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Global Systems and intercultural Competence

Summer School "Planetary Health"

Date: 10/07/2022 - 07/11/2022
Category: Blockseminare, B, C, D
Location: Campus University Hospital (UKW)
Organizer: Planetary Health // Fachbereich: Medizin
Speaker: divers

Climate change is a major global challenge and the biggest threat to health of the century. While geographic differences exist across regions creative solutions can be found in transdisciplinary and transformative collaboration.

The summer school welcomes participants from a wide range of backgrounds to share perspectives from Eastern Africa as well as Europe and explore different global as well as local challenges in the context of climate change and other planetary boundaries. By applying a planetary health lens we will identify solutions for mitigation and adaptation relevant in European and African contexts.

The summer school offers a mix of educational methodologies and activities inside and outside the classroom with local and international experts, empowering participants to become agents of change and develop their own projects for transformative change. We aim to help students gain and develop knowledge, attitude, skills and confidence.

Students will

  • explore different topics from a planetary health perspective, such as nutrition, biodiversity, agriculture, mobility, sustainable health care, heat and urban planning, ethics, and many more
  • get inspired by case studies in a variety of settings
  • develop analytical and communication skills to engage with different stakeholders and trigger change
  • develop their own ideas and projects & exchange and network with other participants
  • develop their own transformative potential and become an agent for change in climate change mitigation, adaptation and planetary health whereever they study, work, and live.

To gain a deeper understanding of planetary health we recommend to have a look at the final report of the Lancet Commission on Planetary Health from 2015 and yearly updates of the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health.

The Summer School is organized by the University and the University Hospital of Würzburg, the Catholic University for Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) Mwanza, Tanzania and the University of Eldoret (UoE), Kenya in cooperation with the German Alliance Climate Change and Health e.V. (KLUG) and the Else Kröner Center Würzburg-Mwanza. It is part of the projectSOPHEA (Strengthening One Health and Planetary Health In Eastern Africa), a project running 2022-2025 with many different (educational) activities in Eastern Africa, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

As the first of four planned summer schools, it will take place in 2022 from October 7 (afternoon) - October 16 (noon) in Würzburg on the campus of the University Hospital (UKW) and out in the nature.

We are currently working on the programme and will publish a preliminary programme soon.

Participation is free of cost, the number of participant seats is limited. Therefore, we reserve the right to make a selection and to raise a cancellation fee of 80 €, in case of cancellation after August 31, 2022. 

We invite studentsscientists & practitioners of all climate, environment & health-related disciplines to send an application including

  • a CV
  • a motivational letter with a short description of a project idea on a possible (small) project that you would like to further develop throughout the summer school
  • by (in one PDF document) 
  • until July 17th, 2022.

For more information, please visit and take a look at the poster (PDF)

The seminar can be credited for the two certificates >"Interkultural Competences" and the certificate >"Sustainability and Global Responsability".