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

This semesters lectures have ended. We are looking forward to lively talks and discussion next semester.

Topics and dates for the summer semester 2017


The 8th German-Brasilian Symposium for sustainable development will take place from 2. -8. October in Porto Alegre and is organized by HCE steering committee member Ulrich A. Glasmacher.
German-Brazilian Symposium


The Research ship MS-Wissenschaft halts in Heidelberg. The HCE-members Prof. Dr. Braunbeck und Prof. Dr. Diekert will enrich and support the visit with contributions to film evenings and children university lectures.
Press release (de)

HCE member Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun pleads for an open and scientific communication culture in Germany. 
U-15 report "Knowledge forms trust"

HCE participates at children's panel of climate change 
"Junge Universität" reports


We are happy to welcome three new members to the HCE: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna Growe, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Diekert and Dr. Sara Kipfer


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"
Further information Externer Inhalt


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

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)

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Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)

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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

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)


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