Hochschulwettbewerb 2013



A key goal of the European Student Parliament is to stimulate exchange between high-school students and scientists. At the final event in Manchester, scientific experts will meet with students at expert hearings on day two.They will provide expert knowledge of the topics and discuss their implications for society with the students.

Judith Smith, welcome speech

Professor Judith Smith is Dean of the School of Environment & Life Sciences at the University of Salford and will give a welcome speech at the very beginning of the final event. She is an expert in parasitology and has researched the relationship between pathogen diversity and disease transmission. Professor Smith has taught across topics from cell biology to disease ecology.

Dong-Seon Chang, 'The human brain'

Dr Dong-Seon Chang is a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen Germany. He has recently completed his PhD and has previously studied in the USA and Korea. His research focuses on how we use cognitive and neural processes to recognise the actions of other people, and how this varies across cultures. 

Haleh Moravej, ‘Living and eating healthy – but how?’

Haleh Moravej is a senior lecturer in nutritional sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University and senior fellow at Manchester Food Research Centre where she has consulted to the food industry. She is founder of MetMUnch, a student social enterprise, which she founded so that nutrition students can apply their learning through activities like interactive cookery sessions or on-the-spot nutritional advice. Her research focuses on links between health, nutrition, food waste and sustainability.

Daniel Brison, ‘The changing reproduction of mankind’

Professor Daniel Brison is a professor of clinical embryology and stem cell biology at the University of Manchester and scientific director of the Department of Reproductive Medicine Central Manchester University Hospitals. He manages the clinical department that provides infertility treatment services to Northwest England and carries out research aimed at understanding early human embryo development.

Cyrill Bussy, ‘Augmented human: optimising the human’

Dr Cyrill Bussy is a lecturer in nanosafety at the University of Manchester. He has studied and worked in France and the UK, including on several European projects. His research investigates how safe nanomaterials are and how they can be used in medicine, e.g. for drug delivery.

Dr Stéphanie Lacour is a legal scholar and research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the ENS of Cachan. She is an expert on law and regulation for nanotechnology.

Gabriel Dorthe is writing a PhD exploring the transhumanist movement through philosophy, ethnography, and science technology and society. He is a board member of Nanopublic, the Nanotechnology and Society interdisciplinary Platform, University of Lausanne.

Rainer Breitling, ‘Imitating nature’

Professor Rainer Breitling is a professor of Systems Biology at the University of Manchester. He has studied and worked in Germany, the USA, the Netherlands and the UK. His research focuses on analysing and modelling cellular metabolism and gene expression. These methods can be applied to designer microbes created by synthetic biologists, to diagnose problems and predict how to improve the genes for the next generation of engineered organisms.

Heather Williams, ‘Exploring the inside’

Dr Heather Williams is a senior medical physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She is an expert in medical imaging with a particular interest in positron emission tomography (PET). Heather is director of ScienceGrrl, a network supporting women in science. She communicates science broadly and is an ambassador for women in physics.

Stephen Richardson, ‘Stem cells – the potential allrounders?’

Dr Stephen Richardson is a lecturer in cell and tissue engineering at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on how certain adult stem cells from bone and fat tissues can be used in regenerative medicine. The concept is to repair damage to bone and cartilage such as the intervertebral discs (the soft tissue in the spine between the vertebrae) with these stem cells to treat problems like osteoarthritis and back pain.