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Climate change, migration and AI explored at international summer school

"International events of this nature are hugely important in the current times when global collaboration is required"

A group of 100 German students came to St John's to take part in a special summer school to explore the big issues facing the future of society. 

The week-long Studienstiftung Summer Academy was organised by St John’s in partnership with the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the largest scholarship organisation in Germany, to bring students from the sciences and humanities together to think about the topic ‘Future’.

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The German scholars aged between 22 and 24, along with students at St John’s, have been taking part in workshops to discuss questions relating to the future shape of society including climate change, health, migration and artificial intelligence. Academics from universities around Europe and further afield have also been involved in the discussions.

Supplementary workshops, discussions, and lectures were part of the programme that participants contributed to. This is the second year that the summer academy has taken place at St John's.

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Dr Matthias Dorrzapf, Director of International Programmes at St John’s, said: “It has been an amazing experience with Johnians and scholars from all over Germany having fundamental discussions on topics including climate change, migration, machine learning and toxins. International events of this nature are hugely important in the current times when global collaboration is required.”   

Next year’s Studienstiftung Summer Academy will take place on 20-26 September.

Published: 06/09/19

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