hamburgThe  Center  for  a  Sustainable   University   (KNU)  is  an  interdisciplinary   group  dedicated   to  the advancement of sustainable development at Universität Hamburg, and beyond. The KNU acts as a research network and think-tank for innovations in new approaches, concepts and methods within the context of sustainability in Higher Education Institutions. Watch our KNU video trailer and find more  information  on our website:

Project examples conducted by the KNU:

HOCHN   collaboration:   Initiating  and  coordinating  the  collaboration   Sustainability   at  Higher Education  Institutions:  develop  – network  – report (HOCHN),  funded  by the German  Federal

Interdisciplinary research on sustainability and multilingualism: https://www.nachhaltige.uni-ha

Organizing the first Hamburg Sustainable Development  Summit in cooperation with the annual COPERNICUS   Alliance  Conference:  The  HSDS  has  its special  focus  on  the  contribution  to  the  UN  Sustainable  Development  Goals  (SDGs)  within education,   research,   governance,   operation   and  outreach   initiatives   at  Higher   Education Institutions.

The KNU operates  through  different  teams  concerned  with special  topics  such as: sustainability  in research,  sustainability  in  operations  and  administration,  Education  for  Sustainable  Development, reflection on science as a meta-perspective on transformational processes, and Organizational Development  for  sustainability.  The  KNU  involves  all  faculties  and  members  of  the  university  – professors,   students,  administration   staff  and  junior  researchers   –  to  generate  transformational knowledge, capacities and practices in order to foster a whole institution approach on sustainable development.

The various  KNU  activities  are coordinated  by the multidisciplinary  core team:  Prof.  Dr. Alexander Bassen  (KNU Director),  Wolfgang  Denzler  (HOCHN,  network  and transfer),  Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingrid Gogolin (Head of Multilingualism Project), Prof. Dr. Florian Grüner (KNU Consultant), Prof. Dr. Axel Horstmann (KNU Consultant), Sophie Palm (KNU Scientific Officer), Cordula Rüth (HOCHN, Project Assistant), Dr. Claudia T. Schmitt (KNU Managing Director & Scientific Coordinator), Christine Stecker (HOCHN, Coordination), Dr. Hilmar Westholm (KNU Scientific Officer).

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Founding members

These institutions supported the foundation of the COPERNICUS Alliance in 2010 by donating an extra sponsorship: 

  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria
  • University of Technology Graz, Austria
  • WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany
  • Open Universiteit in the Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK