Felix Gauger - The Magician and Moderator

Felix Gauger presents a series of modern and entertaining magic programs. With a humorous and friendly demeanor that cannot help to entertain for any occasion. Your guests will be laughing throughout the show guaranteeing a fun-filled experience!

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Christoph Bangert - The War Photographer

Christoph Bangert is an internationally renowned photo journalist. He is specialized on reporting about areas of conflict and political events all over the world. Among other things, he reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur, the Lebanon and Gaza Strip. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Stern and the Neue Züricher Zeitung. Also, he is an author of several books, e.g. Iraq: The Space Between (powerhouse 2007), Africa Overland (National Geographic 2013), War Porn (Kehrer 2014) and hello camel (Kehrer 2016). Christoph Bangert currently lives in Cologne with his family.

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Rebekka Reinhard - The Philosopher

Dr. Rebekka Reinhard has earned her PhD from Free University Berlin with a work on contemporary American and continental philosophy ("summa cum laude"). She has worked as a philosophical counselor for individual clients as well as for in-patients suffering from depression at the clinic of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and for oncological patients. Since 2007, she has been coaching and training managers and giving key note speeches for companies and global corporations. An editor at the German magazine HOHE LUFT, she’s also well-known for her essays and interviews with famous philosophers such as Judith Butler or Simon Blackburn. Rebekka Reinhard is the bestselling author of many books on philosophy, including „Die Sinn-Diät“, „Würde Platon Prada tragen?“ („Would Plato Wear Prada?“) and „Kleine Philosophie der Macht (nur für Frauen)“ („Small Philosophy of Power: for Women Only“)

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Aeham Ahmad - The Pianist from Yarmouk

He became known all over the world as the “Pianist from Yarmouk” playing in the midst of the destroyed Palestine Quarter Yarmouk in Damaskus. Born in 1988, he has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old. Dreaming of a career as a pianist he studied at the Bath University in Homs but was without a Syrian passport - unable to leave Syria to continue his studies in Europe. When the war started in 2012 many of his fellow students were living in peace somewhere in Europe or the US – however, he stayed and played against the terror. He deiced to play his piano (mounted to a handcart) in the bombed streets of Yarmouk. He gave a little joy in life, hope and faith to the remaining people, especially children and young people whose everyday life was determined by insecurity and uncertainty. After a child was killed by a sniper while he was playing the piano for them singing and when, subsequently, IS Jihadist soldiers (for them classical western music is a deadly sin) burned his piano, he had to flee from Syria. Today he lives in Germany reunited with his family where he contacted Palast Promotion (Wiesbaden) who is proud to present his first recordings on CD: “Yarmouk – Music For Hope”. In 2015 he was the first to receive the International Beethoven Award for human rights, peace, freedom, fight against poverty and inclusion.

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Lorenz Adlung - The Science Enthusiast

Lorenz Adlung was born in 1989 in beautiful Erfurt, Thuringia. He studied Systems Biology at Heidelberg University and is currently pursuing his PhD at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg. Lorenz Adlung is a true science enthusiast. He is regularly performing Science Slams, and he is an active scientific mentor at the Heidelberger Life-Science Lab at the DKFZ. Thereby, Lorenz Adlung is an untiring advocate of scientific freedom, independence and collaborations across all borders.

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Nele Pollatschek - The Writer

Nele Pollatschek is a writer, lecturer, and researcher. In her debut novel “Das Unglück anderer Leute” (Galiani, 2016), she examined the absurdity of family and freedom. Nele studied English literature and Philosophy at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge and holds a master’s degree (MSt) in literature from the University of Oxford. Also at Oxford, Nele is currently writing her doctoral thesis on the problem of evil in Victorian literature. She has taught classes on literature, creative writing, and argument structure. Nele is set to receive the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Prize for young authors.

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Florian Zinnecker - The Journalist

Florian Zinnecker, 32, started his journalistic career as a trainee at the local paper of his hometown Bayreuth, Germany. After studying Cultural Studies and Political Sciences in Lüneburg he attended Henri Nannen School of Journalism in Hamburg. Then he went back to Bayreuth as an editor for culture and the performing arts at the local daily »Nordbayerischer Kurier«. Currently he's working in the online section of »Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazine« in Munich and is contributing to »Opernwelt« and other magazines.

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Eileen Wagner - The Open Data Advocate

Eileen works in civic tech advocacy and is part of the team behind Code for Germany and the Prototype Fund. Her focus is on communications and content, and facilitating international exchange. She has a background in philosophy and logic, and likes to explore ways to make a difference with science and tech. She enjoys telling people about all things open.

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Christian Tidona - The Biotech Entrepreneur

Christian Tidona is a serial biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and managing director at the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life his focus has always been to foster innovation at the interface between academia and industry. Christian is board member of the BioRN Network and co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Christian is married and father of two children.

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Marta Reina-Campos - The Astrophysicist

Marta Reina-Campos, born in Barcelona in 1993, is an International Max Planck Research Fellow (IMPRS-HD) pursuing her PhD in Dr. Diederik Kruijssen's group at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ZAH-ARI) at the University of Heidelberg. She studied her BsC in Physics at the University of Barcelona and her MsC in Astrophysics between the universities of Barcelona and Leiden, where she spent a semester as an Erasmus+ student. In Heidelberg, her research focuses on the formation and evolution of stellar clusters in a cosmological context, with an emphasis on understanding the formation of globular clusters through numerical simulations.

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Hannes Kenngott - The Surgeon

Dr. Hannes Götz Kenngott, MSc, is surgeon and leader of the research group New Technologies and Data Science at the department for General, Visceral, and Transplantation surgery of the University Hospital Heidelberg. He is also medical project lead of the new surgical building of the University Hospital. In addition, he is co-founder of Mint Medical, the company driving the paradigm shift in radiology, oncology and clinical trials to structured and cognitive data science, diagnostics, reporting and therapy.

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Vera Nünning – The Literary Scholar

Vera Nünning is professor of English philology at Heidelberg University, where she also served as vice-rector for international affairs. She is an internationally renowned literary and cultural historian and narrative theorist. She has been a guest professor at various European universities, including Lisbon, Helsinki and Bergamo. As a fellow in the Institutes of Advanced Studies in Heidelberg and Mainz she conducted research projects on the cognitive value of fiction and the question of the un/reliability and trustworthiness of narrators. Many of her books on literary studies and British literature have become standard works; she also (co-)edited more than 20 volumes on narrative theory, gender studies, and cultural history. Among her most recent books are Reading Fictions, Changing Minds (2014), and Unreliable Narration and Trustworthiness (ed.) 2015.

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