The Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is organizing an international and interdisciplinary Summer School (held from September 03rd to 09th) entitled “Global Change – Technological, Societal and Ecological Transitions on the Move”.

The term “Global Change” is understood to mean all processes and dynamics which are transforming the environmental systems of the earth and the social systems of humans. This includes all processes of globalization and transformation through political, economic, ecological and technical developments.

In the 21st century the dynamics of “Global Change” are intensifying and becoming more potent. They can only be controlled to a limited extent by social organizations and conventional institutions. Human activities in the world have risen to a pitch at which both nature and human society are being constantly modified and recreated.

The increasing digitalization of everyday life is not only transforming interpersonal communication, it is also creating a new social world. Time-space compression is apparently constructing a global society, but on the regional level, local identities are developing with different ways of living and thinking. The events and impact of “Global Change” can be seen in transformations of nature (landscapes, water bodies, the atmosphere) and the changing of the social, economic, and political world.

The Forster Summer School offers you the great chance to discuss actual issues regarding the technological, societal and ecological transitions of Global Change with keynote speakers, lecturers, and your peers from around the world.

Applications must be submitted by 20th June 2018 using the website

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Mainz!