International science representation at COP27

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) will be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
International science representation at COP27

Find information about in-person and online activities being coordinated by ISC Members, Affiliated Bodies and the Council’s wider network, and learn how you can join events. This list is being regularly updated: please refer to the links below for more information.


Tuesday 8 November (13:00 – 14:30 EET/11:00 – 12:30 UTC), “Current status and future perspectives on greenhouse gas emission mitigation and impacts”. This event, which takes place in the Japanese Pavilion, focuses on scopes for near-future prediction of GHG levels and climate change impact assessments using Earth System Models. The historical and future projection of sources and sinks data products will be presented to the world community for use and evaluation with their country reporting to the UNFCCC. Speakers include Pep Canadell, CSIRO Climate Science Centre & Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project. Organized by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). More details.

Wednesday 9 November (09:00 -10:30 EET/07:00 – 08:30 UTC), “Climate Information for Decision Making”, Science for Climate Action Pavilion, Speakers include Wendy Broadgate, Director, Future Earth Global Secretariat Hub, Sweden.

Wednesday 9 November (13:00—14:30 UTC), Transformative Pathways for Climate Action through Open and Citizen Science and Youth Empowerment, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and United Nations University (UNU). Watch here.

Wednesday 9 November (13:15 – 14:45 EET/11:15 – 12:45 UTC), Poster Session for Earth Information Day, with poster contributions from Future Earth projects IMBeR, AIMES, and BioDISCOVERY, throughout COP and online.

Wednesday 9 November (13:30 – 14:30 EET/11:30 – 12:30 UTC), The role of insurance in protecting the most vulnerable, Side Event at International Chamber of Commerce Hub. Virtual Hop In Platform (Registration required). Speakers include Paul Hudson from the Future Earth Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network.

Wednesday 9 November (16:00 – 17:00 EET/14:00 – 15:00 UTC), Managing water resources for climate mitigation, Water Pavilion, speakers include: Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and co-chair of the Earth Commission.

Thursday 10 November (11:00 EET/09:00 UTC), 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 Press Conference, Blue Zone. The 10 New Insights in Climate Science series is a joint initiative of Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme. The 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 report was prepared by a consortium of leading researchers from around the world. The annual series synthesizes the latest climate change related research for the international science-policy community. Since 2017, installments have been launched annually at the Climate COP with the UNFCCC Executive Secretary. You will find updates at 10insightsclimate.science.

Thursday 10 November (09:30 – 11:00 UTC), Localized Financing for Climate Change Adaptation – Reducing Loss & Damage and Inequity Cycles, organized by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and UNDRR in partnership with others. Watch here.

Thursday 10 November (11:30-13:00 EET/09:30-11:00 UTC), Localised Solutions to Reduce Climate Induced Loss & Damage for the Most Vulnerable, Blue Zone Side Event. Virtual streaming through UNFCCC YouTube.

Thursday 10 November (13:00 – 14:30 UTC), Operationalising finance for loss and damage: examples from Africa and the Caribbean, hosted by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Watch here.

Thursday 10 November (14:45-16:15 UTC), High services with low energy and resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the SDGs, organized by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and others. Watch here.

Thursday 10 November (15:00 – 16:30 EET/13:00 – 14:30 UTC), An event to discuss an international panel for ocean sustainability, Ocean Pavilion. This event aims to present the concept and importance of an international panel for ocean sustainability (IPOS) and open discussions to consolidate the main goals of the IPOS scientific coalition. Speakers will highlight the timeliness of IPOS, the current state of progress of the coalition, and the different fields in which IPOS could intervene.

Thursday 10 November (16:30 – 17:30 EET/14:30 – 15:30 UTC). “Ocean observations for climate change: from local observations to a global system”, Ocean Pavilion. ‍Keynote addresses and a roundtable discussion focused on the GOOS vision to build the global ocean observing system to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Host: Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean. Introductory remarks by Dr. Anya Waite and others. 

Thursday 10 November (16:00 UTC): Southern Ocean Ecosystems: Need for augmented understanding, research efforts and protection, Southern Ocean ecosystems are critically important in underpinning regional biodiversity, global food security and ocean health, through nutrient supply and animal migrations. These ecosystems are under severe threat from climate change and direct human impacts. This side event brings together key scientific and policy organizations working in the Southern Ocean to discuss the major priorities for understanding and protecting this region and its global role, and to highlight the urgent need to raise ambition for reducing emissions to safeguard this and many other ocean regions. This session is organised by SCAR, SOOS and the MEASO Steering Committee. The event will be livestreamed through the COP27 Cryosphere Pavilion.

Thursday, November 10 (18:00 – 19:00 EET/16:00 – 17:00 UTC). “The interplay of machine learning and earth sciences in assessing coral reefs and other marine habitats“, Thematic Room P20. A panel discussion on the impact of climate change on coastal coral reefs and other marine habitats, covering extended topics on the ecology, physiology, and biodiversity of coral reefs. The session will also address the need for a better understanding of the situations of coral reefs and marine habitats under climate change, which is an essential outcome for stakeholders and decision-makers in implementing effective plans for climate adaptation. Host: Egyptian Space Agency. Speakers include Dr. Anya Waite. 

Thursday 10 November (16:30 – 18:00 UTC), Utilising expertise of the youth to bridge the science-policy divide and improve access to finance hosted by the International Water Association (IWA), WFEO Young Engineers and others. Watch here.

Friday 11 November (14:45 – 16:15 UTC), Climate Change and Sustainable Development in the Post-COVID-19 Era organized by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and others in the Blue Zone, ‘Akhenaten side event room’, and streamed via the official UNFCCC secretariat managed YouTube Channel. Speakers include Qian Ye, Executive Director of the Future Earth Integrated Risk Governance Project, Tianjun Zhou, Ying Chen, and Wenjie Dong, Chinese National Committee for Future Earth.

Friday 11 November (14:45—16:15 UTC), Financing carbon neutrality in developed and developing countries: carbon pricing and beyond, hosted by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and others. Watch on the COP27 official Youtube channel.

Friday 11 November (15:00 – 16:00 EET/13:00 – 14:00 UTC). “Blue carbon: the ocean’s role in fighting climate change“, Ocean Pavillion. A panel discussion on how ocean research will help us to continue to understand and harness the ocean’s unique contribution. Host: National Oceanography Centre. Speakers include Dr. Anya Waite. 

Friday 11 November (16:30 EET/14:30 UTC), 10 New Insights in Climate Science follow up event, an informative event involving some authors of the 10 New Insights in Climate Science who can speak to some of the report topics. ASU Pavilion (blue zone).

Friday 11 November (16:45 – 18:15 EET/14:45 – 16:15 UTC), A side event: “Wildfire increase, a challenge for Earth system and societies”, ‘Memphis’ side event room, side events can be streamed via the official UNFCCC secretariat managed YouTube Channel. Organized by Future Earth International and Colorado State University.

Friday 11 November: The Global Carbon Project will launch the Global Carbon Budget 2022. This is the work of over 100 scientists around the world and shows the trends in global carbon emissions and carbon sinks. Find out more.

Saturday 12 November (14:00 – 15:00 EET/12:00 – 13:00 UTC): A talk: “Estimating GHG Emissions – Reconciling Different Approaches”, Science for Climate Action Pavillion, the event can be streamed via this link. Speakers include Julia Pongratz, Global Carbon Project.

Saturday 12 November (16:45-17:15 UTC): Irreversible Impacts: Global Cryosphere Findings Beyond AR6: Implications for Adaptation, Loss and Damage. Organized by Climate Analytics, Climate Central, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Karuna Foundation. Virtual streaming through UNFCCC YouTube.

Monday 14 November Small Islands: Staying afloat and alive @1.5. Join Michelle Mycoo, Coordinating Lead Author of the Small Islands chapter of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report Working Group II, and Member of the ISC SIDS Liaison Committee for this event, which will take place at the IPCC Pavilion (more information coming soon).

Monday 14 November (18:45 – 19:45 EET/16:45 – 17:45 UTC). “The Changing Climate on the Mediterranean Basin“, Mediterranean Pavillion. A panel discussion on how decision support systems and data portal are needed to address coastal areas such as the city of Alexandria, facing the risk of sea level rise as well as the expected development of tropical like aggressive events that can bring massive amount of unexpected rain and local SLR over a brief period. Host: Egyptian Space Agency. Speakers include Dr. Anya Waite. 

Tuesday 15 November (08:00 UTC): Thresholds of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is the most vulnerable region of the continent and has the potential to contribute several meters of sea level rise of per century at higher temperatures. When warm waters flow over the continental shelf, they can erode the ice from its base and produce instabilities in the ice sheet. Over time, these instabilities can lead to widespread melting and collapse, triggering rapid sea level rise. This session is organised by SCAR and the University of Wellington, Victoria. The event will be livestreamed through the COP27 Cryosphere Pavilion.

Tuesday, November 15 (12:30 – 13:30 EET/10:30 – 11:30 UTC). “Ocean-based climate restoration, and the related technology and innovation solutions to address the ocean-climate crisis“, Climate Education Pavilion. A panel discussion on next steps for creating supportive, equitable, and collaborative policy frameworks to advance ocean-based climate solutions at scale. The event will be streamed by the Climate Education Hub and the Virtual CDR Pavillion. Host: Ocean Visions. Dr. Anya Waite and others will be participating in the panel discussion. 

Wednesday 16 November (14:45 – 16:15 UTC), How Can Asia Achieve a Net Zero Future? Building Coalitions for Transformative Change organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in partnership with others. Watch here.

Thursday 17 November (17:00 -18:00 EET/15:00 – 16:00 UTC): Presentation of BRIDGES Coalition. Join Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO; Steven Hartman, Founding Executive Director of the BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition; Peter Gluckman, President of the ISC; and Michelle Mycoo (see above) for this hybrid meeting in the UNESCO Pavilion.


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Image by the European Space Agency: Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite image of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

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