Gloria Benedikt was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and English National Ballet School. From 2002, she worked as a dancer and choreographer across Europe and the USA. Since graduating from Harvard University in 2013, she creates and stages artistically innovative, impact-driven projects that link the performing arts and sciences to address 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, she became Science & Art Project, Leader. She explored how partnerships between artists and scientists can support cultural shifts toward sustainability and is the author of Science and Art for Life's Sake (2020). In 2021, she joined the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) as a Visiting Fellow. In 2022 she became an independent consultant on Science and Art to the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).
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, the World Science Forum, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Institut Pasteur, and the European Parliament.
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2010 - present
2010 - present