Günter Kipfmüller & Martin Konvička

The Berlin regional group of the DAAD-Freundeskreis has decided to talk about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in a series of online talks centred around our scholarship holders and their research and interests. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Agenda 2030, aim at reducing poverty, ending hunger as well as gender and other inequalities and securing a good and healthy life for all. Their aim is to make the life and prosperity of all human beings sustainable.

Each month we invite 1 to 2 scholarship holders to present their work on one of the 17 goals. For approximately 30 minutes they can talk about their research in English or German and afterwards we talk about its details and implications.

Next to our opening session on 19 February, we have had three talks so far. On 23 March, in our first discussion talk Stefan Junne (TU Berlin) introduced the topic of green hydrogen energy (Goal 7). On 20 April our next guest, Subham Mukherjee (FU Berlin) presented a study about urban water security in Kolkata (India) (Goal 6). In our last discussion on 11 May, Andrea Maldonado (TU Berlin) talked about electrification of rural areas by means of mini-grids (Goal 7). For the upcoming months, we plan at least two other talks. In June 2021, Gabrielle Vittollo (KH Weißensee) is going to talk about her artistic view of sustainable development. A month later, in July, Tolulope Ayeyemi (University of Seville, Spain) will discuss the possibilities of sustainable agriculture in Africa. Furthermore, we are also planning to organize a guided tour though Berlin with Stefan Zollhauser (Berliner Spurensuche) about the development of mobility in German cities.

If you’re interested in contributing to our talk series, you’re cordially invited to get in touch with us: Günter Kipfmüller (kipfmueller@gmail.com) or Martin Konvička (martin.konvicka@gmail.com)