Public keynote speech

Monday, 28 March 2022, 6 pm
KIT Audimax, Building 30.95, Straße am Forum 1, KIT Campus South

keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius will be the official kick-off to the Sustainability Spring Days at KIT 2022 and will introduce the topics of sustainability and transformation.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, President of KIT

Musical framework programme

Keynote Speech
"Climate Change 4.0 - Digitalisation and Socio-Ecological Transformation"
Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius, Professor for Socio-Ecological Transformation and Sustainable Digitalisation, Technische Universität Berlin, Einstein Center Digital Future, Institute for Ecological Economy Research.

The economy and society are undergoing an epochal transformation, driven to a large extent by the digitalisation of production and consumption. Concepts such as "Artificial Intelligence", "Industry 4.0" and the "Internet of Things" are being hailed as new growth strategies. But the social and ecological implications of this development are still too little discussed. Prof. Dr Tilman Santarius highlights the opportunities and risks of digitalisation for resource and climate protection and discusses the question of what role digitalisation can play in the transition to a more sustainable future.

Moderated audience questions

Afterwards, at around 7:30 p.m., all visitors will have the opportunity to get to know initiatives and companies from Karlsruhe's sustainability scene and to talk to each other in the context of a Fair of Opportunities.

The evening event is open to the public. Admission is free.

Please note: Due to the continued uncertain Corona location, it is possible that registration for the event will be required and/or entry requirements will exist (e.g. 3G/2G/2G+). Up-to-date information can always be found on this website.


Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius
studied sociology, ethnology and economics and has published widely on the topics of climate policy, agricultural and trade policy, sustainable management, global resource justice and digital transformation. From 2001 to 2009, he was project manager at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. From 2009 to 2011, he headed the International Climate and Energy Policy at the Heinrich Böll Foundation. From 2012 to 2015, he completed his PhD at the University of Kassel and the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2016, he has led a research group at the TU Berlin and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research. In an honorary capacity, Santarius was a member of the board of Germanwatch from 2007 to 2016; since 2016 he has been involved in the supervisory board of Greenpeace Germany. In 2018, he published with Steffen Lange: "Smarte grüne Welt. Digitalisierung zwischen Überwachung, Konsum und Nachhaltigkeit " (oekom).