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Keynote Speaker 2018

Summer Program 2018

Keynote Speaker

Klaus Markus Hofmann

Klaus Markus Hofmann

Klaus Markus Hofmann is Co-Founder of the European College of Human Ecology. He studied Economy and Human Ecology and graduated as “Civilekonom” from Gothenburg University, Sweden 1980 and pursued post-graduate studies at Stuttgart University, Leipzig University and Stanford Graduate Business School, Palo Alto. He is Founder of NETWORK Institute, exploring sustainable Infraculture and commons and serves at Freiburg University as a guest researcher for Sustainability Research in the Upper Rhine Cluster and faculty for sustainable mobility. Since 2010 he is senior fellow at the Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change, InnoZ Berlin. Since 2017 he is CEO and Administrative Dean of the European College of Human Ecology.

Suzanne Morse

Prof. Suzanne Morse

Suzanne holds an Ph.D. Botany, University of California, Berkeley. From 1988 to 1991, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She also was a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1996-1998, and at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.

Suzanne’s research includes plant physiological ecology and evolution, mechanisms of drought tolerance in plants, weed seed banks, effects of changing carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature on plant population dynamics, and the role of dietary fiber in the expression of type II diabetes. She is currently researching the role of the moon in traditional agriculture, methods of teaching participatory action research, and use of alder as an on-form source of soil amendments in vegetable production.

Suzanne joined the COA faculty in 1991, where she teaches a variety of courses in biology, botany, science and society, and agroecology. She also teaches in a masters program at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Students that have worked with Suzanne at COA have done a wide range of projects, including a radio program on seed saving, an analysis of the impact of the current national organic standards, photographic essays, and research on genetic imprinting in plants.

Duane Phillips

Duane Phillips

Duane Phillips is an architect and the director of DPZ-Europe in Berlin, Germany. DPZ-Europe is a partnership of DPZ practitioners and collaborators who are committed to the skills and techniques of traditional urbanism. With a combined total of over 30 years of practice, DPZ Europe’s experience spans the history of the revival of traditional urbanist planning and design, including new towns and communities, redevelopment projects, and sustainable design. Duane earned his B. Sci. Arch. in 1980 at Pennsylvania State University, USA and his AA Dipl. in 1982 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK. He is a member Royal Institute of British Architects and is certified by Berlin Building Ministry (Architektenliste), Germany. Furthermore he is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, USA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the German Architektenkammer in Berlin, Brandenburg and Thüringen.

Dieter Steiner

Prof. Dr. Dieter Steiner

Born 1932. Studies at the University of Zurich with a major in geography and minors in geology, biology and mathematics. Ph.D. 1960. Specialization in remote sensing, later in quantitative methods (statistics mainly). Held positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Zurich and the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Chair of quantitative geography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich from 1975 until the retirement in 1998. Founded a group of human ecology in 1985 that did interdisciplinary research, looking at the human-environment problem from a social sciences and humanities perspective, and taught courses within the environmental sciences curriculum. Editor or co-editor of three books on human ecological topics and author of biographies of John Muir and Rachel Carson. Member of the Committee for a European College of Human Ecology of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH).

Personal website (in German): www.humanecology.ch

Christine von Weizsäcker

Dr. Christine von Weizsäcker Dr. Christine von Weizsäcker is a biologist, researcher and activist. She has been working on technology assessment for civil society since the mid-seventies and participated in the negotiations of the Rio Process on sustainable development since 1992 and of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and its Protocols since 1994. She is president of Ecoropa, president of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), member of the Advisory Committee of the German Society for Human Ecology and member of the Board of the Federation of German Scientists Her many publications have contributed to the scientific and public debate.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, born 1939, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Web:
Earlier stations: Professor of Biology, University President, Director UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, New York, Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy, President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. 1998-2005 MP, Germany, Chair of the Bundestag Environment Committee. Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara, California. Publications: 1994 Earth Politics. 1997 Factor Four
(w/ A & H Lovins). 2010, Factor Five (w/ K. Hargroves et al).