Objectives and strategy
The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) helps to combine existing competences at Heidelberg University in the area of environmental sciences. Going beyond the traditional boundaries of a specific subject or discipline, the HCE aims at providing academic solutions to existential challenges and ecological effects of natural, technological and societal changes on humans. [More...]
HCE is part of the successful institutional strategy (Excellence Initiative, Phase II)
The HCE was founded in 2011. It is part of the institutional strategy of the University Heidelberg and has set up two interdisciplinary research groups as well as many central activities and projects.
Main Fields of Research
Building on the intensive preliminary work, the Heidelberg Center for the Environment focuses on following fields of research:
- Environment and Society
- Health and Environment
- Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?
- Climate Culture Interactions
The HCE acts as an incubator for additional research projects, cooperative projects, graduate schools etc. The objective is to continually build networks between any two of the key disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences and cultural studies.
Interdisciplinary and integrative cooperation
The complexity and cultural dependence of modern environmental problems goes beyond the analytical framework of any one single method or discipline. For this reason, the HCE employs a model of interdisciplinary and integrative cooperation. Heidelberg University is renowned, also at the international level, as a place where this overall view of the environment is developed and integrated into teaching methods and public discourse on the issue.