The two major themes of the future, sustainability and peace, are obviously interconnected. The last decade has shown that climate change can be a cause of resource conflicts and war, and vice versa resolving international conflicts is essential to address the climate crisis in a coordinated and cooperative manner.
While there is a long scholarly tradition of addressing both fields individually, linking sustainability and peace research is still relatively new in the scholarly debate.
We aim at systematically connecting a variety of people and foster a number of activities in research and teaching at our university.
The engagement with global future challenges also addresses highly debated fields, such as geoengineering or sufficiency, and raises the question how science can contribute to the accomplishment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Beneath the presentation and debate of scientific findings and our attempt to communicate our insights with a wider public, we encourage public stakeholders to discuss their perceptions and innovative and creative ideas addressing the future with us in a more transdisciplinary process that draws attention to relevant social questions.
Key thematic areas
- Climate change and its societal impacts
- Responses to climate change and mitigation strategies
- Geoengineering: assessment of potentials and risks involved
- Disarmament and peace research
- Futures research societal transformations, and the role of research, teaching and outreach activities