Integrative Research Center for Sustainable Engineering and Management
The future depends on what we do today.
EARTH aims to combine engineering and natural science as well as social and economic expertise in a new large-scale research center. With its innovative approach it can provide solutions for climate and environmentally sound change and is able to create sustainable, new jobs. State boarders do not matter. A decentralized network will be built in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in order to fully exploit the Middle German coal area’s cross-border potentials.
EARTH brings together Education, Application, Research and Transfer in one Hub.
Addressing global challenges effectively
Ensuring intergenerational justice.
The proposed large-scale research center is to conduct research as an energy and environmental technology center of excellence in strategically relevant fields of energy technology as well as climate and environmental protection. It will develop pioneering green technologies and new multifunctional land use concepts.
Europe’s largest platform will do what has not been possible so far: test groundbreaking green technologies and their networking potential on a real scale. This creates opportunities for new ways of structural cooperation between science and business – and would offer an attractive environment to innovative branches of the high-tech industry and start-ups.
Accelerate transfer. Stop climate change.
Unrestrained climate change has catastrophic consequences. Therefore the network wants to help implement climate and environmentally friendly solutions more quickly. With its social and economic expertise, EARTH develops groundbreaking participation and governance strategies and creates innovative formats for increased social participation.
Create synergies. Use networks.
Conceptual design committee
Four scientists were appointed to EARTH’s network leading positions and entrusted with setting up the new structures. Three of them were born in East Germany and hold leading positions in science in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. They represent the project externally, are qualified in the four disciplines represented and have excellent regional and international networks.
Prof. Dr. Christian Breyer from LUT University in Finland is an expert in solar economics. He is one of the leading international researchers in the field of cost- and sustainability-optimised energy transition and, among other things, a reviewer of IPCC reports.
Prof. Breyer accompanies the conception phase as a representative of economics and takes on tasks to build up the scientific excellence of EARTH. Part of this will be a department led by him upon entering the operational phase.
Prof. Dr. Markus Krabbes from the HTWK Leipzig is an expert in research management. The engineer, who has excellent regional connections, was Vice-Rector for Research for many years and is, among other things, Chairman of the Board of the Zukunftsstiftung Südraum Leipzig.
Prof. Krabbes represents the engineering disciplines, leads the development of the TechLab and is in charge of the close integration with the regional and supra-regional economy and industry. He is the designated director of the major research facility.
Prof.in Dr.in Astrid Lorenz from the University of Leipzig is a proven political scientist, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy and, among other things, coordinator of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.
Prof.in Lorenz is the representative of the social sciences, leads the development of the InnovationLab and supports the international orientation of EARTH. She coordinates the exchange with politics and the dialogue with society in rural and urban areas.
Prof.in Dr.in Sabine Tischew from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences is a proven expert in vegetation science and landscape ecology, Vice-President for Research, Transfer and Sustainability, and spokesperson for the German Renaturation Network, among others.
Prof.in Tischew represents the natural science disciplines and is in charge of setting up the GreenLab at EARTH’s Saxony-Anhalt branch. In addition, she coordinates the education and training courses as well as dual training.
They are supported by a 14-member concept committee and other advisors. These include Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and, among others, Chairman of the German Federal Government’s Expert Council on Climate Issues. And Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Leo Lorenz, President of the European Center for Power Electronics and, among other things, member of the supervisory board of the equivalent US association Center for Power Electronic Systems.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Free State of Saxony are currently organising a competition called „Knowledge creates perspectives for the region!” to establish two new large-scale research centers in the two coal-mining areas in East-Germany. After the coal phase-out, they are to serve as growth engines for the Lausitz coal deposits and the Middle German coal district in Saxony near Leipzig. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Free State of Saxony will provide up to 170 million euros per year and center so that up to 3,000 new jobs can be created.
The instituted perspective commission will select up to three proposals per region in the 3rd quarter of 2021. After a six-month funding phase, the federal government and the Free State of Saxony will jointly decide which two concepts will receive the final funding.
Main topic: Climate change and sustainable transformation
Objective: To develop the Middle German coal district into an internationally radiating model and laboratory region for a climate and environmentally compatible transformation.
Complex challenges: Profound upheavals in industry, economy and society; increasing social division.
Scientific institutions: HTWK Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, German Biomass Research Center, European Center for Power Electronics, Natural History Museum Leipzig, DOKMitt e.V. etc.
Participating business partners: Unternehmerverband Sachsen, Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlegesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG), Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (LMBV), Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG (LEAG), MOVE ON Energy GmbH, Siemens AG, OPAL-RT Germany GmbH, m3 management consulting GmbH (msg Gruppe), Tilia GmbH, and others
Conceptual design committee: Prof.in Dr.in Annett Baasch, Prof. Dr. Christian Breyer, Prof. Dr. Thomas Bruckner, Prof. Dr. Faouzi Derbel, Dr. Sebastian Gölz, Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Prof.in Dr.in Anita Kirmer, Prof. Dr. Thomas Komma, Prof. Dr. Markus Krabbes, Dr. Ronny Maik Leder, Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk, Dr. Volker Lenz, Prof.in Dr.in Astrid Lorenz, Prof. Dr. Michael Nelles, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pretschner, Dr. Sönke Rogalla, Prof. Dr. Jens Schneider, Prof.in Dr.in Sabine Tischew