International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.)
The mission of the International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.) Bachelor's programme is to train experts who are able to understand the Earth's forests as ecosystems and to conserve and manage them according to the principles of sustainable forest management (ecosystem approach).
The graduates should contribute to the implementation of international decisions and conventions for the protection and sustainable use of the Earth's natural resources through their acquired knowledge, management skills and experience abroad.
Head of the study programme
Prof. Dr. Tobias Cremer
Tel.: +49 3334 657-166
Study programme coordinator
Tel.: +49 3334 657-164
Dr. Astrid Schilling
Tel.: +493334 657-167- Fax: +493334 657-162
The programme for this year's career presentation is now online! DOWNLOAD
Start of studies
A one to two week voluntary preparatory online-course to help you get started by providing you with some fundamentals is offered shortly before the semester starts.
The introductory week for winter term 2021/22 starts (presumably in physical presence) in Eberswalde on 20 September 2021.
More detailed information will be available here soon.
First Tiny Forest in Germany!
Germany's first Tiny Forest was realized on a private property in the Uckermark đłđČ The idea behind the "Forest of Diversity" project: This rapidly growing microhabitat is intended to make a contribution to climate protection that is also easy for others to imitate. The project is being implemented by Stefan Scharfe (Forestry System Transformation M.Sc.) and Lukas SteingĂ€sser (International Forest Ecosystem Management B.Sc.)...
Finizio at the German Bundestag
Here you can find an interview with the managing
director of Finzio, Florian Augustin
IFEM graduate Florian Augustin and his team from Finizio were guests at the kick-off meeting in the German Bundestag to give a lecture on "sustainable food production in closed material cycles". It was more precisely about their "Recycling demonstration plant" in Eberswalde. Within the scope of their project Finizio, Florian and his team design comfortable and future-oriented sanitary systems by refining human excrements into fertile soil - hygienic, odourless and efficient. Speakers from the Federal Ministry of Food & Agriculture (BMEL), the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) as well as experts from science & research were present at the technical discussion. Further information about the project can be found HERE
A current report on the project can also be seen on ZDF
German Forest Award for IFEM graduate Milan HĂ€nsel (wald-wird-mobil.de gGmbH)
For the first time this year the special prize "Sustainability Forest" was awarded in the context of the German Forest Award (Deutscher Waldpreis) The choice fell thereby on the wald-wird-mobil.de gGmbH from Berlin. Digitalisation represents a particular challenge in forest management. The wald-wird-mobil.de gGmbH with employee Milan HĂ€nsel (IFEM graduate) develops solutions for a forestry 4.0, which meets the requirements of family forestry enterprises and forest enterprise communities in particular. Thus wald-wird-mobil.de provides an innovative contribution to the achievement of our common goal of an efficient, sustainable and multifunctional forestry. This commitment convinced the jury.
Image: C. MĂŒhlhausen via forstpraxis.de
Information for international applicants: Pre-Study german langauge course B2/C1 at the HNEE
Starting in the winter semester 2019/20, the course is aimed at international students, applicants preparing to study and exchange students who need B2 or C1 level German in order to be able to study on degree programmes in German at our university. For the B2 course, prior knowledge of German at the B1 level is required. The C1 course requires prior knowledge of German at the B2 level. Further information can be found on the website of the Language Centre
Visit to the University of QuindĂo
During his tour, visiting selected Universities with a strong focus on environment and sustainable development, Christoph Nowicki was invited by the University of QuindĂo, Colombia (from August 7th to August 13th 2019). First discussions on cooperation options for the development of a new study programme on forest management and conservation, started in 2018 during a visit of a Colombian delegation in Eberswalde, thanks to the initiative of Norbert Pudzich, German Honorary Consul in Armenia. Now, first concrete steps towards a living cooperation have been intensively discussed and defined with the heads of faculties, study programmes and the Rector, how strongly supports the cooperation. In 2020, the University of QuindĂo will offer internships (in cooperation with partner institutions) for IFEM-students but would also like to cooperate with the study programmes on Global Change Management and Forestry System Transformation.
From left to right:: C. Nowicki, Carolina BolaĂ±os RodrĂguez (Head of International Office at Ikiam), JesĂșs Ramos MartĂn (Principal at Ikiam)
Invitation to âUniversidad Regional AmazĂłnica â Ikiamâ
On August 5th 2019, Christoph Nowicki (EUSD) has been invited by the âUniversidad Regional AmazĂłnica â Ikiamâ, Ecuador, to discuss possibilities for cooperation in student exchange between our Universities together with the Heads of the University and of the most suitable study programmes. Special emphasis was given on the cooperation with the undergraduate programme âInternational Forest Ecosystem Managementâ (B.Sc.). Ikiam has a strong focus on sustainable development in the Amazon region, implements projects in close collaboration with the local and indigenous population and showed a great interest in EUSD and a close future cooperation. images: C. Nowicki
Image: C. Nowicki
Image: C. Nowicki
Image: Christoph Nowicki
Visit from the Netherlands
Prof. Peter van der Meer (centre), from Van Hall Larenstein â University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands, surrounded by his colleagues from Eberswalde and 6. Semester IFEM-Students participating in the module on âForest landscape restorationâ, coordinated by Prof. Peter Spathelf. Peter von der Meer is a regular guest lecturer of this module, sharing essential international experiences from his research at Van Hall Larenstein from projects all over the world.
Professional field presentation
Last Wednesday, the annual professional field presentation took place at the Department of Forest and Environment, where alumni of the study programmes Forestry & International Forest Ecosystem Management students gave an insight into their working lives.
Image: Christoph Nowicki
Becoming Partner Universities
Image: Madeleine Scharnweber
During the Sustainability Days, Dr. John Hausdoerffer (Dean of School of Environment & Sustainability; Western Colorado University) will give a lecture on the topic: Â»Deep Sustainability: Humans as a Keystone SpeciesÂ« Prior to the lecture, Dr. John Hausdoerffer for Western Colorado University and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm-GĂŒnther Vahrson for HNEE will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, to seal the new partnership between the US University and the HNEE.
From February 27th to March 1st, a delegation from the European Wilderness Society, partner of International Forest Ecosystem Management, and the Western Colorado University in Gunnison, USA, started to discuss a new cooperation between the two Universities, with a special focus on International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.), Global Change Management (M.Sc.) and joint research projects related to the Centre of Econics and Ecosystem Management.
From left to right: Prof. Pierre Ibisch, Vlado Vancura, Christoph Nowicki, Anni Henning, Prof. Jonathan Coop, Max Rossberg, Jeanette Blumroeder, Prof. John Hausdoerfer (photo: C. Nowicki)
Guest lecture in Sweden
On November 30th Prof. Spathelf gave a lecture on 'Continuous-Cover-Forestry in Germany' at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU). Close-to-nature forest management or permanent forest management is also a much discussed forest management approach in Sweden.
Deans Day at the HNE Eberswalde
On the 13th November 2018 an exchange of information took place at the HNE Eberswalde between representatives of the forestry faculties and departments in Germany (so-called Dean's Day) The discussions focused on questions of education, the development of student numbers, digitisation in research and teaching as well as internationalisation. The aim is to hold the meeting every 2 years.
New IFEM-Partner: European Wilderness Society
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm-GĂŒnther Vahrson, President of Eberswalde University for sustainable Develpment and Max A E Rossberg (left), Chairman of the European Wilderness Society, signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding fostering joint activities
for the IFEM-Study Programme.
20 Years Anniversary Symposium of the Bachelor Study Programme International Forest Ecosystem Management
With over 150 guests, the IFEM programme celebrated its 20th anniversary on 28 September 2018. In addition to the IFEM-partners (Dr. Elke Mannigel (OroVerde), Simon Mader (Querdenker / FuturoVerde) and Dr. Michael Haubold-Rosar (Forschungsinstitut fĂŒr Bergbaufolgelandschaften e.V. Finsterwalde) and international guest speakers (PhD Peter van der Meer (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands) as well as Max Rossberg (European Wilderness Society, Austria)), many alumni were guests. After the festive programme with exciting lectures and humorous memories of the early days of the study programme, the alumni and IFEM students used the opportunity for exchange and cheerful togetherness with live music and grilled game sausages or cheese until late in the evening. Image: Jonas Sitte