Potsdam Summer School 2018 is now Calling for Application

The call for application to the 2018 Potsdam Summer School is now closed.

This year’s Summer School will take place from September 10 through September 19, 2018, in Potsdam, Germany.

It will address these central questions:

  • Why is the Earth Surface System dynamic?
  • What are the Triggers for dynamic Processes?
  • What are possible societal Adaptation Strategies for Sustainable Land Management?

The fifth summer school event will explore the terrestrial earth surface system which is driven by geological, biological and climatic forces. They form a complex system of closely coupled processes and feedbacks that are not yet sufficiently understood. Knowledge of these interactions is essential since the earth´s surface is the foundation for all human activity. Its dynamics have an impact on all facets of life, habitability and sustainability.

With its overarching theme – “THE SKIN OF OUR PLANET – THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM” – the Potsdam Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive event series that has been held annually in Potsdam since 2014. The intense ten-day, multi-faceted programme will help participants to acquire transdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the processes which are shaping the earth´s vulnerable skin – our habitat. They will be engaged in discussions and group works on these key issues.

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