Building Biopolis at the DWIH Future Forum
The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) New York recently called to envision the green city of the future. From October 14 to 17, interested Future Forum attendants were able to participate in the "Building Biopolis" project together with American and German climate experts from industry, policy and academia. During these four days, exciting lectures and workshops were organized on the virtual event platform, and networking opportunities as well as a space for exchange were created.
UAS7 @ “Global Challenges and Solutions for Coastal Areas” workshop
In cooperation with Eva Bosbach, Executive Director of the New York Liaison Office of the University of Cologne (UoC), UAS7 organized one of the workshops. After a successful introduction by Claus Lange (UAS7) and Eva Bosbach (UoC), four experts came together to discuss their area of expertise: "Global Challenges and Solutions for Coastal Areas". They facilitated a subsequent exchange with all workshop participants. The Workshop was led by C. Gabriel David (Leibniz University of Hannover), Javier Revilla Diez (University of Cologne), Leonard Sunday (United Nations Environmental Program) and Lena Lankenau (Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, HSB), who represented UAS7.
After the event, we talked to Lena Lankenau about her impressions of the workshop:
"The aim was to discuss future challenges coastal regions will be facing in the context of climate change and discuss possible solutions to strengthen their resilience. "Time flies" - we could have used a little more of it, but I hope that the participants were able to benefit from the workshop anyway". (Lena Lankenau, HSB).
Impressions/Experiences of Lena Lankenau (Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, HSB)
We asked Lena Lankenau what she liked about the Future Forum and why she participated in it:
"I like the thematic design of the Forum with its focus on the future. In my opinion, the organizers brought out the best in the current situation. Had the Forum been held on site, an even more lively and profitable exchange among the participants would probably have taken place. For me, it was an exciting opportunity to get in touch with colleagues as well as an interested audience on an international level." (Lena Lankenau, HSB).
Last but not least we wanted to find out what Lena Lankenau took home from the workshop and the Future Forum:
"New contacts, some good ideas for my own work and the experience of creating an online workshop." (Lena Lankenau, HSB).
Many thanks to DWIH New York for hosting the Future Forum: Building Biopolis and Julia Helmes for her technical support. We would also like to thank Eva Bosbach of the University of Cologne New York Office and her team for co-organizing the workshop. Thank you to all speakers for their participation in the workshop.