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ONLINE COURSE: Increasing Urban Climate Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Sustainable Urban Development

Dates: October 14 - 22, 2020 LIVE ONLINE TRAINING


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Are you interested in measures and strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation for increasing urban resilience?

Would you like to know more about innovative ideas and good practice examples for environmentally sound urban development?

This course will equip you with a sound understanding of how cities can become more climate-resilient and contribute to sustainable development from a global and local perspective!



Humanity is increasingly becoming an urban species. Cities play a crucial role in why and how we are fundamentally altering the Earth System. The speed of this alteration demands for immediate change. Cities have the potential for transformation, which is crucial for global sustainable development within Earth’s biophysical planetary boundaries. To this end, effective urban responses to climate change are extremely important through adaptation and mitigation.

This course provides a sound interdisciplinary introduction to

  • climate change impacts in cities
  • how cities (can) adapt to and mitigate climate change and thereby increase their resilience
  • how cities function as barriers and solutions to transformative sustainable development in the „urban century“
We will explore this on a global and local level, through short and long time frames, and by making ample use of real examples. The focus is more on getting a bigger picture than on „hard practice“ on the planning level.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with and will have substantially broadened their horizons regarding

  • principles, as well as ample measures, strategies, and tools, for climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities
  • multiple examples of good practice
  • some examples and ideas for transformative change in urban development
  • selected global processes and risks on short and long time scales which influence and interact with urban development
Course Content

  • The Planetary Boundaries concept, and the global sustainable development agendas, through the lens of cities
  • Rapid urbanization
  • Increasing urban resilience towards climate change impacts
    • Ecosystem-based adaptation
    • Tried and tested methods for navigating the adaptation cycle
    • Climate risk assessment basics
    • (Peri-)urban agriculture
  • Selected measures and strategies for mitigation and adaptation in high-, middle, and low income economy cities
  • Transformation - ideas, requirements, and examples
  • Relevant trends on short and long times scales
  • Guest speakers from science, practice and policy advisory

Course Programme

The programme will focus more on climate change adaptation than mitigation.

The sessions are from 9.15 am - 3.15 pm CEST (Central European Summer Time). There are no training sessions on the weekend, please see course programme for details.

Preliminary course programme

What does live online training mean?

Our live online trainings are not pre-recorded training videos, webinars for large audiences or self-paced e-learning courses. They are virtual live trainings delivered by our trainers in real-time, focusing on the interaction of a small group of remote participants. Just like our face-to-face trainings, these virtual classrooms aim at tailoring the discussions and learning experiences to the training needs of the participants.

Requirements: to attend our live online trainings, a reliable high-speed internet connection and a computer or laptop running Windows or iOS are required. The Humboldt-Universität of Berlin uses the videoconferencing platform Zoom for virtual classrooms as well as digital tools such as Moodle.

Course Methods

Virtual classroom sessions with the trainer and the fellow participants via Zoom are diversified and enriched by

  • group exercises
  • assignments
  • ample time for reflection and self-study
  • guest speaker presentations
  • purposeful use of other easy to use online collaboration software packages for rapid surveys, brainstorming, group work, plenary sessions, and presenting results

Target Group

Level: Beginner to intermediate. The course is a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction. Parts of the content can be useful complements for applicants who are already familiar with some aspects of the topic.

Our participants come from all around the globe: they include staff from development agencies and city authorities, national and international NGOs, public institutions, university students and researchers as well as professionals from the private sector. Good command of English is mandatory.


Dr. Till Sterzel has more than 14 years of experience in the field of climate change-related impacts and response. He works as a consultant, trainer and independent scientist in this field, with a particular focus on international development cooperation and urban development. Currently he is a Senior Project Manager and scientist at adelphi, working in the Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Transformation departments. Before his current position, he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for 8 years and was an independent consultant and scientist at climate-babel.

General information

The tuition fee is 1155,- euros per participant.

This includes:

  • Online training course
  • Course documentation and learning materials
  • Certificate of participation issued by Humboldt-Universität of Berlin

Apply now through the online enrolment form!

Application deadline: 12 October, 2020.


Contact Details

Ms Annika Buchholz, SLE TRAINING Programme Manager

Tel.:       +49 (0) 30 20 93 46 881

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