Swiss Climate Research Logo

History and Objectives

Swiss Climate Research is a consortium of leading Swiss institutions in Climate and Climate Change research. Swiss Climate Research emerged from the National Center of Excellence in Climate Research (NCCR Climate 2001-2013, Swiss National Science Foundation). Founder members of Swiss Climate research are the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern (www.oeschger.unibe.ch), the Center for Climate Systems Modeling at ETHZ (www.c2sm.ethz.ch/), MeteoSwiss (www.meteoswiss.admin.ch) and ProClim of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/proclim).

Swiss Climate Research is committed to continuing education. The flagship events are the Swiss Climate Summer Schools that are jointly organized and have taken place since 2002. The Summer Schools are open to young researchers worldwide. Participation is highly competitive and limited to 70 participants.

18th Swiss Climate Summer School 2019

8 September – 13 September 2019
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

Scope

The 18th International Swiss Climate Summer School focuses on the theme «Carbon and climate in the Paris world: getting out of the fossil fuel carbon budget crunch».

It 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, we 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.

Detailed information and application form

Past Events

17th Swiss Climate Summer School 2018

Earth system variability through time

26 August - 31 August 2018
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

16th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2017

High-resolution climate: observations, models and projections

3 September - 8 September 2017
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

Details

15th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2016

Extreme events and climate

28 August - 2 September 2016
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

14th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2015

Extreme events and climate

23 August - 28 August 2015
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

Details

13th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2014

Linking Land Use, Land Cover, and Climate

31 August - 5 September 2014
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

12th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2013

From Climate Reconstructions to Climate Predictions

1 - 6 September 2013
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

11th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2012

The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate: Observations, Scenarios, Impacts

9 - 14 September 2012
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

Details

10th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2011

Climate Change, Extremes and Ecosystem Services

4 - 9 September 2011
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

9th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2010

Adaptation and Mitigation: Responses to Climate Change

29 August - 3 September 2010
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Details

8th International NCCR Climate Summer School with participation of IGBP-PAGES 2009

Climate variability, forcings, feedbacks and responses: the long-term perspective

30 August - 4 September 2009
Grindelwald, Switzerland

7th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2008

Key challenges in climate variability and change

31 August - 5 September 2008
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

6th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2007

Land Surface - Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Climate

26 - 31 August 2007
Grindelwald, Switzerland

5th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2006

Adaptation and Mitigation: Responses to Climate Change

27 August - 1 September 2006
Grindelwald, Switzerland

4th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2005

From the Holocene to the Anthropocene: Climate of the Last 1000 Years

27 August - 2 September 2005
Grindelwald, Switzerland

3th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2004

Variability: From Observation to Prediction

29 August - 3 September 2004
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

2nd International NCCR Climate Summer School 2003

Climate Change: Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems

30 August - 6 September 2003
Grindelwald, Switzerland

1st International NCCR Climate Summer School 2002

Climate Variability, Predictability and Climate Risks

7 - 14 September 2002
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Contact and Board Members

University of Bern
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
Falkenplatz 16
3012 Bern
info@oeschger.unibe.ch

Board Members

  • Dr. Karin Ammon, Proclim
  • Prof. Christof Appenzeller, MeteoSwiss
  • Prof. Stefan Brönnimann, OCCR
  • Prof. Martin Grosjean, OCCR
  • Prof. Niki Gruber, C2SM
  • Prof. Fortunat Joos, OCCR
  • Prof. Christoph Schär, C2SM
  • Dr. Christna Schnadt Poberaj, C2SM
  • Prof. Thomas Stocker, OCCR