German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Environmental Psychology

Young experts develop psychological strategies for environmental protection

(photo: Kathrin Bockmühl)

Vilm, 21.06.2018 From 18 - 21 June 2018 PhD students and other young researchers in the field of Environmental Psychology met with three international experts of basic and applied research. The “Summer School on Environmental Psychology” offered three days full of motivated discussions with experts and like-minded psychologists about current findings from environmental psychology and opportunities for further development of the participant’s work in the ambience of the picturesque Baltic Isle of Vilm. BfN conducted the summer school in cooperation with the Universities Koblenz-Landau and Leipzig.

Environmental psychology examines the effects of human behavior on environment and nature, as well as the effect of environment and nature on human behaviour and experience: How do we perceive the environment and nature? Which psychological consequences do ecological damage or destruction of nature exert on us? And under which conditions do we behave environmentally friendly?

In this summer school, the focus was on young academics in the field of envi-ronmental psychology. The young scientists presented their research projects and re-sults and discussed them with the other participants. In addition, three international experts from environmental psychology, Kelly Fielding, Birgitta Gatersleben and Christian Klöckner, provided insight into their current work, as well as spark new ideas and developed joint projects together with the participants during several workshop phases. The overall question was: How can society be influenced to shift towards sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviour and habits?