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TU Berlin-Idea Conference 2021 (online)


Fungi, robotics and universal health coverage.
Perspectives on health (nano to macro)

Hier geht es zur Ideenkonferenz:


Aim and topic of the conference

TU Berlin’s internal research funding Dialogue Platform will be hosting an ideation conference entitled:

“Fungi, robotics and universal health coverage. Perspectives on health from nano to macro level”

in cooperation with first vice president Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Ahrend from 21.04. until 23.04.2021 at TU Berlin. 

The focus of the conference is on the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary development of research ideas suitable for joint projects. The conference will provide a forum where participants can flesh out their ideas or develop their thoughts working with others.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • What is health and what kind of health do we want to achieve
  • Can (population) health be modeled, measured and improved? How individual is health?
  • What keeps us healthy and what makes us ill?
  • How should a healthcare system function?
  • How can we reconcile the need for effectiveness and efficiency in the health system with the needs of the patient?
  • What does a healthy environment look like? How can urban planning, spatial planning and traffic planning as well as architectures and neighborhoods be designed for the benefit of health?
  • What role can technological innovations play in maintaining and improving health?
  • What does a healthy future look like - for people and the systems that surround them?

Proposals for ideation workshops (see below for further details concerning format) should fall within the following matrix. The focus of a workshop, however, may be developed either horizontally or vertically. Where are the interesting links and connections between the different topics and how can they be meaningfully developed? How might areas of conflict or system boundaries be negotiated?


The topic for the conference has been developed with the scientific advisory panel of the ideation conference. The panel consists of the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Busse, Department of Health Care Management, Faculty VII
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Feufel, Division of Ergonomics, Faculty V
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Meyer, Chair of Applied and Molecular Biology, Faculty III
  • Prof. Dr. Verena Vogt, Chair of Health Care Services Research and Quality Management in the Ambulatory Care Sector, Faculty VII

Conference format

Over the course of the three-day conference, invited experts will present short talks on future developments relating to the topic of the conference. Moderated ideation workshops serving to develop interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary networking, collaborative exchange and new ideas for research form the central focus of the conference. In the context of a synthesis session, there will also be the opportunity to think ideas further in the direction of larger collaborative projects.

In terms of scientific content, the ideation workshops will be led by the heads of academic chairs at TU Berlin. Dialogue Platform is responsible for the coordination, methodological design and organization of the workshops. The methodical moderation of the workshops will be carried out by external moderators (= professional facilitators).

All academic chairs at TU Berlin are invited to attend the conference. All scientists and researchers at the University can participate after registration. Selected discussion partners from institutions outside TU Berlin, such as from non-university research institutions and other universities, or from industry, the civil society, or politics have been invited to provide external ideas and perspectives on the topic of the conference.

Program overview

Download the program overview as pdf


1st day, Wednesday, 21.04.
Welcome by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Ahrend, Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer of the TU Berlin
Presentation of the agenda by the TU Dialogue Platform
Keynote session
Keynote I:
Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel (The New Institute, Hamburg)
Keynote II:
Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sabine Gabrysch (Charité Berlin; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
Interactive panel discussion
Lunch break & networking in the virtual room

Workshop session I: method-guided idea development
(3 workshops at the same time á 2x 1,5 h incl. 15 min. break)
Ideation workshop I:
Humans as Meta-Organisms. Of microorganisms, organoids and prostheses                                            
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Meyer (Dept. of Applied and Molecular Microbiology, FAC III)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc Kraft (Dept. Medical Engineering, FAC V)               
Ideation workshop II:
Digitization and nursing care
Prof. Dr. Sabine Ammon (Dept. Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Technological Sciences, FAC V)
Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht (Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies, FAC I)
Ideation workshop III:
Health - Environmental Justice - Urban Development
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schwedes, Dr. Klimeczek and Dipl.-Ing. Lutz (Dept. Integrated Transport Planning, FAC V)
Digital Get together
2nd day, Thursday, 22.04.
Workshop session II: method-guided idea development
(3 workshops at the same time á 2x 1,5 h incl. 15 min. break)
Ideation workshop I:
Technological innovations for a healthy indoor environment
Prof. Dr. André Fiebig, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ennes Sarradj (Dept. Technical Acoustics, FAC V)
Ideation workshop II:
Faster to new pharmaceuticals in the future lab
Prof. Dr. Peter Neubauer (Dept. Biochemical Engineering, FAC III)
Ideation workshop III:
The Utopia of a Healthy City. Overcoming the barriers towards a „health-in-all-policies“-strategy in urban planning
Prof. Dr. Lars Steffensen (Dept. Architecture for Health, FAC VI)
ENAH (European Network Architecture for Health)
Lunch break & networking in the virtual room
Workshop session III: method-guided idea development
(3 workshops at the same time á 2x 1,5 h incl. 15 min. break)
Ideation workshop I:
What are the links between health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)?
Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Busse (Dept. Health Care Management, FAC VII)
Ideation workshop II:
Opportunities and risks of digital supply through Corona
Prof. Dr. Markus Feufel (Dept. of Ergonomics, FAC V)
3rd day, Friday, 23.04.
Synthesis Session I:
Presentation of the workshop results by the workshop leaders
Synthesis Session II:
What are cross-connections between the ideas developed?
Discussion with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Ahrend, Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer of the TU Berlin
Wrap-Up & and Check-out

Further information

Coronavirus:  The ideas conference will be held as a digital conference in light of the regulations in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background information: Dialogue Platform is an instrument of TU- internal research funding. It assists researchers, joint research initiatives and projects in their efforts to identify ideas and helps them organize processes. Further information is available at www.dialogplattform.tu-berlin.de.

You can find a review of the 2018 ideation conference “Digitalization and sustainability: win/win or win/lose?” at: www.dialogplattform.tu-berlin.de/aktuelles/ideenkonferenz/.

Contact: The Dialogue Platform team will be happy to answer any questions you have:

  • Dr. Stefanie Retzlaff: +49 (0)30 314-25389, stefanie.retzlaff[at]tu-berlin.de
  • Dr. Sören Stange: +49 (0)30 314-23864, stange[at]tu-berlin.de

Click here for registration

Registration for TU Berlin employees only. Please authenticate with regular TUBIT ID to receive the link for registration (as pdf document). If you have been invited and are not a TU Berlin staff member, please contact Dr. Stefanie Retzlaff (see contact).

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Dr. Stefanie Retzlaff
+49 (0)30 314-25389
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 713


Dr. Sören Stange
+49 (0)30 314-23864
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 715