Considered an important milestone in the DLGS Academic program, the Autumn School this year was held on 21st of September, and as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference. It was great to meet people live again and socialize on site at the Deutsches-Hygiene museum, Dresden.

In a change of format from previous years, in addition to DLGS and IOER doctoral candidates, external candidates were also invited to present and discuss their work amongst their peers and other senior researchers from IOER and TU Dresden. Meaningful discussions took place ranging on different topics on interpretation of medium-sized cities, to defining indicators for urban drought and heat assessment, all against the backdrop of sustainability transformations.

The PhD candidates also took part in a workshop on 'Systems thinking for knowledge integration and collaboration', offered by Prof. Dr. Julia Leventon (Head of Department of Human Dimensions of Global Change, Czech Academy of Sciences). Conversations during the workshop led to candidates discussing leverage points for sustainability transformations, venturing onto the broader question of "what is transformation anyway?"

To conclude the day’s event, PhD candidates of DLGS organized a networking session in the afternoon for the participants of Autumn School, to know more about each other’s work and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

If you missed this year’s event, do not forget to save the date for next year: 21st September, 2022.

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