Online courses and events

ENLIGHT Lecture Series

ENLIGHT Lecture Series provide an opportunity for scientists and researchers from all over ENLIGHT to discuss together and with the general public different perspectives and approaches to tackle the 5 ENLIGHT flagship areas:

• Climate Change,

• Equity,

• Health & Well-being,

• Energy & Circular Economy,

• Digital Revolution & Impact of Digitization. 

All ENLIGHT Lecture Series are available on ENLIGHT youtube channel. 

ENLIGHT Concert "The Four Seasons in (Climate) Change"

The new composition "The Four Seasons in (Climate) Change" will premiere on 9th September, 7:30 pm CET in concert, at the University of Göttingen. The ENLIGHT concert will be livestreamed online.

Inspired by current and projected climate data and already visible consequences of climate change on flora and fauna, Antonio Vivaldi's work "The Four Seasons" will be reinterpreted by Prof. Dr. Mark Barden (Professor of Composition, Detmold University of Music) with the assistance of the composition students Carlo Tosato, Zara Ali and Daniel Kalantari. Scientific insights will be provided by Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl (Professor of Bioclimatology, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen) and ENLIGHT researchers.

In cooperation with the Göttingen Baroque Orchestra the new composition "Die Vier Jahreszeiten im (Klima)Wandel / The Four Seasons in (Climate) Change" will premier on 9th of September 2022, at 7:30 pm in concert, at the Assembly Hall of the University of Göttingen. In between the four concert movements, Prof. Knohl and his colleagues will explain the influence of climate change on the seasons as well as Prof. Barden and his composition team will provide a general explanation of how the scientific findings on climate change were taken into account in the development of the new composition. The ENLIGHT concert will be livestreamed online.

Sustainable Development, Trade and Environmental Economics

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The seminar focuses on environmental economics in a globalized context within the framework of sustainable development. For this purpose, the seminar will cover different topics, starting from the sustainable development concept. The seminar will also explore, from an economic perspective, climate change as one of the main global environmental issues, considering the state of scientific evidence, energy implications and policies in climate change.


The course will consist of 3 blocks:

- Environment and development

- Environment and trade

- Environmental policies and regulation

More detailed information about the programme can be found at:


Learning outcomes

Global environmental problems such as global warming have received great publicity in recent times. Since most of them have a transboundary nature, they can only be addressed effectively through international cooperation. We will discuss the use of trade policy as an instrument for achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions and also whether trade policies can be effectively used as enforcement mechanisms to support environmental cooperation. In addition, we will discuss the ongoing negotiations on climate change and the environment that, similar to the trade case, will cover an increasing scope of environmental issues in future rounds of negotiation.


Written essay and oral presentation


Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

How to apply

Registration via E-Mail ( before October 27th, first come first serve basis, completely digital seminar and learning experience in international teams.

Funding: Please note that this course requires a fee of 75 €

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Seeking a new Internationalism (Registration closed)

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International Graduate Workshop Seeking a new Internationalism. Origins, Concepts, Ideas

The world today feels increasingly insecure. Democratic backsliding, rogue Russian expansionism, nationalist fervours, fall-out from the global pandemic, populist ‘strong man’ governments, a polarised, inward-looking United States and an outward looking China, climate threats, divisive migration, even the return of the Taliban, all underline global strain.

Some 100 years ago, after the First World War, we looked to the League of Nations to usher in a new internationalism. After the Second World War came a new global settlement – the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, the Geneva Convention. It promised much again, but led to the era of the Cold War. Then the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and collapse of the USSR promised a new liberal democratic order. Yet today, as democracies stumble, and authoritarians push forward, the Chinese model – market liberalism coupled with despotic governance – is being touted as a serious de facto alternative to democratic models.

This three-day graduate event will set out to examine the nature of internationalism, what has it meant, what should it mean, and what can we do to encourage new forms of accountable and shared global leadership, greater resource-sharing, more equitable standards of living, effective multilateral institutions. Key questions will include: What has gone wrong? How do we reform our multilateral bodies? Can our common global problems unite nations? What role is there for regional blocs? What might be better, ideal, even utopian, models of international governance?

The workshop is held in memory of Adam von Trott (1909–1944), a resistance fighter, who sought to remove the Nazi Regime. He was a keen traveller in post-war 1920s, visiting the US, the UK, France, China, and the Far East, seeking and experiencing different forms of government, and eventually becoming a diplomat. The workshop will be participatory and engaging over three days, with lectures, panel discussions, working groups and graduate presentations, involving academics, experts and those active in the fields of diplomacy and international relations. It is designed for 24 graduate students from a range of European universities.

How to apply

Applications are now being accepted from advanced graduates (master and PhD students) especially from the Universities of Göttingen, Oxford, and from the ENLIGHT and Europaeum network of universities. All local costs will be covered; travel allowances will be available. Applications in form of a CV (max. 2 pages), a short letter of motivation including your relevant areas of interest and possible inputs for the workshop, as well as your Transcript of Records/Diploma should go to  by 10 May 2022.