OHA proudly presents: Circular Society Forum 2021

This is a forum for everyone who is interested in the term “Circular Society” and the social-ecological transformation of society following circular principles – whether you are a practitioner, decision-maker, researcher or citizen. The Circular Society Forum offers anyone interested a several days lasting frame for sharing research findings, field experiences, artistic-creative work as well as example projects and space for discussion.

The Forum takes place online from 22 to 25 February with an amazing program that covers many issues around Circular Society.

Each day is dedicated to a specific topic which were derived from the forum ́s submissions. On Thursay afternoon – 25th of February – the second Circular Society Gathering will take place where we will con- tinue to work on a common Roadmap for a Circular Society Movement. Everyone interested is welcome to join!

Please visit https://www.circularsociety.de

Call for Contributions – OHA presents the “Circular Society Forum 2021”

Together with the Hans Sauer Foundation, the OHA research group cordially invites you to the “Circular Society Forum 2021” from February 22-26, 2021. The forum will take place as a virtual conference with a live day on February 24, 2021. The forum is aimed at everyone who is interested in the concept of the “circular society” and a socio-ecological transformation of society according to the principles of circularity – be it as practitioners, decision-makers, researchers or citizens. The “Circular Society Forum” would like to offer all interested parties a multi-day framework to share research results, practical experience, artistic and creative work and project examples and to enter into discussions on the topic. More information here

OHA-Resarch in the final round of the 2020 Falling Walls Award

Since the first meeting on November 9th, 2009 – the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall – the Falling Walls Conference and Berlin Science Week have developed into a venue for scientific breakthroughs. The central question is: Which walls in science and society are the next to fall?
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has nominated OHA-group leader Prof. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, who presents her scientific breakthrough in the engineering and technology category here: https://bit.ly/2T5RsJN.
You can register for the virtual presentation of the Science Breakthroughs of the Year from November 1st to 10th, 2020 here: www.falling-walls.com/2020. #WorldScienceSummit

DIY Repair for product longevity – new paper based on OHA-research

Repair initiatives, so-called repair cafés, are often described in the past as an answer to a large number of sustainability challenges. Less obvious are social science analyzes of people repairing objects at home. The scientific article in the “Journal of Cleaner Production” by Sabine Hielscher and Melanie Jaeger-Erben is intended to provide insights into how people carry out everyday and non-everyday repairs at home. The paper highlights the importance of practical skills, a sense of self-efficacy and people’s everyday routines when it comes to performing repairs in the household.
Free download possible here until October 8th, 2020 or by email to jaeger-erbe@tu-berlin.de

OHA in Present Futures Forum Webcast

Melanie Jaeger-Erben is a guest in the TU Berlin’s Present Futures Forum Webcast and talks about cooperative research, repair culture and sustainability. She also talks about shaping the future and dialogue with citizens. (Video in German)

“The new webcast of the Present Futures Forum Berlin introduces researchers at the TU Berlin who are committed to interdisciplinary perspectives and exchange with society in their work. In casual interviews with the Forum’s Managing Director, Dr. Gerrit Rößler, they report from their home office on their experiences of working with other researchers, talk about challenges from their everyday work and give advice for young scientists”.


OHA participates in the Web-Event “From 5 to 75: Lifelong Learning in a Circular Economy”

Mo. 27. April 2020

18:00 Uhr – 20:00 Uhr MESZ

Register here

For a circular economy to take off, we need to embed circular thinking and skills training within each level of our education system. From elementary school to professional development, and everything in between, this meet-up will share what education professionals are doing now to integrate circular economy in their curriculum. We’ll also discuss what else is needed in Berlin and beyond to strengthen circular economy education.

Networking and community building are cornerstones of Circular Berlin’s meet-ups, and that will remain true as we move to an online format! Following the presentations, we’ll have breakout rooms and facilitated discussion so participants can still get to know one another, exchange ideas, and continue to strengthen this community.

Hosted by Circular Berlin in partnership with TU-Berlin, Zero Waste Your Life, MiFactori, and AMD Berlin).

18.45: Circular Literacy – Capabilities for the Circular Society (Presentation by Melanie Jaeger-Erben)





OHA at the Luminale 2020 in Frankfurt on March 14

“What connects the epoch of romanticism with our present time of great social transformation? Can a new “romantic” attitude of mind be the driving force behind social innovations? What impulses can art provide? How can artificial and artistic intelligence be enriched?” These and other questions will be discussed during the panel discussion UMBRUCH, AUFBRUCH – ROMANTIK 2.0? on 14 March, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Luminale – Biennale for Light Art and Urban Design, from 12 to 15 March 2020 in Frankfurt am Main. Melanie Jaeger-Erben will sit on the podium for OHA.

More information about the event can be found here.

Long product use spans between claim and reality – First results of the 2019 survey

During the Christmas season, the electronics industry booms as well as the desire to treat one’s loved ones with the latest products. As a consequence, many devices that are still functional are being replaced.

But it is not only during the Christmas season that the life and use span of electrical appliances ends prematurely, even though they are still functional. And this despite the fact that – as the current representative survey by the OHA research group shows – the longest possible use of appliances is seen as socially desirable and as an important contribution to environmental protection. The orientation towards novelty (“newism”), routines in handling equipment and various structural and individual obstacles can contribute to the fact that the desired action is not consistently implemented. The first descriptive results of the survey can be found here.

OHA in King Kong Climate Podcast

“Do-It-Yourself – Repairing in response to the throwaway society”(in German)- a podcast episode with participation of Melanie Jaeger-Erben/ OHA (from minute 34) was published on 7.12.2019. King Kong Klima deals with environmental protection and climate change, offers tips on how to protect climate and shows ways out of the ‘eco-jungle’. The podcast focused on obsolescence, the characteristics of the “throwaway society” and the role of do-it-yourself and repair as a strategy against the short-lived nature of consumer goods.

Melanie Jaeger-Erben and OHA win the Research Award “Transformative Science”

The Research Award “Transformative Science” of the Wuppertal Institute and the Zempelin Foundation in the Stifterverband is awarded for the third time in 2019. This year, Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, head of the junior research group OHA and the Chair “Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics” at the TU Berlin, received the prize endowed with 25,000 euros. In particular, the jury emphasized her transdisciplinary profile and her scientific work at the interface of politics and society. Special emphasis was placed on the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work of the junior research group OHA.

More about the price in the press release of the Wuppertal Institute

An article about Melanie Jaeger-Erben in the DUZ – Deutsche Universitätszeitung