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Beyond Talks

Visionary thought leaders of our time

ZEISS Beyond Talks

For over 175 years, ZEISS has been asking “How can we challenge the limits of our imagination?” To celebrate this vision, ZEISS has partnered up with thought leaders and great minds from around the globe for the series "ZEISS Beyond Talks" where they speak about their work, visions, and how they are having a major impact on our world.

Studying birds reveals changes in the environment we share

Interview with Amanda D. Rodewald

Professor Amanda D. Rodewald leads ornithology research and avian population studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her work exploring the intrinsic link between birds and humans is helping to make global conservation smarter.

Augmenting the senses to improve healthcare

Interview with Prof. Nassir Navab

Prof. Nassir Navab leads research into computer-aided medical procedures and augmented reality at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. His groundbreaking work is aimed at enabling medical professionals to use their full range of senses when treating patients.

Transforming the patient experience at the hospital

Interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frederik Wenz

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frederik Wenz is Chief Medical Officer, CEO of the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany. He spoke to us about challenges in the modern hospital environment and how technology is helping to solve them and make healthcare more patient centric.

Focused on film since the 1960s: Half a century behind the camera

Interview with Otto Nemenz, the founder and CEO of Otto Nemenz International, Inc.

Otto Nemenz has been supplying camera equipment to the Hollywood film industry for many decades. He talks us through his business principles, the rapid shift to digital, and what to expect from movies in the future.

Surgical precision at the edge of science

Interview with pioneer neurosurgeon Prof. Robert Spetzler

Neurosurgeon Robert Spetzler MD is a pioneer of an operating technique that induces hypothermia and cardiac arrest so that lesions can be reached.

The paradox of exponential innovation

Interview with Martin van den Brink, President and CTO at ASML

Martin van den Brink is President and CTO at the Dutch semiconductor leader ASML. He shares his insights from a 40-year career, discussing the global component shortage, the future of silicon, and providing career advice to industry newcomers.

AI for Humanity

Interview with Lila Tretikov, Deputy CTO at Microsoft.

Lila Tretikov is Deputy CTO at Microsoft. She shares her thoughts on drawing more women into tech, and why imagination is our most powerful tool in creating the future.

Imagination is a constant process that never ends

Interview with veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders and his photographer wife Donata.

Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders and his photographer wife Donata spoke to us about how technology has transformed their art forever.

Enable even more creativity

Interview with Senior Vice President & CMO at vivo, Spark Ni.

Mobile photography is playing an increasingly important role in our daily life. Looking ahead, how will our interactions will be shaped by mobile photography, what technological breakthroughs will appear, and what will mobile photography be like in 100 years? Spark Ni, Senior Vice President & CMO at vivo, spoke to us and shared his understanding of photography.

Capturing moments frozen in time

Interview with Sebastian Copeland, award-winning photographer, adventurer and environmental advocate.

The award-winning photography of polar explorer Sebastian Copeland transports us into a world few people get to experience. He spoke to us about the beauty, danger and fragility of life on the ice.

Secrets in the wings of butterflies

Interview with Nipam Patel, PHD, developmental biologist and director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Chicago.

Nipam Patel is a developmental biologist studying the animal world at the genetic level. His research into butterflies and crustaceans is opening new doors in our understanding of color visualization, tissue regeneration, and the evolution of species.

Heart meets mind in neuroscience

Interview with Prof. Ling Feng, neurosurgeon and Deputy Director of China INI in Beijing.

Professor Ling Feng is a leading neurosurgeon and Deputy Director of the China International Neuroscience Institute (China INI) in Beijing. In a field driven by science, she says empathy is still the most important trait.

A vision of luxury: building a high-end eyewear brand

Interview with founder and CEO of PUYI OPTICAL, Jeffery Yau.

Jeffery Yau is the founder and CEO of luxury eyewear brand PUYI OPTICAL. We caught up with him at the ZEISS Vision Center in Hong Kong to discuss developments in the eyewear industry, and how luxury brands can give back to the community.

How lasers are tracing the path to humanity's future

Interview with Dr. Peter Leibinger, CTO of TRUMPF Group.

Dr. Peter Leibinger is CTO of TRUMPF Group – a world leader in industrial-use laser technology. He shares his thoughts on what makes lasers special, their role in developing AI, and why there’s reason to be optimistic about humanity’s future.

The power of storytelling to drive social change

Interview with German-American director, Sherry Hormann.

We spoke to film director Sherry Hormann in the iconic Delphi cinema in Berlin. She told us about the importance of portraying the individual experience, dealing with tough subjects on screen, and why storytelling has always touched human beings.

Magnifying the molecules of tomorrow

Interview with Prof. Joachim Mayer, Materials Scientist at RWTH Aachen University.

Modern day exploration is not only about heading into space – it’s also about studying the materials around us at the molecular level. Joachim Mayer is a pioneer in this field. The Materials Scientist from RWTH Aachen University and Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy says we’re entering the era of neuromorphic computing.

Lights in the Deep Sea

Interview with Prof. Antje Boetius, microbiologist, researcher.

There are fewer humans who have been diving in the deep sea than humans who have been to outer space. Antje Boetius is one of the deep sea explorers. We had the chance to get thrilling insider information about this uncharted area of our planet.

ZEISS Beyond Talks Podcast
ZEISS Beyond Talks Podcast

ZEISS Beyond Talks

The Podcast

"ZEISS Beyond Talks – The Podcast” takes you on a journey by capturing important milestones and by talking to leading scientists, renowned artists and ZEISS experts from around the world. All of them address the question: How can we challenge the limits of imagination?