The University:
Facts and Figures

Honors and awards

  • 2011: "Place in the Country of Ideas" (Incubator)
  • 2010: International Sustainable Campus Excellence Award
  • 2010: The energy efficient central building planned by Daniel Libeskind is selected for presentation at the German Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010. 
  • 2010: Leuphana College wins the “Bologna – the Future of Teaching“ competition funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Mercator Foundation in recognition of its bachelor’s study model.
  • 2010: The installation of CO2 traffic lights in seminar and conference rooms is honored as a “Place in the Country of Ideas.”
  • 2009: The planned central building designed by Daniel Libeskind wins the “Architecture with Energy“ design competition of the German Ministry for Economics and Technology in recognition of its sustainable energy concept.
  • 2009: The Lunatic Festival, a sustainable and environmentally friendly music festival, is honored as a “Place in the Country of Ideas.“
  • 2009: The Leuphana Summer Academy, which supports secondary general school students, is honored as “Place in the Country of Ideas.” 
  • 2008: The “KUNTIKUM – Vacation in Climate Change” project is honored as a “Place in the Country of Ideas.”
  • 2007: The University wins the “Profile and Cooperation – Strategies for Excellence for Small and Medium-sized Universities” competition of the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft (German Science Foundation) and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation for its development strategy.

Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen: Students of Leuphana

  • 2017: Tom Schmidt
    As co-founder and spokesman of the alliance ‘Hochschule ohne Grenzen’, Tom Schmidt was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen“.
  • 2016: Marina Sahnwaldt
    Marina Sahnewaldt developed the concept ‘Klangsport’ which was considered within the application for the Olympics 2015. Furthermore she was  student Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For these achievements she was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen“.
  • 2015: Johanna-Luise Hopp, Henning Siedentopp, Max Alexander Irmer, Nora Kiefer, Max Rauer
    Joahanna-Luise Hopp was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen” because of her active membership in the association ‚MUDDI Markt e.V.‘ and,  among other things, her former student engagement as term spokesperson.
    Henning Siedentopp worked in the domain of sustainable entrepreneurship and was a mentor for aspiring and consisting social enterprises of the Social Change Hubs. Since 2014 he is manager of mela wear GmBH. The “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen” was given to him because of these achievements.
    As members of the honorary association ‘Zum Kollektiv e.V.’, Max Alexander Irmer, Nora Kiefer and Max Raue contributed to the cultural diversity in Lüneburg. Together they were awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen“.
  • 2013: Svea Blieffert, Steven A. Brieger
    Svea Bliffert worked at Greenpeace and the Jugendumweltwerk Niedersachsen. Moreover, she developed the interactive exhibition “Schenken 2.0 – Die Dinge im Fluss halten”. For these achievements she was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen“.
    Steven A. Brieger was part of several committees of the academical self-administration. Moreover, he was a founding member of the university group "ArbeiterKind.de Luneburg" and part of the studentical network of bussiness and corporate ethics “sneep“. He was awarded the "Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen".
  • 2012: Annika Weinert
    Besides her strong engagement as student member in several student, assessment and profession committees Annika Weinert proved commitment to the student association “ArbeiterKind.de” Lüneburg and  was chairwoman of the organisation. She was awarded the "Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen".
  • 2010: Thies Johannsen
    Because of his strong engagement at the academical self-administration and his membership in the student project “Alternative DenkRäume”, Thies Johannsen was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen".
  • 2009: Timo Barfknecht
    As a founding member of the Fachgruppenvertretung B.A. Bildungswissenschaften as well as the Fachgruppenvertretung M.A. Educational Sciences and as developer of a internet based communication platform for students, Timo Barfknecht was awarded the “Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen”.