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Self-renouncement of air travel

Voluntary commitment to avoiding short-haul flights

Domestic and international business trips are a central part of scientific work and it is impossible to imagine research without them. Although they are so enriching and important, and contribute to scientific understanding and problem solving, the CO2 emissions of the associated travel represent a significant burden on the climate.

Therefore, the decision to go on a business trip should not only be based on the criteria of distance, feasibility and cost, but also take into account the CO2 emissions caused by the trip. Here, public transport such as bus and train offer significantly lower emissions than travelling by car or a flight.

Opting for air travel in particular leads to drastic CO2 pollution compared to other means of transport.

Short-haul flights, in particular, should be avoided in favor of travel by train. On average, more than 85% of the emissions of a corresponding flight can be saved in Germany. Avoiding short-haul flights is therefore a first step towards more climate protection in this area. This is how scientists contribute to climate protection.

With this declaration, the signatories commit themselves to avoid, as far as possible, flights whose destinations can be reached in less than 10 hours by alternative means of transport.

The University of Bayreuth wants to fulfil its role as a social pioneer in the change towards a more sustainable future. To do this, it relies in many areas on the individual commitment of its employees, who lead the way as good examples. With their commitment to environmental protection, employees make an important contribution that is recognised and appreciated by the University of Bayreuth.

If there has to be a deviation from this waiver due to special individual circumstances, this is not to be understood as a contradiction.

124 employees of the University of Bayreuth have already signed the voluntary commitment to avoid short-haul flights (as of 19.10.23)


  • Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
  • Anna Madeleine Ayeh
  • Oliver Archner
  • Dr. Wolfgang Babel
  • Roy Barsheek
  • Prof. Dr. Tina Bartelmeß
  • Dr. Kati Barthmann
  • Miriam Bauch
  • Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
  • Prof. Dr. Bocklitz
  • Dr. Benedikt Martin Brand 
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexander Brink
  • Tobias Brosig
  • Ralf Brugbauer
  • Dr. Katja Bühlmeyer
  • Christoph Büttner
  • Dr. Johannes Claußnitzer
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Christen
  • Florian Cramer
  • Thomas Dabisch
  • Luca Deck
  • Timothy Dickomeit
  • PD Dr. Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn
  • Veronika Eckstein
  • Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Ernst
  • Dr. Mario Faust-Scalisi
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Fikar
  • Florian Fischer 
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Foken
  • Franka Gaiser
  • Leonie Gass
  • Dr. Matthias Gebauer
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Gekle
  • Florian Gilitzer
  • Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman
  • Stefan Goppelt
  • Dr. Andreas Grandel
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Grüne
  • Oliver Gschwender
  • Dr. Lisa Maria Günther
  • Robert Günther
  • Florian Heidelbach
  • Dr. Lisa Heitmann
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Christoph Helbig
  • Prof. Dr. Dominik Henrich
  • Melinda Herfet
  • Prof. Dr. Lisa Hülsmann
  • Eva Isselstein
  • Lena Jungheim
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Lothar Kador
  • Marvin Kiene
  • Dr. Michael Kiermaier
  • Sebastian Kindig
  • Prof. Dr. Florian Klaeger
  • Tobias Klinge
  • Prof. Dr. Kordula Knaus
  • Colin-Marius Koch
  • Dr. Andreas Kögel
  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Koubek
  • Prof. Dr. Lena Kroeker
  • Anna Krombacher
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Niklas Kühl
  • David Kuhlmann
  • Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Kuhn
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Kümmel
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Sascha Kurz
  • Thekla Luitz 
  • Dr. Magdalena Mair
  • Laura Matt
  • Philipp Mattauch
  • Dr. Christine Matzke
  • Prof. Dr. André Meyer
  • PD. Dr. Klaus-Martin Moldenhauer
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Jacquier
  • Prof. Dr. Anke Nölscher 
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Oberhofer
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Obermaier
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma
  • Prof. Dr. Johanna Pausch
  • Andreas Pittroff
  • Paul Recknagel
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger
  • Claudio Rottner
  • Dr. Adrian Roßner
  • Dr. Jan Sändig
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Sass
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
  • Prof. Dr. Larissa Schindler
  • Johanna Schmidtmann
  • Prof. Dr. Bernt Schnettler
  • Prof. Dr. Paula Schrode
  • Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schüfer
  • Christian Schüller
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann
  • Prof. Dr. Friedrich Sommer
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Spies
  • Andrea Thater
  • Julia Thibaut
  • Dr. Birgit Thieß
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach
  • Prod. Dr. Colker Ulm
  • Dr. Astrid Utler
  • Prof. Dr. Nella Marie Vargas Barbosa
  • Hendrik Volz
  • Anna Walentowitz
  • apl. Prof. Dr. Alfred Wassermann
  • Andreas Wild
  • Dr. Felix Wilke
  • Markus Winkler
  • Alexandra Woller
  • Jonas Würdinger
  • Dr. Immanuel Zitzmann

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