Real-world lab community meets in Karlsruhe

On 27 April 2018, the real-world labs funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts (MKW) present their results. Among them and co-organizer of the symposium: the ITAS Urban Transition Lab 131.
Reallabor Symposium

Baden-Württemberg’s concerted real-world lab research is the first of its kind. This new research format allows for an intensive co-operation of science with citizens, companies, and politicians. Together, these actors advance sustainable development in different fields, for example in mobility, energy efficiency and multiple use of buildings, environmental protection, education and social affairs, migration, or demographic development.

The real-world lab symposium offers a multitude of insights into the projects which were started three years ago. The spectrum ranges from informative speeches to interactive and more experimental offers. Before the main program starts, the Urban Transition Lab 131’s sustainability walk takes place in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. Keynote speaker Lucia Reisch (Zeppelin University) explores the question how Baden-Württemberg’s real-world labs represent a “driver for the further development of a sustainability-related transformation research and practice”. Afterwards, the BaWü labs exhibition gives the real-world labs the opportunity to present themselves individually and those who are interested can exchange their views with the researchers.

Following some more specialist input regarding the development of the transformative format of real-world labs, a fishbowl conversation will go further into the question “Real-world lab research, quo vadis?”with members of the labs, partners from practice, Minister Theresia Bauer, Eugen Huthmacher (BMBF), and Armin Grunwald (ITAS). The day is concluded by a buffet dinner and a cultural evening program which is related to the topic.

You can find the program (German) here. Please register at There is no participation fee.

The event at Südwerk Karlsruhe is organized by the Ministry of Science; the Urban Transition Lab 131 is co-organizer to provide local support. All those interested are very welcome to find out more about the work of the real-world labs over the last three years and get into conversation with actors from science and practice. (04.04.2018)

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