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.