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Santander supports Summer School at Heidelberg University

  • Young scientists discuss national aspects auf sustainability
  • For Santander, the internationalization of universities and the international exchange of science is a central concern

Mönchengladbach, 23rd September 2015-. Heidelberg University has invited outstanding doctoral students from Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, India, Austria, Sweden and Spain to explore the national and global aspects of sustainable development. At the core of the discussion with renowned international researchers from Latin America, Asia and Europe is the way in which different cultural identities influence how the earth’s resources are treated and how sustainability is understood.

Twenty-two doctoral students will gather at the Santander International Summer School entitled “Arising Awareness – Sustainable Development of Human Society within the Frame of Planet Earth“, which Ruperto Carola, the University of Heidelberg, has organized with the support of Santander Universities. The current summer school at Heidelberg University is funded by Santander through Santander Universities, and the Estadual Paulista University in São Paulo (Brazil) is the cooperation partner. The interdisciplinary summer school focused on the earth sciences will take place from 26 September to 4 October 2015 in the International Science Forum in Heidelberg.

Starting with geoscientific issues such as climate, biodiversity, water and energy, we also want to raise awareness, through international exchange, to the fact that different sociocultural impressions give rise to very different ideas of the sustainable development of human societies”, says Ulrich A. Glasmacher from the Institute of Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University.

The impact these differences have on the economy, law, politics and social structures is one main aspect. “We will relate our insights to current challenges, such as new forms of agriculture and forestry or cohabitation in so-called megacities”, explains Glasmacher, who is scientific coordinator of the summer school along with Peter C. Hackspacher of the Estadual Paulista University. Lectures, presentations and discussions are on the summer school agenda. In addition to scientists from Brazil and Germany, researchers from Chile, China, Greece, India and Paraguay as well as experts from the Philippines will participate. An excursion devoted to the technical issues of oenological sustainability is also scheduled.

Santander, through Santander Universities, has already supported five international summer and winter schools at Ruperto Carola within the framework of this cooperation. The schools have taken place alternatively in Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg, and Kyoto, Japan. Since November 2013, the schools have been organized with the aim of promoting the mobility of young researchers from Latin America, Asia and Europe and supporting the expansion of new networks of excellence in research.

About Santander Universidades
Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, maintains 1,200 collaboration agreements with universities and academic institutions around the world for 18 years, through an initiative that is one of its kind globally and distinguishes it from other banks and financial institutions. Santander Universities supports over 4,400 university projects and in 2014, 28.443 scholarships, study aids and professional internships.

By 2018, a total of 1.7 billion euros will have been channeled into supporting higher education projects. In Germany, the bank has been collaborating with 10 Universities nationwide since 2011. More information is available at www.santander.com/universities and www.santanderbank.de/universitaeten

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