Photo: Prof. Dr. Hans Gebhardt
Whereas any specific discipline employs its own particular perspective to conduct research on various aspects of humans’ diverse environments, the HCE focuses its attention on broader aspects, in particular, on the dynamics of the physical and socio-cultural environment and on their mutual interaction. [More...]
HCE Junior Research Groups
As a part of the Institutional Strategy of Heidelberg University, funded by the German Excellence Initiative (Phase II), the HCE has set up two interdisciplinary Junior Research Groups:
- Junior Research Group "Environment and Society. Facing Famine in the Early Modern World", Coordinator: Dr. Dominik Collet
- Junior Research Group "Environment and Health in Arid Regions: Dynamics of Urbanisation, Challenges of Water Resource Management and New Risks for Human Well-Being" , Coordinator: Dr. Juliane Dame
Project "Land unter?"
The project "Land unter" is funded by the Thyssen foundation and aims at developing a regional history of floods and flood prevention measures based on archaeological and geomorphological studies on the upper Rhine between Straßburg/ Kehl and Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen. Within the project potential early dike lines should be located and the contexts of origin and functions of dams should be reconstructed.
Water Research Networks
Two water research networks funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg assess the risks of chemicals in the aquatic environment and study drought. The networks closely link the natural and engineering sciences with the social sciences and humanities:
The Eff-Net (Effect Network in Water Research), led by Prof. Dr. Braunbeck and Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun, investigate interdependencies for the risk assessment of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.
The DRleR network (Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible), led in Heidelberg by Prof. Dr. Lucas Menzel and Prof. Dr. Ute Mager, aims at grooming politics and society for the increasing periods of drought throughout Europe in the future.
Project "Check extrema"
The HeiKa-project "Check extrema" investigates historical records and geological archives (stalagmites) for extreme events in the Nürnberg area starting in late Medieval times (since 15th century).
Heidelberg Geoengineering Forum (HGF)
The Heidelberg Geoengineering Forum (HGF) brings together researchers located in the Rhine-Neckar region who are engaged in improving our knowledge on the potential, limitations and risks of Climate Engineering. At the moment it includes scholars based in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.