Welcome to GradZ-Umwelt

Seeing the bigger picture through interdisciplinary environmental education: that is what the Graduate Center for Environmental Research and Education (GradZ) at the University of Kassel stands for. Both PhD candidates and Master students benefit from a profound graduate training free of charge, access to valuable networks and support in pursuing their scientific careers.

GradZ is one of two Graduate Centers at the University of Kassel. It serves as an umbrella institution for six faculties and one Scientific Center. Currently, GradZ comprises 14 Master and two doctoral programs, all related to the environmental field. This stresses the Center's interdisciplinary orientation as well as its attempt to link graduate training for Master students and PhD candidates. Thanks to its wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary educational program, GradZ promotes the acquisition of interdisciplinary competencies and skills.

What We Have to Offer

"UmweltWissen" Certificate

GradZ offers Master students and PhD candidates of the University of Kassel the opportunity to acquire the so-called "UmweltWissen" ("environmental knowledge") certificate. This advanced training certificate is available to all master students as well as to PhD candidates whose research is embedded in an environmental context. Anyone interested in receiving the certificate has to take part in at least two events organized by GradZ, such as environmentally-relevant workshops, excursions or conferences. In addition, all aspirants are obliged to present their thesis in front of other participants and take courses offered by GradZ. The "UmweltWissen" certificate offers participants the opportunity to demonstrate additional knowledge which exceeds the regular requirements of their curricula, and an increased sensitivity for current and prospective environmental topics. PhD candidates get the chance to acquire additional knowledge about certain environmentally-relevant research questions that are linked to their own research, and to attend extra-curricular courses to expand their area of expertise.

Altogether, there are three different types of certificates:

  • The certificate UmweltWissen: Essentials (UW:G)
  • The certificate UmweltWissen: Social Sciences (UW:S)
  • The certificate UmweltWissen: Natural Sciences and Engineering (UW:NI)

Additional information on the certificates "UmweltWissen"can be found in our brochure "Mehr Wissen lohnt sich!" (available in German only).

Click here for registration and here for the certificates' course guides.


Veranstaltungen und Neuigkeiten des GradZ


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  • Achtung: Das Lehrangebot zum Zertifikatsprogramm wird ab sofort, anstatt in Modulhandbüchern, in digitaler Form bereitgestellt. Der Vorteil ist, dass die Beschreibung zur jeweiligen Lehrveranstaltung immer aktuell ist und die Zertifikatsteilnehmer sich direkt über das HIS Portal zu Raum, Uhrzeit und Termin der Veranstaltung informieren können. Hier geht es zum aktuellen Lehrangebot...  

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  • Im Documenta-Sommer 2017 gab es entlang der Moritzstraße (am Café DesASta und neben dem Selbstlernzentrum) zwei Gartenprojekte. Im Sommer 2018 soll an die Projekte angeknüpft und wieder Gemüse und Kräuter in Hochbeeten angebaut werden! Alle interessierten Studierenden der Universität Kassel sind eingeladen, sich an den Planungen für den Sommer im Rahmen des Projekts Essbarer Campus zu beteiligen. Hierzu finden im Januar (jeweils Fr/Sa) zwei aufeinander aufbauende Blockseminare statt, an denen Studierende aller Fächer teilnehmen können. Die Teilnahme am Blockseminar kann im Rahmen des Zertifikatsprogramm UmweltWissen (UW:G, UW:S, UW:NI) und zusätzlich im Bereich der additiven Schlüsselkompetenzen, im Umfang von 3 Credits) angerechnet werden. 

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