Inaugural Lectures

At the faculty of sustainability

Upcoming inaugural lectures

Wednesdays from 14.15-15.00 in lecture hall 5 as well as via

Zoom: Meeting ID: 932 0673 2182, Password: 031305

Please register at least one week before the respective inaugural lecture:

The lecture content of past dates can be found as a PDF file after the short descriptions.


03.05.2023   Prof. Dr. Thorsten Müller  
07.06.2023   Prof. Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld 
14.06.2023   Prof. Dr. Valentin Schatz
28.06.2023   Prof. Dr. Vânia Zuin Zeidler
05.07.2023   Prof. Dr. Sylvia Haider

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Müller is Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Sustainability. Thorsten Müller is the initiator and co-founder of the Stiftung Umweltenergierecht (Foundation for Environmental Energy Law) and serves as its scientific director and foundation chair. His research focuses on European and national renewable energy law, the requirements for instrument networks and the law of climate protection governance.
Title: Reform des Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetzes: Mehr oder weniger Klimaschutz?

Here you will find the lecture content (PDF).

Prof. Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld is Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Sustainability. He heads the department "Energy Systems, Air Transport, Registers and Basic Economic Issues" at the Federal Environment Agency. There he is responsible for the implementation of the German and European emissions trading system and is involved as an expert in (inter-)national dialogues on climate change and climate policy issues.
Title: Klimaschutz als Gemeinschaftsaufgabe

Prof. Dr. Valentin Schatz is Junior Professor for Public Law and European Law with a focus on sustainability at the Institute for Sustainability Governance of the Faculty of Sustainability. His research focuses on European, international and national public sustainability law, environmental law and maritime law, with a special interest in the "Blue Economy".
Title: Life below Water: Sustainability in the Law of the Sea

Prof. Dr. Dr. Vânia Zuin Zeidler is Professor of Sustainable Chemistry of Renewable Organic Resources in the Institute of Sustainable Chemistry and Visiting Professor at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (University of York, UK). She conducts research on the development of analytical methods for the determination of bioactive, high-value organics derived from Brazilian agro-industrial residues.
Title: Sustainable Chemistry and Renewable Resources in the context of Sustainable Food Systems

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Haider is Professor of Vegetation ecology and biodiversity conservation at the Institute of Ecology, Faculty of Sustainability. Her research is dedicated to understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity as a basis for its sustainable use, with a focus on ecosystem functioning and the impacts of climate change.
Title: Biodiversity in a changing world

Past inaugural lectures

  • Dr. Tanja Mölders
  • Dr. Maja Göpel
  • Prof. Dr. Felix May
  • Dr. Jacqueline Loos
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Bergmann
  • Prof. Dr. David Abson
  • Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch
  • Prof. Dr. Maik Adomßend
  • Dr. Simone Abels
  • Dr. Julia Leventon

Past inaugural lectures Dr. Tanja Mölders Dr. Tanja Mölders
25.06.2019, 17:30, HS 2

After a successful habilitation process at the Faculty of Sustainability, the Venia Legendi is awarded to Prof. Dr. Tanja Mölders. In her teaching and research she deals with topics of environmental planning, specifically with a focus on sustainable spatial development and spatial gender studies. Her habilitation thesis is entitled "The Nature of the Rural. On the conception of social nature relations in rural areas" . Concluding her habilitation process, she will give a lecture on "Space Matters! On the Importance of the Category Space for Sustainability Transformation". Dr. Maja Göpel Dr. Maja Göpel
06.03.2019, 15:45, C40.704

Honorary Professor Dr. Maja Göpel will give her inaugural lecture on 06.03.2019.

Title of her inaugural lecture:
Education and the Great Transformation - challenges and opportunities

Prof. Dr. Felix May

Prof. Dr. Felix May
07.11.2018, 14:00, HS 5

Felix May has been an assistant professor for Quantitative Methods in the Natural Sciences at Leuphana since March 2018. His research focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics using experimental data collection and simulation model building.

Title of his inaugural lecture:
Integrating models and data for predictive biodiversity and sustainability science. Dr. Jacqueline Loos Dr. Jacqueline Loos
23.01.2019, 14:00, HS 5

Jaqueline Loos holds the junior professorship for "Sustainable Use of Natural Resources" at the Institute of Ecology since April 2018. Her research focuses on social-ecological research including land use conflicts in countries of the global south (e.g. South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia). Data collection is done in parts of the projects via drone technology. Loos is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. Loos is supported by the Robert-Bosch Foundation.

Title of inaugural lecture:
Sustainability in protected areas: Integrating conservation and development through a justice lens.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bergmann

Dr. Matthias Bergmann
02.05.2018, 14:00, HS 5
(Appointment as Honorary Professor)

Matthias Bergmann will be ceremoniously presented with the certificate of appointment as Honorary Professor on this day. This will be followed by a 30-minute lecture.
From 2011 to 2016, he was already a visiting scholar at Leuphana University at IETSR in the field of transdisciplinary university teaching.

Title of the inaugural lecture:
In Search of Impact - Promoting transdisciplinary research for society and science.

Prof. Dr. David Abson

Prof. Dr. David Abson
24.01.2018, 14:00, HS 5

David Abson is a professor of sustainability economics and valuation at the Center for Sustainability Management. His research focuses on the economics of ecosystem services, socio-ecological systems, and sustainability valuation.

His inaugural lecture is titled:
Sustainability economics: A puzzling piece in the sustainability science jigsaw.

Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch

Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch
29.11.2017, 14:00, HS 5

Jacob Hörisch is Professor of Sustainability Economics and Management at the Center for Sustainability Management. His research focuses on sustainability management, stakeholder theory, and sustainable entrepreneurship. His research focuses on sustainability management, sustainable entrepreneurship, and stakeholder theory.

His inaugural lecture is titled:
Why economic actors act unsustainably - and how to fix it.

Prof. Dr. Maik Adomßend

apl-Prof. Dr. Maik Adomßent
June 28, 2017, 2:30 pm, HS5

Maik Adomßent is part of the Institute for Environmental Communication and further coordinates the UNESCO Chair Higher Education for Sustainable Development and the College Complementary Studies. He completed his habilitation at Leuphana University Lüneburg in sustainability science.

His inaugural lecture is entitled: 
Research and Teaching for Sustainability: from the Global to the Local and Back. Dr. Simone Abels Dr. Simone Abels
07 June 2017, 14:30, HS5

Simone Abels has been Professor for the Didactics of Science at the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry since February 2017.

Her inaugural lecture is titled:
Learning Workshop as an Inclusive Space for Science Learning. Dr. Julia Leventon Dr. Julia Leventon
April 26, 2017, 2:30 pm, HS5

Julia Leventon has been working at Leuphana University since 2015 in the field of Sustainability and Governance in several projects including Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation. Since 2016 she holds the junior professorship Sustainability Science.

Her inaugural lecture is titled:
Why do we need to think about governance of place for sustainability?