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The Head Office of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research organizes and hosts a variety of events to reflect and support the work of the research network.
Below you will find insights and reports on past events. Enjoy!


November 26, 2019: Uni Bonn meets...
Lecture by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Mukwege


On November 26, 2019 the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Dr. Denis Mukwege gave a Lecture "Rape as a weapon of war and the holistic model of care developed at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu/RD Congo" in Lecture Hall I of the University's main building.

This event was part of the series "Uni Bonn meets..." in cooperation with the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB).



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

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

lecture series_IZNE_PosterSustainability 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?

All Information can also be found in the Program.

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

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

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Have a look at the video of this event!

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? 

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? What climate protection challenges lie ahead of us? How can we find good and innovative solutions? What are our fears about the future? What are the requirements for a sustainable and peaceful future?  What should leaders from science, business and politics do?

*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) hosted its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference also marked GDN's 20th anniversary since its launch at the World Bank Development Conference in 1999. GDN partnered 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).

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At Bonn, four interrelated conference themes were 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. Picture Gallery.

June 25, 2019: Launch Event of the Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) by the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research


Innovations-Campus Bonn stellt sich erstmals vor [General Anzeiger [German], Stefan Knopp, June, 2019]

Since the end of 2018, the University of Bonn including the Center for Development Research (ZEF)BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) and the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) dedicate their joint work force in the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research to the development of the Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB). The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, we celebrated the launch of our major project ICB.

Three workshops in the afternoon marked the entry into the work of the ICB. Experts discuss the complexity of the concept of sustainability, future challenges posed by climate migration and digital opportunities in the health sector.

For our festive evening reception, we invited experts from the economic sector and politics as well as interested citizens to present the ICB as an integrative platform for joint work on a sustainable future.
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For more impressions of the event have a look at our photo album.

June 25, 2019: Lecture by Achim Steiner "Towards Global Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges in the Implementation of the Agenda 2030"

Achim Steiner, the highest-ranked German in the UN system, visited Bonn and discussed critically with sustainability experts and interested parties about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the current climate problems. Where are we currently in the implementation of the Agenda 2030, which opportunities are available and which challenges do we face? What role can science and research as well as the public in Germany play in promoting the transformation towards national and global sustainability?

In the name of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research, we invited you to discuss with one of the most important representatives for the shaping of global change and to enter into a lively exchange between the poles of politics, science, and civil society:

Lecture by Achim Steiner "Towards Global Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges in the Implementation of the Agenda 2030" with subsequent discussion
in the auditorium of the University of Bonn.

With its worldwide presence, UNDP is one of the most important and well-known UN organizations. UNDP provides poorer countries with policy advice and capacity building to better address challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change or crises and conflicts. Under the leadership of Achim Steiner, UNDP is positioning itself as a source of innovation and a key player in support for sustainable development that embraces all dimensions of sustainability.

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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" took 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?


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

April 5, 2019: An Evening with the Bonn Alliance during the Alumni Spring School, 2019

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April 1 – 10, 2019: Alumni Spring School on "Global Transformation towards Sustainability", Bonn

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ASSThe 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 invited 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 April 2019.

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.

For further details click here.


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October 20, 2018: Day of the United Nations in Bonn - Efforts for the 17 Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda

UN Day 2018 in Bonn: Acting For Sustainable Development, leaving Noone Behind [UN SDG Action Campaign] 

Bürgerfest zum Tag der Vereinten Nationen: Die 17 Entwicklungsziele im Fokus [Die Stadt Bonn, German]

UN-Tag in Bonn / "Leaving no one behind - Niemanden zurücklassen" [Press release BICC, German] 

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June 24, 2018: Open Door Event at Villa Hammerschmidt - The Bonn Alliance for Sustainbility Research in dialogue with the public

Alliance for Sustainability \ BICC at the Open Day of the Villa Hammerschmidt [Press release] 

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November 15, 2017: United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn - Foundation of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research

Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research: Institutions from the region of Bonn form new network [Press release] 

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