Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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About the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences.

A nonprofit institution, the RCC was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Deutsches Museum, with the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Our namesake is the American biologist, nature writer, and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health. Learn more about the life and work of Rachel Carson here.

While we are based in Munich, Germany, our staff and fellows come from all over the world, and our working language is English.


Our mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature.


We communicate our research and advance the environmental humanities through a variety of activities.


The Rachel Carson Center offers a variety of positions from fellowships for senior scholars to internships. 

Press Center

We provide expertise in the environmental humanities for various media channels on a diversity of issues.

Academic Board

The RCC advisory board is composed of established and influential scholars in environmental humanities based around the globe.

Mailing List

The RCC maintains two listservs to provide updates about activities and events.


The Society of Fellows supports its members and the RCC through a comprehensive giving campaign.