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Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

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.

To the Faculty of Forest and Environment

Dear IFEMs,
most welcome to the Faculty of Forest and Environment!

The opening session for the first semester students of the Faculty of Forest and Environment will start on Monday, 25th of September 2023 at 10:00 am in the big lecture hall (room 15.001 (H5), Wilhelm-Pfeil-Auditorium) at the Forest Campus.

Here you will find the detailed programme of the introductory week.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Prof. Dr. Georg Miribung

Dean / Faculty of Forest and Environment


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Head of the study programme

Prof. Dr. Tobias Cremer


Tel.: +49 3334 657-166


Study programme coordinator

Christoph Nowicki
(Currently in project time)


Tel.: +49 3334 657-164

 Organizational support

 Valerie Voggenreiter

(in repres. for Mr. Nowicki)

Tel.: +49 3334 657 475


Application information

Dr. Astrid Schilling

Astrid Schilling

Tel.: +493334 657-167- Fax: +493334 657-162

Latest News

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IFEM Studieren I Ein Artikel in der SĂŒddeutschen Zeitung
In einem aktuellen Artikel der SĂŒddeutschen Zeitung berichtet IFEM Studentin Sophie Ullrich von ihren Erfahrungen im Studiengang und warum Sie sich fĂŒr das IFEM Studium entschieden hat.

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First Tiny Forest in Germany!

Germany's first Tiny Forest was realized on a private property in the Uckermark 🌳đŸŒČ 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.)...


You can find reports on the project at FRITZ and [w] wie Wissen (ARD). More information about the project!

Finizio at the German Bundestag


Here you can find an interview with the managing
director of Finzio, Florian Augustin

Image: Finizio

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 ( gGmbH)

V. l.: Prof. Dr. Andreas W. Bitter (PEFC), Rainer Soppa (Deutscher Waldbesitzer), Milan HÀnsel (, Florian Schmitt (Stihl)

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 gGmbH from Berlin. Digitalisation represents a particular challenge in forest management. The 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 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

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 Bolaños RodrĂ­guez (Head of International Office at Ikiam), JesĂșs Ramos MartĂ­n (Principal at Ikiam)

Invitation to “Universidad Regional Amazónica – Ikiam”
On August 5th 2019, Christoph Nowicki (EUSD) has been invited by the “Universidad Regional Amazónica – Ikiam”, 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 “International Forest Ecosystem Management” (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

Cooperation talks at Western Colorado University
On July 15th-17th 2019, the dean of the ‘School of Environment and Sustainability’, Dr. John Hausdoerffer (middle), from ‘Western Colorado University’ in Gunnison (Colorado), invited his faculty members and Christoph Nowicki (EUSD) to intensively discuss the future cooperation and student exchange between our two partner Universities. Special emphasis was given on the cooperation with the undergraduate programme ‘International Forest Ecosystem Management” (B.Sc.) and the graduate programme ‘Global Change Management’ (M.Sc.).


Image: C. Nowicki

EUSD to become member of the ‘Resilience Studies Consortium’ (RSC)
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (EUSD) has been invited to become a member of the ‘Resilience Studies Consortium’ (RSC), a network of eleven North American Universities interested in applied research on resilience and sustainability topics. For the first time, the RSC is reaching out for international partners and invited EUSD to become the first European and the ‘Environmental University’ (UMA - Mexico) the first Latin American partner. Christoph Nowicki participated in the RSC annual retreat in Tacoma, Washington, at ‘The Evergreen State College’ (11.07.-13.07.2019) as a representative for EUSD and presented how resilience topics are being integrated into teaching and research at EUSD.

                                                                                                                 Image: Christoph Nowicki


Visit from the Netherlands

Prof. Peter van der Meer (centre), from Van Hall Larenstein – University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands, surrounded by his colleagues from Eberswalde and 6. Semester IFEM-Students participating in the module on “Forest landscape restoration”, 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: »Deep Sustainability: Humans as a Keystone Species« 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.

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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)

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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.

Image: Hnee


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.

Image: Hnee

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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.

Image: Hnee

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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

For further news see the archive.