TU Ilmenau starts Scientific Year „Sustainability“

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The Technische Universität Ilmenau is launching the Scientific Year "Sustainability" at the beginning of 2023. Throughout the year, the university will focus on research projects that strive for innovative resource-saving solutions in a wide range of scientific fields. Shapers from all areas of society are invited to enter into dialogue with the TU Ilmenau and to join forces on the path to a sustainable future. The Scientific Year "Sustainability" will open on January 11 with a lecture by media researcher Prof. Jens Wolling. Information: www.tu-ilmenau.de/scientfic-year.

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," in which the global community commits itself to 17 global political objectives - economic, ecological and social goals.In doing so, the 2030 Agenda underscores the shared responsibility of all actors from politics, business, science and civil society, and ultimately of each and every individual. Prof. Stefan Sinzinger, Vice President for Research and Young Scientists at TU Ilmenau, links the university's research with the 2030 Agenda: "In numerous research projects, the university, as an internationally oriented place of science, study and work, is researching the foundations of a 'sustainable community', a sustainable society, and is thus fulfilling its responsibility to society as a whole".

Porträtfoto von Prof. Stefan Sinzinger, Vizepräsident für Forschung und Wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs, vor verschwommenem HintergrundTU Ilmenau/ari
Vizepräsident Prof. Stefan Sinzinger

In the Scientific Year "Sustainability", TU Ilmenau will focus throughout 2023 on research projects that develop innovative technological solutions to preserve our natural foundations of life - resource-saving approaches in energy technology, medical technology, industrial production and computer science. New technologies that record and regulate the state of plant and animal life in our ecosystems will be presented, as well as new methods for an effective working environment, in digitalization or in communication for the energy transition. Researchers at TU Ilmenau are working on processes for the production of green hydrogen, making our power grids fit for the demands of the energy transition or further developing electromobility.

The Scientific Year "Sustainability" will be openedwill open on January 11 at 5 p.m. in the university's Audimax with a lecture by Prof. Jens Wolling, head of the Group for Media Research and Political Communication. In it, he asks whether global crises such as the climate crisis, the energy crisis, species extinction or hunger can be countered with more sustainability at the local level. Prof. Wolling argues that sustainability as a guideline for action cannot be "ordered", but must be wanted, supported and actively lived by all those involved.

As part of the project "KLIMA-Netzwerk für mehr Nachhaltigkeit in Thüringen. Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung", which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, scientists in Wolling's field are investigating how the changes required for a sustainable community can be promoted through communication and implemented in practice. To this end, a Sustainability Communication Unit is being established at TU Ilmenau.

Prof. Jens Wolling's lecture can be followed via video conference on the WebEx internet platform. The lecture will be followed by a discussion in which all participants can take part. WebEx dial-in:


Meeting ID number (access code): 2734 721 0146

Meeting password: k4wZJYcvd72

Events at the TU Ilmenau in the Scientific Year 2023 "Sustainability":


"Energiewende - Status quo und wo soll's hinhen?"

Lecture by Prof. Markus H. Zink as part of the lecture series "Current challenges in electrical power engineering".




#ScienceExplained: "How can your studies change the world of tomorrow?"

Theme week for prospective students with short lectures on topics of the future.




"Hydrogen - a multifaceted element"

Lecture by Prof. Peter Scharff in the context of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus.




"Plastics in the circular economy - an assessment".

Lecture by Prof. Florian Puch in the context of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus.




Energia Connecticum 2023 "Networks of the future".

Colloquium of the Thuringian Energy Research Institute (ThEFI) for experts from the energy industry and science.




Thuringian Materials Day 2023 "Materials in the Circular Economy and Energy Transition".

Students and young scientists meet research and industry




"Final repository for radioactive waste - What to store, when, how and where?"

Lecture by apl. Prof. Andreas Keller in the context of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus




ISWI 2023: "Impact of Knowledge: With great knowledge comes great responsibility!"

International Student's Week Ilmenau | Germany's largest international student conference.




"Engineering for a Changing World"

60th International Scientific Colloquium (IWK) of the TU Ilmenau




"Sustainability in Production and Logistics"

20th ASIM Symposium | Largest European Simulation Conference for Production and Logistics




Prof. Stefan Sinzinger
Vice President for Research and
Young Scientists
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