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The lecture series


The lecture series “Climate Change and Sustainability” is the centerpiece of the basic module of the RUB Sustainability Certificate. Each semester, current topics of a sustainable human-environment relationship are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective, thus preparing the basis for a productive cross-disciplinary discourse. The focus is on the use of our living space as well as the potentials of its sustainable transformation.

The lecture series starts on October, 19 and takes place every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm at HGB 50. It is also open to the interested public; registration informally by email to Mrs. Vogler (

Topics and dates in winter term 2023/24

Introductionary sessions

October 19, 2023
Introduction to basic terms and concepts
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Meer (German Studies)

October 26, 2023
The great transformation: climate protection as a social challenge
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann (Psychologie)

November 2, 2023
World in Transition: Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian (Biologie)

Thematic block I: Waste Management and the Appropriation of Landscape

November 9, 2023
Participatory approaches as a possible solution for sustainable waste management in Jakarta? Insights into potentials, challenges and limitations
Abeer Abdulnabi Ali, M. Sc. (Geography)

November 16, 2023
E-waste and recycling: cycles and industrial responsibility
Dr. Stefan Laser (Sociologie)

November 23, 2023
Beyond Sweet Fruits. On the appropriation of landscape and migrant labor in recent strawberry cultivation in Greece
Johannes Jungfleisch, M.A. (Archaeologie)

Thematic block II: Water as a (scarce) resource

November 30, 2023
Strategies for sustainable use of water resources
Dr. Birgit Elvers (Geography)

December 7, 2023
After the Romanticism of the Rhine. River Literature in the Anthropocene
PD Dr. Tanja van Hoorn (German Studies)

December 14, 2023
Water resources and competition of use
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martina Flörke (Civil and environmental engineering)

Thematic block III: Circular economy processes and strategies

January 11, 2024
Sustainable Processes in the Circular Economy: Tasks, Approaches and Areas of Conflict
Dr.-Ing. Philip Biessey (Mechanical Engineering)

January 18, 2024
Circular value creation using the example of high-alloy metallic materials – challenges and solutions
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Weber (Mechanical Engineering)

January 25, 2024
Economic approaches to promote circular economy
Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (Economics)

Closing session

February 1, 2024
Finding an (interdisciplinary) conclusion by developing perspectives
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Meer (German Studies)

Information for RUB Students

Registration for students of the Optionalbereich (two-subject as well as one-subject Bachelor Social Science, Sport, Biology and Archaeology) is done via the module “Nafhhaltigkeit und Zukunft – interdisziplinäre Aspekte” via one of the second parts. For other one-subject bachelor and master students, registration takes place via the module “Basic Module Certificate Sustainability”.

The lecture series in summer term 2023

April 13, 2023
Human image and communication in the climate crisis: what motivates and inspires people
Verena Kantrowitsch, Psychologists for Future

April 20, 2023
Urban Greening – Potentials of urban green infrastructure from a natural science perspective
Dr. André Baumeister, Ruhr-University Bochum

April 27, 2023
Energy transition: The value of the past for sustainable regional development
Dr. Corinne Geering, Leibniz-Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig
Torsten Meyer, German Mining Museum, Bochum

May 04, 2023
Urban Utopia – a human geographical perspective
Prof. Dr. Veronica Cummings, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

May 11, 2023
Climate protection through peatland conservation
Susanne Abel, University of Greifswald / Greifswald Moor Centrum

May 25, 2023
Water scarcity in climate change as a challenge for democracy – a political science perspective
Dr. Cornelia Frings, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

June 15, 2023
With the MOSAiC ice floe to the North Pole: Insights into the largest Arctic expedition of our time
Dr. Stefanie Arndt, Alfred-Wegener-Institute

June 22, 2023
Water, a valuable resource: sustainable management in times of climate change
Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück

June 29, 2023
Shaping food systems: How we can turn things around together
Prof. Dr. Melanie Speck, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück

July 06, 2023
Carbon Capture and Storage
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Span, Ruhr-University Bochum