IPCC SROCC Information Event for Early-Career Researchers

IPCC SROCC Information Event for Early-Career Researchers

MRI Event
2018-12-18 09:00 - 13:15
'Kuppelraum' - University of Bern, - Hochschulstrasse 4
Bern, Switzerland

A chance to join the discussion, network, and learn from prominent climate scientists and experts participating in the IPCC assessment process on topics related to the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). This event will provide background information on the assessment process, and perspectives from the scientific communities working on mountains, polar regions, and past climates on the challenges and prospects for research on climate change in these environments. 


A key milestone within the IPCC SROCC is the Expert and Government Review of the Second Order Draft (SOD), which takes place between 16 Nov 2018 – 11 Jan 2019. This would be the last opportunity for experts to be involved in this process, given that the third and final review (Jun-Aug 2019) is reserved for governments.

The event format is a series of inputs from experts in the IPCC assessment process and prominent climate scientists in Switzerland. They will provide some background information on the assessment process as well as perspectives from the scientific communities working on mountains, polar regions and past climates as to the challenges and prospects for research on climate change in these environments.

The event is also an opportunity to share personal experiences and recommendations for those considering involvement in the future, potentially as part of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).


The event is targeted to those familiar with the IPCC and with scientific background and research relevant to climate change, but may still need the necessary background and information on the IPCC assessment process to feel empowered to consider participating in the future and developing this expertise.


9:00: Arrivals and registration (welcome coffee)
9:30: Introduction and welcome from MRI, PAGES and SPI and introduction to information event
  • Prof. Valérie Masson-Delmotte, IPCC WG1 Co-Chair: Introduction to the IPCC assessment processes, its role in addressing science-policy interface, and the role of the scientific community to its work.
  • Dr. Gian-Kasper Plattner, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): A Reader’s Guide to IPCC Assessment Reports

10:15: Q&A
10:30: Coffee break
Perspectives on the scientific evidence on climate change related to specific SROCC chapters – challenges and future research prospects, implications for SROCC and IPCC assessment process:

  • High Mountains – Prof. Christian Huggel (University of Zurich)
  • Polar Regions – Prof Ulrike Lohmann (ETH Zurich)
  • Past climates – Prof Darrell Kaufman (Northern Arizona University, USA)
11:45: Panel Q&A with all speakers
12:05: Mathieu Casado, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) – APECS Contributions to IPCC Processes
12:15: Networking lunch
13:15: Finish


An information flyer about the event is available to download here. 


Registration is free but compulsory due to limited seating. Registration deadline is 7 December 2018. 



Watch this event live on the MRI Facebook page from 9:30-12:15:: www.facebook.com/MountainResearchInitiative

No registration is required for online participation.


Dr Carolina Adler (Mountain Research Initiative), Dr Marie-France Loutre (Past Global Changes) and Dr Danièle Rod (Swiss Polar Institute), in collaboration with ProClim.

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