Transformation Platform in the Rhine Mining Area
The REVIERa transformation platform seeks to address the complex challenge of shaping the lignite phase-out and the far-reaching social, spatial, and technological change processes this entails. The main goal is to develop perspectives – and provide impetus – for this transformation in an interdisciplinary dialogue between researchers at RWTH and together with stakeholders in the mining region.
REVIERa combines local transformation activities with global sustainability goals. In a dialogue-oriented process, RWTH is simultaneously developing a new culture of knowledge, innovation, and communication. Its implementation corresponds to the objectives of the University’s institutional strategy as an Integrated, Interdisciplinary University of Science and Technology.
The REVIERa transformation platform was initiated in 2019 as a result of a cross-faculty initiative at RWTH. The kick-off workshop was held in February 2020 with the participation of stakeholders from the Rhenish mining area. A total of 90 participants from research, politics, administration, business, and civil society shared their ideas to identify spheres of action for the transformation of the region and discussed sustainable development goals.
Over 75 projects and ideas were compiled within RWTH with the involvement of researchers and discussed in fall 2020 with stakeholders from the Rhenish mining area in a digital project workshop. The contributions cover the innovation areas of energy, artificial intelligence (AI) and communication, mobility, health, production, materials and cycles, and productive landscape. REVIERa will also continue to meet and work with all stakeholder groups from the region in 2021.