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Die Welt im Wandel: Antworten an die Zukunft

Our event series „Die Welt im Wandel“ is about to start for the fifth time, beginning on October 23rd, 2018. This time, we will focus on answers to the burning questions of the future.

The United Nations expect the global population to reach 9.8 billion people in 2050 – a number that exceeds the current world population with approximately 2 billion people. At the same time, researchers warn against the disappearance of natural resources, agricultural land, and fresh water. Our ecological diversity is in danger: Various species become extinct to an unfathomable extent. Droughts and extreme weathers force more and more people to leave their homelands and many-faceted, long-running conflicts subvert the stability of various nations. It seems that in all of these dimensions, critical points, where pragmatic programmes and solutions are not sufficient, are already reached or will be reached in the near future. In general, it will be necessary to walk new paths, paths that aren’t a continuous update or enhancement of former guidelines.

These questions are at the main focus of the upcoming event series “Die Welt im Wandel” in the winter semester 2018/19. Experts from science, politics, civil society, and development cooperation discuss different perspectives on key issues that unveil these problems. The event series encourages dialogue and discussion about answers to future questions, answers that we might have to reinvent or re-define.

The panels will be organised by the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (Unit for  Strategic Partnerships) of the University of Bonn,  the Liaison Office for International Academic Sciences of the City of Bonn, and German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ). The event series will be moderated by Ute Lange (i3kommunikation).

Further information regarding the event venue and date can be found in the attached flyer.

After the events, the co-operation partners kindly invite you to a reception with drinks and snacks.


Dates & Events



Keynote Speech: Prince Dr. Asfa-Wossen Asserate

Panel discussion with:

  • Prince Dr. Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Management consultant for Africa, bestselling author, political analyst
  • Dr. Boniface Mabanza Bambu, Development expert, head of the Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika (KASA), Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller- Mahn, University professor development geography, head of the CRC 228 "Future Rural Africa" project, University of Bonn
  • Christoph Rauh, Head of sub-department in acting capacity, sub-department 20 - Africa, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

This event will be held in German.


Panel discussion with:

  • Renate Bähr, Executive Director of the German Foundation for World Population (DSW)
  • Oliver Haas, Section leader Health, Education, Social issues, GIZ
  • Michael Herrmann, Senior consultant, economics and demography, United Naions Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lutz, Program director of the "World Population" Programme (IIASA), University of Vienna

The event will be held in German and will take place in the Deutsche Welle headquarter (Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3).









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Welcome remarks:


  • Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Bonn

Panel discussion with: 

  • Thomas Brillisauer, Officer, former military attaché in Central and West Africa
  • Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister, former Foreign Minister
  • Martha Gutierrez, Head of the Governance, Crisis Management and Construction Division, GIZ
  • Prof. Dr. Conard Schetter, Director of Research, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

This event will be held in German.


Development Cooperation

  • Andrew Rogerson, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK
  • Dr. Inge Kaul, Adjunct Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Panel discussion: 
  • Dr. Inge Kaul, Adjunct Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • Andrew Rogerson, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK


Panel discussion:

  • Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Professor for economic and technological transition, University of Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Vice-Rector in Europe and Director at the United Nations University (UNU EHS), Institute for Environment and Human Security
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, President and Chief Research Executive, Wuppertal Institue for Climate, Environment and Energy
Moderation: Ute Lange, i3Kommunkation

  • Events start at 06:15pm.
  • After the events, the co-operation partner kindly invite you to a reception with drinks and snacks.
  • Venue: Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24
    Except 05.11.2018: This event will take place at Gremiensaal at Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3.
  • Please register for each event sepeartely via our Online-Registration.
    Registration will open on the day of the previous event.


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