Institute of Advanced Studies in Climate Extremes and Risk Management 

Nanjing, China, 21 October - 1 November 2019

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*NEW* Poster sessions

Each selected participant is requested to prepare a poster, prior to the Summer School. The purpose of the poster sessions is to provide an environment for participants and lecturers to exchange their ideas and to enhance the teamwork environment. To this end, participants are encouraged to present the most recent work, in particular materials that are under review or in preparation.

There will be two poster sessions during the Week 1, in which every participant will have the chance to lead the discussion of his/her poster. There is no particular requirement for format (any standard size will be fine), but posters shall be printed and brought to the Institute. 


Four broad topic areas will be addressed in the programme:

  • Attribution of changes in the frequency and intensity of extremes
  • Climate risk from compound events 
  • Projections and predictions of extreme events
  • Climate risk reduction and management

Lectures would occur in the morning of each day, with occasional lectures in the evenings. For each topic,  lectures will cover the basics that would be accessible to most participants. In addition, the school will include a limited number of 'guest', lectures which would provide in-depth excursions to the current frontiers of some aspects of research on extremes. 

The afternoons and remaining evenings would be devoted to the practical application of the material covered in the lectures. This will be accomplished both through the use of structured tutorials, and a set of research problems that will form the core of the institute and serve to produce an important part of its long-term legacy.

Research problems will, therefore, be a key aspect of the institute. It is envisioned that 5-7 teams, each with 4-6 students, will work to tackle 5-7 problems that are to be developed specifically for the institute by its lecturers.  Problems will be carefully selected by the institute‚Äôs steering committee to ensure that they will be tractable via teamwork with the resources that are anticipated to be available at the NUIST, that students working in teams with experienced lecturer-advisors will be able to advance the problems over the 2-week duration of the school, and that the results are likely to be publishable.