The Potsdam Summer School 2019 will be conducted at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Albert Einstein Campus and the University of Potsdam.

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 registering and participating in this event, 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.

Check-In Boarding House

During the Potsdam Summer School 2019 all participants will stay at the: Waveboard Boarding House Potsdam.

Address: Schiffbauergasse 13a14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 200 85 90
eMail:  info@waveboard-potsdam.net

MONDAY, August 19, 2019

Check-in will be available from 2:00 p.m. If you arrive earlier, please, check prior to your arrival if your apartment is ready. If not, you may leave your luggage at the front desk and go for a little stroll to explore charming Potsdam.

Registration desk 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We will have a registration desk set up in the reception area from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug 19.

Welcome reception & dinner 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

We will have a reception and welcome dinner starting at 07:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) which is just a five minute walk from the Boarding House. Instructions about how to get there will be given upon arrival.

Public transport from Berlin

For ground transport you will need a single fare ticket for the zones ABC
(€ 3,40). You can obtain it either from a ticket machine outside the airport or from the counter inside the airport. You can also purchase a ticket from the bus driver. When you buy it from a ticket machine, please make sure to validate it by stamping (red box, next to the ticket machine or on the bus).

From Potsdam Central Station

Take tram 93 in direction of „Glienicker Brücke“ and get off at „Berliner Strasse/Schiffbauergasse“ (6 stops). Then it is a 3 minute walk to the Boarding House: Google Maps

From the airports

From Berlin-Tegel Airport:
Take bus X9 (express line) or 109 to Zoologischer Garten and transfer to the regional train RE 1 or suburban train S-Bahn S7 towards Potsdam Hbf (Central Station). From here take tram 93 and proceed as shown above.

Google Maps
(duration of journey approximately 70 minutes)

From Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport: 
Take the regional train RB 22 to Potsdam Central Station. From here take tram 93 in direction of „Glienicker Brücke“and proceed as shown above.

Google Maps
(duration of journey approximately 80 minutes)

From Berlin Hbf (Central Station):
Take the regional train RE or suburban train S7 from platform 16 (takes 35 minutes) to Potsdam Central Station. From here take tram 93 in direction of „Glienicker Brücke“and proceed as shown above.

Google Maps

Programme Format

The Summer School consists mainly of lectures/talks and small group meetings/project work.  Most of the lectures are scheduled in the mornings or early afternoons. Please note that group projects are a major part of the school; for details, please see under section “programme”.

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 follows:

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

Programme Expectations

We expect that participants will attend all lectures for the full duration of the programme, participate fully in a group project, and fulfill all related assignments and deadlines. You should expect to spend some amount of time working on your group projects outside of the scheduled sessions. Participants who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the programme at the discretion of the directors. Dress is casual.


Some lecturers might provide pre-readings. You will find the links with each individual speaker (where available)


All participants will be assigned to shared apartments (double occupancy same gender) at Waveboard Boarding House, Potsdam. All apartments will have free WIFI access. For safety and contractual reasons you may not have overnight guests in your apartments. During the Potsdam Summer School the organisers will cover for all lunches except for the weekend (Aug 24/25). Dinners will be included on Aug 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 29. Breakfast will not be included and has to be organised individually by the participants. A fully equipped pantry kitchen will be available in each apartment. Please, make sure that you are at the summer school venues by 08:45 since we shall start our programme at 09:00! Lunch will be served from 12:30-14:00. Dinner times will vary according to the programme. Please let us know if you have any food intolerances or dietary requirements prior to your arrival.

Health Insurance

All participants have to organise for their own health insurance during the Potsdam Summer School.

Ex Curriculum

Apart from our summer school programme we will organise some other activities. More details on this will follow subsequently.

Potsdam is a charming place and has lots of attractive sites and your boarding house is overlooking a lake and a bike rental is available next to the boarding house. So be sure to bring your sports gear with you!

Computer Facilities

Free WIFI will be available in the boarding house, at IASS, on Albert Einstein Campus and the University of Potsdam.

Local Transportation

We will provide free tickets for all public transport in Potsdam during your entire stay. But please note that these are only valid for Potsdam and not for travelling to and in Berlin.


University of Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24
14476 Potsdam

Albert Einstein Campus
14473 Potsdam

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Berliner Strasse 130
14467 Potsdam

 Waveboard Boarding House PotsdamSchiffbauergasse 13a
14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331/ 200 85 90