After connecting three different seminars (see YEEES Training Center for more information) Master as well as Bachelor students from different areas of study were able to attend a two week excursion through Namibia in march 2018 experiencing geographical, cultural and (social) entrepreneurial specifics. In two groups of 20 they started in Windhoek and did a round trip including several places like the Namib Desert, Swakopmund and the Etosha national park. The groups have also met students and (social) entrepreneurs from Namibia. A YEEES workshop focusing on sustainability entrepreneurship in the areas visited was designed for analyzing existing entrepreneurial approaches and future entrepreneurial potential. The international and interdisciplinary exchange led to fruitful discussions and the development of several topics for future seminars and master theses.
For the first time there will be a track on sustainability entrepreneurship at the BUIS Tage, 20. Tagung der Fachgruppe Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (BUIS) in der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., an established conference on environmental informatics. This time’s focus will be on „Smart Citites / Regions – Technische, wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Innovationen“, while the sustainability entrepreneurship track fosters research on the connection of sustainability and ICT, which is still scarce, though implies huge potential. For more information see the Call for Papers and the BUIS Tage webpage.
YEEES related topics are specifically welcome! Full papers, short papers and abstracts can be handed in by 1rst of March 2018. In case of acceptation of a paper in this track, authors from African partner universities can apply for YEEES traveling funds.
In today’s lecture “Connecting Science, Responsibility and Society Dr. Brenda Scholz, Head of Department of Computing Science at the Nelson Mandela University gave a super interesting talk on the importance of ICT in society and how ICT based innovations can contribute to sustainable socioecological change. Thanks, Brenda, for sharing your experience, providing impressive examples and bringing a South African perspective in! So good to have you here!
Phillip Becher visits the NMU in order to further develop YEEES topics. As a representative of the German YEEES team Phillip will attend several meetings and workshops at the NMU and will get the chance to be part of the HEDIS summer school. He aims at identifying current areas of interest in research and teaching with a certain focus on energy, water and mobility.
As a student at the RWTH Aachen doing his Masters of Science in Transport engineering and Mobility specialized in Infrastructure and Vehicles, Phillip especially brings in his competencies in the field of interdisciplinary work related to mobility topics.
Two papers with first results from YEEES research groups got accepted for presentation at the G-Forum, 21. Interdisziplinäre Jahreskonferenz zu Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Mittelstand, in Wuppertal. Under the overall topic of the conference „Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Wie werden nachhaltige unternehmerische Aktivitäten in einem regionalen Ökosystem durch Kontextfaktoren unterstützt bzw. behindert?” YEEES members were able to introduce the project to the entrepreneurial community and discuss their research with interested peers. Thanks, FGF, for offering this inspiring annual conference for so many years now and addressing urgent topics like sustainability in the field of entrepreneurship.
Short Term Grant* for Master Students
1st CALL Master Thesis Phase starting 2017
The inter- and transdisciplinary project YEEES is looking for Master students interested in a research stay in one of our partner countries. Our project especially elaborates on the resilience of cities and peri-urban areas. The focus areas are, e.g. agriculture, health and transport/mobility. Partners in the project are universities from Germany, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.
Are you interested in writing on an international topic in the area of sustainable entrepreneurship? Do you want to bring in your ideas and research as master scholar? Be part of our project by applying for our Master Grant.
Then send us your application until November 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org, including:
- Motivation Letter & CV
- Exposé and the name of your supervisor (in case you already have a topic) or a
- Brief description of your research idea
*As a master scholar you will be awarded funding for up to three months for a research stay in Germany, South Africa, Namibia or Mozambique, including flight expenses.
From June 26th to 29th representatives of YEEES (Jantje Halberstadt, Ali Akoyl and Steve Szewzcuk) attended a workshop offered by HEDIS (Hub for Education on ICT for Sustainability, founded by DAAD) in Oldenburg. ‘We discovered several tasks that the projects can work on together and agreed on sharing knowledge that will be gained within our projects. HEDIS focus on education leads to a stronger connection to the YEEES Training Center. However, YEEES Research Center can be also involved, e.g. delivering research results and integrating students into research practice. The other way round HEDIS offerings, such as lectures and seminars, can be research objects for those YEEES research groups focusing on education´.
Join the YEEES team!
The YEEES is hiring a research assistant. Please find more information here: http://www.leuphana.de/news/jobs-und-karriere/forschung-lehre.html
Stefan Szewzcuk holds a BSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering and an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MBA from the Herriot-Watt University in Scotland. At present he is the Research Group Leader for the Rural Energy & Economic Development group in the Built Environment at the CSIR. Stefan’s primary interests are in wind energy, distributed generation and conversion of organic waste to biogas.
The YEEES Team is happy to welcome Steve in Germany as a new member our community!
On May 11th and 12th, 2017 representatives of the YEEES Project presented at the BUIS Conference in Magdeburg (19. Tagung der Fachgruppe Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.). This event is hosted by the official club on environmental informatics and this year’s motto was Smart Sustainability (http://buis2017.cs.ovgu.de/). The presentation led to fruitful discussions on how ICT can be used to support or be the basis of social and environmental entrepreneurial solutions.