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Renewable Resources & Sustainability: Case Studies in Sustainable Chemistry (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Vania Gomes Zuin Zeidler

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 16.109 /110 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Case studies have been used in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Chemistry only very recently, demonstrating their enormous potential as an effective way to engage students to explore why, for whom, how and what they have learned that applies to real world situations. Cases come in many formats, from a simple scenario-type study to a detailed description of a situation with accompanying data to analyse and address challenging topics, e.g., sustainability, renewable resources, bio-circular economy, diversity, inclusiveness, ethics, esthetics and climate crisis. In this course, controversial socio-scientific case studies will be discussed to better understand the role of Chemistry in sectors such as agriculture, food production and processing systems, textile, building and toy industries, waste, consumerism and behaviors to encourage the students to think about the complexities behind sustainability and bio-circular economy and also their connections tackling (or not) the climate crisis, focusing on the chemistry of renewable resources in the scope of EU Green Deal strategies and the UN SDGs. Students will be asked to produce their own case studies, experiencing how this approach fosters interdisciplinary learning while they acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Chemistry. This approach enables students to be more actively involved in decision-making, confidently work in teams and share accountability, expand their horizons and develop excellent products and performances, which are fundamental characteristics for present and future global professionals and citizens.