Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. Climate-KIC supports this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. Climate-KIC integrate education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change. The four main themes of Climate-KIC are;
The University of Hamburg was founded on 28th March 1919, it is the biggest research and education institution in Northern Germany and one of the most extensive universities in Germany. The main campus is located in the central district of Rotherbaum, with affiliated institutes and research centres spread around the city state. Six Nobel Prize Winners and serials of scholars are affiliated to the university. The University has established several interdisciplinary key research areas and fosters an extensive network of academic cooperations with leading institutions on a regional, national, and international scale. In addition to climate, earth and environment, key research areas are photon and nanosciences, manuscript cultures, neurosciences, infection research / structural systems biology, particle physics, astrophysics and mathematical physics, and health economics.
In April 2016 , CEN has been installed as a research centre at Universität Hamburg (UHH) performing tasks of particular importance in research and education according to §92a Abs. 2 HmbHG. Institutions involved in CEN are
The cluster of excellence "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP) is a center for expertise, research, and training in climate research and the earth system sciences. CliSAP is a joint initiative by the University of Hamburg together with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Center.
Kompetenzzentrum Nachhaltige Universität was set up in 2011 by a decision of the Presidium. KNU support the process of designing the University of Hamburg as a "University for a Sustainable Future". Both in strategic and operational terms, they want to ensure the future in the areas of research, teaching, education and higher education. KNU have following responsibilities.