Lecture Series on Sustainability, Net Zero, and Climate Justice

In the 2023/24 winter semester, several lecture series at the University of Bremen address interdisciplinary approaches to a sustainable future – from virtual reality for a sustainable development in mathematics to global challenges in cultural and educational sciences.

The University of Bremen has been committed to promoting global sustainability for many years, both in a number of research projects and through an ongoing review process of its own actions. This is reflected in several lecture series in the 2023/24 winter semester, covering key topics such as sustainability, net zero, and climate justice. Various faculties, including Mathematics and Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Literature, and Educational Sciences, organize presentations. The event is open to students and other interested members of the university.


The University of Bremen Winter Semester Lecture Series at a Glance:

Faculty 3 – Mathematics / Computer Science

For anyone interested in Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty 3 is offering as many as 13 events during the current semester on the topic of “Sustainable Methods and Methods for Sustainability in Mathematics and Computer Science.” Among others, the lecture series addresses issues such as virtual reality and computer graphics to achieve sustainability, or energy consumption and biases in machine learning.The events will be held on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. and are offered as hybrid sessions: Face-to-face at Cartesium and digitally.


Faculty 9 – Faculty of Cultural Studies

The Faculty of Social / Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies is launching an exciting series entitled “The Challenge of Climate Change – Cultural Anthropological Perspectives on Life in a Threatened World.” Focusing on topics such as spirituality and the climate crisis as well as the “technologies of care,” the lecture series will feature speakers from countries such as the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, and Mexico. The events will be held at Cartesium on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.


Faculty 10 – Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

The program of the lecture series from linguistics and literary studies will be provided by the newly formed “Blue Humanities: Histories, Cultures, Literatures, and Media” research group. The Blue Humanities concept has been developed by Professor Steve Mentz. It looks at oceans, rivers, and coastal areas in terms of (colonial) history and modernity, migration and travel, sustainability and ecological issues, the circulation of people and ideas, and much more. The lectures will be held in English only and take place at Cartesium on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. For online access, please contact Dr. Paula von Gleich.  


Faculty 12 – Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Beginning on November 1, the Faculty of Educational Sciences will present the lecture series entitled “Sustainable Development: How does it relate to me?”  The six dates will cover topics such as the current state of affairs in Bremen State regarding the Mission Statement on Sustainable Development and or the Economy for the Common Good (Gemeinwohlökonomie) reform movement. The events will be held in GW2 building, room B2900 on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.


Further Information:

Faculty 3:


Faculty 9: (in German only)
VAK: 09-GS-03-ringvorlesung


Faculty 10:


Faculty 12:  (in German only)
VAK: 12-55-E/P-SQ-100



Diren Senger
University of Bremen | Faculty 3

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Prof. Dr. Dagmar Borchers
University of Bremen | Dean Faculty 9

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Dr. Paula von Gleich
University of Bremen | Faculty 10

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Dr. Silvia Thünemann
University of Bremen | Faculty 12

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