Managing Director of the DKK
Since 2012 Marie-Luise Beck is the Managing Director of the DKK. Before, she worked at the Freie Universität Berlin on a research project about aspects of risk, safety and security called „Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”. There she was responsible for operating occasions of communication between scientists and stakeholders from politics and businesses. From 2000 to 2009 she worked at the German Bundestag being research assistant and office manager for a number of Members of Parliament. During this period she managed the launch of the parliamentary initiative “Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”, registered as an association since 2009, and regularly meeting at the German Bundestag up to now. Presently, she is member of the management board of the Zukunftsforum. She graduated with Staatsexamen (equivalent to MA) from Biology, German Literature and Pedagogics at the Philipps University, Marburg. She is co-author of the Green paper on „Risiken und Herausforderungen für die Öffentliche Sicherheit in Deutschland“ (2008), on „Sicherheit 2025“ (2012) with a contribution on systemic risks and of the DKK position paper “Future prospects for Climate research 2015 to 2025” (2015).
Antonia Scholz is our Management Assistant since May 2015. Before, she was the Assistant to the Heads of various Research Departments at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. She successfully completed her bachelor’s degree in “European Management” with a thesis on corporate social responsibility in a European and international context. During her studies she also completed an internship at the human rights organization Survival International in London. After gaining her degree, she temporarily traveled through Europe and Asia and worked as a voluntary English teacher.
Media and Public Relations
Since mid-September 2016, Elisabeth Weidinger is the new contact for Press and Public Relations at the DKK. The studied communication scientist switched from the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP at the University of Hamburg to Berlin. Among other things, she was responsible for the dossier on the World Climate Conference in Paris, the online game 'StadtklimaArchitekt' and the introduction of the CEN Twitter account. As a freelance journalist, she has worked for various print magazines and online media for over eight years, including Spiegel Online, Zeitcampus and Freitag. She takes over the position of Eva Söderman.
Since mid-January 2017, Nils-Daniel Gaertner works as a Research Fellow for the online lecture MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The studied environmental and sustainability scientist has previously worked for the dean of studies of the sustainability faculty at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He has been the contact person for students and lecturers and coordinated the study offer of the main and secondary courses. Parallel to his studies, he conceived and produced explanatory videos for the research project explainity. He wrote his master thesis in English in a cooperative project between the Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Umweltbundesamt funded by the DFG.
Matthias Poralla has been our Student Assistant since April 2016. Besides that, he studies Political Science (M.A.) at Potsdam University. Prior to this, he studied Politics, Public Administration (B.A.) and Economics. In his bachelor thesis he analysed the influence of business and industry NGOs on the European CCS policy. Before joining DKK, he worked as an Intern and a Temporary Employee at Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
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