Let's plant

Photo: Kun Woo Ro


Theresa Landwehr

Germany | Team 2019, 2020

Theresa was born and raised in Lower Saxony, Germany, where she also did her Bachelor's degree in Geography and Sociology. She's been living in Bayreuth now for 1.5 years, currently doing her Master studies in Global Change Ecology. She is interested in human-environment relations, particularly with regard to climate change perceptions. Theresa says: "Where people of different disciplines, backgrounds and origins come together and are willing to truly listen and learn from one another, great things can happen. And Klimawald Bayreuth is such a place, this is what I especially like about it."

Steffen Schwardmann

Germany | Team 2020

Steffen is fascinated by social-ecological systems and how the two relate to each other. He wants to find ways to communicate respectfully even if the topic is controversial. He has collected some vital experience in different organizations as an intern, a student assistant, and a volunteer. Now he has decided to contribute what he has learned to continue volunteering in projects that work towards the great turning. His current goal is to work at the intersection of political and global change science. In his podcast Stories of Climate Change Hope he wants to give people the chance to talk about their personal engagement. At the same time, he hopes that other people will discover power for their personal commitment.

Sandra Zimmermann

Germany | Team 2020

Ever since High School, Sandra felt a deep urge to be a positive change in this world. On the way to finding her purpose, she became a passionate activist who has fought for gender equality in a feminist activist group as well as a turnaround in local transportation politics. It is mainly her volunteering work - her true passion -  through which she gains the strength and motivation to not give up on this planet, yet. After finishing her studies in environmental engineering, Sandra moved to Bayreuth in order to do her Master’s in Global Change Ecology and Environmental Law as a foundation for a hopefully meaningful career in her life. The Klimawald, to her, was the perfect opportunity to contribute to a positive change in this world. Especially as it was the local forests that made her fall in love with Bayreuth. Maintaining these for future generations is a true honor.

Lorina Ivanova

Bulgaria | Team 2020

Pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Geography, Lorina wants to complement her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Management after living in a metropolitan area with increased levels of CO2 and disturbed ecosystems. The in-depth study of nature, its functions, and its protection make her understand the universal processes and how the environment is fighting for its balance. Joining the Klimawald Bayreuth occurs to be achieving one of her goals - to be part of a team, discussing new ideas and environmental problem-solving.

Selina Scheer

Germany | Team 2020

Selina has been very interested in the state of the environment and a sustainable way of life since her school days. Especially her time in nature makes her aware again and again of how important an intact environment is and how thoughtlessly mankind treats it. That is why Selina has been involved in environmental organizations since her bachelor's degree, informing people about the value of the environment and the threats it faces from humans. In her Master Global Change Ecology, Selina heard about the climate forest project and was immediately interested in supporting the project. She likes the idea of doing something for nature and against the climate crisis, but also of involving society in order to raise awareness about the importance of the forest for climate change.

Manuela Zindler

Germany | Team 2020

Manuela loves to spend her time outside in nature. Therefore, one of her biggest wishes is to protect nature, which suffers under increasing negative human impacts, and wants to actively contribute to combat climate change. She is convinced that every single person can contribute to protect our nature and climate and wants to motivate people to live their life more sustainably and more climate friendly. By studying Geography in her Bachelor and now studying her Masters Global Change Ecology she could gather a lot of knowledge about the environment and socio-ecological processes, which she wants to apply. Working in the project Klimawald Bayreuth is very important for her, as it combines her two big desires: actively contributing to the protection of our nature and climate as well as to include and inform society.


Kun Woo Ro

Südkorea | Team 2019

Kun grew up in a megacity, the Seoul Capital Area. In his childhood, books and documentary films were the only way for him to get to know the earth. Soon he was fascinated by giant organisms such as whales, elephants, and trees. This later led him to study forest ecology and visit redwood forests in California as an exchange student. For him, it is a privilege to be able to take care of the earth, as most city dwellers simply cannot get close enough to nature to feel so connected to it. With the Klimawald project he wants to achieve that people not only learn or study about the climate issue but experience it with their own hands.

Nikunj Pathak

Indien | Team 2019

Born and raised in Chhindwara a town situated in the foothills of Satpuda mountains in central India. Nikunj grew up watching Kipling's Jungle Book which was based on the forests of Pench just about 30 miles from his hometown. His interest in ecology began when he first read about the declining tiger population in the forest. This motivated him to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. He worked as a researcher for a few years before moving to Bayreuth for pursuing a Master's in Global Change Ecology. After completing studies he wants to utilize newly acquired knowledge and interpersonal skills to bring in positive change in society. For him, Klimawald is not just a project but a place to implement new ideas, design innovative solutions, and initiate efficient actions.

Ahram Chae

Südkorea | Team 2019

As a visual artist, Ahram had deep interests in the relation between people and their built environment in urban discourse. She finished her master's degree in public art in Weimar, Germany, after studying contemporary art in South Korea. To her whose background is centered in creative areas, climate change is still something quite new. However, in terms of the matter of justice, the climate crisis is not so much different from what she sees as important in urban issues. As a designer, Ahram is passionate to create fun-looking campaigns for Klimawald Bayreuth, hoping the visual strategies help people get motivated more easily.


Dr. Birgit Thies

Head of the BayCEER Office

Dr. Gregor Aas

Head of the Ökologisch-Botanischer Garten


Mr. Udo Wenzel

Amt für Ernährung,

Landwirtschaft und Forsten Bayreuth

Mr. Dirk Muschik




Barbara Göb

Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Bayreuth

Bund der Deutschen

Katholischen Jugend Bayreuth

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Global Change Ecology e.V.


BcG Alumni e.V.

Die Summer e.V.

...and you!