Gloria Benedikt was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and English National Ballet School. From 2002, she has worked as a dancer and choreographer across Europe and the USA. Since graduating from Harvard University in 2013, she creates artistically innovative, impact-driven projects that link performing arts and sciences to solve global challenges.

In 2015 she became the first Research Associate for Science & Arts at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and in 2018, Science & Art Project Leader. She explores how partnerships between artists and scientists can effectively support cultural shifts toward sustainability by bridging the knowledge-to-action gap. In 2021, she joined the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) as a Visiting Fellow. 

Performance and speaking engagements include the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Carnegie Hall, the European Culture Forum, Brussels; the European Forum Alpbach; the Bridging Europe Festival, Budapest; the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, Ispra; the Forum on European Culture, Amsterdam; the Stockholm Act, the Mellon Summer School for Performance Research at Harvard University, ESOF Toulouse, the International Conference on Sustainable Development, New York, the UNESCO Forum, Moscow, the Sustainable Brands Conference and the World Science Forum. 

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2010 - present

2010 - present