian Pfotenhauer is the Co-Director of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) and Carl von Linde Associate Professor for Innovation Research at Technical University of Munich. An STS and innovation policy scholar, Sebastian’s research interests include innovation cultures and strategies, the global circulation of innovation practices, global governance of emerging technologies, and co-creative responsible innovation practices, and capacity-building in science and innovation. He is the coordinator of the Munich Cluster for the Future of Mobility in Metropolitan Regions (M Cube) and of the EU-Horizon2020 project SCALINGS (“Scaling up co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation”), a flagship initiative investigating the use of new collaborative innovation formats such as living labs and pre-commercial procurement in robotics, autonomous driving, and urban energy systems. Before joining TU Munich, he was a research scientist and lecturer with the MIT Technology & Policy Program and the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, as well as a fellow at the Harvard Program on Science, Technology and Society. He has served as consultant on innovation policy to various regional and national governments, as well as for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France. He holds an S.M. in Technology Policy from MIT, a PhD in Physics from the University of Jena, Germany, and has received post-doctoral training in STS and public policy at MIT and Harvard.

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