Dr. Claudie Haigneré is the first French woman astronaut, a former French Minister for Research and New Technologies and European Affairs (2004-2005), and a distinguished scientist. She participated in two scientific missions on the MIR space station.
During her Cassiopeia mission, in 1996 she performed a wide range of experiments in the fields of life sciences (physiology and developmental biology), fluid physics and technology, that highly contributed to the enhancement of data analysis and preparations for the scientific programmes of future projects. Her second spaceflight was on board the ISS as a member of the 2001 Andromeda mission. The mission had two main purposes: to exchange the Soyuz spacecraft used as a crew escape vehicle, and to carry out a scientific and technical research programme organized by the French space agency CNES.
Trained as a Rheumatologist, she also holds a Ph.D in Neuroscience and later graduated in Biomechanics. She was appointed as the Head of the Consortium Universcience (City of Science and Industry, Palace of Discovery) from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Claudie Haigneré is currently serving as an Advisor to the French Directorate General of European Space Agency (ESA).
Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 20+ years working as an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on emerging technologies, currently through roughly 20 direct and indirect technology investments. He spends his days living and breathing high tech, searching for new oppotunities arising from the ever changing technological landscape. As a futurist and speaker, he tries to understand where we are heading, and if society will be able to handle the upcoming tech storm. He is about to publish a book on the topic, Surviving the Tech Storm: Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. Nicklas Bergman is also Scandinavian advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, and here he is working in a world-wide network of scientists, policy makers and business executives with the aim of understanding the impact of disruptive technologies. Further, as part of an emerging research project at Lund University in Sweden, Nicklas Bergman is focusing on humankind’s relationship to technology and technological development, and more specific on the business implications of multi-disciplinary and transformative emerging technologies in the coming 5 to 50 years.
Director General – DG Education and Culture European Commission
Member of the European Parliament for Luxembourg’s Green Party
Minister for Higher Education and Research
Chairman of the Board, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Secretary General, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)