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In a world of constant change, there is a pressing need for all of us to re-imagine likely challenges and scenarios to address the future.

In this event, thinkers from Berlin, Oxford and beyond are coming together to look at likely futures for a complex world where the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ interact uneasily. They chart the move from global challenges to planetary imperatives and the impact of new technologies and of new forms of scientific knowledge (on democratic development, on health, on new forms of energy and ideas of social organisation and connectivity).

This event is in English.






  • Julia von Blumenthal, President; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Beate Kampmann, Academic Director; Oxford Berlin Research Partnership
  • Henry Marx, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research; Senate Department
    for Higher Education and Research, Health and Long-Term Care, Berlin
    Moderation through

Moderation throughout the day: Alexandra-Gwyn Paetz, Managing Director; Berlin University Alliance


Keynote: Building for a Changing World

Philipp Misselwitz, Executive Director Bauhaus Earth + Chair Habitat Unit; Technische Universität Berlin


Keynote Q&A


Coffee Break


Panel One: Future of Democracy

  • Alexander Betts, Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International
    Affairs; University of Oxford
  • Tarik Abou-Chadi, Associate Professor in European Union and Comparative
    European Politics; University of Oxford + Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow;
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Anita Gohdes, Professor of International and Cyber Security; Hertie School of
    Governance Berlin
  • Markus Kollberg, Post-Doctoral Researcher of Comparative Political Behaviour, Party
    Politics and Political Communication; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Chair: Petra Schleiter, Professor of Comparative Politics; University of Oxford




Artistic intervention: Everyday Objects of Musical Improvisation

  • Federico Visi – College of Architecture, Media and Design; Universität der Künste
    Berlin & Einstein Center Digital Future
  • Robert Laidlow; Jesus College (University of Oxford)
  • With support from Professor Berit Greinke and the Wearable Computing group at
    Universität der Künste Berlin
  • In collaboration with Nicola Privato and the Intelligent Instruments Lab at University
    of Iceland;
    Rebecca Lenton and Theo Nabicht at Ensemble KNM Berlin

Panel Two: Future of Global Health

  • Friederike Maechler, Associate Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and
    Environmental Medicine; Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Christiane Dolecek, Associate Professor at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and
    Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine; University of Oxford
  • Tochi Okwor, Coordinator Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention and
    Control Programme; Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) + former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana

Chair: Beate Kampmann, Scientific Director Charité Center for Global Health + Director Institute of International Health; Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Panel Three: Challenges in the European Energy System/Markets, and Lessons for the World

  • Thomas William Brown, Professor of Digital Transformation in Energy Systems;
    Technische Universität Berlin
  • Stefan Junne, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience;
    Aalborg University + External Lecturer at the Department of Bioprocess Engineering;
    Technische Universität Berlin
  • Radhika Khosla, Associate Professor, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment +
    ZERO Institute; University of Oxford
  • Ilka Cußmann, Head of Transformation of Energy Systems; Reiner Lemoine Institut

Chair: Paul Shearing, Director ZERO Institute; University of Oxford


Coffee Break


Panel Four: Shaping futures: utopias and projections in the arts and humanities

  • Peter Boxall, Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature; University of Oxford
  • Kathryn Murphy, Associate Professor at the Faculty of English; University of Oxford + Visiting Fellow at echo – Center for the Study of Rhetoric between Old and New
    Media; Freie Universität Berlin
  • Jan Lazardzig, Professor of Theatre Studies; Freie Universität Berlin
  • Barbara Wittmann, Universität der Künste Berlin

Chair: Wes Williams, Professor of French Literature; University of Oxford


Closing Observations: Next Era Magazine


Closing Words: Alexander Betts, Local and Global Engagement Officer; University of Oxford


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)
University of Oxford
Freie Universität Neu
Charité Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin, TU

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