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Keynote Speakers

Professor Mick Wallis, University of Leeds

Mick Wallis has a background in the fields of performance an culture. In his career Wallis has, among others, focused on cultural histories of performance, applied performance theory and participatory arts experience for people with severe access needs.


Executive Director Heideh Fattaey, Stanford University

Heideh Fattaey is the executive director of operations and programs of the Bio-X Program, which supports, organizes and facilitates interdisciplinary research connected to biology, bioengineering and medicine.




Speakers from Aarhus University

Claus Bo Andreasen, Chief Consultant, Science and Technology 

DCA - Danish National Centre for Food and Agriculture - is engaged in research-based public sector consultancy, national and international research collaboration, cooperation with the industry and knowledge exchange on behalf of research environments at Aarhus University. Claus Bo Andreasen's responsibilities are strategic business collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Hanne Bach, Director, Science and Technology  

Director of DCE - Danish Centre for Enviroment and Energy

Hanne Bach is director of DCE with more than 25 years of experience working within the environmental field. DCE is AU’s central unit for knowledge exchange within the areas of nature, environment, climate and energy delivering science-based advice and solutions at local, national and international scale.  

Henning Rud Andersen, Consulting Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology,  Health

We conceived the concept of implanting a prosthetic heart valve without opening the chest in 1989 and obtained  proof-of-concept from animal studies in 1991. Since then 4 companies were involved until our product was implanted in the first patient in 2002. Skejby was chosen as one of the first clinics in the world to offer the therapy to patients as a clinical routine. Until now more than 10,000 patient’s lives have been saved due to our invention and Aarhus has become one of the reference centers for this paradigm shift in treatment of life threatening heart valve disease. 

Morten Foss, Senior Researcher, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Health

Morten Foss is a Senior Researcher at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO). After finishing his PhD, he went to industry for 7 years. His major research interest is the interaction of artificial materials with biological systems with special focus on biomedical applications. He has published 54 articles and has his name on 8 patents.



Anders Grosen, Professor, Business and Social Science

Anders Grosen is a Professor of Finance at Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University. He has recently been member of the Danish committee to investigate the financial crisis in Denmark. Since 1984 he has been editor of the Danish Finance Journal: Finans/Invest.


Mette Neville, Professor, Business and Social Science

Mette Neville is a professor in company law at the Department of Law. She is the co-founder of ‘Vidensforum’ and is, i.a., a member of the Danish Financial Council and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee at the OMX Commodities. She is a member of national and international networks, and has served on preparatory committees on law. She has been a member of legal scholar networks in connection with EU studies.   


Jeppe Bundsgaard, Associate professor, Arts

Jeppe Bundsgaard is associate professor at the Department of Education. He is working with use of ICT in primary school from a teaching and learning theoretical perspective (“Didaktik”). His work is typically related to understanding change and how to change education towards progressive teaching.


Britta Timm Knudsen, Associate professor, Arts

Britta Timm Knudsen is one of the architects behind the partnership between the City Council secretariat for the Foundation Aarhus 2017 and Aarhus University. She is a theme-coordinator within the research framework of Cultural Ecologies and Sustainability. Furthermore, she is leader of the Master’s programme in Experience Economy at ARTS and Business and Social Sciences.