SDG 13: Climate Action

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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Selected Aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The seminar introduces students to aspects of socially responsible and sustainable research and innovation, establishing connections with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9, 10, 11, and 13. The focus will be particularly on exploring the challenges of sustainable urban development (SDG 11). Students will be encouraged to adopt a transdisciplinary approach when addressing engineering-related issues, taking into account gender and diversity perspectives. Moreover, they will gain an understanding of the importance of fostering an open innovation ecosystem that emphasizes the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the scientific community and civil society.

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Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity and Gender

Technical solutions, designs and products can only be sustainable regarding all of its three dimensions, i.e. socially, economically and ecologically, if they reflect the needs of a diverse society. The course analyses the interrelationships between engineering, social practices and their culture in the context of gender and diversity. Among other aspect, the course covers the extent to which cultural aspects of gender and diversity have a significant impact on who becomes an engineer and which problems are addressed.

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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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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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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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Graduate College 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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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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Living Lab Templergraben

The mobility turnaround towards a more sustainable and livable design of the public space
requires, among other things, the redesign of urban traffic spaces and a departure from the car-oriented city. The increased desire of citizens for a sustainable transformation of urban space towards a city of the future requires the uncovering of public space, so that urban space can be created for their own concepts and citizens can once again move more freely and safely in traffic. The Living Lab Templergraben represents such a measure for a more sustainable and livable design of public space in Aachen.

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