Day 3: 02.10.2024

Day 3: Wednesday, October 2, 2024

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Keynote-Lecture: Transforming African Land Use Systems: A Transdisciplinary, Futures Approach for Equitable and Sustainable Development


  • Dr. Jessica Thorn, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews, UK.

10:00-12:00 a.m.


Session 9: Navigating Land Use Conflicts: Lessons from Global and Local Initiatives

Session 10: Urbanization, Migration and Health

Session 11: Towards Sustainable Food Systems

Session 12: Navigating Your Career: A Strategic Session for Doctoral Students

12:00- 1:30 p.m.

Break and Lunch-Snacks

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Mind the Gap: Translating Knowledge into Action

The panel discussion will delve into the pivotal role of universities and academia over the past 25 years in fostering sustainability, drawing from research at ZEF and beyond.

It will explore how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches facilitate collaborative knowledge production, emphasizing reciprocal learning. Environmental thought from the ‘South’ will be showcased for its integration of diverse knowledge systems, exemplifying a complex environmental vision. The panel aims to uncover meaningful knowledge exchange between academia, and civil society for transformative action, addressing pertinent issues such as knowledge hierarchies and the need to decolonize methods.


  • Prof. Dr. Michelle Chevelev-Bonatti, Affiliate Professor at Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
  • Fernanda Barbosa dos Santos, Doctoral Candidate, Storytelling for Transformative Action, Colombia
  • Amit Kumar, Doctoral candidate, Scholar at the Right Livelihood College (RLC), working with RLC-Laureate Medha Patkar in Mumbai, Member of Urban Struggles Forum, Germany
  • Dr. Jonathan Ngeh, Post-doctoral Researcher at the Global South Studies Center in Cologne, Germany

Moderation: N.N.

3:00-3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Pathways to a Global Sustainable Development

Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim, Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah, Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister, PD Dr. Eva Youkhana, Jun.- Prof. Dr. Wolfram Barfuss, Prof. Dr. Jan Börner, Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber- Freudenberger, Dr. Silke Tönsjost

Post-Conference Excursions

We are offering some social events after the conference to foster networking and exchange.

4:00 -6:00 p.m.

Post-Conference Excursions:

Excursion 1: Behind the Scenes: Guided Tour The collection of the Natural History Museum, Museum König, Bonn.

Excursion 2: “The Colonial History of the Botanical Garden Bonn”. A guided tour through the Botanical Garden of the University of Bonn with custodian Dr. Cornelia Löhne.  

Please note: During our events photos and/or videos may be taken which may be published in various media for the purposes of documentation and PR activities. You have the right at any time to point out to the photographer or videographer that you do not want to be photographed or filmed.