On Tuesday 3 September 2019, the YESS Community hosted a workshop on “Sustainability and Air Quality” at the Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers (MPSAECR). The aim of the workshop was to offer different perspectives on air quality issues and how they are connected with the sustainable development goals. The participants took part in a multiple stakeholder role play – a negotiation simulation in a city where several interests including the air quality of the city where topics of the discussion.
This week, the Max Planck Society organized the fourth Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers, which took place at the Harnack-Haus in Berlin, Germany. The event aims to serve as a networking platform for international Max Planck Alumni and early career researchers on a specific topic. This year, the main topic of the event was “Sustainability, Climate and what Diversity has got to do with it”.
The 90-min workshop was hosted by our members Faten Attig Bahar, Bell Kuei-Hua Hsu, Jorge Saturno and Claudia Volosciuk. As an introduction, an overview of YESS structure and activities was presented. Prior to the role play, air quality issues and negotiation approaches were introduced. The play was very engaging and successful, and the participants were able to reach a “deal” within the given time. The participants gained insight into policy-related negotiations and reflected on what might be different in a real scenario compared to the simulation. The further discussion and feedback was very positive.