Hub Director:

Prof Daniel Koehn

Research Administrators:

Dr Theresa Nohl & Dr Johannes Wiest

Hub Members:

Daniel Koehn

Anette Regelous

Johannes Wiest

Theresa Nohl

Jakob Machleidt

Tabea Platzer

Hub background

The German Hub was established after Daniel, who was a member of the SF Scotland Hub, left Scotland in 2019 and moved to Erlangen, Germany. The Hub started in 2020 at Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen Nuremberg with founding members Daniel, Anette and Johannes, and is slowly expanding through the development of small projects with partners in Africa and Scotland. The Hub’s interests are centred on Global Development Goals with special interest in sustainable community development with communities at the heart of its work. Hub members are interested in interdisciplinary work across sectors with special emphasis on education, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, ethical partnerships and communities.


“Ethical Global Partnerships, Resources and Sustainability: virtual collaboration in an interdisciplinary and intercultural inverted classroom” funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) project 57599172 within the IVAC, international Virtual Academic Collaboration program. In the project “Ethical Global Partnerships, Resources and Sustainability: virtual collaboration in an interdisciplinary and intercultural inverted classroom” the Universities of Friedrich Alexander (FAU) University Erlangen/Nuremberg (Germany) and Eswatini (Swaziland) as well as Glasgow (United Kingdom) and Makerere University (Uganda) will jointly develop trans-disciplinary, interconnected learning modules for a postgraduate course based on virtual collaboration during design, implementation and within the actual course. The final aims are to enhance digital and inter-cultural skills including geological knowledge about the countries’ resources under the aspect of sustainability across the cultures of tutors and students with a truly global virtual perspective and to develop a best-practice case for the wider community. The course development and tutor team are trans- and interdisciplinary with Earth-Sciences and Geography from Erlangen and Eswatini as well as Social Sciences and Education from Glasgow and Makerere. The topic of the course is based on (geogenic) resources, like the formation and exploitation of ore deposits, soil, water and sustainability on the one hand, and on Ethical Global Partnerships on the other hand. The course will be developed as an inverted classroom type online resource on the Sustainable Futures website.

The Geocenter Northern Bavaria in collaboration with the SFA Network presents the “Virtual Museum of Geosciences”, an interactive 3D exhibition with 3 interactive rooms, more than 100 exhibits about geosciences, its applications and sustainability. In room 1 you can undertake a time-travel through geological history illustrated by colourful thin-sections and exhibits. You start with the birth of the Galaxi through the oldest rocks on Earth to the first appearance of life all the way to the present. In room 2 the theme is Geodynamics, the dynamic development and forces of our planet. Earth deforms, mountains are build, vulcanoes and black smokers are active, Earthquakes develop wild structures and erosion makes art. Room 3 closes the exhibition with water and sustainability as theme illustrated the effects of climate change through receding glaciers. We present work of the Sustainable Futures in Africa network through the interaction of the German and Ugandan Hubs and present the “Elephant in the Room” of the Kampala based artist Reagan Kondole. We finalize the exhibit by an insight into applied geology that is directly involved into the water cycle.