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Rebecca Froese successfully completed her Ph.D

Rebecca Froese, who joined the ZIN in January, defended her dissertation on January 16th, 2023 with a presentation on the question of how state and non-state institutions deal with the social-ecological consequences of land use and climate change and contribute to the avoidance of so-called tipping points. | Read more

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Invitation: Panel discussion on climate activism

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Akademie Franz Hitze-Haus (Münster, Germany)

In times of multiple crises, socio-technical innovations for sustainability and a growing awareness for "green" issues, there are many developments and changes with regard to environmental and climate policy. In this situation, various actors are advocating for more ambitious climate policies in a different ways. In an  open panel discussion we would like to discuss about these developments with older and newer climate policy actors. Activists from Greenpeace, Scientists for Future, and the Last Generation will join the discussion. We also welcome representatives from BUNDjugendNRW, Students for Future and Ende Gelände on the panel. | Read more

Steffen Lange invited as a guest on the podcast "CREDS in conversation"

On January 15, ZIN member Steffen Lange was guest on the Center for Research into Energy Demand Solutions’ (CREDS) podcast "CREDS in Conversation." Together with Professor Tim Foxon, Professor Tim Schwanen and host Dr. Sarah Higginson he talked about the study "Digital reset: Directing Technologies for the Deep Sustainability Transformation", co-authored by him. | Read more


Results from the BIOCIVIS project presented to an international audience

Victoria Hasenkamp and Wiebke Walleck talk about “Participation in the bioeconomy: How to involve citizens in the discussion on complex technological issues?"

On February 22 and 23, the international conference "Bioeconomy Policies, Actors, and Transformations: Achievements, Challenges, and Recommendations" took place in Berlin. ZIN junior scholars Victoria Hasenkamp and Wiebke Walleck presented results from the research project BIOCIVIS to an international audience in their lecture "Participation in the bioeconomy: How to involve citizens in the discussion on complex technological issues?".| Read more

Start of the research project INCITE-DEM - "Inclusive citizenship in a world in transformation"

Prof. Doris Fuchs is leading a sub-project together with other scholars from Münster University

On March 6 and 7, Prof. Doris Fuchs takes part in the kick-off event of the research project INCITE-DEM in Lisbon. The project, in which the ZIN spokesperson is leading a sub-project together with Prof. Oliver Treib and Prof. Bernd Schlipphak, is supported by the Horizon Programme of the EU and will run in the period March 2023 - February 2026. | Continue

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How are the SDGs implemented at the local level?

Anica Roßmöller presents results of a research stay in India at the international conference ISA

ZIN Junior Scholar Anica Roßmöller talked about "The local implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: empirical insights from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu" at the annual conference of the International Studies Association (ISA) on March 15.  | Read more

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Climate Change Centre Austria awards Young Scientist Award to ZIN- junior scholar Halliki Kreinin

The Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) has announced the winner of this year's prestigious Young Researcher Award. The award goes to Dr. Halliki Kreinin, who completed her PhD last year at the Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Economics in Vienna on the topic of sustainable work and production in relation to the 1.5 C target. She will officially receive the award on April 13 during the CCCA Austria Climate Day in Austria. | Read more


The ZIN’s open lecture series 2023 starts in April and focusses on "Conflicts about Sustainability

The series includes five lectures, each one on a Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

Students and interested citizens are cordially invited to attend the ZIN’s open lecture series “Brotzeitkolloquium” in the summer term of 2023. This semester, the speakers will address various "Conflicts about Sustainability" by talking about insect extinction, digitalization and species protection – just to name a few examples. | Read More

Statements by ZIN spokeswoman Doris Fuchs on the e-fuels debate in different TV-formats

On March 23, the German TV-show MDR Investigativ broadcasted a reportage on e-fuels and their possible contribution to climate neutrality. In the reportage, ZIN spokeswoman Doris Fuchs commented on the German Liberal Party's (FDP) reasons for blocking a complete phase-out of internal combustion engines at the EU level.  She commented on the same topic in the news program “Tagesschau” on March 21. 

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ZIN member Rebecca Froese has been awarded the participatory prize "Together for the Future" of the Claussen-Simon Stiftung

The Claussen-Simon Stiftung’s Participatory Award recognizes and supports scholarship holders and alumni:ae who engage in interdisciplinary collaboration on questions and challenges that society faces. With their project "Passierschein A39", the pianist and performer Daniel Bucurescu and the scientist Rebecca Froese create a publicly accessible participatory dialogue format building on artistic self-awareness to bring people of different generations and origins together and to develop and artistically articulate their visions and ideas of sustainable futures. 


Invitation to the "Kreislauf-Dinner"!

Public event focusing on "circular economy" on June 17 starting from 5 p.m., VHS Münster.

On Saturday, June 17 from 5 to 9.30 p.m., the " Kreislauf-Dinner”, an event jointly organized by StadtLabor, ZIN, vhs and fairteilbar, " will take place at the VHS Münster. The experimental event format aims at bringing scientists, practitioners and interested citizens into an exchange about different aspects of the circular economy in four discussion rounds.  | Read More

Project on transformation in the Münsterland region receives University of Münster’s Citizen Science Award

Dr. Cornelia Steinhäuser and Prof. Matthias Grundmann accompany the socio-ecological transformation process of the artists' village Schöppingen

At the beginning of May, the University of Münster Foundation and the university’s Innovation Office (Arbeitsstelle Forschungstransfer, AFO) awarded the foundation’s Citizen Science Prize. One of the two winning projects is a project (“Transformationen im Münsterland”) led by ZIN members Prof. Matthias Grundmann (Institute of Sociology) and Dr. Cornelia Steinhäuser (Institute of Landscape Ecology) together with Julia Haarmann (Foundation Artists' Village Schöppingen). | Read More

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Together towards sustainable universities

Joint project of FH Münster (University of Applied Sciences), WWU Münster and katho NRW explores the potential of living labs

One of today's challenges is the shift toward sustainability - also for universities. Münster's three major universities are therefore joining forces as part of the research project "Sustainable University Landscape Münster" and establishing the SUNRISE LAB, a superordinate "living lab" to research five other living labs in the project. At the ZIN, Dr. Rebecca Froese and Prof. Doris Fuchs will organize the living lab on biodiversity. | Read more


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Lecture by Anica Roßmöller at the International Relations Section Conference of the DVPW

The ZIN junior scholar presents her research on the local implementation of the SDGs in India at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

ZIN Junior Scholar Anica Roßmöller gave a lecture on "The local implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: empirical insights from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu" at the IR section meeting of the German Political Science Association (Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft, DVPW) on June 16. | Read More

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Radio Q feature on E-Fuels with ZIN member Prof. Tillmann Buttschardt

At the end of March, the EU decided that from 2035 onwards, only cars powered by electricity or e-fuels may be newly registered. There will be no more new registrations of cars with combustion engines. Against this background, a feature broadcasted on June 20 by Radio Q (a radio station run by students of the University of Muenster) takes a critical look at the topic of e-fuels. ZIN-member Prof. Tillmann Buttschardt participates as an expert. | Read more

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Deutschlandfunk feature on climate-friendly lifestyles with Prof. Doris Fuchs

On June 21, parts of the broadcast "Umwelt und Verbraucher" (in English: Environment and Consumers) of the German radio program Deutschlandfunk were dedicated to the topic of climate-friendly lifestyles. In this context, ZIN spokesperson Professor Doris Fuchs presented findings from the EU project 1.5° Lifestyles. The international research project is investigating what climate-compatible lifestyles could look like and how they could be implemented. | Read more

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Invitation: "1st Conference on Sustainability and Data - Connecting Perspectives Between Practicioners and Researchers"

Virtual conference on September 12th - Registration possible till August 31st

On September 12, starting at 9:30 a.m., the "1st Conference on Sustainability and Data", co-organized by ZIN member Dr. Lea Püchel, will take place online. The 1st Conference on Sustainability and Data brings together sustainability and IT researchers, managers, and policymakers to share their experiences and challenges in working with sustainability data.  | Continue