Making societies sustainable requires that we bring together knowledge from stakeholders across the fields of policymaking, science, the private sector, and civil society. Dialogue between diverse groups at all levels of decision-making, from the local to the global, will be critical to the successful implementation of international agreements like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The 4th Potsdam Summer School, which will take place on 4 – 13 September 2017, will explore inclusive approaches to governance that foster the exchange of knowledge. In its latest iteration, the summer school will focus on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a programme titled “Human Environments in a Changing World”.
Lectures and discussions throughout this ten-day programme will explore issues around sustainable urban development and efforts to achieve the aims of SDG 11 (“Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”). Participants will learn how to manage and monitor progress towards sustainable economic, social, and environmental development. Experts will offer insights into the challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue among diverse actors, the integration of different forms of knowledge, and the production of the operative knowledge that is necessary to shape and inform inclusive approaches to governance.
The programme will include lectures, various discussion formats and interactive projects, including practical demonstrations, workshops, and group work. The summer school brings together talented young researchers and professionals from science and the public and private sectors from around the world to discuss frontier research questions, foster international cooperation, and provide opportunities for networking.
If you would like to attend the 2017 Potsdam Summer School, please submit your application, including any supporting documents, by 18 April 2017.