Hi! We are Katharina and Jan. We are writing the oekom anniversary book for students and young scientists about the role which science and research can play for the socio-ecological transition!


Katharina Ebinger

Katharina, 28, studies Politics, Administration and International Relations in Friedrichshafen and lives in Stuttgart. Since 2016, she is co-chair of the Science Policy Commission of the Scientific Advisory Board of BUND. Since 2018, she works as a research assistant at the civil society platform Forschungswende, where she designs participatory processes for transdisciplinary research projects.

Jan Freihardt

Jan, 28, has first studied Environmental Engineering in Berlin, Lausanne and Zurich, where we graduated from the master's in 2018. In 2020, he has finished a second master's in "Science, Technology and Policy" in Zurich. Currently, he works on a PhD in Political Science on the topic of "Environmental Migration". From 2016-2019, he has been the youth representative in the Scientific Advisory Board of BUND.

We have both been active for several years for BUNDjugend, among others on the topic of science policy.

BUNDjugend also has a mailing list for people who are interested in science policy.

In 2017, we organized a first seminar for BUNDjugend about the collaboration of science and civil society organizations: „Wissenschaft in NGOs – Herausforderungen und Chancen“.

In 2018, we followed up with the seminar „Transformative Wissenschaften – Forschung für die und mit der Gesellschaft“.

In 2019, we cooperated with the Vereinigung für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (VÖW e.V.) and the Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) for organizing the summer school „Transformative Wissenschaft – Vom Wissen zur Wirkung“.


Support us

Our project gains a lot from people who study, do a PhD or are active in science, research or the civil society and who share their experiences with us.

We are currently collecting slogans to draw attention to the book through postcards or social media posts. Choose your favorite slogans in our short fun survey or send us your own ideas for a slogan. We will give away 3 surprises among all participants!

We have also prepared a Spotify playlist for all supporters!

More than 230 people have filled in our survey about the book concept. We would have never expected that and are super grateful! You can find the survey results summarized here (in German, but with an English executive summary).



You think our project sounds interesting and want to stay up to date? We send out a project newsletter around four times per year with updates about the book as well as hints towards articles, papers and events that we find inspiring. The newsletter is in both German and English!

Here you can read our latest newsletter „Herbst/Autumn  2020 🍃☔🍄“.


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