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Forum Creating Change 2022

This year’s DAAD forum ‚Creating change’ takes place from July 1st to July 7th 2022. The topic of sustainable living, working and researching is becoming ever more present and pressing as it affects all individuals and generations. Research and training institutions like universities play an important role in this matter as the Sustainability Code for Higher Education Institutions defines them as pioneers for change processes. Therefore, this year’s international alumni DAAD project will revolve around the topic of sustainability. Through the forum, the international and interdisciplinary participants have the opportunity to exchange, share and deepen their knowledge. The diverse programme, including lectures, group discussions, networking opportunities and more, brings together experts from different areas of research at eye level. The forum will take place in English language. You can find the preliminary programme below.

Food is one important component of our everyday living. With its ingredients like spices, the food gets its certain flavour and can also serve the well-being of the consumer. Often the use of spices has an old tradition. If you are interested in reading about some of our alumni's knowledge and experiences regarding spices, you can download the PDF file about the spices here.

Preliminary programme


Friday, July 1st, 2022

11 a.m.

Arrival and organisational questions

1 p.m.

Official Welcome and Opening of the Forum, Prof. Doris Fischer, Vice President of the University of Würzburg

Introduction of the speakers of the professional groups, group discussion

3 p.m.

Coffee break

3:30 p.m.

Leading teams, value orientation, sharing knowledge, establishing networks, Krischan Brandl, Leader of the Scientific Staff Development at the JMU

6 p.m.

Networking with current guest scientists, Welz-Haus in cooperation with SCIAS and the Welcome Centre of the University of Wuerzburg, input: Science and fleeing, Spice campaign


Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

10 a.m.

City hunt in cooperation with the Chair of China Business of the University of Würzburg

1:30 p.m.

Working on the Sustainable Development Goal No.6, Clean Water, Arash Malekian and further presentations by alumni

3 p.m.

Guided tour of the memorial site of Alumnus Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen - Discussion on the Interdisciplinarily working scientist

5 p.m.

Alumni networking at the Hofgartenweinfest, meeting former colleagues


Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

2 p.m.

Jubilarian celebration at the Neubaukirche Würzburg

3:30 p.m.

Get together with other alumni and members of the university

4 p.m.

Exhibition in the entrance hall of the Alte Universität, Dr. Yafa Shanneik (art project with female refugees), in cooperation with the Chair of Human-Computer-Interaction of the University of Würzburg, discussion with Prof. Sebastian von Mammen

5:30 p.m.

Evening walk through Würzburg with former supervisors and friends of the alumni


Monday, July 4th, 2022


Official Welcome by Vice President Prof. Dr. Anja Schlömerkemper, responsible for the field of sustainability

9:30 a.m.

Activities and ideas about climate protection and climate adaptation of the city of Würzburg, speech by Dr. Christian Göpfert, Leader of the Executive Department for Climate and Sustainability in the Specialist Field of Environment and Climate Protection

11 a.m.

Peacekeeping measures on an international level, speech by graduate engineer Jörg Kunze, Colonel in reserve, lecturer in the field of Defence and Security Policy, former Substitutional Dean for Foreign Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Changing perspectives. Our worldview is influenced by our personal environment as well as what we see in media. This also applies to perceptions of countries and conflicts. Speech by Stephanie Böhm, leader of the "Akademie Frankenwarte Würzburg"

Interdisciplinary group discussion

1 p.m Lunch break
3 p.m. Exchange of expertise at specialist subject tables


Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

9 a.m.

It has always been like this - right?, speech about gender, history and social structure by Isabella Kölz from the Department European Ethnology at the JMU. The aim of the workshop is to show how gender roles and the concept of two sexes developed in Europe, how they took root and where our current ideas of the lifes and natures of men and women originated on the basis of historical examples and sources. Dealing with different historical definitions of gender leads to epistemological questions about our knowledge of gender roles.

10:30 a.m.

Coffee break

11 a.m.

Exchange with Stan Pilischenko about business formations and digital developments, Green Spin and the Centre for Digital Development, IHK, foreign affairs, values, leadership and changes in self-administered organisations, contact with the industry, etc.
12:45 p.m Lunch break
2 p.m.

Transformation of economic and social systems, German Institute for Adult Education, Bonn

Effects of the expansion of digital platforms on urban work and life conditions, Valentin Niebler, Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration

3 p.m. Specialist group work in the faculties


Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

9 a.m.

Round table - breakfast with Jürgen Kopfmüller, Helmholtz Centre, Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis, Karlsruhe, résumé of his publication 'Creating Change' and 'Researching for sustainable development: Criteria for socially responsible research', 30 minute speech and 30 minute exchange of ideas

Ethical humanity, personal development, speech by Prof. Dr. Keram Pfeiffer, Biocentre of the JMU, interdisciplinary group discussion

11 a.m.

Alumni workshop, discussion on the adoption of suitable roles

1 p.m.

Lunch break
2 p.m. Exchange with the Graduate School and the International Office
3 p.m. World Café - Results of the specialist groups, discussion on synergies
5 p.m. Evaluation and feedback
6 p.m. Digital insight by Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Kieninger about her current research on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains


Thursday, July 7th, 2022

  Departure and farewell


The following webinars are planned in succession to the forum:

Webinar 1: Quality management, Shewhart - Cycle, plan-do-act-check with Dr. Annette Köster, University of Würzburg

Webinar 2: Success monitoring

Webinar 3: DFG Workshop on research support

Webinar 4: Nourishing the world sustainably: Robert Bosch Juniorprofessor 2021 alumna Dr. Verena Seufert, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim: Sustainable utilization of natural resources, presentation on how the worldwide food production can become sustainable in view of social and environmental factors