German Sustainability Science Summit

July 8, 2021


Time: July 8 – 9, 2021
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The German Sustainability Science Summit 2021 will take place as an interactive virtual online event on 8 & 9 July 2021. The summit continues the bi-annual series of the German Future Earth Summits organised by the German Committee Future Earth (Deutsches Komitee für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, DKN).

The summit will provide a platform for exchange on the latest scientific findings in the field of sustainability research. It will cover a range of topics from normativity, epistemology and attainability of sustainable development over extreme events, resilience, social cohesion and well-being to climate change, biodiversity, diet and health.
Besides scientific sessions with presentations and discussions, panel discussions, an interactive poster session and other interactive formats will provide room for exchange, discussion and networking across the international science community working on sustainability related topics – within and across disciplines.

Participation in the Summit will be free of charge.

Participation AdvanceAEC

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Bischoff, (Institut für Baustatik und Baudynamik, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany; SFB 1244; AdvanceAEC ) will host a Session SSII7 – Sustainable Planning and Construction on Day 2: 09 July 2021 (Friday) 13:20 – 14:20 CEST; Scientific Session Block II (Parallel Sessions).

AAEC will participate with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Curbach, (Institut für Massivbau, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, SFB/TRR 280; AAEC).

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Curbach
Institut für Massivbau
Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Benze
Professur Städtebau und Theorie der Stadt
Hochschule München

Prof. Dr. Werner Lang
Lehrstuhl für energieeffizientes und nachhaltiges Planen und Bauen
Technische Universität München

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dierk Raabe
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH


The built environment is of central ecological, economic, social and cultural relevance. The building industry consumes about 40 % of global resources and energy supply. Over the next 35 years, buildings for additional 2.6 billion people need to be constructed. Thus, 8 out of 17 goals in the UN 2030 Sustainability Agenda relate to construction industry.

While construction is intrinsically connected to the disciplines of architecture and civil engineering, a strongly multidisciplinary effort, including non-technical disciplines like politics and sociology, is required to tackle these challenges by developing new technologies. Carbon lean production, recycling and circular economy, enhanced productivity through digitalization, reduction of mass and embodied energy as well as identifying synergies and acceleration effects on one side and potential conflicts of objectives on the other side are typical challenges.

The session exemplarily describes related research efforts on three levels:

1. Small scale, material level: Sustainable Metallurgy and Metals.
2. Medium scale, structural level: New Technologies for Sustainable Construction.
3. Large scale level: Resilient transformation of urban spaces


We will provide keynotes on each level, followed by a panel discussion.

Expected outcomes:

Beyond sharing information on ongoing fundamental research efforts, we hope to find new partners that join us in our mission.
Moreover, we strive to identify new fields of research that contribute to the aim of sustainable planning and construction.


Summit Program 

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