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Springer Nature | Florian Humpenöder, Azucena Morán, Zsolt Pinke, Josefine Proll

An evening of storytelling by researchers on the frontlines of discovery

Join Springer Nature and our partners at The Story Collider for a fun evening of stories told by researchers themselves. Inspirational, captivating, and definitely surprising, you will have an opportunity to hear about and connect with the experiences of experts on the cutting edge of their respective fields.

The theme of this year’s edition will be the food – energy – water nexus, which emphasizes that water, energy and food security are strongly interlinked, with actions in any one particular area often having effects in one or both of the other. Food–energy–water connections lie at the heart of sustainable, economic and environmental development; the demand for all three resources continues to grow for various reasons, including a growing population, urbanization, international trade and climate change.

We are pleased and proud to have the following storytellers:
Florian Humpenöder – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany;
Azucena Morán – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam), Germany;
Zsolt Pinke – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; and
Josefine Proll – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

• Growing up in Germany, Florian Humpenöder was surrounded with reminders of the past. But a decision in college would make him contemplate our climate future.
• While researching a climate change general assembly, Azucena Morán realizes the process is not as perfect as she thought it would be.
• Encounters on tropical islands left Zsolt Pinke with an acute understanding of just how sensitive the environment is to outside influences.
• After submitting a high-profile paper in grad school, Josefine Proll endures a period of terror when a new post-doc points out an error in her calculations in which she divides by zero — it’s the first major setback in her life.

Each registrant is entitled to one free drink!


This is an in-person event. If you would like to attend, please book your spot here.

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Florian Humpenöder

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Florian Humpenöder is a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany. He studied in Berlin and Kassel, and has a background in sustainable economics and land-use modeling. He joined the land-use management group at PIK as a PhD student in December 2011. In 2015 he finished his PhD thesis on the topic of land-based climate change mitigation. Today, he is developing global-scale transformation pathways towards climate-friendly and sustainable land-use and food systems.

Azucena Morán

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Azucena Morán is a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam), Germany. Her transdisciplinary work explores deliberative and participatory responses to planetary challenges and is rooted in literatures of political oppression/liberation, colonial histories, and governance in areas of limited statehood. She is part of Participedia’s Editorial board and the Steering Committee of the Standing Group Democratic Innovations of the  European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Zsolt Pinke

Eötvös Loránd University

Josefine Proll

Eindhoven University of Technology

Josefine Proll, originally from northern Germany, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. She works on nuclear fusion, which promises clean and abundant energy for all. Her main focus is studying how the intricate shape of the fusion reactor — reminiscent of a very twisted donut — influences the turbulence in the fusion fuel. For her work she frequently collaborates with colleagues from Greifswald, home to Germany’s biggest fusion experiment Wendelstein 7-X, but also the UK, the US, Spain and Japan.

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