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Dr. Christian Wagner-Ahlfs is trained as a chemist (PhD in inorganic chemistry and crystallography, University of Freiburg, 2000). In his activities over a span of 30 years he has combined science, civil society, politics and economic issues. Until 2018, he was executive director of a non-governmental organization. In this function, he introduced the concept of equitable licensing to technology transfer in German publicly funded research. He headed interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects; therefore, he is familiar with the mode of operation of politics and media as well as university administration and European legislation. During his time as a student, he hosted a radio program on environmental topics. Later he became editor-in-chief of a consumer magazine for evidence-based medicine.

Christian Wagner-Ahlfs is responsible for promoting the cooperation of researchers from Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University with experts from politics, civil society and business. The goal is participatory development of research questions.

To support the exchange between science and society, he organizes the “Kieler Marktplatz”, an established series of events organized in cooperation with the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany, the Future Ocean Network and the Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel. He is responsible for maintaining exchange with NGOs and for drafting participatory projects, e.g. living labs.