University projects and lectures

Climate change, risk transfer and sustainability in education

Knowledge obligates! Since its beginning, knowledge transfer is one of our core goals at Munich Re Foundation. In accordance with this motto, we organise project seminars in cooperation with universities and as well offer lectures at high schools or at other educational institutions. The close relationship with universities – not limited only to the Munich area – is beneficial to both parties. Students gain insights in all foundation related topics and we offer our connections to all stakeholders involved – be it from the policy or UN world, the NGO and development sector or private sector. We on the other hand benefit by staying up-to-date with latest science and research results.


University of Applied Sciences Munich Seminar Water, climate, environment – sustainable management strategies for global challenges
The Munich Re Foundation has developed the "Water, Climate, Environment - for Sustainable Management of Global Challenges" seminar at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. Each semester, approximately 15 students are familiarised with the concept of sustainability, current political processes and approaches to finding solutions. Another objective is to raise the students’ awareness of the issue for their professional lives.
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development Project seminar Global change management and climate change
The world keeps on turning. It is constantly developing and changing day to day. This is nothing new. The difference nowadays is the speed at which things are changing. Particular skills are needed to comprehend and monitor these changes in a proactive way. They include a willingness to innovate, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a sustainable view of the world. This is precisely what the course in Global Change Management at Eberswalde University tries to impart. Every year, the Munich Re Foundation invites around 30 Master’s students to come to Munich. Over the course of an intensive week of seminars, we discuss various global issues with them and with colleagues from Munich Re. These include subjects such as “agricultural insurance and food security – how can they co-exist?” and “climate change risks in the investment portfolio”. The students work out solutions and present them to a panel of specialists.
Erlangen University, Geography Department Project seminar Climate change adaptation and mitigation
Environmental processes and dynamics encompass many aspects of physical systems on global, regional and local scales. Accelerating climate change alters hydrological processes and biogeochemical turnover rates, affect landscape dynamics and ecological systems. These changes impose fundamental research challenges and, as a consequence, increase the volume of spatial data. These changes are studied by the Institute of Geography in Erlangen from different research perspectives.
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / SLE Training Compact seminar Risk transfer, insurance mechanisms and climate risk insurance
We are firmly convinced that sustainable development is a global responsibility. Our role in this global mission is to provide ongoing training for international experts from the South, West, East and North. By bringing these experts together from different cultures, backgrounds and professions, SLE TRAINING programmes support an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach. We view mutual learning and understanding as key components of successful cooperation for sustainable and inclusive development. Whether management of development projects, sustainable resource management, adaptation to climate change, biodiversity or conflict management, disaster risk management, emergency aid or training trainers, the SLE offers the right training course for experts in international cooperation from around the world.
University of Bonn / UNU-EHS Compact seminar Climate risk insurance
The joint international MSc programme aims to build on the success and potential of existing research programmes on vulnerability and disaster risk at UNU-EHS and related research activities at the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn. The main purpose of the MSc programme is to provide postgraduate students detailed knowledge and critical understanding as well as an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks with a focus on developing countries to enable them to investigate and manage all kinds of natural disasters by implementing science-based principles and strategies for all theoretical and practical activities related to disaster risk management.
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Seminar and workshops Climate risk insurance and inclusive insurance
It is frequently poor people who are worst affected by the impacts from climate change. They live in hazard regions, which increases their risk exposure, and they cannot afford the necessary adaptation measures, such as more stable houses, dykes, dams, irrigation systems and much more. In turn, this increases their vulnerability. Climate risk insurance that is specially designed for lower income groups can offer a solution to this dilemma. A fisher on the Caribbean coast with such a policy can expect a payment immediately after a hurricane, enabling him to repair his boat. In the Master’s programme, Risk Management in the Context of Climate Change, we are investigating in seminars at the United Nations University in Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences exactly how climate change and finance instruments can interact.

Lectures at schools and universities in and around Munich

We offer lectures on various topics from our range of expertise to schools in Munich and the surrounding area. Climate change and natural disasters, as well as issues such as sustainable capital investment and issues pertaining to insurance solutions (e.g., microinsurance and poverty reduction) are among the topics that can be covered. Depending on available resources, we present approximately 15 lectures at various institutions each year. Please feel free to contact us with inquiries about our lectures.