Lecture Series

Objectives of the Lecture Series

EURECA-PRO is starting free online lecture series presented by leading professors and researchers of seven European universities from six countries. The series consists of 14 lectures on the topic "Responsible Consumption and Production".The Lectures are intended to provide an introduction and initial overview of the multi-faceted nature of responsible consumption and production illustrated by the following thematic areas:

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • European Union and Culture
  • Responsible Mining Approach
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability and Energy Technologies
  • Key role of materials in responsible production

Innovative solutions for current issues of society and industry focusing on United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production” are drafted.

The lectures are open for all students, researchers and academic staff.


All participants can get a Certificate of Attendance for each lecture. 

The lecture series is one part of the module „Introduction to Sustainable Development Goal 12 in its economic, social, environmental and technology dimensions“. Recognition with 5 ECTS credits can be granted if 11 lectures are attended, an online test is taken at the end and a study paper is written. The paper should comprise 10 pages and show the student's understanding of SDG 12, describe the major of study and show a research approach towards applications of relevant dimensions of SDG12 to this major. We will send necessary information and conditions of participation until the end of November to anyone who has expressed interest by registering.

Schedule Lecture Series 2021/2022:

Geosciences, Technologies for a Circular Economy, European Values and Culture

Schedule in PDF

1. The values of Europe and of Europe's citizens

  • Professor Jan C. Bongaerts, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 04th of Nov 2021, 06:00 p.m. CET
  • The lecture provides an overview of the Values of European Citizens and the Values of European Policy making. It also highlights the contribution of EURECA-PRO to the promotion of European Values.

2. Responsible Mining Approach-Basics and Case Studies

  • Professor Carsten Drebenstedt, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 11th of Nov 2021, 06:00 p.m. CET
  • To optimize the mining process under considering of both, economic and environmental/social aspects, it is necessary a comprehensive investigation of all processes along the process chain over the life cycle.The lecture "Responsible Mining Approach-Basics and Case Studies" introduces to the basics of the holistic approach and shows elements of the successful implementation along the mining value chain

3. Evolution of Soil Fertilzation towards Sustainability

  • Professor Nikodem Kuźnik, Silesian University of Technology
  • 19th of Nov 2021, 09:00 a.m. CET
  • The delivery of nutrients is necessary for intensive and even sustainable agriculture in the 21st century. A brief history of fertilization of soil will be presented: from natural fertilizers of animal- and plant-origin, through nitrogen artificial fertilizers from ammonia synthesis up to the current balance approach. The future of organic agriculture and renewable sources will be finally discussed.

4. (Ir-)Responsible Algorithms and the Need for Cultural Studies in the 21st Century

  • PD Dr. Gunter Süß, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida
  • 25th of Nov 2021, 06:00 p.m. CET
  • In this lecture, Dr. Süß will examine the impact of digitalization – especially ‘rogue’ algorithms and surveillance technology – on everyday life. He will argue that although data is no conventional product, it must be the prime object of responsibility and sustainability in the 21st century.  Areas of study may include YouTube kids videos, the routes of fiberoptic cables, and algorithms used in the criminal justice system and in the evaluation of teachers.

5. Europe‘s Cultural Capitals: a Contribution to Sustainability? Kraków, a Creative Crossroad that Lives and Breathes Culture - European City of Culture Two Decades Later

  • Robert Piaskowski, Krakow
  • 1st of Dec 2021, 9:00 a.m. CET
  • Robert Piaskowski, cultural manager and animator, educator, musician. He gained his professional experience in various cultural sectors, initially as an NGO activist. Associated with the Krakow 2000 office, which was transformed into the Krakow Festival Office. Currently the Plenipotentiary for Culture of the Mayor of the City of Krakow. He lectures at Jagiellonian University and AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

6. Climate Change - Insights into the Basic Principles of a Complex System

  • Dr. Inga-Maria Eichentopf, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida
  • 7th of Dec 2021, 10:00 a.m. CET
  • The extreme weather phenomena impacting places all around Europe this summer have further revealed how climate change is not just a problem for the Arctic. For decades scientific findings have been showing that our world is changing because of human activities. For a better understanding the talk will give a brief overview on the basics of climate modelling, critical points and human efforts.

7. Accelerating sustainable production through digital transformation of industry

  • Dr. George Arampatzis, Technical University of Crete
  • 10th of Dec 2021, 2:00 p.m. CET
  • The past years have brought a fundamental change in our lives due to digital development. Digital transformation is revolutionising industries and processes at a scale that is constantly accelerating. Industry 4.0 marks a new era for businesses, realizing that knowledge may improve the behaviour of a complex production system. The aim of this course is to aid students to explore shifts in the digital landscape and identify, transform, and utilise new ways of thinking as a source of business growth.

8. Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Wastewater Management in the new Circular Economy Paradigm

  • Dr. Alexandros Stefanakis, Technical University of Crete
  • 15th of Dec 2021, 2:00 p.m. CET
  • This lecture will give an overview of Nature-based solutions and will discuss the potential of nature-based solutions to stimulate a circular model of economic growth, their contribution to new circular strategies for climate change adaptation, and the key actions needed to increase the awareness and attract more investments on nature-based approaches. Finally, various case studies of nature-based solutions for water management will be presented from different countries and climatic/social contexts.

9. Europe’s cultural landscape: needs and tools for conservation and future challenges

  • Dr. Paula García Llamas, Universität León
  • 17th of Dec 2021, 9:00 a.m. CET
  • European landscapes are considered as key natural and cultural resources. Due to the high natural and cultural richness of European landscapes and, in particular of cultural landscapes, different policies have been stablished in Europe aiming to regulate landscape conservation, such as the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy, the Action Plan for European Landscapes, and the European Landscape Convention. Despite these efforts, there are many impacts on European cultural landscapes that will be addressed in this lecture.

10. Process engineering for material conservation and the circular economy

  • Prof. María Fernández Raga, University of León
  • 12th of January, 2022, 4 p.m.
  • The damage in stone heritage is a global problem which suppose a huge amount of economical, personal resources to protect the monuments that are built in soft stones. It is required an urgent and worldwide response stopping the devastating effects of aggressive weather, and the effects of climate change over the stone-based heritage materials that are exposed outdoors. Prof. Raga will present a new possibility to protect the stones with a responsible use of our resources, proposing several functional coatings which are affordable, non-contaminating, and without posing any kind of risk for the citizenship or nature, protecting the stones without altering in any way their original aspect and aesthetics.

11. Language, identity and unity in Europe

  • Dr. Lavinia Hulea, University of Petrosani
  • 14th of January, 2022, 2 p.m. CET
  • Bilinguality is a phenomenon frequently encountered in all countries, displaying various forms, each of them influencing the manner of communication as well as the cognitive function of the individuals. Perceived either as expressing the current use of two different languages by the same person, with emphasis on the degree of mastering the two different languages, or as a minimal competence in verbal skills, in a language that differs from an individual’s mother tongue, nonetheless, bilinguality may be a means enabling both linguistic identity and unity.

12. The EUs approach towards sustainability and case studies in the extractive industry

  • Dr. Michael Tost,University of Leoben
  • 19th of January, 2022, 9 a.m. CET
  • In his lecture "The EUs approach towards sustainability and case studies in the extractive industry" Dr. Michael Tost will talk about definitions of sustainability, how these are being used in the European Union and what they could mean for the European Mining industry, including examples of recent European projects like SUMEX, Re-sourcing, MIREU and ERMA.

13. Valorisation of bio-resources in responsible production and consumption

  • Prof. Danuta Gillner, Silesian University of Technology
  • 21st of January, 2022, 2 p.m. CET
  • Sustainable development, with the utilization of the full potential of bio-resources, is one of the major challenges worldwide. The growing demand for food, materials and energy, but also the emergency to stop environment degradation, and to replace products derived from fossil fuels, are among the biggest challenges nowadays. This lecture will provide a general overview of the possibilities and pathways of bioresources valorisation, especially bio-waste will be discussed.

14. Technologies for recycling of advanced materials

  • Assoc. Prof. Traista Eugen, University of Petrosani
  • 26st of January, 2022, 2 p.m. CET
  • Advanced material in EU
    Circular economy of advanced materials
    General method for recycling of advanced materials
    Case study for specific advanced materials

15. Nutrient recovery as part of circular economy

  • Prof. Markus Ellersdorfer, University of Leoben
  • 28th of January, 2022, 9 a.m. CET
  • The intensive use of industrial fertilizers is pushing the natural nutrient cycles to their limits, having negative impacts on water, soil and climate change. Nitrogen and phosphorous recovery from waste water is a promising option for a sustainable nutrient supply in future. The lecture shows the current situation of fertilizer supply and waste water treatment as well as potential technical solutions for nutrient recovery, which are currently investigated.