New European Bauhaus Festival Online Event: “NEB meets Research”

What research is necessary to achieve the goals of the New European Bauhaus? Dirk Messner, UBA President, and Bernd Biervert, European Commission DG Research, invited interested parties and stakeholders from science, municipalities, business and politics to exchange on strategic alliances for knowledge generation and transfer for sustainable urban development, resource and climate protection.

This event was hosted by the German Environment Agency (UBA) in collaboration with the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation. It was recorded, so you can watch it here or scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Welcome and Introduction by event chairmen Dirk Messner (UBA) and Bernd Biervert (European Commission) and facilitator Stephan Bartke (UBA)

What research is needed responding to the New European Bauhaus values and principles?

Panel I: Climate & Resource-Efficient Construction: Challenges from Sustainability Research Perspectives

  • Towards a Carbon Neutral Built Environment – Juhani Pirinen: City of Lahti
  • Resource-Efficient and Toxfree Construction – Heidrun Fammler: Baltic Environment Forum
  • Construction Products: Assessment of Dangerous Substances – Jeroen Bartels: CEN Committee

Panel II: Sustainability Research: Needs from Society and Municipalities Related to the NEB

  • Sustainable Future for Historical Heritage – Friederike von Rosenberg: Klassik Stiftung Weimar
  • NEB Lighthouse NEBourhoods and Sustainable Urban Development – Elisabeth Merk: City of Munich
  • Justice Aspects – Gotelind Alber: Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative

Wrap up and Next Steps.

  • AdNEB – Advancing the New European Bauhaus – Miriam Dross, UBA




For the first time, the European Commission organized the international New European Bauhaus Festival on 9-12 June 2022. On 9th of June 2022. The German Environment Agency in cooperation with the European Commission contributed to the NEB Festival a high-ranking digital panel discussion and invited to join the online event and discuss with Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA), and Bernd Biervert, Head of Unit "Ecological and Social Transition" at the DG Research of the European Commission.

The event highlighted challenges and knowledge needs for climate neutral building and urban transformation. The contributions addressed the sustainability goals and NEB principles in terms of climate and resource protection, Zero Pollution Ambition, better governance, cultural heritage and justice aspects. The speakers discussed how research, politics, business and society can form strategic alliances for integrated solutions fostering a sustainable, inclusive and aesthetic transformation to promote its rapid implementation.

Questions that motivated the discussion included:

  • What knowledge and research do cities and communities, citizens and business need regarding climate and resource-efficient construction and city development?
  • Who are pioneers and how can strategic alliances be organized with them?
  • How can the transfer between the NEB initiatives and science in the field of sustainability be promoted and vice versa?
  • How can we push a timely implementation of sustainability solutions and facilitate knowledge uptake in European collaboration?

With its NEB initiative, the European Commission is supporting the formation of new strategic alliances and a creative exchange between European cities and regions in order to promote building and renovation into climate-neutral, just and aesthetic places. This transformation of the built environment requires the engagement and commitment of actors and initiatives from culture, civil society, science and politics in order to combine sustainability goals with a new building culture and innovative design through pioneering practical examples.

*All speakers and audience members actively attending the event agreed to the possibility of appearing on these recordings by virtue of attending the event or participating in the event. This includes content posted via Sli.Do #NEBevent.

UBA research project: AdNEB – Advancing the New European Bauhaus

The Festival of New European Bauhaus

Online Event: New European Bauhaus Festival  Event: “NEB meets Research"

Online Event: New European Bauhaus Festival Event: “NEB meets Research"

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Source: Europäische Kommission / UBA / Speaker 20220530_neb_fesitval_nebmeetsresearch_9june2022_1500-1700.pdf
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