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Long Night of the Sciences at the Humboldt Lab at the Humboldt Forum

Everyone is talking about man-made climate change. But although it is now widely recognised, its consequences are extremely unevenly distributed. These climate_in_justices are likely to increase in the future.

On the occasion of the Long Night of the Sciences, scientists from various disciplines and institutions will talk about their research on the consequences of man-made climate change at the Humboldt Lab. In three lectures and a panel discussion, agricultural ecologists, architects, geologists and political scientists, among others, will ask the question: What can we do to counter climate change - and how can we distribute its effects more fairly?

Access to the events is open to all Long Night of the Sciences ticket holders – available from the beginning of May here: Long Night of the Sciences.

7:00–8:00pm Climate_in_justices #1

Dis_abled Nature. Damaged Landscapes and Sensory Diversity in Anthropocene Environments
  • Talk by Siegfried Saerberg and Robert Stock
Nature and disability are closely linked. The damage to our world is reflected in these terms. The crisis of nature cultures – their dis_ability – is the consequence of globalised economies and climate injustices. Attempts at healing and restoration are linked to them, as are protests and artistic interventions aimed at other futures. But how sustainable are approaches to the climate crisis that rely on a visual anthropocentrism and the idea of nature domination? Doesn't smelling, touching and hearing have to be brought to the fore in order to make room for a diverse perceptual knowledge that is close to living beings?

8:00–9:00pm Climate_in_justices #2

Agritecture. Of mushrooms, dinos and motorways.
  • Talk by Marcel Robischon, Susanne Junker, Dirk Hermann, Celina Schlichting and Tino Brüllke
Can the dark spaces under the A103 motorway be transformed into a mushroom farm? Will an urban forest – comparable to New York's High Line – run through Berlin's urban landscape? In the interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning project "Agritecture", agriculture meets architecture. Here, scientists are rethinking urban spaces together. In the middle of Berlin, they simulate the interactions between plants, animals and architecture. In the lecture, the researchers will present their projects – and show new design options for urban development.

A Circle U Public Event.

9:00–10:00pm Climate_in_justices #3

The story of the disappearing water towers.
  • Talk by Tobias Sauter
Mountains are "water towers of the world". Almost a third of the world's population depends on their water resources. Glacial ice and snow regulate the seasonal fluctuations of mountain rivers and ensure a balanced water supply for downstream areas. Shrinking and disappearing glaciers threaten the availability of water as well as biodiversity and mountain ecosystems - important resources of people living in and around mountains.

The lecture explores the development of high mountain glaciers and the causes and consequences of their threat from climate change.

10:00-11:00pm Climate_in_justices #4

With democracy against climate injustice. Migrant organising and administration in dialogue. Panel discussion with Robin Celikates, Carina Druschke and others
Climate change is closely linked to flight – because its consequences are globally and socially unjustly distributed. Regardless, refugees are confronted with impenetrable border regimes and migration bureaucracies. Migrant resistance therefore aims for freedom and responsibility. But administrative officials, who make decisions on immigration law away from the public eye in consulates and foreigners authorities, have little time for such thoughts. What role do migrant resistance and administration play in democracy, what scope do they have for action? In a discussion, academics explore the potential for change – and encourage a dialogue between the two perspectives.


Siegfried Saerberg is Professor of Disability Studies and Participation Research at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences for Social Work and Diakonie Rauhes Haus in Hamburg. There he directs the Centre for Disability Studies (ZeDiSplus). For many years he was the artistic director of numerous inclusive cultural projects. His work and research focuses on disability studies, disability arts and the cultural sociology of the senses.

Robert Stock is Junior Professor for Cultures of the Senses at the Institute for Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity. Image Space Material". His research interests are digital media and dis/abilities, museum and inclusion as well as Luso-African decolonisation and questions of materiality in the context of Anthropocene lifeworlds.

Marcel Robischon has been a full professor of agroecology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2020. He studied forestry at the Universities of Freiburg and Oxford, earned his PhD in plant biology at the University of Cambridge and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the USDA Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics in California. He teaches agroecology and has a special interest in place-based and object-based learning and teaching.

Susanne Junker is Professor of Drafting, Interior Design and Visualisation at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. She completed her doctorate on the Bauhaus photographer Walter Peterhans at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, building on a research stay at IIT Chicago. After studying architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, she worked with Prof. Josef Paul Kleihues. She publishes regularly in Baunetz and has received numerous international awards for her photographs.

Dirk Hermann was born in Stralsund. The Berliner by choice studied architecture at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences and completed his Master's degree in 2022. Since 2018, Dirk Hermann has been working as a freelance interior designer. His work incorporates experience in dealing with form, colour and function from his previous training as a fashion tailor. Since 2006, he has also been a flight attendant for Germany's largest airline and gathers inspiration during his stays abroad.

Celina Schlichting is a Bachelor of Architecture graduate. As part of the Agritecture research project, she developed a green folly called Saurus together with Johanna Schötz in Interior Design. She is very interested in the history of her hometown Berlin. As an assistant curator, Celina accompanied two exhibitions of the Berliner Architektenverein and the Akademie der Künste. She is currently working on her master's thesis Herbularius, an interactive herbal museum in Berlin.

Tino Brüllke works as a project manager and consultant for investors from Germany and abroad. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in architecture from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences and coordinated and co-curated numerous events, presentations and installations as an employee of the university. For the past five years, he has been a lecturer in the architecture department. In addition to photography, he is interested in the design potential of artificial intelligence.

Tobias Sauter is Professor of Climatology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research focuses on polar and high mountain research, weather extremes and the atmospheric water cycles.

- All holders of a Long Night of the Sciences ticket have access to the events. € 14.00 / € 9.00 reduced. Advance booking starts at the beginning of May.
- from 14 years
- Language: German
- Venue: Humboldt Lab

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June 2023