ESCAPING EXTINCTION | ÜBER:LEBEN

Virtual event series

Climate crisis, pandemics, extinction of species and natural catastrophes confront us with enormous challenges, choices and constraints for action. This is where BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern, the planned natural science museum in Bavaria, already takes action and provides a communicative interface for worldwide research and efforts with the aim of restoring the balance on our planet. Only a joint effort is the basis for success.

With internationally renowned speakers, the upcoming virtual event series is dedicated to the topic of how we can save our planet and ensure the survival of humans and other living beings. Discussions will be held on topics relating to all aspects of life and extinction: From climate change to the loss of biodiversity to the origin and handling of future pandemics. New events will be added on an ongoing basis. The events are held partly in German, partly in English with simultaneous translation, registration and participation are free of charge.

Rewatch past events

Missed an event? No problem! All events from the ESCAPING EXTINCTION series will be recorded and posted online afterwards for re-watching. All talks can be viewed again here at any time. Below you will also find recordings from other events.

The new climate war

An evening with Michael E. Mann and Luisa Neubauer

Stopping climate change and defeating the climate crisis - Michael E. Mann, Luisa Neubauer and Prof. Michael John Gorman discuss Fridays for Future, CO2 emissions, nuclear power - and how we can save our planet - at the kick-off of the event series ESCAPING EXTICTION | ÜBER:LEBEN.

DR. MICHAEL E. MANN

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Mann is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries. He has written several books, including „Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change“, „The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines“, „The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy“, and the children’s book „The Tantrum that Saved the World“. In his most recent book, „The New Climate War – The Fight to Take Back Our Planet” he shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility for climate change onto the individual, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.

 

LUISA NEUBAUER

Luisa Neubauer, born 1996 in Hamburg, is one of the co-organizers of Fridays for Future and the one of the most prominent representatives of the German movement in the media. In 2018, she met the Swedish student Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Change Conference and then started the movement in Germany together with other activists. Since then, Luisa Neubauer has met various heads of state and government, participated in the World Climate Conference in Madrid and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Luisa Neubauer graduated in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in geography. She is currently studying resource analysis and management in the master's program at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. She co-authored the German book „Vom Ende der Klimakrise: Eine Geschichte unserer Zukunft” ("From the End of the Climate Crisis - A History of Our Future") in 2019 with Alexander Repenning. Luisa currently lives in Berlin, hosts the Spotify Original Podcast "1.5 degrees" and writes a column at Stern magazine.

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.


PREVENTING THE NEXT PANDEMIC

An evening with Prof. Ulrike Protzer and Dr. Fabian Leendertz

Preventing the next pandemic - zoonoses, viruses and pathogens and what we can do to prevent disasters like the Corona pandemic in the future are topics of the second event in the series ÜBER:LEBEN | ESCAPING EXTICTION - Prof. Ulrike Protzer, Dr. Fabian Leendertz in conversation with Dr. Dora Dzvonyar.

PROF. ULRIKE PROTZER
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Protzer is a physician for internal medicine and virologist. She heads the institute of virology for the two university hospitals of the Technical University of Munich, the Klinikum rechts der Isar and Deutsches Herzzentrum. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, she has been intensively studying the new SARS coronavirus and possible ways to control the pandemic.
DR. FABIAN LEENDERTZ
Dr. Fabian Leendertz is a biologist and veterinarian and is considered one of the world's most renowned zoonotic disease researchers. Dr. Leendertz is a recipient of the UN's "Champions of the Earth" award, which honors organizations and individuals whose actions have had a pioneering impact on the environment.
DR. DORA DZVONYAR
Dora Dzvonyar is a science communicator and holds a PhD in applied software engineering from the Technical University of Munich with a focus on applied teaching and the practical management of software teams. She has been a volunteer organizer and curator of the TEDxTUM idea conference since 2014 and a TEDx Ambassador for Germany for several years. Her passion for event curation brought her to the BIOTOPIA team, first as Creative Producer for the SENSE Festival. Now, as Head of BIOTOPIA Lab and Events, she implements BIOTOPIA's values as programs and events for a wide range of audiences - since the Corona pandemic, increasingly also as digital programs and creative activities to do at home.

Learning from the Dawn Chorus

An evening with Dan Stowell, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and David Rothenberg

What can sounds reveal about the precarious state of our ecosystems? How can we learn by listening to the songs of nature? How are scientists and artists using technology and art to deepen our understanding of animal communication?
PROF. DAVID ROTHENBERG
Prof. David Rothenberg is a musician, composer, author and natural philosopher. He has addressed the relationship between humans and nature for many years in both writing and music. Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist with 16 published CDs and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
DR. ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG

Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist whose work addresses our fraught relationship with nature and technology. Daisy Ginsberg's work explores themes of artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation and evolution, and the human impulse to "improve" the world. Daisy exhibits internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of China, the Centre Pompidou, and the Royal Academy.

DR. DAN STOWELL

Dr. Dan Stowell is an associate professor of artificial intelligence and biodiversity at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. His research revolves around machine hearing and computational bioacoustics, which is the use of computers, specifically machine learning, to understand animal sounds and other sound signals. Stowell is developing automated methods for analyzing large volumes of sound recordings.

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.


Agents of change for a better future

An evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Our guest Dr. Jane Goodall states that “you cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Her powerful message “think global, act local” is one of the topics we want to explore in this BIOTOPIA event from the series ESCAPING EXTINCTION with speakers Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Dr. Nikolas Fricke and Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman.

DR. JANE GOODALL

Dr Jane Goodall has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and helps the United Nations to draw attention to environmental issues. The "Queen of Conservation", age 87, is still active 24/7. With her podcasts, online talks, audio books and interviews, her message reaches more people than ever; she gives hope and inspires: "... to use the gift of our lives to make the world a little better...".

In parallel to her rise as the world's leading primatologist, Jane Goodall has also almost incidentally redefined conventional conservation and environmental protection. 30 Jane Goodall Institutes around the world are committed to comprehensive nature and species conservation, education in sustainable development and global development cooperation. In 1991, she founded the children's and youth program "Roots & Shoots" in Tanzania, in which more than 150,000 children and young people in almost 100 countries are positively changing their everyday environment and actively shaping the future.

DR. AUGUSTE VON BAYERN

Dr Auguste von Bayern studied biology in Munich and holds a degree in zoology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After completing her PhD in social intelligence of jackdaws at the University of Cambridge, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Behavioural Ecology Research Group in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford. Since 2014, she has been leading a research group in comparative cognitive biology at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, as well as a research station on Tenerife studying the cognitive abilities of parrots.  Auguste is involved as chair of the board of BIOTOPIA e.V., an association she founded to give the innovative BIOTOPIA museum the necessary political and public impetus.

DR. NIKOLAS FRICKE

Dr Nikolas Fricke studied agriculture and sustainable resource management at the Technical University of Munich and earned his doctorate in economic geography at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. His research trips to all climate zones of this Earth have given the systems ecologist far-reaching insights into the complex interplay between humans and nature.

Currently, Nikolas works as a senior sustainability manager in the Munich urban development project Werksviertel-Mitte (www.werksviertel-mitte.de). To make this area sustainable, Nikolas initiated the Werksviertel-Mitte climate protection alliance and co-founded the innovation and research program.

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.

MORE EVENTS

FUNGI FOR FUTURE

Fungi exist in immense diversity. Estimates put the number of fungal species at up to 3.8 million - over 90 percent may still be unknown at present. Like plants and animals, fungi form their own kingdom in nature. They are omnipresent in our environment: with every breath we take, we inhale fungal spores suspended in the air; they are found in our bodies and on our skin, as mold on food and in buildings, as yeast in beer and bread, as a widely ramified mycelial network under the ground or in lichens on trees and stones.

Fungi possess an inexhaustible treasure of exciting properties and possibilities. In our FUNGI FOR FUTURE series, fungi experts provide amazing insights into the world of these often underestimated creatures.

Entangled Life

An evening with Merlin Sheldrake

“Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures”: Biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake discusses his new book with BIOTOPIA Founding Director Michael John Gorman in an online event - and in connection with the exhibition "Fungi for Future" at the BIOTOPIA Lab. Sheldrake’s first book shows that fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live and, ultimately, life itself.

DR. MERLIN SHELDRAKE

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is a musician and keen fermenter.

 

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.


Fungi between Science and Art

An evening with Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer

Can you wear fungi? Build houses with them? Or even travel through space? Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer talks about her passion for bringing science and art together and her exciting next projects at this interface in connection with the exhibition "Fungi for Future" in the new BIOTOPIA Lab.

PROF. DR. VERA MEYER

Vera Meyer is Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the TU Berlin and an artist herself under the pseudonym V.meer. Her recently completed project "Mind the Fungi" expanded scientific research with artistic and design-based approaches around the future potential of fungi as building materials, packaging materials, or even leather.

 

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.


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DAWN CHORUS

The Citizen Science and Arts platform DAWN CHORUS is a project of BIOTOPIA and the Foundation Art and Nature based in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The idea for this project was born in May 2020 in the face of the worldwide Corona Lockdown and the unique silencing of human civilization at this historic moment. In a very short period of time, this situation brought together people for whom nature is the focus of their creative work - inspired by the work of the "father of soundscaping" Bernie Krause.

Reconnecting with the Sounds of Nature during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Earth day Event with Bernie Krause

On the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day, our founding director Prof. Michael John Gorman spoke with soundscape expert Dr. Bernie Krause. They talked about the importance of experiencing biodiversity with our ears, and how stopping and listening to nature's morning concert can make us aware of the consequences of climate change, urbanization, and deforestation.

BERNIE KRAUSE

After pioneering the Moog synthesizer with major artists such as The Doors, The Weavers, George Harrison and other music legends, legendary sound artist and bioacoustician Bernie Krause turned his attention to the sounds of nature. To date, he has recorded more than 15,000 species on over 5,000 hours of tape, culminating in his Great Animal Orchestra.

 

PROF. MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman is the founding director of BlOTOPIA and head of the chair "Life Sciences in Society" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at Oxford, received his PhD in the history of science from Florence, and has held positions at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Stanford. Before taking up his post in Munich, he was the founding director of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.


BIOTOPIA asks Vogelphilipp

Interview with Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Herrmann [in German]

Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Herrmann, better known as "Der Vogelphilipp", is a conservationist, bird expert and a big fan of our Dawn Chorus project. He talked to us about his fascination for native biodiversity and the importance of Citizen Science projects and public participation for species conservation.

DIPL.-ING. PHILIPP HERRMANN

Seit 2016 betreibt der Landshuter Ornithologe Philipp Herrmann (Vogelphilipp) eine Vogelstimmenhotline. Auf diese Weise hilft er Ratsuchenden, den Gesang der Vögel zu bestimmen.


Why do we find birdsong beautiful?

Interview with Dr. Tina Roeske [in German]

Why do we actually find birdsong beautiful? After all, the song is not meant for our ears. Dr. Tina Roeske from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt brings us up to date on the latest research and, of course, has a few bird songs with her. Those who stick with it to the end will be rewarded with an alien-like veery song.

DR. CHRISTINA ROESKE

Dr. Tina Roeske works at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, where her research includes animal communication, sound learning, rhythm and melody of music and birdsong, as well as their aesthetics and social and neural aspects.


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