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The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) provides a platform in which the various disciplines that deal with environmental issues at Heidelberg University can network with each other, and initiates the dialogue between academia and the public. As an institutional platform, the HCE promotes the exchange and cooperation between the participating departments and faculties and facilitates new research initiatives. Lecture series, symposia and other events open to the public are part of the HCE’s regular programme.


Looking back on Past Events


Discussion: "Challenges of Climate Protection and Employment - Responses and possible Solutions"

Tuesday, 10.03.2020, 7:30 pm. Location: Casino of the Capitol, Waldorfstr. 2, 68169 Mannheim

The human-made climate change is causing an increasing public claim for an immediate reduction of CO2-emissions. The demands deepen the fear of a wide range of employees to lose their jobs in "targeted" sectors.
How are those two positions being converged to one sustainable solution? What is the responsibility of the economy? What is the political sphere suggesting? How can the employees be integrated into new policy processes?

Professor Dr. Jale Tosun (Department for Political Science at the Heidelberg University), Dr. Peter Kurz (Head Mayor), Klaus Stein (IGMetall Mannheim), Fridays for Future Mannheim

Movie Screening "Climate Change - The Facts"

Movie_plakatIn the context of the Heidelberger Brücke lecture series, the HCE will be screening David Attenborough´s latest movie "Climate Change - The Facts" on January 23. After the screening, a discussion with climate change expert Dr. Nicole Aeschbach will take place. Everyone is cordially invited to join!

Link to movie trailer 



Upcycling Christmas Café

Christmas - a festival of consumption? Even though advertising and shop windows suggest that, it is not necessarily the case!

The Center for Education for Sustainable Development of the Pädagogischen Hochschule Heidelberg (BNE) organises a get-together to create sustainable Christmas gifts on Wednesday, 18.12.2019, at 4 pm. The Orga-Team will be providing a base of recycled crafting materials as well as few ideas to the participants. You are welcome to bring your own ideas and, if you like, some supplementary material too (ex. toilet rolls, old newspaper and gift paper, calendar pages, empty jam jars, napkins, cloths...). In front of a warm cup of coffee or tea, you can let your creativity run free and create recycling-friendly cards, gifts, or packaging in a cozy environment!

The event will take place at the BNE Centre in Bergheimer Str. 104.

Link to Event

Bioeconomy – On the way to sustainability? - Marsilius kontrovers

plakat bioökonomieDas Konzept der Bioökonomie hat begeisterte Unterstützung gefunden, ist aber auch auf massive Kritik gestossen. Bei „Marsilius kontrovers“ treffen aufeinander: Ein Ökonom (Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka), eine Politikwissenschaftlerin (Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun) und eine Biologe (Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch). Sie diskutieren miteinander und mit dem Publikum unterschiedliche Perspektiven und Fragen zur Umsetzung einer Bioökonomie: Was sind die Kernelemente der Bioökonomie?

Link to Event


Movie "Erde" and discussion with HCE expert

In cooperation with the Karlstorkino the HCE presented the documentary "Erde" by Austrian regisseur Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Prof. Dr. Ulrich A. Glasmacher (Institute of Earth Science and HCE-Member) gave additional insights during a lively discussion afterwards.

Science Slam on Climate

20190521-20h48m59s- Ffb5976For the opening of the International Conference on Climate Action ICCA 2019 and the Climate Neighbourhoods 2019 in Heidelberg five young scientists presented their research in the Science Slam on Climate. The audience voted on content and entertainment value of the presentations.

The HCE at Kinderuni 2019

2019Also in 2019, the HCE offered a workshop at the children university. In the workshop "Fish - food and resource", the children learned about the different aspects of sustainable fishing by playing a joint role game.
Link to Kinderuni 2019.

Authors workshop on "Issue politicization and policy change: Lesson drawing from the case of agriculture-food policy process"

Gruppenfoto_AutorenworkshopOn 7.-9th March 2019 the Institute for Political Sciences hosted the 17th JCPA & ICPA-Forum Annual Workshop. A dozen of international scholars from different disciplines discussed current trends in agriculture-food research from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The workshop was funded the HCE and the FoF4.
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Discussion Event on the topic „Öko-Pflanzenzüchtung – für Biodiversität und Klimaschutz“ (german)

Discussion on ecological plant seeding for biodiversity and climate protection. The discussion will be held in german.
Find more information here

Improvisation theater "Kopfsalat" at HCE

The theater trio "Kopfsalat" was on stage on 22nd January 2019 to deal with the topic of environment and sustainability in an artistic manner. In the well-filled Marstallcafé the audience was given a room to bring along their thoughts on the topic of environment and to reflect in an entertaining way.

  Video: Nils Föhles

17./18. Dec 2018: Workshop "Towards Climate Equity"

Scholars from anthropology, politics and physics gathered with guests from Canada, Indonesia and Germany to discuss which paths to follow towards climate equity. 

03.-14. Dec 2018: Student delegation at Conference of Parties 24

Gruppenbild_KattowitzA delegation led by the Heidelberg Center for the Environment has been in Kattowitz at the Conferences of Parties (COP) 24. The students, doctoral candidates and researchers followed the negotiations and conducted interviews. 
Participant shares her impressions in the Rhein-Neckar Newspaper, 12.12.2018

1.-3. Nov. 2018: 100 participants at HCE conference SDiA

100 participants from over 30 countries visited the Sustainable Development in Action conference 2018. In workshops the participants learned about different areas of sustainability. During the Action Labs they worked on the implementation of sustainable solution.  
Conference Homepage

Tuesday, 10th July: Symposium on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

On Tuesday, the Pädagogische Hochschule (PH)  celebrated the opening of the new center for ESD. In the afternoon, HCE, PH and the city of Heidelberg hosted the symposium on ESD. Prof. Dr. Thomas Maier and Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch, directors of the HCE, congratulated the BNE center and gave impulses towards a critical reflexion on ESD.

Panel dicussion: Climate Engineering

On May 14th four leading experts discussed the current state of knowledge and the perspectives of Climate Engineering with the audience of the Heidelberger Brücke colloquium.:

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zürich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Betz, KIT, Institute for Philosophy
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Prof. Timo Goeschl, PhD, Heidelberg University, Alfred-Weber-Institute for Environmental Economics

The debate brought up interesting and controversial aspects. The discussion was moderated by Miranda Böttcher from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS).

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Fotos: Florian Freundt

Heidelberger Brücke for the SS2018 opened

On 23 April the "Heidelberger Brücke" colloquium opened. The Heidelberg University delegation reported from different point of views from the last World Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn. Rixa Schwarz from Germanwatch e.V. connected the experiences of the last conference with expectations to the COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.

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Cop4 Cop5 Cop6

Fotos: Florian Freundt

HCE at Kinderuni 2018

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The HCE supported the KinderUni2018 and offered a workshop „Vom Fisch zum Tisch“. Joyfully the children could explore which conflicts of interest and external shocks need to be taken into account when fishing in a common ocean.

Major of Heidelberg Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner at HCE

On January 11th Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner held a orientation on the role of the cities in the energy transition. After an exiting talk at the Kirchhoff-   Institut of physics, discussions and exchange continued over the evening. 


Fotos: Florian Freundt

Student excursion to world climate summit in Bonn


The eyes of the world are on the COP23 in Bonn, where politicians, scientists, environmental activits and celebrities meet to draw their attention to Earths climate and to discuss next steps of climate action. In the midts oft he turmoil are 17 students as delegates of the Heidelberg University. The excursion to Germanys largest international conference is bedded in an interdisciplinary seminar, which is taught and led by Dr. Sanam Vardag (Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Universität Heidelberg), Dr. Jürgen Giegerich (ifeu-Institut, Heidelberg) und Prof. Dr. Anja Senz (Institut für Sinologie, Universität Heidelberg). At COP23, the students get the chance to investigate self-posed research questions and at the same time take in the international COP-ambience.

National Geographic reports about participation of Heidelberg students at COP23 demo (de)
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Wednesday 15. November 2017 (Ger)
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