Keynote speakers

21. Juni 2016

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart
“The need for true innovation has never been more profound then now. Deep-rooted structures and systems are being challenged to change. Just to be less bad, is simply not good enough. We are capable to think circular and create high-quality alternatives which are effective and beneficial for humans and nature. With this message Cradle to Cradle supports people to go beyond our traditional patterns and mindsets. If the future can be positive, why choose differently?” 
For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He co-authored (with William McDonough) the bestselling book of the same name, and has lectured at universities in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise has been published in numerous international magazines and journals. He has worked with several scientific institutes and companies across a range of industries, and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems and intelligent materials pooling. This approach paves the way to a new economic system for which, innovation, positivity, quality and creativity are key. That this can work, show hundreds of products that have been developed according to this principle. Nature is for Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart a source of inspiration and shows us how we can increase our positive footprint and celebrate life.
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22. Juni 2016

Prof. Dr. Tim Flannery (Plenary Speaker)
Optimising museum research towards sustainability
The biological collections held in natural history museums are a unique asset. Properly interrogated, they can provide key data in regard to the biological response to climate change, ocean acidification, epidemic diseases, their spread and host switching, and genetic and morphological changes over time. They are also a unique repository of information regarding the ecology and genetics of extinct taxa. The challenges to sustainability have never been so complex, nor the potential solutions so varied. From managing genetic diversity in relict populations, to responding to the pressures of climate change and the 're-wilding' of landscapes, the natural history museum, its collections and research capacities are increasingly vital.
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