Alumni Conference 2016

Alumni Conference

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research invited all Green Talents Alumni, institutions and experts to attend the biggest Green Talents Alumni Meeting to date on 26/27 October 2016. More than 250 participants followed the invitation and listened Federal Minister Prof Johanna Wanka's opening speech, Prof Schellnhuber's key note and other speeches, workshops and panel discussions. Visit the photo galleries, watch the best of videos and have a look into the Alumni Brochure 2009-2016...


To download conference speeches and presentations please click here.


Watch the Best-of 2009-2016 Video here (extended version).

Watch the Best-of 2009-2016 Video here (short version).

Programme | Thursday, 27 October 2016 | Kosmos Berlin

09:30 Registration   
10:00 Welcome Andrew Tweedie (Moderator),
Helmholtz Association

Opening | Fresh impetus for sustainability: Research across borders to master global challenges Federal Minister Professor Johanna Wanka,
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Good practice | Life and research in Germany Dr Cristian Gebhardt,
Leibniz Universität Hannover; Green Talents Alumni 2011

The Climate Challenge
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber,
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Green Talents in scope of FONA³ - Promoting Sustainability Research Wilfried Kraus,
Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
12:00 Lunch break
13:15 Workshops on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's):           

Goal 6: Sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Moderation: Ref. 724)

Sustainable water management – industry as an example
Professor Sven-Uwe Geißen, Head of chair at Department of Environmental Technology, Environmental Process Engineering at TU Berlin and board member at German Water Partnership  

Sustainable Management of River Basins Dr Paul Wagner, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute for Natural Resource Conservation, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU)

Water has no boundaries. Snapshot of four cities Catalina Dobre, Université Libre de Bruxelles           

Resource recovery from wastewater in South Africa Dr Dyllon Randall, Eawag Switzerland           

Need for sustainable farming practices: Protecting water from agricultural pollution Femeena Pandara Valappil, Graduate Research Assistant-Ic at Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University USA

Goal 7: Affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (Moderation: N. Moustakas)

Rechargable batteries of the next generation: perspectives
Professor Helmut Baltruschat, Head of the department of Electrochemistry at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Thermochemical Energy Storage based on Quick Lime
Dr Marc Linder, Research Area Manager Thermochemical Systems, German Aerospace Center
  Advanced Hydrogenation for Silicon Solar Cells  Dr Brett Hallam, University of New South Wales

Wastes materials for thermal energy storage Dr Andrea Gutierrez, German Aerospace Center Stuttgart

Cross-Cultural Engineering to Improve Electricity Access Worldwide Andrew March, Power Pay

Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbons using modified TiO2 based nanomaterials Nikolaos G. Moustakas, National Center for Scientific Research Greece

Goal 11: Inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human Settlements (Moderation: Dr Petra Wolff, Ref.723)           

The SDG's, integrated planning and the perspective of the German municipalities
Dr Darla Nickel, Infrastructure and Finances, German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu)

Sustainable cities arise in urban coproduction
Professor Elke Pahl-Weber, Managing Director, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (ISR), TU Berlin

Village Atlas Methodology - a Step towards Sustainable Rural Development Dr Ksenija Bunjak, EAT organization

Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Buildings in Sub-Saharan Africa Sadiq Gulma, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Mobilizing Co-benefits in Climate-Energy-Environment for addressing China’s Sustainability Dr Bing Xue, Associate Professor at the Institute of Applied Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, Germany           

Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production Patterns (Moderation: Dr Volkmar Dietz)

Enabling Sustainable Living: Approaches along Global Value Chains and in Local Networks            Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

Promoting Sustainable Consumption: Challenges and Approaches
Dr Gerd Scholl, Head of Research Field Corporate Management and Consumption, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)

Sustainable Embedded Lead-Users: Involving employees as customers in sustainability innovation processes            Professor Ulf Schrader, Chair of Economic Education and Sustainable Consumption, TU Berlin

Challenges and Practicalities of Sustainable Value Chains – An African perspective: examples from the agriculture, mining and local government sectors Paul Jorgensen, SRK Consulting           

Sustainable Textile Production and Consumption: A Closed-loop Industry Bükra Kalayci, TU Berlin

Tracing trash: Embeddedness, situatedness and contingency in recycling networks in Brazil Tatianna Mello P. Silva, University of Edinburgh

Goal 14/15: Conserve and sustainably use marine and terrestrial ecosystems (Moderation: Professor Jürgens)

The importance of trans-boundary long-term observation data of environmental changes for technical and political decision makers Professor Norbert Jürgens, Biodiversity, Evolution and Plant Ecology (BEE), University of Hamburg

3transects: a glimpse into past and present biodiversity Professor Dietmar Quandt, Nees institute for Biodiversity of Plants (NEES), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

From Ocean Discovery to Sustainable Ocean Development
Professor Martin Visbeck, Head of the Research Unit Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR           

Monitoring Forest Cover in Cambodia Using High Resolution SAR Data: Spatial Modelling and Scenario Ram Avtar, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced study of Sustainability

Development of Pressure-Retarded Osmosis Membrane Technology for Water, Environment and Renewable Energy Applications Qianhong She, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

The danger of developing at the expense of nature: lessons learned from South African wetlands Alanna Rebelo, University of Antwerp
15:45 Coffee break and Exhibition           
16:15 Short summaries of Workshop results

Panel discussion | „Who is responsible for sustainability research? Science between policy-makers, societal stakeholders and industry”.

Wrap up and outlook Andrew Tweedie (Moderator),
Helmholtz Association

Award ceremony Dr Georg Schütte,
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
19:00 Dinner