Scientists Meet Scientists – TUM-IAS Wednesday Coffee Talk | Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability by Prof. Serhii Voitko: “Sustainable development methodology as a tool for researching the state of countries and making decisions”

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On January 31, 2024, Prof. Serhii Voitko (National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute,” Ukraine) will present the fourth talk in our Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability, an integral part of our Wednesday Coffee Talks. The talk is entitled “Sustainable development methodology as a tool for researching the state of countries and making decisions.”

The sustainable development of a separate region or an entire country is determined by a system of indices of economic, social and ecological dimensions, and an index of human life safety. We will show the methodology developed by us for calculating the level of sustainable development by country. Analysis of databases of sustainable development indices provides an opportunity to study patterns and exceptional cases of countries' development. For a long time, sustainable development has become a tool for a significant amount of research on the economy, ecology and social spheres.

Sustainable development and its components are determined using these indices both quantitatively and qualitatively. The results of such an analysis are used to manage the development of regions, countries, and integration groups.

On the basis of the obtained results, the management of the countries can make balanced management decisions regarding the development of one or another sphere of activity. It is significant that on the basis of in-depth research, it is possible to conduct a foresight in the socio-economic sphere. Over a fifteen-year period of my own research, anomalies in the development of social systems have been revealed. You will be provided with the results of studies on the development of individual areas, countries and regions. You will receive information about possible armed conflicts that have already occurred or may occur in violation of the principles of sustainable development, namely the harmonized index.

We will consider the impact of Industry 4.0 on the development of society on the basis of sustainable development. Elements of the circular economy will be proposed because this economy began to develop precisely on the principles of sustainable development. The world is now on the brink of the third world war. This is a very big threat to humanity. We will try to discuss the possibilities and options for stopping this threat, based on the conceptual principles of sustainable development.

Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 13:00 CEST (until approx. 14:00)
Location: online

Registration: The TUM-IAS Wednesday Coffee Talks including the new Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability are held online via Zoom making it accessible to a global audience. To register and to receive the Zoom link, please send an email to

Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability
As part of the ongoing commitment of the TUM-IAS to foster scientific exchange and professional networks, the Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability aims to bring together scientists from research institutions in Eastern, Southeastern, and Central Europe to discuss topics related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This seminar series is a first step to bridge the geographical and academic gaps in order to create a scientific network, and encourage joint research initiatives and build lasting collaborations for a more sustainable future


Every Wednesday after lunch, it's all about a new topic - current research highlights at TUM, insights into the work of our Fellows from all over the world, sometimes even topics not usually found at TUM, such as history or theology.

The talks held online start every Wednesday during TUM lecture time at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome - TUM researchers of all levels, students, visiting scholars, and anyone interested!

Each final Wednesday of the month, a topic related to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals will be featured as a part of the Seminar Series of European Universities on Sustainability, a new initiative of the TUM-IAS in partnership with universities across Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

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