Trinational Summer School

Experimenting with transdisciplinary research - using the example of climate adaptation of cities and municipalities

The trinational summer school offers 20 PhD and master students from various disciplines the opportunity to learn interactively about innovative formats and methods of transdisciplinary research.

The sustainable transformation of our society does not only require the production of knowledge and the development of scientific solutions. In order to implement scientific findings successfully, it is necessary to deal with the social framework conditions. This requires close cooperation between science and society. The subject of transdisciplinary research is to design and structure this cooperation in a scientific and practice-oriented way.

The summer school offers the opportunity to discover and try out different transdisciplinary formats and methods based on a case study on climate adaptation of a town district of Emmendingen (north of Freiburg in Germany). As the trinational Upper Rhine region is particularly affected by heat and as even higher temperatures and more frequent and longer heat periods are expected in the future, cities and municipalities are called upon to quickly develop adaptation strategies and measures. The PhD students will tackle this issue concretely and in direct cooperation with the City of Emmendingen.

Experimenting with transdisciplinary research - using the example of climate adaptation of cities and municipalities

The stakeholders:

  • Prof. Dr. Dierk Bauknecht, Chair for Sustainability and Transitions Research, Öko-Institut e.V. and University of Freiburg
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bergmann,  ISOE – Institue for socio-ecological Research and Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Yves Causer, Maître de conférence (Professor – Researcher) at the University of Haute-Alsace
  • Dr. Markus Egermann, Head of the Research Area Transformative Capacities at the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
  • Prof. Dr. Hartmut Fünfgeld, Chair of Geography of Global Change at the Universität Freiburg
  • Daniel Hoernemann, Hoernemann & Walbrodt, Bonn
  • Dr. Pius Krütli, Department of Environmental Systems Science at the ETH Zürich
  • Dr. Melanie Mbah, Research Coordinator for Transdisciplinary Studies at the Öko-Institut e.V. Freiburg
  • Emilia Nagy, Center Technology and Society (ZTG) at the TU Berlin (attendance to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Regina Rhodius, WG Transdisciplinary research at the Öko-Institut e.V. Freiburg and Project WaldlabOR at the Chair of Silviculture at the University of Freibug
  • Special thanks to Stefanie Eißing, Head of the Department of Environment, Climate, Transport of the City of Emmendingen und Verena Quadt, Climate protection manager of the City of Emmendingen.

Target group:

20 PhD and master students

  • from the universities and graduate schools of the Eucor area (Basel, Freiburg, Colmar/Mulhouse, Straßburg und Karlsruhe)
  • From all natural sciences, social sciences & humanities

No previous knowledge is required.

When and where?

25 to 29 September 2023 at the Studienhaus Wiesneck near Freiburg (Germany)

Participation fee:

The participation fee is 140 € per participant and travel costs will be covered by the participants themselves (arrival at the Studienhaus Wiesneck on 25.09.2023; departure from Emmendingen on 29.09.2023).


Please send your application in English (Curriculum Vitae, letter of intent, and a brief description of your doctoral project) by 30.06.2023 in electronic form to

The main working language will be English, and German or/and French is required. The selection criteria are the composition of an international and interdisciplinary group as well as the motivation of the candidates.

A selection committee composed of representatives from the partner organisations will meet at the beginning of July. You will hear from us by the end of July 2023, whether your application was successful or not.

Credit points:

Please note that the Summer School cannot give ECTS.


For further information, please contact Dr. Regina Rhodius or Mathilde Colin at

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