When you change into a new research field, summer schools are a great invention. In a short time you learn the most important points of the new field and meet some nice people, who are in a similar situation like yourself. At the beginning of September, Hamburg hosted a Summer School on Earth System Modeling (EaSyMS), which was topically well placed for my current position.
In the past week I got the opportunity to take part in a summer school on sea level in the dutch city Delft. The school took place in the TU Delft and covered a wide range of different topics on sea level, its observations and the consequences of its changes. Many renowned scientists presented in their lectures the challenges and opportunities of this field and triggered many interesting discussions among the participating students.