All my educational events are an invitation to learn and grow with me. Together, we discover concepts and theories in scientific literature and reflect on what they mean – ideally with the help of a case study or concrete example.
I feel it is my responsibility to get students excited about what they’re learning, show them pathways for achieving their educational goals, and to support and inspire them along the way. They can always rely on me to provide feedback. Similarly, I trust the students to be open to new things, to apply themselves and to be interested in expanding their knowledge. So far, I have not been disappointed.
Taking sustainability science off campus
The course I developed and delivered at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in the Minor Sustainability Science illustrates my ideal conception of teaching. It consists of regular project seminars dedicated to the challenges of sustainable consumption and runs for two semesters as part of the sustainability science minor. The students come from a variety of faculties – such as political science, cultural studies and business management – and quickly form interdisciplinary teams. After learning the relevant scientific methodologies, theories and models, it’s time to leave the campus. Together, they head into the field to test their project ideas and apply their newly acquired knowledge. This field work also involves each team collaborating with local partner organizations.
So, for instance, in Lüneburg this led to new ideas for a coffee house culture on the university campus. We also teamed up with allotment gardens to investigate whether and how people change their consumption behavior when they are actively involved in gardening. And we researched alternative living concepts in collaboration with a Tiny House initiative. The students really liked the course’s applied format and I had a lot of fun teaching it.