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[Met-jobs] Potsdam Summer School: Arctic in the Anthropocene

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:20:18 +0000

The first Potsdam Summer School is calling for 

Under the overarching theme “Arctic in the Anthropocene”, this two-week 
interdisciplinary and interactive event running from 23 June to 4 July 2014 
will be the first in a series of Potsdam Summer Schools to be held annually. 
The goal is to bring together early-career scientists and young professionals 
from research departments, governmental and non-governmental agencies and 
organizations, as well as the private sector from all around the world.

Participants will deal with global challenges and address urgent questions on 
how to shape sustainable futures in the Arctic and beyond from a scientific and 
socioeconomic point of view.

In partnership with the City of 
Potsdam<>, the 2014 Potsdam Summer 
School will be jointly conducted 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 national and international institutes and organizations 
will contribute high level knowledge to the Summer School programme.

The focus of this first Potsdam Summer School will be “Arctic in the 
Anthropocene”, concentrating on the rapid environmental changes in the Arctic 
region over the last decades. An intense two-week programme will explore the 
options, pathways, risks and challenges towards sustainable futures for the 
Arctic, and in essence for the whole planet given the Arctic’s crucial role for 
the globe’s climate and weather system. Issues addressed will include:

Learning about the Arctic and Arctic/non-Arctic Feedback Loops…
·         Sea-ice Developments
·         Land-atmosphere Interactions
·         Climate Dynamics
·         Ecological and Environmental Risks
·         The Marine Arctic and Ocean Governance
·         The Political Arctic: Ownership, Cooperation and Conflict Potential
·         The Role of Resources (oil and gas, minerals, shipping, tourism, 
·         The Changing Cryosphere: Sea Ice, Glaciers, Ice Sheets, and Permafrost

…and Putting Knowledge to Action
·         Planning for Sustainable Arctic Futures
·         Building the Science-Policy-Bridge
·         Raising Awareness for the Arctic and communicating Arctic 
Transformations and their Relevance for all of us.
·         Learning together and co-developing Action Plans to address Arctic 
Challenges with Experts and Stakeholders.

The summer school will be conducted in English. The organizers are looking 
forward to applications from young professionals who have a wide range of 
backgrounds to discuss the future of the Arctic region in the age of the 

All information is accessible on the summer school homepage:

Deadline for application is April 15th, 2014.

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