Speakers

Curious2020 brings together some of the brightest scientists, most accomplished entrepreneurs, and technology pioneers in a variety of different innovative formats. 

Find below further information about our outstanding speakers, including 11 Nobel Prize winners. 

Further speakers will be announced in the coming days.

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  • Chihaya Adachi

    Chihaya Adachi

    Chihaya Adachi is a scientist and lecturer specializing in organic electronics. He is the Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) at Kyushu University, a large ... more

  • Phil Baran

    Phil Baran

    Dr. Phil Baran explores new avenues for the efficient and practical construction of organic molecules, both naturally occurring and man-made, by pursuing longstanding synthetic challenges and by designing methods of ... more

  • Bruce Beutler

    Bruce Beutler

    Bruce Beutler studied medicine at the University of Chicago. Early in his career he isolated mouse TNF, and discovered its inflammatory properties. Later he developed TNF inhibitor proteins that found ... more

  • Robert Boehme

    Robert Boehme

    Robert Boehme is founder and CEO of PTScientists. He took his childhood passion for science fiction to the next level when, together with six friends, he founded the “Part-Time Scientists ... more

  • Vern Brownell

    Vern Brownell

    Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software ... more

  • ErikBrynjolfsson

    Erik Brynjolfsson

    Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies ... more

  • Peter C. Doherty

    Peter C. Doherty

    A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his immunology research and was the 1997 Australian of the ... more

  • Angela Dorn

    Angela Dorn

    Minister at the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts and State Party Leader of the Alliance 90/The Greens Hessen.

  • Joachim Frank

    Joachim Frank

    Nobel laureate Dr. Joachim Frank is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York ... more

  • Gordon J. Freeman

    Gordon J. Freeman

    In 2000, Dr. Freeman discovered PD-L1 and PD-L2, and showed they were ligands for PD-1, thus defining the PD-1 pathway and the drug target: block the interaction. He showed the ... more