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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  • Christina Smolke

    Christina Smolke

    Christina D. Smolke is Professor, Associate Chair of Education, and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Christina ... more

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    Fraser Stoddart

    Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1942. He obtained all his degrees from Edinburgh University and spent time at Queen’s University, Imperial ... more

  • Streibich

    Karl-Heinz Streibich

    Karl-Heinz Streibich has been President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering since 2018. Together with Federal Minister Anja Karliczek, he chairs the Platform for Learning Systems.

    The graduate ... more

  • Südhof

    Thomas C. Südhof

    Thomas Christian Südhof, ForMemRS, is a German-American biochemist known for his study of synaptic transmission. Currently, he is a professor in the School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular ... more

  • Leslie Valiant

    Leslie Valiant

    Leslie Valiant is T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. His work has ranged over several areas of theoretical computer science. He also has ... more

  • Otmar Wiestler

    Otmar Wiestler

    Otmar D. Wiestler was born in Freiburg (Breisgau, Germany) on 6 November 1956. After completing his medical studies at the University of Freiburg, he obtained his Doctorate in Medicine in ... more

  • Kurt Wuethrich

    Kurt Wüthrich

    For 50 years, Wüthrich groups at the ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA and the iHuman Institute of ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China have worked ... more

  • Harald zur Hausen

    Harald zur Hausen

    Harald zur Hausen studied medicine from 1955-60. After two years of medical internship he received the license to practice medicine. Subsequently, he went into research and worked in Düsseldorf, Philadelphia ... more

  • Ada Yonath

    Ada Yonath

    Nobel laureate Prof. Yonath is the Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural Biology. Her studies, which have stimulated intensive research worldwide, have gone beyond the basic structure. She ... more

  • Janine O'Keeffe

    Janine O’Keeffe

    Janine O’Keeffe is an Australian born Swede organising FridaysforFuture.org to confront the Climate Breakdown we are seeing. Her interests are democratic societal change and how electronics including social ... more