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Member Spotlight: Hermann Wätzig

Tuesday, August 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Van Meter
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The Member Spotlight Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series, in which we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS Community.

The Member Spotlight is an ongoing Q&A series focused on getting to know the CASSS community. Today’s spotlight shines on Hermann Wätzig, Professor at University of Braunschweig


Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?
I was looking for a truly international scientific society in my field, and I did not find a properly working one in Europe. I was intrigued by the outstanding science and the openness to welcome ideas from all parts of the world, combined with a very efficient organization.

Q. What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?
Gardening, bicycling, playing chess and bridge.

Q. What's your favorite type of food or special dish you cook? Why?
Various kinds of pasta. Because it is so flexible, you can always choose and try different spices, and different amounts, and add fresh herbs and vegetables. So easy to prepare, but always different.

Q. What is your favorite movie, tv show, music or book?
Diva, a French film, first one from Jean-Jacques Beineix, from the early 80s.

Q. What famous person (dead or alive) would you choose to have dinner with? Why?
Hildegard von Bingen. She is from the same profession, so we will find something in common to talk about, but she could explain a completely different world to me, having lived about nine centuries ago.

Q. What’s your favorite travel experience?
Yellowstone. Nothing can be stronger than to feel the power of the earth.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am playing puppet theatre.

Q. How did you get inspired to go into science/biotech/pharma industry?
For one, fascination and curiosity. But I was also strongly considering informatics and AI (kybernetics it was called when I started university). Then, life and health were even more interesting. Today I am really glad that we can contribute a bit to vaccine research, about the physicochemical properties of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its binding properties. I am very happy with my choice.

Q. If you did anything other than your current occupation, what would it be?
Probably it would not be so different. Maybe AI, but then related to practical applications. Or exploring science outdoor, working as a park ranger. But then I might collect data to support sustainable behavior towards our planet ;-)

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