Organizers : Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Urban Water Innovation Network (ASU-CSU), Society for Urban Ecology (SURE), Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics (CICADIT).

Rationale and goals : Urban areas impart significant local to regional scale environmental perturbation. Urban-induced effects, simultaneously with impacts owing to long-lived emissions of greenhouse gases, may trigger additional physical and socioeconomic consequences that affect the livelihoods of urban dwellers. While urban areas amass more than 50% of the world population, and three of four Europeans live in a city, the systematic monitoring and assessment of urban climates, mitigation of and adaptation to adverse effects, and the strategic prioritization of potential solutions may enable enhanced preparedness of populations and local authorities. Such challenges call for enduring scientific advancements, improved training and increased awareness of topical issues.

This summer school aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to climate change challenges in urban areas, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major sustainability challenges facing future generations. The critical areas to be covered refer to
(1) modern monitoring of urban environments
(2) modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(3) adaptation and mitigation strategies and their prioritization
(4) exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities.
Those attending can expect to gain an understanding of the state-of-the-art and be capable to use the most appropriate tools to address specific problems in their respective fields of interest.

The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.

Invited speakers (Instructors)

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Approval of application: 1 June 2017
  • Urban Climate Summer School: 21 - 26 August 2017


Monday 21 August, 09:30: Registration and welcome, plenary speech

10:00: Ioan Ianoș (University of Bucharest): Estimating the urban planning answer to the climate change

11:00 Matei Georgescu (Arizona State University): Urban climate research and climate change challenges

12:00 Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg): Why we need urban green?

13:00 Lunch break

Modern monitoring of urban climate

14:00 Sorin Cheval (University of Bucharest), Alexandru Dumitrescu (National Meteorological Administration, Romania): Integrated monitoring and assessment of the Urban Heat Island

15:00 Matthias Demuzere (University of Ghent): The potential of crowdsourcing data in urban climate research

16:30 Benjamin Bechtel (University of Hamburg): WUDAPT - A global database for form and function of cities

Tuesday 22 August: Modelling tools for urban climate

9:30 Matei Georgescu (Arizona State University): The utility of computational modelling to address urban environmental sustainability

11:00 David Sailor (Arizona State University): The interaction between urban infrastructure and local climates

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Leena Järvi (University of Helsinki): Tools for modelling the bi-directional relation between urbanization and climate extremes

15:30 Field trip and social event: Bucharest

Wednesday 23 August: Climate change challenges in urban areas. Adaptation and mitigation strategies

10:00 Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg): How can urban green help to adapt to climate change? The example of Linz, Austria

11:30 Cristian Iojă (University of Bucharest): Environmental conflicts in urban areas

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Arne Sæbø (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research): Urban green infrastructure, it’s role in pollution mitigation and storm water treatment

15:30 Silvia Rossi (Ravenna Muncipality): Energy landscape in urban areas

Thursday 24 August: Critical linkages between urban climate and human health

9:30 Andreas Matzarakis (Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service): Urban Bioclimate - Quantifying thermal comfort and heat stress in urban areas for different spatial and temporal resolutions

11:30 David Hondula (Arizona State University): Measuring and modeling personal heat exposure in urban environments

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Teodoro Georgiadis (IBIMET Bologna): Different ways to approach urban resilience: from physics to politics

15:30 Oded Potchter (Tel Aviv University): A methodological approach to urban climate assessment in relation to human comfort in the context of climate change

Friday 25 August: Field trip and social events

Bucharest (departure at 8:30) - Sinaia - Brașov - Bran - Pitești - Bucharest (estimated return at 20:00)

Saturday 26 August: Departure


to be announced


Scientific committee

  • Sorin Cheval (ICUB)
  • Ioan Ianoș (CICADIT)
  • Matei Georgescu, David Hondula (ASU)
  • Jürgen Breuste, Cristian Iojă (SURE)
  • Andreas Matzarakis (DWD)

Organising committee

  • Sorin Cheval (ICUB)
  • Oana Peiu (ICUB)
  • Marcela Bucur (ICUB)
  • Matei Georgescu (ASU)
  • Martina Artmann (SURE)
  • Mirela Paraschiv (CICADIT)
  • George Secăreanu (CICADIT)


Registration open for accepted participants. Deadline for the fee payment 31 July 2017.

Send to the address a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) the name, affiliation, e-mail address and phone numbers of two professors/scholars who could provide references about the candidate

  • Deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Fee: Euro 100 upon acceptance of participation. The fee covers all the coffee breaks and lunches, the official dinner and excursions. Details about the payment procedure will be sent to the participants.

Travel and Accomodation

The summer school will take place in Bucharest, within the premises of University of Bucharest.

The organizers do not cover the travel and accomodation cost for participants.

More information on accommodation will be provided to the participants upon selection for the event.

Transportation. There are non-stop flights to Bucharest from most major European cities and in the Middle-East and connecting flights from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport. Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange office, Taxi Desk and car rental. The airport is connected with the city center by official taxis and express buses. Bucharest's main train station - Gara de Nord - is a major rail centre with daily connections from/to cities throughout Europe and main cities in Romania. There are daily trains from/to Athens, Belgrade, Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev, Moscow, Prague, Sofia, and Vienna. Trains from/to Western European cities run via Budapest. Bucharest's public transportation network includes: bus ("autobuz"), tram ("tramvai"), trolley bus ("troilebuz|), subway ("metrou") and taxi. Read more

Accommodation. Bucharest has a full range of accommodation facilities, at different rates and standards. We will provide our recommendation to the selected participants, at about 20-40 Euro/night.

Visas. Citizens of virtually all European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA, do not require visas to visit Romania for short-stays (up to 90 days). For citizens from other countries, visas are issued at Romanian consulates. The bearers of a visa with 2 or multiple entries, a long-term visa or a residence permit issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa. If you need an official invitation to get the visa, please contact the organisers well in advance. Read more