The Potsdam Summer School 2021 will be conducted at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Albert Einstein Campus and the University of Potsdam.

Please note:

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During the Potsdam Summer School 2021 participants will be accomodated at Hotel “Am Havelufer” in Potsdam in a double room with single occupancy. Breakfast will be included. And all rooms have a highspeed WIFI connection.

SUNDAY, August 08, 2021

Check-in will be available from 14:00. If you arrive earlier, please, check prior to your arrival if your oom 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 from 17:00 to 19:00

We will have a registration desk set up in the reception area from 17:00 to 19:00 on Sunday, Aug 08.

Welcome reception & dinner 19:30 to 21:00

We will have a reception and welcome dinner starting at 19:30 at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).


Instructions about how to get there will be also been given upon arrival.

Public transport from Berlin

For ground transport you will need a single fare ticket for the zones ABC (€ 3,60). 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 either regional train RB 20, RB 21 RB 22 or RE 1 (1 stop). Alternatively you can take bus 580, 605, 606 or 631. Get off at “Bahnhof Charlottenhof”. Then it is a 3 minute walk to Hotel Am Havelufer.
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From Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER):
Take train RE 7 to Potsdam Central Station. From here proceed as shown above.
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(duration of journey approximately 1hour and 45 minutes)

From Berlin Hbf (Central Station):
Take the regional train RE 1 from platform 14 or suburban train S7 from platform 16 (takes 35 minutes) to Potsdam Central Station. From here proceed as shown above.
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(duration of journey approximately 40 minutes)

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)


For safety and contractual reasons you may not have overnight guests in your rooms. During the Potsdam Summer School the organisers will cover for all lunches except for the weekend (Aug 14/15) and most dinners will be included. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and is included in the room rate. 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 hotel is overlooking a lake with nice walks around the lake. Bike rental are available at the hotel and canoes can be hired nearby. So be sure to bring your trainers and sports gear and swimming costumes with you!

Computer Facilities

Free WIFI will be available in the hotel, 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 from Berlin.


Hotel Am Havelufer
Zeppelinstrasse 136
14471 Potsdam
Tel. +49 331 9815-0

Albert Einstein Campus
14473 Potsdam

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

University of Potsdam
Campus I
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam