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October 10 - November 21, 2019 - bonnallianceICB lecture series - 
Benefits from Sustainability?!

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Antilope Prolope

From October 10 to November 21, 2019 (5 lectures), the second bonnallianceICB lecture series "Benefits from Sustainability?!" takes place in cooperation with the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS ).

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Sustainability is a topic often approached from the starting point of a “dooms day”scenario: our natural resources decrease, the climate on our planet is changing for the
worse, and the future does not look to bright anymore.Shifting the course of action towards sustainability appears as last resort and something one simply must do.

However, an increase of knowledge to address complex problems, innovative solutions and improvement of action might also benefit our lives.
What are the potential “benefits from sustainability” that we might encounter on global and local levels? Discuss with us!


Further information about the lecturers and the individual lecture dates will be available soon.

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April 25 - December 11, 2019 bonnallianceICB lecture series - 
Forty years after the “Imperative of Responsibility” 
Ethics of Technology Choice in Times of Eroding Planetary Boundaries


The first bonnallianceICB Lecture Series "Forty years after the “Imperative of Responsibility” Ethics of Technology Choice in Times of Eroding Planetary Boundaries" takes place from April, 25 until December, 11 (8 lectures), organized by Dr. Andreas Stamm, German Devleopment Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

Forty years ago, Hans Jonas’ main work “The Imperative of Responsibility” (German original: “Das Prinzip Verantwortung”) was first published. Starting from the perspective of moral theory, he develops fundamental thought on a responsible approach to deal with new technologies, and especially “disruptive innovations”, as one would put it today. His work is driven technological progress which has amplified the reach of human action to a degree that calls for a new philosophy of responsibility. With technological progress, actions brought about at a singular point in space and time may have far-reaching or even global consequences. 

LectureSeries_Poster_neu40 years have passed. Since 1979, the number of people living on the globe has increased by 3 billion and the percentage of absolutely poor people decreased from 40% to 10%. Planetary boundaries are being transgressed not (only) by single catastrophic events in a novel technological system, but (also) by the progressive erosion of ecosystems - in order to satisfy the needs of a growing and increasingly well-off world population. Technologies and innovations play a crucial role in this new global setup. Do we need a new “ethics of responsibility”, new approaches to radical innovations, maybe combined with novel modes of technological impact assessment and foresights?
You are cordially invited to discuss with us! 

Further information about the lecturers and the individual lecture dates can be found here and/or in the program.


23. - 25. Oktober 2019, 19th Global Development Conference 
Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research-Policy Nexus

The Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference will also mark GDN's 20th anniversary since its launch at the World Bank Development Conference in 1999. GDN is partnering with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB), and the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
At Bonn, four interrelated conference themes will be discussed
  • From research to sustainable development action: interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, evidence brokering
  • The global and shared challenges of sustainable development: migration, climate change, health,etc.
  • Next frontier challenges: Big Data, AI, digital transformation
  • Greater local ownership and sustainability: implications for research policies and funding

More Information
Registration open now.


March 18 - 27, 2020: Alumni Spring School on "Global Transformation towards Sustainability", Bonn

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The University of Bonn and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) are partners in the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research. In a joint Spring School we invite African Germany-Alumni from any field of study and Alumni of the Managing Global Governance Academy (MGG) of the DIE to come to Bonn, Germany in March 2020.

The Alumni Spring School aims at fostering partnerships and networks by overcoming regional and disciplinary borders. Knowledge transfer among participants from developing and emerging powers at the science-policy-interface is a main part of this concept.

Further Details.

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Further events on the topic of "sustainability" in Bonn:

1. Bonn Sustainability Portal

For further events in context of sustainability in Bonn follow this link to the Bonn Sustainability Portal.


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