Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

MOOCs by HCE Member Rainer Sauerborn:
Learn about the link between climate change and health in your pace!
"Climate Change and Health"
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"Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers"
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Study & Education

Semester program
Education for Sustainable Development
Interdisciplinary field trips
Master Program Geoarcheology
Joint Marsilius seminars
Young university

Freshmen 2010

At Heidelberg University, topics related to environmental research play a role in various existing study programmes in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) regularly offers interdisciplinary courses, such as excursions and Bridge Seminars as part of the Marsilius Studies. In addition, HCE scientists are engaged as lecturers for school events and develop new activities in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Current courses at HCE

  • German-American Cooperation for Climate and Environmental Protection Policy
    Seminar description


  • Theorie und Praxis medialer Kommunikation am Beispiel Klima und Nachhaltigkeit
    Seminar description


  • Seminar: "Nachhaltigkeit lehren lernen"

  • Interdisziplinäre Exkursion des HCE Geographie - Geschichte: Klingenmünster

  • HCE-Kolloquium "Heidelberger Brücke"


All HCE-Courses in LSF


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The HCE members come from the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, so that aspects of all three pillars of sustainability, namely environment, economy and society are included. In cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Institute for Science, Technology, Society (NTG) of the University of Education Heidelberg (PH, Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund), the Young University (Dr. Jörg Kraus) and teachers from the region, the HCE has established a „Collaborative Cluster for Sustainability" to expand the activities in the field of ESD. Thereby a bridge is built from the university lecturers to the students, teachers and pupils and profound knowledge on sustainability issues is brought together with the methods of ESD. In a joint seminar of the University and the PH, students are trained as coaches for schools since the summer of 2014. The students receive valuable practical experience and develop lessons with a strong relation to reality. The seminars are held by Dr. Sanam Vardag, Dipl.-Geogr. Svenja Brockmüller, Sabrina Ebenhoch B.Sc. and Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund.
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Studierende als Nachhaltigkeitscoaches in der Schule

Press release (Ger)


Interdisciplinary Field Trips

Dr. Georg Christ (Historian, formerly Heidelberg University, now University of Manchester) and Dr. Nicole Vollweiler have developed the concept for interdisciplinary excursions on the interface between the sciences and the humanities together with colleagues in 2009. Since the founding of the HCE in 2011, the center offers field trips regularly in every semester. Currently, Dr. Nicole Vollweiler, Dr. Maximilian Schuh (HCE Junior Research Group „Environment and Society“) and Dr. Martin Wenz (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) as a guest act as lecturers to ensure that aspects from physical geography as well as from history and architecture are covered. In the previous semesters, the team also included Dr. Anja Betzin (formerly Centre for Organismal Studies) and Sylvie Schwarzwälder (History Department).

HCE field trip Heiligenberg
From left to right: Dipl.-Biol. Anja Landau, Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ, Dr. Nicole Vollweiler, Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach, Dr. Martin Wenz; Photograph: HCE



Master Program Geoarchaeology

Wueste Arbeiten 100x100In October 2014, the new Master Programme Geoarchaeology has started. The programme is conducted by the Institute of Geography, the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Pre- and Protohistory and Near-Eastern Archaeology.


Detailed Information (DE)

Flyer (PDF) (DE)

Press release (DE)


Joint teaching activities of the HCE and the Marsilius Kolleg

Many scientists being active in the HCE also are or were Marsilius Fellows, which shows the close link between the HCE and the Marsilius Kolleg. Both initiatives are committed to strengthen the exchange between scientific cultures. In order to make this exchange also visible in teaching, HCE members keep participating in the interdisciplinary “Bridge Seminars“ of the Marsilius Studies.

Plan B Seminar HCE - Marsilius Kolleg
From left to right: Tobias Just, managing director of the Marsilius Kolleg, in conversation with three participants of the bridge seminar and Dr. Nicole Vollweiler, managing director of the HCE; Photograph: Tobias Schwerdt

>> Marsilius Bridge Seminars since 2011


The HCE at school - cooperation with Junge Universität

HCE scientists participate in the "Young University" and thus ensure the transfer of knowledge to the key target group of pupils. The focus lies on current issues such as climate change, biodiversity and energy. The activities of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) range from the participation in the „Klimaschutztag“ at the Zoo of Heidelberg, to the GreenDay and the „Kinderakademie“ at Bruchsal. The HCE attaches particular importance to the incorporation of different types of schools when giving lessons not only at Heidelberg but also in the region, for example in the framework of the programme "Buch den Profi" and the "Forschungsbörse der Wissenschaftsjahre". Larger events took place for example at the Erich Kästner Schule Bürstadt and at the Friedrich List Schule Mannheim. Another highlight was a workshop with pupils of the Käthe Kollwitz Gymnasium Neustadt / Weinstr. They visited the HCE special event "ZDF planet e." together with their teachers and got insight into current research at the HCE.

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