Successful cooperation – The Sustainability Center Freiburg and INATECH at the Wissenschaftsmarkt in Freiburg

On July 14 and 15, the sustainability researchers at their Science Market stand were enthusiastic about their topic and sparked the visitors' interest through solar kits.

Freiburg, Germany. Every other year, the University of Freiburg hosts the Wissenschaftsmarkt (Science Market). In addition to the faculties and institutes of the university, other research institutions and companies from the region are also exhibiting around the Münster in the city center. For the second time, the Sustainability Center was actively participating in the Science Market. The Institute of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) of the Faculty of Engineering was also present at the stand next to Freiburg‘s five Fraunhofer institutes.

"On Saturday morning, the visitors were queueing up to get information and to try out the solar kits", said Daniel Hiller, a member of the Sustainability Center’s Central Office enthusiastically. "We are delighted to have such a great opportunity to present our ideas to the general public" The interest in the services offered by INATECH and the Sustainability Center was great! On the two event days, the stand presenters discussed a wide range of topics with the visitors – from the study options at INATECH to the meaning of resilience and the question of which technologies will be relevant for energy storage in the future.

The solar kits are used at INATECH to enable students to take an application-oriented approach to the subject. Through a multitude of different experiments, they learn about the functions of solar cells and electrical network systems, and thus have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with one of the three main topics of the new university institute, the Energy Systems. In addition, INATECH also deals with research and teaching on Sustainable Materials and Resilience Engineering. In the long run, the students can, thanks to their knowledge, contribute positively to the development of our society and root the idea of sustainability even more strongly, for example in the industry.

The stand presenters and visitors all agreed: Studying in this way does not only impart well-founded knowledge, but is also a lot of fun!