Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

Christof Paar, chairman of Embedded Security at Ruhr University Bochum, affiliated professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founder of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Uni Bochum, in his talk will deal with constructive and destructive parts of the latest evolution of our digital society. He will not only give examples on how evolutions are used for the better, namely in securing smart cars, but also how they can be used to pose a threat via malicious manipulations of the hardware.

To err is human – and can promote learning

Dr. Nikol Rummel, Full Professor of Educational Psychology in the Institute of Educational Research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Adjunct Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, will deal with the productivity of failure. She argues that failure is able to activate relevant prior knowledge and helps to gain a deeper understanding of the problem, and can thus prepare us for learning more successfully from subsequent instruction. The talk offers insights that might be relevant to both students and instructors in embracing the unexpected and leveraging failure to learn.

Radical feminism is a gift to men

Robert Jensen, Emeritus Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, author, founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and part of the team developing Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute in Salina, challenges with his talk the common belief, that feminism is a thread but rather a gift to men. There are both arguments from justice and from self-interest to present to men when explaining the radical feminist position, especially in the context of a critique of the sexual-exploitation industries (prostitution, pornography, stripping). In his talk, Jensen will reflect on his own experiences with (radical) feminism and the role of that feminism in making possible a richer, more meaningful life.

Changing riverscapes – from past requirements to fit-for-future

Dr. Nadine Gerner holds a diploma in biology from the University of Frankfurt and is specialized in freshwater biology and ecotoxicology and conducted her PhD at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig. Gerner talks about the benefits restoring rivers triggers in a region, after they have been misused as a network of open wastewaterways as it was done in the Ruhr are during coal mining. Yet, she also talks about new uncertainties and challenges like climate change. She argues that we need to adapt to new requirements, as we did in the past. This time, however, we need to do it with nature, not against it.

Equality in Education

Sagithjan Surendra, the child of two Sri Lankan refugees, author and founder of the NGO “Aelius Förderwerke.V.”, which supports young children and students from non-academic backgrounds, will deal in his talk with (the lack of) equality in education even in a progressive and democratic country such as Germany. Surendra tells his story and why he saw, at the age of 19, the need to found his NGO. He challenges the question what we can do to achieve the vision of the world where everybody – despite of social and financial circumstances – can embrace their full potential.

Work as an odyssey to the self

Astrid Schrader, former Youth Delegate to the United Nations, former management consultant turned entrepreneur, and the Founder of The Arc, will in her talk find answers to some of the most asked questions regarding work life. How do we find, create or rediscover work that is good, that excites us and fulfils us at the same time? Work that allows us to set out boldly? Schrader argues that if we want to build meaningful impact, we can’t numb ourselves or hide behind expectations. Instead: we have to acknowledge and face our own inner rollercoaster.

Female Empowerment in Africa

Tabitha Sindani, a doctoral researcher in Business Studies at Roehampton University Business School London, who is researching on policy and rural female entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa, will talk about her own experiences as a young woman going through a bad period in life, while hiding behind the perfect façade of social media. Her mission is to empower women and girls to defy the culturally embedded status quo about their role and place in society, by embracing the unexpected turns and twists that life brings.