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First Tri-National Start-Up Bootcamp

The Transfer Workshop "First Tri-National Start-Up Boot Camp" took place on June 12, 2018 in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

This event, organized by the Axis IV, was all about start-ups from Germany, France and Switzerland. Among the 32 participants were established start-ups as well as persons interested in starting a business. In addition to participants from France, Germany and Switzerland, a business delegation from Central America participated in the meeting. Several speakers from Basel, Strasbourg, Freiburg and Karlsruhe informed about the Upper Rhine start-up scene and gave helpful information for founders and all those who aim to found a business. The event was completed by an inspirational lecture by Hendrik Klosterkemper, CEO of the successful Freiburg start-up Enit Systems. 


  • Small Workshop of the Axe IV on the topic 'Upper Rhine Science Trails' 
    17 April 2018 / 10 am - 12:30 pm / MGU Basel

International URCforSR Workshop & Transfer Workshop

A full-day workshop on "Sustainability governance in multicultural settings" was held by Axis I "Governance" on
15 January 2018 at the University of Strasbourg. The goal was to bring together all researchers involved in the humanities and social sciences of the cluster, and to see how their cooperation and exchange can be concretized aiming at publishing a common textbook.

Subsequently, interested researchers were invited to attend a Transfer Workshop on "Governance for sustainability in European cities", with Dr Cristina Garzillo, Senior Coordinator within the "Governance and Social Innovation" group at the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives).

Transfer Workshop "Air pollution"

The Axis III "Transformation processes & technologies" invited all interested persons to the transfer workshop on “Air pollution, techniques and remediation strategies” (in French) with the participation of researchers, associations, companies and other stakeholders. The event took place in Strasbourg in the afternoon of January 9, 2018.

Contact: Karine Philippe kphilippe unistra fr

Transfer Workshop "Eco-Innovation"

Together with the German Environment Agency and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention we organized a Transfer Workshop which focused on "Eco-Innovation supporting a Green Economy in the Alpine region". The event took place on 13 November 2017 at the University of Basel.

Transfer Workshop "Der Rhein - Zukünftige Herausforderungen"

The work group "Thinktank Rhine River Ecosystems - Past, present, future" invited all interested persons to the
Transfer Workshop "Der Rhein - Zukünftige Herausforderungen an einem europäischen Fluss" ("The Rhine - Future challenges on a European river"). The event took place on 2 November 2017 in the town hall Grafenhausen, Kirchstraße 43 in the district Grafenhausen, DE-77966 Kappel-Grafenhausen.

The press reported detailed on the contents of the transfer workshop:

Der Lachs als Indikator und Symbol, Badische Zeitung, 4 november 2017

Forscher wollen die Artenvielfalt der Rheinauen schützen, Lahrer Zeitung, 7 november 2017

Contact: Sebastian Brackhane sebastian.brackhane felis.uni-freiburg de

Transfer Workshop "Innovative Agricultural Systems"

All interested persons were warmly invited to join the Transfer Workshop held by Axis IV (Resource Management) with a focus on Innovative Agricultural Systems, which took place on 4 October 2017 in Freiburg. The aim of this workshop was to bring together researchers, experts, and practitioners to exchange knowledge and to facilitate its transfer into politics, industry and society.

Contact: Ines Gavrilut ines.gavrilut felis.uni-freiburg de

Annual Workshop

On 29 September 2017 the Cluster organized a full-day follow-up of the kick-off workshop. All the researchers involved in the cluster were invited to participate.

The event took place in the Herder-Building, Tennenbacher Str. 4 in 79401 Freiburg.

Contact: events sustainability-upperrhine info

Transfer-Workshop "Electromobility"

On 15 September 2017 a Transfer Workshop on "electromobility" took place in Karlsruhe. The aim of the workshop was an intensive exchange between research and industry on this topic. Interesting lectures highlighted the topic of "electromobility" from different perspectives.

Contact: Melanie Stroebel stroebel uni-landau de

Large Workshops of the Theme Axes

Each of the five theme axes of the cluster organized a large workshop in 2017:

  • Axis I: Governance - June 2, 2017 in Strasbourg
  • Axis II: Energy, Infrastructure & Societal Change / E-Mobility - May 4, 2017 in Karlsruhe
  • Axis III: Transformation & Innovation - June 1, 2017 in Strasbourg
  • Axis IV: Ressource Management - April 5, 2017 in Freiburg
  • Axis V: Multiculturalism & Multilingualism - March 22, 2017 in Mulhouse

The aim of the workshops was to continue the cooperation of the working groups of the respective axes and to intensify the exchange between the different working groups.

Lecture Series 2017

In 2017, the cluster's participating sites organized various events of a whole lecture series
on the core themes of the cluster.

Information on the events is given below:


November 22, 2016

University of Freiburg (auditorium)
Platz der Universität 3, 79106 Freiburg (Germany)

Kick-Off Workshop

October 7-8, 2016

University of Freiburg (Herder-Building / room 100)
Tennenbacherstr. 4, 79106 Freiburg (Germany)