18th Swiss Climate Summer School 2019

08.09 - 13.09.2019  
Ascona, Switzerland
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The 18th Swiss Climate Summer School will be held from 8-13 September 2019 in Ascona, Switzerland.

The theme is "Carbon and Climate in the Paris World: Getting out of the Fossil Fuel Carbon Budget Crunch".


Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland.


The 18th International Swiss Climate Summer School is motivated by the current paradoxical situation wherein the internationally recognized warming targets of 2°C or even 1.5°C imply a tightly limited fossil fuel emission budget for the entire 21st century, while the trends in the fossil fuel emissions suggest that this budget is consumed within the next one to three decades.

With conventional mitigation and adaptation options not sufficiently exploited, humankind may need to deploy unconventional methods to meet its climate target. In this highly interdisciplinary summer school, participants will learn about and discuss the nature, size, and controlling processes of this carbon budget, the drivers behind past and future fossil fuel emissions, the climatic consequences of the Paris agreement, the options available to us to create negative emissions, and the socio-economic drivers that can either accelerate or decelerate these developments.

This summer school addresses early-stage researchers from the climate, engineering, social and economic sciences. In addition to keynote lectures from internationally renowned experts and extensive time for discussions and poster sessions, two half days will be spent in smaller groups working jointly on concrete case studies, involving practitioners.

The theme of the summer school is very timely, as the role and potential of negative emissions is a rapidly emerging topic for science, technology, and policymaking alike, and has also led to several initiatives around the world. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research.

Lecturers for Keynotes (confirmed)

Dr. Phillippe Ciais, LSCE, FR
Prof. Dr. Sabine Fuss, MCC, and HU Berlin DE
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gruber, ETH Zurich, CH
Prof. Dr. Fortunat Joos, University Bern, CH
Prof. Dr. Reto Knutti, ETH Zurich, CH
Prof. Dr. Martin Heimann, MPI Jena, DE
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zurich, CH
Prof. Dr. Marco Mazzotti, ETH Zurich, CH
Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz, LMU of Munich and MPI Hamburg, DE
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker, University of Bern, CH
Prof. Dr. Philippe Thalmann, EPFL, CH
Prof. Dr. Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, University Fribourg, CH
Prof. Dr. Niklaus E. Zimmermann, WSL, CH


The application deadline is 11 January 2019.

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