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Urban Green and Biodiversity in the Age of Mega Urbanization and Climate Change


Course periodJan. 6, 2021 - Jan. 26, 2021
Category Metropolitan Studies & Urban Development Agricultural and Food Sciences
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

up to 15 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend classes regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee680.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)



Syllabus will be available soon
Course structure

Schedule (Track C):

Monday: 5.05 pm – 6.35 pm & 6.45 pm – 7.30 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm

Thursday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Please note: The HUWISU Winter University kicks off on Wednesday, 6th January. The schedule for the first course week will be communicated to all participants before the course starts.


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery , German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

Mr. Volker Minks, Dipl. Ing. Agr.

Volker Minks holds a master degree in agricultural engineering with specialization in urban gardening, landscape design and sustainable urban planning. Mr. Minks has worked in interdisciplinary research projects in the areas of urban agriculture and horticulture, green technology, innovation and sustainable urban planning in Germany, the United States, Cuba and Brazil. He is currently a PhD candidate atthe Life Sciences Faculty at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciencesof Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, andaffiliated with the University of Sao Paulo (USP).

His research is related to the ecological, economic and social benefits of green areas in cities as ecosystems, especially in the context of research, practice and education on megacities and climate change.In 2011 he worked as coordinator for the C40 Sao Paulo Large Cities - Climate Summit and co-produced the publication - Building Sustainable Cities. Since 2011 he acts as coordinator and lecturer for the HUWISU summer school course "Land in the City, Green in the City".

Since 2009 he is developing the cooperation between USP and HU Berlin, and organized several KOSMOS Workshops as coordinator and instructor at USP and Humboldt: Berlin meets Sao Paulo: Cities for all – livable and sustainable.

Since 2014 he is part of the Cátedra José Bonifácio of the Ibero-American Center (CIBA USP), dealing with the challenges of Latin America in the areas of international governance, trade, negotiations, security, energy, education, innovation and environment.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin


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