Professor Mark Ferguson, Science Foundation Ireland

Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Mark is currently Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Mark has been President of a number of Learned Societies eg European Tissue Repair Society, chaired the first UK Government’s Health and Life Sciences Foresight Panel, and served on many committees eg the UKTI Life Sciences Marketing Board, the Committee of Safety of Medicines Biological Subcommittee and the European Space Agency. He has served on the Board or Scientific Advisory Board of a number of International Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies. Mark has a deep interest in translating scientific research findings into successful commercial entities.

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Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Technical University of Munich

Professor Sabine Maasen works at Technical University of Munich and is a Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair in the Sociology of Science since 12/2013. Her core interests are in the field of social science research. Her current work focuses primarily on the sociology of technoscience and society. She also conducts research in the field of technoscience. Professor Maasen studied sociology, linguistics and psychology at the University of Bielefeld. In 1996 she earned her PhD in sociology and in 2001 she acquired her postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation). Between 1988 and 1994 she was a research assistant at Bielefeld University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research and from 1994 to 2001 research coordinator at Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research. In 2001 she was appointed professor of scientific research/ sociology of science at the University of Basel.

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