Betzavta / TINS_D Workshop on Science and Academia

6 Meetings on Wednesday

30 March / 06 – 13 – 20 April / 11 – 18 May 2022

09.30 – 11.00 CET

Application Deadline Friday 24 March 2022

What is the course about? – Science, Academia and Democracy – an Introduction.

The highly interactive workshop aims to clarify the ties between science, academia and democracy. In each of the six meetings the participants take part in a new activity which addresses specific aspects of how science/academia support or obstruct freedom and equality. In addition, the participants discuss the reasons why we as a society are upholding the current scientific system/academic regime and what makes us challenge the status quo by engaging in real-life changes.

Which questions are addressed? –  Democracy is not rocket science. Or vice versa?

When should we listen to scientists and when better not? – How much freedom of speech is there within the sciences? – What is truth and how much power should it have? – How democratic or autocratic is a university and how should it be? – Whether and how to democratically teach and research? – Who can be a scientist? – Who should be accepted as a student or lecturer? – What knowledge is considered to be scientific and what not? – How to ensure truth when reputation, peer-reviewed papers and research grants dominate science? – How do the distribution of wealth within the sciences and within society relate with each other? – How to deal with minority and majority positions within science and within society?

How is it taught? – high engagement and interaction between the participants

The 20 participants of the workshop are actively involved in this digital workshop again and again. Unlike many digital formats, this workshop lives from interactivity – dare to show yourself and contribute to the conduction of the entire course through individual, small and large group work as well as group-dynamic activities – only few lectures will be given. The workshop is based on the Betzavta method of the Adam Institut. Therefore, the participants will unveil the competing tendencies that exist within each of us, both for and against democratic principles – thus transforming an external conflict into an internal dilemma, which enables us to act and to change the context in which we act.

When? – Wednesday – 09.30 > 11.00 CET – Starting 30 March 2022 – 6 Meetings

The workshop takes place Wednesday from 09.30 to 11.00 CET. It comprises 6 meetings on 30 March / 06 – 13 – 20 April  / 11 – 18 May 2022. In order to allow for a joint learning process, the participants should be able to attend all meetings. – International video conference held in English

The workshop will take place through a video conference based on Zoom. Therefore, please make sure that you are able to participate with video and audio. Offering the workshop online allows for an international workshop, therefore the spoken language will be English and international participants are especially invited to participate. 

Who can attend? – 20 participants from all over the world – participation is free of charge

The course is open to any person who is interested in the relation between science and democracy. The number of participants is limited to 20 as this allows for a good interaction/activities/discussion within small groups and within the plenary. The participation is free of charge.

How to apply? – Short motivational letter until 24 March – Decision on 25 March 2022

Please fill in the application form on the website of the workshop and describe in some sentences 1) who you are, 2) why you want to participate, 3) if you will be able to participate at all dates or which dates you will miss and 4) if you have the technical capacity/willingness to show yourself in a videoconference. We will select the participants in such a way as to ensure a broad diversity of all participants and send out the selection results by 25 March 2022.

Who organizes the workshop? – Critical Sustainability and Adam Institute

The workshop is jointly organized by Dr.-Ing. André Baier and Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman. André Baier coordinates the Sustainability Certificate for Students at TU Berlin and offers the series of TINS_D courses including the course on Critical Sustainability. Uki Maroshek-Klarman developed the Betzavta Method and was part of the team that funded the Adam Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the director of it for more than 30 years.

Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

The Adam Institute is an Israeli non-profit, educational organization that works to create a culture of peace, mutual respect, tolerance and co-existence across religious, ethnic and national groups in Israeli society and the region and doing international seminars. The organization’s Hebrew name “Adam”, meaning “human”, was chosen based on the founders’ understanding that human equality is the basis for leading a life centered on the values of democracy and peace. The Adam Institute has published numerous books, training manuals, and periodicals, in both Hebrew and Arabic (some translated and published in English, German and Polish). It has received several notable awards for promoting democracy and tolerance including the award of the Speaker of the Knesset and the Shimon Peres Prize from the German Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum (DIZF).                                                                                  

Sustainability Certificate for Students – TINS_D Courses – Technische Universität Berlin

The inter-and transdisciplinary-oriented certification program offers students the

 possibility to incorporate an individual focus on sustainability into their regular study programs, thus enabling them to acquire the competences conferred by a higher education program in sustainability. Additionally, the program aims to bring together students within the TU Berlin with a particular interest in sustainability, thus promoting an exchange of ideas beyond the classroom. The course “Critical Sustainability” is the compulsory module of the Sustainability Certificate for Students and it is also part of the series of TINS_D courses. The course provides a digital space to learn, reflect, discuss and take action together. The participants will jointly analyze existing power relations as well as society-nature relations and democratize them – the Betzavta Method is incorporated in the course design.