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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

06.10.2020Press release: 145/2020

Federal Research Minister opens “European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability” in Berlin

Under the motto “From Ambition to Action – Together for an Innovative and Sustainable Europe”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is hosting the “European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability” (EFSES) in Berlin today. The conference is taking place digitally as part of the German EU Council Presidency. New perspectives and approaches will be discussed as to how research and education can contribute even better to a climate-neutral, sustainable and innovative Europe. On the occasion of the opening, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. We want to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The ice is melting in the Arctic. Extreme weather conditions in Germany and Europe are no doubt related to changes in the Arctic climate. The MOSAiC expedition, which will be successfully completed these days, has been able to collect important research data and is a historic milestone for international climate research. In order for a climate-neutral Europe to be possible by 2050, we must promote climate protection innovations and the energy transition across Europe. Green hydrogen also plays a decisive role in this. Together with the European Commission, Germany wants to launch a European hydrogen union. Green hydrogen will enable us to bring renewable energies into industry, heating supply and transport. Furthermore, preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and social cohesion are existential challenges – worldwide and for all Europeans. Today’s conference will make an important contribution to the European discourse and to an innovative and sustainable Europe. I wish everyone involved every success. ”Background: With the English-language“ European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability ”(EFSES), the BMBF is organizing a European conference on sustainability for the first time that addresses research and education topics at the same time. The motto is “From Ambition to Action – Together for an Innovative and Sustainable Europe”. The conference will take place digitally and will be broadcast live from a studio in Berlin. Two rounds of talks will discuss how sustainable innovations can be spread more quickly and how citizens can be involved in the upcoming changes. Former EU Commissioner for Climate, Connie Hedegaard, and Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations of the Government of Gibraltar, among others, will take part in the discussion Report by Torsten Kanzow from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, chief scientist of the 3rd leg of the largest Arctic expedition of all time, the MOSAiC expedition, in the four workshops in the afternoon of the conference (Education for Sustainable Development , Inequality, Climate and Circular Economy), the participants are working on a conference paper with suggestions on how the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the European programs Horizon Europe and Erasmus + can be improved. This means that the conference is of great importance to the European Commission. Accordingly, Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General for Research and Innovation (RTD) of the Commission, gives an impetus to prepare for the workshops. Portugal will continue the topic of sustainable Europe in its Council Presidency from January 2021 with the “Coimbra Sustainability Conference 2021”. Accordingly, Prof. Helena Pereira, President of the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, will give an outlook on the activities of the Portuguese Council Presidency on research and education for sustainability at the end of the event.


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