March 2023

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October 2023 meet us in Kigali, Rwanda!

In this issue of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Insights, we focus on the WCRP Open Science Conference. The deadline is fast approaching to submit your abstract to the WCRP Open Science Conference (OSC) that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 23 October to 27 October 2023. 

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Submit your abstract by 14 March 2023

The daily program for the five days of the OSC is now available on the website and will be continuously updated as more speakers are confirmed. Abstracts can be submitted to the 40 oral and poster sessions, as well as to the 44 poster clusters. Presentations at the Conference will bring together a broad range of topics related to the work of the WCRP Core Projects and Lighthouse Activities, as well as contributions from our partners. The overarching theme of the conference is to bridge science and society so we anticipate a rich mix of participants from the research, practitioner and policy communities.

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Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Symposium at the WCRP-OSC

There is an exciting opportunity for Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) to join the WCRP OSC Early and Mid-Career Researchers Symposium organized by WCRP and hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) on 22 October and 28 October 2023, immediately before and after the Open Science Conference. 

Places are limited and interested participants must: 

  • Submit an abstract to the Open Science Conference and
  • Express their interest in attending the EMCR Symposium through the abstract submission portal.

A limited amount of financial support will be available to enable and support the participation of EMCRs to attend the Symposium and the WCRP Open Science Conference. Participants in need of travel support must apply for it in the abstract submission portal. The same deadline (14 March) also applies to financial support requests and expressions of interest in attending the Early and Mid-Career Researchers Symposium (EMCR) Symposium.

Participants selected for the EMCR Symposium and for financial support will be informed in May 2023.

Bridging Science and Society

WCRP seeks to bring together diverse research communities, programmes and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. WCRP is looking at innovative ways to bridge science and society and to foster future climate science leadership, through workshops, public exhibits, forums, and other associated events.

WCRP ‘My Climate Risk’ Lighthouse Activity is growing

The WCRP ‘My Climate Risk’ (MCR) Lighthouse Activity welcomes several new hubs from around the globe into its international network – and more are expected to join soon. The new hubs will enable interdisciplinary exchanges around the issue of context-specific climate risks through a number of different activities.

Where are the (new) hubs located? Is there a hub in my region?

 My Climate Risks Hubs

There are currently 12 regional hubs (see map above), four of which recently joined the network. The My Climate Risk Lighthouse Activity is pleased to welcome new hubs in India (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology), South Africa (South African Environmental Observation Network), Japan (University of Tsukuba) and Niger (Centre Régional Agrhymet). More hubs will be joining My Climate Risk soon! Check our My Climate Risk hub overview webpage regularly for updates.

read more MCR hubs

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WCRP - New Regional Information for Society Center in Montreal

The Regional Information for Society (RIfS) Core Project represents an exciting new dimension to WCRP activities that leverages existing activities developed by Core Projects and Lighthouse Activities, expands their scope of influence and coordinates the new research required to provide actionable climate information at the regional scale. The vision for RIfS is to understand, develop, and enhance the effective flow of relevant information among scientists, decision makers and society developing policy-relevant climate research.

The new RIfS International Project Office (IPO) is hosted by Ouranos, located in Montréal, Canada. The Ouranos consortium brings together more than 450 researchers, experts, practitioners, and decision-makers from many different disciplines, collectively working on applied research programs and projects. 

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ICRC - CORDEX 2023 International Conference on Regional Climate

The WCRP Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) is organizing the 'International Conference on Regional Climate' on 25-29 September 2023. The event will focus on discussions and ideas on specific regional challenges and solutions, such as 'National Adaptation Plans and climate finance'. CORDEX will also discuss the contribution that it will make to the WCRP Open Science Conference in Rwanda.

The conference will be held simultaneously in Trieste, Italy, and in Pune, India. Proceedings can be followed both in person and online. More information can be found on the CORDEX conference website. Registration is open from 1st March until 1st of May 2023. 


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