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Cologne Summer School on Perspectives and Visions of Digital Societies

“Change is the only constant in life” – the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, probably unaware of the impact his words still seem to have in the year 2020, perhaps more than ever. But what are these changes that are challenging human societies and every single citizen all over the world?

Therefore, this year's three-week interdisciplinary Cologne Summer School on “Perspectives and Visions of Digital Societies- Implications for Sciences, Ethics, Economies, Cultures and Communications” strives to explore the manifold facets of this phenomenon. During offline workshops with lecturers of the University of Cologne, and online classes with lecturers from partner universities in Finland, Canada and the USA, twenty-five Cologne and international students from all university disciplines will have the chance to discuss different aspects of digitalization.

Participants will be exposed to interdisciplinary approaches and related questions such as:

  • What is needed to become a digitally competent citizen?
  • What changes do sciences undergo as a consequence of digitalization?
  • What are the new challenges for education caused by data-driven societal technologies in democracies?
  • What are the risks of algorithm-based decision making e.g. in medical care and how can human rights be protected?
  • How to create a resource-oriented, creator- and customer-friendly digital business?
  • To what extent does social media – in particular YouTube, Twitter etc. – shape generation Y’s political perspectives?

To apply for this program you must be a student of the University of Cologne or a student of a partner institution of the University of Cologne. If you don’t know whether your university is part of the network, please inquire at your International Office.

Application deadline is 31 March 2020.

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December 2019