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Joachim Zobel, M.D.
Medical University of Graz


Joachim Zobel, M.D. has studied human medicine at the Medical University of Graz from 2009 to 2015. During his studies, the scientific focus was on paediatric intensive care medicine, especially on mechanical ventilation. The basic education took place at BKH Lienz and 2016 he started his residency at Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Medical University of Graz. He is part of the Neuropaediatrics-Team since 2018 and started with the studies of medical science in the year 2017. Joachim Zobel, M.D., is a member of the Young European Paediatric Neurology Society, YEPNS, and a member of the commission of young neuropaediatrics. He works as a reviewer for some journals, for example the journal “Neuropaediatrics”. At the moment his specialized science project deals with rare monogenetic epileptic encephalopathy, in cooperation with university hospital for human genetics. According this science project he often gives lectures, national and international.



University of Klagenfurt


Martina Merz is a Professor of Social Studies of Science at the University of Klagenfurt; she is also the Head of the Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Studies and the university’s Vice-rector for research. After receiving her diploma and doctorate in physics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Merz switched to sociology and, in particular, Science and Technology Studies, thus to the University of Bielefeld. Her scientific activities led the researcher to Geneva, and from there, via Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich, to the University of Lucerne, where she worked on the configuration of nanoscience as a new research field within the context of a professorship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. After a stay at the University of Helsinki, Martina Merz has been working at the University of Klagenfurt since 2014. 

Her research focuses on the dynamics of contemporary knowledge cultures and how representational practices (models, simulations, images, etc.) affect scientific research and the communication of results. 

Martina Merz recently worked on the project ‘Interdisciplining the University: Prospects for Sustainable Knowledge Production’. This project scrutinizes the tensions that arise from the recent shift from discipline-driven to more demand-driven university research, characterized by a greater significance of inter- and transdisciplinary.

At present, she cooperates with colleagues in physics, history and philosophy of science to understand better the challenges of knowledge production in the large-scale collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider. The article “Organizational complexity in Big Science: Strategies and Practices”, co-authored with Helene Sorgner, is forthcoming in Synthese.

In the information age, people can access millions of websites with an unfathomable amount of knowledge within seconds. However, scientific information has to be communicated in particular ways to facilitate knowledge transfer between experts and interested persons. Therefore, future researchers need to learn how to reliably communicate scientific knowledge to patients, colleagues, and the general public. Thankfully, Professor Martina Merz agreed to share her expertise with the ISC guests and shine a light on the core principles of Science Communication in her much-anticipated keynote lecture at the International Student Congress.

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Klara Fuchs


Professional athletes not just train their muscles, they also train their mind so they’ll before able to perform under pressure. In this keynote we will discuss these strategies so you'll perform well on orm your best during your medical studies and in your future medical career - without getting too stressed out. 

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