GRISO Summer School 2024 – Beyond the ice edge: linking science and society at Greenland’s coastal margins

The Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science (GRISO) network will host the third GRISO Summer School in Nuuk, Greenland during September 9-20, 2024. The topic is Beyond the ice edge: linking science and society at Greenland’s coastal margins. Apply here!

Summer School Goals

The GRISO Summer School emphasizes both Greenland science and building collaboration, communication, and complex problem solving skills across disciplines. At the summer school, participants will:

  • Learn about the state of science and techniques pertaining to Greenland coasts, ice sheet, ocean, communities, and ecosystems within the theme of Beyond the ice edge: linking science and society at Greenland’s coastal margins.
  • Develop skills in cross-discipline collaboration and communication to explore cutting edge system science topics facilitated by Knowinnovation.
  • Build and strengthen research community connections, and especially a healthy and strong early career network.

Application Process

Apply here!

Applications will close on 21 February 2024. Applications will be evaluated by the GRISO summer school organizers, and applicants will be admitted with the aim of having a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students. Participants will be notified of acceptance via email by roughly 15 March 2024.

Please contact with any questions.

Target Participants

The 2024 summer school is anticipated to accommodate 12 students. The primary audience for the summer school is advanced PhD students and early postdocs. We encourage applications from Greenland-based students and underrepresented minority groups. Summer school participants will have the opportunity to participate in boat and field trips and hiking, as well as other outdoor activities.  However arrangements will be available for people with limited mobility. No previous experience is required. Accommodation will likely be at the Inuk Hostel, with sharing of single-gender 2-bed rooms.

Key Topics and Activities

The GRISO Summer School will include a variety of activities.

Science areas covered will touch on:

  • Glaciology at Greenland ice sheet margins
  • Fjord and ocean circulation and hydrography
  • Trends in Greenland marine ecosystems
  • Community response and opportunities from coastal change
  • Modeling ice, fjord, and ocean processes
  • Recent ice sheet retreat and drivers of change
  • Human adaptation and response to climate change
  • Links across climate, human behavior, and well-being

Professional and personal development activities include:

  • Focused development activities with Knowinnovation (covering ~5 course days)
  • Creative problem solving and design thinking
  • Collaborating across multi-disciplinary and diverse groups
  • Leadership skills for multi-disciplinary groups

Outings and additional activities are likely to include:

  • Field trip (potentially by boat)
  • Hands-on training with field instrumentation
  • Engagement with local experts, researchers, and institutions
  • Hiking opportunities


All of the local expenses will be covered by the GRISO project, including accommodation, food, and field work. Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Nuuk. 

A limited number of travel stipends are available. Please specify in the application if your participation is dependent on receiving travel support.

Confirmed Lecturers

Additional lecturers are to be confirmed and will include guests from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, the University of Greenland, and other Greenlandic institutions.