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Digital Forum 'Creating Change - aspects of a sustainable life, work and research'

Being active, take over responsibility and exchange experience and knowledge with others in order to create a world where sustainable living, working and doing research plays an increasing role in everybodys life. 'Being sustainable, acting reasonable and ressourcfull', is becoming increasingly important globally, the topic affects all people and generations. Universities as institutions play a crucial role in this as training and research institutions, which the German Council for Sustainable Development for example defines in the university-specific Sustainability Code as pioneers for change processes. For these reasons, one decided to address the topic in this year's international Alumni DAAD project.

Through their participation in the further education program 'Creating Change - aspects of a sustainable life, work and research', you and a core group of international Alumni from Würzburg and other German universities  are invited to add knowlege, participate on further training and develope ideas between October 25 and October 29, 2021.

Program - A warm invitation to participate!

Exchange can grow where people meet: Every day of the panel combines impulses on topic-related issues and the exchange of expertise between international professionals. A core group of 28 participants is cordially welcoming every interested person.

Zoom link for the whole programme
Meeting-ID: 943 2909 6099
Passwort: 505923 

Time inidications are regarding middel european summer time


Monday, October 25, 2021

12 p.m.

Official Welcome and Opening of the Forum, Prof. Dr. Anja Schlömerkemper, Vice president of the University of Würzburg, responsible for equal opportunity, career planning and sustainability

Introduction of the speakers of the professional groups

1 p.m.

Official Welcome of the City of Wuerzburg, Martin Heilig, Alumnus Mayor of the City of Würzburg - thoughts of a sustainable developement concept of the City of Wuerzburg

Sustainability as essential point of the future for Universities, Prof. Dr. Barbara Sponholz, speaker of the network Hochschule und Nachhaltigkeit Bayern

2 p.m.

Introduction of participants and short presentations about own research, general question: “What does sustainable living, working and researching mean to me?”

3 p.m.

Introduction to the subject sustainable life, work and research - `Nikolaus von Kues´, Universal Mastermind and sustainable thinker, Alumnus Dr. Prasad Theruvatu, India (click for Portrait)

4 p.m.

Exchange within the faculties


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

11:30 a.m.

Impulse 'current perspectives on research on peace and democracy', Alumnus Simon Sichert, Student worker at the Deutscher Bundestag

12 p.m.

Sustainble work in franconian enterprises,
Mareen Capristo, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Würzburg

1 p.m.

Insight Alumni Memoirs Dairy, Dr. Bolanle C. Simeon-Fayomi (click for Portrait), Department of Adult Education & Lifelong Learning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

1.30 p.m.

Exchange within the group of participants: Effects of Covid-19 on you own daily work – learning from each other - breakout rooms

2 p.m.

Women in Science, Venezuelan experience" How to deal with uncertainty and win the race, Prof. Dr. Alicia Ponte-Sucre (click for portrait), Universidad Central de Venezuela

2:30 p.m.

Alumni-Workshop: mentoring, ambassador program, speaker of different countries, extension of the international book 

3 p.m.

Project in the faculty: Publication opportunities for doctoral candidates, Prof. Dr. Chibuze Udeani (German CV)

3:30 p.m.

Challenges in professional career for women,
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Burrichter (German CV), woman’s representative of University of Würzburg

4 p.m.

Exchange and bonding within faculties


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

12 - 4 p.m.

'Which effects can be created by change and my possible role in a sustainable world' Professional workshop with external trainer Fabian Lange, DB Netz

Fabian Lange, Head of Change DB Netz AG, studied social sciences and psychology. Main field of interest: how to develop a system from here to there. At DB Netz AG, Germanys railway infrastructure, he is responsible for Change Management and the transformation of the company with more than 50.000 employees.

6 p.m.

Official welcome of the Vice president of the University of Würzburg responsible for Internationalization and Alumni, Prof Dr. Doris Fischer, Chair 'China and Business'

followed by

Please note: The digital impulse will be in German language

Digitaler Einblick 'Wirtschaftspolitische Perspektiven nach Corona'

Die Einleitung in den digitalen Einblick übernimmt Professorin Doris Fischer. Sie ist Vizepräsidentin der Universität Würzburg und zuständig für den Bereich Internationalisierung und Alumni. Gleichzeitig hat sie den Lehrstuhl China Business and Economics inne und ist gefragte Expertin. In ihrer Einleitung wird sie sich auf auf wirtschaftliche Aspekte im Zusammenhang mit China beziehen.

Michael Grömling wird in seinem darauf folgenden Impuls Fragen wie eingehen wie "Die deutsche Wirtschaft befindet sich im Wechselbad von strukturellen Anpassungslasten und den Normalisierungsprozessen im Gefolge der Corona-Pandemie. Wie sind die Chancen einer weltmarktorientierten und industriebasierten Volkswirtschaft? Wo liegen zentrale wirtschaftspolitische Herausforderungen?"

Er ist Leiter der Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Gesamtwirtschaftliche Analysen und Konjunktur, Forschungsschwerpunkte: Konjunktur, Strukturwandel, Langristige wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, Volkswirtschafttliche Gesamtrechnungen/Wohlstandsanalyse


Thursday,  October 28, 2021

11.30 a.m.

Impuls speech and exchange ‚Global Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‘, Spotlight on Sustainable Development Goals 2021, Jens Martens of Global Policy Forum, Bonn

1 p.m.

Sustainability@WACKER: How does a chemical company manage the subject sustainability?
Impuls speech and exchange with  Dr. Dominik Auer, Alumnus of the University of Wuerzburg and Senior Manager Sustainability, Wacker Chemie AG

2 p.m.

Acitivities of the Africa Centre of the University of Wuerzburg - interdisciplinary approach and experience, Dr. Julien Bobineau (German portrait), Speaker of the Africa Centre

3 p.m.

So shall VR: shape change in Higher Education, Thomas Schröter, Chair of School Pedagogy (German info)

Virtual Reality (VR) has several affordances which renders it a unique medium to (re)shape higher education. In this presentation, we will have a closer look at the most important of them and how they are exploited in so-called Social VR applications, with their rich possibilities for communication and collaboration. Afterwards, we will discuss implications for teaching, learning, and of course, sustainability.

4 p.m.

Professional exchange in the four groups


Friday, October 29, 2021

12 p.m.

Input and introduction to the art project ”Women who fled”, Alumna Dr. Yafa Shanneik, University of Birmingham (click for portrait)

Dr. Yafa Shanneiks research focuses on the dynamics and trajectories of gender in Islam within the context of contemporary diasporic and transnational Muslim women’s spaces. She works on Muslim women communities in Europe and their transnational links to the Middle East.

1 p.m.

Moderated Input (after some preparation): What do I want to change? How can I create change?

Training impulse on the topic of `Who am I?´
Krischan Brandl, Human Resources Development, University of Würzburg

Krischan Brandl works for the JMU Research Academy

2 p.m.

Finish and evaluation: Presentations of the results of the week of each group