Potsdam Summer School 2022: Towards a Sustainable Transformation

02/22/2022 - Climate, Energy and Nature in a Changing World – with this overarching theme the Potsdam Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive series of events that has been held annually in Potsdam, Germany since 2014. It brings 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 and contribute their insights at this exceptional opportunity to foster cooperation and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. The call for applications is now open!
Potsdam Summer School 2022: Towards a Sustainable Transformation
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The world is facing a huge challenge: Climate change threatens the foundations of life on our planet. To preserve these foundations, the fossil era must come to an end. This will lead to profound changes in our ways of producing goods, our means of transportation, and ultimately the way in which we live. It is important to shape the necessary great transformation in a just and sustainable manner, while protecting the environment and thereby securing future life for people in all regions around the globe.

Participants of the Potsdam Summer School will be engaged in discussions and group works and will be provided with tools to develop effective strategies to solve the challenges they face in their daily work, while also gaining a comprehensive perspective and overview surrounding the three aspects of a sustainable transformation: action on climate change, the transformation of energy systems and the importance of nature conservation in the face of biodiversity loss.

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

The deadline for submitting applications will be April 30, 2022. The organisers intend to conduct the 10-day programme in presence in Potsdam, but should the pandemic preclude in-person attendance, the organisers will revert to a virtual format.

Link to Potsdam Summer School 2022:



Angela Borowski
Phone: +49 331 288 22-361