Summer Academy: World risk and adaptation futures

A sound understanding of future trajectories in environmental and climatic risks and especially the related socio-economic vulnerabilities is of key importance for science, policy and practice alike. Yet, such knowledge and the methodological toolkit to develop it remains strikingly poor to date. To overcome that gap we initiated the Summer Academy on world risk and adaptation futures and invite experts to discuss this challenge and find solutions.

 

Risk from demographic change – population growth needs to play a more central role in climate debate

Risk from demographic change – population growth needs to play a more central role in climate debate

Climate change will force virtually every country in the world to adapt to changes: hotter summers, more frequent intense precipitation, more intensive storms, and loss of land areas due to sea level rise – to name just a few. The various countries have very different potentials for coping with the impending changes. These depend on their economic clout, social stability and intact ecosystems. >more

We need more ambitious climate policy!

We need more ambitious climate policy!

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations University (UNU) jointly established a new fellowship programme for highly qualified young professionals from developing- and emerging countries. They will be trained to improve international climate policy. The Munich Re Foundation invited them to discuss climate risk insurance and other innovative financial solutions for protecting the climate. >more

Summer Academy 2019 - Call for applications (extended)

Summer Academy 2019 - Call for applications (extended)

Demographic change will greatly alter the trajectory of future exposure and vulnerability. Typically in disaster situations, the young, the elderly and people facing a range of disabilities are especially predisposed to suffer harm. >more

2018 Summer Academy: "Global risk and adaptation futures – What role is played by urbanisation?"

2018 Summer Academy: "Global risk and adaptation futures – What role is played by urbanisation?"

Since 2009, there have been more people living in cities than in rural areas. This equals approximately 4.2 billion in 2018. The trend towards urbanisation is set to continue and harbours risks as well as bringing opportunities. On one hand, it creates risk hotspots, for example for natural hazards. On the other hand, thanks to redundant infrastructure such as multiple hospitals, cities enhance resilience to external shocks. >more

2018 Summer Academy: Call for applications

2018 Summer Academy: Call for applications

A sound understanding of future trajectories in environmental and climatic risks and especially the related socio-economic vulnerabilities is of key importance for science, policy and practice alike. Yet, such knowledge and the methodological toolkit to develop it remains strikingly poor to date. To overcome that gap we initiated the Summer Academy on world risk and adaptation futures and invite experts to discuss this challenge and find solutions. >more

New Summer Academy programme: World risk and adaptation futures

New Summer Academy programme: World risk and adaptation futures

A leading global challenge today centers on the capacity to make appropriate decisions that will navigate countries and communities towards a safe, sustainable future. Uncertainty about future risk trends plays a central role in whether or not policy makers and practitioners can make decisions that help society adapt to climate risks and capture the opportunities ahead. >more