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SustainMV 2024

The Sustainability Summer School

Programme Overview

SustainMV is jointly presented by all universities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The overarching theme for this unique event is sustainability in all subject fields. Academics from all MV universities, who are all experts in their respective fields of sustainability, present their work and research. The focus is sustainability in the fields of Tourism, Renewable Energies, Digital & Technological Innovations, Recycling & Waste Management, Ecosystems and Social Sustainability.

Its consists of an online and an on-site part in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Online Programme (27 – 29 August)

11:30 - 12:15🙌Welcome to SustainMV 2024
12:15 - 13:15🌍Presentation with discussion
"The many Faces of Sustainability"
A recent online article is aptly titled: “Sustainability – confusing term for a clever concept“. This nicely summaries both the beauty and challenge in dealing with this important concept. The idea of sustainability first emerged with regards to forestry, where it means never harvesting more than what the forest yields in new growth.
The word “Nachhaltigkeit” (the German term for sustainability) was first used with this meaning in 1713. Since then the concept of sustainability has come a long way. In general terms, sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, this is not restricted to the natural environment but also extends to social and economic resources. Thus, sustainability goes beyond environmentalism and also encompasses social equity and economic development. Sustainability can also be understood as a movement which has its roots in social justice, conservationism or internationalism. By the end of the 20th century, many of these ideas were united under the roof of “sustainable development” and found their most prominent expression in the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) as the current global agenda for reducing poverty and raising the quality of life. Sustainability as a political and strategic concept has its origin in the Brundtland Report “Our Common Future” of 1987. The report was concerned with the tension between the aspirations of mankind towards a better life on the one hand and the limitations imposed by nature on the other hand.
The presentation traces the history of the concept of sustainability and critically discusses its many dimensions.


Prof. Dr. Jörn Dosch
University of Rostock
13:15 - 13:45Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
13:45 - 14:00Uni Showcase: Rostock
14:00 - 15:00🌍to be announced
15:00 - 15:15Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
15:00 - 16:00🌍"Hydrogen as a Crucial Part in the Energy Transitions"
Hydrogen plays a crucial role in the transition to a renewable energy system, acting as a versatile and clean energy carrier. This presentation explores the various advantages of using hydrogen for energy storage and mobility, such as its potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its energy density. It also addresses the challenges and disadvantages, including the current high costs of production and infrastructure requirements. Additionally, the presentation provides a explanation of how a FuelCell operates, covering its basic principles, the chemical reactions involved, and its applications in different sectors. This presentation aims to enhance understanding of hydrogen's potential in advancing a sustainable energy future.

Prof. Dr. Johannes Gulden
University of Applied Sciences Stralsund
16:00 - 16:15👋Closing of the Day
A brief closing statement to the day’s programme and pointers to extracurricular activities available.

11:30 - 12:15🙌Welcome to the Day
A brief introduction to the day’s programme and organisation
🎵Tuning in with the Rostock University of Music and Drama
Rostock University of Music and Drama
Uni Showcase: Neubrandenburg
12:15 - 13:15🌍"Sustainability as a Guiding Principle in Farm Management"
Prof. Dr. Rainer Langosch
University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
13:15 - 13:45Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
13:45 - 14:00Uni Showcase: Stralsund
14:00 - 15:00🌍Presentation
"Sustainability & Tourism: Navigating Myths, Challenges, and Good Practices"
This presentation explores the intricate relationship between sustainability and the tourism industry, underscoring the necessity for substantial reforms to align tourism practices with sustainable development principles. Key topics include the foundational concepts of sustainability, the myths versus realities of sustainable tourism, and the global challenges such as climate change and resource consumption. Additionally, the presentation discusses best practices for integrating sustainability into tourism, with a particular emphasis on eco-friendly mobility and inclusive tourism events.

Dr. Acácia Malhado
University of Applied Sciences Stralsund
15:00 - 15:15Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
15:00 - 16:00🌍Workshop
"How Environmental Psychology describes and predicts Sustainable Behaviour Changes"
Psychological models are used to describe, predict and purposefully change behaviour. Knowing such theories and their predictors of behaviour can help to focus efforts to increase sustainable behaviour. In this workshop you'll get to know two theories of behaviour change and how they can be applied.


M.Sc. Paul Schulz
University of Greifswald
16:00 - 16:15👋Closing of the Day
A brief closing statement to the day’s programme and pointers to extracurricular activities available.

11:30 - 12:15🙌Welcome to the Day
A brief introduction to the day’s programme and organisation
🎵Tuning in with the Rostock University of Music and Drama
Rostock University of Music and Drama
12:15 - 13:15🌍"Sustainable AI - From a Lighthouse to a Sea of Lights"
We know that neither the Ocean nor other natural areas are infinite, but that the Earth is a closed system, and all its resources are limited. If we want to shape our existence in the long term with these scarce resources, we must keep our consumption within the corridor provided by the Earth system - in short, we must act sustainably. In view of the global challenges of our time, especially regarding dwindling resources, increasing natural hazards and rapidly advancing climate change, the question is more relevant than ever: What can the "tool Al" contribute to environmental protection? Following a brief introduction of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW) and its "perspectives of coastal seas" the presentation will investigate the potential of Al to support marine research and stewardship. Towards this end, two in-depth studies will be presented, a) the utilization of Al to promote a digital twin addressing marine environmental effects from offshore windfarms, and b) on the application of deep learning for the assessment of microplastic litter in coastal zones and river areas. Finally, we will change flight level and investigate the top-level questions of Al as a "game changer" in the context of UN sustainable development goals.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski
University of Rostock
13:15 - 13:45Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
13:45 - 14:00Uni Showcase: Wismar
14:00 - 15:00🌍Seminar with practical elements
"Sustainability Engineering and the Difficult Way to Truly Sustainable and also Ecological and Social Products"
Critical analysis of the current situation in the field of Sustainability Engineering.
- Problems are everywhere – case studies for possible activities in Sustainability Engineering.
- Presentation of Methodology for the development of sustainable products.
- Common online excercise for development of social, ecological and sustainable products.

Prof. Dr. Henrik Schnegas
University of Applied Sciences Wismar
15:00 - 15:15Break / Room for Exchange
Take a break or use the opportunity to exchange with the other participants
15:00 - 16:00🌍"Demolish, sell or protect for Sustainable Urban Development?"
What the GDR left us and how it still shapes East German city centers, despite 35 years of transformation processes.
The public perception is that many buildings from the GDR era have been demolished. In fact, this mainly applies to the large housing estates on the outskirts of the city, but not to most of the city centres. Rather, there have been adaptations and modernizations in line with the new urban planning models, but the architectural heritage of socialist times is often still visible. Which conversions and redesigns in Dresden, Rostock, Neubrandenburg and others, have turned out to be sustainable developments and to what extent are ideological reasons likely to have led to demolitions? Join us on a tour through East German city centers and into the depths of recent planning history.

M.Sc. Jan Nissen
University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
16:00 - 16:15👋Closing and Farewell

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