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HAW sets up new sustainability research centre

Science and commerce merge at European School of Sustainability Sciences and Research

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) has established the European School of Sustainability Sciences and Research (ESSSR) as part of Hamburg’s efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed in the United Nations Agenda 2030, a press release said Friday (October 19, 2018). The virtual research facility is using transdisciplinary research projects, graduate training and further education measures to implement the sustainability goals across Europe. To do so, HAW Hamburg is co-operating with various associations and companies.

Benefits for Hamburg

The European School is a virtual institution in terms of sustainability, and does without new infrastructure or buildings. The partner universities will serve ESSR’s initiatives mainly from their existing resources. Associations and companies working in line with the U.N.s’ sustainability goals can participate in ESSSR as co-operating partners. The aim is to achieve a balance between theory and practice.

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, noted: “The founding of the European School of Sustainability Sciences and Research gives sustainability research at HAW a boost and increases the international appeal of Hamburg as a location of science and innovation as a whole. The interdisciplinary co-operation between scientists from various universities with companies, associations and organisations is unique and a great advantage for the direct practical implementation of ideas. This benefits society as a whole.”

Over 50 European universities co-operating

The partners of HAW Hamburg, which in addition to its function as co-ordinating office is also responsible for research, are the University of Uppsala in Sweden, the University of Malta and the Metropolitan University of Manchester among others. ESSSR will co-operate with over 50 associated European universities. ESSSR’s opening event gets underway at the University of Florence in Italy on December 11-12, 2018 as part of the symposium “Sustainability in University Campuses”. Around 70 participants from over 30 countries are expected.

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