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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!

Where?  University of Bonn, Main Building, Lecture Hall II
When?   October 10, 17 & November 7, 14, 21
               6-8pm (s.t.)



Further information about the lecturers can be found in the biography booklet.

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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.


October 25, 2019, 100 Cities 100 Dialogues*
Was bewegt Bonn? Was bewegen wir? Mit Jugend und Politik im Gespräch

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The world is in one of the most fertile periods since the end of the Cold War. Many dictatorships have given way to democracies. Wars and conflicts have declined considerably. Never before in history have women had more power than today. There are unimaginable opportunities in science and technology, and the living standards of millions of people worldwide have improved.

However, societies worldwide are confronted with many challenges in the face of crumbling international alliances and agreements, huge population growth and dwindling natural resources, such as nationalist aspirations, climate change, natural disasters, flight and mass migration.

What moves us in Bonn? And what could we do together in and around Bonn?

We would like to enter an intergenerational dialogue with you.

People of different generations from politics (Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan, City of Bonn), business (Jill Meiburg, Deutsche Post DHL Group), science (Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB), University of Bonn), young leaders (Ivan Ryzkov, DigitalHub), youth (Julia Burghardt, Fridays4Future) and civil society face up to central questions about the future - and also your opinion is in demand: What are the (local and global) challenges that we have to face? How can we find good and innovative solutions? What do you fear about the future? What are the requirements for a sustainable and peaceful future? What should leaders, e.g. from science, business and politics do?

Discuss with us!


Where?                         University of Bonn, Main Building, Lecture Hall X

When?                          October 25, 2019

                                      3.00-4.30pm (s.t.)

Entry starting at             2.30pm

Spoken Language?       German 

Please register via the Online Registration Form. Please be ready to show your registration confirmation at the venue.

*as part of the global initiative "100 Cities, 100 Dialogues" by Global Peace and a side event to the 19th Global Development Conference.


October 23- 25, 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 German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (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.

Online Application: September 1, 2019 - October 28, 2019

Further Details.

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

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


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