Teaching and Workshops



Earth Surface Dynamics - Understanding Processes at the Earth's Vulnerable Skin


Summer school (25 May–10 June 2018 & 12 August–2 September 2018) at University of Potsdam, Germany


The summer school is founded by the Volkswagen Foundation and consists of two consecutive summer school sessions for 25 doctoral students from geosciences, environmental sciences and related fields such as biology, chemistry and physics.


The summer schools will be designed for doctoral students, aiming

  • to improve their skills to understand the complex interaction of the processes shaping the Earth's surface at different temporal and spatial scales,
  • to monitor, model and predict the results of these interactions, and
  • to identify and mitigate risks of natural and human-caused interference in these processes in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.

The 1st set of modules will focus on types of signals and noise commonly encountered at the Earth's surface, and methods of acquiring, processing and analyzing data with non-destructive physical surveying methods. The 2nd set of modules will be about the examination and modeling of the process underlying the data collected at the Earth's surface.


More details can be found on the summer school homepage and at Martin Trauth's homepage.



Scientific Computing & Software Development with Python


Workshop (27.–29.07.2017) at summer school Informatica Feminale, Fachhochschule Furtwangen University, Campus Furtwangen, Germany


The workshop serves as an introduction to the interpreter language Python within the field of scientific computing and to practical strategies of scientific software development. Thereby, the basic concepts of object-oriented programming are explained and used to implement data analysis methods with Python. Moreover, practical approaches to employ software programs from other languages (representing e.g. libraries, simulation codes or data bases) via a Python interface are presented and discussed.


More details can be found in the summer school program.