Esther Kern joined BIGS in August 2019 as a Research Fellow. Primarily, she is responsible for the BIGS contribution to the international ITEA3-project CyberFactory#1. The aim of the project is the development of key capabilities for threats and chances of the Factory of the Future. Additionally, she contributes to the project BASIC.
In her bachelor’s degree, she studied political science and history at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and in Connecticut, US. Subsequently, Esther earned her master’s degree in North American Studies at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute at Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on foreign and security policy. Her research focuses on the connection between technology and security, in particular in the areas of cyber and space security.
Esther gained first working experiences among others at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C. Prior to joining BIGS, she worked as a project manager for an European election campaign.