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Climate neutral Campus in Europe

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action

The UN's eleventh sustainable development goal (SDG-11) aims at creating sustainable cities and communities. Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) alongside ECIU University supports this goal and, wants to contribute to a more sustainable future. Climate change is one of the major challenges facing global society. Extreme weather, such as droughts and heavy rain, are expected to increase with climate change, and as recent events show, expose unforeseen vulnerabilities. TUHH can contribute to realizing the SDG by reducing its carbon footprint, and by providing technological solutions that help increase resilience to climate and weather extremes. 

Our challenge/ The Big Idea 
We want to contribute to making our cities sustainable. At Hamburg University of Technology, engineers are taught to take responsibility and shape a sustainable future with new technologies. We want to develop a climate neutral campus with innovative ideas and bold solutions and thereby, advance climate protection and reduce CO2 production. What does it look like in your city? Develop a concept that enables the TUHH to have a climate neutral campus in the future.

Participation in this Challenge is considered and recommended as preparation for a follow-up larger challenge that involves writing a master thesis or an equivalent recognition with respect to a workload of about 900 hours (or about 30 ECTS). Participants of this challenge can deepen their understanding of the topic by continuing in a six-month strategic challenge and work towards their master thesis. Participating in the second challenge is not mandatory though.

Expected impact
Reducing the impact of climate change is a very important topic and one of the most discussed issues in politics and society. Climate change is beyond current scientific understanding, but new technologies can offer opportunities to contribute to a climate-neutral world. Get ready to make a start now. You can be a pioneer and help make a climate neutral campus.

Target groups

The challenge is open for master students who are ready to begin with their master thesis soon.
Participants have the opportunity to continue working on this topic towards a master thesis in a follow-up challenge.

The project
The project will be run as a mini challenge between 24th November 2021 and 15th December:

  • Kick-off #1: 24th November 2021, 14:00-18:30 CET (online)
  • First interim presentation: 1st December 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 CET (online)
  • Second interim presentation: 8th December 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 CET (online)
  • Closing event: 15th December 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 CET (online)

Expectations from participants
Work in teams. The format of a mini challenge needs about 50 hours distributed between November 24th and December 15th. 

Admission process
There is no admission process required for this challenge. All admitted participants will be informed shortly before the kick-off to receive the link for the first meeting. For questions related to the content of the challenge or any other information, please contact the teamcher.

Structure of challenge 
Online. Technical equipment incl. webcam will be needed. 

Expected group size
6-12 participants, to be divided into 1-2 teams.

Interaction with the challenge provider, experts, teamcher, international students and professionals.

Deadline for application
Deadline for application including a short motivational statement: 21th November 2021, 23:59 CET.

ECTS or Certification information: 3 ECTS


Hamburg University of Technology

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