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The Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research

By Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Scientific Director of the Bonn Alliance, November 2019

Bonn’s Mayor Ashok Sridharan, the Scientific Director of the Bonn Alliance / ICB Prof. Jakob Rhyner, State Secretary Anette Storsberg and the Rector of the University of Bonn Prof. Michael Hoch at the Opening of the ICB

The Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research was founded on 15 November 2017 by six research and education institutions in Bonn: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS), the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) and the University of Bonn including the Center for Development Research (ZEF).

The Bonn Alliance aims to further strengthen research in the field of sustainable development and global change. It stands for a transdisciplinary approach to sustainability research. Sustainability research should take place in a direct exchange and dialogue with policy makers and stakeholders from economy and civil society on local and global levels. 

As a platform for research towards a sustainable future, the Bonn Alliance has established the Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB). Actors with diverse backgrounds are invited to introduce their ideas, their expert knowledge and perspectives and work together on sustainability topics of mutual interest and relevance. The ICB will focus on three priority areas: Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Mobility and Migration, and Bioeconomy.

The Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) is generously funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
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  • Bundesstadt Bonn
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