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The lectures and panel discussions during “CIVIS – a sustainably connected Alliance” presented how we are building our inter-university space with an eye for the future of our Alliance and the planet.

The seminar series “An Innovative Academic Alliance: Showcasing the CIVIS Hubs” offers five scientific sessions about our academic work on the global challenges which inspire our educational activities.

The public sessions are the following:

  • CIVIS – A sustainably connected alliance
  • Taking on wicked problems in the anthropocene. What is the role of education? 
  • Cultural heritage - Global challenges 
  • Possible futures in medicine and health
  • Foodscapes and postcolonial landscapes as fields for interdisciplinarity
  • Making/seeking/sharing homes and being at home in a digital age

Wednesday 24 May

16.00 – 18.00 CET - Neue Aula Festsaal and online

CIVIS aspires to be a sustainably connected alliance that enables free exchange and intensive cooperation. How can these solid connections among our universities best be developed to become long-lasting, inclusive and environmentally responsible? What should be our guiding principles? What are the obstacles we encounter and how can we deal with them?

At this opening event of the 2023 CIVIS Days, we explored these questions and provided opportunity for discussions. Daniela Trani, founding Director of the YUFE Alliance, set the stage by discussing the tools that have been most effective and promising in building strong Alliances, and how to overcome the challenges to connectivity. Students from partner universities in CIVIS shared their own experiences of the benefits of being able to move easily within the Alliance. Experts from CIVIS, other Alliances and the European Commission commented on the key commitments that European University Initiative upholds and that CIVIS will put into practice: Greening and sustainability; inclusiveness and diversity; extending connectivity to partners on the African Continent; and engaging societal actors in our connected space.

Thursday 25 May

16:15 – 18:00 CET - Neue Aula Festsaal and online

This session is organised by CIVIS Hub 1 (Climate, environment and energy)

The challenges of the Anthropocene Epoch are multifaceted and complex. As Europe and the rest of the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, humanity is faced with an array of complex and interwoven challenges. The coupled climate, environmental and energy crises are at the center of all of the challenges that face us today. These are wicked problems. This means that misguided and partial solutions can have unexpected and unwanted repercussions. Therefore, as we approach 2030, education must be a guiding force for solution finders. These solution finders need a new kind of education which leaves traditionally academic silos behind and approaches Anthropocene challenges in the transdisciplinary manner which wicked problems demand. This session focused on the role of CIVIS in putting challenge-based transdisciplinary education center stage in Europe.


  • Alasdair Skelton (Stockholm University)
  • Ria Dunkley (University of Glasgow)
  • Todd Ehlers (University of Glasgow)
  • Gudrun Zagel (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)
  • Andreas Lang (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)

Thursday 25 May

16:15 – 18:00 CET - Audimax and online

This session is organised by CIVIS Hub 2 (Society, culture, heritage)

Hub 2 “Society, Culture, Heritage” addressed the various challenges that arise with the global effort of cultural preservation. Connecting experts from multiple disciplines, focal points of the discussion may range from issues as foundational as the definition of cultural heritage, interpretive sovereignty and the handling of property, to the ever-current threats of othering, cultural separatism and gatekeeping.


  • Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Helga Mitterbauer (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • Alexandra Litu (University of Bucharest)
  • Matthias Heinz (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)
  • Paolo Carafa (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Dorothee Kimmich (University of Tübingen)
  • Inés de Castro (Linden-Museum for Ethnology, Stuttgart)

Thursday 25 May

14:00 – 15:45 CET - Neue Aula Festsaal and online

This session is organised by CIVIS Hub 3 (Health)

The Health HUB of the CIVIS Alliance is very pleased to welcome you to Tübingen for a dialogue with generous specialists committed to the future of education and research in medicine and health. On the agenda, recent advances and original initiatives in the fields of digital health and medicine, health of populations, the effect of health policies on the lives of all of us, and the training of the new generations of professionals who will take care of us.

14:00-14:15 - Introduction

Prof. Stephan Zipfel, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen

14:15-14:30 - Artificial Intelligence in Future Medicine

Prof. Carsten Eickhoff, Interfaculty Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBMI), University of Tübingen

14:30-14:45 - Interdisciplinary exchange between the clinic and medical technologies (Title to be confirmed by B. Hirt)

Prof. Bernhard Hirt, Institute for Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis, UKT Tübingen

14:45-15:00 - Population Health: a Focus on Multigenerational Studies

Prof. Norbert Schmitz, Institut für Gesundheitswissenschaften, UKT Tübingen

15:00-15:15 - Moving beyond healthcare: the impact of social policies on health

Prof. Mauricio Avendano, University Centre for General Practice and Public Health, University of Lausanne

15:15-15:30 - The future of medical education: no pain, no gain

Prof. Anne Herrmann-Werner, Medizinische Klinik Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie UKT Tübingen

15:30-15:45 - General discussion

Facilitation/Moderation: Prof. Luciano Saso and Prof. Francesco Panese

Thursday 25 May

14:00 – 15:45 CET - Audimax and online

This session is organised by CIVIS Hub 4 (Cities, territories and mobilities)

The CIVIS hub cities, spaces and mobilities briefly presented its topics and cooperation actions already on track. A good opportunity to see how to get involved in the projects. Then, in line with the hub's interdisciplinary work, a panel explored the potential of the topic Foodscapes and postcolonial landscapes as a field for interdisciplinary work. The reflections of this panel fed part of the hub's future work, notably in terms of participation in conferences, scientific actions, publications and training.


  • Olaf Kühne (University of Tübingen)
  • Stefan Lang (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)
  • Benjamin Wayens (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • Rozsa Tothne Magasfoeldi (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)
  • Robin Lebrun (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • Timo Sedelmeier (University of Tübingen)
  • Julia-Deborah Fischer (University of Tübingen)
  • Liliana Dumitrache (University of Bucharest) 

Thursday 25 May

14:00 – 15:45 CET - Kleiner Senat (on-site only)

This session is organised by CIVIS Hub 5 (Digital and Technological transformation)

Digital transformation also transforms our understanding of what a home is, and where we are at home. This panel session will be an interactive event with spotlights on „smart“/“lively“ homes (Bridgette Wessels, Glasgow), the (digital) efforts of refugee Afghan women to make a new home (Laura Schelenz, Tuebingen), platform-mediated sharing of homes (Airi Lampinen, Stockholm), and being at home in virtual spaces (Anubhav-Kumar Singh and Nick Gorenflo, Tuebingen, Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium).

As not only the speakers but also the participants are experts on their own "home making", we will together discuss the opportunities and pitfalls in meeting diverse needs for "home" in a digital age, ranging from connectedness and control to safeguarding privacy and valuing disconnectedness. What types and sorts of "innovations" do "homes" need – and what roles do digital technologies play in them?


  • Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University / University of Helsinki)
  • Bridgette Wessels (University of Glasgow)
  • Laura Schelenz (University of Tübingen)
  • Anubhav-Kumar Singh (Geschwister-Scholl-Schule/Gymnasium, Tübingen)
  • Nick Gorenflo (Geschwister-Scholl-Schule/Gymnasium, Tübingen)


  • Regina Ammicht Quinn (University of Tübingen)
  • Michèle Finck (University of Tübingen)