Faculty Bio

“We need to create a European vision of the future of technology and society and have to find answers to big questions for our global citizenship.”
Bastian Schäfer is a maverick, a kitesurfer, a TED speaker, finds time to be a father of a boy and a girl and besides all of this an automotive engineer.
At Airbus, he designed A340 In-Flight Entertainment equipment, supported the A380 stairs development, and was involved in the design of the A350 XWB lavatories. In 2009, he joined the Cabin Innovation Strategy & Concepts team in Hamburg and was a member of the project team who created the Airbus Concept Cabin with its bionic structure.
This work resulted in talks at TEDGlobal 2013 and BOLDtalks 2013, and interviews with Forbes, BBC, CNN, TheTakeaway, juri Magazin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and VDI Nachrichten.
Bastian is the project leader of the Bionic Partition project where he is focusing on generative design approaches combined with 3D printing technology in a joint-innovation project with Autodesk and other partners. Besides 3D printing, his professional interests are Synthetic Biology, Robotics, Bio-Quantum-Nano-Technology, and Sustainability (“cradle-to-cradle”).