1st SPCE Hub Network Meeting

Living Labs (Living Labs) for a sustainability-oriented method for cooperation

(Unofficial translation from Russian)

28 October 2021

11:00-12.30 Berlin / 14:00-15.30 Tashkent / 15:00-16.30 Nur-Sultan/Bishkek

Do you know Living Labs as a method to achieve sustainable development goals together, such as the promotion of clean energy?

We would like to invite you to an online event on Living Labs and their potential for promoting clean and renewable energy in rural areas of Central Asia and Europe. If you are a private company or non-profit organisation working on sustainability and clean energy, a civic or scientific innovator/activist in the field of sustainability, you are invited to take part in our online meeting on 28 October at 11:00-12:30 (Berlin) / 14:00-15:30 (Tashkent) / 15:00-16:30 (Bishkek/Nur-Sultan).

The main language of the event will be Russian. There will also be consecutive interpretation into English.

The aim of the meeting is to enhance cooperation within the Living Labs network for further joint projects in Central Asia with the support of European partners. The network is open to all interested parties and will serve as a platform for developing future Living Labs, for networking and as an information resource.

The meeting will include three short presentations on the rural energy situation in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. These presentations will be followed by a discussion of the problems and practical issues to be addressed in future Living Labs. Two examples from Germany using the Living Labs methodology will also be presented, followed by a question and answer session. All interested parties are welcome to attend further online/offline meetings.


Living Lab is a method designed to achieve sustainable development. A number of researchers define Living Labs as a real or virtual environment or interaction space in which stakeholders collaborate to create new solutions to complex problems. Living Labs are also defined as networks that bring together scientists, organisations, businesses, government, activists who act together to rapidly prototype and/or to scale innovations. Examples of practical issues to be addressed in Living Labs could be improving access to decentralised clean energy in rural areas, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.


SPCE Hub – founded at the end of 2020 to promote sustainable development cooperation between Central Asia and Europe.
The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is the OSCE’s academic institution in Central Asia, a regional centre for postgraduate education and research.
DHBW is a German university active in interdisciplinary research and Living Labs research.

We look forward to seeing you online on 28 October!

To take part, please follow this link:

The main language of the event is Russian. There will be consecutive translations into English.

Welcome Notes: Alexander Wolters (OSCE Academy in Bishkek), Sebastian Schiek (SPCE Hub)

Erlan Dairbekov (UNDP Kazakhstan): Energy situation in rural areas in Kazakhstan
Nurzat Abdyrasulova (Unison Kyrgyzstan): Energy situation in rural areas in Kyrgyzstan

Saida Yuspova (Tech4Impact Uzbekistan): Energy situation in rural areas in Uzbekistan

Plenary discussion

Living Labs: Two examples from Germany (Prof. Monika Gonser)

Sebastian Schiek: Next steps