5 February 2013

University of Copenhagen climate change programme to tackle interdisciplinary complexities

University of Copenhagen, UCPH, will launch an entirely new international climate change programme that will qualify students to address climate issues from the frozen Arctic in the north to tropical Bangladesh further south. Unique about the Climate Change programme is that it will formally abandon typical disciplinary boundaries between the natural and social sciences. This means that up-and-coming graduates will have been trained in, among other things, geophysics, geography, social-economic affairs and security policy.  In this way, graduates will be trained to operate and work among a broad range of issues while still being attuned to local conditions, whether abroad or in a Danish municipality. 

2012 was a watershed year for climate change as alarm bells went off to an ever-growing degree throughout the global community. Historically large melts in the Arctic and both drought and flooding in the “wrong places” upon the African continent were unfortunately put on stand-by by the assembly at the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha. 

This a major reason why University of Copenhagen is the first in Europe and one of the few institutions worldwide to offer an international graduate programme that specifically addresses climate change. 

“ Climate Change, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation” (CCIMA) is the name of the interdisciplinary programme that combines both natural and social sciences. 

The programme’s Head of Studies, Associate Professor Anders Svensson of the Niels Bohr Institute at UCPH has this to say about the programme: 

“There is a growing demand for people who can work broadly with climate issues within the United Nations, state and local government institutions and NGOs, as well as a need for expert knowledge of the natural sciences and scientific techniques. The programme will combine the best research-based and climate-related instruction at the University of Copenhagen with disciplines such as anthropology and political science, among others, which have been focusing more and more on the consequences of climate change. AsDenmark has a good image within climate research, we hope that we will be able to draw students from here in Denmark, as well as from abroad. The programme’s purpose is also linked to the need in Danish municipalities for people who can situate climate change within broader contexts,” says Anders Svensson. 

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Anders Svensson, Head of Studies,  at tel +45 35 32 06 16.