kib creates digital tools for direct science-society communication, translates research results for stakeholders and the public, and designs participative processes for the co-production of knowledge.
Transdisciplinary research aims to empower societies in tackling the hard problems of sustainable development. Such impact requires appropriate and sound methods as well as a dedicated community of scientists and stakeholders. kib developed an online platform to make such methods available and to help build a thriving transdisciplinary research community. >> more information
Project partners: Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft (Technische Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald (Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis), A&B One Digital // Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
How does a future energy system look like, which is ecologically compatible, economically viable, and socially fair? In a coordinated, perennial research effort, 33 projects and hundreds of scientists and stakeholders devised applicable solutions for the German “Energiewende”. kib developed and edited an online platform for communicating their results to practitioners and the broader public. >> more information (in German only)
Project partners: Öko-Institut e.V., Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), A&B One Digital // Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Innovation processes yield better and more sustainable products, when they incorporate the perspectives of users and the trends of societal debates. A team of researchers developed a toolbox, which allows stakeholders from business, politics, and civil society to organize successful processes of participative innovation. kib designed and edited the website that presents this toolbox to the public. >> more information (in German only)
Client: Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) // Project partner: zeigewas GmbH
Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Via excretion, a fraction of the pharmaceuticals we use to prevent or cure diseases ends up in rivers and groundwater reservoirs. There, they might pose risks for aquatic ecosystems and our drinking water supplies. What can we do to help minimize such risks? Harnessing its own scientific expertise on the subject, kib developed leaflets, interactive infographics, and animated short films to provide answers for patients, doctors, and pharmacists.
Client: Emschergenossenschaft-Lippeverband // Project partners: Ecologic Institue, Talking Animals
The display you are looking at right now contains water; not physically but virtually in terms of the water that was used in the production of your device. Using this idea, international trade flows can be interpreted in terms of flows of virtual water. They show how a country draws on foreign water resources. In a team effort to draw up a comprehensive, publicly accessible water balance for Germany, kib calculated the country’s virtual water flows, created case studies, and compiled a critical assessment of the virtual water concept. >> more information
Partners:Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde // Funding: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)