Keynote speaker

Prof. Dr. Harry Aiking_Foto: Prof. Dr. Harry Aiking
Prof. Dr. Harry Aiking Foto: Aiking

Prof. Dr. Harry Aiking

Prof. Dr. Aiking graduated with an MSc degree in biochemistry and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Amsterdam. He worked at Indiana University in the USA for a few years and he was briefly involved in cancer research at the Central Bloodbank Laboratory in Amsterdam. During 1980-2014, he led a host of interdisciplinary projects at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU), for example, in the fields of Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Resource Management, leading to ca. 50 papers and 300 other publications.

During 1999-2005, Dr. Aiking led the Protein Foods, Environment, Technology, And Society (PROFETAS) program funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (€3M). He has been a long-standing member of the Working Group Sustainable Food Production of ‘Food For Life’, a European Technology Platform.

Before he retired in 2014, Dr. Aiking was an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Food at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Continuing to supervise PhD students, he remains affiliated with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU). He also continues to publish papers and invited lectures on global food security and food sustainability.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast

Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast, Foto: Potthast
Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast, Foto: Potthast

Thomas Potthast is a biologist and philosopher. He holds the chair for Ethics, Theory, and History of the Biosciences and is executive director of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen.
He also is spokesperson of the Strategic Board of Research Platform 4 „Education – Society – Norms – Ethical Reflection“ of the University of Tübingen in the context of the Federal Excellence Initiative. From 2007-2013 he was deputy spokesperson of the DFG Postgraduate Research Training Programme 889 “Bioethics – On the Self-Design of Human Beings by Use of Biotechniques“. He serves as member of the board of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSAFE).

His research and teaching comprises moral philosophy, bioethics, ethics of sustainable development, ethics in the sciences and humanities as an interdisciplinary research program, and philosophy and history of the sciences.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas - INSECTA Conference 2017 - Keynote
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas Foto: Vilcinskas

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas is coordinator and spokesman of the LOEWE Center of Insect Biotechnology since 2014. He is as well Professor for Applied Entomology and Director of the Institute for Insect Biotechnology at the University of Giessen and as well head of the project group „Bio-Resources“ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME).

From 2006 to 2013 he was Executive Director of the Institute of Phytopathology and Applied Zoology at Justus Liebig University Giessen and has been executive director of the newly-formed – and world´s first – HE institution for insect biotechnology since 2015. From 2009, he headed the Fraunhofer project group Bioresources at the Technology and Innovation Center Gießen (TIG).

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas is a global pioneer in the field of insect biotechnology. His research focusses on Insect Biotechnology, Development of innovative approaches for the control of pest and vector insects, Insect immunity, ecology and evolution; Invasion Biology and Genome Biology and epigenetics of insects.