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Who owns Science?

Bayer Foundation, SciCo | Theo Anagnostopoulos, Jutta Allmendinger, Christian Rommel, Jola PoSpech

Can the science of tomorrow be guided by today’s society?

Can science include us all? How can the role of society in scientific practice and constructive dialogue be enhanced? How important is equality in science? Is open data a blessing or a threat? How can we immunize citizens to fake news? Does citizen peer reviewing of scientific articles really help?

Five experts from various backgrounds come together to discuss if and why society needs a voice in science. The panel will touch upon the reciprocal interaction of science and society and will explore the valuable and necessary input from the scientific world towards society but also the way society can play an active role in science policies, research and innovation. Open science, patents, fake news, infobesity, equality, trust in science will be a few of the key points discussed by accredited individuals in the sectors of academia, private companies and key societal institutions.


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Scientist, science engager, social entrepreneur, co-founder of SciCo, founder of Theta Communications

Theo is a science engager, a social entrepreneur and a National Geographic Explorer. He is the Co-Founder and General Manager of SciCo, an international social enterprise aiming to make science and technology simple and understandable to the public and to various stakeholder groups. Under his leaderships, SciCo has run more than 200 high-impact national and international outreach activities and programs namely the “Athens“, “Patras”, Thessaly, “Ioannina”, “Aegean” and “Mediterranean” Science Festivals, “Mind the Lab”, “STEMpowering Youth”, “Generation Next” and “Celebrity Science” amongst others. Collectively they have reached more than 300.000 people. Moreover, he is the Founder of Theta Communications, a company specializing in corporate innovation.

Theo holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London and his Post-Doctoral Research work was in hereditary cancer. He has received training in social entrepreneurship and leadership from Stanford University (2016) and Columbia (2019) respectively.

He is an Ashoka Fellow for his work on social entrepreneurship and science education. He has received the British Council UK Alumni Social Impact Award (2017), the Newcastle University Alumni Impact Award (2019) and the Ecsite Marianno Gago Award (2019). He is also a member of the Explorers Club in New York.

Theo has travelled in 92 countries, in 6 continents.

Jutta Allmendinger



Sociologist, president of WZB Berlin Social Science Center and member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC)

Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D. is President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of Sociology at Humboldt Universität Berlin. She was appointed to both positions in 2007. In addition, she has served as Honorary Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin since 2012. Jutta Allmendinger studied sociology and social psychology in Mannheim and Madison, Wisconsin, earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University and her habilitation degree at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1992 to 2007, she was a professor at the Ludwig Maximilians Universtät in Munic; from 2003 to 2007, she served as head of the Federal Employment Agency’s Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg.

Her multiple honors and awards include the German Federal Cross of Merit First Class and an honorary doctorate of the University of Tampere, Finland. Jutta Allmendinger serves on several advisory boards in Germany and abroad. Furthermore, she is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Berlin’s public cleaning services (BSR) since 2016. In 2021, she has been appointed as a member of the Pontificial Academy of Social Sciences by the Holy Father and as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council by the UK Government.

Photo: Copyright WZB/David Ausserhofer

Christian Rommel



Head of Bayer Pharma Research & Development and lecturer of biotechnology at ETH Zurich

Christian Rommel became EVP, Global Head of Research & Development and a member of the executive committee of Bayer Pharmaceuticals in February 2021.

He joined Bayer from Roche, where he was most recently Senior VP, Global Head of Oncology, Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED). Rommel also served at Amgen as Vice President of External Research and Development. Before that role, he was Amgen’s Vice President, Research Oncology.

Previously, Christian Rommel served as Chief Scientific Officer of Intellikine, a private biotech company based in San Diego, from its inception to acquisition by Takeda. Earlier in his career, Rommel was Head of Target Research at Merck-Serono in Geneva, Switzerland.  He also worked as a scientist in the team of George Yancopoulos at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, New York.

Christian Rommel received his PhD in molecular oncology from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany and the Institute of Medical Virology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a lecturer of biotechnology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has authored more than 70 publications, including papers in Science and Nature, and is an inventor or co-inventor of 18 patents.

Jola PoSpech



Scientist and academic, Junior Research Group Leader at Leibniz-Institut for Catalysis

Jola was born and raised in a small town northwest of Hamburg, Germany, where her high school chemistry teachers sparked her curiosity in the chemical sciences. Lessons in making gummy bears and apple cider solidified her interest in organic chemistry. Jola’s career includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Göttingen and a doctorate with honors at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis associated with the University of Rostock. Intermittent research stays in Stockholm and in Zurich led her to move across the pond to continue her postdoctoral studies amidst cornfields in central Illinois. In late 2016, Jola returned to the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis as an independent research group leader. Her team studies the synthesis of bioactive molecules promoted by light. Her involvement in teaching has taken Jola as far as Vietnam and (across the street) to the University of Rostock. She currently teaches high school teachers the fascinating science of natural products and seeks to foster the next round of curious children.

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