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Date: November 9, 2017,

Transdisciplinary research for the energy transition

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s (BMBF) Kopernikus project “ENavi” will be presented at the Climate Change Conference in Bonn
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With an expected 25,000 participants, the 23rd Climate Change Conference 2017 will be the largest intergovernmental conference ever hosted by Germany. Diplomats, politicians and representatives from civic organizations from all over the world will be meeting in Bonn from November 6 to 17. The University of Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Research Initiative on Integrated Systems Analysis for Energy (STRise) play a key role in the Kopernikus project “Navigation System for the Energy Transition” (ENavi), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). We would like to invite you to this public event on November 15, taking place within the context of the Climate Change Conference. Exponents from the ENavi consortium will be discussing the topic “How can transdisciplinary research contribute to more significant advancements in the energy transition?” at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.


Prof. Kai Hufendiek, director of the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) at the University of Stuttgart and director of the ENavi Executive Committee, together with Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer from the Potsdamer Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will be giving a keynote speech on the topic “The Coal Question: Past and Future Trends“. The experts will be explaining how, in some parts of the world, the economic viability and abundance of coal is leading to a recarbonization of the energy system and that it is necessary to invest immediately in efficient alternative solutions to counter this. Research carried out by Hufendiek und Edenhofer has shown that how we deal with generating electricity using coal in Germany and Europe plays an important part in achieving climate targets. However, the research also makes it clear that there is no simple answer when one also considers the issues of climate protection, supply guarantee, societal effects and economic feasibility.

Further lectures and discussions presented by the ENavi Consortium in Bonn include: Prof. Michèle Knodt (TU Darmstadt) on “EU Energy Policy and the German Energy Transition”, Prof. Michael Rodi (University of Greifswald) on “Decarbonisation of Traffic and Transport – a Legal Policy Perspective” and Dr. Piet Sellke (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS) on “Transdisciplinary Discourse: a Path for Implementation”.

The event will be rounded off with a showing of the film 360 Clockwork Ocean.

COP23Bonn – Public Side Event:  “How can transdisciplinary research contribute to a greater advance of the energy transition?”

Helmholtz Dome, Wednesday, November 15, 10:00am - 12:30pm

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