To help address complex ecological challenges, Heidelberg University strengthens the exchange between academic players and non-scientific partners and promotes the transfer of research findings on sustainability and the environment to business and industry.
Communication About Sustainability
Heidelberg University uses various event formats aimed at both the general public and at certain parts of the public to transfer scientific findings relating to sustainability to society. The aim is to inform the public about current research projects in the environmental sciences and related disciplines and to promote the dialogue between science and society.
The events include the research colloquium ‘Heidelberg Bridge’ at the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE), which addresses the challenges and ecological impact of natural, technical and societal change on humankind. In addition to promoting scientific discourse, the colloquium wants to strengthen the dialogue with the public and increase awareness for the societal relevance of environmental and sustainability research. The Monday Conference at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, which takes place once a week during the semester, also deals with sustainability-related subjects such as the energy revolution and climate change. The ’Marsilius kontrovers’ event format coordinated at the Marsilius Kolleg has invited scientists to debate the subject of bioeconomics from the viewpoints of different disciplines.
A spin-off of the Institute of Environmental Physics, Airyx specialises in the development of customised, precision gas measuring devices. The instruments primarily measure nitric oxide, formaldehyde, ozone and sulphur dioxide concentrations. Airyx’ fields of activity include vehicle emissions measurements, and immission and emission measurements for institutions and businesses.
Based on an international network and country-specific data, German Renewables – a spin-off of the Institute for Political Science – advises German businesses in the environmental sector with regard to international expansion and the development of new markets. The company wants to support its main target group – medium-sized enterprises focusing on maintaining soil, air and water quality – in exporting products and technologies.