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November 18, 2019

Water Security and Climate Change conference 2019

In October 2019, the Water Security and Climate Change conference series was successfully continued at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. About 160 participants from around 30 nations participated in 15 thematic sessions. The WSCC is characterized by an interdisciplinary and multi-actor approach. Thus, on the one hand, the WSCC provides a platform for scientific exchange, and on the other hand, it serves as a forum for discourse between stakeholders from policy, society and academia regarding the most pressing issues related to climate change.

The WSCC 2019 followed the concept of the previous conferences in 2016-2018 by holding numerous technical sessions on e.g. groundwater, water quality, water and energy nexus, and the impacts of climate change. But also the role of Sustainable Development Goals, urban water management, nature-based solutions, food security and social science perspectives were discussed.

Particular pleasing was the high proportion of young scientists from Asia, South and Central America as well as Africa who were able to present their research in the WSCC funded through the German Academic Exchange Service’s Exceed program. CNRD, ITT and TH Köln as co-organizers of the conference series look forward to the next WSCC in 2020/21.

November 18, 2019

Photos Graduation Ceremony 2019

Photo by Heike Fischer /TH Köln

Thank you for joining our welcome day and graduation ceremony in September. We hope you enjoyed it! It was a day of welcoming our new students at the ITT but also saying good bye to those who completed their studies and carry on finding their ways.

We would like to share some of the pictures of  the graduation ceremony.
You are free to use them. Please make sure to add the credits to the photographer by using Copyright “Heike Fischer, TH Köln” if you publish it e.g. via social media.
Every year the Best Master Thesis of each master´s program is awarded. The prize is supported by the association “Friends of the ITT”. Read more about the winners of this year.

October 29, 2019

ITT Expert Talk – 25.11.2019

„Climate Partnerships of the City of Cologne“
When? 25.11.2019
Where? Raum ZO-4-6/7/8

Short Bio
Ute Dreiocker (Climate Partnership with Rio de Janeiro) works for the Cologne City administration since 1988. Since 2017 she is part of the team „European and International Affairs“ which is a department within the Mayor’s office. She is in charge of the sister city relationships of Cologne with Istanbul, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro and the LGBTIQ-exchange with Cologne‘s sister cities. Besides being sister cities, Cologne and Rio de Janeiro also have a climate partnership. Within this Ute Dreiocker is the coordinator on Cologne side.

Aldo Perez Rodarte (Climate Partnership with Yarincocha, Peru) holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Technology and higher Education of Monterrey, Mexico. From 2008-11, he worked for the state-owned oil company PEMEX. In 2011, he co-founded Kin Energy a business dedicated to small renewable energy installations in Mexico. In the same year he left both companies and immigrated to Germany to start a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy (2011-2013) at Oldenburg University. After graduating he worked from 2014 to 2017 as a researcher at the TH Köln where he worked for the EU project Celsius. Since 2017, he works at the environmental protection coordination of the City of Cologne where he is resposible of the energy planing strategy measure and he is also the coordinator of the Municipal Climate Cooperation between the City of Cologne and Yarinacocha (Peru). His PhD, which he conducts at the University of Lleida, Spain, looks at smart heating systems.

Vera Minnik (Climate Partnership with Corinto, Nicaragua) Midwife and Master in International Public Health. Work in Nicaragua 1982 – 1989, two years in Corinto. Co-initiator partnership Cologne – Corinto/ El Realejo more than 30 years ago.1989 co-founder Kölner Geburtshaus. Since 2003 project manager in various developing countries (Afghanistan, Angola/ Namibia, Cambodia). Since return from Cambodia and retirement member of the managing board of the Cologne Corinto association responsible for finances.

October 29, 2019

Achtsamkeitswochen | Mindfulness Week – 06. till 30.11.19

Das Wort Achtsamkeit begegnet uns in den letzten Jahren ständig, egal ob in den Medien oder in Fachbüchern. Leicht wird es als neue Technik der Selbstoptimierung missverstanden. Deshalb ist es uns wichtig, jenseits des Hypes, über Vorträge und Workshops einen differenzierten Einblick in das Thema zu geben.

Der Bedarf an Informationen zum Thema Achtsamkeit ist für Studierende wie Beschäftigte hoch. Die Vorträge und Workshops in den Achtsamkeitswochen sind Impulsangebote, die teilweise auch den Arbeits- und Studienalltag an der Hochschule direkt mit einbeziehen.

Veranstaltet werden die Achtsamkeitswochen vom Forum Gesundheit und dem AStA der TH Köln.

Ausführliche Informationen und den Link zur Anmeldung finden Sie im internen Bereich der TH Köln.


The word mindfulness has been encountered in recent years, whether in the media or in books. It is easily misunderstood as a new technique of self-optimization. Therefore it is important to provide a differentiated insight into the topic, beyond the hype, through lectures and workshops. The need for information on the topic of mindfulness is high for both students and employees. The lectures and workshops in the Mindfulness Weeks are impulsive offers, which in some cases also include the work and study life at the university. It is organized by the Forum Gesundheit and the AStA of the TH Köln. More information and registration can be found at the Website of the TH Köln.

October 21, 2019

ITT Expert Talk – 28. Oct 2019

“2000m2 – The Tiny Global Field” (Der kleine Weltacker) by Benedikt Härlin

Find more Information about the Talk (PDF)

Information about the project (website)

The Talk is organized by the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) and SaatgutFestival Cologne

All students and staff of the ITT are welcome to join!

When?  Monday, 28.10.2019 at 5 pm                    
Where?  Hörsaal 4

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