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Brief Announcements

Have a brief glance at the upcoming HCE Events:

Movie-Screening:  »Water and Power – A California Heist«

9th of July 2020
8-10:30 pm
Click here for getting access!

FILM Water and Power


Future-Cafe: "Moderation: A path to a sustainable future?"

14th of July

(Join the digital conference room)

"Mini-Digital-COP26 Workshop"

15th of July 2020
5:30-8:30 pm
Register via: minidigitalcop26@gmx.de

The HCE Bridge

Despite the current circumstances due to the Corona-Pandemic, the Bridge's lecture series is starting in time!

The HCE therefore will provide a Livestream-Service for the upcoming events until further notice.

We are more than happy to invite you to the next lecture of the HCE Bridge starting on:


Monday, 20th of July 2020, 4pm


»Mobile Methan-Messungen zur Emissionsbestimmung« 


Lecture and discussion:
Dr. Martina Schmidt, University of Heidelberg, Institute for Environmental Physiks


Join the Livestream!

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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. 


What's new?

Podcast For Future with HCE-Member Professor Dr. Siegmund

FFFPodcastmitSiegmundHCE-Member Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund contributes to the latest upload of FFF-Heidelberg's informing online format "Podcast For Future".
Check out the Podcast.


Reducing Coal Emissions within the Economy

How can the economy be transformed to be less excessive in using carbon? Which measures for decarbonization have states already taken and with what success? A research project in which scientists from the Institute for Political Science at Heidelberg University are involved addresses these questions. The work in Heidelberg under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun will start in early 2021.
Press release (German).

How climate policy works

What can politics do to combat climate change? The political scientist Jale Tosun from Heidelberg on climate policy in the United States and Europe.
Learn more on the website.

COST-Action on new genome editing techniques

As part of the the COST-Action „Genome editing in plants - a technology with transformative potential“ (PlantEd), HCE-members work on joint research projects with international colleagues on new genome editing techniques.
Learn more on the website.

Study on the accuracy of German citizens’ confidence in their climate change knowledge

HCE researchers have recently published a study on the accuracy of German citizens' confidence in their climate change knowledge in the renowned journal Nature Climate Change.
Read the paper here.


Scientist for Future at the HCE

Scientists for Future  support the fridays for future movement scientifically. The statement of the S4F International has been published in Science. HCE mobilized many signatories. From 3000 signatures in total, about 1% are from Heidelberg and a major part from the HCE (0,6%). Check out our interview with Scientist for future and HCE member Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach.
Letter in Science.
List of signatories.
HCE - Youtube channel


HCE Zukunftskolleg 2019/2020 is open for application

Are you a graduate or postgraduate scholar looking for individual support and peer exchange? Apply now to the HCE Zukunftskolleg.
More information


Natur Climate change: Drivers of CO2 reductions

Jale TosunProf. Dr. Jale Tosun (Deputy Director of the HCE) and colleagues publish newest insights on drivers of CO2 emissions reduction in industrial countries in Nature Climate Change.
Link to Paper.


Prof. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch awarded for "courageous research"

HCE member Sabine Gabrysch (Institut für Global Health) has been awarded for her personal commitment, her courage and her scientific competence within the  „Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition“ (FAARM) project.  The HCE gratulates!
MWK Article (Ger)
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (Ger)
Pictures of the award ceremony

Prof. Dr. Dominik Collet accepts appointment to Oslo

Collet_BuchHCE-junior research leader Prof. Dr. Dominik Collet has accepted an appointment to the University of Oslo, Norway. His newest book  "Die doppelte Katastrophe" can be found here and as preview hier.

Prof. Dr. Koch as visiting professor in Santiago de Chile

Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch (Deputy HCE-Director and Research Centre for Biodiversity / Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg) is currently in Santiago de Chile as visiting professor.
Press release of Universidad Católica de Chile (Es)

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