Sino-German Symposium on Microplastics
Beijing, July 9th & 10th, 2019
Tsinghua Day on 7.5.2019
MoU Signing Ceremony on Hannover Day at Tsinghua
Beijing, 30 Oct. 2018
The School of Environment
October 2018
Scientific Talks at Tsinghua
April 2018
Leibniz University Hannover
November 2018
Team from ISAH at the School of Environment
October 2018

May 2021 - Dual Master Programme

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Tsinghua University decide to establish a Double Degree Master's Program "Resources and Environment"


On May 29, 2021, another important milestone was reached. After extensive coordination and preliminary planning, the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science of Leibniz Universität Hannover has agreed with Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School on the establishment of a joint study program. During a special online ceremony and in the presence of the Vice Presidents Prof. Yang and Prof. von Haaren, a joint agreement was signed, confirming the introduction of the Double Degree Master Program "Resources and Environment".

Nov 2019: Cooperation will be further expanded

On 4th November 2019 Prof. Stephan Koester with his team from Institute of Sanitary Engineering and Waste Management (ISAH) of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) payed a visit to the School of Environment (SoE) of Tsinghua University (THU) in order to have a strategic meeting with Prof. Jian’e Zuo and his scientific staff. Since 2017 PLUS stands for a considerable expansion of the cooperation between LUH and Tsinghua in research and teaching on Urban Water Management. Now we look back on a very successful first 2 years.

July 2019: Symposium on Microplastics held in Beijing

On 9 and 10 July 2019, numerous German and Chinese microplastic experts as well as many other guests took part in the Sino-German "Symposium on Occurrence and Fate of Microplatics in Urban Spaces" in Beijing. The aim of the symposium was to present the current state of knowledge on the occurrence, whereabouts and effects of microplastics in urban space and to highlight gaps in knowledge and future challenges. We thank all speakers and participants for their contributions to the success of our event. We also would like to thank the School of Environment of Tsinghua University for organizing the event and the Sino-German Centre for the Research Promotion (CDZ) for enabling and supporting our symposium. 

Underway to establish joint cutting-edge research

In September 2017 the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Beijing-based Tsinghua University founded the research platform PLUS. PLUS stands for "Platform for United Water Science and Technology Innovations". In cooperation with Tsinghua University, two highly dynamic locations are planned: 1) the Tsinghua Campus in Beijing, and 2) the Shenzhen International Campus of Tsinghua University. Four core content features of PLUS are:

  • Enhanced collaborative research on microplastics, wastewater treatment & reuse, micropollutants, sludge management, phosphorous / energy recovery, sponge cities and more.
  • Establishment of a talent-oriented academic exchange.
  • PLUS-UP: incubator for start-ups for environmental technologies and services.
  • International visibility that makes our joint cutting-edge research a research brand.

PLUS stands for mutually practiced excellent science. PLUS will strengthen the German-Chinese network and promote the networking of stakeholders from science, business and politics in particular. PLUS will institutionalize cooperation with Tsinghua and provide the opportunity to further develop the research cooperation on innovative water and environmental technologies as a common "research mark".


  • 在以下几个领域,加强双方的合作:微塑料、污水处理&再利用、微污染、污泥处理、磷/能量的恢复、海绵城市和其他相关问题;

  • 建立以人才为导向的学术交流;

  • 升级PLUS:鼓励环境技术类和服务类创业;

  • 提升汉诺威大学以及汉诺威该城市在中国的知名度,加强汉诺威与深圳的城际合作关系。


Global Problems - Joint Solutions

Urban water management ensures urban hygiene and is an indispensable prerequisite for living together in cities. It creates the conditions for people in cities to be supplied with clean water and for the waste water produced to be discharged and treated.

With a view to the future, however, there are considerable challenges in the field of urban water management. The question of the future of cities can therefore only be answered by including the topic of water. Climate change, in part considerable demographic changes and increasing urban greening make it essential to consider the issue of water at an early stage in urban planning.
This is already happening in China and is reflected in the concept of the sponge city, which is being noticed all over the world. The handling of water in the city, however, also includes the examination of the pollution that occurs. The pollution of wastewater and rainwater with well-known and new pollutants are considerable barriers that can make it difficult to reuse wastewater and rainwater. Here science is called upon to show ways in which an adequate supply of water can also be provided in cities in the future to adequately satisfy the needs of a city.
For a long time Germany and China have been working together very trustfully in the field of urban water management. In this context, too, the project partners are very pleased that the German Ministry's financial support has given them the opportunity to push joint research, establish a broad academic exchange and thus pool their strengths in solving future challenges.


May 2019 - Tsinghua Day @ LUH

President Prof. Epping and Vice President Yang on 7.5.2019

News of Leibniz University on Tsinghua Day (German)

A few impressions

Oct 18: The Hannover Day

MoU Signing Ceremony on Hannover Day at Tsinghua
Beijing, 30 Oct 2018
President Prof. Epping (LUH) & Vice-President Prof. Yang (Tsinghua)
30 Oct 2018
Group Picture
Participants of Hannover Day at Tsinghua
The big event is approaching
German Team Members at SoE
Prof. He (Dean of SoE) and Prof. Voss (Dean of the Faculty of Civil Eng. and Geodesy of LUH)
Prof. Zuo and Prof. Koester
Initiators of the Hannover Day
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