The Center for a Sustainable University (KNU) is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of sustainable development at Universität Hamburg, and beyond. The KNU acts as a research network and think-tank for innovations in new approaches, concepts and methods within the context of sustainability in Higher Education Institutions. Watch our KNU video trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDc9jfE6mc and find more information on our website: https://www.nachhaltige.uni-hamburg.de/en.html
Project examples conducted by the KNU:
HOCHN collaboration: Initiating and coordinating the collaboration Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions: develop – network – report (HOCHN), funded by the German Federal
Interdisciplinary research on sustainability and multilingualism: https://www.nachhaltige.uni-ha mburg.de/en/projekte/knu-projekte/mehrsprachigkeit.html
Organizing the first Hamburg Sustainable Development Summit in cooperation with the annual COPERNICUS Alliance Conference: https://www.hsds.uni-hamburg.de/. The HSDS has its special focus on the contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within education, research, governance, operation and outreach initiatives at Higher Education Institutions.
The KNU operates through different teams concerned with special topics such as: sustainability in research, sustainability in operations and administration, Education for Sustainable Development, reflection on science as a meta-perspective on transformational processes, and Organizational Development for sustainability. The KNU involves all faculties and members of the university – professors, students, administration staff and junior researchers – to generate transformational knowledge, capacities and practices in order to foster a whole institution approach on sustainable development.
The various KNU activities are coordinated by the multidisciplinary core team: Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen (KNU Director), Wolfgang Denzler (HOCHN, network and transfer), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingrid Gogolin (Head of Multilingualism Project), Prof. Dr. Florian Grüner (KNU Consultant), Prof. Dr. Axel Horstmann (KNU Consultant), Sophie Palm (KNU Scientific Officer), Cordula Rüth (HOCHN, Project Assistant), Dr. Claudia T. Schmitt (KNU Managing Director & Scientific Coordinator), Christine Stecker (HOCHN, Coordination), Dr. Hilmar Westholm (KNU Scientific Officer).