University of Bremen Supports Climate Week

The university is supporting the campaign week from November 25 – 28, 2019, which was proposed by the Students for Future climate movement. There will be daily events. The aim of this protest is to draw more attention to the issues highlighted by Fridays for Future.

Each day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the lecture hall building, the university and the students will be holding events covering various aspects of climate research.

“Students who organize themselves for a large protest in a democratic, non-party, and independent manner have the support of the university,” emphasizes Professor Thomas Hoffmeister, vice president academic. “Universities are spaces of democratic culture and controversies; they are the motor of innovation. Universities emit impulses for society. I believe it to be extremely important and entirely appropriate within the context of the university that students from varying disciplines scientifically concern themselves with one of the biggest challenges that will affect society in the future. The University of Bremen holds an outstanding position and great expertise in the area of climate research.”

Climate Research is of Great Importance for the University of Bremen

The discussion on climate change is extremely important to the University of Bremen. Many areas of the university carry out research on climate development and one of the scientific high-profile areas of the university is actually marine, polar and climate research. As an example, the scientists at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen – are investigating the role of the oceans in climate change. Moreover, researchers at the University of Bremen are involved in the development of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. In the most recently published special report, the authors pointed out that climate change is having an increasing effect on the oceans and ice masses. The results published in said report also underscore the consequences of global warming for the marine environment: The oceans are acidifying, suffering from a lack of oxygen, and dealing with heat extremes to a greater extent – with immense consequences for marine life. However, the IPCC special report does also emphasize that the worst effects can still be avoided by suitable measures being taken. The experts are prompting politicians to quickly decide on joint effective action.

Commitment to Environmental Protection

The university itself has for my years been committed to environmental and climate protection. One of the successful initiatives is the solar energy cooperative, which was founded by staff members. For several years, “Uni Bremen SOLAR” has been producing ecological energy via solar panels mounted on university buildings. The university most recently received the renowned European EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) Award 2019 from the EU Commission.

The Program:

Monday, November 25, 2019

10 a.m. Professor Peter Lemke, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI): “Der Klimawandel – Unsere größte Herausforderung” (Climate change – Our biggest challenge) – in German
11 a.m. Professor Justus Notholt, Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP): “Was sagen uns Satelliten über Wetter und Klima? Fernerkundung in der Umwelt- und Klimaforschung” (What do satellites tell us about the weather and climate? Remote sensing in environment and climate research) – in German

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

10 a.m. Professor Michael Schulz from MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen: “Klimawandel – Grundlagen und zukünftige Szenarien” (Climate change – Foundations and future scenarios) – in German
11 a.m. Professor Martin Diekmann from the field of vegetation biology: “Pflanzen und Tiere im Klimawandel – wenige Gewinner und viele Verlierer” (Plants and animals in climate change – hardly any winners and many losers) – in German

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

10 a.m. Dr Werner Kraus from artec Sustainability Research Center
11 a.m. Andreas Gutmann, Faculty of Law

Thursday, November 28, 2019

10 a.m. Corinna Degeler, economist, University of Vechta: “Ökonomie und Klimakrise” (Economy and the climate crisis) – in German
11 a.m. Panel discussion

Students from all disciplines and the interested general public are cordially invited to participate in the events and the discussions.

Further information:


Prof.Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice president academic
University of Bremen
Phone: 0421 218-60031
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Christina Selzer
University Communication and Marketing Office
Phone.: 0421 218-60158
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