Hybrid Seminar: Developing real-world experiments to foster sustainability transformations in cities

Developing real-world experiments to foster sustainability transformations in cities

The United Nations 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 sub-goals forms the framework for realizing a future-proof and sustainable society. As goals that have been set by the global community for all countries, it will be key to make them usable and tangible on national, regional and local level. At the same time, it becomes more and more apparent that research, which is disconnected from the “real world” will not suffice to contribute to solving the sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow - which again emphasizes the role of understanding and acting on a local scale, as well as transdisciplinary and transformative research approaches.

This course explores how we can use the SDGs as a tool for analyzing developments in our own city: Where does the relevance of certain SDGs become particularly tangible? Where can the SDGs be used to observe developments towards sustainability, where can grievances be revealed? Where and in what way can each and every individual take action to implement the SDGs? These insights will be the basis for designing starting points for concrete real-world experiments to explore and test out solution pathways for specific challenges in the context of the SDGs. It is planned that the experiment designs will feed into the concrete real-world laboratories currently run by researchers of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and researchers at other Eucor institutions.

The course is embedded into the Real-world lab-Festival taking place from July 2nd to 6th, 2024 at and around TRIANGEL space (Kronenplatz, Karlsruhe, Germany). The course insights and real-world experiments will be officially presented at the end of this week on Saturday.

The most important information at a glance

  • Period: July 2nd to 6th, 2024 (with an online kick-off on June 12th)
  • Format: Hybrid block course with Karlsruhe as “hub” for on-site teaching
  • ECTS: 3 + 2 ECTS depending on deliverables chosen
  • Target group: Interested Eucor-students at all levels of study
  • Registration: Registration is possible until June 12th. KIT students may register through the Campus Management System; students from other Eucor institution please register by e-mail to annika.weiser@kit.edu.

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