MobiLab

Welcome to the mobile participation lab "MobiLab"
Mobiles Partizipationslabor in Form eines Tiny HouseJudith Müller

The "MobiLab" was created in 2021 as a mobile participation lab in the form of a tiny house through a cooperation of the research group "Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change" at ITAS and the KIT-Center Humans and Technology. It represents a platform for the exchange of science and society and can be used for various forms of participatory research, citizen science, science communication as well as for participation and dialogue with society. The MobiLab is a novelty. Both the concept and the realization as a multifunctional tiny house produced in a sustainable way are unique.

Thanks to flexible equipment, state-of-the-art IT and optional furnishing of the surrounding outdoor space, experiments and many other formats of transdisciplinary and transformative research as well as bidirectional knowledge transfer can be conducted 'on site' with the MobiLab. Modern IT also helps to adequately illustrate the often technical and complex topics - such as autonomous driving, geothermal energy or climate change - e.g. via simulations.

Latest Events

Hand hält einen Baum mit digitalen Nachhaltigkeitssymbolen außenherumAdobe Stock_Proxima Studio
Karlsruhe Energy and Climate Festival

As a contribution to the nation-wide Energy and Sustainability Days 2022, the MobiLab will be located on the Karlsruhe Festplatz on 24 September 2022. Together with the city of Karlsruhe, the energy network fokus.energie e.V. and the KEK, the team of the KAT offers interesting information, actions, workshops, program on the topic.

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Menschen auf dem Weg: Karlsruher Tage der Demokratie 2022
Days of Democracy 2022 at Kronenplatz Karlsruhe

What can a sustainable transformation of our cities look like? The MobiLab on Karlsruhe's Kronenplatz will be offering information, hands-on activities and a citizens' survey on sustainability as part of the Karlsruhe Democracy Days from September 14-17, 2022.

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KIT Topic Advisory Board

On July 7 2022, the MobiLab provides the framework for the visit of the reviewers of the Helmholtz Energy System Design (ESD) program. Location is the Energy Lab 2.0 at KIT, which exemplifies intelligent possibilities of energy generation and storaging.

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MobiLab in Grötzingen

From May 13 to 20 2022, the MobiLab is located at the market place in Grötzingen. In cooperation with the "Karlsruher Energie- und Klimaschutzagentur" and the local group of Friends of the Earth, aAmong other things, a workshop on balcony solar panels was organized.

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Menschen kommen für die Frühlingstage der Nachhaltigkeit zusammen
Spring Days of Sustainability

MobiLab will be at the Campus South from 28.03.2022-01.04.2022. We offer a diverse program consisting of workshops, hands-on activities and information opportunities about the activities of MuT and KAT.

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Radfahrt durch den Wald
MobiLab at Waldstadtzentrum Karlsruhe

The mobile participation lab (MobiLab) invites you to a colorful program around sustainability, sustainable living, climate change, photovoltaics and engagement at the Waldstadtzentrum in Karlsruhe from 29.6. - 4.7.2022.

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Mobilab mit Menschen die davor sitzenJudith Müller
"KIT im Rathaus"

On Monday, July 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., the KIT-Center Humans and Technology will present itself to the Karlsruhe public under the motto "Shaping Change". Complementary to the event, MobiLab will make a guest appearance from July 18-20 with a public program on the Marktplatz in front of the city hall. Research at the center can be experienced directly here, for example in the form of the "Science Bench". We are looking forward to your visit!

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gemaltes Bild von Menschen vor dem mobilen Partizipationslabor "MobiLab"ITAS_Johanna Sterrer
Das MobiLab at the „Offerta“

From 30.10. to 05.11.21, the MobiLab was presented to the general public at the Offerta consumer trade fair. It serves the Tiny House e.V. as a demonstration object. A special show on the topic of Tiny Houses was held at the exhibition center in Rheinstetten in Hall 2, which served as preparation for the separate large Tiny House exhibition to be held the following year. Subsequently, the MobiLab was used as a venue for a citizens:inside dialogue on 06. and 07.11.21 as part of the KARLA project.

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Sektgläser vor Mensch, der auf Bühne sprichtITAS
Opening the MobiLab

The MobiLab was officially opened on September 22, 2021. In best early autumn weather, contributors and interested people gathered to officially open the mobile participation lab for use and to celebrate this moment with a cider christening. Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott, Dr. Oliver Parodi as well as architect Prof. Randolf Liem gave short speeches outlining the planning and completion process and acknowledging the efforts of all involved.

Menschen stehen vor mobilem Partizipationslabor bei EnergiewendetagenSilke Rittershofer KIT
Energiewendetag at KIT

The MobiLab had its first deployment at the Energy Transition Day on September 20, 2021, as well as at the German Sustainability Days taking place at the same time (20.-22.9.21). This year, topics of climate protection (KIA, KARLA) and the energy turnaround (EDia) were in the focus.

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History of the Development

MobiLab is based on the experience of the "Quartier Zukunft - Labor Stadt" (QZ) real-world laboratory, which has implemented and researched contributions to sustainable urban development and a culture of sustainability in Karlsruhe since 2012. The initial premise was that science has to be transferred from university to society in order to have an impact. The dialogue between scientists and social actors at eye level as a criterion for the success of good transdisciplinary and transformative research requires a presence in the midst of society. The MobiLab thus combines and expands the functionality of the "Future Space" (from 2015) as a local, highly visible address, work and meeting space of the Reallabor and the Quartier-Zukunft-Mobil (from 2013), a heavy-duty bicycle that enabled mobile presence and interaction in urban space.

 

Research Potential

As a transdisciplinary infrastructure, MobiLab is an investment in the future for the entire real world laboratory research at KIT and will be available to all KIT research and development projects related to real-world laboratories in the future. In particular, it will support - as a common, connecting research tool - the labs itself and real-world lab professorships at KIT.

Ownership

MobiLab was realized under the leadership of the Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability Cultural Change (KAT) at ITAS and MuT in cooperation with a number of other partner institutions. MuT and KAT jointly coordinate its use. The construction was financed by funds from the KIT Excellence Initiative "Living the Change".

 

Potential Users

The MobiLab can be used by all KIT research institutions that would like to conduct sustainability-oriented real-world lab research or transdisciplinary research. For further information as well as if you are interested in using it, please contact: mobilab does-not-exist.mut kit edu.