Long Night of Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin
SUSTAIN IT! initiative and CC-VISAGES presented
By Götz Kaufmann, 2015-06-22
On Saturday Juni 13, 2015, the Long Night of Sciences (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, LNdW) took place the 15th time. As the Freie Universität reported afterwards, 16,399 (sixteenthousand-threehundredninetynine) visiters have been counted passing the entrances of the Freien Universität Berlin. Counting the visiters of the whole research area Berlin-Dahlem no less than 20,509 persons payed a visit.
A broad variaty of events were presented in Berlin Dahlem providing insights into new knowledge from both basic and applied science. The Freie Universität Berlin presented more than 500 (five-hundred) separate events coming from its faculties and associated institutions such as the Max-Planck-Society of Berlin, the Max-Planck-Institute for educational research, the Konrad-Zuse-Centre for Information Technology of Berlin, the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agronomic and horticultural science at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, the Julius-Kühn-Institute (federal research institute for crops), the Technology Centre and the Founding Centre Soth-West, and the Campus Benjamin Franklin of the Charité (medicine) in Berlin.

For the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science of the Freie Universität, two initiatives from the FFU, SUSTAIN IT! and the Environmental Justice Institute, presented their activity.
The initative SUSTAIN IT! (more on facebook) has the comprehensive goal of discussing local and global questions of sustainability in the fields of politics, science, economics, adminstration, technology, society and education. Moreover, the study group aims for contributing to making the Freie Universität Berlin a "greener" place. With its activities, SUSTAIN IT!, in collaboration with sevengardens-Färbergärten, demonstrated possibilities to use organic matter for producing colors. Nowadays, colors for clothes are most often produced in a very polluting and unsustainable way. Producing colors from organic matter can thus help to reduce our harmful impact on the environment. SUSTAIN IT! also invited everyone to get their hands dirty and make some seed balls - as seed balls can make our environment more colorful as well. Additionally, members organized guided tours through the FU buildings to demonstrate the undertaken effords to more energy efficiency.
As for the Environmental Justice Institute, a poster presentation showed various researches on environmental justice around the world linked to the EJI. The posters came from the youth research group Jufo-Salus, have been about the MOVE model, about environmental justice and sustainable food systems in Nanainamo, coping with environmental burdens in disadvantaged communities of Mexico, Climate Change Inferred through Social Analysis, Geography and Environmental Systems (CC-VISAGES), Interlinkages between socioeconomic position, multiple built environmental burdens and child health, Interactive Spatial Decision Support System (ISDSSL) for supporting collaboration between Spatial Planning and Public Health, and about International experience in metropolitan areas in Chile and the US.
As second event, the three researchers of the CC-VISAGES project, Johanna Seidel, Bastian Stößel, and Dr. Götz Kaufmann, presented their findings and held up for discussion. A video record of the presentation was placed on the EJI's youtube channel:

The next Long Night of Sciences (LNdW) will happen on June 11, 2016.
Image: © Freie Universität Berlin