Why join?​​​​​​​

While the transition to climate neutrality is urgently needed, the strategies for achieving this goal remain less defined.

This event will discuss the potential of the Transition Super-Lab approach and address how we can drive the transition towards climate neutrality in an inclusive and just manner.​​​​​​​

To ensure that the knowledge created within TRANSFORMER can inspire further projects and be adopted by other regions, we believe it is essential to facilitate a debate between actors from across Europe and different societal sectors about Transition Super-Labs and their role in Europe’s green transition.

    The event aims to contribute to this challenge by

    • Presenting key project results, including the Roadmap and Transition Model and Assessment Frameworks 
    • Demonstrating the significance of the Transition Super-Lab approach by presenting our TSLs' results. 
    • Showcasing TRANSFORMER follower regions and replication capabilities 
    • Discussing transition management, innovation and cluster strategies 
    • And many more, including workshops and two site visits in the Ruhr Area. 

    The Conference Agenda

    Day 1

    09:00 - 09:30

    09:30 - 09:40

    09:40 - 10:00

    ​​​​​​​10:00 - 10:20

    10:20 - 10:40

    11:00 - 12:45

    14:15 - 15:30

    ​​​​​​​15:30 - 16:00 

    16:30 - 18:00

    18:00 - 21:00

    Welcome & Coffee

    Opening ceremony by Rector Martin Paul

    Keynote by Katja Witte
    Acting Director and Co-Head of Research Unit Structural Change and Innovation

    Keynote by Jürgen Howaldt
    professor of Social Innovation and Work
    at the Dortmund University

    Plenary: Overview of TRANSFORMER and its Transition Super-Labs by Gerd Schönwälder

    The roadmap
    and structure of the interactive discussions

    Panel Discussions: the status of climate-neutral regional transition in Europe

    Beyond TRANSFORMER Regions:
    Interactive Format Exploring User Forum Regions 

    Interactive session: Transition World café 

    Networking Dinner 

    Day 2

    09:00 - 12:00

    ​​​​​​​12:00 - 13:00

    ​​​​​​​13:00 - 15:30

    15:30 - 16:00

    Immersive Site Visits (Two simultaneous groups)
    ​​​​​​​with registration, please choose one
     Group 1: WILO SE in Dortmund
     Group 2: Thyssenkrupp Steel  in Duisburg

    Networking Lunch

    Transition Management & Innovation Strategies  -  Focused Discussions and Idea Generation

    Closing Session:
    Summary and Interactive Reflections

    Accommodation Availabilities

    We strongly advise all participants to book their accommodation as soon as possible. This will ensure a comfortable stay and avoid any last-minute inconveniences, especially considering the UEFA EURO football championship taking place in the Ruhr area during our conference.

    Due to the good train connections between cities around Bochum, we recommend that participants look for venues in Essen and Dortmund as well.

    The Ruhr University Bochum campus is on the city line train U35 (Google Maps location)

    The connection between Essen and the University

    The connection between Dortmund and the University