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WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

23 October 28 October UTC+0

The next WCRP Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”,  with the major goal of bridging science and society. For the first time, WCRP will hold its Open Science Conference in Africa to further develop mutual understanding and explore opportunities and challenges of the continent. The conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) at the Kigali Convention Centre, on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. The following themes will be covered during the conference:
  • Theme 1: Advances in Climate Research Theme leads: Regina Rodrigues, Rowan Sutton, Orli Lachmy Showcasing progress and future challenges in understanding Earth’s climate system, and advances in climate science capacity around the world. Sessions will cover, inter alia, climate processes; gaps identified by IPCC; energy, water and carbon cycles; climate modelling, observations and model-data fusion.
  • Theme 2: Human Interactions with Climate Theme leads: Lisa Alexander, Pierre Friedlingstein, Izidine Pinto Analyzing key drivers and impacts of climate change (past, current and future), identifying risks to human and ecosystem health. Sessions will cover, inter alia, climate extremes and associated risks and impacts; water availability, food, ecosystems, health and cities in a changing climate.
  • Theme 3: Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions Theme leads: Cathy Vaughan, Bruce Hewitson, Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla Connecting scientific knowledge, planning, decision-making and policy processes. Sessions will cover, inter alia, near-term regional and climate change information for adaptation and mitigation; climate scenarios; climate intervention research.

Conference history

Every decade, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) brings together communities from around the world to showcase recent and significant advances in climate science, identify gaps and opportunities, and jointly develop future plans.


Published: Abstract submission opens 1 December 2022.


23 October
28 October
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