Plenary speakers

Main speakers of the Global Challenges Science Week 2019 

Etienne AnheimEtienne ANHEIM
Director of studies, Centre de Recherches Historiques, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
Tuesday 4 June | 9:15 - 10:00am | Heritage sciences between nature and culture

Etienne Anheim, born in 1973, is director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), director of EHESS Edition and vice chair of the Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine. His researches concern mainly culture and arts history in Europe at the end of the middle age and at the Renaissance period. He works also on the interdisciplinary approach of artistic materiality, in the context of the Laboratory of excellence « Patrimoines matériels » and the major interest area « Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux ». Regular collaborator of Le Monde and France Culture, he published many scientific articles and books as Clément VI au travail. Lire, écrire, prêcher au XIVe siècle (in 2014) and Le travail de l’histoire (in 2018), by Editions de la Sorbonne.
Terje AVENTerje AVEN
University of Stavanger, Norway
Thursday 6 June | 9:15 - 10:00am | How risk science can support decision-making under uncertainty

Terje Aven is Professor of Risk Analysis and Risk Management at the University of Stavanger, Norway, He has many years of experience as a risk analyst and consultant in industry, and is the author of many books and papers covering a broad range of risk science topics.  He has served as the Chair of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) and as the President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) worldwide.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Risk and Reliability, and Associate editor for Risk Analysis.
Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy & Associate Director, Wallenberg Research Link - Stanford University
Monday 3 June | 8:30 - 9:15am | Some Current Challenges in Science Policy (provisional title)

Arthur Bienenstock is Special Assistant to the President of Stanford University for Federal Research Policy & Associate Director, Wallenberg Research Link. He is a former president of the American Physical Society, serving in that role in 2008. He is also the former director (1978–1997) of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. He was Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University from 2003 until 2006.  He served as Associate Director for Science of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 11/1997 to 1/2001 and presently serves as a member of the National Science Board, having been appointed by President Obama in 2012.
Gilles DOWEKGilles DOWEK
Professor at l'ENS Paris-Saclay and researcher at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Paris
Wednesday 5 June | 4:30pm - 5:45pm | Some new ethical questions posed by the development of computer science and artificial intelligence

Gilles Dowek is a researcher at Inria and professeur attaché at the ENS Paris-Saclay. He has conducted research on the relationships between programming languages and mathematical language, on computerised systems for processing mathematical proofs, and on software security, as well as, epistemology and ethics of informatics. He was awarded "Grand Prix" of Philosophy 2007 by the Académie française. He is a member of the Scientific board of the Societé informatique de France and of the CERNA, Commission de réflexion sur l'éthique de la recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique d'Allistene, and is particulary committed to the scientific mediation, informatics teaching and its society issues.
Jose E. AndradeJose E. ANDRADE
George W. Housner Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering & Cecil and Sally Drinkward Leadership Chair – Caltech
Monday 3 June | 9:15 - 10:00am | What would it take to build on Mars?

José E. Andrade is a professor of civil and mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he holds the George W. Housner professorship and a Cecil and Sally Drinkward Leadership Chair. In January 2016, he became the Executive Officer for Mechanical and Civil Engineering. In 2017, he received the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award. The following year, he was awarded the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.
Head of Institute of Clinical Biochemistry, Hannover Medical School
Thursday 6 June | 8:30 - 9:15am | Glycobiology, new perspectives for neuroscience

Prof Rita Gerardy-Schahn is the head of the Institute of Clinical Biochemistry, at Hannover Medical School of (DE). Her research at the interface of carbohydrate biochemistry and neuroscience unravel the role of sialic acid in the centran nervous system. She also conducts an inter-institute project on Polysialic acid: A new scaffold material for nerve transplants.

Simon ThorpeSimon THORPE
Director of the Toulouse Mind & Brain Institute and Brain & Cognition Research Center (CerCo)
Tuesday 4 June | 8:30 - 9:15am | Finding repeating patterns: A key to intelligence in man and machine?

Simon Thorpe’s research is a mix of neurophysiolgy, psychophyiscs, computer modelling and theoretical work. He is currently half way through a 5 year ERC advanced grant called “The M4 project : Memory Mechanisms in Man and Machine”, which aims to understand how we can store sensory memories that can last for an entire lifetime. The main hypothesis is that we store memories in “grandmother cells” that can remain totally silent for months or years – neocortical dark matter. Recruited by the CNRS in 1983, he moved from Paris to Toulouse in 1993 to help create the Brain & Cognition Research Center (CerCo). He became the lab director in 2014, and also took over the direction of the Toulouse Mind & Brain Institute and Brain in January 2016.