Day 2 - Tuesday, 17th September 2013



7:00 - 8:30 am BREAKFAST
9:00 - 10:30 am


The ideas of what is or what ought to be ‘sustainable development’ varies a lot between people and contexts. The World Café will offer an opportunity for delegates to voice their opinions, discuss and develop a common understanding. The delegates will further discuss how a sustainable university should look like and what key competencies are needed in order to become a change agent.
10:30 - 11:00 am COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 am
Panel Discussion
Sustainability research and practices have developed a lot over time. What are the cutting edge questions and solutions within the sustainability discourse that are discussed globally at the moment? How are they related to the ideas of the delegates expressed during the World Café? These questions will be discussed in a plenary session with two distinguished professors whose research is focused on transdisciplinarity.
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang, Professor for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Dean, Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ulli Vilsmaier, Junior Professor for Transdisciplinary Methods, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
12:30 - 2:00 pm LUNCH @ MENSA
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Today universities are seen as vibrant places of knowledge production and competence development, empowering students to initiate change in society. But which approaches can universities take to contribute to sustainable development? How can they most effectively support students in becoming change agents? In this session, current concepts and examples of higher education for sustainable development from all continents will be presented and discussed in order to understand how universities can contribute to the transition towards sustainability. Prof. Dr. Marco Rieckmann will investigate the key challenges for universities in the coming decade.
3:30 - 3:45 pm COFFEE BREAK
4:00 - 5:30 pm
There is a wide consensus between concerned citizens, businesses and politicians that the current way in which our global economy develops is unsustainable because it destroys our natural environment and leaves many people at a stage where they cannot fulfill their basic needs. However, there is a large controversy as to how a sustainable economy could look like. Some believe that we need a strong critique on the consumption models of the rich (nations) and the western, capitalist model. Others believe in strategies that transform their local communities. Following either strategy has big consequences for universities: They could either orientate towards the development of new technologies and promote and research transforming societies. Or they would have to radically rethink the way they conduct research and teaching: This could for example include a reduction in travelling or a questioning of some resource-intensive research practices. All of these debates will be at issue!
The discussion is moderated by Dr. Barbara Muraca, Researcher, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany.
6:30 - 9:30 pm
The running dinner will foster the exchange of ideas and perspectives between WSES delegates and regional change agents. During a three course menu, the delegates will enjoy regional food and meet experts from a broad range of local organizations. Invited are:
  • Dr. Katharina Averdunk, Project Manager of the Leuphana Innovation-Incubator “Platform for sustainable aviation fuels”, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • Dr. Günther Bachmann, General Secretary of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Germany
  • Stefan Dierks, Category Leader CR Product & Strategy, Tchibo GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Frank Glante, Director of the Soil Protection Commission (KBU), Federal Environment Agency, Germany
  • Lars Holstenkamp, EnERgioN , Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Anne Jerneck, Associate Professor in Sustainability Science, Lecturer in Economic History, PhD in Economic History, Lund University, Sweden
  • Anke Klitzing, Public Relations, Slow Food Deutschland e.V., Germany
  • Jürgen Knirsch, Campaigner, Greenpeace, Germany
  • Dr. Harry Lehmann, Head of Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, German Federal Environment Agency, Germany
  • Dr. Iris Menn, Oceans & Biodiversity Campaigner, Greenpeace, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Lennart Olsson, Professor for Physical Geography, Lund University; Lead Author, IPCC and UNEP GEO Assessment Report 
  • Lenka Parkanova, President, Oikos International
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Rieckmann, Junior Professor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Vechta, Germany
  • Rainer Scheppelmann, former Head at the Hamburg Coordination Centre for Climate Issues in the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment for the City of Hamburg; Co2olBricks; CLUE, Germany
  • Mark Smith, Trainee, Frundraising Greenpeace, USA
  • Andreas Streubig, Head of Environment and Social Policy, Otto Group, Germany
  • Dr. Roda Verheyen LL.M. (London), Partner, Attorny Günther, specialized in environmental and planning law, Germany
  • Ralf Weber, Agriculture and Forestry Community Bauckhof, Germany



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