University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 081/2023, 13.06.2023

Transformation Lab University - Cooperation between the University and the City of Bayreuth for Sustainable Mobility

The University and the City of Bayreuth want to cooperate even more closely in the future in actively shaping local transformation processes. In the coming months, they will be funded in the "Transformation Laboratory University" programme of the Stifterverband. The focus of the funding project is mobility to, on and from the campus. The question is what role the university can play in the mobility transition in cooperation with the municipality.

At the University of Bayreuth, there are already numerous initiatives, activities and institutions that address the challenges in the area of climate protection and sustainability. These include, for example, the sustainability strategy of the University of Bayreuth, which was adopted in 2021, but also the establishment of a presidential commission responsible for sustainability issues.  With the sustainability office "GreenCampus", forum1.5, a platform that advocates for a climate-friendly future in Bayreuth and Upper Franconia, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and various dialogue formats, the activities are supported from the university side.

The project was officially launched on 22 May 2023 at a kick-off event in Berlin, where representatives of the nine projects funded by the Stifterverband were able to network and learn from each other. 42 projects applied for support in the programme. For the selected projects, the task now is to work out a vision for the future in a one-year process and to develop concrete measures with which the necessary changes can be initiated. For the cooperation project between the university and the city of Bayreuth, this means creating a transformative mobility concept for the campus and the region and promoting various measures for the change to sustainable mobility. For this purpose, the university management, forum1.5 and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are working together with the city of Bayreuth, which is acting as a regional partner in the project with the help of Sebastian Norck, the local mobility officer from the city planning office.

"No single institution can make the transition to sustainable mobility on its own. In its sustainability strategy, the university has set itself the goal of promoting sustainable mobility by improving public transport, e-charging and cycling infrastructure. However, a real improvement can only succeed in cooperation with the city of Bayreuth. We want to use the guided process of the Stifterverband to work out joint potentials and new ideas for sustainable mobility at the university and in the city and region of Bayreuth in a real lab," says Prof. Dr Susanne Tittlbach, Vice President for Digitalisation, Innovation and Sustainability at the University of Bayreuth.

The project can build on a wide range of preliminary work that addresses the challenges in the area of climate protection and sustainability. These include, for example, the sustainability strategy of the University of Bayreuth, which was adopted in 2021, and the climate protection concept of the city of Bayreuth, which was adopted by the city council in 2022. In addition, there are numerous activities on the part of both the university and the city that have synergies with the project. The sustainability office "GreenCampus" and forum1.5, a platform that advocates for a climate-friendly future in Bayreuth, should be mentioned here, as well as the city-wide mobility concept that is currently being prepared.

"The project is intended to have a pilot character. The strategies and measures that are being developed can be a model for other large institutions such as the hospital, authorities and commercial enterprises in our city," says Lord Mayor Thomas Ebersberger.

Contact:

Lena Roth
Research assistant at the Chair of Urban and Regional Development

E-Mail: Lena.Roth@uni-bayreuth.de
Telefon: +49 921 55-4675

Jennifer Opel

Jennifer Opel (on maternity/parental leave)Deputy Press & PR Manager

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5357
E-mail: jennifer.opel@uni-bayreuth.de