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Sustainability Lab

In view of global challenges such as climate and environmental protection, securing the supply of energy and water, innovations in key technologies, international competitiveness or questions of justice, the inter- and transdisciplinary research field of sustainability sciences has established itself worldwide. The concept of sustainable sciences has established trans- and interdisciplinary forms of research that share an orientation towards the goals of sustainable development. In this context, the need has arisen from various directions to view the search for solutions in engineering and the natural sciences more strongly against the background of a social embedding of technology. For this reason, the sustainability sciences integrate several branches of science and research in order to gain insights into societal, socio-economic, engineering (or technical) and natural science challenges. An essential requirement hereby is not to look at individual problems from separate disciplinary perspectives. Only such an integrating view of the problems to be dealt with allows for complexity appropriate to the subject matter. The aim is to clarify the various effects and interactions on the one hand, but also the influences of involved and interested actors. This includes the complex interplay of environment and society as a whole. This common background is the starting point for predominantly applied and practice-oriented research on and for sustainable development.

The mission of EUt+ “European Values empowering technology” expresses this intention. For bringing together expertise from all partner universities and enable joint working in this field, the idea of an EUt+ Sustainability Lab has arisen. It may offers us a space for discussion and research in EUt+ in bringing together all colleagues interested in topics of sustainable development. It will for sure be a wide variety of topics, probably even similar as it can also been seen for example in the Sustainable Development Goals, the SGDs.