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The dress code at the summer school is casual.

Previous Summer Schools on Climate Engineering

2013 in Harvard

2012 in Oxford

2011 in Banff

2010 in Heidelberg


Fifth Interdisciplinary Summer School on Climate Engineering

Why do researchers disagree about Climate Engineering?

Heidelberg, July 28 - Aug 1, 2014

As the fifth installment of an annual series, Heidelberg University, Harvard University, and the German Research Foundation Priority Program on Climate Engineering (SPP 1689) are jointly organizing a summer school on the controversies and complexities of Climate Engineering (CE). The main focus of the school is Solar Radiation Management (SRM). SRM represents a set of theoretical proposals that would seek to cool the planet through means such as sulfate aerosol injection or marine cloud brightening. Also of interest is the interaction between SRM and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) techniques such as increasing ocean alkalinity and afforestation. The summer school will investigate key social, ethical and technical issues related to these emerging technologies, with the objective of developing a deeper understanding of their complexity. The summer school will bring together students and young scholars from around the world with some of the field’s leaders.

Structure of the 2014 School

The summer school will take place from July 28 – Aug 1, 2014 at Heidelberg University, Germany. The objectives of the school are to promote interdisciplinary learning, disciplinary exchanges, and stimulate new researchable ideas. This year's summer school will focus on the scientific and methodological controversies surrounding SRM and SRM’s relationship with other CE technologies. Students will be able to participate in formal lectures, collaborative group working, and extensive interaction with instructors


We are welcoming applications from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and recently appointed faculty and researchers working in any applicable discipline. The number of participants is limited to 70. We hope to bring new voices and perspectives into the school, in particular from the developing world, so while experience working on climate engineering is preferable it is not mandatory. As there will be many interactive components to the school, a good standard of English speaking and comprehension is required for all participants.


There is no participation fee. Cost of travel and accommodation is the responsibility of participants. Some scholarships will be available for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend. A request for support should accompany the application in such circumstances.

Application deadline

The application deadline is March 21, 2014. Decisions on applications are expected to be announced in mid-April.


Information about visa requirements can be obtained at the Federal Foreign Office. If you are a national of a country subject to German visa requirements, you will need to initiate the visa process immediately after receipt of the confirmation letter.

Scientific Committee

Simon Driscoll, University of Oxford
Timo Goeschl, Heidelberg University
Daniel Heyen, Heidelberg University
David Keller, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Ashley Mercer, University of Calgary
Andrew Parker, Harvard University
David Reichwein, IASS-Potsdam

Local Organizing Committee

Timo Goeschl
Daniel Heyen
Tobias Pfrommer
Ulrich Platt
Ronja Ritthaler
Katja Weichsel

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