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Lecture series

"Heidelberg Bridge" Colloquium

INF 360 (Botanical Garden), Lecture hall
The "Heidelberg Bridge" Colloquium is a lecture series that focuses on the issues of existential challenges and ecological effects of natural, technological and societal changes on human beings and creates a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and communication with the public.
Topics and dates - summer semester 2018

Our movie gives an insight into the colloquium:


BNE-Kolloquium: "Nachhaltigkeit und Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung"
Thursdays 4:15 - 5:00 pm Location: H.002, Im Neuenheimer Feld 561
This colloquium invites to discuss with out speakers about Bionic thinking, comprehension for sustainability and the importance of economic growth. 
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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.

Look back - from the projects

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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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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Workshop and Talk on urban development
Friday, 17 November 2017, 6 pm talk and Saturday, 18 November 2017, 10 am workshop on urban development in Heidelberg with Doris Kleilein (Architect).

HCTS Stadtgespräch
Friday, 03.11.2017, 3.15 pm.
The HCTS Stadtgespräche are intended as a dialogue between the members of the university and the city of Heidelberg on topics of common interest. This Friday Dr. Christoph Kueffer, Professor für Stadtökologe, ETH Zürich will speak on  "Designing Nature- Stadtnatur zwischen Ökologie und Kunst” in conversation with  Professor Michael Braum (Geschäftsführender Direktor Internationale Bauausstellung Heidelberg/ IBA Heidelberg), Professor Annette Hornbacher (Professorin für Ethnologie,  Centrum für Asienwissenschaften und Transkulturelle Studien (CATS), Universität Heidelberg) and Professor Monica Juneja, (Professorin für Globale Kunstgeschichte, Heidelberger Centrum für Transkulturelle Studien (HCTS). The event will be moderated by  Dr. Dominik Collet from the  Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE).

Interdisciplinar block course
September 2017
In the interdisciplinar block course "Transboundary Water Conflict Resolution: The Israeli-Arab Case" (Prof, Dr. Itay Fishhendler, Hebrew University, Jerusalem) students from all disciplines were given the chance to discuss and learn about the problems covering the topic of transboundary water conflicts. 
Transboundary Water Conflict Resolution: The Israeli-Arab Case

HCE guest researchers provide insights into their work
September 2017
Two HCE guest reachers gave exiting talks in the semester break, which led two interesting discussions and new ideas: On Tue, 12.09 17 Uhr Prof. Dr. Stephen Muecke (University of Adelaide, South Australia) talked about "Totemism and indigenous science". On Wed, 13.09 17 Uhr Prof. Dr. Itay Fishhendler (Hebrew University,  Isreal) talked about  "Shifting to renewable energies".
HCE participates at children's panel of climate change
In the course of the children's panel of climate change, the vacation programme from päd-aktiv Heidelberg, the HCE opened the event with a thematic introduction into the topic climate. The children were taken on a trip with a space shuttle to discover their favorite holiday destinations from above. The children playfully learned that the different locations are connected to a different vegetation depending on latitude. Finally the children created their own map with animals and plants and discussed the consequences of global temperature increase in the different climatic zones. 
Latin American Colloquium LAK 2017
5 - 8 April 2017 
Further information
Lecture series "Environmental Humanities"
organized by Dr. Dominik Collet, Dr. Juliane Dame, Dr. Daniel Münster and Dr. Carsten Wergin
Poster Winter 2016/17
Workshop "Hochwasser, Hochwasserwahrnehmung und Hochwasserschutz am mittelalterlichen Oberrhein"
organized by Prof. Dr. Thomas Meier and Dr. Bertil Mächtle, Projekt "Land unter? Hochwasser und Hochwasserschutz am Oberrhein während des frühen und hohen Mittelalters"
17–19 November 2016
5 Years 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. [More...]


5 Jahre HCE

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)

Colloquium Series „Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)“
Interdisziplinäres Institut für Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Gesellschaft, University of Education in cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
Programme Summer 2016 (Ger)
Programme Winter 2015/16 (Ger)

Conference "BNE-Hochschulnetzwerk"
29 April 2016, Hosts: University of Education Heidelberg and Heidelberg Center for the Environment
Programme (Ger) 

IODP/ICDP Colloquium 2016
Colloquium International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) and GESEP-School 2016 March 2016
Programme (Ger)

Symposium Sustainable Development
German-Brazilian Symposium Sustainable Development, 04-10 October 2015 at Heidelberg University.
Information and registration

Santander International Summer School
HCE excecutive committee member Prof. Dr. Ulrich A. Glasmacher is scientific coordinator of the Santander International Summer School entitled “Arising Awareness – Sustainable Development of Human Society within the Frame of Planet Earth“
Press Release

Conference of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Stabile Isotope e.V."
28th - 30th September 2015 at Heidelberg University
Conference Website (Ger) External Content
Special Event with Prof. Detlef F. Sprinz Ph.D.
14 July 2015, 09.15 am, Im Neuenheimer Feld 227 (Kirchhoff Institute for Physics), Room 3.402
Topic: "Hard Law Beats Soft Law"
Presentation and discussion with Prof. Detlef F. Sprinz Ph.D., Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Potsdam University
Does the form of multilateral environmental agreements matter? In particular, do non-binding international agreements pose a rival to the effect of traditional binding international agreements? We test rival propositions on the effects of form and sequencing of international environmental agreements of hard law vs. soft law on water quality. Empirically, we focus on all European transboundary rivers dyads with clear upstream-downstream configurations during 1954 - 2008. Regardless of specification, our results indicate that hard law beats soft law in predicted (and sometimes unexpected) ways.
Scenario Workshop „International Politics: Climate Engineering, Adaptation and Mitigation in 2030“
at the Institute for Political Science, Heidelberg University in collaboration with the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
The Workshop took place on 10/11th July 2015. For further information please visit (Ger).
Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2015
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle was part of the Organisational Committee of the "Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2015“
Summer School Website External Content
The HCE at the „Klimaschutztag“ at the Heidelberg Zoo
„How does a potato end up french fried at McDonalds?“ This and many other questions have been addressed by the HCE at the „Klimaschutztag“, 14 June 2015, at the Heidelberg Zoo. With games and a presentation on Climate Change, the main principles of sustainable development have been introduced. 
Further information on the „Klimaschutztag“ at the Heidelberg Zoo (Ger)
A workshop on the progress in the technique and application of Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA), 26.-29. March 2015 at Heidelberg University.
Further information
Lecture Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker
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Within the scope of this year's Spring Meeting at Heidelberg University, the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) presented an evening lecture given by Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker (University of Berne, Switzerland).
Prof. Stocker is Co-Chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His presentation „Klimawandel: Zu spät für 2°C?” on 24 March 2015 started at 8:00 pm in the Aula of the Neue Universität and was open to the public.
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