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Summer School: UniCOAST

Welcome to UniCOAST!

We are proud to introduce our one-week Summer School combining academic lectures, practical work in field and laboratory, as well as training on soft skills - a unique focus on interdisciplinary work in coastal research.

Covid-19 Update (19.06.20): POSTPONED TO 2021

Update 19.06.20:

Due to the limitations in connection to the COVID-19 epidemic, unfortunately we are not able to conduct the UniCOAST summerschool as planned. The programm will be postponed to summer 2021. Specific dates will be communicated as soon as possible. All recieved applications will remain for the admission process, and we would be happy to welcome you next year!


Update 19.05.20:

To adjust our plans to the ongoing crisis, the summer school has been re-structured and will be limited to applicants from Europe, since more extensive travelling will presumably not be possible this summer. Regardless, we still hope for the program to be carried out. Admission fees will only be charged if the Summer School can take place. The application process has been reopened until June 15th, feedback to all applicants will be given subsequently.


Update 25.03.20:

We are aware that any plans made for the future right now could be affected by the current situation regarding the Corona Virus. Since developements are difficult to predict, the Summer School will continue to be developed as intended for the time being. The situation will be reassessed in the forthcoming months. If it should become impossible to realise the program, admission fees will be returned fully. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions regarding this matter via unicoastlufi.uni-hannover.de.

The Summer School

In coastal systems, immediate interactions between the biotic and abiotic elements of the system are omnipresent. Such interactions cannot be described or understood through the exclusive consideration of one subject area. This interconnection can be found in the demands of national and international projects, both in the areas of scientific research, as well as in the design and execution of construction and maintenance works.

The Wadden Sea will serve as an investigation area (Copyright: Senckenberg am Meer)

The summer school UniCOAST will conquer these exact challenges. UniCOAST addresses MSc and PhD students as well as young professionals from various disciplines with a relation to coastal issues and offers the chance to develop the technical and personal skills to successfully manage the difficulties of working in an interdisciplinary environment. The program will be hosted by a cooperation between the Ludwig-Franzius-Institut from the University of Hannover and the research institute of Senckenberg am Meer. Heads of the collaboration will be Dr. Maike Paul and Dr. Achim Wehrmann.

The programm of the summer school contains technical lectures from professionals of different areas. All partaking disciplines (such as biology, economy, sedimentology or coastal engineering) will be presented with a focus on the region of the Wadden Sea. Aspects will be conveyed with a combination from theoretical input with practical work in field and laboratory. Additionally to these contents, soft skills regarding communication and interconnection in interdisciplinary fields will be covered.

As a special possibility for interconnection, it is planned to also enable an exchange with participants of the Wadden Sea Day, a conference of professionals working within the thematic area of the Wadden Sea.


Program Dates: The Summer School will be held at the facilities of Senckenberg am Meer in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. It is planned for the duration of one week, with arrivals on the Sunday before and departures on Friday. The new event is planned for summer 2021, specific dates will be given as soon as possible. The location provides close proximity to the Wadden Sea as a diverse and promising investigation area. Accommodation will be provided at the Senckenberg am Meer facilities.

Qualification: UniCOAST addresses MSc and PhD students as well as young professionals (minimum requirement: bachelors degree) with a focus on topics related to coastal issues, especially in the areas of field- and laboratory studies or computational simulation. Admissions are limited to applicants from europe due to travel restrictions connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cost: The admission fee amounts to 150 €, which covers all expenses of the one week program, as well as accommodation and catering throughout the week. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel grants.


Admission Process

The admission process will be reopened in spring 2021, all admissions which have been submitted in 2020 will be taken into account.

For applying to the UniCOAST Summer School, an online form has to be submitted. A letter of motivation and a CV including your university background need to be added to the application. The letter of motivation should reflect your area of scientific focus and previous research topics.

An application deadline will be given when the admission process reopens in spring 2021. Feedback regarding the success of your application will be given subsequently.

All questions regarding the summer school or the admission process can be directed to unicoastlufi.uni-hannover.de.