Online-Veranstaltungsreihe „YUFE - Young Universities for the Future of Europe“

The online lecture series is a joint offer of the YUFE Alliance (Young Universities
for the Future of Europe). YUFE unites ten young research-intensive universities
and three non-academic partners located all across Europe.

Give earth a chance - paths to sustainable living
The participation is free of charge. The online lecture series "Give earth a
chance - paths to sustainable living" is dedicated to the topic of sustainability and
looks at the subject from five different angles:

  • Sustainable building – from theory to practice
  • Sustainable tourism for sustainable society
  • The impact of environmental degradation on human migrations
  • Sustainable development and poverty reduction – interconnected causes,
    multidisciplinary research and integrated policies
  • How climate change drives biodiversity loss – and how to counteract it
  •  The lecture series takes place online and in English. Please find the detailed
    programme below.

The series is open for all interested persons: citizens, students and university staff
members. We welcome interested people from all backgrounds.


Sustainable building - from theory to practice
12/10/2022, 17:00 - 18:30 CET

We all know that the built environment’s sustainability should increase to reach
climate targets. But how to achieve this? This presentation combines academic
insights with concrete innovative examples from industry. Where the first stresses
the importance of quantitative assessment techniques to support informed
decision making, the latter shows that slowly but surely things are moving in
today’s building practice.
Matti Buyle (University of Antwerp),
Jona Michiels (Van Roey)

Sustainable tourism for sustainable society
19/10/2022, 17:00 - 18:30 CET

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. It is also an indicator of our
society in many ways. There is a dire need for the society to rapidly become
environmentally friendly, even regenerative, while at the same time taking into
account economic and socio-cultural sustainability. This pressure is changing
tourism. In this webinar the main aspects of sustainability are examined in the
tourism context. This elaborates how tourism as an industry can provide
pathways for the whole society to become sustainable in the long run.

Speaker: Juho Pesonen (PhD) (University of Eastern Finland)

The impact of environmental degradation on human migrations
26/10/2022, 17:00 - 18:30 CET

The lecture is a richly illustrated journey from prehistoric times to the present
day, answering a few fundamental questions important from the point of view of
current environmental changes:

 How did soil cover influence the rise and fall of great civilizations?

  • Are the soil resources finite?
  • How does Anthropocene scalp the Earth?
  • Who are the environmental refugees and how much are they connected with soil degradation?

The presentation will show the effects of environmental degradation from ancient
Mesopotamia to the contemporary problems of the Sahel zone. The causes of the
disappearance of the Aral Lake, the formation of Dust Bowls and the floods in the
Far East and Central America will also be shown. Examples of ways to deal with
the above environmental problems will also be shown.
Speaker: dr hab. Marcin Świtoniak (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń)

Sustainable development and poverty reduction - interconnected
causes, multidisciplinary research and integrated policies

09/11/2022, 17:00 - 18:30 CET
The first two decades of the 20th century have challenged the ways in which the
global scientific and political communities define their goals and paradigms. The
new scenario incorporates an increasing amount of evidence on unexpected
consequences of the complex interactions between human actions and
environmental changes. Sustainable development is not only a useful idea to define
common goals and expectations (embodied in the SDGs) but it also represents a
substantial departure from many traditional scientific methodologies and political
designs. One of its main innovations is the multidisciplinary approach. In this talk,
we will discuss how the very well-known economic goals of reducing poverty and
inequality are substantially transformed when they are understood together with
other complementary non-economic goals like preserving biodiversity and
mitigating climate change.

Speaker: Esteban Nicolini (PhD) (University Carlos III of Madrid)

How climate change drives biodiversity loss - and how to counteract it
16/11/2022, 17:00 - 18:30 CET

The earth currently experiences a loss of species richness – biodiversity – at an
unprecedented speed. This biodiversity crisis also applies to Germany and other
parts of Europe. The drivers of this change are manifold: the loss of natural
habitats, more intensive land use, the application of pesticides and too many
fertilizers, but increasingly also climate change. There is growing evidence that
plants and animals are already responding to altered regimes of temperature and
rainfall, and will increasingly do so in the near future.
The presentation will highlight the main changes in biodiversity and their
underlying causes, using data from both long-term observations and experiments,
looking at plants, but also birds, insects and other animal groups. Although the net
effects of climate change on plants and animals are negative, some species may
profit from the changes – and a conclusion of the talk will be that it is not too late
to take counteracting measures to halt biodiversity loss.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martin Diekmann (University of Bremen)
Please note: After your registration, you will receive a zoom link to join the
online lectures. All five lectures can be visited with the same zoom link.

Registration closing date: Registration is open until 16/11/2022. You are free
to attend the entire lecture series or attend individual dates.

The participation is free of charge – registration:

More information: Dr. Petra Boxler, boxlerprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de