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The international programs FU-BEST (European Studies) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University) present an online panel discussion entitled “Sustainability: From Buzzword to Guiding Principle” on Thursday, February 18. Four experts will discuss various aspects of this topic. The notion or concept of “sustainability”, applied primarily to ecological matters, is not new perhaps, but it has truly acquired widespread usage or application in recent decades, often well beyond ecological or environmental discourse in a narrower sense. Literally used, the word might refer to the ability to exist constantly, to a proper balance of species (esp. humanity) and the resources in its environment. More concretely, it can refer to the necessity of making only such use of natural, renewable resources that people can continue to rely on their yields in the long term. Has the proliferating use of the term sustainability become too inflationary, turning the concept into a buzzword with possibly reduced utility? How can this term be usefully defined and applied? How can it serve as a meaningful guiding principle? BerlinTalks offers a panel discussion focused on these and other questions and considerations, providing perspectives ranging from a more local, institutional context (a university), to the pursuit of business, the perspective of politics and policy-making, and citizen involvement spanning the spectrum from local to European activism.

The event will be held in English and will be broadcast live from the Academic Senate Hall of Freie Universität Berlin. Online viewers are invited to participate via the chat with questions and comments. A recording of the panel discussion will later be made available on this website as well as on the YouTube channels of the organizing programs FU-BEST and FUBiS. (Please note: Only the panelists will be recorded, not the audience.

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About Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) and
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)

These international short-term study programs include German language instruction as well as a large selection of (especially English-language) subject courses. Participants can choose between a semester-long program or the summer/winter program. For more information visit www.fubest.org and www.fubis.org. Both programs have been awarded the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) quality seal by the Forum on Education Abroad. In 2019 they welcomed a total of 934 students from over 40 countries to Freie Universität Berlin.

As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, the programs also offer academic online programs awarding internationally recognized ECTS credits as well as free online public lecture series. The online offers from FU-BEST and FUBiS were recognized in 2020 by the initiative “Germany 'Land of Ideas': Beyond Crisis”.



Friederike Zähringer
Coordinator Marketing & Communications
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) &
Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST)
phone: +49 (0)30 / 838 - 66560
email: friederike.zaehringer@fu-berlin.de