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Patrick Lehnes

Research Associate
E-Mail: patrick.lehnes[at]
Phone: ++49(0)761 203-9126
Room: 03008


Thematic and Methodological Focus

  • Heritage Interpretation, visitor research
  • Philosophy of science
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Regional Focus

  • Schwarzwald (Black Forest, Germany)
  • Alpine Space
  • Poland
  • Greece
  • Azerbaijan


  • Heritage Interpretation and environmental education
  • Evaluation and visitor studies
  • Interpretation of maps


  • Interpret Europe – European Association for Heritage Interpretation (European Coordinator for Cultural Heritage)
  • Naturforschende Gesellschaft Freiburg
  • Gesellschaft für Geographie und Ethnologie in Freiburg
  • Förderverein Elztalmuseum


  • since 2017
   Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography at University of Freiburg, Heritage Interpretation Group
  • since 2002
   Freelance as Lehnes Contexte (until 2014 Lehnes Landschaftsinterpretation) as a spin-off company at Freiburg University: Consultancy, Planning and Implementation of interpretive trails and exhibitions, R&D Projects in cooperation with the university‘s Heritage Interpretation Group, vocational trainer
  • 2010 - 2015
   Executive Director of Interpret Europe (the European Association for Heritage Interpretation): European projects, organiser of international conferences
  • 1997 - 2002
   Researcher at the Institute for Physical Geography Freiburg University: Establishing the Heritage Interpretation Research Group, local and international projects
  • 1995 - 1996
   Freelance consultant for the regional council (Regierungspräsidium Freiburg) on methodologies of evaluating environmental impacts
  • 1991 – 1997
   Research assistant at the Institute for Physical Geography Freiburg University
  • 1988 - 1995
   Studies of geography, biology and grammar school teaching (Höheres Lehramt an Gymnasien) at University of Freiburg