SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

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

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

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Innovation & Diversity

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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Competencies in the Technical Sciences for Solving Global Challenges

Within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development, various key competencies are formulated that should enable students to think, act and design in terms of sustainable development. 

With regard to engineering education, this means an intensive reflection of one's own role and responsibility in the context of sustainable development.

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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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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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Resilience and Socio-technical Systems

Resilience is closely linked to the guiding principle of sustainable development and is explicitly addressed in various SDGs. 

Particularly in view of increasing natural and environmental disasters, dealing with complexity and uncertainty is becoming more relevant. This requires the design and planning of adaptive infrastructures.

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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Hub

The activities within the RRI Hub focus on SDGs 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11 by promoting a socially responsible and sustainable orientation of research, innovation and teaching. In the spirit of an open innovation ecosystem, a cooperation between science and civil society is facilitated, e.g. by providing the local urban society and students with living lab spaces to meet and experiment.

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Cluster of Excellence "Internet of Production"

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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Fuel Science Center

Diversity and a non-discriminatory, inclusive working environment offer a multitude of opportunities and social as well as economic advantages in innovation processes. In this context, the implementation of diversity management in engineering-based research networks is examined.

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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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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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