Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussants

Frank Schweitzer

Frank Schweitzer is Professor for Systems Design at ETH Zürich, founding member of the ETH Risk Center and Editor-in-Chief of the multidisciplinary journal 'Advances in Complex Systems'. His academic background lies in physics and philosophy of science. In his research he applies data-driven modelling to a variety of topics in complex systems theory, from competitive firms and economic networks to opinions, emotions and social relationships of bats. He also has a strong passion for religious history, symbolism and their traces in our everyday culture.

Melissa Vergara-Fernandez

is a researcher in the 'Values in Finance' project at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her academic background lies in economics as well as philosophy with modelling as a scientific practice in macroeconomics, policy-making and finance being her areas of expertise. More specifically her work focuses on epistemological and practical consequences of methodological choices. This ties in with her other interests regarding current academic standards and the impact of journals.

Caterina Marchionni

Caterina Marchionni is a researcher in Practical Philosophy and member of TINT - Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. She works on scientific modelling, explanation, and evidence in social science. In her research she defends a pluralistic approach to modelling and the conviction that mechanistic evidence greatly helps policy making.

Claudius Gräbner-Radkowitsch

is an Assistant Professor at Europa University Flensburg, a research associate at the Institute of Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) and a research fellow of the Institute for future-fit economies (ZOE). His academic background lies in economics with additional interdisciplinary inclinations, for example towards philosophy of economics and international economics. Special focus of his research includes macroeconomic complexity and plurality in economics. Consequently, he values discussing competing approaches to academic economics and schools of thoughts.

Kilian Rieder

 is a principal economist in the monetary policy section at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Eurosystem) and a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum. His research interests are in economic history, macroeconomics and monetary economics.

Student Speakers

Jan Schulz-Gebhard

Jan Schulz-Gebhard is currently a PhD student in economics at the University of Bamberg and studied Philosophy & Economics, European Economic Studies and economic history in Bayreuth, Bamberg and Graz. Methodologically, he subscribes to an evolutionary and complexity view of economics; contentually, he works on issues of economic inequality and their perception, industrial dynamics and granular business cycles. He is also involved in activities and several groups relating to pluralist economics.

Eva Pöll

Eva Pöll is a research associate in the interdisciplinary BlockTechDiVer project at the University of Münster, and in this concerned with the ethical and generally philosophical aspects of Blockchain Applications for consumers. Pöll is finishing her master degree in philosophy with a master thesis on conspiracy theories and is also working on her second master degree in information systems. In 2017 she finished her bachelor degrees at Münster University in philosophy, B.A., with a focus on logic, and in computer science, B.Sc., focused on software development. Her main research interests are analytical philosophy and the implications of blockchain technology. 
Further about the project: "BlockTechDiVer - Potenziale der Blockchain-Technologie für die Digitale Verbraucherteilhabe", which loosely translate to potentials of blockchain technology for digital consumer participation, is an interdisciplinary project of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and the University of Münster. At the intersection of computer science, philosophy and law, demands, preconditions and possible implementations are analysed to allow consumer oriented Blockchain applications. Since June 2021 the project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Further information can be found on their website:

Elena Bernal Rey

Elena Bernal Rey studied Philosophy with a minor in Economics in La Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia. During her bachelor, she did an Erasmus at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. Then, after she graduated, she moved to Paris for a Master in Philosophy of Science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. During her Master's she did an Erasmus in the Philosophy and Economics program at the University of Vienna. Right now, Elena is finishing her master Thesis, and preparing for a PhD in Philosophy of Economics. Her main interests are Philosophy of Science, Analytical Philosophy, Philosophy of Economics, Feminist Philosophy, Freedom and Agency, and Economics.