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Planetary Thinking Working Group (Goethe University, Senckenberg, and ISOE) in cooperation with University of Giessen, Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, and GRADE Sustain presents an online seminar series

We need a paradigm shift to develop solutions to global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and decline of natural resources. We call this paradigm shift – Planetary Thinking. It involves four levels: new self-understanding, new thinking, new solutions, and new processes. These levels are explored and connected through an interdisciplinary collaboration between natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and arts. The seminar series features four presentations by natural and social scientists who present how planetary thinking influences their research. The seminar includes a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question and answer session.

You will find the upcoming events of the seminar series below. 
Fall program: Wednesday - at 18:00

Please also have a look at the recordings of all previous lectures.

NotePlease kindly note that our events will take place only via Zoom, because of technical challenges.


PD. Dr. Diana Hummel: Planetary Thinking and Human Population Dynamics in the Anthropocene. A Perspective from Social Ecology

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January 19, 2022, online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu


In the debate about the Anthropocene - the “age of humans”-  the topic of human population dynamics is gaining (renewed) significance and is subject to controversial scientific and public discussion. In conjunction with climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, population growth is considered to be one of the key global challenges for sustainable development. Diana Hummel will illustrate how the issue of human population dynamics can be critically addressed in the context of planetary thinking. In her presentation, she outlines several narratives of population and development and presents this field from the perspective of Social Ecology, which relates population dynamics to issues of shaping societal relations to nature.

Dr. Helge Kminek: Planetary Thinking – Reflections From Educational Science on Requirements, Possibilities and Limitations

Helge kminek

February 09, 2022 online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Roland Borgards, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu

He is recognized for his work on reconstructive school and teaching research, philosophy didactics, and education for sustainable development.