Sustainable Development Goals: A talk series
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.
“We are stunned and shocked by Russia’s attack on Ukraine. As DAAD alumni, we stand for international exchange, for getting to know new cultures and for peaceful coexistence. The appeal for help by DAAD alumnus Igor O. Girka from Kharkiv shows the brutality and violence of the Russian rulers in their invasion of a sovereign state, leading to unimaginable suffering. Our deep solidarity goes out to all Ukrainians at this difficult time – including those who are studying in Germany on a DAAD scholarship and fear for their country. We are glad that many Russians think the same way and have the courage to condemn the war of aggression in clear words. We know: Wars know no winners, only losers.
The DAAD circle of friends and its regional groups are available as contact persons for the DAAD scholarship holders affected.”