Tsinghua University Graduate International Academic Forum

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The Graduate International Academic Forum is an initiative of the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC).

Member universities of GAUC: Australian National University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Imperial College London, Indian Institute of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sciences Po, Stellenbosch University, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University.

General Theme:

The theme of the forum is Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Young scholars / senior students all over the world are invited to gather at Tsinghua University to jointly discuss significant topics concerning the survival and development of all mankind, making contributions to the improvement of climate change and construction of a community of shared future.

Parallel Sessions:

  • The Zero Emission Technical Revolution:

    • Excessive emissions from human activities are one of the causes of climate change. With the progress of science, energy-saving and discharge reduction technology are greatly improved, and new energy and new materials are continuously applied, making massive contributions to sustainable development and climate security. The era of zero emission is just around the corner. The parallel session focuses on the technological revolution of zero emission, promoting the construction of climate security with the progress of science and technology.

  • Building Green Future: Economic-Social-Ecological System

    • As the process of tackling global climate change becomes more and more urgent, the economic and social development mode and the energy system will undergo fundamental changes. Meanwhile, human society will also experience the transition from industrial civilization to ecological civilization. Systematic and coordinated operation in economy, society and ecology is required in building up a green, development, and sustainable future picture. Under the new situation, how countries should do in developing a low-carbon economy, building green finance, formulating environmental policies, building eco-cities, promoting the legal construction and the understanding of ecological civilization becomes issues we need to think about.


17 - 19 November 2019

Schedule of the Graduate International Academic Forum


Two full and two partial scholarships are available to Stellenbosch University students:

  • Full Scholarship: Return economy tickets plus 4 nights of accommodation and meals.
  • Partial scholarship: Includes 4 nights of accommodation and meals & scholarship from SU International to assist with travel expenses

Application Process:

Internal Application Deadline: 16 August 2019

Very important: Interested students must complete the internal application at Stellenbosch University. Students must not apply directly to the Graduate International Academic Forum. Successfull students will be nominated.

Step 1: Complete the following general application

Complete the general summer school application (It is not necessary to submit a video clip.)

Step 2: Submit a paper

Students attending the forum must submit a paper. Instructions are available here: Paper & Poster Guidelines

Paper or Poster abstracts must be submitted internally to the following email address: sims@sun.ac.za 

For Information contact Robert Kotze and Sarah van der Westhuizen.


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