About us

Organizing Team 2017

Oliver Lehmann

is chairperson of the Austrian Club of Education and Science Journalists and Head of Stakeholder Relations at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). With his colleagues from the registered association “Wien Wissen” he has been organizing the Vienna Ball of Sciences since 2015.

Petra Eckhart

is responsible for public relations of the Vienna University Children’s Office since 2013 and member of the organization committee of the Vienna Ball of Sciences. Furthermore, she is doing event management and public relations for various cultural events such as music and literature festivals.

Emilie Kleinszig

has been an independent project and event manager since 2013 and part of the organizational team for the Vienna Ball of Sciences since 2015. Emilie also teaches at the University of Vienna and FH Wien. She holds a Bachelor in Arts Management and a Master in Urban Studies.

Claudia Spitz

has longtime experience in event management and is producer for numerous performances and economy, arts and science events. She holds a PhD in journalism and is producer for the Vienna Ball of Sciences from its very beginning in 2015.

Katharina Tyran

is an independent researcher and since 2012 working as a freelance translator and editor for various scientific projects in Vienna and Berlin. Starting from 2016, she is member of the organization committee of the Vienna Ball of Sciences.

Founding Team

Olivia Fischer

is a consultant for teacher education at the University of Vienna and also works at the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna. She was involved in various national and international projects in the fields of science education, media education and experiential education (e.g. as project manager for High Seas High School – a seven month long school sailing trip in the Caribbean).

Robin Gleeson

currently working as a psychometrician at the Center for Teaching and Learning (University of Vienna), previously employed at the Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation & Development of the Austrian School System. Dedicated to promoting the fundamental value of robust science for our modern society.

Support Team

Monica LoCascio

is a third-culture child and book nerd (publishing consultant and producer), with a background in arts and innovation management. She earned her BA in New Media and Visual Arts from Emerson College in 2006, and will be starting the Arts & Science MA program at the Angewandte in October of 2017.


Danny LoCascio

is a Technology Integrator at the American School in Vienna.  He has a BA in Biology and MA in Educational Technology.  He has been a long time member of Democrats Abroad Austria. Danny has been a  blues musician in Vienna for many years under the name “Danny Chicago”.  He also performs a Bob Dylan Tribute and played at the Women’s March in Vienna in January of 2017.


Casey Catherine Miller

is a recent graduate of the Euroleague for Life Sciences EnvEuro program, earning her MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). She hails from Los Angeles, California, where she earned her BA in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She’s passionate about environmental education and activism, climate action and sustainable development.


Sabine Montagnon

has 19+ years of experience in IT in various roles in Austria and internationally. Her favourite science topic is evidence based medicine and she is a dedicated volunteer at AmberMed, an organization that provides medical services for people without health insurance. She will graduate from Medical University in Vienna in 2018.


Laura Silverstein

is a research assistant at the Institute for Discrete and Convex Geometry at the Vienna University of Technology where she is currently in the final term of her PhD studies. Prior to her time in Vienna, the Chicagoan earned her BA and MA in Mathematics at Arizona State University and San Diego State University, respectively, and spent a few years as a strategy analyst in the financial sector. Her short term goals include an infinite reduction in her Erdös number and becoming an active player in promoting environmental awareness.


David Heuser

has recently finished his Master in Geoscience with focus on geology at the University of Vienna and is active in political movements, in particular for a scientific input on climate change and how it can be stopped.

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