Audimax (Image: David Hartfiel)

Programme at a glance

The symposium comprises two parallel programmes. The first is dedicated to the future of research in general (Hall 1 – Großer Hörsaal). The second focuses on the specific challenges of individual disciplines and their most important contributions to knowledge (Hall 2 – Kleiner Hörsaal).


18 January 2018




Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Joachim Hornegger, Erlangen, President of FAU



Keynote (Hall 1 – Großer Hörsaal):

Biological targets and drugs of the future: Molecular physiology meets chemistry

Prof. Brian Kobilka, M.D., Stanford
Prof. Dr. Peter Gmeiner, Erlangen

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Erlangen



Scientific Methods and Development of University

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann, Munich: Simulations and the Future of Research

Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher, Berlin: Contradiction in terms or methods to madness? Outlook on the role of foresight in strategic development of universities

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Günter Leugering, Erlangen

Values in a Globalized World

Andrea Kuhn, Nuremberg: Human Rights Films: Between Impact and Integrity

Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, Erlangen: Human Rights: Towards a Non-Harmonious Consensus

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Erlangen





Science, Society and Risk Management

Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Munich: Science of the future: research and innovation with and for society

Dr. Rafael Popper, Finland: Foresight and the Future of Science

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, Erlangen

Energy and Climate challenges

Prof. Dr. Martin Bichler, Munich: Markets as Policy Tools: About Phones, Fish, Energy, and Algorithms

Prof. Dr. Dirk Guldi, Erlangen: Molecular Basis for Energy Conversion and Storage

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, Erlangen


Coffee Break



Funding and Industry Research

Klaus Uckel, Bonn: DLR Projektträger: A reliable partner for research, innovation and education

Dr. Frank Anton, Erlangen: Future of Industry Research and Collaboration

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Paulsen, Erlangen

Future of Medical Engineering

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schüttler, Erlangen: Health Technology Innovations and the future role
of physicians

Prof. Dr. Erich R. Reinhardt, Erlangen: Digital Health 4.0

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Ben Fabry, Erlangen




Evening lecture (open to public, in German)

Audimax, Bismarckstr. 1

Dr. h.c. Thomas Reiter, Darmstadt: “Die Exploration des Weltraums – Aktuelle Höhepunkte und zukünftige Entwicklungen”

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Erlangen


Gala dinner (Redoutensaal, Erlangen)


19 January 2018





Keynote (Hall 1 – Großer Hörsaal):

Program change: Please note that, due to illness, Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen will not be able to give his keynote speech.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Diefenbach, Berlin: How the microbiota controls the setpoint of the innate immune system

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Krönke, Erlangen: Mechanisms and therapy of chronic inflammatory diseases
Prof. Dr. Christian Bogdan
, Erlangen: Reactivation of chronic infections following immunosuppression
Prof. Dr. Ralf Linker
, Erlangen: Pathogenesis and therapy of multiple sclerosis

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Erlangen


Science Journalism and Communication

Volker Stollorz, Cologne: Alternative facts or Enlightenment? Challenges in the age of digitalized science communication

Henriette Löwisch, Munich: Communicating Science under Trump: how researchers and journalists in the US are reacting to populism and media crisis

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Antje Kley, Erlangen

Digital World

Prof. Sebastian Pokutta, Ph.D., Atlanta: Machine Learning and Decision-making in the Real-World

Prof. Albert Heuberger, Erlangen: The Future of Cognitive Sensors

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin, Erlangen





What tomorrow’s world is made of

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Peukert, Erlangen: Material design by process innovation

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Berlin: Sustainable Energy: Systems and Science

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch, Erlangen

Medical Challenges of the Future

Prof. Lucy Walker, London: CTLA4 and the future of immunotherapy

Prof. Dr. Thomas Brabletz, Erlangen: Mechanisms of Tumor metastasis
PD Dr. Claudia Günther, Erlangen: Induction of cell death in tumors
Prof. Dr. Gerold Schuler, Erlangen: Immunotherapy of malignant tumors

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Falk Nimmerjahn, Erlangen

Coffee Break



The Future of Work

Prof. Michael C. Burda, Berlin: The Future of Work: An Economist’s Perspective

Panel discussion:
Prof. Dr. Lutz Bellmann, Nuremberg
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Niessen, Erlangen
Prof. Dr. Rainer Trinczek, Erlangen

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Claus Schnabel, Nuremberg

Light matters

Dr. Peter Banzer, Erlangen: Structured Fields and Light-Matter-Interactions at the Nanoscale

Prof. Dr. Christophe Salomon, Paris: Laser cooled atoms on Earth and in Space

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, Erlangen


Keynote (Hall 1 – Großer Hörsaal):

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Bonn: The Rationale Behind Knowledge-Driven Research Funding

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Erlangen



Jubilee Concert (St. Matthäus Church)

  • Elena Belakova, Soprano
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, Baritone
  • Academic Choir and
  • FAU’s Collegium musicum
  • Musical Direction: FAU Director of Music Prof. Dr. Konrad Klek