Elite Network: Global Change Ecology

Global Change Ecology

The Elite Graduate Program “Global Change Ecology” is devot­ed to under­standing and ana­lyzing the most im­portant and mo­mentous environ­mental concern of the 21st cen­tury, namely, global change. Problems of an 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 Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeMaster of Science
Duration of studyFour semesters
Place of studyBayreuth
Admission requirementsBachelor or diploma in natural or environmental sciences or related disciplines
Language of instructionEnglish
Application deadlineJune 15th
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Begin of studiesWinter semester
HeadProf. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
CoordinatorDr. Stephanie Thomas
Sylvia Sprödhuber
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Further informationWebsite Global Change Ecology

Understanding Global Changes

The Elite Graduate Program “Global Change Ecology” aims at training highly qualified and mo­tivated students to be­come execu­tives, leading scientists, political advisors and busi­ness con­sultants. Solving global environ­mental problems requires not only a back­ground in natural, environ­mental and soci­o-economic sciences, but also transdis­ciplinary thinking, team work and crea­tivi­ty. Due to the societal costs of global change, there is a demand for highly skilled special­ists capa­ble of analyzing risks, applying scientific knowledge and fore­see­ing con­sequenc­es.

A close coopera­tion with nationally and in­terna­tionally active re­search institu­tions, NGOs, compa­nies and admin­istrations as well as in­dividu­al tutor­ing pre­pares students for work­ing on a interna­tional scale. In addi­tion to the broad spec­trum of cours­es at the Uni­versi­ty of Bay­reuth stu­dents can choose from se­lected cours­es by the Uni­versi­ty of Augsburg.


Interna­tional science schools, guest profes­sors and a stay abroad help to establish contact with leading research­ers and foreign stu­dents.

Candi­dates for thePro­gram "Global Change Ecology" are ex­pected to be inter­ested in ecologi­cal and societal issues, to have ex­cellent knowledge in nat­ural sci­ence and an out­standing ability to deal with complex ques­tions.

Potrait photo: Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein

Global Change is the most important challenge of the 21st century. The GCE study program addresses various aspects and delivers capabilities to solve urging problems.

Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein

Snippets of the program

Biodiversity, Climate Change and Health

In the new module “Biodiversity, Climate Change and Health”, students discuss the currently trending topic of interlinkages between global change and health.

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This picture shows a graffiti painting of a mosquito.

Climate Policies and Economics

In the new module “Climate Policies and Economics” students learn about international climate diplomacy and economic concepts in the climate change debate.

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This picture shows the guest lecturers of the new module “Climate Policies and Economics”: Prof. Dr. Charlotte Streck and Dr. Jasper Meya.

Snippets of the research

Heat effects in cities

In her master's thesis, Leyla Sungur investigated adaptation measures to mitigate heat accumulation in medium-sized European cities using simulations.

Changes in the Red List

In his master thesis, Péter Gyenge investigated how the conservation status of selected species in the Mediterranean Basin and their threats changed since 2013.

Oxygen deficiency in the Baltic Sea

Karina Krapf conducted research on oxygen deficiency in the Baltic Sea and the physical-chemical relationships as part of her Master's thesis at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research.