SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

  Illustration of the Sustainable Development Goal 10: cross Copyright: © UN

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Innovation & Diversity

The seminar focuses on the development of sustainable innovations in relation to diversity as well as ethics in engineering. Among other topics, the seminar provides a theoretical overview of diversity management and human-centered design.

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Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity and Gender

The course analyses the interrelationships between engineering, social practices and their culture in the context of gender and diversity. The focus is on cultural aspects of gender and diversity, which have a significant impact on who becomes an engineer, what issues are addressed and how the execution and quality of problem solving, design, technology and products are affected.

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Social Development and Sustainability

Social responsibility, sustainability and resilience are closely linked to the guiding princinples of the SDGs. The seminar highlights theoretical concepts and teaches the connections between social, ecological and economic dimensions. Students will also learn to apply and critically reflect these concepts in the context of case studies concerning current socio-technical developments.

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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. This results in the extension of engineering science perspectives to the needs of a diverse society and thus potential target groups for future engineering science innovations.

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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. The course examines the creation of innovations and entrepreneurial processes through the lens of a diverse society. How do cultural backgrounds in engineering affect ways of thinking and practice? How do they influence outcomes, and the development in innovation and research? How can the integration of gender and diversity perspectives help to find sustainable solutions?

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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Hub

The activities within the RRI Hub promote 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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Exzellenzcluster „Internet of Production“

The research activites 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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ENHANCE-MOOC "Responsible Innovators of Tomorrow"

The ENHANCE MOOC "Responsible Innovators of Tomorrow" addresses SDGs 4, 10, and 17, preparing students to take on social responsibility in their future careers by addressing topics such as gender and diversity, RRI, and the SDGs, among others.

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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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BIOS – Cooperative Course in Civil Engineering with Orientation Semester

In the cooperative study programme with the FH Aachen, an inclusive, equitable and high-quality education is promoted and enables especially first generation students to get a better (university) orientation. Furthermore, courses on socially responsible technology development are anchored in the curriculum. An additional eighth semester offers students at RWTH Aachen University the opportunity to gain experience abroad and practical experience and extra-curricular skills shortly before graduation.

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