Version 3.2_September 2016

Speaker: Stella Veciana

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Dr. Stella Veciana lives at the Sieben Linden ecovillage and Berlin, Germany. Her research fields focus on participatory sustainability research and governance, community building, and participatory conference formats for a culture of Open Science and Open Access. She studied experimental arts (University of Arts Berlin), computer arts (School of Visual Arts, New York) and earned her doctorate (Summa Cum Laude, University of Barcelona) in transdisciplinary research between art, science, technology and society. After her MBA Veciana worked several years as senior scientific project manager of national and European research and technology transfer projects on the Catalan Nanotechnology Institute ICN. Since 2012 she cooperates with the Civil Platform Forschungswende, a German public participation platform on civilian involvement in science, supported by the Federation of German Scientists.
She is founder of the Research Arts platform (www.research-arts.net) focusing on collaborative art-science research for sustainability. Currently, she teaches at Leuphana University Lüneburg developing research community partnership methods to support the enhancement of student’s competences in participative and sustainability oriented research. Based on the capacity building manual for transdisciplinary community research she developed for the German Agency for International Cooperation and the Fondo Indigena, she is working currently towards an "Ecovillage Design Research" capacity building program and handbook.