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Potsdam Summer School 2018

THE SKIN OF OUR PLANET - THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM

Sep 10 until Sep 19 2018, Potsdam, Germany

The Potsdam Summer School 2018 is calling for applications!

Modern pluralistic societies face many challenges. In 2018 we will explore the terrestrial earth surface system which is  driven by geological, biological and climatic forces. They form a complex system of closely coupled processes and feedbacks that are not yet sufficiently understood. Knowledge of these interactions is essential since the earth´s surface is the foundation for all human activity. Its dynamics have an impact on all facets of life, habitability and sustainability.

The fifth Potsdam Summer School  will address these central questions:

  • Why is the earth surface system dynamic?
  • What are the triggers for dynamic processes?
  • What are possible societal adaptation strategies for sustainable land management?

With its overarching theme - "THE SKIN OF OUR PLANET - THE EARTH SURFACE SYSTEM" - 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 intense ten-day, multi-faceted programme will help participants to acquire transdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the processes which are shaping the earth´s vulnerable skin - our habitat. They will be engaged in discussions and group works on these key issues.

The aim 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. Participants are expected to form part of a new generation of researchers and practitioners with the necessary background and tools to evaluate and mitigate the effects of present-day and future environmental change. 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.

More information and applicatgion guidelines: http://potsdam-summer-school.org/

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Sergey Lobanov

Sergey Lobanov received official confirmation from the Helmholtz Association in early October that he has won the competition for the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leaders award. This means that he will receive 1.8 million Euro for 2018-2023 to establish a new group at GFZ (Potsdam, Germany). His group will be part of a larger group of Dr. Monika Koch-Müller and will collaborate closely with other scientists at GFZ, throughout the Helmholtz Association, as well as with Prof. Max Wilke at the University of Potsdam. Lobanov's group will focus on characterizing key unknown properties of the deep Earth as well as exploring their geophysical significance.

Sergey will start his six-year tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2018. For the same period, he will also be involved in teaching at the University of Potsdam, where he will also seek talent for his group.

Sergey says, "As I see it, my collaboration with the Geophysical Laboratory will also be of critical importance. I hope to keep and strengthen the scientific bonds that I have developed at Carnegie, which will be beneficial for all parties involved. I will always keep the Geophysical Lab close to my heart and hope to remain a good friend of the lab as well. Many thanks for your continuing support."

(Source: Carnegie Science - Geophysical Lab)

 

 

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Sergey Lobanov

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