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Dr. Kathrin Hahne

Legal studies, research stays and PhD in law at the universities of Münster, Poitiers and Oxford; second state examination in law.

Long-standing associate at the Institutes for Environmental and Planning Law as well as for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (public law department) at the University of Münster.

Since 2003 employee of the Minister for Culture and the Media, initially in the Department for Public Broadcasting and International Cooperation in Mass Media; temporarily seconded to the EU Commission (Directorate General for Competition). Since 2006 assignments to the executive management team of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and to the Department for Planning and Analysis. From 2012 to 2016 Head of the Departments for the Promotion of East German Cultural Institutions, for Monument Protection and Building Culture as well as for the Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.

Since June 2016 Director for General Issues of Cultural Policy, Protection of Monuments and Cultural Goods.


Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert

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Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert

Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert is the CEO and Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, a major think tank and funding institution for culture on the national level.

A specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hilgert received his PhD from Marburg University and served as the Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin from 2014 until 2018. From 2007 until 2014, Hilgert was a Professor (tenured) for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Assyriology) at Heidelberg University.

From 2015 until 2018 Prof. Dr. Hilgert was the coordinator of the national trans-disciplinary research alliance ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research). He was the founding director of the “Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage” at Heidelberg University and the “Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums” (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. From 2017 until 2018, Hilgert was the coordinator of the national program “museum4punkt0 – Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future” under the auspices of the Minister of State for Culture and the Media.

Prof. Dr. Hilgert is a member of several governing bodies and advisory boards, including the German Commission for UNESCO (since 2016), the Foundation Board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH; since 2017), the Advisory Group of the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council (since 2017), the German Lost Art Foundation (since 2018), the Arcadia Fund (since 2019), and the Finance and Resources Committee of the International Council of Museums (since 2020).

In 2016, he was named the “National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany” and served as founding President of Blue Shield Germany from 2017 until 2018. He is also the Vice President of the German Association for Archeology. Prof. Dr. Hilgert received several awards for his academic achievements and holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University, Marburg University, and Berlin University (Freie Universität).


Prof. Dr. Martin Steinebach

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Prof. Dr. Martin Steinebach

Prof. Dr. Martin Steinebach is the manager of the Media Security and IT Forensics division at Fraunhofer SIT. From 2003 to 2007 he was the manager of the Media Security in IT division at Fraunhofer IPSI.

He studied computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt and finished his diploma thesis on copyright protection for digital audio in 1999. In 2003 he received his PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt for this work on digital audio watermarking. In 2016 he became honorary professor at the TU Darmstadt.

Prof. Dr. Martin Steinebach gives lectures on Multimedia Security as well as Civil Security. He is Principle Investigator at ATHENE and represents IT Forensics and AI Security. Before he was Principle Investigator at CASED with the topics Multimedia Security and IT Forensics. In 2012 his work on robust image hashing for detection of child pornography reached the second rank of the German IT Security Award, an award funded by Horst Görtz.


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Dr. David Wigg-Wolf

Dr. David Wigg-Wolf is a researcher at the Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he specialises in numismatics and the digital humanities.

He studied Ancient History, Philosophy and Archaeology at Oxford University, receiving his DPhil in 1986. From 1984 to 2008 he was employed on the archaeological/numismatic project “Coins of the Ancient World ” at the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz, before moving to the Roman-Germanic Commission.

Besides research on Celtic and Roman coinage and the ancient economy, he is involved in a number of digital archaeological and numismatic projects with a particular interest in the application of linked open data, the semantic web and automatic image recognition.

Since 2018 Dr. David Wigg-Wolf has been a partner in the EU Horizon 2020 project NETCHER: NETwork and digital platform for Cultural Heritage Enhancing and Rebuilding, where he focuses on the standardisation and linking of data repositories as a resource to combat trafficking.