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.

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Three and a half minute video of the series "Explain it to me, RWTH" on the topic of REVIERa with Professor Agnes Förster. Start RWTH logo, 2 image sequence shows a speech bubble with the series title "Erklär's mir, RWTH!". An interview begins. The male interviewer and the female interviewee are standing on the forecourt of the SuperC at Templergraben. In the background you can see trees and in the distance people. On the left stands the interviewer Sebastian Dreher, in dark blue shirt, from the press department, who holds a microphone in his hand. On the right is Professor Förster Letmathe, in a green wool jacket. Both people can be seen up to the middle of their upper bodies.

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.

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Focused SDGs:


SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


Structural Anchoring:

Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development

Chair of Socienty and Technology

Chair of Management Accounting