Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester – keynote science

Director of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Katharina Landfester studied chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt. For her diploma thesis, she was at the Ecole d’Application des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg (Prof. M. Lambla). In 1995, she received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz after working with Prof. H.W. Spiess at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research on the synthesis and characterization of core-shell latexes by transmission electron microscopy and solid state NMR. After spending another year as a group leader at the institute, she moved for a postdoctoral stay at the Lehigh University (Prof. M. El-Aasser) where she first came in contact with the miniemulsion technique. She returned to Germany in 1998 joining the group of Prof. M. Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Golm. There, she led the miniemulsion group working on new possibilities in the synthesis of complex  nanoparticles. In 2002, she got her habilitation in physical chemistry at the University of Potsdam. In 2003, she accepted a chair (C4) of Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Ulm. Here, she started her activities in the field of biomedical applications in cooperation with several medical groups working on the interaction of nanoparticles with different cell compartments, the labeling of cells and the delivery of substances to specific sides. Since 2008, she is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. In 1992 and 1994, she obtained DAAD stipends for her research activities in Strasbourg.
For the research in the US, she got in 1996 a DFG stipend. In 1998, she received the Liebig stipend of the Fonds der chemischen Industrie (FCI). In 2001 she was awarded the Reimund Stadler price of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GdCh) and the price of the Dr. Hermann Schnell Stiftung. From 2002 to 2007, she was a member of the young academy (Junge Akademie) of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Deutschen Naturforscher Leopoldina; in 2003/2004 she as the spokesperson of the young academy. Since 2010, she is a member of the Academy of Technical Science (Acatech). She has published about 460 papers in international journals, some 30 reviews and holds 30 patents.

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Schmitz – keynote gender

Professor of “Gender and Science”, Institute of History, Humboldt University Berlin

Sigrid Schmitz currently is professor of “Gender & Science” at the Institute of History, at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2018 she starts a project on “Gendering MINT digital” which develops new and interactive Open Science formats to include gender approaches into research and teaching and to promote equal opportunity initiatives in SET disciplines.
With a PhD in biology (1992) her research and teaching covers approaches in Gender & Science Technology Studies since more than 20 years with particular focus in gender aspects in brain sciences and contemporary neurocultures, body discourses in neo-liberal societal changes, and in feminist epistemologies. She contributes to the development of didactic concepts for gender studies in SET-disciplines.
From 1999 to 2009 she was university lecturer at the University of Freiburg/Germany, where she initiated and headed the Forum of Competence “Gender Studies in Computer and Natural Sciences“ [gin] together with Britta Schinzel. From 2010-2015 she held the Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Vienna and was visiting professor at the University of Graz/Austria (2003, 2015/16), at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2008) and at the University of Oldenburg/Gemany (2009/2010).

Prof. Dr. Lynn Conway – canceled

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, University of Michigan

After earning her BS and MSEE from Columbia, Lynn joined IBM Research in 1964, where she made foundational contributions to computer architecture.
Fired by IBM as she underwent gender transition in 1968, Lynn started her career over again in ‘stealth mode’.
Joining Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973, Lynn invented powerful methods for silicon chip design,
was principal author of the seminal text on the subject, and pioneered the teaching of the methods at MITlaunching a world-wide revolution in microelectronic design in the late 1970’s. Lynn also invented e-commerce infrastructure for rapid chip-prototyping,
spawning the modern “fabless design” plus “silicon foundry” industrial model for semiconductor design and manufacturing.
As Assistant Director for Strategic Computing at DARPA, Lynn led DOD’s 1980’s effort to build the US technology-base
for intelligent weapons systems. Lynn joined the University of Michigan in 1985 as Professor of EECS and Associate
Dean of Engineering, where she continued her distinguished career. Now retired, she lives with her engineer husband
Charles Rogers on their 24 acre homestead in rural Michigan. They’ve been together 30 years. With growing pride
in her accomplishments, Lynn quietly came out via the internet as she neared retirement in 1998. Her website,, quickly became a beacon of hope for transgender people
world-wide. In 2012, Lynn published her “VLSI Reminiscences”,
finally revealing how – closeted and hidden behind the scenes – she conceived the ideas and orchestrated the
events that shaped a vital industry. Lynn has received many awards for her work, including election to the National
Academy of Engineering and honorary doctorates from Trinity College, Illinois Institute of Technology and the
University of Victoria. In 2015 Lynn received the James Clerk Maxwell Medal from the IEEE and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Her citation included these words: “

Lynn Conway’s work has provided the underpinnings for innovations, discoveries, and achievements in every area of scientific and humanitarian study.”