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October 2018: Cogratulations to PIK Alumni Christoph Schmitz on receiving a special award for his company, Ackerdemia. Ackerdemia won a Social Entrepreneurship award in the nationwide corporate competition "KfW Award Gründen 2018." Read more ...


Stefanie Lyn Becker completed her PhD in Research Domain 2 in July 2018 and has since moved to Frankfurt am Main. Stefanie writes:

I think it is really important to understand and explore research outside of our immediate field because it can open us up to new ways of thinking about our own research. However, it can be really hard to pick up a peer-reviewed journal article in another field, read it and immediately understand it. This is the inspiration behind my podcast, The Sustainable Transitions Podcast. In my podcast I interview academics about their work related to sustainability and climate change, but without all of the jargon found in research articles. This also makes it easier for interested non-academics to have access to the latest research which is often behind pay walls. Also I personally happen to love listening to educational podcasts as a way of killing time while commuting.

It was great to get it started with this project at PIK both because there are people in all sorts of disciplines working on climate change issues and because I was lucky to have supportive colleagues who were willing to be my first interviewees. So far, the podcast has covered topics such as food systems, aerial rivers, and urban gardening. In the future I hope to interview more academics from a diverse range of backgrounds working on sustainability issues along with some practitioners to get their point of view.

The podcast can be found on the Sustainable Transitions Blog: https://www.sustainabletransitionsblog.com/ along with show notes and blog posts on the topic of transitions, as well as on Castbox, Blubrry, and Stitcher.

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