Now, more than ever, the world needs climate scientists. A key part of building the climate research workforce needed to address the challenges of this century is broadening access to climate science training. The WCRP Academy is one of the new lighthouse activities of the World Climate Research Programme, designed to make positive steps towards giving more scientists access to the training they need to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
"To meet the challenges and explore the opportunities of our changing climate, our scientists will need a strong understanding of climate from an Earth systems perspective, will need a more interdisciplinary understanding of the problems faced, will need to understand better how their science can be used in decision making, and will need to know how to communicate it to a broad audience. This will require training – not only of our early career scientists, who will lead the way, but of all climate scientists."
A key pillar of the WCRP Academy is an annual, global stocktake of training needs. We invite you to participate in the first survey to help ensure that current and future climate scientists and key users of technical and scientific climate information have access to the best possible climate science training. Your responses to this survey will indicate what training is already available and what/where the gaps are and help the WCRP Academy to set up a web portal for online climate science and related training opportunities.
The survey will take about 30 minutes or less to complete.
Please provide your feedback in this survey at the latest by 19 December 2021 (extended deadline!).
Opportunities and prize draw
Our aim is to ensure that you are better connected to climate science and all respondents may connect climate research or associated training that they are aware of to the Academy. Anyone interested in being directly involved in the Academy can indicate this in their responses.
In addition, 10 respondents, from those who have entered their name and email address, will be randomly selected to win complimentary registrations for the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 (can be donated to an early career researcher). Please note that WCRP key contributors are not eligible for the draw.
Confidentiality and ethics
Your input is important. The information from this project will be shared within the WCRP community, its partners, and relevant external consultants. We will share a summary of the survey outcomes with the scientific community via the WCRP website, reports, and other publications.
- The data derived from this study will be used by the WCRP Academy but you will never be personally identified.
- No information about you from the survey including your written answers will be linked to your name. Should we, for some reason, want to use your name we will ask for your consent.
- This project has been reviewed by the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct.
Voluntary nature of the study
Your decision to participate is voluntary. You may choose not to answer selected parts of the study or stop taking part at any time.