Baltic Earth Summer School 2020
From 24 to 31 August 2020, Baltic Earth arranged an online Summer School with 18 international students from Sweden, Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Nepal, Vietnam and China.
Evening moods during the summer school 2019 in Askö. For 2021 the organizers hope to invite again here. Photo: Marcus Reckermann.
Summer Schools are usually a very special leaning environment. Students from different countries and different backgrounds come together for a week or two, to jointly learn and live at an attractive location. Personal and scientific partner- and friendships made at these occasions can last for a lifetime.
Every year, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) and the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) co-organize the 8-day Baltic Earth Summer School on “The climate of the Baltic Sea region” at the Askö field station of Stockholm University in the Swedish archipelago.
The participants shown in a screenshot. Photo: Marcus Reckermann.
However, in this year, the pandemic prevented the physical meeting on the island, so we had to switch to the online alternative, using a video conference software.
This was the sixth Baltic Earth Summer School, and ten lecturers from Swedish, Finnish, Polish and German research institutes shared their experience and competence. Students learned about meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, biogeochemistry as well as the regional climate of the Baltic Sea, and how to model those properties. Hands-on practical sessions provided the opportunity to work with statistical software, learn something about science communication and to jointly develop a hypothetical scientific project.
Although we could not meet in person this time, the online format proved to be a good and feasible alternative – still, we hope to be back on Askö next year, in person!
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