Congress Demography and Sustainability: Working Together for a Sustainable Future
How can Medical Remanufacturing contribute to a sustainable future? On September 14th, we delved into this and other questions at the Congress on Demography and Sustainability (KDN) in Berlin. Over the past 15 years, this panel has evolved into a significant platform that brings together experts from politics, business, and academia with civil society stakeholders. Their common goal: addressing the challenges of demographic change and promoting a sustainable future.
The diverse program of the congress addressed strategies for dealing with different generations and shed light on the opportunities and obstacles of the AgeTech revolution. How can we best manage demographic changes in the healthcare system? What possibilities and challenges arise from the academization of nursing and new work models? Finally yet importantly, how can we contribute to climate protection and health in the industry?
One of the highlight of this year’s congress was the presentation of two awards that highlighted the importance of collaboration and sustainability. We were well-represented in the juries, with Ulrike Marczak and Madeleine Hicken. The “Youth Award for Intergenerational Solidarity” honoured young people who promote cohesion and solidarity between generations in innovative ways. The “Award for Climate Community of the Year” recognized communities that excel in creativity and comprehensive sustainability efforts. The proud winners of these awards were the city of Bonn as the Climate Community of the Year and the “Generationendialog” of the Bürgerstiftung Dresden (Generational Dialogue), which received the Youth Award.
In Forum 11, “More Sustainability, Less Resource Consumption: On the Path to Carbon Neutrality in Healthcare”, Ulrike Marczak also spoke about “25 Years of Circular Economy in Healthcare” and introduced Medical Remanufacturing to the audience.
Our personal highlights were the interactive workshops, where young, motivated participants shared their numerous insights with each other. The successful blend of researchers and practitioners ensured that the audience was actively involved and part of the discussion.
The event concluded with a plenary session where ideas and recommendations from the forums were presented.
In summary, the Congress on Demography and Sustainability demonstrates the importance of the collaboration of all stakeholders from politics, business, academia, and civil society in addressing the pressing challenges of our time. Together, we can develop solutions to master demographic change while simultaneously safeguarding our planet sustainably. This congress is a living example of how intergenerational cooperation and the promotion of climate protection and health can pave the way for a better future.
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