Future Earth

Research School

High-level courses to understand and anticipate
future global environmental challenges


Data science and machine learning for climate research

Director: Stefan Klus

Language: English

Location: Bertinoro, Italy

Application opening : January 9th

Application deadline : March 6th

5th – 17th June 2023

While we are collecting and storing more and more data, understanding and interpreting the underlying processes and relationships between different observations remains a challenging problem. The Future Earth Research School on “Data Science and Machine Learning for Climate Research” aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the mathematical foundations of machine learning, with a particular focus on methods for the analysis of 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, but also applications in climate science and sustainability.

Future Earth Research School (FERS)
offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming researchers and international experts to work with. This is a great chance to share experiences on different multidisciplinary aspects of research, building a fertile ground for innovation and new research pathways.

The advanced knowledge network
FERS is 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.


Water Resources,

Land-use and Forestry

Director: Alberto Montanari

Language: English

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 therefore well-being for the whole humanity. The growing desire for higher living standards and the concurrent environmental changes – in particular climate change – require a forward looking and transdisciplinary approach to manage water resources and environmental resources in general. 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.


Adaptation and sustainable
risk management

Director: Daniela Jacob

Date: 3/10/2022 – 15/10/2022

Language: English

Location: Bertinoro (FC), Italy


The effects of climate change are becoming more and more tangible. 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 droughts, less heat waves, heavy rain events and floods 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 is to gain understanding how risks occur and how they can be assessed and managed focussing on interaction between the physical and human environment, and how risks are shaped by their interactions. This requires understanding of both physical and geographical processes, as well as economic and human development under climate change.

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