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Heidelberg University
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
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Team
Dr Nicole Aeschbach, Head of TdLab Geography
Dr Kathrin Foshag née Leutz (associated PostDoc scientist)
Saskia Rupp (student assistant)
Janina Schüßler (student assistant)
Patrick Burst (B.Sc. student)
Alexandra Gerer (B.Sc. student)
Julius Hoderlein (M.Sc. student)
Constanze Hummel (M.Sc. student)
Lisa Ilka (B.Sc. student)
Lea Kraft (B.Sc. student)
Melina Lukas (B.Sc. student)
Lea Oertlin (B.Sc. student)
Katharina Vogt (B.Sc. student)
 

TdLab Geography

To comprehensively address the major societal challenges (climate change, food security, loss of biodiversity, etc.) scientifically, contributions from disciplinary and interdisciplinary basic research are just as relevant as application-oriented approaches. The example of climate change illustrates, however, that even interdisciplinary settings often fall short when it comes to developing effective and practical solutions. It has been shown that real-world perspectives can only be adequately represented in research projects if stakeholders are directly involved in the work process.

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Poster contribution by K. Foshag at the kick-off meeting for the BMBF/MOST project ER3DS

One concept that takes this requirement into account is transdisciplinarity (td). Td research is in the most cases interdisciplinary, but above all, it is not limited to academic participants but creates the space for a cooperation on equal terms with stakeholders from companies, authorities, politics and civil society. The focus of interest is on complex real challenges, often characterized as “wicked problems”. From the beginning of the research process, scientists and stakeholders work together in co-design. They contribute their individual knowledge and perspectives, and develop analyses, concepts, and approaches in close collaboration. Ideally, the results of the projects flow into both research and practice. The output of td projects ranges from the development of methods to recommendations for practical action.

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Exchange between academia and stakeholder: N. Aeschbach and R. Winkler (City of Heidelberg)

The TdLab Geography was launched on the initiative of Dr Nicole Aeschbach in mid-2018. The aim is to apply the td approach to questions from the entire spectrum of geography. One main focus is on the field of "Geographies of Climate Change", which means the integration of natural and social science as well as stakeholders` perspectives on climate change in research, teaching and communication.

News Projects Publications Teaching

January 2020
Introduction and discussion with Dr. Nicole Aeschbach at the HCE movie event „Climate Change – The Facts“
Website

January 2020
Start of the pilot study "Towards high-resolution greenhouse gas information for climate action" at the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) with the participation of Dr. Kathrin Foshag and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

January 2020
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach offers a climate change workshop in Siegen

December 2019
The TdLab Geography is represented with the poster contribution "Integration of Climate Change Relevant Knowledge and Skills into Disciplinary University Curricula“ at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco (CA, USA)
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November 2019
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach participates in the ProClim Symposium on climate change adaptation in Berne (CH)
Website

November 2019
1. TdLab Geography retreat on ongoing projects and upcoming activities

November 2019
Lecture „Die naturwissenschaftliche Sicht auf die Klimakrise“, given by Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach at the "Public Climate School“ in Heidelberg

October 2019
During the winter semester 2019/20, the TdLab Geography offers the following courses: seminar „Transdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Klimawandelforschung“, „Verschränkungsmodul Geographie" (Master of Education) and excursion „Deutsche Weinstraße“

October 2019
Dr Nicole Aeschbach opens the lecture series “Wie bewältigen wir die Klimakrise? Ökonomische Perspektiven“ as a guest speaker at the University of Siegen
Website

October 2019
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach gives a lecture about the basics of climate change research together with Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach (Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University) at the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) in Heidelberg
Blog Post

September 2019
TdLab Geography contributes to the workshop „Mehr Öffentlichkeit wagen. Es gibt keine Wissenschaft ohne Kommunikation“ at the „K3 Kongress zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft“ in Karlsruhe
Blog

September 2019
Dr Kathrin Foshag presents the results of her PhD project dealing with climate change adaptation in cities at the REKLIM conference in Berlin (Helmholtz Climate Initiative “Regional Climate change”)
Blog

September 2019
TdLab Geographie in charge of conceptualizing and leading the “Students‘ Conference“ in the framework of the „7th German-Japanese University Presidents’ Conference“ of the HeKKSaGOn network
Blog

August 2019
TdLab at the IPCC “Special Report on Climate Change and Land” (SRCCL) launch event in Geneva
Blog

July 2019
Dr Nicole Aeschbach presents facts and figures from climate science at school events in Walldorf, Mannheim and Münsingen (Baden-Wurttemberg)

May 2019
TdLab Geographie at the “International Conference on Climate Action” (ICCA) in Heidelberg
Blog

April 2019
TdLab Geographie contributes with a „Dercobonization Lab“ to the Physics Graduate Days
Blog

March 2019
Kick off meeting of the BMBF/MOST project “ER3DS - Emission Reduction in Smart Cities Using 3D Spatial Sensing and Analysis”
Blog

March 2019
GIScience/HeiGIT and TdLab Geographie at the German IPCC conference
Blog

December 2018
Kathrin Leutz successfully completes her PhD at the Heidelberg School of Education (HSE)
HSE news

Current projects

Towards high-resolution greenhouse gas information for climate action
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach, Dr. Kathrin Foshag and Julius Hoderlein in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, PD Dr. Florian Kutzner, Dr. Sven Lautenbach and their teams; funded by the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE

Transdisciplinary Approaches in Climate Change Research
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach, Dr. Kathrin Foshag, Patrick Burst and Katharina Vogt

Waldökosysteme im Klimawandel. Beispiele aus der Schweiz
Alexandra Gerer and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Hochwasserschutz und Naturschutz im Konflikt: Der Biber – ein Naturschützer? Das Fallbeispiel St. Georgen / Schwarzwald
Lisa Ilka and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Nachhaltige Mobilität als Beitrag zum Klimaschutz. Aktuelle Projekte in Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Lea Kraft and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Bundesgartenschauen als Motor nachhaltiger Stadtentwicklung am Beispiel von Heilbronn und Mannheim
Melina Lukas, Dr. Kathrin Foshag and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Klimawandel und Tourismus im Aletschgebiet (CH)
Lea Oertlin and Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Konzepte zur Flugreisenreduktion in der Wissenschaft
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach and Saskia Rupp

Emission Reduction in Smart Cities Using 3D Spatial Sensing and Analysis (ER3DS)
Website

Completed projects

To Fly or Not to Fly. An explorative study of possibilities to reduce work-related air travel among academics at Heidelberg University
Bachelor project Saskia Rupp (first supervisor: Dr Nicole Aeschbach; second supervisor: Jun Prof Dr Anna Growe)

Artenschutzpotential städtischer Höhlenbäume. Begutachtung, Analyse und Lösungsvorschläge für das Spannungsfeld zwischen Artenschutz und Verkehrssicherungspflicht im Stadtgebiet Friedrichshafen.
Bachelor project Ina Fielenbach (first supervisor: Dr Nicole Aeschbach; second supervisor: Dr Tillmann Stottele)
Stakeholder: City of Friedrichshafen / Amt für Bürgerservice, Sicherheit und Umwelt / Abteilung Umwelt und Naturschutz

Auswirkungen der aktuellen Klimaveränderungen auf für den Weinbau relevante Wetter- und Witterungsbedingungen an ausgewählten Stationen in Baden
Bachelor project Janina Schüßler (first supervisor: Dr Nicole Aeschbach; second supervisor: Prof Dr Lucas Menzel)

Impacts and Perceptions of Regional Climate Change in Viticulture. A comparative field study of Napa Valley, California, and Eastern Palatinate, Germany
Master project Viktoria Reith (first supervisor: Dr Stefan Hecht; second supervisor: Dr Nicole Aeschbach)

Umweltbewusstsein und Umweltverhalten von Studierenden in Deutschland und der USA - eine vergleichende Studie am Beispiel der Universität Heidelberg und der Universität Greensboro
Bachelor project Lisa Marie Riester (first supervisor Prof Dr Alexander Siegmund; second supervisor: Dr Nicole Aeschbach)

Published articles

  • Mrazek, J., A. Siegmund, C. Fischer, N. Aeschbach, 2018. „Nachhaltigkeit lehren lernen“ – Innovative interdisziplinäre Lehr-Lern-Formate in der Lehramtsausbildung an Pädagogischer Hochschule und Universität Heidelberg. In: Leal Filho, W. (Hg.). Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre, Theorie und Praxis der Nachhaltigkeit. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  • Horn, L., N. Aeschbach, 2018. Nachhaltiger Tourismus im deutschen Teil des Biosphärenreservats Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen: Entwicklung eines Indikatorenkatalogs. Ann. Sci. Rés. Bios. Trans. Vosges du Nord-Pfälzerwald, 19 (2017-2018): 90 - 104.
  • Leutz, K., 2018. Forschendes Lernen zum Thema Klimawandel. In: Eck, S. (Hg.), 2018. Forschendes Lernen - Lernendes Forschen, Beltz Juventa: 192-201.
  • Aeschbach, N., P. Frischknecht, M. Stauffacher, 2017. Umweltwissenschaften an der Universität Heidelberg und der ETH Zürich - zwei unterschiedliche Modelle. Gaia 4/2017.

In preparation / submitted

  • Foshag, K., N. Aeschbach, B. Höfle, R. Winkler, A. Siegmund, W. Aeschbach. Viability of public spaces in cities under increasing heat: a transdisciplinary approach.
  • Klonner, C., N. Aeschbach, B. Höfle. Participatory Mapping and Visualization of Flood Risk Perception: An Example from Eberbach, Germany.
  • Aeschbach, N., K. Foshag. Große Transformation in kleinen Schritten. Der Beitrag der transdisziplinären Forschung zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung.

Theses

  • Rupp, S., 2019. To Fly or Not to Fly. An explorative study of possibilities to reduce work-related air travel among academics at Heidelberg University. Bachelor-Arbeit, Geographisches Institut, Fakultät für Chemie und Geowissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg.
  • Fielenbach, I., 2019. Artenschutzpotential städtischer Höhlenbäume. Begutachtung, Analyse und Lösungsvorschläge für das Spannungsfeld zwischen Artenschutz und Verkehrssicherungspflicht im Stadtgebiet Friedrichshafen. Bachelor-Arbeit, Geographisches Institut, Fakultät für Chemie und Geowissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg.
  • Schüßler, J., 2019. Auswirkungen der aktuellen Klimaveränderungen auf für den Weinbau relevante Wetter- und Witterungsbedingungen an ausgewählten Stationen in Baden. Bachelor-Arbeit, Geographisches Institut, Fakultät für Chemie und Geowissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg.

Winter semester 2019/20

  • Seminar Transdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Klimawandel-Forschung (Dr Nicole Aeschbach)
  • Verschränkungsmodul Geographie (Klimawandel. Herausforderung für Wissenschaft, Alltag und den Geographieunterricht) as part of the Master of Education study program in cooperation with the Staatliches Seminar für Ausbildung und Fortbildung der Lehrkräfte Heidelberg (StD’in Claudia Sommer)
  • Excursion Deutsche Weinstraße (Dr Nicole Aeschbach and Dr Kathrin Foshag)

Summer semester 2019

  • Seminar Transdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Klimawandel-Forschung (Dr Nicole Aeschbach)
  • Verschränkungsmodul Geographie (Klimawandel. Herausforderung für Wissenschaft, Alltag und den Geographieunterricht) as part of the Master of Education study program in cooperation with the Staatliches Seminar für Ausbildung und Fortbildung der Lehrkräfte Heidelberg (StD’in Claudia Sommer)
  • Seminar Umweltethik in alttestamentlicher und klimatischer Perspektive (Dr Nicole Aeschbach and Dr Sara Kipfer, Theology)
  • Excursion Deutsche Weinstraße (Dr Nicole Aeschbach and Dr Kathrin Foshag)

Winter semester 2018/19

  • Seminar Transdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Klimawandel-Forschung (Dr Nicole Aeschbach)
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