Future Earth Research School (FERS)
offers a unique opportunity for early-career researchers to meet and collaborate with international experts. Joining an FERS course provides participants with a great chance to share experiences on different multidisciplinary aspects of research while building a fertile ground for innovation and new research pathways.

The advanced knowledge network
FERS is a place where early-career scientists meet, discuss, and share ideas and perspectives from various backgrounds and disciplines. A rare plus is to have different ways of interacting with science processes and developing a systemic approach, vital to understanding and building the path toward a sustainable future.

Are you ready to deal with future challenges?

Sea-level rise, water management, floods and droughts, extreme events, risk management and reduction, the nature/technology gap, big data, equity and justice. Join FERS School to deepen your knowledge and anticipate future global challenges.

Why Joining FERS?

FERS is an international high-level Research School. The training method comprises intensive training with networking and knowledge exchange, setting the stepping stone of professional relations to stay.

Past Course

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Adaptation

Director: Begoña Pérez Gómez

Location: Bertinoro, Italy


Sea level rise is one of the most pressing challenges posed by climate change, with significant implications for coastal communities around the world. This comprehensive course on “Sea Level Rise and Coastal Adaptation” provides a deep understanding of the causes and impacts of rising sea levels, delving into the consequences on coastal regions including intensification of extreme events, increased coastal erosion, inundation of low-lying areas and heightened vulnerability to storm surges.

Past Course

Data science and machine learning for climate research

Director: Stefan Klus

Location: Bertinoro, Italy


While we keep collecting and storing data over data, understanding and interpreting the underlying processes and relationships between different observations is still a challenge to tackle. The Future Earth Research School on “Data Science and Machine Learning for Climate Research” will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the mathematical foundations of machine learning, with a particular focus on methods for analysing complex dynamical systems. Topics of interest include model reduction, system identification, estimation of associated transfer operators such as the Koopman operator, control, uncertainty quantification, deep learning, and applications in climate science and sustainability.

Past Course

Adaptation and sustainable
risk management

Director: Daniela Jacob

Location: Bertinoro, Italy


The ever-growing effects of climate change are for all to see. Especially in recent years extreme events such as heat waves, heavy rains and floods are becoming more frequent. Based on the results of the IPCC, it is clear that in some regions of the world, there would be fewer extreme climate events if global warming could be limited to 1.5 °C instead of 2 °C by the end of this century. The goal of the course was for participants to understand how risks occur and how they can be assessed and managed to focus on the interaction between the physical and human environment and how risks are shaped by their interactions. This requires understanding both physical and geographical processes and economic and human development under climate change.

Past Course

Water Resources,

Land-use and Forestry

Director: Alberto Montanari

Location: Bologna, Italy


The sustainable management of water resources, land and forestry is a key challenge for humanity in the 21st century that is tightly related to the UN sustainable development goals. The nexus between water and ecology is essential to sustainability, economic and environmental development and the well-being of humanity. The growing desire for higher living standards and the concurrent environmental changes – particularly climate change – requires a forward-looking and transdisciplinary approach to managing water and environmental resources. In particular, an innovative approach to adaptation to climate change is required to close the gap between climate change scenarios, policy-making and technical design of adaptation strategies.

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