Guest Speakers


The guest speakers of the 34th edition of the International Conference of Physics Students are confirmed. Be excited.

Among them are one nobel prize laurante, the Director General of the Eurpean Space Agency, a Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz award laureate as well as the President-elect of the European Physical Society:

 Prof. Dr. Gisela Anton – Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics

Source: Bayrischer Rundfunk

Gisela Anton is an excellent example how extraordinary teaching and outstanding research can be combined; a role model of the educational idea of Humboldt if you like. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz award laureate 1994, started her academic career in Bonn, where she also received her PhD as well as habilitation. In 1995 she accepted a professorship at the university of Erlangen where she has been one of the founding members of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP). Her career included working on the ELSA particle accelerator, designing the Amadeus detector as well as equipping the neutrino telescope ANTARES with acoustic sensors, but also applying physics for medical purposes.

Besides her innovative teaching including individually project-based lab courses she organises for 10 years regularly research weekends and weeks for high school students to support their interest in science beyond school – just like a sports club supports the interest of pupils beyond the school physical education. Her further awards range from the German Cross of the Order of Federal Merit to the price for good teaching of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer – University of Cologne

Source: University of Cologne
Claus Kiefer, who conducts research on the theory of quantum gravity and the fundamentals of quantum physics, studied in Heidelberg and Vienna. After his doctorate in Heidelberg, he moved to the University of Zurich in 1989 and to the University of Freiburg in 1993, where he qualified as a professor. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne.

He is active in the German Physical Society, among other things, as a board member and chairman of the division Gravity and Relativity as well as a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing – Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research

Source: Max-Planck Society

Klaus von Klitzing is a German physicist, renowned for the discovery of the integer quantum Hall effect, for which he was awarded the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics.

He started his career in Braunschweig and received his PhD from the university of Würzburg, where he qualified as a professor as well. Further, he conducted research at the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford and the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory in France (now LNCMI) until the Technical University of Munich offered him a professorship in 1980 – only five years after which he already has been able to win the Nobel prize in physics for the discovery of the Quantum Hall Effect. Since 1985 he has been the director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.

The von Klitzing constant, R_{K} = h/e^{2} = 25812.807557(18) Ω , is named in his honour and listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty. The inverse of the constant is equal to half that of the conductance quantum value. Interestingly enough, exactly this fundamental quantum mechanism will be used in the re-definition of our international system of units as one fundamental high precision measurement.
More recently, Klitzing’s research focuses on the properties of low-dimensional electronic systems, typically at low temperatures and high magnetic fields.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinger – Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics

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Thomas Klinger studied and received his doctorate in Kiel in the field of plasma physics. As a research assistant at the University of Kiel, Klinger was concerned with drift wave turbulence and nonlinear plasma structures. As visiting scientist he conducted research at the Alfvén Laboratory in Stockholm, the Centre de Physique Théorique and the Université Aix-Provence in Marseille and Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics in Garching.. After his habilitation in 1998 on “Control of plasma instabilities”, he followed a call to Greifswald.

There he is today the scientific director of the Wendelstein 7-X project and director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald. Wendelstein 7-X, the largest stellarator in the world, is mainly concerned to test the ability of this concept for nuclear fusion reactors in economic fusion power plants that take advantage of the heating principle of the sun.

Prof. Dr. Petra Rudolf – President-elect of the European Physical Society

Source: European Physical Society
Petra Rudolf is truly a European physicist. She was born in Germnay, moved to Italy for her last high school year and begun to study in Rome, followed by research stays in Trieste and the well-known Bell Labs in the USA, before moving back to Europe, to Namur, Belgium for her doctorate in 1993. In only ten years, she earned the chair of Experimental Solid-State Physics at the University of Groningen. In her more than 200 scientific articles she deals with graphene, organic thin films and molecular motors.

In addition to honours from half a dozen national physics societies and the European Commission, she was awarded the title of Knight by the Netherlands in 2013. Academically, for her work on molecular motors she received in 2007 the Descartes Prize of the European Commission.

Currently she is president-elect of the European Physical Society (EPS) and will take over the presidency in April 2019. Consequently, she will enrich the International Conference of Physics Students 2019 not only scientifically, but also as president of the EPS being a partnership as old as 20 years already.

Prof. Dr. Marc Timme – Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Source: TU Dresden
Marc Timme began his academic career in Würzburg, received his master’s degree in physics in New York, and was awarded his PhD by the University of Göttingen. After research stays in Exeter, UK and Cornell University, USA he became group leader at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization in 2006, adjunct professor in Göttingen in 2009 and finally chair of Network Dynamics in Dresden in 2017.

He deals with non-linear collective dynamics in networks. Those developed models can be applied, for example, in biotic, transport or economic networks, their design and optimisation. Concretely these are for example theory of precise timing in spiking neural networks, dynamics of modern power grids or also control and self organisation for autonomous robots.

For his work, he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal, the Max Planck Society’s Young Investigators Award, the Ashwin Chaos Award and has been appointed to the editor board of the New Journal of Physics.

Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner – Director General of the European Space Agency

Source: European Space Agency

Before Johann-Dietrich “Jan” Wörner became Director General of the European Space Agency in 2015, he already had a long and successful career in academia.

It began with his studies in Berlin and his doctorate in Darmstadt. He remained loyal to Darmstadt for many years before being appointed Chairman of the Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2007. Initially he begun in Darmstadt as a C3 Professor in 1990, then from 1992 to 1994 he has been dean of the civil engineering department, before he represented University of Darmstadt from 1995 to 2007 as President.

In addition, his abilities as a mediator are highly appreciated throughout different projects. For example, he was entrusted the conflict of interest related to the underground train station Stuttgart 21, but also with expansion project at the International airport of Frankfurt that is well-known as one of the European hubs. His multifaceted commitment has received numerous awards, including the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, various honorary doctorates and a membership of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.