Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation(ZEWK)

Projects at the Cooperation and Advisory Office for Environmental Issues

Learn about our ongoing projects as well as projects we initiated or supported in the past.

Bürger schaffen Klimawissen

"Bürger schaffen Klimawissen" is a project at the the Chair of Climatology with support from the kubus science shop.

Topics: sustainable development, transformation, environment, social innovation
Spatial approaches: local, regional, international
Methods: community science, cultural translation, service learning, co-creation, dialog between science and society
Urban transformation potential: living laboratories to democratize science, infrastructure as a transformation carrier, the art of spinning a common thread, participation of urban society

Read further information about the project and kubus’ work in the area of co-creation.

FIRE! Erasmus+ project

FIRE! - Fertilize Innovation in Responsible Education

Partners from four European countries have agreed to initiate a procedure for improving their respective skills and qualifications within the framework of the ERASMUS+ partnership program: kubus science shop, Boutique des Science Nord de France at the University of Lille since 2013, and the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES). Adam Mickiewicz University(AMU) is in the initial stages of establishing a science shop. Their different backgrounds provide the foundation for mutual capacity building with regard to processes, tools/methods and skills. FIRE! aims for future collaboration and the continuous exchange of experiences.

Partners will not only share their experiences but also proven practices. FIRE! serves as a learning platform for interactive forms of science communication. Aspects such as science and art are integral parts of this platform. Student-organized project laboratories are an example of exploratory and research-oriented learning with relevant impacts on competences for participating and conducting co-creative transdisciplinary research.

FIRE! fosters the development of social, civic, and cultural translation competences.
FIRE! is targeted towards individuals working for intermediaries at the intersection of science and society. 
FIRE! focuses on innovative science communication.
FIRE! aims to contribute to the process of joint continuing education for intermediaries at the European level.
FIRE! delivers innovative and interactive formats of science communication and co-design.

The project partners will share the results of the project as well as the process documentation in national and international networks (e.g. LIVING KNOWLEDGE Network) to promote the development of science shops in Europe. FIRE! is co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program.

Past projects

Transfer and cooperation offers

Fostering collaboration between science and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin (Building Bridges)

Duration:1 April - 30 November 2008
Financing:ESF, State of Berlin
Team:Frank Becker, Annette Bastigkeit, Dr. Matthias Rudlof
Project supervisor:Frank Becker
kubus contact:Frank Becker
External cooperation partner:Innovationsnetzwerk Berliner Metall- und Elektroindustrie
Documentation:Short description
Description:Promoting innovations through knowledge transfer between SME and TU Berlin

Thesis Database - Matching and Sale

Duration:1994-2008
Financing:TU Berlin
Team:Benno Baumgarten
Project supervisor:kubus, Gisela Prystav (née Hoffmann)
kubus contact:Gisela Prystav (née Hoffmann)
TU Berlin cooperation partners:TU Berlin students, academic chairs, library, and administration
External cooperation partners:Companies, associations, public institutions
Documentation:reports about the work of the thesis database (Stolte, Christian: 1994-1997; Hollstein, Jens: 1997-1999; Gerhager, Barbara 1999-2001); Fürstenau, Andreas: Study on the feasibility of publicizing environmentally relevant theses
Description:Providing TU Berlin students with thesis topics and contact details for other institutions; approx. 100 topics and internships offered at any time; completed theses sold beginning in 2002. Discontinued in 2008

Environmental catalog - Presentation of TU Berlin’s environmental offers online

Duration:Since August 2000, revised in May 2002
Financing:TU Berlin
Team:André Conrad, Michael Krüger, Andreas Fürstenau
Project supervisor:kubus, Gisela Prystav (née Hoffmann)
kubus contact:Gisela Prystav (née Hoffmann)
TU Berlin cooperation partners:TU Berlin Press Office
External cooperation partners:Companies, associations, public institutions
Description:Sorted compilation of website links to TU Berlin environmental offers to improve access for non-University users

Science shops and NGOs in Europe

INTERACTS (Improving Interaction between NGOs, Science Shops and Universities: Experiences and Expectations)

Duration01/01 - 12/03
FinancingEU (STRATA)
TeamCorinna Fischer, Christian Hoffmann, Malte Schophaus, Simone Steinberg, Kirsten von der Heiden
Project supervisorProf. Jörgensen (TU Lyngby/Denmark)
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Endler
TU Berlin cooperation partnersInstitute of Sociology/academic chair of Prof. Harloff
External cooperation partnersTU Lyngby (DK), University of Liverpool (UK), Technical University of Iasi (RO), science shops from Austria, Spain, and the UK
DocumentationWebsite, work reports: State-of-the-Art Report (June 2002; C. Fischer), Case Studies Report (January 2003, S. Steinberg & M. Schophaus), Interim Report (February 2003)
DescriptionWork undertaken by the participating “science shops” is investigated with regard to their significance as intermediaries between science and society, and particularly science and NGOs.

ISSNET (Improving Science Shop Networking)

Duration03/03 - 08/05
FinancingEU (Human Resources/Thematic Network)
TeamKirsten von der Heiden
Project supervisorUniversity of Utrecht Science Shop (NL)
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Endler, Kirsten von der Heiden
TU Berlin cooperation partnersInstitute of Sociology/academic chair of Prof. Harloff
External cooperation partnersUniversity of Groningen (NL), TU Iasi (RO), science shops from Germany, Austria, Spain, the UK, Denmark, France, and the USA
DocumentationLiving Knowledge Homepage www.scienceshops.org
DescriptionExpanding the international network and public presentation of “science shops” (e.g. intermediary institutions between science and society) on different topics and tasks, including environmental issues

Social and local economy

NEST (network for social enterprises and district economy) - innovation forum for social enterprises/neighborhood management

Duration01.07.2001 - 31.12.2001
FinancingBMBF
Project supervisorTechNet e.V.
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Endler
TU Berlin cooperation partnersLocal Economy Interdisciplinary Research Group, Faculty I
External cooperation partnersBerufsfortbildungswerk Berlin/Brandenburg GmbH; Berliner Verband der Arbeitsförderungs- und Beschäftigungsgesellschaften; Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Berlin-Brandenburg; Kommunales Forum Prenzlauer Berg e.V.; Kommunales Forum Wedding e.V.
DocumentationTechnologie-Netzwerk Berlin (Ed.): “Innovationsforum für soziale Unternehmen / Quartiersmanagement. Dokumentation der Ergebnisse.” Berlin 2002 (BMB+F)
DescriptionThis project aims to reintegrate/regain the competitive position of disadvantaged urban areas by strengthening the district economy, in particular by developing new and additional employment opportunities in social enterprises. These are not-for-profit organizations in the sense that all profits generated are either invested in economic activities of the company or otherwise used in such a way that they serve the company's stated social and civic goals. Ultimately, the aim is to generate income, satisfy previously unmet needs, and integrate disadvantaged people socially and economically into social production and reproduction processes at the neighborhood level. The innovation forum "Social Enterprises/Neighborhood Management" served to prepare the establishment of a Berlin Development Agency for Social Enterprises and District Economy (BEST).

“Sustainable Berlin Now” feasibility study

Duration1.1.2000 - 22.2.2001
FinancingEuropean Social Fund (ESF)
TeamDr. Jurij Poelchau, Dr. Jörg Longmuß
Project supervisorDr. Wolfgang Neef, Verena Lorenz-Meyer
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Neef
TU Berlin cooperation partnersVarious academic chairs
External cooperation partnersInvestitionsbank Berlin, Runder Tisch Berlin-Brandenburg, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin, Kreislauf- und Verwertungsagentur, Frieder Rock Unternehmensberatung, Agenda-Agentur Berlin
DocumentationProject report
DescriptionConception and establishment of a "Development Workshop for Business Networks and Future Projects," which carries out consulting and management services for projects on local production and marketing and innovative regional employment measures

BEST (Berlin Development Agency for Social Enterprises and District Economy)

Duration01.12.2000 - 30.11.2004
FinancingBerlin Senate, European Commission
Team6 people
Project supervisorTechnologie-Netzwerk Berlin e.V. on behalf of the Berlin Senate
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Endler
TU Berlin cooperation partnersLocal Economy Interdisciplinary Research Group, Faculty I
External cooperation partnersBerufsfortbildungswerk Berlin/Brandenburg GmbH; Berliner Verband der Arbeitsförderungs- und Beschäftigungsgesellschaften; Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Berlin-Brandenburg; Kommunales Forum Prenzlauer Berg e.V.; Kommunales Forum Wedding e.V.
DocumentationHomepage www.soziale-oekonomie.de
DescriptionThe project aims to develop and implement social forms of enterprise (such as social cooperatives and district enterprises) in the context of a new economic concept for city districts. Through this innovative approach, social enterprises are to be founded and established in three disadvantaged urban areas in the eastern part of Berlin in a pilot phase. The aim is to implement local, resident-oriented employment strategies that are supported, guided, and coordinated by the locally active development agency "BEST." Funding is primarily aimed at initiatives and projects with an impact on employment that have not yet been implemented due to their high development needs and the lack of equity capital or access to the necessary resources. The primary objective is to establish a development agency for social enterprises as a contact point for idea contributors, potential users and experts (especially job-seeking residents), particularly for the following three disadvantaged urban neighborhoods in the eastern part of Berlin: 1. Helmholtzplatz (district of Pankow); 2. Falkplatz (district of Pankow); Boxhagener Straße (district of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain).

SME, enterprise networks, and sustainable development

Fostering collaboration between science and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin (Building Bridges)

Duration1 April - 30 November 2008
FinancingESF, State of Berlin
TeamFrank Becker, Annette Bastigkeit, Dr. Matthias Rudlof
Project supervisorFrank Becker
kubus contactFrank Becker
External cooperation partnersInnovationsnetzwerk Berliner Metall- und Elektroindustrie www.innonetz-berlin.de
DocumentationShort description
DescriptionPromoting innovations through knowledge transfer between SME and TU Berlin

Regional networks to reuse and recycle bicycles (ReUse-Velo)

DurationSince 2008
Project supervisorFrank Becker
kubus contactFrank Becker, Dr. Wolfgang Endler
Network partnersFahrRad Frank, Fahrradladen Mehringshof GbR, Lowtec gGmbH, VfJ Werkstätten GmbH, Bildungsmarkt Waldenser gGmbH, VSF e.V., Technet/BEST, Kunst-Stoffe, Moabiter Ratschlag e.V.
DocumentationPreliminary studies, project draft, www.reuse-velo.de
DescriptionThe project aims to develop a sustainable and economically viable concept to reuse and recycle used bicycles.

Regional networks to reuse and recycle electronic devices (ReUse-Computer)

Duration1 July 2001 - 31 May 2005
FinancingBMBF
TeamKirsten von der Heiden (12/03 - 09/04), Ingrid Roloff, Lada Petrickova
Project supervisorVerena Lorenz-Meyer (until 08/03), Frank Becker
kubus contactFrank Becker
TU Berlin cooperation partnersCentral Computing Center, Microperiphery Technologies Research Area
External cooperation partnersInstitut für Produktdauerforschung (ipf Hamburg), Kreislauf- und Verwertungsagentur eG (KVA), numerous SME in Berlin and Hamburg
Network partnersDr. Böhme Elektronik-Recycling GmbH; Qualifikationsträger INU GmbH; Kreislauf -und Verwertungsagentur e.G.; Beratungsbüro für Umwelt -und Unternehmensentwicklung Dr. Teller; GDW-Nord; Nutzmüll e.V.; i.p.f. Hamburg; Argus GmbH;
DocumentationReUse Computer - Milestone report from 31 May 2002. Project book. Symposium report from 31 March 2004 in Berlin
DescriptionThe project aimed to build regional networks of companies, suppliers and users for the reuse of used computers in Berlin and Hamburg. Small enterprises were actively approached and included. Solutions for the use of older software or software adapted to computer performance were also developed. The project comprised examining the technical, legal, organizational, social, and economic requirements for regional reuse and recycling as well as cascade utilization.

Re-use and continued use

Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks (ZeroWIN)

Duration01.05.2009 - 31.04.2014
Project supervisorAustrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation
kubus contactFrank Becker, Johannes Dietrich
Network partners30 partners from 10 countries
Documentationwww.zerowin.eu
DescriptionThe project aims to develop and test strategies for waste prevention through business networks and the approach of "zero-waste entrepreneurship": Possible strategies will be tested for the areas of I+C technology, photovoltaics, and construction waste.

Holz im KreativKreislauf (HiKK)

Duration01.08.2009 - 31.07.2012
FinancingEU - European Social Fund (ESF), Jobcenter Berlin-Pankow (PEB)
Project supervisorVerein zur Förderung von Frauen in Bau- und Ausbauberufen (Baufachfrau Berlin e. V.)
kubus contactJohannes Dietrich
Cooperation partnersBaufachfrau e. V., marcel-breuer-schule (OSZ für Holztechnik, Glastechnik und Design), weißensee Academy of Art Berlin (Department of Product Design), Lokale Agenda 21 (working group for sustainable management), KUNST-STOFFE-BERLIN, VIA Werkstätten gGmbH
Documentationwww.hikk.mixxt.de
DescriptionThe project is developing an organizational concept for cost-effective waste and residual wood collection, storage and reuse. HiKK supports the development of a material database for scrap and residual wood and, together with cooperation partners, seeks opportunities to creatively design products from scrap and residual wood. The project aims to link economic, social and ecological aspects to create a future-oriented opportunity for a sustainable economy in Pankow.

Ecological urban development & megacities

ROOF WATER-FARM: Cross-sector water resource use through building-integrated farming

Duration2013 - 2016
FinancingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
TeamGisela Prystav, Manuela Reinhard
Project supervisorTU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Chair of Urban Design and Urban Development, Cooperation and Advisory Office for Environmental Issues (kubus)
kubus contactGisela Prystav
TU Berlin cooperation partnersTechnische Universität Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Prof. Dr. Angela Uttke
External cooperation partnersinter 3 GmbH, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Nolde und Partner, TERRA URBANA GmbH, SenStadtUm
Documentation
DescriptionThe joint project aims to develop building-integrated water treatment technologies for the irrigation and fertilization of adapted building-integrated greenhouse farms as well as test the hygienically safe use of the water and material flows. In addition to the technological development of a modular research and demonstration facility in the inner-city residential complex Block 6, possibilities for the building-typological and urban-spatial integration of Roof Water-Farm variants for fish and plant production are being investigated. Potentials and risks of an urban-spatial transferability of cross-sectoral infrastructure technologies in the context of innovative urban water management and urban food production will be analyzed. Target group specific communication, training materials and recommendations for action will be developed and published.

Soko Klima – Stadt gestalten mit Plan

Duration2012 - 2014
FinancingFederal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
TeamGisela Prystav, Elke Beyer, Mari Pape
Project supervisorUfU - Independent Institute for Environmental Issues
kubus contactGisela Prystav, Elke Beyer
TU Berlin cooperation partnersChair of Urban Design and Architecture, Prof. Jörg Stollman
External cooperation partnersUfU - Independent Institute for Environmental Issues, Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg IFEU
Documentationwww.soko-klima.de
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to develop a method kit to involve children and adolescents in formal and informal climate-relevant planning procedures at the municipal level. As part of the implementation of 6 pilot projects, teaching and methodological material for the kit will be developed, applied and evaluated.

Wohnumfeldverbesserung Nördliche Lehrter Straße

Duration01.02.2002 - 31.01.2003
Project supervisorDr. Wolfgang Endler
kubus contactDr. Wolfgang Endler
TU Berlin cooperation partnersStudents (within the framework of seminars and papers/theses on environmental psychology and urban and regional sociology)
External cooperation partnersHousing associations, local NGOs, Berlin-Mitte District Authority
DocumentationDocumentary of the event on 21.01.03
SummaryDeveloping measures to increase resident satisfaction on the above northern Lehrter Straße block and reduce vandalism; project results were presented for discussion at a final presentation.

Urban Agriculture as an Integrative Factor of Climate-Optimised Urban Development, Casablanca

Duration2008 - 2013
FinancingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
TeamGisela Prystav
Project supervisorL' Institut National d'Aménagement et d'Urbanisme de Rabat (INAU) and Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
kubus contactGisela Prystav
TU Berlin cooperation partnersTechnische Universität Berlin, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
External cooperation partners
Documentationwww.uac-m.org
DescriptionThe inter and transdisciplinary project researches whether urban agricultural activities can contribute to sustainable urban development ecologically and socially. kubus is working on the social aspects and the integration of civil society in this project.

Gesundes Leben im Kiez - Sustainable promotion of health among children and adolescents

Duration1.8.2005 - 31.07.2006
FinancingIZT Projektagentur "Zukunftsfähiges Berlin" - Mittel der Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie
TeamMartina Ernst, Annette Leeb
Project supervisorFrank Becker
kubus contactFrank Becker
TU Berlin cooperation partners
External cooperation partnersSchwielowsee-Grundschule, ReUse Computer e.V., Sozialpädiatrisches Zentrum Charité Berlin (SPZ), and others
DocumentationThe project report and important documents can be found at www.gesunder-kiez.de; further information available on the IZT website
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to initiate a discussion on the topic of "health and health promotion" in a local context, by raising awareness of health problems among children and adolescents and developing strategies for action that are suitable for everyday use together with the stakeholders. The aim is to reach as many people as possible who already have an influence on the health development of children and adolescents through cooperation between schools and the neighborhood.

Sustainable water management

ZerO-M - Sustainable Concepts towards a zero outflow Municipality

Duration01.09.2003 - 31.08.2007
FinancingEU - Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for Local Water Management (MEDA)
TeamAndré Gildemeister
Project supervisorAEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies
kubus contactGisela Prystav (née Hoffmann)
TU Berlin cooperation partnersFaculty III, Chair of Process Engineering, Prof. Kraume
External cooperation partners10 research institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations from 4 EU member countries and 4 EU partner countries: Ambiente e Lavoro Toscana - O.N.L.U.S., Italy; Municipality of Kallithea Rhodes (Greece); Tübitak-Marmara Research Centre, Turkey; National Research Centre, Egypt; Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Tunesia; Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco; University of Vienna, Austria; Leibniz University Hannover, Germany; Fachvereinigung Betriebs- und Regenwassernutzung e.V., Germany.
Documentationwww.zer0-m.org
DescriptionThe aim of the project is to demonstrate possibilities for reusing wastewater to the greatest extent possible for small communities in the 4 participating partner countries. Local engineers and decision makers will be trained and will gain experience at demonstration and pilot plants, which will be built jointly by the partners.