Keynote Speakers

Prof. Franz Josef Radermacher


Franz Josef Radermacher

Research and development for practice oriented knowledge processing is the main focus of FAW/n (Forschungsinstitut für Angewandte Wissensverarbeitung/n, Ulm, Germany). The research approach comprises companies, economy, policy, public institutions, and society. Background for this work is to achieve worldwide sustainable development in consideration of globalization, population trends, environmental protection, economic growth, financial systems, and global governance. Professor Franz Josef Radermacher brings with his keynote "Globalization Sustainability Future – Balance or Destruction" light into the darkness of the complex and mutual relationships between global economies, finances, population growth, poverty and environmental protection. His view offers solutions to how the world could be transformed through sustainable development. Radermacher holds a faculty position for "Data Bases/Artificial Intelligence" at the University of Ulm and serves as Director of FAW/n (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing), Ulm. He is a member of the Club of Rome and of several national and international advisory boards as well as President of the Senat der Wirtschaft e.V. (Senate of Economy), Bonn, President of the Global Economic Network (GEN), Vienna, and Vice President of the Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna. Radermacher has been awarded international prizes and honours such as The Salzburg Award for Future Research, the Vision Award of the Global Economic Network, and the Karl-Werner-Kieffer Award allocated by the Foundation Ecology and Agriculture. Recently, he was appointed as Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).

Prof. Mojib Latif


Mojib Latif

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world's leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. With this broad spectrum GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the institute has successfully bridged the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. Professor Mojib Latif studied meteorology and has been a professor at GEOMAR since 2003. He is a member of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and a board member of the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK) e. V. (German Climate Consortium).

Latif is one of the authors of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change) reports. He is considered a leading specialist for computer models that calculate the climate of the future. With his keynote "The Challenge of Long-Term Climate Change," he reflects among other topics the anthropogenic effects on the climate – which, among other things, show themselves in global warming. He is an engaged warner of the global warming impacts. He received the Max Planck Award for public science for his ability to explain complex research results in a way intelligible to the general public.

Felix Finkbeiner

Plant-for-the-Planet Initiative

Felix Finkbeiner

The Plant-for-the-Planet Children´s Initiative was founded in January 2007 by Felix Finkbeiner. It has its origin in a school presentation about the climate crisis of the - back then - 9-year-old Finkbeiner. Inspired by Wangari Maathai, who planted 30 million trees in Africa, Finkbeiner developed at the end of his presentation the vision that children could plant one million trees in each country of the world to create a CO2 balance therewith.

During the following years Plant-for-the-Planet developed to a worldwide move: At present approx. 100,000 children all over the world pursue this goal. They understand themselves as an initiative of world citizens which campaign for climate justice in the sense of total reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases and an homogeneous distribution of those emissions among all humans. Since March 2011 Plant-for-the-Planet has a democratic structure with a Global Board which consists of 14 children from eight nations. Finkbeiner is an experienced speaker and UN-Ambassador for Climate Justice. Currently, he acts as president of the Global Board of his initiative.

Customer Presentations

Christian Simbeck

Bavarian Forest Administration

Christian Simbeck

The Bavarian State Institute of Forestry (Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald- und Forstwirtschaft) is a research institution for sustainable forest research and management in a national and international context. The research contributes to the world's transformation with practice oriented research and consulting. An economically successful, social balanced and environmentally compatible development of forestry management is the result.

Within those tasks GIS plays an important role to achieve sustainable forest development. The most recently GIS development leads to the Bavarian Forestry Information System (Bayerisches Wald-Informationssystem), BayWIS.

Christian Simbeck has a professional background of forestry management and leads this project since 2009. With his presentation of BayWIS, Simbeck shows what has been taken into consideration to make BayWIS a successful tool with a high practical value for work processes of the forestry administration

Ulrich Baldauf

Hamburg Port Authority

Ulrich Baldauf

Hamburg Port Authority's (HPA) task is to ensure maximum efficiency, safety and economy in all areas of the port infrastructure. Processes needed to achieve this goal are supported by optimised IT and communications technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS).

Committed and future-orientated thinking and trading are the foundation of day-to-day work: The aim is not only to provide the conditions for a growing port, rather to actively promote and shape this development.

One of the pillars of HPA's IT strategy is GIS in its role of an enterprise wide geographic information system. Ulrich Baldauf, with a strong background in computer sciences, and experience as software engineer and IT-consultant is responsible for the management of HPA's IT strategy. He will demonstrate how HPA benefits from the Web GIS concept, from data enrichment through integrated sensor information like tide gauge and traffic data and moving objects like ships and vans.

Joachim Herrmann

Bavarian Minister of the Interior

Joachim Herrmann

Joachim Herrmann, born in 1956, has been a member of the Bavarian State Parliament since 1994, Bavarian Minister of the Interior since 2007, and second deputy of the Bavarian Premier since 2008. Previously, Herrmann held leading positions in the administration, for example at the Bavarian State Chancellery, and in the private industry as corporate counsel in the legal department of Siemens AG. He has been politically active since 1977 and holds a series of honorary offices. Herrmann studied law at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen and at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich.