Potsdam Summer School 30.04.2019

Potsdam Summer School

Application Deadline: 30 April 2019

This year’s Summer School will take place from August 20 through August 29, 2019 in Potsdam, Germany. It will address the central topic of connecting science and society.

The 2019 Potsdam Summer School (PSS) will explore the importance of science communication in order to find effective ways of communicating highly relevant topics in the field of sustainability and global change. With its ten-day program, the PSS 2019 will enable participants to create individual as well as organizational communication strategies to various audiences. This includes both the reactive elements of press and media relations as well as the proactive communication via traditional and new media outlets.

Since the sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise is highly relevant, the following questions will also guide the ten-day programme:

  • How can scientists address audiences from other societal areas?
  • Can all sustainability topics be communicated equally?
  • Should scientists become advocates rather than taking neutral positions only?
  • How to deal with incomplete or wrongly presented scientific information?
  • How to reduce complexity, without losing the scientific character?
  • How to strengthen the credibility of scientific findings?

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. We also aim to train science communication ambassadors eager to engage with various sectors of the public back in their home countries. Our goal is to improve science awareness and help to develop informed opinions and enhance the transferable skills of current researchers.

 

 

Potsdam, Germany
August 20 - August 29, 2019
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