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Helga KROMP-KOLB1, Thomas LINDENTHAL1, Wolfgang KROMP2

1BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, gW/N; 2BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, ISR

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  • Center for Global Change and SustainabilityThe Risk of Wrong Prioritiesin University EducationHelga Kromp-Kolb, Thomas Lindenthal,Adam Pawloff, Wolfgang KrompBOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences ViennaCenter for Global Change and Sustainability
  • The Challenge: Center for Global Change and Sustainability World in disruption BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Ecological crisis• Energy crisis• Social crisis• Economic crisis• Financial crisis Vienna• Political crisis / crisis of democracy• …….. These crises are interconnected and cannot be solved individuallyIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences ViennaIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Global temperature change Center for Global Change relative to 1800-1990 average and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Climate +4,6 (+5,1) Stabilisation +3,6 (+4,1) probably not possible Vienna +1,8 (+2,3) probably possible Copenhagen Diagnosis 2009IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Energy crisis Center for Oil production world Global Change and Sustainability summary BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Energy Watch Group 120 120 WEO2006 Middle East Peak Oil: WEO 2006 Africa 100 Latin America Point in time when 100 South Asia production cannotOil production [Mb/d] East Asia be increased 80 China 80 Transition Economies -3,7 %/a Vienna OECD Pacific IEA 2008 60 OECD Europe 60 OECD North America 40 40 20 20 0 0 1935 1945 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2015 2025 IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Social crisis …. Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences • In the competitio n between fuel for cars and Vienna food for people the cars will win. Monbiot 2006IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Economic crisis Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna From: Steffen et al. 2004 Source: IGBP 2001 IGBP, 2004IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • io n n ct ire t Center for t io on e Global Change a t d e ul a and Sustainability p ul gn en rb id 2O ha n Po Po p e i s tm Ca o x N et or ve F in di M BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences l se e r on ra hes s ru iz i u at rop am e til pt D at e r um F s N t s W ta C on ca s ne Vienna ld n n er tion na n . l zo s ba tio ap p P m Do cea st sta ture r a c O osy U ul su M o a ru c p op con Ec C st e d f at es o s est ic i ty r n m st d s to es o l ho r is os for e m lan ver M ic le p ou L n Do di s s eh Te T r ai o Bi lo v From: Steffen et al. 2004 Source: IGBP 2001 IGBP, 2004IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• The defining challenge of our he is to age rt s e s? safeguard Earth’s natural tprocesses to ma ise ensure the survival of civilization to cr ng iple reducing while eradicatingi poverty, elp ult eh sm Vienna conflict over resources, and nc ou cie human and ecosystem supportingane Is s ult health. s im PuP “State of the Planet Declaration” Declaration 2012IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Responsibility vis-à-vis society calls for paradigm Center for Global Change and Sustainability change BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• besides how research is done, what is being researched becomes essential• dealing with challenges society faces not issues lucrative financially or for ‘scientific standing’ Vienna• real world problems rarely can be framed in a disciplinary manner  considered unscientific• “If it is countable, it may not count; if it counts, it may not be countable.” (Froudeman 2011)• answers to pressing questions with high,IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Sustainability science Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Topics relevant for society (safeguard Earth’s natural processes to ensure the survival of civilization)• Transparent research, accessible results• Systems thinking & interdisciplinary research, Vienna• Knowledge transfer into and from society as responsibility of scientists• Transdisciplinarity: no rigid separation of “academics” and “non-academics”• Responsibility for the consequences of its work• Restricted monetisation of education &IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Transparency and independance: Center for Global Change and Sustainability WHO and IAEA BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Whenever either organisation [the WHO or the IAEA] proposes to initiate a programme or activity on a subject in which the other organisation has or may have a substantial interest, the first party shall consult the other with a view to adjusting the matter by Vienna mutual agreement." Clause 12.40 of WHO and IAEA agreement (28 May 1959) • "The agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity through theIDRCworld." Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Interdisciplinarity: Center for Global Change Energy crunch and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Energy accounts for ~5% of GDP• 3% drop in energy  0.15% decline in GDPnothing to worry about? Vienna• Ayres Model: 75% of GDP growth is due to increased net energy use• 3% drop in energy  2.25% decline in GDPNever seen over prolonged time byIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Responsibility: Center for Global Change GM Genocide and Sustainability• More than 1,000 farmers kill themselves in BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Indian „suicide belt“ each month• Prince Charles claims the issue of GM has become a global moral question• But genetic engineering scientists feel no responsibility for the use their work is put Vienna to.• Memories of Hitlers Germany and post-war accusations: „Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down – thats not my department, says Wernher von Braun“ [Tom Lehrer 1960es]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-faIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Center for Obstacles Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Trans- and interdisciplinarity not rigorosly defined• Need for supplementary evaluation criteria – Societal impact (relevance and impact of research on practice or society, “accountability”) Vienna – Sustainability impact (impact on society against criteria of sustainability)• Change in paradigm is painful• Institutional obstacles in education and research – Disciplinary structure at universities – No established qualification procedure for young scientists with inter- and transdisciplinary focusIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Role of Universities Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• must take lead in paradigm shift – shape the coming generations of decision- makers and opinion leaders – enjoy a significant measure of independence from political and economic Vienna interests• meet strong obstacles – Self-perpetuating academic system – Individual and group egoisms to be transcended – Lack of incentives for cooperation and solidarity Risk of Wrong University EducationIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Positive examples Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• interdisciplinarity, foresight, responsibility – Villach Conference 1985 – WBGU Reports – ICSU and IGBP (2010)• Transparency, Monetisation Vienna – Report on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident by the NAIIC (2012)• Others – Desaster Reduction – interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, but local, global context could be strengthenedIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Institutional Changes Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• National level – Networks of Universities (Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria, Ethics Plattform at BOKU) – Lüneburg, Oldenburg, Kassel – … Vienna• International – Copernicus Network – Higher Education Sustainable Development Initiative (2012) – ……IDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Center for Global Change and Sustainability BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Sustainability science cannot replace disciplinary science• Society needs to enter a debate on how much of the budget and of Vienna research capacity is to be invested in eachIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012
  • Center for Global Change and SustainabilityThank you for your attention!Helga Kromp-KolbCenter for Global Change and SustainabilityandInstitute of MeteorologyBOKU University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesPeter Jordanstraße 82, A-1190 WienTel.: +43 1 47654 - 5600, Fax: +43 1 47654 - 5610meteorologie@boku.ac.at, www.boku.ac.at
  • ICSU and IGBP (2010): 5 main challenges science Center for Global Change and Sustainability faces BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences• Enhance Foresights: which environmental changes, what effects, best responses• integrating past and present observations, natural and social features and stakeholders into research• Study proximity to ecological boundaries and tipping points and enhance resilience of social Vienna and environmental systems• overcome current systems of political and economic governance which favour short-term incentives and aid responses at multiple geographical, temporal and political scales and between differing interests and beliefs.• improving the real-world applicability of findings and change science-policy interface to increase the capacity of civil society andIDRC Davos 2012.08.26 Risk of Wrong University Education Helga Kromp-Kolb et al. 2012