Scientific Programme / Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Professor Christoph Gutenbrunner:
“Rehabilitation: International perspectives and global developments”

Professor Christoph Gutenbrunner, specialist for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, has been head and chief physician of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as head of the Coordination Centre for Applied Rehabilitation Research of Hannover Medical School since 2007. He is president of the German Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (DGPRM) and vice president of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance. From 2010 to 2018, he was chair of the WHO Liaison Committee of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). Up to 2016, he chaired the Public Health Committee of the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and he was head of the Foresight Committee of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine until 2018.


Dr Thierry Keller:
“Robotics in rehabilitation”  

Dr Thierry Keller has a Master of Science degree in the field of electrical engineering (M.Sc.EE) and a doctor’s degree (Dr. sc. Techn.) of the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Dr Keller was in charge of the Functional Electrical Stimulation group at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the ETH Zurich until 2007. He is currently head of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Department at the Spanish technology centre TECNALIA in San Sebastian. His field of interest is research and development of innovative technologies which may be used in rehabilitation, robotics, e-rehabilitation and neuroprosthetics. Dr Keller is also president of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) and a member of the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART) steering committee.


Mr. Jan-Arne Monsbakken:
“Participation in working life - from an international perspective”

Mr. Monsbakken is a distinguished expert in the field of international rehabilitation.
He is past president of Rehabilitation International (RI), president of RI Norway and treasurer of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA). From 1999 to 2001 he was chairman of the Norwegian Federation of Disability Organization and from 1998 to 2005 a board member of the European Disability Forum (EDF). Mr. Monsbakken also worked as a special advisor to the Norwegian Women's Public Health Association from 2007 to 2017 and was project leader for the development of a Women's Health Association in Ethiopia from 2008 to 2017. He has also been involved in further projects in China, Russia, Africa and the Baltic States.


Professor Christiane Woopen:
“Intelligent healthcare in a digital society"

Professor Christiane Woopen worked on several research projects with a focus on biomedical ethics after finishing her medical studies at the University of Cologne. She has been a professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne since 2009 as well as executive director of the cross-departmental Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics and Social Sciences of Health (ceres) since 2013. From 2001 to 2016, Professor Woopen was a member of the German Ethics Council (known as National Ethics Council until February 2008), which she also chaired from 2012 to 2016. In addition, she was president of the Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees from 2014 to 2016 and was appointed as chairwoman of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) in 2017. Since 2018, Professor Woopen has also been co-spokesperson of the German Federal Government’s Data Ethics Commission.