Joint Workshop: Mobility 2.0 - Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles

The Zukunftskolleg Konstanz and the Martin Buber Society held a joint workshop in Jerusalem (Hebrew University, Mount Scopus Campus) on December 10-12, 2016.

This is Elizabeth Yohannes' (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg affiliated with the Department of Biology) report on this event.

The workshop followed up a joint symposium of the two institutions held in June in Singen, Germany. The focus was on several aspects of mobility, including Mobility & Languages, Mobility & Media, Mobility & the Body, Mobility & Knowledge, Mobility & Constraint, Mobility & the Divine, Mobility & the Natural Sciences and much more. The workshop was structured into one full and one-half days of sessions, with group events on two evenings. During the workshop, attendees were able to choose from general discussion and brain storming ‘workshop-kind’ meetings and breakout sessions whereby participants had a one-to-one personal, or a roundtable lunch discussions. A concurrent botanical garden was on exhibition held onsite during the workshop, allowing opportunities to visit with active personnel and investigate the environment nearby. A visit to the old city, dinner at the new city and a concert at the Jerusalem Theatre where highlights accompanying the meeting. All workshop sessions were accompanied with refreshment breaks and excellent hospitalities.

This workshop was dedicated to research and collaborative continuity, attracting young investigators from around the world, yet located at the Zukunfstkolleg Konstanz and/or the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Jerusalem. As such both partners have an excellent reputation for providing excellent basis for research and education.

The networking opportunities are appealing, as they give the opportunity to learn from each other to the best. The topic mobility is of particular interesting in the sight of modern age of movement and migration. In addition to the workshop sessions, the chance to network with other planners and participants of similar interest was a very valuable experience.

Personally, I was also able to interact with colleagues working in natural sciences and also with fellows in the humanities and social sciences. The opportunity to research applying new technologies and discuss current methods with service experts was very worthwhile and a cost-savings for my research. During the workshop, I was able to attend all the sessions, and to focus on topics that directly relate to my position at the University of Konstanz and find solutions for ongoing projects.  The first event was an ice-breaker welcome reception in a dinner hall that gave the opportunity to get in touch with fellows, colleagues, speakers and other attendees.

I was very pleased with my workshop attendance and felt it was well worth attending amidst the long-distance travel. I gained valuable experience that can be implemented in my future endeavor. In addition, I learned new methods that may help cut our future research cost-effective. The networking experience was very beneficial. I was able to speak with several experts who provided tips and useful information for my research dilemmas and work projects.

The workshop was very organized and the speakers remained neutral, making the information extremely valuable. The exhibition hall provided a friendly, informative place.

I was very pleased with all that I received at Mobility 2 conference of the Zukunfstkolleg Konstanz  &  The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Jerusalem and hope to attend a future workshop. Sincerely, I would like to thank the organizers located at The Martin Buber Society of Fellows (MBSF), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) & The Zukunftskolleg Konstanz (ZuKo) University of Konstanz for their time, attention and hospitality with all respect.

Season’s Greetings!

Elizabeth Yohannes