WMO Public Science Lecture : Thomas Stocker

The Climate of Tomorrow: Building the Knowledge for Earth Stewardship

8 May 2019, 16:00

WMO Headquarters, Geneva

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is launching a series of public science lectures, under the leadership of WMO Chief Scientist Pavel Kabat. World-leading experts in the fields of weather, climate, water, the environment, and other related areas will be invited under this initiative to lecture and dialogue with the WMO community, partner organizations and other Earth system professionals. We cordially invite you to join us for the inaugural lecture, which will be co-organized with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Professor Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern and former Co-chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present a lecture that will examine the path we have taken to reach today’s firm scientific basis on climate change, which has led to five comprehensive assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and to the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He will discuss the contributions of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) to climate science and outline four specific challenges for WMO and its programmes that will need to be met in order to confront anthropogenic climate change and build the knowledge required for robust and timely Earth stewardship.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Pavel Kabat, for which Thomas Stocker will be joined by the following experts:

  • Detlef Stammer - Chair, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee
  • Helen Cleugh - Vice-chair, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee
  • Maria Uhle - Co-chair, Belmont Forum and Program Director for International Activities in the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation
  • Amy Luers - Executive Director, Future Earth
  • Maxx Dilley - Director, Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

There is no charge to attend the event. However, prior registration is mandatory and you will need a valid identity document (such as a passport) to enter the building. Please register here:


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Thomas Stocker

Thomas Stocker is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. He has held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu) and has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction.

From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group I of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that provided the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement. Thomas Stocker holds two honorary doctorates (University of Versailles and ETH Zürich) and received numerous awards for his work. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist in 2017. (source)