From 20–23 June 2019, the residents of the Hanseatic City will experience a lively festival of knowledge in the heart of the city: experiments, shows, hands-on activities, and exciting exhibits on the most diverse scientific topics – all at the Town Hall square. You can find the programme here.
In four big theme-oriented tents, roughly 40 Hamburg universities and research institutions will offer a fascinating look at topics such as the climate and the environment, the natural sciences, medicine, art, and the city’s history – for curious minds and night owls of every age group. Admission is free of charge, and there is no need to register.
The GIGA is participating in the Hamburg Summer of Knowledge with lectures and simulation games:
Thursday, 20 June 2019 | 3:00–3:45 p.m. | “Zukunftslabor” Tent
Lecture: Youth as Actors for Peace
“Fridays for Future” isn’t the only case where young people’s political engagement is met with criticism when it deviates from accepted pathways. Young people in the Global South also have difficulty being heard. Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach, acting director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, looks at the question of how youth can take part in the post-war societies of Latin America.
Friday, 21 June 2019 | 2:00–2:45 p.m. | “Zukunftslabor” Tent
Lecture: Climate Change and Migration
Ever more people are being impacted by climate change, and many are even leaving their homes because of it – for example, because agriculture is no longer possible there. Who is leaving and why? Where are they going? And what does that mean for us in Germany and Europe? Dr. Christiane Fröhlich, a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, discusses this issue in her talk.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 | 11:00–11:45 a.m. | “Zukunftslabor” Tent
Lecture: Public Investments in Developing Countries: How Do We Evaluate Their Benefits?
What are the impacts of public investments in developing countries? To answer this question, research often relies on field experiments to test the programmes on site and under real conditions. Using practice-based examples, Dr. Malte Lierl, a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs, and Dr. Jan Priebe, a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of this method for policy and academia.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | “Kulturpavillion“ Tent
Let’s Share – Open-Access Simulation Games
Digitalisation is creating new possibilities for sharing data and research findings. Using the simulation games Datapolis and Coopac, we demonstrate how we can simplify access to valuable information for a large public and benefit from this as a society. Manuel Dold of the GIGA Information Centre’s open-access service will introduce the games and accompany the different rounds. The playing time is 10 to 50 minutes. Groups of three to five people can play at each of the tables.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 | 1:00–1:45 p.m. | “Zukunftslabor” Tent
Lecture: The War in Syria: The End, or the Beginning of a New Phase?
Hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions have fled – the war has brought incomprehensible suffering to Syria. Since 2017/2018 it has increasingly been presumed that the Assad regime, with its allies Iran and Russia, has won the war. But is the war really over, or is it just entering into a new phase? Dr. André Bank, acting director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, provides a picture of the Syria conflict since 2011 and discusses possible scenarios for the near future.