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Overview: Food and bioenergy demands of a growing global population and societies’ changing lifestyles are increasing the pressures on land and ecosystems. Further pressures arise from the demands on land resources for other ecosystem services, and the variable (often negative) impacts of climate change on plant productivity. These multiple, often seemingly conflicting demands on land and ecosystems are a considerable stumbling-block for achieving sustainability goals. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will run an international Summer School on the topic of ecosystems and land use change during August 2018 located at the Campus Alpin of IMK-IFU (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). The summer school will introduce masters and doctoral students to a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change by covering:
Format: The summer school will include a mix of lectures, practical exercises and student presentations and a field excursion in and around the beautiful German Alps. The School is open to students currently studying for an MSc or PhD degree with backgrounds in, for example, environmental sciences, geography, environmental economics, meteorology, and ecology. There are 25 student places available in 2018.
Applications: Applications will be open from 1 to 31 March 2018. Further information on applying will be posted on the IMK-IFU website (http://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu) from 1 March 2018.
The summer school is a contributing activity to the Global Land Programme.