The New Citizens' Forum Program is Now Available




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In the 2017 summer semester, the Citizens' Forum, RWTHextern, once again offers many events, such as lectures, presentations, panel discussions or other cultural events – many of them free of charge. Here, the citizens of Aachen and the greater region are more than welcome to gain valuable insights into science and specifically the research conducted at Aachen's university of excellence.


A main focus will be the waste and pollution problem that our modern society deals with. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 7:30pm “Uni at City Hall” is hosting a panel discussion at the Coronation Hall in the Aachen City Hall on the topic of “Zero Waste – Is life possible without waste?”. The desire to have a society that produces no waste is unfortunately counter to the reality shown by waste management measures actually in place. The audience will be called on to help debate what contributions every single member of society can make in their every day lives to reduce the amount of waste.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30pm, architect and RWTH alumna Marcella Hansch will present her award-winning project “Pacific Garbage Screening – Cleaning up the Oceans” at the Ford hall in the SuperC building. A platform anchored to the ocean floor is to collect plastic waste, which can then be used as source of raw materials. The project is meant to protect the oceans, as well as the environment in general, and to reduce the causes of maritime pollution.

The summer semester will also see several activities planned in collaboration with the AStA Student Union: On Thursday, May 18, 2017, for instance, a “Day of student initiatives” invites students as well as the interested public to engage in dialog with representatives of student initiatives, who will be stationed in the Templergraben area between 11am and 8pm.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 7:30pm, at the Theater Hall of Mensa Academica, an interactive presentation will be given by young author and poetry slammer Henning Beck on the topic “To err is useful. Why the weaknesses of our brains are also our strenghts.” Beck will provide insights into different brain processes, such as why smartphones are prone to distract us or what can help with chronic tardiness. Admission is four euros.

At the beginning of April, the Citizens' Forum program will be available in print form at many different locations throughout RWTH and the city of Aachen. It can also be found and downloaded on the Citizens' Forum Website and on Facebook.

Source: Press and Communications