The Call for Application to the Potsdam Summer School 2019 is over! Thank you to all who have submitted an application. All candidates are chosen.


This year’s Summer School will take place from August 20 through August 29, 2019 in Potsdam, Germany. It will address the central topic of connecting science and society.


The 2019 Potsdam Summer School (PSS) will explore the importance of science communication in order to find effective ways of communicating highly relevant topics in the field of sustainability and global change. With its ten-day program, the PSS 2019 will enable participants to create individual as well as organizational communication strategies to various audiences. This includes both the reactive elements of press and media relations as well as the proactive communication via traditional and new media outlets.


Since the sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise is highly relevant, the following questions will also guide the ten-day programme:


  • How can scientists address audiences from other societal areas?
  • Can all sustainability topics be communicated equally?
  • Should scientists become advocates rather than taking neutral positions
  • How to deal with incomplete or wrongly presented scientific information?
  • How to reduce complexity, without losing the scientific character?
  • How to strengthen the credibility of scientific findings?


With its overarching theme – “Connecting Science & Society – Communicating Research on Sustainability and Global Change” – 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 summer school will provide its participants with a comprehensive look into theories and methods of science communication. They will be engaged in discussions and group works and will be provided with tools to develop effective communication strategies.


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. We also aim to train science communication ambassadors eager to engage with various sectors of the public back in their home countries. Our goal is to improve science awareness and help to develop
informed opinions and enhance the transferable skills of current researchers.


In partnership with GeoX and the City of Potsdam, the 2019 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. 


Participants of the Potsdam Summer School can earn a maximum of 4 ECTS-credits within the framework of this programme. They will be comprised as


1 ECTS-credit for the preparation/pre-readings
2 ECTS-credits for participation in the ten-day programme
1 ECTS-credit for follow-up research


The organisers are looking forward to receiving applications from young professionals with various backgrounds to explore with us the relevance and importance of connecting science and society.




The call for applications is over since May 20 (23:59 UTC)!

Any application received after this date can only be entertained on a space-available basis. For further information, please email angela.borowski(at)


For further information, please contact angela.borowski(at)




Please note:

Photographs and film footage may be taken during this event, which may or may not
include your recognisable image or a video. By submitting your application you consent to being photographed or filmed and authorise the organisers to use the photographs or film in print, digital, video or web-based format for its promotional and archival purposes.



The target audience are early career researchers and young professionals. Applicants from all countries are welcome. Applications are sought not only from advanced graduated students, postdoctoral fellows, junior- and senior faculty members in relevant disciplines but also from representatives of governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as from the private sector. Women, minorities and young professionals or students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. The enrollment is limited to 40+ participants. The selection will be made by a jury consisting of representatives from all partner organisations. The jury’s decision are final.


A tuition fee of € 280 will be charged from each participant. The cost of accommodation from Aug 19 (day of arrival) until Aug 30 (day of departure) will be covered for by the organisers. Lunches and most dinners will be included with the exception of the weekend (Aug 24/25) and the evenings of Aug 23 and Aug 28 where evenings are at own leisure. Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Potsdam. In individual limited cases the organisers can make alternative arrangements upon request.