EMScom Alumni Association Hamburg Study Trip

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018
Swiss time 19:00

Join us for a unique two-day trip to Hamburg, Germany, on April 19-20, 2018. This year’s Study Trip will explore various facets of what it means to be a city fully dedicated to sustainability, be it in the private or in the public sector. Often regarded for its progressive outlook, Hamburg was recognized as the "Environment Capital of Europe" in 2011.

The Port of Hamburg, one of the largest harbors in Europe, gave the city both its wealth and its title: “Gateway to the world“. It also provides the smell of the sea and the aroma of far-away lands. We will visit the exciting HafenCity, which aims to be a lighthouse project for sustainable urban development; the Zukunftsrat, a civil society organization with a critical view on those efforts; Hamburg Süd, a shipping company on course towards sustainability; Carbonbay and their business model for carbon management and compensation.

Leuphana University and their strong research on sustainability management will complete the academic part. Participants will benefit from interactive and rich discussions with local professionals and peers. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this event in a fascinating city, where you can reconnect with your fellow classmates, expand your professional network and have fun!

We look forward to welcoming you in Hamburg.


Wednesday, April 18
Arrival of guests.
Evening: Informal get-together at NENI Hamburg. The group will meet directly on-site at 19:00 hrs.

NENI Hamburg im 25hours Hotel Hamburg Altes Hafenamt, Osakaallee 12 / Entrance Überseeboulevard, 20457 Hamburg

Thursday, April 19
06:45 Morning run in town (optional) – for those who are early risers, you are encouraged to join for a 60-minute fun run around town. Katie Kurz (EMScom13) will lead the excursion (rain or shine). All you need are your sneakers.

09:45 Meeting in front of 25hours Hotel Hamburg Altes Hafenamt. Walk to the HafenCity Sustainability Pavillion.

Opening session: “HafenCity and Zukunftsrat”
Hosted by: Dr. Jochel Menzel, chairman Zukunftsrat Hamburg and a representative of the City of Hamburg.

This session will open with a guided tour of HafenCity, with sustainability focus. The group will walk the HafenCity and visit current projects to see how Hamburg's ambition of “an efficient and climate-compatible urban structure, trendsetting mobility concept and the green quality of buildings” is translated into reality. After the tour, the group will meet Dr. Jochel Menzel, chairman Zukunftsrat Hamburg and a representative of the City of Hamburg. Lunch onsite.

Hamburg is turning former harbor areas into apartment houses and offices: the HafenCity, the biggest inner-city development project in Europe. Such a massive project naturally brings many sustainability challenges and environmental implications, but the goal is for the HafenCity to be a role model when it comes to sustainability (from energy efficiency, to mobility, quality of life, etc.). In this session, the group will interact with city representatives as well as the critical voices of the Zukuftsrat, a non-governmental organization with a network of some 100 members and a strong player in the political debate.

Transfer to Hamburg Süd (walking)

Company visit: Hamburg Süd
Hosted by: Dr. Frank Dubielzig, Head of Sustainability.

Hamburg Süd is a shipping company with 146 years of history, today part of the Danish shipping line Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world. Hamburg Süd operates more than hundred container ships with more than half a billion containers worldwide – and it steers towards sustainability: the company has just been awarded with a “gold“ rating for CSR.

Evening: Social activity and dinner. Participants will be able to interact and network in a fun and informal setting, while enjoying something special in Hamburg.

Friday, April 20
Morning: 07:40 Meeting in front of 25hours Hotel Hamburg Altes Hafenamt. Coach bus transfer to Lüneburg.

Academic session at Leuphana University Lüneburg
Hosted by Prof. Stefan Schaltegger, Professor for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Leuphana University has a large faculty of sustainability that follows a trans-disciplinary approach and conducts extensive research, e.g. on business cases for sustainability, and sustainability and communication. Prof. Stefan Schaltegger heads the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), and is among the internationally most cited researchers in sustainability management and founded the worldwide first MBA in Sustainability Management in 2003. He will share what is cooking in the academic laboratories at Leuphana and how the Centre tries to implement its findings in networks with major German and regional companies, like the Sustainability Leadership Forum.

After the session, the group will enjoy a guided walking tour of Lüneburg. Lunch will be provided. Transfer back to Hamburg.

Closing session Carbonay
Hosted by: Wolfgang Brückner, Managing Director Carbonbay

A subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, a company dealing with trading and logistic of oil, Carbonbay is a project developer for emission reduction. They help their customers to reduce their carbon footprint and try to turn this into a profitable business. Wolfgang Brückner will present the business model and show how it can be applied to various industries and services.

17:00: End of the official program, departure of guests.

Evening: optional dinner together for those who are staying in Hamburg for the night.


The Zukuftsrat Hamburg
Dr. Jochel Menzel

Hamburg Süd Group
Dr. Frank Dubielzig
Head of Sustainability

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Centre for Sustainability Management
Prof. Stefan Schaltegger
Professor for Sustainability Management

Wolfgang Brückner
Managing Director


In addition to the extended USI alumni community, the Study Trip is open to your guests and professional colleagues

EMScom Alumni paying membersFree of charge
Guests of EMScom Alumni corporate membersCHF 350
EMScom Alumni non-paying members and other participantsCHF 600
Children under the age of 12 years oldUpon request

The fee includes the activities taking place on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20: the opening session, site visits, transportation to Lüneburg, two lunches, social activity and dinner on Thursday evening and closing session. Please note you are responsible for all costs associated with your travel arrangements to Hamburg, hotel accommodation, as well as any activities on Wednesday, April 18, Friday evening, April 20, or the weekend of April 21-22.

To confirm your registration, please e-mail emscomalumni [at] usi [dot] ch and provide the following information:

  • Your full name, your title and company
  • Your billing address
  • Full name, title and company of any guest joining you on the trip.
  • Do you plan to attend the informal get-together on Wednesday evening?
  • If you plan to stay until Saturday, are you interested in joining an informal dinner on Friday night, April 20?

As needed, we will update registered participants by email with additional information about the Study Trip. 

Deadline for registration is March 30. Invoices for the Study Trip will be sent out the following week. Payment is due by April 15, 2018.

100% refund will be granted for cancellations received by April 15. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after April 15 or no-shows.


We do not have a contingent of rooms booked; participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. We suggest staying in the HafenCity area or nearby and to book the hotel room as soon as possible. We recommend the following options conveniently located near the meeting point for the Study Trip:

25hours Hotel Hamburg Altes Hafenamt
Osakaallee 12, 20457 Hamburg
+49 40 55 55 75 255
res [dot] hafenamt [at] 25hours-hotels [dot] com
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25hours Hotel Hamburg HafenCity
Überseeallee 5, 20457 Hamburg
+49 40 25 77 77 255
res [dot] hafencity [at] 25hours-hotels [dot] com
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Hotel Motel 1 Hamburg Am Michel
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 26, 20459 Hamburg
+49 40 3571890-0
hamburg-am-michel [at] motel-one [dot] com
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Hotel Motel 1 Hamburg-Alster
Steindamm 102, 20099 Hamburg
+49 40 4192497-0
hamburg-alster [at] motel-one [dot] com
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By air
Hamburg has its own airport (code: HAM). Lufthansa as well as most carriers offer direct flights from the major European cities. We suggest booking your flight to arrive in Hamburg on Wednesday afternoon or evening, April 18.


Ilaria Juon
EMScom Alumni Association Officer
+41 58 666 46 02
ilaria [dot] juon [at] usi [dot] ch / emscomalumni [at] usi [dot] ch