The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Summer School | Exploring Climate Change Challenges and Solutions in the Real World: From Research to Practice

IMPRESSIONS is an EU FP7 project focused on "Impacts and Risks from High-End Scenarios: Strategies for Innovative Solutions." The IMPRESSIONS project aims to advance understanding of the implications of high-end climate change, involving temperature increases above 2°C, and to help decision-makers apply such knowledge within adaptation and mitigation strategies.

As part of this effort, they will be offering a summer school course on climate change challenges and solutions from 21-25 May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The aim of this summer school is to introduce IMPRESSIONS methods and tools so as to demonstrate their applications through studying the impacts of climate change and socio-economic changes in Bulgarian mountains and rural communities.

Designed to combine theory and methods with practical exercises and a field excursion to witness adaptation issues in person, this summer school will provide participants with a unique opportunity to work together on solving a specified climate-related challenge with leading scientific experts and local stakeholders applying methodologies and models developed within IMPRESSIONS. The summer school focuses in particular on how inter- and transdisciplinary research methods combine to develop practical climate solutions.

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Summer school tutors will include
Dr Paula Harrison (Project Co-ordinator), Dr Pam Berry, Dr Niki Frantzeskaki, Prof Ian Holman, Dr Jill Jäger, Prof László Pintér, Prof Mark Rounsevell and Dr Andrea Roventini

The number of participants for the residential part of the course is limited to 30 persons.

Course Fee
No fee. The course & accommodation are financially supported by the EU FP7 project IMPRESSIONS. Participants are expected to fund their own travel costs.

Selection Criteria
You should be a doctoral researcher, post-doc or early career researcher, working on aspects of climate change from a theoretical or applied perspective. We also invite young practitioners from think tanks, government agencies, international organizations or the private sector who are seeking to enhance their portfolio of projects by understanding the assessment of extreme climate change. Participants are welcome from natural and social sciences, as we want to have transdisciplinary working. Selection will be made on academic grounds on the basis of a CV and an application letter (1 page).

Extended deadline - 30 November 2017.


For more details, download the Summer School Flyer
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