CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Online-Lecture-Series Autumn 2022

Research Meets Practice. Scientific and Civil Society Approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals in Two World Regions - a Colombian-German Dialogue

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Do you work in research and society on the implementation of the SDG? Are you interested in introducing your topic to a German-Colombian dialogue? Then contact us.

Challenges in Germany and Colombia

Challenges in Germany and Colombia we want surpass and contribute to with the Lecture Series

Framework + Partnership

About the DAAD-project “Higher Education Partnership Colombia - Potsdam” (HEPCoPa)

Circle of 17 sustainable development goals

Aim and scope of the lecture series

The 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a global framework for actions toward a sustainable future. Many local and international initiatives and programs have already referenced these goals. At the same time, we are witnessing global developments addressing that increased collective efforts are needed to turn the ambitious goals into reality. These developments strongly point to the need for a realistic stocktaking of where we are today, where the next steps should be taken and what hurdles need to be overcome.

Higher education institutions play a prominent role in this process: It is here where knowledge is created, we are enlighted about the state of our world, options for action are developed, and where political and social practices are analyzed. However, universities also provide important impetus for civil society initiatives and vice versa: Practical, often locally oriented, initiatives pave the way for broader social activities.

With our lecture series, we would like to bring actors from these areas of social development into exchange, which is embedded in two countries that are already intertwined in many visible and less visible ways.

The goal of the lecture series is to bring perspectives from different research disciplines and fields of action towards the SDGs in two regions into dialogue. In particular, topics should be addressed in which professional, methodological or disciplinary intersections exist between Colombia and Germany.

In one to two lecture(s) per meeting, the speakers will present Colombian and German perspectives and offer their relevance to the SDGs for discussion. The overarching interest of the lecture series is to provide insight into complex development challenges from an intercultural perspective.

Circle of 17 sustainable development goals

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Possible Research Topics or Fields of Activity

  • Energy policy, phasing out fossil fuels (example: coal)
  • Biodiversity
  • Green economy, sustainable economy
  • Urbanization, waste reduction, microclimate management
  • Digital transformation (economy, administration), IT governance
  • Diversity and inclusion in political decision-making processes
  • Gender equality, misogyny
  • Peace and reconciliation processes
  • Social inequality
  • Migration movements, displacement
  • Mobility, Transport System

Ideal Lecturers

Presenters should ideally be working at one of our HEPCoPa project (see below) partner universities or associations. Experience and/or relationship with the two regions and/or the two countries would be desirable. It would be ideal if the presenters could recommend/open this event to their students as well. Advanced (C1) or higher English proficiency is strongly recommended for speakers. Previous experience in conducting
virtual courses is an advantage. There is no possibility of remuneration for the participating lecturers. A certificate of participation can be issued to the lecturers for their participation in the HEPCoPa project.

Planned Structure of the Lectures

In order to define a schedule that fits into the Colombian and German academic calendar, we have set a time frame between July and August. If potential speakers are very interested, we could extend the series in the fall.

We plan to have two speakers (ideally one from the field of research and one from the field of civil society engagement and/or from Colombia and Germany) per meeting. Sessions typically lasted one hour (60 minutes).

Timeframe and Dates

The lectures usually take place on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. COT / 5:00 p.m. CEST (4:00 p.m. CET).

If you are interested in participating in the Lecture Series as a presenter, please fill out the online-form linked here or contact us. We look forward to receiving your contributions. Don't hesistate to contact us with any questions.

Challenges in Germany and Colombia

Challenges in Germany and Colombia we want surpass and contribute to with the Lecture Series

The goal of the lecture series is to bring perspectives from different research disciplines and fields of action towards the SDGs in two regions into dialogue. In particular, topics should be addressed in which professional, methodological or disciplinary intersections exist between Colombia and Germany.

In one to two lecture(s) per meeting, the speakers will present Colombian and German perspectives and offer their relevance to the SDGs for discussion. The overarching interest of the lecture series is to provide insight into complex development challenges from an intercultural perspective.

Here you can find documents about the performance regarding the SDG from Colombia and Germany, the current Challenges and efforts to overcome (links to full PDF-report).

SDG Performance Index Germany

Here you can find documents about the performance regarding the SDG from Germany (links to ful

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SDG Performance Index COL

Here you can find documents about the performance regarding the SDG from Colombia

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Framework: HEPCoPa partnership project

Funded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), the DIES Partnership “Higher Education Partnership Colombia - Potsdam” (HEPCoPa) aims to optimize the institutional management and strengthen the future-oriented aspects digitalisation and quality management in the context of teaching and learning. The University of Potsdam, the Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (Colombian Association of Universities), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana section Cali, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana section Bucaramanga and the Universidad de Caldas thus joined the DAAD partnership program to expand their internationalization profile as well as increase of international competitiveness. After a successful lecture series "Societal Transformation Processes" (Youtube-Link) from November 2021 to March 2022 within this partnership, we would like to continue this intercultural collaborative format with a serie of lectures focused on the SDGs.Funded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), the DIES Partnership “Higher Education Partnership Colombia - Potsdam” (HEPCoPa) aims to optimize the institutional management and strengthen the future-oriented aspects digitalisation and quality management in the context of teaching and learning. The University of Potsdam, the Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (Colombian Association of Universities), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana section Cali, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana section Bucaramanga and the Universidad de Caldas thus joined the DAAD partnership program to expand their internationalization profile as well as increase of international competitiveness. After a successful lecture series "Societal Transformation Processes"  from November 2021 to March 2022 within this partnership, we would like to continue this intercultural collaborative format with a serie of lectures focused on the SDGs.

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Contact

Contact Germany

University of Potsdam

Contact Colombia

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Rafael Jesús Calles Moreno

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