Thursday, April 18, 2013

Call for the 4th Transdisciplinary Geoengineering Summer School at Harvard University from 5-10 August 2013

The fourth transdisciplinary geoengineering summer school will take place at Harvard University from 5 to 9 August this year.  The full Call for Applications will be distributed soon, but please save the date (and start your applications).

The school, which will focus on solar geoengineering, is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and recently appointed faculty and researchers working in any applicable discipline. The number of participants is limited to 80.  To apply, please submit a short letter (300 words or less) covering your research interests and an explanation of relevance of this summer school to your research. We request a short letter of recommendation from applicants who have not attended a previous geoengineering summer school and whose research is in the early stages (that is Master’s students and PhD candidates in their 1st or 2nd years).

The summer school will cost $300 USD. This includes shared accommodation, all lunches and a banquet dinner.  Single accommodation will be available at a first-come-first serve basis for an additional $21/night. Please indicate on your application if you would like a single room.  Cost of travel is the responsibility of participants. Some scholarships will be available for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend, and a request for support should accompany the application in such circumstances.

Application deadline
The US Department of State advises that visa applicants from many countries must now apply 3–4 months in advance of their travel date. Please check the 
U.S.Department of State website for information about travel to the USA and to verify whether you require a visa.  Due to processing times there is an early application deadline for those who need visas of 18 April 2013. The general application deadline is 01 May 2013.

Please contact Hollie Roberts with any questions (
In Addition a message from Andy Parker 
I am helping to organise the school and just wanted to add in a note to everyone about deadlines. Even though the Call for Applications states a deadline of 18 April for those who need visas, we will continue to accept applications after that date. We would not want to miss out on a good candidate for the sake of a few days. The deadline was put in place in part to encourage early application and to draw attention to the long US visa application process.  Also note that experience working on geoengineering is not mandatory, we welcome applications from people working on relevant related disciplines.
Even if you can't make it to the summer school you might be interested in a forthcoming report on a series of meetings on geoengineering run by the African Academy of Sciences, which is due for release soon.

Andy Parker
Research Fellow - Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Box 117
Cambridge, MA 02138

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