Humboldt Kolleg
Global Challenges of the 21st Century

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Doamnei St. 12, Bucharest
18 - 22 March 2020 (postponed to 18 - 22 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)
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Programme schedule and details below

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 (postponed to 18 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)

Herastrau Boardroom

16.00 – 19.00

Round Table with specialists from the Simion Stoilow Institute of Mathematics, Romanian Academy – Short talks followed by discussion on The Practical Aspects of the Mathematical Research and the Role of Humboldtian Mathematicians in Solving Current Global Challenges.

Participants:

Prof. Toma Albu
Prof. Marian Aprodu
Prof. Vasile Brinzanescu
Prof. Liana David
Prof. Cristian Faciu
Prof. Radu Iordanescu
Prof. Nicolae Popa
Prof. Dorin Popescu
Prof. Dan Tiba

+ the first 20 RYA members (selected until September 2020)

Moderator: Dr Diana Stanciu

Restaurant – Beef Room

19.00

Dinner

Thursday, 19 March 2020 (postponed to 19 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)

Foyer Cismigiu

8.00 – 8.45

Registration and Welcome Coffee Break

Cismigiu Room

8.45 – 9.30

Short welcome speeches – invited German and Romanian officials

H.E. Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Romania

Prof. Marian Preda, Rector of the University of Bucharest

Prof. Ioan Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy

Prof. Sorin Costreie, Vice-rector for University Networks and Public Relations of the University of Bucharest, Research and Education Adviser of the Romanian Prime Minister, DAAD alumnus

Prof. Sergiu Nistor, ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Adviser of President Klaus Iohannis, Department of Culture

Mrs. Iulia Matei, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

9.30 – 10.00

Info session on the Humboldt Foundation

The Humboldt Foundation Programmes and Its Support for the Romanian Young Academy (RYA)
Dr. Thomas Hesse, Deputy Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Prof. Alexandru Babes, University of Bucharest, Humboldt Foundation ambassador scientist

On Being a Humboldt Scholar
Prof. Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh, Fellow of the British Academy, Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Award winner, ERC Advanced Grant 2018-2022, Mercator Fellow – GRK 1876 ‘Early Concepts of Man and Nature’, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Session I: Technological development and human health/ quality of life

Moderators: Prof. Douglas Cairns, Dr. Kathrin Biegger, Dr. Alina Tigau

10.00 – 10.30

Understanding Agency
Prof. Anita Avramides, University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Hilda’s College

10.30 – 11.00

Between High Tech Medicine and Biopsychosocial Medicine: The Case of Upper Gastrointestinal Pathology
Prof. Dan Dumitrascu, ‘Iuliu Hatieganu’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj, member of the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

Foyer Cismigiu

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee Break

Cismigiu Room

11.15 – 11.45

Neurotechnologies and the Boundary of the Person
Dr. Christoph Bublitz, University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law

11.45 – 12.15

Technology and Psychology: Implications for Counseling and Psychotherapy
Prof. Daniel David, ‘Aaron T. Beck’ Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Rector of the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj / Adjunct Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York/ Head of Research Programme at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York

12.15 – 12.45

Increasing Quality of Life and Access to Mental Health Services Through Cutting-edge Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Ioana Podina, University of Bucharest, Head of the Laboratory of Cognitive Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Restaurant – Beef Room

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch Break

Cismigiu Room

13.45 – 14.30

How Cognitive Biases and Depression May Interact in Social-Economic Decision Making
Denisa Caculidis, PhD student, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest

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The Relationship between Disgust Sensitivity and the Severity of Moral Evaluations: The Effect of Intentionality and its Outcome in the Current Social Context
Andreea Luca, PhD student, Laboratory of Cognitive Clinical Sciences, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest

14.30 – 15.00

Cognitive Enhancement and the Expert Mind
Dr. Emilian Mihailov, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, Research Center for Applied Ethics

15.00 – 15.30

On the Freedom to Choose: Adaptive Free Will in a Complex World
Prof. Ian Durham, St. Anselm College, NH, USA, Chair of the Physics Department, American Physical Society

15.30 – 16.00

The Neurobiology of Free Will"
Prof. Maria-Luiza Flonta, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, corresponding member of the Romanian Academy

Foyer Cismigiu

16.00 – 16.15

Coffee Break

Cismigiu Room

16.15 – 16.45

Transient Receptor Potential Channels Involved in Human Painful Photosensitivity Disorders
Prof. Alexandru Babes, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, Humboldt Foundation ambassador scientist

16.45 – 17.15

The Human Carotid Body and Adaptation to High Altitude
Prof. Nikolai Lazarov, Medical University of Sofia, Head of the Department of Anatomy and Histology, Institute of Neurobiology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Vice-president of the Executive Board of the Bulgarian National Science Fund

17.15 – 17.45

Global Viral Epidemics (Ebola, HIV, Flu) in the 21th Century and Contemporary Science
Prof. Radka Argirova, Clinical Laboratory – Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics Division, Tokuda Hospital, Sofia

Foyer Cismigiu

17.45 – 18.00

Coffee Break

Cismigiu Room

18.00 – 18.30

Can We Do Research without Mathematics?
Prof. Vasile Brinzanescu, Simion Stoilow Institute of Mathematics, Romanian Academy

18.30 – 19.00

The Ethics of Using Algorithms to Predict Individual Behaviour
Prof. Emanuel Socaciu, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, Director of the Research Centre for Applied Ethics

19.00 – 19.30

Models of Consciousness: Perspectives on an Emerging Field of Applied Mathematics
Dr. Johannes Kleiner, Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University/ Basic Research Community for Physics (BRCP), Leipzig

Restaurant – Beef Room

19.30

Dinner

Friday, 20 March 2020 (postponed to 20 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)

Foyer Floreasca

8.45 – 9.00

Welcome Coffee Break

Floreasca Room

9.00 - 10.30

Info session on Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy), the DAAD programmes, and other international and regional programmes for early career researchers

Die Junge Akademie (The German Young Academy): Looking Back at the Beginning
Prof. Eva-Maria Engelen, The Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)/ University of Konstanz, Faculty of Philosophy, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) founding member

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Prof. Christian Fleischhack, University of Paderborn, Faculty of Mathematics, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) former member

Promoting Research and Interdisciplinary Exchange for Early Career Researchers: Examples from the Zukunftskolleg in Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz, Director of the Zukunftskolleg, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) founding member

Opportunities for Research Offered by the DAAD
Mr. Michael Jaumann, Director of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – German Academic Exchange Service) Information Center, Bucharest

The ‘Pontica Magna’ Fellowship Programme at the New Europe College in Bucharest as an Example for Creating a Transregional Network
Dr. Kathrin Biegger, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO), Coordinator, Projects in (South-) Eastern Europe

The ‘Open Mind’ Programme at the University of Bucharest
Dr. Alina Tigau, University of Bucharest, Programme Coordinator of the ‘Open Mind’ International Master in Cognitive Science at the University of Bucharest

Session II: Climate change and environmental sustainability

Moderators: Prof. Eva-Maria Engelen, Prof. Christian Fleischhack, Prof. Giovanni Galizia

10.30 – 11.00

Local Environmental Action Plans Quality: Addressing the Rational and Communicative Perspectives
Dr. Alina Hossu, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies

11.00 – 11.30

Climate Change Hotspots in Europe: Implications for Food Security
Dr. Andrej Ceglar, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Foyer Floreasca

11.30 – 11.45

Coffee break

Floreasca Room

11.45 – 12.15

Short - and Long-term Climate Adaptation in Cities
Prof. Andreas Matzarakis, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Head of the Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service

12.15 – 12.45

Urban Climate and Climate Change Challenges in South-Eastern Europe
Prof. Sorin Cheval, ‘Henri Coandă’ Air Force Academy, Brașov/ National Meteorological Administration, Bucharest/ Research Institute of the University of Bucharest

12.45 – 13.15

Anthropogenic Impact on Ecosystem Services within the Climate Change Context
Dr. Mihai Adamescu, University of Bucharest, Research Centre in Systems Ecology and Sustainability (RCSES)

Restaurant – Beef Room

13.15 – 14.15

Lunch break

Floreasca Room

14.15 – 14.45

The Use of Wholesome Human Thermo-physiological Indices to Access Existing and Future Thermal Risk Factors Associated to Climate Change
Dr. Andre Santos Nouri, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara

14.45 – 15.15

Implication of Biogenic Isoprenoids in Climate Change and Plant Protection
Prof. Violeta Velikova, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

15.15 – 15.45

Crystals: Key Elements in Modern (Green) Technologies
Prof. Daniel Vizman, Dean of the Faculty of Physics, West University, Timisoara

Foyer Floreasca

15.45 – 16.00

Coffee break

Floreasca Room

16.00 – 16.30

Water Resources Vulnerability under Climate and Land Use Change
Prof. Serban Davidescu, Director of the ‘Marin Dracea’ National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry – Brasov Research Station

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Mirabela Marin, ‘Marin Dracea’ National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry – Brasov Research Station/ PhD student at the Transilvania University, Brasov

16.30 – 17.00

Water-Energy-Land: A Cross-sectoral Perspective to Encourage Sustainable Use of Limited Resources under Changing Climate Conditions in a Semi-arid Region
DI Bernadette Kropf, PhD student, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Institute for Sustainable Economic Development

17.00 – 17.30

Assessment of Particulate Organic Carbon in Marine Basins Based on Satellite Information
Dr. Sorin Constantin, Terrasigna, Bucharest/ Research Institute of the University of Bucharest

17.30 – 18:00

Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Science, Impact, and Environmental Protection
Dr. Bogdan Antonescu, National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Bucharest/ Romanian Association for Applied Meteorology and Education

Foyer Floreasca

18:00 – 18.15

Coffee break

Floreasca Room

18:15 – 19.45

Romanian Young Academy (RYA) Advisory Board

Cismigiu Room

19.45

Saturday, 21 March 2020 (postponed to 21 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)

Foyer Cismigiu

8.45 – 9.00

Welcome Coffee Break

Cismigiu Room

9.00 – 9.45

Info session on research programmes, networking and institutional background in Romania

The Interdisciplinary School of Doctoral Studies at the University of Bucharest
Prof. Bogdan Murgescu, University of Bucharest, Vice-rector for Budget and Human Resources

New Research and Networking Opportunities for Young Researchers Offered by the Doctoral School for Linguistic and Literature Studies (in German)
Dr. Bianca Bican, Director of the Doctoral School for Linguistic and Literature Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj

Institutional Responsibility for Big Data Research
Dr. Toni Gibea, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, Research Center for Applied Ethics

Session III: Democracy and social cohesion

Moderators: Prof. Bogdan Murgescu, Dr. Bianca Bican, Dr. Toni Gibea

09.45 – 10.15

Law and Judgment – And What about Democracy?
Prof. Rainer Maria Kiesow, EHESS Paris, Director of the Centre Georg Simmel – Recherches franco-allemandes en sciences sociales, Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy) founding member

10.15 – 10.45

Naturalized Citizen: Personal Identity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Nation State
Prof. Christian Coseru, College of Charleston, SC, USA, Department of Philosophy

10.45 – 11.15

Conceptualizing Modernity in Multi- and Intercultural Spaces: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe
Prof. Victor Neumann, West University, Timisoara, Director of the Timisoara Museum of Arts

Foyer Cismigiu

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee break

Cismigiu Room

11.30 – 12.00

The Arab Waves of Migration to Europe and Their Impact on European Societies
Irina Bogdan, PhD student, University of Bucharest, Political Science Department

12.00 – 12.30

Moral or Institutional Enhancement? Two Ways of Thinking about the Future of Democracy
Dr. Radu Uszkai, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences

12.30 – 13.00

From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the Zuckerberg Galaxy: New Media and Liberal Democracy
Dr. Antonio Momoc, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, Director of the Cultural Anthropology and Communication Department

Restaurant – Beef Room

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

Cismigiu Room

14.00 – 14.30

Facts and Values (in Romanian)
Prof. Mircea Flonta, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, corresponding member of the Romanian Academy

14.30 – 15.00

Capabilities, Conscious Agency and Moral Decision Making
Dr. Diana Stanciu, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest/ Gerda Henkel fellow at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

15.00 – 15.30

Morally Responsible AI? Limits & Boundaries
Dr. Mihaela Constantinescu, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, Research Center for Applied Ethics

15.30 – 16.00

16.00 – 16.30

Mental Health and the Idea of ‘Progress’: Some Problems from the Dialogue between Ancient and Modern Medicine
Dr. Chiara Thumiger, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Excellence Cluster ROOTS

Foyer Cismigiu

16.30 – 16.45

Coffee break

Cismigiu Room

16.45 – 17.15

Big Data and the Limits of Political Freedom
Dr. Laurentiu Gheorghe, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy

17.15 – 17.45

Can Honesty Be Nudged to Fight Corruption? The Classic vs. Behavioural Approach to Policy
Magda Rosu, MA in Behavioural Economics, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Administration and Business

17.45 – 18.15

Implementing the Istanbul Convention on Equality of Chances and Prevention of Domestic Violence in Romania
Calin Stanciu, PhD student, University of Bucharest, Political Science Department

18.15 – 18.45

How is Cohesion Possible in Europe? A Philosophical Approach
Prof. George Bondor, ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University of Iasi, Department of Philosophy, Head of the Doctoral School of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences

18.45 – 19.15

19.15 – 19.45

Regaining Cohesion after the Conflicting Memories of the Romanian Communist Regime
Stefan Turcu, PhD student, University of Bucharest, Political Science Department

Restaurant – Beef Room

19.45

Dinner

Sunday, 22 March 2020 (postponed to 22 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 contingency)

10.00 – 11.00

Visit to the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, and meeting with specialists from various sections of the institute: Humanities, Social Sciences, Exact Sciences, Earth, Environment and Life Sciences.

11.00 – 14.00

Visit to a museum: National Fine Arts Museum, Art Collections Museum, Zambaccian Art Collection, Museum of Bucharest History or National Museum of History (upon request).


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