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The Summer School programme

The Summer School programme for 2018 can be found here. In general, the programme includes two talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner. All talks provide ample time for discussions. As the speakers usually stay for some days in Peyresq, there is a lot of time for informal discussions as well. Tutors will guide small working groups in the afternoons to work on a project connected to the Summer School themes. Working groups will have to summarise their results into a short synthesis report during the Summer School and will present their results from the project to the conveners, speakers and tutors on the last day.

Summer School 2014 - lecture

The 2018 Summer School will focus on:

  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural capital and nature's contributions to people
  • Policy making and planning in an uncertain future
  • Opportunities and challenges by including ecosystem services in local planning
  • Transformations toward sustainability
  • Agriculture, farmers and biodiversity
  • The role of maps and numbers in solving social-ecological problems
  • Nitrogen pollution, ecosystems and diet
  • Mediterranean ecosystems and climate change
  • Wolves, dogs and uncertain knowledge
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Trade-offs, synergies and bundles: insights from ecosystem service assessments in mountain systems
  • Biodiversity and conflict
  • Pollinators, IPBES and the science-policy interface
  • Should we price nature to save it?
  • Planetary boundaries and other safe operating space concepts



Confirmed speakers are:

  • Dr. Andrea Downing (GRAID Programme)
  • Dr. Sandra Lavorel (Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, France)
  • Dr. Emilie Crouzat (iDiV, Germany)
  • Dr. Berta Martin-Lopez (Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany)
  • Dr. Marc Metzger (Research Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, Scotland)
  • Dr. Taru Peltola (SYKE, Finland)
  • Dr. Martin Sharman (Formerly European Commission, Sweden)
  • Prof Dr. Mark Sutton (CEH, UK)
  • Dr. Adam Vanbergen (CEH, Scotland)
  • Dr. Juliette Young (CEH, Scotland)


Project work

During the Summer School, all students will work on one project altogether. More on the title and topic of this year’s project will be provided in due course.