September 4, 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone

Guest speakers


Prof. Dr. Peer Bork


Peer directs the EMBL-Heidelberg site, focusing on scientific activities. EMBL 
(European Molecular Biology laboratory) is an international research organization 
with headquarters in Heidelberg, where Peer is also senior group leader and head 
(with C. Müller) of the Structural and Computational Biology unit. In addition, he is 
honorary professor at the universities of Heidelberg and Würzburg as well as the 
Fudan university of Shanghai. 

Peer received his PhD in Biochemistry (1990) and his Habilitation in Theoretical 
Biophysics (1995). His research group works in various areas of computational and 
systems biology with a focus on function prediction, data integration and 
microbiomes. He has published more than 600 research articles, among them more 
than 80 in Nature, Science or Cell, and is among the most cited researchers in life 
sciences (>230.000 citations, H-factor of 205 in 2020). He is on the editorial board 
of a number of journals, including Science and Cell, and functions as senior editor 
of the journal Molecular Systems Biology.  

Peer co-founded five successful biotech companies, two of which went public. 
More than 50 of his former associates now hold professorships or other group 
leader positions in prominent institutions all over the world. He received a number 
of awards, among them the "Nature award for creative mentoring" for his 
achievements in nurturing and stimulating young scientists and the prestigious 
"Royal Society and Académie des Sciences Microsoft award" for the advancement 
of science using computational methods.  He further obtained two competitive ERC 
advanced investigator grants and is elected member of the German national 
academy of sciences (Leopoldina), the European molecular biology organization 
(EMBO) and the Academia Europaea. 

Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle

CERN Director for International Relations

Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations and was a key focal point for relations between CERN and the UN Office at Geneva.

Since 2001 Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations, from associate speechwriter to chief of the Political Affairs and Partnerships Section at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Most recently she held the position of chief of the United Nations Library in Geneva, where she was responsible for library services, knowledge management, cultural diplomacy and intellectual outreach.

Prior to her work with the United Nations, Warakaulle held a Carlsberg Visiting Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge from 1998 to 2001.

During her time at the University of Cambridge, she also served as editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, a peer-reviewed international affairs journal then published by the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

She gained her M.Phil in international relations at the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and also holds an MA in history (cand.mag.) from the University of Copenhagen, as well as an MA in history (coursework) from the University of Sydney and a BA in history from the University of Copenhagen.