Lecture series

Winter term 2021/22:
Sustainability Around the World – Let’s learn from others!

Biotechnology, AI, quantum computing, blockchain, nuclear fusion, supersonic travel, autonomous electric driving: Great things seem to be ahead, only waiting to revolutionize our daily life. Today, we can already get a glimpse of what it’s like to be living in this science fiction reality with an unprecedented comfort: Electric cars will curb our emissions, carbon capture and use will turn our CO2 into new products, nuclear fusion will help us meet our energy demands, and bioengineering will supply us with an abundance of food, while protecting our health from dangerous diseases. But will innovative technologies be able to save us from the numerous crises of our own making, like biodiversity loss, increasing resource scarcity and the already manifesting effects of climate change overall? Or will they introduce new issues and ultimately only shift our problems somewhere else?

In this lecture series, we aim to provide a critical assessment of some of these promising emerging technologies. To do so, we will bring together international speakers from different disciplines to obtain a holistic perspective on state-of-the-art technologies, discussing both the chances and risks of these innovations and investigate their ability to lead us into a more sustainable future.

This also implies looking at the global trade-offs that we might face. Will the final outcome be favourable for everyone or are we introducing new problems, by simply shifting the burden from one region to another? How can we make sure that we utilise these new technological developments in a sustainable way, enhancing welfare for humanity and safeguarding our biotic and abiotic environment?

Do you want to find out more about the up- and downsides of modern-day innovations and their global interactions? Then we invite you to join the discussion with experienced professionals at the Environmental Lecture Series, organized by the Environmental Department of the Student Representation – informative, critical, and interdisciplinary. This semester held again completely online.

When you register for the corresponding courses CVL0001001 in TUMonline, you will receive all further information and access data to the video streams. In addition, you can receive 1 or 3 ECTS, respectively, for appropriate participation/exam performance.