Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
Photo: Prof. Dr. Hans Gebhardt
The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) combines a wide range of environmental perspectives including natural sciences, social sciences and cultural studies. It focuses on humans’ physical and socio-cultural environments as well as the specific dynamics of these environments, and also on how these dynamics interact with each other. In recent history, the intensity of this interaction has strongly increased in many areas, which challenges us to take a comprehensive approach in examining and integrating various academic perspectives into our research.
5 Years Heidelberg Center for the Environment
The HCE has celebrated its fifth anniversary with an unusual festive event on July 06.
Together with HCE Managing Director Dr. Nicole Vollweiler Maximilian Jungmann has produced cinematic portraits of the current HCE projects and has presented them as well as contributions of HCE members live on stage.
Video clips (Ger) and picture gallery
Funding for water research networks: Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg provides four million euros for projects with participation of HCE members
Two inter- and transdisciplinary water research networks, in which scientists from the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) of Heidelberg University are involved, belong to the three winners of the call for "Research networks" within the program „Water Research Baden-Württemberg“. The projects will work on the risk assessment of chemicals in the aquatic environment and the study of droughts in Europe. The networks build strong links between the natural and engineering sciences and the social sciences and will be funded during the next five years with two million euros each. [More…] (Ger)
HCE delegation attended the COP 22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech
Nicole Schmidt (Institute of Political Science), Dr. Helen Fischer and Dorothee Amelung (Institute of Psychology), Sabrina Ebenhoch (Institute of Geography), Dr. Valerie Louis (Institute for Public Health) and Heike Böhler (Institute of Political Science, TU Darmstadt) attended as a delegation of Heidelberg University the Conference of the Parties COP 22 in Marrakech / Morocco. Together with mit Paul Watkinson (chief negotiator and head of the climate negotiations team for the French Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy) and the HCE scientists Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach (Institute of Environmental Physics), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch (Institute of Political Science) and Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn (Institute for Public Health), they presented their impressions on 07 December 2016 at the Marsilius Kolleg.
Press release (Ger)
Interdisciplinary and integrative cooperation
The complexity and cultural dependence of modern environmental problems goes beyond the analytical framework of any one single method or discipline. For this reason, the HCE employs a model of interdisciplinary and integrative cooperation. Heidelberg University is renowned, also at the international level, as a place where this overall view of the environment is developed and integrated into teaching methods and public discourse on the issue.