The growing world population, climate change, rapid urbanization, and the international interdependence of economies are all increasing our vulnerability to natural hazards. Such major global challenges are the focus of the second Potsdam Summer School. From September 14 until September 23 September 2015, 40 young professionals from 28 countries will come to Potsdam. Together with renowned scientists of the Potsdam Earth Science and Climate Research institutions as well as with international experts, they will discuss the most pressing scientific and socially relevant issues, which surround natural hazards. Earth and climate scientists, oceanographers, and mathematicians will exchange thoughts and views with social scientists, industry representatives, and politicians.
Why do we tend to play down certain natural hazards, while we dramatize others? What can we do in future, to protect us from natural hazards? These questions will be addressed in a public lecture by the risk researcher, Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, on September 21 in the Potsdam Hans Otto Theatre.