On Friday, 3 November 2023, the Mobility2Grid research campus held its annual symposium on the EUREF site in Berlin. This year, the symposium was organised in cooperation with the TUB Master-in-Energy, the EUREF Talent Campus and the nexus Institute to form a conference entitled “Challenges in Sustainability: The Great Transition as a Challenge and Chance in Times of Crisis”. With the help of further funding from the Berlin Senate Department, the event was organised as part of Berlin Science Week 2023 and opened up to a wide audience. This also gave the Research Campus the opportunity to share the approaches of our work with the Berlin public, to present research findings and to engage in constructive discussions. Over 200 people took part in the (free) conference. On the second day, 4 November, a special alumni programme was also offered for graduates of the EUREF MBA programmes.
On the first day, the conference focussed on the key challenges and trends in the transition to zero-emission infrastructures, highlighting in particular the areas of energy, mobility and buildings from a German and European planning perspective. Decision-makers from politics and administration as well as industry pioneers and researchers from different disciplines were able to present their expertise, latest solutions and innovative ideas to tackle today’s sustainability challenges. The conference also served as a unique platform for discussion, networking and in-depth collaboration between science, politics and industry. The shared vision for a zero-emission future took centre stage.
The Mobility2Grid research campus addressed transfer questions. Firstly at an urban level: How should cross-city and cross-national learning be organised so that planners and city planners have faster and more effective transport planning tools at their disposal? And vice versa: What obstacles (besides bureaucracy) do cities have to overcome within their inflexible administrative structures in order to absorb knowledge and implement mobility innovations? Jonas Fahlbusch (M2G), Birgit Detig (Arcadis), Michael Glotz-Richter (Bremen Senate Department) and Owen Waygood (Polytechnique Montréal) presented various technological and organisational-planning strategies and approaches to improve and accelerate learning processes between cities on a global level.
In our second panel on “Transfers, Think Big Visions and Develop Small: Which Strategy for Success?”, we focussed on current research topics in our transfer areas. The aim of the research areas is to promote knowledge and innovation for the networked energy and transport transition at neighbourhood level. In this panel, Nina Weber (M2G), Liliane Smitmans (M2G) and Richa Srivastava (M2G) presented strategies for knowledge transfer between research and industrial neighbourhoods on the path to climate neutrality. The panel was accompanied by a key note from Prof. Sören Salomo (TU Berlin), who highlighted the interplay between research and the development of new products and services on global markets.
The last panel then addressed the diverse uses of hydrogen in the urban energy and transport transition. Ms Uta Kühne (Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences) presented research work by the Smart Mobility Institute based at the university — for example on the development of stationary and mobile H2 refuelling stations in the maritime logistics sector. The panel was complemented by M2G industry partner WILO and colleague Richard Schmidt, who showed in his presentation how the company has set up a complete H2 system on its premises and uses it to supply local companies.
We would like to thank all speakers, participants and partners for the extremely informative and insightful exchange on transfer processes. Through your valuable contributions, you were able to foster a fruitful dialogue and further advance our understanding of the development of transfer work in the field of a connected energy and transport transition. We greatly appreciate your commitment and participation and look forward to next year’s symposium.
©nexus, Photo Credit: Tobias Rücker
|Welcome and Coffee (at Wasserturm)
|Opening (at Wasserturm) Chair: Hans-Liudger Dienel, TU Berlin Dietmar Göhlich, Mobility2Grid Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin Karin Teichmann, EUREF AG Welcome: Michael Biel, Staatssekretärfür Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe, Berlin Senate
|Keynote: Martin Faulstich, TU Dortmund
|Parallel session A1 (at Wasserturm) Skilled Labor Shortage (or Not)? Chair: Hans-Liudger Dienel, TU Berlin Iris Bruckhaus, Schneider Electric Alexander Reinhold, Convex Energy Bianca Stoehr, SPIE This session will outline the main issues faced in the labor market, addressing the lack of competencies in the sustainability field. It will discuss the expectations of the industry and the task of academia in offering both soft and hard skills. The speech will focus on Germany from a European perspective.
|Parallel session B1 (at Grüns) (Knowledge) Transfers City to City, Region to Region Chair: Jonas Fahlbusch, Mobility2Grid Birgit Detig, Arcadis Michael Glotz-Richter, Municipality of Bremen Owen Waygood, Polytechnique Montréal In this panel we explore how cities and regions can enhance their organizational and policy effectiveness through learning from other cities. How should cross-regional and cross-national learning be designed that it helps cities on their pathway to zero-carbon transportation? And, vice versa, what barriers (besides bureaucracy) do cities have to overcome within their inflexible administrative structures in order to absorb knowledge and implement mobility innovations?
Geraldine Rauch, President TU Berlin
|Parallel session A2 (at Wasserturm) Navigating Sustainable Transition: Embracing Hope in an Era of Uncertainty Chair: Julian Wékel, TU Berlin
Marta Doehler-Behzadi, IBA GmbH Barbara Engel, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Angela Million, TU Berlin
Andreas Schulten, bulwiengesa AG
The panel will discuss the sustainable transition in the German context, emphasizing housing, urban planning, social factors, and policy. Experts will explore environmentally-friendly housing, inclusive urban planning, and social equity. They will highlight policies supporting sustainable development and aim to inspire hope amid uncertainty.
|Parallel session B2 (Grüns) Transfers, Think Big Visions and Develop Small: Which Strategy for Success? Chair: Nina Weber, Mobility2Grid Keynote: Sören Salomo, TU Berlin Max Brahms, HTW Liliane Smitmans, Inno2Grid Richa Srivastava, HTW In this panel, we delve into the dynamic world of knowledge transfers between industry and science. We aim to explore the strategies and best practices for successfully implementing transfers and bridging the gap between these realms, and discover how visions can be translated into actionable steps, fostering innovation and driving progress.
|Parallel session A3 (at Wasserturm)
The Great Transition as Governance and Management Challenges Chair: Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin Simon Schäfer-Stradowsky, IKEM Jens Dietrich, Siemens Energy Mevlida Velagic, Schneider Electric This session will focus on the consequences of government objectives and decisions for the industries and the people engaged in the transition. It will outline how new generations of young experts are best trained.
|Parallel session B3 (at Grüns) H2 – Competition or Completion to Electrification Chair: Anne Syré, TU Berlin Uta Kühne, Hochschule Bremerhaven Hamid Mostofi, TU Berlin (CCC Project) Richard Schmidt, WILO In this panel, we explore the potential role of hydrogen in relation to sustainable mobility. Via a thought-provoking debate, we aim to trigger a dynamic discussion on synergies, challenges, and opportunities, shaping a sustainable energy and mobility landscape.
|Final remarks Hans-Liudger Dienel, TU Berlin
|Master Theses Awards
|Dinner, music, networking
Day 2 (Alumni Event):
|Welcome and Coffee (at Wasserturm)
|Opening (at Wasserturm) Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin
|Keep the Bond — TU Berlin Alumni Network
Juliane Wilhelm, TU Berlin
|Navigating a Sustainable Career Landscape: Amplifying Success through Transferable Skills
Klaus G. Kammermeier, TU Berlin
|Strategies for Business Acceleration: Unleashing Your Entrepreneurial Potential Martin Kern, TU Berlin — Centre for Entrepreneurship
|Navigating Doctoral Aspirations: Providing Guidance for International Candidates at TU Berlin Sophie Müller-Moewes, TU Berlin — Center for Junior Scholars
|Elevate Your Career: Navigating Germany’s Industry Job Market as a Master’s Alum Heidi Störr, Push your Career
|Charting Your Course: Exploring Your Passions and Talents for Academic and Post-Academic Career Progression
Birte Seffert, German Scholars Organization e.V
|Sustainability Challenges in 2023
Time for networking and working together — Round table with experts
|Dinner, Music, and Network (with the Experts)