Upcoming events

Der Ozean als Wissensraum
28.05.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Germany maintains an extensive fleet of research vessels. The production of knowledge in and about the world's oceans represents a central contribution to climate research. But what social processes can be observed on these research vessels? Prof Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Ramona Haegele talk about this based on empirical ethnographic research on two research vessels in Germany. They conclude that these are places of social concentration in which everyday routine, pressure to perform and the breadth of the horizon characterise social interaction. But what are the effects of these social processes on knowledge production? Discuss this with the speakers and us!

Energiewende auf dem Meer?
04.06.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

The oceans play a particularly important role in energy production. Oil and gas have been extracted from the seabed of the North Sea since the 1960s. Currently, 80% of the hydrocarbons produced in the EU come from offshore fields. In addition, gas and LNG are imported from marine sources. While governments and industry communicate the phase-out of fossil fuels, new production projects have been approved and established in the North Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. The renewed rush for marine fossil resources is partly due to the changed geopolitical situation in Europe. Oceans are also key areas for the expansion of renewable energy sources. Based on the European and German expansion targets for wind energy in the North Sea and other visions for the future energy infrastructure at sea, the lecture will shed light on the political and practical challenges associated with these plans and visions.

Maritime Kritische Infrastrukturen und ihre Gefährdung
11.06.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Since the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines at the latest, the topic of maritime critical infrastructure has moved more into the media spotlight. A secure energy supply suddenly no longer seems to be a matter of course and the fragility of international maritime and goods traffic is already evident from a single ship stuck in the Suez Canal. This presentation will shed light on the various aspects of maritime CRITIS and provide an overview of the challenges and dangers. In addition to analyzing classic infrastructure elements such as ports and sea routes, the role of underwater infrastructure and infrastructure in the context of the energy transition, particularly in the area of offshore wind power, will also be addressed. A broad spectrum of potential risks is revealed, which is why the protection of maritime CRITIS must always be considered in an international context.

Der Tiefseebergbau zwischen Rohstoffsicherung und Nachhaltigkeit
18.06.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

The current debate on the security of supply of raw materials for industry is about reliable sources of supply. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 opens up the possibility of seabed mining (deep-sea mining) in international and national maritime zones. In addition to mining on land, there is now the option of marine mining in the form of manganese nodules, massive sulphides and polymetallic crusts with their high contents of copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese, other metals and rare earths. Deep-sea mining is controversial for environmental reasons and requires the highest safety standards. At the same time, it offers interesting new technologies and opportunities for co-operation. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica has so far awarded 30 licences for the exploration and sampling of deposits, including two to Germany.

Piraterie und Terror auf See: Bedrohungen und Antwortversuche
25.06.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

In the third decade of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing major challenges. Humanity's hunger for resources is growing, conflicts over the use of space are increasing and the importance of the oceans for the world's growing population seems to be increasing at the same rate. But where exactly do these challenges lie and where are new approaches to tackling them emerging? In a colourful bouquet of topics, the second series of the maritime lecture series shows the diversity of the tasks facing business, politics and science at sea. Energy issues and the movement of goods, raw materials and knowledge production, but also classic topics such as order at sea and the security of nations will be on our minds this semester. And as a result, it will once again become clear that although humanity lives on land, it is existentially dependent on what happens in the blue water column of our planet.

Modernisierung des Rechtssystems in China
27.06.2024 von 18:30 bis 20:00

Since the beginning of Xi Jinping's tenure as ‘paramount leader’, China's legal system has undergone a major transformation. Following the reconstruction of principles, procedures and responsibilities since the end of the Cultural Revolution, the civil justice system in China has been rapidly developed and constantly expanded to fulfil its function in a changing and increasingly complex society and economy. The latest event in the dialogue series ‘Understanding China's Modernity - European Reflections’, which is being held in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, is dedicated to the Chinese legal system and how it works.

Der deutsche Schiffbau und die Krisen in und um die EU
02.07.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

In the third decade of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing major challenges. Humanity's hunger for resources is growing, conflicts over the use of space are increasing and the importance of the oceans for the world's growing population seems to be increasing at the same rate. But where exactly do these challenges lie and where are new approaches to tackling them emerging? In a colourful bouquet of topics, the second series of the maritime lecture series shows the diversity of the tasks facing business, politics and science at sea. Energy issues and the movement of goods, raw materials and knowledge production, but also classic topics such as order at sea and the security of nations will be on our minds this semester. And as a result, it will once again become clear that although humanity lives on land, it is existentially dependent on what happens in the blue water column of our planet.

What Triggers Extreme Food Insecurity? The case of Somalia
03.07.2024 von 14:00 bis 16:00

Join us to explore the complex interplay of climatic shocks, violent conflicts, and food insecurity in Somalia from 2017 to 2023. This event will provide a thorough causal analysis covering Somalia's 18 administrative regions and 74 districts. Explore the connections between climatic shocks, conflicts, and famine through georeferenced data and the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), a comprehensive tool developed by the FAO and 14 other organizations.

Der Duisburger Hafen – eine unterschätzte maritime Infrastruktur
09.07.2024 von 18:15 bis 19:45

In the third decade of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing major challenges. Humanity's hunger for resources is growing, conflicts over the use of space are increasing and the importance of the oceans for the world's growing population seems to be increasing at the same rate. But where exactly do these challenges lie and where are new approaches to tackling them emerging? In a colourful bouquet of topics, the second series of the maritime lecture series shows the diversity of the tasks facing business, politics and science at sea. Energy issues and the movement of goods, raw materials and knowledge production, but also classic topics such as order at sea and the security of nations will be on our minds this semester. And as a result, it will once again become clear that although humanity lives on land, it is existentially dependent on what happens in the blue water column of our planet.

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