International Virtual Summer School

Keep Cool: Stories of Adaptation in the Warming City

21–26 August 2023

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Climate change is one of the most urgent and complex problems we face today. With the publication of the latest IPCC synthesis report in March of this year, climate scientists issued their “final warning” to act. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, refers to the crisis as a “climate timebomb.” All signs indicate that the world is headed for two degrees or more of global heating by the end of this century.

In this virtual summer school in collaboration with infernum, we will focus on how we must adapt various biological, social, and technological systems to cope with the warming climate we can expect to see in the coming years. The summer school will focus on three main areas of climate adaptation:

During this one-week summer school, international experts from throughout academia and beyond will shed light on the topic from different disciplines, based on state-of-the-art knowledge and research. Students will broaden their perspectives through direct exchange by learning about different regional conditions and approaches. The summer school offers a great opportunity to learn about successful collaboration in digital and international settings and practice using creative tools and methods to communicate about climate change and develop ideas that make a difference.


Quick Facts


The summer school takes place virtually and combines panel discussions and lectures with group work and creative workshops in international student teams.


21–26 August 2023

Target group / participation requirements:

The summer school primarily targets students at the Master’s level, but also welcomes advanced Bachelor’s students, space permitting. All disciplines are welcome. Students are required to have an English language proficiency level of at least B2 (CEFR).


The registration period is open until 15 June. If you are interested to participate, please send us an email to summerschool2023 including your registration form and a letter of motivation. As space is limited, please note that your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.


After successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate showing the course content and title, including ECTS.

Program costs:


Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Robert Gaschler

    FernUniversität in Hagen, Faculty of Psychology, Learning Motivation Emotion Lab / LME

  • Prof. Antoni Roig Telo

    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Information and Communication Sciences Department, Spain

  • Prof. Alessandra Jerolleman

    Jacksonville State University, Center for Disaster and Community Resilience, USA

  • Dr. Martin Werner

    Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Ocean Research; infernum

Dr. Lisa Pettibone
FernUniversität in Hagen, Chair for Policy Research and Environmental Politics



Email: summerschool2023

Dr. Lisa Pettibone
Phone: +49 2331 987-2581
Email: lisa.pettibone

Desirée Kampmeier
Phone: +49 2331 987-2478
Email: desiree.kampmeier

Apply Here

Application Form (PDF 138 KB)

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International | 25.04.2023