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Sustain.ALL - A collaboration lab on Sustainable Development Goals


Cominola, Andrea




Fakultät V

Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik

35311100 FG Fluidsystemdynamik-Strömungstechnik der Maschinen und Anlagen

Physikalische Ingenieurwissenschaft



Islam, Tamanna Nabila


Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the module students will be able to: - Comprehend the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance in terms of social, ecological, and economic impact, and ethical aspects. - Discuss SDGs-related topics with people from different disciplines. - Conduct scientific research and concisely present input on topics related to the SDGs. Different methods for stakeholders' needs identification, problem framing, data gathering, analysis, and preparation of insightful presentations targeted to heterogeneous audiences will be explored. - Expand their knowledge on the SDGs via analysis of various existing projects, literature research, analysis of new technologies, expert workshops, and webinars. - Develop collaborative work with an interactive solution-based digital learning platform. - Complement their theoretical knowledge gained on SDGs with more general skills, including project management skills to work on SDG-related practical local projects. - Analyze how different socio-cultural conditions and state of the art technologies can affect the implementation of SDG-oriented solutions. - Communicate interculturally and reflect on this communication, online (during the preparation and evaluation) and in-person. The module’s qualification profile is: Analysis and Methodology 20%, Development and Design 20%, Research and Evaluation 20%, Application and Practice 20%, Social Skills 20%.


Berlin is aiming to reach climate neutrality by 2040. The implementation of the SDGs started worldwide in 2016. Universities are playing a huge role in fostering the development of sustainable solutions via research and education. By thinking greener, acting more progressively, and being more connected to nature in the process, we can create a better, cleaner, and more sustainable future. Sustain.ALL project lab enables acquiring knowledge on the Sustainable Development Goals and developing local solutions for them. Our research question is: how can we foster local sustainable projects to achieve the maximum social, ecological and economic impact? The module gives an overview of Sustainable Development Goals, related to ending extreme poverty, inequality, injustice, and protecting the planet through sustainable impact. By working on various local service-learning projects, which serve different SDGs, the students will learn how to make a local contribution to global targets. Before working on the projects, students will learn how to independently manage a project, how to do scientific research and present input about the topics they have chosen, and how to moderate a virtual/ presence group work. During the project phase, students will implement their projects together with other team members (students) and project partners of Sustain.ALL. With practical involvement and expert guidance, students will be able to make a local contribution to global targets in creating a better, cleaner, and more sustainable future. The course content is divided into 2 parts: 1) Theory 2) Workshop/Project The theoretical part will cover sustainable impact on three different thematic clusters: Environmental, Social, and Economic. Students will learn about the SDGs with presentations from different speakers from academia, research, industry, NGOs, etc. Different speakers will present different aspects of SDGs, from business, to research, exploitation, and dissemination. Additionally, students work on educational materials on SDGs to get knowledge from the research fields. Seminars, workshops, webinars, and projects serving the comprehension of the chosen SDGs or motivating students to create their projects. The second section of the course will involve students working on an SDG-related project of their choice with local partners, in connection with the theorethical content they have acuired in the first section. While students are working on their projects, seminars and excursions will be organized in collaboration with experts in the project-related fields.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Sustain.ALL- A collaboration Lab on Sustainable Development GoalsPJ3531 L 11416WiSe/SoSeEnglish4

Workload and Credit Points

Sustain.ALL- A collaboration Lab on Sustainable Development Goals (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing of learning material14.04.0h56.0h
Excursion and practical project work15.01.0h15.0h
Midterm presentation preparation15.01.0h15.0h
Final presentation + project page creation38.01.0h38.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be delivered through a combination of in-person and online lectures, workshops, and group assignments. Group assignments are structured as sustainable impact projects with practical challenges, with students working in small groups (approximately 3-4 participants) and interactively with mentors from both tutors and project partners. Throughout the project work, students will have the opportunity to attend workshops and excursions led by experts in the field and project partners. The students will document their progress through a midterm presentation, a final presentation, and a final written report. The course will consist of 4 hours of presentations and team work each week, which will include both theoretical and practical team activities and guest speaker sessions.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Interest in scientifically investigating the Sustainable Development Goals, interest in applied research and working in teams on the development of creative solutions to sustainability challenges.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

This module has no requirements.

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 Punkte insgesamt



Test elements

Quizzes & Project page creation20flexibleweekly short recap, webpage creation with project information
Midterm presentation / Assignments20oralMidterm Presentation (15 min) + Q&A (10 min) + moderation and discussion of the lecture in groups (90 min) + scientific article pitch (5 min)
Final Presentation40oralFinal presentation (15 min) + Q&A (10 min) + Video cast preparation
Final Report20writtenFull Report on project with elaborative information and technical details, budget plans, timeline etc.

Grading scale

Notenschlüssel »Notenschlüssel 2: Fak IV (2)«


Test description (Module completion)

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Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 30.

Registration Procedures

Registration will follow through ISIS platform, and Sustain.ALL website: https://sustainall.de/home/sustainLab

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
The literature will be made available at the beginning of the semester in the ISIS platform of the course. The main literature will be based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Epstein, M. J., Elkington, J., & Herman, B. (2018). Making sustainability work: Best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts. Routledge
Global Information Society Watch 2020 - Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Responses from the global South. (https://www.apc.org/en/pubs/global-information-society-watch-2020-technology-environment-and-sustainable-world-responses)
Mapping and analyses of the current and future (2020 - 2030). (https://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/isi/dokumente/ccx/mapping-eu/Mapping-HC-Final-Report-WP3-WP4.pdf)
Midilli, A., Dincer, I., & Ay, M. (2006). Green energy strategies for sustainable development. Energy policy, 34(18), 3623-3633.
Reddy, P. J. (2010). Science technology of photovoltaics. BS Publ.
Rogers, P. P., Jalal, K. F., & Boyd, J. A. (2012). An introduction to sustainable development. Earthscan.
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda)
Urban water systems under climate stress: An isotopic perspective from Berlin, Germany. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hyp.13850)
Zero net energy consumption for building. (https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/ise/en/documents/press-releases/2009/press-release-zero-net-energy-consumption-for-buildings-solar-summit-2009-congress-addresses-cutting-edge-subject-of-201csolar-construction201d.pdf)

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.

Open for every study program and designed for every Bachelor and Master student.


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