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Upcoming Events

Interdisciplinary Research in Global Change and Biodiversity Summer School

25/05/2020 29/05/2020

Summer Schools

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University of Zürich
Rämistrasse 71

UPDATE: This event is canceled due to COVID-19 - please visit the organiser's official website for further information.

In both policy and academic circles there is increasing recognition that challenges such as global change and biodiversity loss must be addressed with an integrated approach. Thus, a novel “type” of professional is needed to integrate innovative interdisciplinary teams. This program aims to train students in addressing the complex relationships and feedbacks, inherent to global change and biodiversity loss, towards a sustainable outcome.

It will introduce the five drivers of global change: land and sea use change, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, and invasion of alien species. It will examine different ways that the well-being of humans and ecosystems is dependent on these systems being viewed as inseparably related. Students will be introduced to how a co-production of knowledge approach will further our understanding of biodiversity and earth system processes, social processes and their integration. Students will be exposed to a selected set of theories and frameworks developed to address the interlinked challenges of human well-being and environmental sustainability.

The program aims to provide students from all disciplines with the necessary background to understand and highlight the importance of integrating across these aspects in their education, their work, their future career and the challenges they will encounter in the future as an innovative graduate, i.e., novel “type” of professional.


Students must have a reasonable prior knowledge of environmental issues from at least one disciplinary perspective.

Interested students may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include their PhD program, their student number, and their institution.

More Info

See the official flyer here, and visit the PhD in Ecology website for updated information. 


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