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Youth & Science – Finals of the European Student Parliaments


In June I had the pleasure to join the team of Wissenschaft im Dialog in Copenhagen. After 2 years of involving young students all over Europe and beyond, the “best” met in Danemark to think about the future of our society. Obviously I had to join…

The European Students Parliament (EUSP) is a long-running project that organised 18 local student parliaments, from Cork to Jerusalem, that involved over 1,500 young people, mainly engaging them with science and scientists.

The EUSPs was conducted in cooperation with the Schwarzkopf Stiftung, who is closely affiliated with the European Youth Parliament. Therefore the methodology was very comparable with what we usually would in EYP – and also the team of moderators had an EYP-background.

However, the topics we dealt with, had a different approach with a strong science connection. My working group was asked to develop innovative concepts for the future of mobility.

Mobility has many facets. How do we want to move along in the future? Is the e-car really the solution or is the concept „car“ already out of date? Which ways of locomotion and hence which transport routes will have priority in future urban planning? Is the mobile workplace really a concept for tomorrow?

In preparation for the event I prepared some material to give the team an overview of the topic. Luckily my bachelor education involved several aspects of urban development and sociology. Thus my approach to the topic was more humanistic, apparently. However I quickly realised that it is indeed necessary to include needs and social developments into planning, such as migration and climate change – and that people will, in case, find a solution for their transport needs themselves.

My overview for my working group touched several topics, such as understanding cities, relevance of mobility, current challenges and perspectives for the future. During the working group that I was asked to moderate, I was also supported by Prof Malene Freudendal-Pedersen from Roskilde University, who joined us for one afternoon. It was a pleasure to work with her, because already during the preparation she was willing to have a skype talk, and we quickly realised that we were on the same line: that mobility has to be understood from an interdisciplinary perspective.


You can read the results, the students in my working group created, here. Putting it simple: public transport is the future and its development is of utmost importance.

Afterwards, we had the opportunity to join the ESOF14, which our event was part of. The EuroScience Open Forum is a regular conference that brings together scientists and researches from all around the world, to exchange and develop ideas together. You find more information on their pages.


Author: hoffmann.martin

cultural engineer and education hacker | interested in design, media, politics, learning, teaching, understanding

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