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.

Aktuelle Informationen zum Zertifikatsprogramm UmweltWissen und zu Veranstaltungen der Virtuellen Akademie Nachhaltigkeit

Anmeldung zum Zertifikatsprogramm UmweltWissen

Anmeldung und Informationen zu einer digitalen Lehrveranstaltung der Virtuellen Akademie Nachhaltigkeit

Aktuelle Veranstaltungen des GradZ

Workshopangebote im SoSe 2020 WiSe 2020/21 in der Übersicht


November 2020:

·     Meet-the-Editor: “How to publish in an inter- and transdisciplinary journal”, Guest Speaker: Jörg Niewöhner, Mitherausgeber der Zeitschrift Sciences and Technology Studies, am 26.11.2020, von 10.30-12.00 Uhr, Online Workshop (Zoom) 

·     2-tägiger Workshop zur strategischen Nutzung von Social Media für die Wissenschaftskarriere, Online-Lernangebot (Zoom), 9.11.2020 und 10.11.2020 weitere Informationen folgen.

Februar/März 2021

·     Eintägiger MaxQDA-Workshop mit Heiko Grunenberg. Der genaue Termin und Informationen für die Anmeldung werden in Kürze bekannt gegeben.