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WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

23/10/2023 27/10/2023

Conferences 2023

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About the Conference

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.

The next WCRP Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”, will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 23-27 October 2023, with the major goal of bridging science and society.


The following Conference Session topics comprise the 40 oral and poster sessions that will take place from Monday to Thursday at the Conference. There will be five parallel oral sessions each morning and afternoon. Each session will be 2 hours long, with a combination of invited speakers and speakers selected from the abstracts submitted. Posters will be hung on the day of the relevant session and online all week as well as before the conference. For the program at a glance, click here.

The following themes will be covered during the conference:

  • Advances in Climate Research
  • Human Interactions with Climate
  • Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions

The Conference will have both in-person and state-of-the-art remote participation options to ensure inclusion and engagement while minimizing our carbon footprint.

Key Dates

  • 22 & 28 October 2023: Early to mid-career researcher Event
  • 23-27 October 2023: WCRP Open Science Conference


MRI and GEO Mountains Sessions

Tuesday, 24 October:

16:00 - 18:00: Poster Cluster (PC)20: Identifying and closing mountain climate observation gaps.Identifying and closing mountain climate observation gaps.

Wednesday, 25 October:

S20: Impacts on land and marine ecosystems.

14:00 - Robert Marchant (Keynote): Future solutions for addressing impacts of a changing climate on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and life on earth.

S36: Observations for decisions.

15:10 - Dr. James Thornton: Quantifying in situ climatological data coverage and human population dynamics across the mountains of Africa.

Friday, 27 October:

GEO Mountains Workshop: Interdisciplinary Monitoring, Data, and Capacity Sharing Across East Africa at the University of Rwanda.

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