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The influence of the coronavirus on the cross-border collaboration within the SuMo-Rhine project

Contact ban, curfew and boarder closures are changing the way we collaborate and influencing the cross-border mobility. As part of the interview series of EUCOR – The European Campus the project leader Dr. Kira Schumacher discusses the influence of the current situation on the SuMo-Rhine project. To read the whole interview click here.

New Book Publication of the Cluster


The newly published collective book "Sustainability Research in the Upper Rhine Region. Concepts and Case Studies", edited by Philippe Hamman (deputy director of the cluster) and Stéphane Vuilleumier, is now available.

The book showcases recent work of scientists who participated in the International Conference on Sustainability in Strasbourg in September 2018. The authors examine a variety of theoretical and cognitive dimensions of sustainability as well as relevant methods of analysis. They also present concrete and reflective studies at the level of the Upper Rhine Region. Collectively, these diverse contributions offer a vivid and global overview of this highly topical field.

For further information or to order a copy, please click here.

Book publication of the Cluster

The Cluster is pleased to announce its first book publication (Routledge), entitled: “Sustainability Governance and Hierarchy”. The book analyses the concept of “sustainability governance” through sustainability and environmental studies, as well as through the methodological aspects from social sciences. It was edited by Philippe Hamman (Deputy Cluster Head) and was published on June 25, 2019. For further information or to order a copy please click here.

EU funds Interreg projects

The European Union is funding eight new large-scale projects in the Upper Rhine region with a total of € 6.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). These include the two Interreg projects Navebgo and RES_TMO, which are presented below:

Protection against pollution

The project "NAVEBGO" wants to sustainably reduce the pollution of groundwater by biocides in the Upper Rhine. Biocides are often used on building facades to protect against algae and fungal attack, then enter the urban water cycle and finally into the groundwater. In a first step, the project partners in the cities of Freiburg, Strasbourg and Landau want to determine and record the content of biocides in groundwater. Terrain experiments should make it possible to better understand how exactly the pollutants reach the groundwater. The practices of the various actors using biocides in façade coatings are also to be analyzed in order to offer the actors concerned alternatives to the previous use of biocides.

Promoter: University of Freiburg
European funding: € 1.12 million

Increase in renewable energies

The switch to renewable energies is a major challenge worldwide and on the Upper Rhine. In this context, questions that concern the continuous supply of energy and the flexibility of the supply systems come to the fore. The solution to this problem lies in the complementary use of energy systems and the improvement of storage capacities. The partners of the project "RES_TMO" now want to develop an energy concept for the Upper Rhine region in which cross-border potentials can be efficiently exploited. This concept is intended to serve politicians in particular as a decision-making aid and recommendation for action.

Promoter: University of Freiburg
European funding: € 1.41 million

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Interesting presentations at the annual meeting of the URCforSR

The annual meeting of the URCforSR was held on 29 September 2017 at the University of Freiburg. It focused on the reflection and presentation of the working group development in the five different axes of the cluster. About 60 participants came to Freiburg and had the chance to listen to a diverse number of input speeches and working group presentations as well as to learn from the posters prepared by the cluster's enablers.

International Sustainability Conference 2018 / call for abstracts

The call for abstracts for the International Sustainability Conference of the URCforSR which will take place from 27 to 28 September 2018 in Strasbourg is opening on 15 September 2017.

Call for projects Seed Money 2017

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Der Europäische Verbund für Territoriale Zusammenarbeit (EVTZ) Eucor- The European Campus hat Anfang
Juli 2017 das Förderinstrument "Seed Money" eingerichtet, das darauf abzielt, innovativen grenzüberschreitenden Projekten in Forschung und Lehre innerhalb von Eucor – The European Campus eine Anschubfinanzierung zu gewähren. Um diese Unterstützung zu erhalten, ist eine aktive Projektmitarbeit von Angehörigen mindestens zweier Mitgliedsuniversitäten von Eucor – The European Campus aus mindestens zwei Ländern erforderlich. Darüber hinaus darf vorher keine andere nationale oder internationale Förderung an dieses Projekt vergeben worden sein.
Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf den Ausschreibungstexten und Merkblättern, die Sie mittels folgendem Link herunterladen können:  

Anträge müssen über das Online-Formular eingereicht werden, das auf der Webseite von Eucor – The European Campus ( verfügbar ist. Die Einreichungsfrist läuft bis Montag, 2. Oktober 2017, 14.00 Uhr.
Die Finanzierung der bewilligten Projekte startet frühestens am 1. Januar 2018 und dauert maximal 18 Monate.

German-French Scholarship program

BMBF: Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research under the French Initiative "Make our Planet great again"

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change poses unique challenges for science as the parties recognized ''the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge''. Germany and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Both countries are leading the way with their coordinated fellowship programme to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and the Earth system. Under the French initiative "Make our planet great again", Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners in advancing research in the following fields of sustainability science: Research on climate change, science for the energy transition, research to understand the Earth system. The program also aims to network researchers. Germany and France will organize joint networking activities for the laureates in order to encourage networking between the laureates and with other international researchers in their discipline.

The French call has already been published. For more information about the French program part see:

The German announcement of funding regulations will be published soon. If you would like to be notified as soon as you can apply for the program:

Forum "Economy and sustainable development in the Upper Rhine Region"

The Forum "Economy and sustainable development in the Upper Rhine Region" will take place on
21 September 2017 in Strasbourg.

Research programme for master and post master students

Some information about a research programme for master and post master students:

Official URCforSR Opening Event

The invitation to the official opening event of the Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research which took place on 22 November 2016 at the University of Freiburg, has been accepted by 130 guests from sciences, politics, economy and society as well as by the representatives of the six associated institutions. All together could enjoy a ceremonious and interesting afternoon.

Successful URCforSR Kick-Off Event

On October 7 and 8, 2016 the members of the Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research
met in Freiburg for a kick-off meeting and discussed in group meetings the different axes of the project
(governance; energy, infrastructure & social change; transformation processes & technologies;
resource management; multiculturalism & multilingualism).

Altogether, there were almost 80 researchers from the Upper Rhine region, who aim to strengthen
their collaboration in 15 thematic working groups in the future.