Postdoc Day 2023
Creating Impact: Science and Politics

Creating Impact!

Contributions, Challenges and Limits of Science in Policy Advice

Scientific knowledge is of increasing importance, especially with regard to dealing with the multidimensional crises and "grand challenges" of our time, in order to find and implement e.g. suitable economic, sustainable, socially compatible, medical, ethical and political answers.

But how does knowledge transfer between science and politics work? Who are the scientific policy advisors and how to become active in this field? What are the main challenges and limits? How much science can policy take - and vice versa? And what would be desirable future strategies and innovative formats of policy advice? We will discuss these and further questions with highly renowned scientists from the University of Bonn who are actively involved in policy advice.

POSTDOC DAY  |  Networking-Event

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (networking afterwards)

Target group

Postdocs and interested PhD students from all areas of the University of Bonn




Universitätsclub Bonn
Konviktstraße 9 | 53113 Bonn

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Our this year's Postdoc Day will be dedicated to the topic of "Science & Politics".

Renowned researchers of the University of Bonn who are active in the field of policy advice will give their insights on this topic and provide helpful tips. They discuss on how to create impact with scientific results and how to deal with limitations and challenges in this field:  

  • Prof. Dr. David Kaldewey | Host
  • Dr. Stefan Brüggemann | Introduction
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen | Panelist
  • Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim | Panelist
  • Prof. Dr. Clara Brandi | Panelist
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer | Panelist

Moreover, the evening offers an excellent opportunity to get to know your colleagues from the various other faculties and network over finger food and live music.


POSTDOC DAY 2023 | Creating Impact: Science & Politics

Get your name tags, find a seat and meet your colleagues.

Greeting from the University Management

Introductory talk: Science & Politics

Dr. Stefan Brüggemann | University of Bonn
Executive Director BAPP, Chairman of the Institute for Scientific Policy Advice

Creating Impact! Contributions, Challenges and Boundaries of Science in Policy Advice

Panel with Q&A


  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen | University of Bonn
    Head of the Center for Life Ethics, Heinrich Hertz Professorship
  • Prof. Dr. Clara Brandi | University of Bonn
    Chair of International Economics / Development Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim | University of Bonn
    Head of the Centre for Development Research, Schlegel Professorship
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer | University of Bonn
    Professorship for International Relations and Global Technology Policy


Prof. Dr. David Kaldewey | University of Bonn
Head of the Department of Science Research at the FIW, Principal Investigator RRC

Meet your colleagues!
Network, have some finger food, drinks, listen to live music and talk to your colleagues from the various other institutes of the University of Bonn.


Christiane Woopen
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Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen

Dr. Christiane Woopen holds the Heinrich Hertz Professorship in the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Individuals, Institutions and Societies" at the University of Bonn. In recent years, she has been a member of numerous international expert groups, most recently as Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, which advises the European Commission, Chair of the German Ethics Council, President of the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees, member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO and Co-Speaker of the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government.

Matin Qaim
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Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

Dr. Matin Qaim is a Schlegel-Professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Bonn. His main research relates to food security and sustainable development, particularly focusing on agriculture-nutrition linkages and the role of technical and institutional change. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Since 2021 he is President-Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). 

Clara Brandi
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Prof. Dr. Clara Brandi

Dr. Clara Brandi is a Professor in International Economics/Development Economics at the University of Bonn. She works on global policy and economy issues with a focus on sustainability. Her research interests include global economic governance, international trade, and the interplay between business and sustainability, particularly in the context of climate change. Stages in her career include the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Maximilian Mayer
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Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

Dr. Maximilian Mayer is a Argelander-Professor of International Relations and Global Politics of Technology at the University of Bonn. His research interests include the global politics of science, innovation, and technology. He is currently leading the research group on „Infrastructures of China’s Modernity and Their Global Constitutive Effects”. Through expert analyses and interviews, he reaches a wide audience in politics as well as the public with his scientific expertise.

Introduction & Host

Stefan Brüggemann
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Dr. Stefan Brüggemann | Introduction

Dr. Stefan Brüggemann has been Managing Director of the Bonn Academy for Research and Teaching of Practical Politics (BAPP) since 2018 and Chair of the Institute of Scientific Policy Advice (IwP). He has professional expertise in the field of politics and communication, most recently as managing director of a business foundation. The Bonn Academy aims to promote understanding between economics, media and politics and sees its task as building bridges between academic theory and political practice. Dr. Brüggemann holds teaching positions at the University of Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

David Kaldewey
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Prof. Dr. David Kaldewey | Host

Dr. David Kaldewey is Professor for Science Studies and Politics and Director of the Science Research Department at the Forum International Science. Since 2020 he has been the managing director of FIW and since 2021 co-speaker of the Rhine Ruhr Center for Science Communication Research (RRC), which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Research focuses are the language of science policy in historical change, the identity work of scientists in different subject cultures, the crisis of factuality as a challenge to science communication, and a sociology of the university that is decentered in world society.

The Postdoc Day is held under the patronage of the Vice-Rector for Research and Early-career Researchers Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmer.
It is organised annually by the Academic Career Development and is being hosted this year in cooperation with the Transfer Center enaCom.


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