Summer Academy

Every year we have invited 20 young international scientists and renowned experts to Schloss Hohenkammer, near Munich, to discuss possible solutions to global challenges. The Chair on Social Vulnerability at the UN University in Bonn coordinated the academic programme of the Summer Academy that was conducted from 2006 to 2012. The last Summer Academy was held in July 2012.

Strengthening societies – From social vulnerability to resilience

Strengthening societies – From social vulnerability to resilience

People in many parts of the world are threatened not only by natural catastrophes and poverty but also by social upheaval and political instability. The aim of the 2012 Summer Academy was to find ways from vulnerability to ways of strengthening societies – to greater resilience. >more

Summer Academy 2012 - Announcement

Summer Academy 2012 - Announcement

We invite qualified PhD students to apply for the Summer Academy 2012: "From Social Vulnerability to Resilience - Measuring Progress toward Disaster Risk Reduction" taking place from 01 to 07 July 2012. >more

Summer Academy 2011 – Climate change in fragile states

Summer Academy 2011 – Climate change in fragile states

Adapting to new conditions caused by climate change is a particular challenge in fragile states. The 30 international participants in the Summer Academy 2011 researched how it can be done successfully. >more

Summer Academy 2011 – Announcement

Summer Academy 2011 – Announcement

We invite qualified PhD students to apply for the 2011 Summer Academy on “Climate change and fragile states: Rethinking adaptation”. It will take place from 18 to 22 July 2011 at the historic Hohenkammer Castle near Munich, Germany. >more

Report Summer Academy 2010

Report Summer Academy 2010

From 25 to 31 July 2010, 20 young scientists and 10 senior experts from 17 different countries discussed the issue: "Protecting environmental migrants: creating new policy and institutional frameworks". >more

Summer Academy 2010 - Announcement

Summer Academy 2010 - Announcement

Together with UNU-EHS we organise the fifth Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability from 25 to 31 July 2010. The theme is "Protecting environmental migrants: creating new policy and institutional frameworks". >more

Fourth Summer Academy - Tipping points in humanitarian crises

Fourth Summer Academy - Tipping points in humanitarian crises

From 26 July to 01 August 2009, 20 young scientists from 13 countries discussed the interaction of climate change and possible humanitarian crises. >more

Summer Academy 2009 - Announcement

Summer Academy 2009 - Announcement

The Munich Re Foundation and the UN University (UNU) will hold their fourth Summer Academy on social vulnerabilty, focusing on Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crises from 26 July to 1 August 2009. >more

Third Summer Academy Environment-related migration – Hard facts needed for a better policy

Third Summer Academy Environment-related migration – Hard facts needed for a better policy

The third Summer Academy was held in late July 2008. 25 young scientists from 16 nations analysed the extent to which environmental and climate change is forcing people to migrate. >more

Second Summer Academy: Challenges Posed by Megacities

Second Summer Academy: Challenges Posed by Megacities

Two dozen young scientists from 15 countries met with internationally recognised experts at Schloss Hohenkammer near Munich at the end of July to discuss issues relating to the topic “Megacities: social vulnerability and measures to build social resilience”. >more

Leaflet - Summer Academy and the most important results of social vulnerability

Leaflet - Summer Academy and the most important results of social vulnerability

The leaflet describes the partnership between the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Munich Re Foundation as well as the jointly sponsored Chair on Social Vulnerability. It shows the most important results in the complex field of social vulnerability, as defined by the participants during the first Summer Academy in 2006. >more

Summer Academy 2007 - Announcement

Summer Academy 2007 - Announcement

The Munich Re Foundation and the UN University, Bonn (UNU-EHS), will hold their second summer academy on social vulnerabilty from 22 to 27 July 2007. The topic will be: Megacities as hotspots of risk. >more

A research and action agenda for social vulnerability

A research and action agenda for social vulnerability

In the summer of 2006, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and the Munich Re Foundation called a group of experts together to discuss the state-of-the art in social vulnerability science, and define a research and action agenda in this field. >more