Friday, 03 November 2023

The Great Transition as a Challenge and Chance in Times of Crisis

Welcome and Coffee




Chair: Hans-Liudger Dienel, TU Berlin


Geraldine Rauch, TU Berlin, president

Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin

Dietmar Göhlich, Mobility2Grid

Karin Teichmann, EUREF AG


Welcome: Michael Biel, Staatssekretärfür Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe, Berlin Senate


Keynote: Martin Faulstich, TU Dortmund


Parallel session A1 

Skilled Labor Shortage (or Not)?


Chair: Hans-Liudger Dienel, TU Berlin


Alexander Reinhold, Convex Energy

Iris Bruckhaus, Schneider Electric

Bianca Stoehr, SPIE



This session will outline the main issues faced in the labor market, addressing the lack of competencies in the sustainability field. It will discuss the expectations of the industry and the task of academia in offering both soft and hard skills. The speech will focus on Germany from a European perspective.

Parallel session B1 (at Grün) 

(Knowledge) Transfers City to City, Region to Region


Chair: Jonas Fahlbusch, Mobility2Grid


Nora Bonatz, TU Berlin (CCC Project)

Birgit Detig, Arcadis

Michael Glotz-Richter, Municipality of Bremen

Owen Waygood, Polytechnique Montréal


In this panel we explore how cities and regions can enhance their organizational and policy effectiveness through learning from other cities. How should cross-regional and cross-national learning be designed that it helps cities on their pathway to zero-carbon transportation? And, vice versa, what barriers (besides bureaucracy) do cities have to overcome within their inflexible administrative structures in order to absorb knowledge and implement mobility innovations?




Parallel session A2 

Navigating Sustainable Transition: Embracing Hope in an Era of Uncertainty


Chair:  Julian Wékel, TU Berlin


Barbara Engel, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Angela Million, TU Berlin

Philipp Misselwitz, TU Berlin

Andreas Schulten, bulwiengesa AG



The panel will discuss the sustainable transition in the German context, emphasizing housing, urban planning, social factors, and policy. Experts will explore environmentally-friendly housing, inclusive urban planning, and social equity. They will highlight policies supporting sustainable development and aim to inspire hope amid uncertainty.

Parallel session B2 (Grün) 

Transfers, Think Big Visions and Develop Small: Which Strategy for Success?


Chair: Franziska Kaiser, Mobility2Grid


Keynote: Sören Salomo, TU Berlin


Max Brahms, HTW

Liliane Smitmans, Inno2Grid

Richa Srivastava, HTW



In this panel, we delve into the dynamic world of knowledge transfers between industry and science. We aim to explore the strategies and best practices for successfully implementing transfers and bridging the gap between these realms, and discover how visions can be translated into actionable steps, fostering innovation and driving progress.


Coffee break 


Parallel session A3 
The Great Transition as Governance and Management Challenges


Chair: Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin


Keynote: Erik Pfeifer, DHIK


Jens Dietrich, Siemens Energy

Simon Schäfer-Stradowsky, IKEM


This session will focus on the consequences of government objectives and decisions for the industries and the people engaged in the transition. It will outline how new generations of young experts are best trained.

Parallel session B3 (at Grün) 

H2 – Competition or Completion to Electrification


Chair: Anne Syré, TU  Berlin


Benjamin Wagner vom Berg, Hochschule Bremerhaven

Richard Schmidt, WILO

Stefanie Wolff, NOW GmbH 




In this panel, we explore the potential role of hydrogen in relation to sustainable mobility. Via a thought-provoking debate, we aim to trigger a dynamic discussion on synergies, challenges, and opportunities, shaping a sustainable energy and mobility landscape.


Final remarks 

Lars Oeverdieck, TU Berlin


Master Theses Awards 


Dinner, music, networking 


Come and register now!

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Saturday, 04 November 2023

Alums Conference 2023


Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, TU Berlin


Keep the Bond - TU Berlin Alumni Network 
Juliane Wilhelm, TU Berlin


Navigating a Sustainable Career Landscape: Amplifying Success through Transferable Skills
Klaus G. Kammermeier, TU Berlin

Strategies for Business Acceleration: Unleashing Your Entrepreneurial Potential


Franziska Mönch, TU Berlin - Centre for Entrepreneurship


Coffee Break


Alums Slots 




Navigating Doctoral Aspirations: Providing Guidance for International Candidates at TU Berlin

Sophie Müller-Moewes, TU Berlin - Center for Junior Scholars

Elevate Your Career: Navigating Germany's Industry Job Market as a Master's Alum

Heidi Störr, Push your Career

Charting Your Course: Exploring Your Passions and Talents for Academic and Post-Academic Career Progression
Birte Seffert, German Scholars Organization e.V


Alums Slots 


Coffee Break


Sustainability Challenges in 2023
Time for networking and working together - Round table with experts


Dinner, Music, and Network (with the Experts)