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Dinner Speech - Matthias Groß

Shaping Sustainability: The Energy Transition as a Real World Experiment

Matthias Groß
Department Stadt- und Umweltsoziologie
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ Leipzig

Shaping Sustainability: The Energy Transition as a Real World Experiment
When May 02, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Lecture Hall
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Contact Phone +49(0)761 203-97404
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Recent debates on urban labs, the establishment of alternative energy systems or innovation processes such as green technology have to cope with a tension between “experimental” openness on the one hand and clearly set sustainability goals on the other. In my presentation I will highlight current “experimental” activities on renewable energy systems. I will suggest that in the 21st century the establishments of alternative energy systems call for an experimental setup outside the laboratory first, with the activities normally associated with a laboratory setting only implemented post hoc. Experimental processes in a society transforming itself towards sustainability can thus be conceptualized as “real” experiments and laboratory activities as merely temporarily subordinated components of the larger experiment.