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Transdisciplinary research
Target group:
All Interested
in presence
Event type:
Winter/Summer School
Potsdam Summer School
Contact person:
For further information, please contact angela.borowski(at)iass-potsdam.de


Action on climate change needs a joint and strong collaboration of the entire international community. The burdens and causes of climate change are unevenly distributed over the world, and future generations will suffer much more. The transformation of energy systems is obviously one of the key factors of climate mitigation. Fossil fuel-free means of producing energy must be developed and implemented. But this transformation also involves a societal change. Climate change and the loss of biodiversity threaten human living conditions on our planet. The examples of polar and marine regions or the amazon region illustrate the importance of nature conservation.

The aim of the Potsdam Summer School is to bring together talented early-career scientists and young professionals operating in the private sector, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organisations from many different parts of the world to discuss frontier (research) questions on future sustainable development. We also intend to enable participants to engage with various sectors of the public in their home countries. Our goal is to improve science awareness and help to develop informed opinions and enhance the transferable skills of researchers and practitioners.

Experts, stakeholders, and guest lecturers from high level national and international institutes and organisations will contribute knowledge and insights to the Summer School programme which will comprise lectures, various discussion formats, and interactive group work activities. Thus, the Potsdam Summer School provides a unique opportunity for all participants to foster international cooperation and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

In partnership with Geo.X and the City of Potsdam, the 2022 Potsdam Summer School will be jointly organised by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the University of Potsdam.


Should it be the case that the overall situation regarding the current pandemic precludes in-person attendance the organisers will revert to a virtual format. We are looking forward to receiving applications from young professionals from various backgrounds.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is on Saturday April 30, 2022 at 23:59 UTC.

Find further information on our website.

For further information, please contact Angela Borowski (angela.borowski(at)iass-potsdam.de).