Competence Center Cultural Landscape (CULT)

Sustainable cultural landscape development

Luftbild des Rheins mit Auen und kleinen Städten. © Hochschule Geisenheim

Today's modern age is causing great changes in cultural landscapes. The use of landscapes through intensification of land use (agriculture, forestry, settlements, energy generation etc.) leads to ever more profound changes in these high-quality cultural landscapes. Characteristics such as historical elements and diversity, which determine value are irretrievably lost.

The Competence Center for Cultural Landscape (CULT) deals with this problem and develops strategies and approaches to promote sustainable development of cultivated landscapes.

Areas of Interests


The network sees itself as a ‘thinking factory’, which promotes the technical discourse on new and current topics between experts from science and practice and develops initiatives from them. These can be education and information, as well as research and practical projects.

It wants to represent the “state-of-the-art” on current issues of nature conservation and landscape development, identify any gaps in knowledge and implementation, and also show possible solutions.

If you would like to be included in the network, please send us an email.

Research and development
Eine Person notiert etwas auf einem Blatt Papier, daneben liegen eine Lupe und Pflanzenteile © Hochschule Geisenheim /

The niche of the Competence Center is the close networking of science and practical application; especially here there are major deficits in the federal and state governments.

A network is being set up consisting of application-oriented funders, researchers, and practice partners, who are all interested in the direct implementation of research results in their daily work.

As a result, work is being carried out in a more practice-oriented way than before on the most urgent issues of cultivated landscape development. To do this, people of various disciplines network with each other.

Continuing Education
Eine Hand legt das Blatt eines Baumes auf ein Buch zur Bestimmung von Pflanzen. © Hochschschule Geisenheim

The plan is to create a modular, occupational training system, offering varying training formats ranging from one-day or multi-day seminars to part-time master's degrees.

This further education program is not to be found in Geisenheim alone, but in a nationwide network. Methods of self-determined eLearning with presence phases are used in many cases.

Working Groups of the CULT


The digital system KuLaDig (Kulturlandschaft Digital) was developed for the recording and presentation of cultural landscape elements. It is used to solve a variety of different cultural landscape problems, for example in regional development, nature conservation, environmental education and tourism. To support networking among the various KuLaDig actors and to release synergies for the future, a transnational KuLaDig working group was founded under the umbrella of the CULT. It meets at regular intervals.



Historical cultural landscape in Kaysersberg (Author: Jörn Schultheiß)


If you have any questions or if you would like to cooperate please write an email at Joern.Schultheiss(at)


Due to the corona pandemic, all planned CULT events have been canceled for the coming months. They will be rescheduled.

September 23-25, 2020 6th International Congress "Environment Protection. Energy Saving. Sustainable Environmental Management" - EPESSEM at the Lviv National Polytechnic University (conference program and digital access)

October 1, 2020 Conference Road and Landscape (Straße und Landschaft) at the Hochschule Geisenheim University (the event is suspended this year)

October 19, 2020 Meeting of the KuLaDig working group in Koblenz (please write an e-mail if you want to participate)

March 9, 2021 Congress "Open dry habitats - New grazing concepts for a sustainable landscape development" in Ingelheim (Registration will be possible soon)

March 24-26, 2021 Workshop of the working group Landscape Research: "Between individuality and representativeness - recording and evaluation of landscapes" (Call for Abstracts)

July 8-9, 2021 Workshop "Time for a new sustainability - Challenges and options for action for Central European forests in times of climate change " at the Forest Experience Center Neupfalz (Registration will be possible soon).

CULT Download Area

In the CULT Download Area you can download files from the CULT-network. These are sorted by date and, if necessary, by the respective event. However, some files are not intended for publication. To download them you need a password. You will receive this by sending us an e-mail.




Eckhard Jedicke
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Jedicke
Building 7100
Room 01.05
Phone +49 6722 502 760
Eckhard.Jedicke(at) Details
Jörn Schultheiß
Dr. Jörn Schultheiß
Building 7100
Room 01.06
Phone +49 6722 502 653
Joern.Schultheiss(at) Details
Katharina Adler
Katharina Adler, M.Sc.
Building 7100
Room 01.03
Phone +49 6722 502 652
Katharina.Adler(at) Details
Barbara Bernard
Barbara Bernard
Building 7100
Room 01.03
Barbara.Bernard(at) Details
Alexander Peters
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Alexander Peters, M.H.Edu
Building 6701
Room 104
Phone +49 6722 502 772
Alexander.Peters(at) Details
Martin Reiss
Dr. Martin Reiss
Building 7100
Room 01.03
Phone +49 6722 502 654
Martin.Reiss(at) Details