Energy transition - together for a climate-neutral future

How can we implement the energy transition together? Starting in 2022, this question will be addressed by an exhibition that will travel throughout germany and be accompanied by numerous events and participatory offerings. In the joint project, research institutions, universities, exhibition houses and actors in science communication will present solutions for a secure, economical and climate-neutral energy supply and take on board the ideas and opinions of citizens. At the same time, the public's perception of the topic of energy transition and the impact of the project itself are being researched. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the "Science Communication on the Energy Turnaround" project for three and a half years with funds amounting to around 7.5 million euros.

Living, getting around, doing business

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek wishes the project every success in developing exciting science communication formats and emphasises: "The energy transition affects all areas of everyday life: how we live, how we get around, how we do business. The energy supply in all these areas must be climate-neutral, secure and affordable in the future. This is a major challenge. To meet it, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is investing heavily in the development of innovative energy technologies. It is particularly important to me to bring science, industry and society together. Together with industry, we are opening up new business areas and opportunities on the international market for sustainable technologies. Together with all citizens, we are making germany a pioneer in the energy transition and a climate-neutral innovation country. That's why we are funding a unique project called 'Science Communication Energy Transition'. We want to generate enthusiasm for energy research and show the innovations for the energy system of tomorrow. And we are interested in how citizens want to help shape the energy transition."

Making industry green

Germany's prosperity is based on the use of fossil raw materials. It is precisely these that must now be replaced in order to secure future energy supplies - and to become climate neutral. But how can this be done? How can industry be made green? How can travel and the way to work be made green? The transition to a climate-neutral energy supply entails challenges and changes for society as a whole. In order for this conversion to be tackled, citizens need to understand the necessity of such measures.

Science and research have been working for years on a wide variety of concepts and technologies that are viable and applicable regionally, nationally and also internationally.

The project "Science Communication Energy Transition" aims to show what these solutions look like and how they can be adapted to the needs in different regions.

Exhibition from April 2022

The focus is on an exhibition that is being developed by the LWL Industrial Museum, Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Culture, and the Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost. The first stop will be the Henrichshütte Hattingen in the ruhr region from April 2022, and the exhibition will be on show at the Klimahaus from October 2022. With the help of interactive and participatory elements, it presents concepts and ideas of the energy transition as well as innovative research projects. The regional characteristics in the vicinity of the two exhibition buildings will also be addressed. Following the presentation in Hattingen and Bremerhaven, a touring exhibition developed from it will tour Germany.

The conception of the exhibition and its reception will be accompanied by the TU Ilmenau in terms of communication science. Findings from the accompanying research can thus flow directly back into the exhibition and the supporting programme. The project focuses on the question of how successful science communication on the energy transition can succeed, especially with regard to regional aspects, and what influence location-specific factors have on reception.

The content-related input from energy research for the exhibition and supporting program is provided by the BMBF-funded Kopernikus projects and the joint project Carbon2Chem® together with Fraunhofer UMSICHT, the Fraunhofer Cluster CINES and other partners.

Accompanying dialogical and participatory formats are planned, which invite citizens to exchange ideas at all locations of the exhibition and touring exhibition. Wissenschaft im Dialog is responsible for this supporting programme, the tour of the travelling exhibition and project communication.

The joint project is coordinated by DECHEMA e. V. and Fraunhofer UMSICHT.


More info: kopernikus-projekte.de/exhibition


Project Communication Collaborative Project

Science in Dialogue
Beate Langholf
+49 (0) 30 2062295 50

Project Coordination Joint Project

Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Prof. Dr-Ing. Görge Deerberg
+49 (0) 208 8598 1107


Prof. Dr. Kurt Wagemann
+49 (0) 69 7564 205