Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
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New funding programme HCE-START for the developement of major interdisciplinary consortium project. Programme duration is 1 year. Application deadline 16.07.2017.

Experts in the field of geoengineering demand an open discours on the potentials and risks of manipulating Earths climate.
White paper

RV METEOR on research cruise in the Mediterranean Sea in autumn 2017
Press release (Ger)

DFG Funding: Heidelberg physicists develop new dating method for the earth and environmental sciences. Link to press article

New Hector Fellow Academy project (Daniel Eppel, A. Stephen K. Hashmi): "Photocatalysis and transition-metal-catalyzed reaction of furane-derivatives"
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New paper with contribution of Maximilian Schuh: "The 1430s: a cold period of extraordinary internal climate variability..."
Paper Externer Inhalt
FAZ press article Externer Inhalt
Spiegel press article Externer Inhalt

Call for papers for the workshop „Climate governance innovation trends in the run-up to Paris 2015: analysing mitigation and adaptation policies“, 15 – 17 May 2017, International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH)
Further information Externer Inhalt

Werner Aeschbach comments on new perspectives for noble gases in oceanography
Abstract Externer Inhalt

New HCE publication: Diversity hotspots of the laurel forest on Tenerife, Canary Islands
Abstract Externer Inhalt

Paper release: Sebastian Harnisch and Jale Tosun analyse the Paris Agreement (COP21) from a political science perspective
Article (Ger) Externer Inhalt
Press release (Ger)

Upcoming events

New lecture series "Angewandte Ökologie"

Wednesdays, 5.15-6.45 pm

Further information

"Heidelberg Bridge" Colloquium
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Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)

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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

5 Jahre HCE

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

Press release (Ger)
Poster A3 (PDF) (Ger)
Invitation flyer (PDF) (Ger)


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.

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