Potsdam Summer School

Mon, 09/04/2017 to Wed, 09/13/2017

Potsdam Summer School brings together talented early career researchers and professionals from science and the public and private sectors from around the world, and offers a forum for the discussion of frontier research questions in the field of sustainable development while also fostering international cooperation and providing opportunities for participants to grow their networks.

Interactive and transdisciplinary

The 2017 edition of the Potsdam Summer School will continue this successful series of transdisciplinary and interactive events in Brandenburg’s capital city. The research questions addressed at this landmark event reflect the changing thematic focus of each iteration. Last year, Potsdam Summer School explored the challenge of dealing with climate change impacts. The summer school programme includes keynote lectures, discussions in a number of formats, workshops, and excursions. The output from these discussions will be presented online at www.potsdam-summer-school.org and across relevant social media channels. Many participants go on to collaborate on scientific papers or hold video conferences to discuss their ongoing work long after the conclusion of the Summer School, which plays an important role in fostering the growth of new networks among early career researchers.

A landmark event in the German research landscape

Potsdam Summer School has been held annually since 2014 and is a joint initiative of the IASS, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the University of Potsdam, and the City of Potsdam. Its unique interdisciplinary approach makes Potsdam Summer School a landmark event in the German research landscape.


Angela Borowski

+49 (0)331 288 22 361



11/2016 to 12/2017

Project partners:

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, University of Potsdam, Landeshauptstadt Potsdam


Sustainable development, governance, political decision-making, participation, relationships between actors, geoscience, transdisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, networks, early career scientists


Senior Research Associate: Angela Borowski

Supervising Directors: Prof. Mark Lawrence, Prof. Patrizia Nanz, Prof. Ortwin Renn

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