Event Workshop

Building Bridges: Soldering for Climate Change Awareness

The workshop aims to draw attention to the multi-faceted impacts of climate change by mediating knowledge through a hands-on approach with DIY electronics in which we solder LEDs on a custom circuit board and thereby learn about the various regions of Togo in sub-Saharan West Africa.


Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 29th May 2024
Time: 11:15 – 12:15 CET

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With the increasing effects of climate change, those in the “Global South” have contributed the least, but are suffering the most from it. This hands-on workshop aims to educate, inform, and raise awareness using the example of the West African country of Togo. We solder LEDs onto a custom-made circuit board in the shape of the country, a narrow strip of land bridging different climatic zones from the Atlantic Ocean to the Savannah in the north. In this hands-on way, we learn about its diverse regions while also providing a basic introduction to DIY electronics.

The workshop is situated in the scope of the Minodu project (FKZ 01LL2202A), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the funding line “Sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa: Improving livelihoods through local research”.

Our project aims to bridge the communication gap between local subsistence farmers in the northern region of Kara in Togo and the scientific community to face challenges resulting from climate change. We intend to create networks, merging local and ancient knowledge and languages with digital technologies through a DIY approach.