SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

  Illustration of the Sustainable Development Goal 9: three three-dimensional cubes

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

More information about this goal on sustainabledevelopment.un.org

 

Teaching

Diversity and Innovations

The seminar focuses on the context between the development of sustainable innovations and diversity and ethics in engineering. With a focus on industry and innovation, the seminar introduces concepts and terms related to corporate responsibility and sustainability, establishes the link between innovation management and diversity and discusses the implementation of change management approaches.

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Skills for Social and Sustainable Technology Design

The seminar will discuss the skills that engineers need for sustainable technology design. After completing the seminar, students will be able to describe their own responsibilities as engineers and reflect on the relevance of socially responsible and sustainable technology design.

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Reshaping Engineering Culture with Design Thinking

The course combines societal issues and topics like social innovations with Design Thinking and examines engineering cultures and practice through the lens of a diverse society. In the frame of the course students build skills in taking diversity perspectives as well as user-oriented perspectives in concrete application scenarios.

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Social Spaces and Resilience

Resilience is closely linked to the guiding principle of sustainable development. Especially with regard to increasing natural and environmental disasters, dealing with unforeseeable events is becoming increasingly relevant. In this seminar, students learn to reflect resilience-oriented approaches and ways of thinking in the context of their future work as engineers and to apply these approaches to practical decisions.

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Discovering Innovation – Project Work Beyond Engineering

Resilience is closely linked to the guiding principle of sustainable development. Especially with regard to increasing natural and environmental disasters, dealing with unforeseeable events is becoming increasingly relevant. In this seminar, students learn to reflect resilience-oriented approaches and ways of thinking in the context of their future work as engineers and to apply these approaches to practical decisions.

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Engineering, Culture and Society (MME Module)

In the frame of this course students learn how culture shapes and impacts engineering, with a particular focus on the cultural aspects of gender that affect who becomes an engineer, what problems get solved, and the quality of solutions, technology, and products. The course examines the creation of innovations and entrepreneurial processes through the lens of a diverse society. Also, the role and impact that engineering and technology have for society is reflected.

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Research

Internet of Production: sub-project "Equal Opportunities" and "Integrated Usage"

The research activities within the sub-project "Equal Opportunities" aim at promoting an inclusive and diverse working environment that fosters innovation by implementing a diversity management approach in complex organizational structures. Within the sub-project "Integrated Usage", the human worker and user is placed at the centre of attention of the socio-technical production system revolving around the idea of IoP in order to enable a sustainable implementation of the IoP.

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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Hub

The RRI Hub aims to pave the way for socially responsible solutions to complex problems. Involving citizens, students and teachers of the university as well as regional actors from politics and economy, research and technical innovations are to be made sustainable and social.

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ACCESS! – Sustainable Mobility in Urban and Rural Areas

The interdisciplinary project integrates various aspects regarding the design of future mobility systems and forms. In addition to technical and infrastructural possibilities, individual mobility needs in terms of inclusion and equality as well as environmental compatibility on a local, regional and global scale are considered in order to shape sustainable mobility.

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SFB TRR 188 – Sub-project "Equal Opportunities"

Personnel diversity and a non-discriminatory, inclusive working environment offer a wide range of opportunities and social and economic benefits in innovation processes. In this context, the implementation of diversity management in engineering research networks is investigated.

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