IPSL Virtual Spring School 2021

The school is organized by the Climate Graduate School (CGS) of the Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL). IPSL-CGS brings together world-renowned scientists working in the field of climate change in the Paris area. It provides a unique opportunity to prepare for a master or a doctorate degree, while actively participating in the life of a research laboratory.

The school is dedicated to international undergraduate and master students. This year, IPSL Virtual Spring School 2021 will be held from Paris, entirely online, from May 4 to 7, 2021, a special attention will be dedicated to the observation of planet Earth, from space, airborne and surface instrumentation.

The program includes

  • Scientific webinars and online discussions on a range of climate science topics, with a focus on Earth observations and their use for societal and research challenges.
  • Hands-on group workshops.
  • Practical information about studying in the Paris area : presentations and online discussions with French students at the Master or PhD level, about career opportunities.
  • A surprise side event to provide “a taste of Paris”.


Themes to be addressed include

  • Societal needs and research frontiers in the ocean
  • Exploring Earth observing systems to study the atmosphere: climate variability and changes
  • New Trends in Climate Modeling: anticipating the future
  • The Earth climate from the sky
  • A journey in the stratosphere
  • The dynamical landscape of marine ecosystems
  • The Earth observing systems, instrumental challenges and the use of data



  • The working language of the Virtual Spring School is English.
  • Please note that your on-line presence is expected for the entire duration of the virtual school. We will make our best to adapt to the different time zones of the participants.
  • Practical requirements: an efficient internet connection and a tablet or computer equipped with microphones and speakers, are absolutely necessary.


Application procedure

  • Open to applicants with undergraduate (B.Sc.) or master (M1, M2, M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) degrees in physics, Earth sciences, environmental sciences or related fields.
  • Candidates will be selected based on their CV and motivation letter.
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: April 9, 2021.


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