First Wadden Sea World Heritage summer school opens registration

The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School, to be held in August 2024, has now officially opened registration for its upcoming event. The educational programme offers an in-depth exploration of ecology, nature conservation, sustainable development, and management, specifically centered around the unique ecological context of the Wadden Sea. The event is a joint initiative of AWI, the FH Westküste, the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, the National Park Authority “Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer”, the Vadehavet National Park, and the Waddenacademie, supported by the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the summer school includes environmental and social sciences, economics, and governance. The sessions address multifaceted challenges for the Wadden Sea and encourage a collaborative approach among participants to formulate solutions. The 10-day programme commences in Emden and ends with the 2024 Wadden Sea Day in Wilhelmshaven. The majority of time is spent on the island of Borkum encompassing a series of expert-led lectures as well as topic-related field visits.

“With this summer school we want to not only transfer knowledge on this unique ecosystem but also forge a community of future leaders poised to address the conservation, management, and governance challenges of the Wadden Sea,” says Cristina Nazzari, co-organiser of the event. “The school is envisioned to serve as a platform for students to engage with seasoned professionals and peers, hence enriching their academic and professional journey.”

Bachelor, Master, and (early) PhD students can now apply for the summer school until 9 June. For all enquiries regarding the Summer School please contact: Cristina Nazzari, Common Wadden Sea Secretariat at

The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School is a cooperation between the Trilateral Programming Committee for Wadden Sea Research and the Partnership Hub.