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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Chicken à la carte: an interdisciplinary seminar

In winter semester 2016/17, IRI THESys together with the FH Potsdam and »Vielfalt der Wissensformen« offers an interdisciplinary seminar bringing science and design together in order to creatively explore alternatives in modern food production.

Bringing science and design together

IRI THESys, Friedrichstr. 191, 10117 Berlin, 4th fllor, room 4088
Thursdays, 10.15-11:45 am, starting on 18 October 2016


What is a dual purpose chicken, and how does it lead to a more sustainable land use? Why do we need new forms of communication and design in order to strengthen the societal debate on sustainability? And which particular contribution can hereby be made through interdisciplinary perspectives?

Our seminar titled "Chicken à la carte: Knowledge maps for more sustainability" was part of the interdisciplinary study program »Vielfalt der Wissensformen« and addressed students from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, as for instance agricultural and horticultural science, biology and geography, health and nutrition science, economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, media and information science or art history. The students of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin hereby collaborated with students of product, communication and interface design of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Within the seminar, we jointly discussed the relation between human beings and farm animals and explored alternatives within the system of modern food production. Based on the regional project "ei care" we investigated which cycles of production and distribution of food are possible, which forms of knowledge and organization are required, and how different scientific and creative approaches can be of profound help when it comes to communicating appropriately. In doing so, we were active in research and creativity ourselves and developed in interdisciplinary teams so called knowledge maps which enabled us to deal with complex aspects of sustainability in a critical, practical and experimental way.

The course offered both insights into the research project ginkoo, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and based at IRI THESys, and the opportunity for problem-oriented and mutual learning. The seminar was a cooperation between the IRI THESys at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

See the poster.

The results were also preseted during the Long Night of Science 2017 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Blog FH Potsdam