Interdisciplinary Teaching of Climate and Energy Research and Policy Decision Making


Wolfgang Stenzel (HWK)


Prof. Dr. Timothy J. Shaw, University of South Carolina (USA), former HWK Fellow


  • Prof. Dr. Hans Brumsack, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Patricia A. Maurice, University of Notre Dame (USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Roland Menges, Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Prof. Dr. Catherine J. Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Hochschule für Politik an der Technischen Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Geoff Scott, University of South Carolina (USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Traub, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität
  • Dr. Maria Vernet, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA), former HWK Fellow
  • Prof. Dr. Horacio E. Zagarese, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), former HWK Fellow
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine O'Hara, University of the District of Columbia (USA)


2016 – 2020

Statement of Problem

Climate change has been widely recognized by scientists and world leaders as one of, if not the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Climate change is an international problem involving a wide array of scientific and humanistic disciplines and finding solutions will require international cooperation and interdisciplinary approaches. In order to address the problem of climate change effectively, the current state of knowledge across disciplines needs to be readily accessible to students as well as stakeholders and decision makers. This will require presentation of the fundamentals of climate change science and energy physics as well as fields ranging from philosophy to political economy in terminology and context relevant to a broad spectrum of readers.

Expected Products

The long-term outcome of the study group will be a textbook and lecture slides that provide field specific background for courses on climate change in a variety of related fields. Initial target fields would be environmental chemistry, energy physics, environmental engineering, materials science, and political economy. The study group will generate a series of basic knowledge chapters to form the necessary foundation for the target fields. The “basic knowledge” chapters will be developed to inform a broad audience as represented by the various Study Group disciplines. Theme chapters and case studies will provide an interdisciplinary overview of current problems, current research, and overlaps between the target fields.


May 23 – 26, 2016
October 10 – 12, 2016
January 3 – 5, 2017
June 10 – 14, 2017
December 11 – 15, 2017
June 25 – 28, 2018
March 11 - 14, 2019

Wolfgang Stenzel
Head of Program SOCIETY