Panel Discussion: Who influences the public opinion? Sovereignty of interpretation or defining power of science, economy and art

12.11.2019, 18:00

The exhibition “Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet” will be accompanied by a panel discussion at the Frankfurter Kunstverein on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.


Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert is an economist and head of the Department of Energy, Transport and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research and Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. As an economic expert in the fields of energy research and climate protection, she draws attention to the opportunities and possibilities of energy transition and critically examines the myths in the debate on energy policy.

Prof. Ursula K. Heise is a literary scholar and, since 2012, professor at the Department of English and professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at the University of California in Los Angeles. In her research, she examines the strategies by which cultural narratives are created and their reciprocal relationship to scientific knowledge. On the occasion of the critical state of our ecosystem in the post-Anthropocene period, she argues for new narratives that raise awareness for the totality of organisms.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger is General Director of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research. As a palaeontologist his research focuses on the effects of climate change and the associated loss of biodiversity for humans and the Earth system. He analyses today’s ecological and climatic changes against the background of geological processes in order to gain fundamental insights into vegetation changes and the development of ecosystems and mechanisms.

Chair: Prof. Franziska Nori (Director Frankfurter Kunstverein)

Admission is free. Places are limited, please arrive on time. Admission to the venue starts at 17.30. Reservations are not possible.