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9 September 2021

12:30 - 14:45 Contactless registration at DESY
Long waiting times should be expected
15:00 - 15:30 Opening • Livestream
Professor Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors and Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association
15:45 - 17:45 Quest 1: Clarifying the question, expert stimulus, discovery of first treasures
• Launched by Alexander Bonde, General Secretary of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

RESEARCH QUEST: Socially responsible research
• Launched by Professor Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director of the IASS

HR QUEST: New working models
• Launched by Dr Josephine Hofmann, Team Leader Collaboration and Leadership at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering

• Launched by Christoph Schulte im Rodde, University Construction Consultant, Bremen

SUPPORTIVE PROCESSES QUEST: Sustainable procurement
• Launched by Martin Wünnemann, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Procurement (BMI), and Kirsten Körner, Head of the Purchasing Department, UFZ
From 18:00 Gathering
• Outdoor event for attendees (end around 21:00)
• Themed tables relating to other sustainability issues

10 September 2021

8:30–9:00 Welcome coffee
• Note: This will take place in the workshop rooms
9:00–9:30 Introduction & launch • Livestream
• Professor Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
9:30–10:30 Quest 2: Finding treasures – working out detailed solutions
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
Note: This will take place in the workshop rooms
11:00 am–12:00 Quest 3: Summary and review of the results
12:00–13:00 Lunch break
13:00–14:30 Presentation of workshop findings • Livestream
14:30–14:45 Brief recap • Livestream
14:45–15:00 Close of the summit • Livestream

Workshops at the 2. Helmholtz Sustainability Summit 2021

Workshop: Digitalisation
The participants of the digitalisation workshop hoped that all employees would benefit from the development of a digital corporate identity, cooperative IT systems and sustainability dashboards, which would help them advance towards a more digital future. The group focused on raising awareness of the carbon footprint of software and hardware and discussed the challenges associated with hybrid work.
Workshop: Socially responsible research
The workshop on socially responsible research sought to strike a balance between freedom and responsibility in research. This was arguably the hottest topic of discussion at the Sustainability Summit, with many people keen to voice their opinion. These issues will be scrutinised further in future as part of the LeNa Shape project.
Workshop: New working models
The participants at the workshop on new working models were impressed by the presentation delivered by Josephine Hofmann of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, who demonstrated the wide-ranging nature of the opportunities and risks arising from new, more mobile working models. The availability, trustworthiness and attractiveness of an employer were all raised as key aspects. Participants also examined issues such as excessive workloads, the blurring of boundaries and fairness.
Workshop: User engagement
The key message of the user engagement workshop was that sustainability criteria can be implemented more effectively when users are fully involved in the planning, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. It is important to create incentives and raise awareness. There were lots of concrete suggestions for improvements, some of which can be implemented easily. Planners and builders also want clear guidelines on how to define sustainability in this area.
Workshop: Sustainable procurement
Participants at the workshop on sustainable procurement identified a discrepancy between theory and practice. In order to implement the kind of sustainable purchasing that is theoretically possible, procurement departments need proper decision-making from management and clarity about the desired criteria, labels and certifications for environmental and social sustainability. Buyers, users, sustainability officers and other stakeholders should work together on this.