Speakers 2020

Nicole Amberg

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

The STEM fatale Initiative


I am a postdoctoral FWF Hertha-Firnberg fellow in the lab of Simon Hippenmeyer at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria and my main goal is to uncover cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling how an organ of correct size and cell composition is built by focusing on the dissection of cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous functions of epigenetic mechanisms during neocortical development.

Thinking about the next steps of my career towards a leadership position, it was unavoidable to stumble across the phenomenon of the leaky pipeline. Thus, I have teamed up with colleagues to found “The STEM fatale Initiative” in 2020, which is a novel platform for women researchers and aims to promote gender equality in leadership positions in STEM. For being scientists, we have implemented a survey to collect data on factors impacting on women’s career decisions and trajectories. These data will allow the development of evidence-based, data-driven measures specifically tailored to the needs of women in STEM.

In my talk, I will walk you through the concept of The STEM fatale Initiative, present the survey data, and elaborate on our future goals and strategies.


Website: http://stem-fatale.com

Kiana Aran

CSO at Cardea

Assistant Professor at Keck Graduate Institute


Under Construction...


Website: https://www.aranlab.org//

Patrick Dieckhoff

Secretary General for Science Policy at Frauenhofer Gesellschaft


Under Construction...

Breanna Duffy

Research Operations and Outreach Director at New Harvest


Breanna is the research operations and outreach director at New Harvest, a global nonprofit that supports pre-competitive research in cellular agriculture. She holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering, where she focused on tissue engineering for medical therapeutics. Growing alarm over the environmental crisis and global food insecurity lead her to cellular agriculture, where she uses her background to help build a more sustainable and equitable food system. Cellular agriculture is the use of cell cultures to produce animal products without the need to raise and slaughter an animal. The field takes from decades of work in the medical space, where tissues are cultured for organ transplants. Breanna is focused on supporting scientists in creating the foundational research to translate those technologies into the food sector.


Website: www.new-harvest.org/

Maria Gomes Fernandes

Senior IPSC Scientist

Team Lead Cell Line Development at Meatable


As iPSC and tissue engineering scientist, Maria is responsible for cell line development. She’s an iPSC expert and highly experienced in working with stem cells and cell biology in general. She’s fascinated by the potential stem cells have, as they could become anything.

She came to the Netherlands for an internship at Leiden University Medical Centre, where she also received her PhD. After working at LUMC as a researcher, Maria felt that it was time to work on something more straightforward. She was one of the first who got recruited for Meatable and joined the team in spring 2019. She worked with the team to create that first piece of tissue, by the end of 2020 this resulted in the very first Meatable pork sausage. At Meatable she has the chance to contribute to something revolutionary, which will have an enormous impact worldwide.

Working @ Meatable in general: "It was a risk to start working for a start-up, but it was a risk I was willing to take. During my first job interview with Daan and Krijn, it became clear to me that their ambitions were really thought through. And that they would give it their all. I decided then and there to join the team and to be a part of that energy."


Website: https://www.meatable.com/

Mol Mir


Lab Assistant at Sánchez Alvarado’s Lab

Stowers Institute for Medical Research


Mol Mir is an artist and planarian biologist in Kansas City, MO, USA. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Interactive Arts, they started working as a lab assistant in Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado’s lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Mol specializes in building 3D models of planarian anatomy at the cellular level using serial block face scanning electron microscopy. They are currently working to understand the cellular architecture of protonephridia, the planarian excretory system. Mol also has experience working in many types of media, including drawing, sewing, and 3D modeling. In this interactive workshop, Mol will be demonstrating the many ways you can turn your own science into a work of art.


Website: https://molmir.com/

Adam Ruben





Under Construction...


Website: http://adamruben.net/

Peggy Sotiropoulou

Head of R&D at Celyad Oncology


I started my career in public relations, visiting the world as a freelance writer for travel magazines and organizing large sports events. My passion for biology, solving problems and helping others led me in my late 20s to pursue a Biology degree, followed by a PhD in Cancer Immunotherapy. I then joined the group of the cancer guru, Prof. Cedric Blanpain, to investigate the role of DNA damage and cancer stem cells in cancer development. I was appointed tenured Research Associate Professor in the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2010, leading cutting-edge research on the response and sensitization of recalcitrant tumors to therapy. In 2017, I decided to move to a Biotech environment, to learn how advanced research and innovation can be translated into actual treatments for patients. I am now Head of R&D at Celyad Oncology, overseeing a broad-range research program that aims to develop new strategies in CAR T cell designs to target hematological and solid malignancies. I would like to share with you how I made my career choices, how I used the experience gained in each step to succeed in the following one, and discuss how CAR-T cells transform from a scientific vision to a therapeutic option.


Website: https://celyad.com/

Elisabeth Steib

Head of Text & Research at Kurzgesagt


Elisabeth Steib studied communication design. Even during her studies she was interested in the content of a project at least as much as in layout and design. After gaining initial work experience in the advertising industry, she joined kurzgesagt in 2016 as a researcher and script writer. Meanwhile, she heads the editorial department as Head of Research and Text.


Website: https://kurzgesagt.org/

Bartlett Warren-Kretzschmar

Teacher of Environmental Planning

Leibniz University Hannover

Coach for scientific communication and other courses at

Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement


Dr.-Ing. Bartlett Warren-Kretzschmar, was born in New York and studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Cornell University. She has been teaching courses in landscape architecture and environmental planning at both American and German universities for the past thirty years. She was a guest professor in the international Master of Landscape Architecture programme at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg and professor in the Bioregional Planning Programme at Utah State University, where she also offered courses in research skills and scientific writing, as well as communication and rhetoric. Presently she is teaching in the Environmental Planning Department at Leibniz University Hannover.

In her workshop, she will teach you some principles of presentation & communication in science. The workshop is part of the SciencePlus® program designed byGolin Wissenschaftsmanagement.


Website: www.golin.net