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Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council shall advise and make recommendations on the development of the sustainability strategy and an implementation concept. The Rectorate’s Representative for Sustainability is Professor Dr Guenter Schwarz.

The council consists of 12 voting members: one professor per Faculty, two academic staff representatives, two administrative and technical staff representatives, and two students. The Rectorate’s Representative for Sustainability is the council’s chairperson, with an advisory vote. The Sustainability Council regularly meets twice a year, each time during the current semester, to discuss and develop statements and recommendations.

The Sustainability Council replaces the Sustainability Working Group including the Advisory Group (further information available in German).

Voting members of the Sustainability Council (alphabetical)

Professor Dr Marc Oliver Bettzüge

Professor Dr Marc Oliver Bettzüge holds the Chair of Economics, Energy, and Sustainability at the Faculty Management, Economics, and Social Sciences and is Director of the Institute of Energy Economics (affiliate institute). In addition to his management duties, Professor Bettzüge is primarily concerned with institutional, economic, and strategic fundamental issues of the energy industry and energy policy. In August 2020, he was appointed by the German government as a member of the Council of Experts on Climate Change in accordance with the German Federal Climate Change Act (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz).

Christiane Biehl

Christiane Biehl is Head of Department 93 International Mobility and Deputy Head of Division 9 International Affairs as well as Senator of Employees in Technology and Administration. One strategic topic in her area of responsibility is the question of how mobility can be made more sustainable. She also strives to take the Sustainable Development Goals into consideration in international projects, event, and exchange formats.

Professor Dr. Christiane Bruns

Professor Dr Christiane Bruns is Director of the Clinic of General, Visceral, Cancer and Transplant Surgery at University Hospital Cologne and Vice Dean for Structure and Strategy at the Faculty of Medicine. She is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Professor Dr. Susanne Crewell

Professor Dr Susanne Crewell holds the Chair of Meteorology at the Department of Geosciences of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. She is also a recipient of the Alfred Wegener Medal and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She conducts research on the atmospheric water cycle using remote sensing methods.


Dr Thomas Fischer

Dr Thomas Fischer is akademischer Rat at the Institute of Anorganic Chemistry and coordinates its Sustainability Initiative. He conducts research on sustainable materials and is committed to the development of new courses and green labs. He has been a member of the Sustainability Working Group at the UoC since 2020.

Lukas Giesbert

Lukas Giesbert is a student of Law and member of Students for Future Cologne (SFF). (In 2019, together with SFF, he presented demands for climate protection at a student general assembly with 1.670 participants and brought them to the Senate together with the student union AStA in 2020. Since then he has been a member of the Sustainability Working Group).

Professor Dr Joachim Hennrichs

Professor Dr Joachim Hennrichs is Vice Dean for Planning, Finance, and Equal Opportunities at the Faculty of Law, Chair of Civil Law, Accounting, and Tax Law, Director of the Institute for Corporate Law, and member of the board of directors of the affiliate Institute for Sustainability, Business Law and Reporting (INUR).

Professor Dr Kate Rigby

Professor Dr Kate Rigby is Head of the Department ‘Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities’ (MESH) and has held an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities since February 2022. She conducts research in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities, with particular expertise in ecological literary studies and religious studies.

Professor Dr Michael Schemmann

Professor Dr Michael Schemmann is Academic Director of the ProfessionalCenter and Chair of Adult Education / Training at the Faculty of Human Sciences.

Maria Schrempp

Maria Schrempp is Director of the Staff Unit Marketing, Press, and Public Relations of the University and City Library of Cologne (USB). She coordinates the creation of a Green Team and Green Spaces at the library.

Dr Jan Springob

Dr Jan Springob is Head of the School Network & International Team at the Centre for Teacher Education (Zentrum für Lehrer*innenbildung, ZfL). One focus of the Centre’s work will be the integration of sustainable development into teacher training.

Marina Knust

Marina Knust is the AStA's ecology and infrastructure officer.

Chairperson of the Sustainability Council

Professor Dr Günter Schwarz

Professor Dr Günter Schwarz is Rectorate’s Representative for Innovation, Research Infrastructure, and Sustainability and Chairperson of the Sustainability Council. He holds a Chair of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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