The Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research organized the International Sustainability Conference on 27 and 28 September 2018 in Strasbourg as a showcase of research activities in the field of sustainability research in the Upper Rhine region. Each of the two days there were about 200 guests in the Palais Universitaire in Strasbourg and heard next to the three internationally known keynote speakers Janet Hering (EAWAG), Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex) and Alexandra-Maria Klein (University of Freiburg) also 27 presentations in the topics of governance & multiculturalism, energy, and transformation & resources of researchers from the cluster and beyond.
In addition, the words of Hans-Jochen Schiewer (President of EUCOR - The European Campus), Jay Rowell (Vice President Research of the University of Strasbourg) and Francoise Bey (Vice President of the Eurometropole Strasbourg) paid particular attention to the achievements and prospects of the cluster political-administrative perspective. The President of EUCOR, for example, emphasized the importance of the cluster for the future development of the joint research area of the Upper Rhine region and confirmed the researchers a very good visibility of their activities in the last three years.
The conference was a great success and, in addition to the active researchers, we especially thank the organizing team from Strasbourg.
Lecture Series 2018
Building on the success of the previous year, the participating sites of the cluster have organized again various events of a lecture series on the core topics of the cluster:
24 September 2018 / Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau
- "Capabilités et interculturalités - repenser la rencontre dans l'espace transfrontalier"
20 March 2018 / Mulhouse
Transfer-Workshop "Challenges of the water-energy-food nexus"
This Transfer Workshop "Challenges of the water-energy-food nexus in the Upper Rhine region", which was held on 19 September 2018 in Karlsruhe, examined the challenges of the water-energy-food nexus in the Upper Rhine region in various areas such as water, wastewater, energy and agriculture.
Trinational Workshop of the Axis II
The Trinational Workshop of the Axis II which took place in Karlsruhe on 17 September 2018, was addressed to all Axis II researchers. Three speakers gave insights into their research on "Sustainable Cities". In addition, the individual working groups of the Axis II presented the status of their research.
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
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).
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
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.
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:
Contact: Sebastian Brackhane sebastian.brackhane felis.uni-freiburg de
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
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.
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:
- Lecture I / 3. Mai 2017 / Basel / Steuerung der Energiewende: Risiken eines gesellschaftlichen Experiments
- Lecture II / 11. Mai 2017 / Karlsruhe / Vom Energiesparhaus zum ressourceneffizienten Quartier
- Lecture III / 16. Mai 2017 / Strasbourg / Environnement, pollution et enjeux sociétaux
- Lecture IV / 31. Mai 2017 / Landau / Zukunft Elektromobilität – Status, Ziele, Herausforderungen
- Lecture V / 1. Juni 2017 / Mulhouse / Risques et Frontières disciplinaires
- Lecture VI / fall semester 2017 / Freiburg / Der Rhein: Natur- und Kulturraum (The Rhine: Natural and cultural area)
November 22, 2016
University of Freiburg (auditorium)
Platz der Universität 3, 79106 Freiburg (Germany)
October 7-8, 2016
University of Freiburg (Herder-Building / room 100)
Tennenbacherstr. 4, 79106 Freiburg (Germany)