The Future of Energy Transition in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty

Germany’s energy transition will be at the focus of a public lecture at Kunsthalle on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. It is the start of the 35th Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche series, this time on the subject of energy transition.

The 35th Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche will begin on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7 p.m. in Kunsthalle Bremen. Professor Dr. Markus Kraft (University of Cambridge), director of the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES), will give the opening lecture.

In his talk entitled “An Intelligent Future with ‘The World Avatar,’” Markus Kraft will present the World Avatar, a dynamic knowledge graph developed to create a comprehensive digital twin of the world. Using concrete examples, he will show how the World Avatar is designed to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions, among other things, and can thus help meet the challenges of energy transition. Markus Kraft will be available to members of the press for interviews.

Alexander Witte, chair of the Wolfgang-Ritter Foundation, and Kathrin Moosdorf, Bremen’s Senator for Environment, Climate, and Science, will give introductory speeches.

Online Attendance Is Possible

The keynote lecture will be followed by the conference of the 35th Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche series. On Friday, November 10, 2023, a closed meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlantic Grand Hotel in Bremen. Following short talks by renowned experts, a number of workshops will take place. The organizers hope for a lively exchange between representatives from academia, politics, and business. Together with the guest speakers, the participants will explore the question of how we can shape the future of energy transition in light of the current, interrelated, multiple crises and associated uncertainties.

This year, as previously, you will have the opportunity to attend parts of the conference online. For online participation on Friday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you will need to register with

What Are the Topics of the 35th Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche Series?

Fully understanding and approaching the energy transition requires viewing it as not merely a technological shift, but also as a social transformation. At the same time, however, we need to make viable decisions and find solutions more quickly than ever before. If we successfully manage this process and actively shape a holistic, responsible, and sustainable energy transition, we will have the great opportunity to emerge even stronger from the necessary structural changes. For this reason, the 35th Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche series will illuminate key aspects that can have an important impact on the future of energy transition. During the conference, there will be three key sessions:

  • Digitalization and resilience for the future of energy transition
  • Specialist skills and training for the future of energy transition
  • The future of energy transition and changing societal narratives

Professor Johanna Myrzik and Dr. Torben Stührmann from the University of Bremen are in charge of the academic coordination. Johanna Myrzik heads the Institute of Automation at the Faculty of Physics/Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen. She is also spokesperson for the Bremen Research Center for Energy Systems (BEST). Torben Stührmann is head of the Resilient Energy Systems research group in the Faculty of Production Engineering.

Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche Series

Since 1988, the Bremen-based Wolfgang-Ritter Foundation, the University of Bremen, and the unifreunde association have annually organized the Bremer Universitäts-Gespräche series. The aim of the semi-public conference series is to encourage a dialogue on important contemporary issues beyond the academic framework. The organizers hope for a lively exchange between academic, political, and business representatives, adding new ideas and practical relevance to ongoing discussions.


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