Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

International Swiss Climate Summer School "Climate Risks - Coping with Uncertainty"

Date: 28 August 2016 - 02 September 2016
Location: Grindelwald, Switzerland

Swiss Climate Research, the network of leading Swiss institutions in climate research and education, invites young scientists to join high-profile climate researchers in a scenic Swiss Alpine setting for keynote lectures, workshops and poster sessions on the occasion of the 15th Swiss Climate Summer School 2016.

Scope of the summer school

The 15th International Swiss Climate Summer School is focusing on the theme "Climate Risks - Coping with Uncertainty". This theme has been chosen due to its paramount importance in terms of both scientific challenges and pressing societal concerns. Always with a focus on uncertainty, the specific topics include:

  • What is 'dangerous climate change'?
  • Emergent climate risks and vulnerability
  • From global climate change to regional impacts
  • Economics of climate change and adaptation, geo-engineering
  • Ethical aspects, policy choices and policy making

The Summer School invites young researchers from all fields of climate research. The courses cover a broad spectrum of climate and climate impact research issues and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Lecturers for keynotes and workshops (confirmed)

  • C. Beisbart, U Bern, CH
  • R.A. Betts, U Exeter/Met Office Hadley Centre, UK
  • D. Bresch, SwissRE, CH
  • K. Frieler, PIK, Germany
  • N. Gruber, ETH Zurich, CH
  • E. Hawkins, U Reading, UK
  • M. Hohl, Federal Office of Civil Protection, CH
  • K. Ingold, U Bern/EAWAG, CH
  • U. Lohmann, ETH Zurich, CH
  • N. Oreskes, Harvard U, USA
  • A. Patt, ETH Zurich, CH
  • O. Romppainen-Martius, U Bern, CH
  • G. Stephan, U Bern, CH
  • T.F. Stocker, U Bern, CH
  • P. Tschakert, UWA, Australia

Application details

The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) worldwide.
Participation is highly competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 70.

The registration fee (1200 CHF) includes half board accommodation, excursion and teaching material.
A small number of grants will be available for students from developing countries.

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2016

Successful applicants will be notified in February 2016.

More information and contact

Detailed information and the application form are available at: > Studies > Summer School > 2016

University of Bern Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research University of Bern Falkenplatz 16 CH-3012 Bern Switzerland
Tel: +41 31 631 31 45
Fax: +41 31 631 43 38

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