19th International Swiss Climate Summer School

29.08 - 03.09.2021  
Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
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The PAGES-endorsed 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School on "Vegetation, land surface and climate interactions" will be held from 29 August to 3 September 2021 in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland.


Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità


The Summer School is open to early stage researchers (PhD students and postgraduate students) worldwide. Participation is highly competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 65.

The Swiss Climate Summer School thrives on the physical presence of both participants and speakers. However, note that depending on the Covid-19 situation, the format may need to be adapted accordingly.


The purpose of this summer school is to connect early-stage researchers with established scientists from different disciplines to address the question of how vegetation and the land surface are affected and altered due to climate change, and how the resulting changes feed back to the atmosphere and hydrological processes in the climate system.

The carbon cycle, which directly affects the global greenhouse gas budget, and the hydrological cycle, which is strongly influenced by plant transpiration, are the key relations between vegetation and climate that will be addressed from multiple perspectives during the summer school.


The main questions to be addressed in the keynote lectures and discussed in smaller groups within the planned workshops are:

- How do forests and other ecosystems interact with climate and climate change, and on which temporal and spatial scales?
- How does water vapor in the atmosphere – the strongest greenhouse gas – depend on vegetation distribution and activity, and how does it relate to anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases?
- How can we measure CO2 and greenhouse gas fluxes and their driving climate variables to inform and improve computer models?
- What mitigation options exist to alleviate climate change effects via land use management?
- How exactly are soil and vegetation–atmosphere interactions represented in climate models, and what research needs exist to increase model prediction skills?

This summer school addresses early-stage researchers from the climate, agriculture, and forest ecosystems sciences. In addition to keynote lectures from internationally renowned experts and extensive time for discussions and poster sessions, two half days will be scheduled for parallel workshops.


All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research to discuss their own research with the other participants.

Lecturers for Keynotes and Workshops, and Organizers (confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Richard Bardgett (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Edouard Davin (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Werner Eugster (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Angela Gallego-Sala (University of Exeter, UK)
Dr. Mana Gharun (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Charlotte Grossiord (EPFL Lausanne & WSL, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Anke Jentsch (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Fortunat Joos (University Bern, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz (LMU of Munich and MPI Hamburg, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Rigling (WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland)
Dr. Christina Schnadt Poberaj (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Sonia Seneviratne (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Stocker (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Willy Tinner (University of Berne, Switzerland)
Dr. Kerstin Treydte (WSL, Switzerland)
Dr. Georg von Arx (WSL, Switzerland)


The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2021.

The registration fee (1300 CHF) includes full board accommodation, excursion, and teaching materials.

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Further information

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