M.A. Eva Rahner

Science Manager
Science Management and Director's Office

Eva Rahner studied dramatic arts and theatres studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz and completed her studies with an M.A. in 2004. After two years in a theatre ensemble in Southern Germany, Eva moved to Berlin to become a freelance actress, presenter and speaker. Between 2006 and 2013 she acted in various plays across Germany, was a German and English presenter and speaker for, i.e., DAX 30 companies and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. Besides her onstage activities she also worked offstage as a coordinator in the TV and film business.

In 2011 Eva professionally settled at PIK to become Founding Director John Schellnhuber's Personal Assistant and Advisor, from 2012 onward she was also responsible for projects at the interface of climate science and art. In September 2017 Eva changed to the Science Management & Transfer team as central project manager of the BMBF funded project BePerfekt. Following activities in the framework of the PIK evaluation by the Leibniz Association and for Director Johan Rockström, Eva will support the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity's spokesperson Kirsten Thonicke as scientific officer and coordinator from October 2021.

In 2012 and 2013 Eva designed and carried out two theatre workshops in the course of the Global Sustainability Summer School (GSSS) - a cooperation between PIK, IASS and the Santa Fe Institute - entitled "Commedia dell'arte Meets Extreme Events" (2012) and "ComplexCity: The (Almost) Silent Theatre Show" (2013). Together with Margret Boysen she was responsible for two climate concerts in cooperation with the Staatskapelle Berlin/Stiftung NaturTon in the Great Refractor (2013 and 2014).

In 2012 she founded the association Kunst schafft Wissen e.V. (Art Creates Knowledge) with two PIK colleagues. In 2014 Kunst schafft Wissen presented their first "climate science meets performing arts" project "KlimaKultur macht Schule" ("ClimateCulture Meets Schools") for which the initiative was nominiated for the ZEIT WISSEN "Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit" ("Encouraging Sustainability") award 2015. In September and October 2015 Eva's play "Die kleine Klimaprinzessin" ("The Little Climate Princess") was staged in front of over 450 viewers (primary school children) on the Potsdam Telegraph Hill. The play can be downloaded for free (in German only). PIK was a vital partner in both projects.

Eva co-hosted the ARD and ZDF children channel KiKA's climate series "Die Klimaretter - Wer spart, gewinnt" ("The Climate Savers - Who saves, wins") in September 2016 (watch the series online here). Due to high viewer ratings, the TV series was rebroadcasted by ZDF (2016, 2020) and by KiKA (2017). Eva was furthermore part of the "Checkpoint XXL - Der große CO2-Battle" ("Checkpoint XXL - The big CO2 battle") on-screen team. "Checkpoint XXL" was a dynamic 90-minute game and quiz show. It received the German youngster award "Goldener Spatz 2017" in its entertainment category.


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