Please contact the ‘responsible people’ if you want to be engaged with any of these initiatives.


Immediate actions that we hope will yield outputs within the current FORTHEM funding period


  • University of Valencia are developing a course on Climate Regulation Law and Policy that will be part of the FORTHEM Digital Academy


  • Sustainability policy for the FORTHEM Alliance: Anna Roppelt (Mainz) has led the FORTHEM student body to develop a draft concept and more senior academics are now making contributions. We expect to present the policy for approval by the entire Alliance in February 2021. We also plan to evaluate the Sustainability of the Alliance through distribution of questionnaires asking people to tell us how much their current behaviours accord with the sustainability policy. We will disseminate results and information about the consequences of current behaviours, then repeat the questionnaire annually to evaluate if there has been any change as a result of ‘education’.


  • “Sedimentary Basin Records of Earth’s climate” – This will include a modified version of a digital field class around Molinos, Teruel Province, Spain, that was delivered to Universität Mainz students in September 2020. We would like partner institutions (Mainz/Valencia/Dijon/Palermo) to contribute lectures over a semester so we can work toward a joint course for all Master level students in the Alliance in 2022. Please contact Virginia Toy (Mainz) if you already teach in this field and could contribute.                                                                                                                                                     3D-outcrop models used in this course look like this:


  • Climate change communication summer school in 2022 in Jyväskylä: In advance we will produce short outreach videos highlighting research in all partner institutions relevant to the Lab. These will be analyzed during the summer school. Jan Lundell will develop guidelines for these videos and distribute with a call for contributions. Christoph Helo (Mainz) would like to contribute teaching about volcanoes & atmosphere.


  • Waste recycling joint study course: Māris Kļaviņš(Riga) is working on development of this course and would appreciate contact from others who are interested in being part of it. There is funding for this available in Latvia, but materials will need to be presented in Latvian.

Excavator on a trash dump



  • Co-ordination and advice on establishing research relationships with partner institutions. We are establishing as part of our website:
    • a listing of Partner Institutions’ local expertise, areas of current research, and typical tools employed (co-ordinated by Emmanuelle Pucéat, Dijon)
    • a proposal development/expertise sharing platform and workshops (co-ordinated by Martina Kirilova, Mainz)
  • Alliance-level student led conference. Selina Fenske (Mainz) is our student champion.


Longer-term outputs

  • Outreach and community engagement about Climate proxies / records and Earth resources in our region. Emmanuelle Puceat – to provide more information about the current plans.


  • Geothermal living lab: capturing data from ground source heat pumps, citizen science approach. Universität Mainz will apply for external funds for such a lab (and borehole) in the next few years. Are other institutions interested in acquiring similar data from their regions? Please contact Virginia Toy (Mainz) to discuss further.