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                          PFC-Project “Environment and Digitisation”: History and Future Plans


Considering the challenging steps of the European Green Deal and climate change mitigation and adaptation, the PFC-program has intensified its efforts to include the highly relevant topic of “twin transition” (green and digital transition) in the Viadrina agenda. With the university's network, external experts and professors from the multidisciplinary chairs, the PFC-program aims to foster the important Franco-German relationship in a European context on this topic. With the project "Environment and Digitization", the PFC-program and its partners offer the opportunity to develop scientific and academic answers to this highly relevant topic for the future of European society.


History of the Project


The PFC-program offered a two-semester lasting student project with six participating master and PhD students from Viadrina, Paris 1 and CMB to compete at the Digital Utopia Prize of the French Embassy, the Institut français Berlin and the French-German University, who co-financed this project together with the Centre Marc Bloch. During the Winter semester 2020/21, the students organised two panel discussions with experts from industry, politics and academia and developed their own idea on how to tackle environmental and digital challenges so that society can benefit from this reflexion. They had the idea to connect these topics with the launch of an educational platform dealing with the challenges of the European Green Deal and the twin transition specifically. They made it until half finals. During the Summer semester 2021, the students were encouraged to conceptualise their proposal and wrote a position paper, which was published in September 2021 in the German Journal of Environmental Policy & Environmental Law  (ZfU). You find more information about the project history here.
Panel 1:                                                                                                                               
Can new technologies save the climate? Opportunities and challenges in the European energy transition       

28 January 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 C.E.T., online (via Zoom)  
Programme and Record of Panel 1
Panel 2: 
Digital solutions for climate change adaptation: How can we use technologies for environmental risk and crisis management?

26 February 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 C.E.T., online (via Zoom)                                           
Programme and Record of Panel 2

Final session organised by the French Embassy 

22 March 2021, 16.30 - 21.00 C.E.T., online (via Zoom) 
We made it to the semi finals. Thank you again for your support!

Presentation of the Position Paper: Improving skills of citizens and professionals on the twin transition
10 September 2021, 14.00 - 16, hybrid format (via Zoom)
Position Paper