Past Event

New Frontiers in Earth Science (NFES) Program in Beijing

July 27, 2018 - August 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

The New Frontiers in Earth Science (NFES) program provides participants with an intensive, “hands-on” course focusing on the key issues in climate change, how scientists conduct climate studies, how the public interprets scientific results, and how the international community responds to climate and environmental threats.



Global environmental threats have become part of our everyday life. It is essential that we have a clear understanding of the functioning of Earth’s natural systems and how humans are influencing them. This college introductory course in Earth Science provides fundamental knowledge on Earth climate system and Environmental Sciences, which focuses on two topics: climate change and sea level rise, as well as environmental pollutions and restorations. The course also introduces the newest scientific advancements associated with various covered topics, emphasizing key scientific methodologies such as experimental, observational and modeling approaches. The course consists of lectures, case studies, in-class discussion, and independent research.

This interdisciplinary course seeks to develop students' knowledge to better understand the connections between human activities and climate change, the impact of economic developments on the environment, as well as society’s efforts on restoring the planet earth and the local living environment. Students will be given an opportunity to conduct independent research and produce research papers at the end of the course.

NFES is a global initiative whose mission is to enhance earth science and ecosystem knowledge in China through education and mentorship. Our programs educate and train young aspiring earth scientist candidates to become the protectors of the earth and contributors with fundamental knowledge in Earth's climate system and Environmental Sciences.


Specific skill development and issues covered include:

➢ Scientific paper and phenomena reading and brief analysis

➢ Key scientific methodologies such as experimental, observational and modeling approaches

➢ Lab research methodologies

➢ Filed lab observation and discussion


Program Targets

High school or junior high school students (age between 15 and 19) who are interested in earth science


Program Dates

Session I: July 27th - August 1st (6 days of teaching)


Application Requirements

1) NFES application form

2) Phone interview might be required for admission


How to Apply
  • To apply for the program, please click register to download the application form. Please send your application form to [email protected] after you complete;

  • Recommendation letter is preferred. Please also send your recommendation letter to the email address we provide;

  • The application deadline is July 20; however, application will be closed once we recruit enough students;

  • If you have any questions, please contact us via [email protected] or 15901526118