Germany, Frankfurt

Natural and Life Sciences – “Current and Ancient Biodiversity and Environments in the Context of Global Change”

when 18 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1900

Biodiversity in today’s ecosystems as well as in ancient environments million of years ago is the focus of research for many scientists within the broad field of bio- and geosciences at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.
The knowledge of numerous organisms is still limited including their evolution and ecology, as well as their significance in the field of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. Modern methods such as DNA analysis and modeling give new insights into biodiversity and processes that take place over large scales in space and time and enable us to reconstruct the past environment.

We are looking forward to teaching and sharing our knowledge on various subjects including:

• How fungi can help to save the world! Integrative research on diversity, systematics and applied aspects of fungi
• Biodiversity in time and space: paleoceanography and paleoclimatology
• Biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems for assessment of anthropogenic impacts
• Man and the biosphere in the past and the present

Target group

Graduate or advanced students in an undergraduate programme (at least two years of studies). Subject orientation: biology, geology, environmental sciences, (physical) geography.)

Credits info

Apart from the seminar programme Frankfurt Summer School offers German language courses (3 ECTS Points) as well as an extensive cultural programme.

Fee info

EUR 1900: The programme fee for participants is 1,900 €. It consists of:

– 1,200 € for the seminar and cultural programme, the German language courses,

all study material, insurance and the transportation fee within Frankfurt

– 700 € for optional accommodation incl. daily breakfast


Students registered at one of our partner universities will receive an attractive discount. Please contact us.