Warming stripes for mean annual temperature in Stockholm from 1756 to 2020. The colour scale is from blue (4 degrees) to red (8 degrees). The mean annual temperature in 2020 was 9 degrees, the highest on record. Image credits: Nina Kirchner and Anders Moberg.

September 17-19, 2021

How can early-career researchers accurately and compellingly communicate the urgency of the climate and ecological emergencies, and help inform, engage, and inspire the public to participate in the sweeping transformations needed for sustainability? In this course, we will combine principles of science communication and storytelling, as well as discuss the role of scientists in society. Through practical writing and speaking exercises, reflection, discussion, and group activities, you will craft accurate and authentic narratives to share your work. 

Class size: Limited to 20 students to ensure individual interaction. Eligibility: PhD students based in Sweden, studying any discipline related to climate or ecological change. 

In the interest of everyone’s safety, we kindly ask all participants who have been offered vaccination against COVID-19 to take this opportunity, unless unable to do so for medical reasons. The planned format is in person, assuming the COVID-19 situation allows.

Accommodation: Single rooms at Örserumsbrunn - https://orserumsbrunn.se/), vegetarian meals (from lunch on Friday to lunch on Sunday) and travel to/from Mjölby Railway Station will be covered for accepted students**.

Travel: Please arrive in Mjölby no later than 12:15 on Friday 17 September (recommended rail connections: Lund 09:19 – Mjölby 11:41 or Stockholm 10:21– Mjölby 12:13).

We will return to Mjölby at 13:30 on Sunday 19 September (recommended rail connections: Mjölby 14:14 – Lund 16:33 or Mjölby 13:42 – Stockholm 15:35).

Required pre-reading:UNDER THE SKY WE MAKE: How to Be Human in a Warming World by Kimberley Nicholas.

Finally - an extra bonus: If you are interested in visiting Visingsö on Sunday afternoon to see the stromatolites and oak woods by bike and returning to Mjölby in time for rail connections to Lund (departing 20:14) and to Stockholm (departing19:42), please contact Alasdair Skelton (alasdair.skelton@geo.su.se) before booking rail travel.

To apply: Send a short letter of motivation (max 1 page) and your CV (including PhD program and any publications or conference presentations) to Otto Hermelin (otto.hermelin@geo.su.se)

Application deadline: August 13.

* This course is recommended for 2 credits. Please note that we can only recommend accreditation. The Bolin Centre will issue a certificate. However, formal decisions about accreditation are made by your host department.

** Cancellation for non-medical reasons will incur a fee.