Uni-Bayreuth Uni-Augsburg Uni-Würzburg Elitenetzwerk Bayern



Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.)
within the Elite Network of Bavaria

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The program is devoted to understanding and analyzing the most important and consequential environmental concern of the 21st century; namely, Global Change. Problems of an entirely new and interdisciplinary nature require the establishment of innovative approaches in research and education. A special program focus is the linking of natural science perspectives on global change with approaches in social science disciplines.


The elite study program combines expertise of the Universities of Bayreuth, Augsburg and Würzburg, with that of Bavarian research institutions, and economic, administrative and international organisations. The program is unique in Germany from the standpoint of content and at the forefront with respect to international efforts. The goal is training of highly qualified leaders for tasks and problem solving in science, environmental protection, and with respect to political or economic decision making.


The University of Bayreuth provides an excellent profile and background in "Ecology and Environmental Science" as well as "African Studies" as determined by the expert commission "Science in Bavaria 2020". The academic departments provide special offerings for the elite degree program along with ongoing research projects that examine global change questions. Teaching language is English.

Info leaflet (English)

Application deadline for winter term 2015/2016: 15. July 2015


for more information: Atmospheric CO2

Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein

Stephanie Thomas

Yohannes Ayanu



Negotiations in the spirit of collaboration – the World Model United Nations 2014


Gaining practical insights into international climate policy: Internship at the United Framework Convention on Climate Change


Going into the field – practical experience on La Palma (Canary Islands) 2014


Visualized Consumption Patterns – Virtual Water Exhibition in Murnau from Global Change Ecology

Outcome of the La Palma Science School provides us now with the hitchhiker’s guide to island endemism


GCE students participate in Helsinki Summer School „Measuring and Valuing Ecosystem Services”


GCE students participate in Go East – West-Siberian Summer School 2014


GCE students participate in the AniMove Science School at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute


ENB celebrates 10-years jubilee

10 years of interdisciplinary collaboration and success -

on the 21st of March, the ENB (Elite-Network of Bavaria) could invite members and guests to a big jubilee celebration at the Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. The mixture of scientific talks and ceremony attracted also the minister of Science, Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, who expressed his acknowledgment.


Global Change Ecology on Campus TV

What makes an elite graduate program special? And why do students choose it? Campus-TV visited us and portraits Global Change Ecology (in German only): Link