Summer School 2024 – “Forests and Extremes: Crisis or Transition?”

Summer School 2024 – “Forests and Extremes: Crisis or Transition?”

Is early browning in European forests a harbinger of tree death or simply a sign of temporary stress? In 2018, science could not answer this question. But one thing was clear: the frequency of extreme events, including droughts, had increased after the hot summer of 2003. Even though droughts also occurred during the last century, they were not accompanied by such high temperatures as today. And on top of climate warming, various manifestations of global change trigger a multitude of cascading processes in and around forests. It’s complicated…


The Summer School „Forests and Extremes: Crisis or Transition?” (August 18-25, 2024, Davos) wants to face up to the complexity of compound and cascading events. Alongside national and international experts from multiple disciplines, participants will expose themselves to the unknown: the future of terrestrial ecosystems with a focus on forests! Through field excursions, input lectures, group assignments, and ample opportunities to interact with peers and practitioners, participants will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge on future extremes. This includes understanding their expected impacts on functioning and services of forests and other ecosystems, the consequences for society and economy, and possible response options.

Application for the Summer School

The Summer School is open to PhD students, MSc students in their last year and PostDocs in forest research and related disciplines from any country. You can apply here.