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THE SKIN OF OUR PLANET – THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM

Sep 10 until Sep 19 2018, Potsdam, Germany

The Potsdam Summer School 2018 is calling for applications!

Modern pluralistic societies face many challenges. In 2018 we 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.

The earth’s surface system plays a central role in many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were set by the United Nations and 193 of its member states in 2015. Just to mention a few:

When talking about poverty (SDG 1), food security (SDG 2), landscape conservation issues in relation to well-being (SDG 3), clean water (SDG 6), clean energy through biofuels (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption (SDG 12), climate mitigation (SDG 13), oceans (SDG 14) and land degradation (SDG 15).

Decision makers from all societal sectors have to keep in mind that the various functions of soils are crucial in the context of the SDGs. While searching for global sustainable development, specific attention is required to analyse the aggregated effect of soil management decisions at global as well at regional level.

The fifth Potsdam Summer School  will address the following 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?

With its overarching theme – “THE SKIN OF OUR PLANET – THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM” – this year’s Potsdam Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive event series that has been held annually in Potsdam, Germany 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.

The aim 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. Participants are expected to form part of a new generation of researchers and practitioners with the necessary background and tools to evaluate and mitigate the effects of present-day and future environmental change. In this context, the Potsdam Summer School provides a unique opportunity for all participants to foster international cooperation and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. These issues span a multitude of natural and social science disciplines and invite stakeholders from the public and private sector to get involved.

The following topics will structure the discussions:

  • Beneath the Surface: Drivers, Triggers, and Forces for Dynamic Changes
  • At the Surface I: The Role, Function, and Traits of the Earth Surface for the Evolution of Life
  • At the Surface II: The Role, Function, and Traits of the Earth Surface for the Human Habitat
  • Land Management to feed the Earth
  • Different Approaches in Land Management
  • The Role of the Oceans in the Earth Surface System
  • Above the Surface: Earth Surface System and Climate Impact
  • From the Surface: How the Earth Surface has been shaped in the Anthropocene

 Accompanying Sessions:

  • Science Management
  • Science Communication

The issues span a multitude of disciplines and invite stakeholders from the public and private sector to get involved. The programme will comprise lectures, various discussion formats, and interactive project activities, including hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and group projects.

In partnership with GeoX and the City of Potsdam, the 2018 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.

Experts, stakeholders, and guest lecturers from high level national and international institutes and organisations will contribute knowledge and insights to the Summer School programme.

The entire Summer School will be conducted in English.

The organisers are looking forward to receiving applications from young professionals from various backgrounds to explore with us the Earth Surface System as a complex system.

The deadline for submitting completed applications will be Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

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

WELCOME TO POTSDAM!

BENEATH THE SURFACE
  • Drivers for Dynamic Change
  • Triggers for Dynamic Change
  • Forces for Dynamic Change
AT THE SURFACE
  • Role of the Earth Surface for the Evolution of Life
  • Function of the Earth Surface for the Evolution of Life
  • Traits of the Earth Surface for the Evolution of Life
  • Land Management to feed the Earth
  • The Role of the Oceans
ABOVE THE SURFACE
  • Earth Surface System & Climate Impact
FROM THE SURFACE
  • How it has been shaped in the Anthropocene

With its overarching theme – “THE SKIN OF THE PLANET – THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM“ – this Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive event series that has been held annually in Potsdam, Germany since 2014. The aim is to bring together talented early-career scientists and young professionals from the private sector, governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations in many different parts of the world to discuss frontier research questions on future sustainable development. In this context, the Potsdam Summer School provides a unique opportunity for all participants to foster international cooperation and an exchange of ideas.

The entire Summer School will be conducted in English.

The organisers are looking forward to receiving applications from young professionals from various backgrounds to explore with us the relevance and challenges of an evidence-based approach to inclusive governance and geo-governance for sustainable futures.

The call for applications will start on 12th February 2018. The deadline for submitting completed applications will be 30th April 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

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

WELCOME TO POTSDAM!


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