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University of Bayreuth, Media release No. 010/2021, January 21th 2021

Bayreuth student project among the winners of 2020|21 Science Year university competition

Two Bayreuth students from the University of Bayreuth have made it to the winner's circle of the nationwide competition "Show me your research" with their plan to raise the profile of straw as a building material. Young scientists from all over Germany were called upon to submit ideas on how to communicate environmentally friendly management and construction.

Stroh als Baustoff attraktiv machen – das ist das Ziel des Siegerprojekts „StrohStadtStaunen“.

Straw is more than a simple agricultural by-product, say the initiators behind the project "StrohStadtStaunen". They are seeking to include straw in the conversation, namely as a resource for climate-friendly building. In this way, they wish to facilitate the creation of new regional value chains, as well as social dialogue. 

The project was developed within the framework of forum1.5. This sees itself as a platform for those in the region who wish to influence the change towards local sustainability. Central to forum1.5 are its biannual events. In spring and autumn, experiences are shared, knowledge is passed on, and new ideas and strategies are jointly developed to effectively set the path towards a sustainable future in Bayreuth and the Upper Franconia region. Both the transdisciplinary cooperation between science and society and the close exchange with practitioners are of key importance. Elena Michel is doing her doctorate in the

field of urban change, while Kirstin Köhler heads the public relations team for forum1.5, and is writing her master's thesis on "Future-oriented building". Meanwhile, Jermaine Hermann, Philipp Wegner, and Katharina Reimann provide support for the project as student assistants.

About the project

When the project gets under way, experts on this topic will be interviewed and portrayed. These interviews will be used in the form of podcasts on social media and as material for exhibitions. Two (online) workshops will introduce the development, challenges, and solutions of building with straw, and serve to establish networks between local players to discuss the possibilities of regional value chains. On the "Tag des guten Lebens” (Day of the Good Life) 19.06.2021, a symbolic straw building event will be carried out in the Kreuz district. To make subsequent use of the site, the initiative "Zukunftsquartier Kreuz" (Quarter of the Future Kreuz) will discuss the political ramifications of straw bale construction. In cooperation with the artists' initiative "Sübkültür", an art event will take place during Wandelwoche (Week of Change) 20.09.2021 - 26.09.2021, which will draw attention to the topic in the public arena, and the RW44 studio will make its rooms available for a walk-in exhibition with information boards, straw art, and hands-on exhibits.

About the competition

A podcast on nutrition in the 21st century, a packaging app for easier waste separation, and straw as a sustainable building material: Young scientists from all over Germany intend to meet the challenges of dwindling resources, environmental pollution, and the climate crisis. These communication ideas were developed in the second round of the university competition "Show your research!" in the 2020|21 Science Year - Bioeconomy, announced annually by the non-profit scientific initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The jury has now selected the best communication concepts. The ten winning teams will be awarded € 10,000 each, and now have until December 2021 to implement their ideas and enter into dialogue with the public on their topics. In addition, they will receive workshops and training on science communication. The winners come from Aachen, Bayreuth, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Flensburg, Greifswald, Hanover, Nuremberg, and Osnabrück. In December 2021, the jury will then review the ten communication projects that have been put into practice, and identify the formats that have proven particularly suitable for stimulating a sustained social engagement with the topic. Until then, the teams will keep the public up to date on their progress in the blog: www.hochschulwettbewerb.net.

Contact

Kirstin Köhler
Mitarbeiterin für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit im Team forum1.5

Abteilung Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung | Prof. Dr. Manfred Miosga
Geographisches Institut - Universität Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55- 4676
E-Mail: kirstin.koehler@uni-bayreuth.de

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Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de

Universitätsstraße 30
D-95447 Bayreuth