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CANCELED: Potsdam Summer School 2020: "Water: Our Global Common Good - The Hydrosphere across Land and Sea"


Date: 17th to 26th of August 2020

Location: Potsdam, Germany

Contact Person:Angela Borowski, M. A., Senior Project Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam

Application Deadline: 17th of April 2020

We are very sad to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak the decision was made to postpone this year´s Potsdam Summer School to be held in 2021. The topic will remain the same.

It would be highly appreciated if you consider to apply next year. If you want us to inform you about the start of the call for applications, please confirm this in writing and we will be happy to do so. And for updates please refer to our website https://www.potsdam-summer-school.org 

We are sure you will understand our decision and we will make a respective announcement on our website and inform about the new timing once we have better planning certainty.


With its overarching theme – “Water: Our Global Common Good – The Hydrosphere across Land and Sea” – 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 perspective and overview of the relevant aspects when dealing with the hydrosphere. They will be engaged in discussions and group works and will be provided with tools to develop effective strategies in order to deal with the challenges they face in their daily work.

The aim of the Potsdam Summer School 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 enable participants to engage with various sectors of the public 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 and practitioners.

In this context, the Potsdam Summer School provides a unique opportunity for all participants to foster international cooperation and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

These issues span a multitude of natural and social science disciplines and invite stakeholders from the public and private sector to get involved.

In partnership with Geo.X and the City of Potsdam, the 2020 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 programme will comprise lectures, various discussion formats, and interactive group work activities

For further information, see the flyer linked below or check out https://potsdam-summer-school.org