The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Open Science Conference 2023 will bring together diverse research communities, programmes and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. Through hybrid workshops, public exhibits, forums, and other associated events, the conference will explore innovative ways to bridge science and society and to foster future climate science leadership.
The following themes will be covered during the conference:
- Recent advances in climate science
- Climate research challenges and opportunities
- Regional climate extremes and risks
- Useful and useable climate information
The Conference will highlight advances and challenges in research on the coupled Earth System. It will feature sessions on modelling, observations, and the development of climate information for society. There will be a strong focus on climate risk, including the consequences, likelihoods and responses to the impacts of climate change, as well as the innovations needed to ensure that climate science information, data, and training are accessible to all those who seek them.
The Conference will celebrate the achievements of WCRP’s Grand Challenges. These are extremely successful WCRP activities that will close at the end of 2022.
Conference Format and Location
The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, provided a strong proposal to host the WCRP OSC 2023 in Kigali, at the Kigali Convention Centre, and will support WCRP to delivery of the hybrid conference.
This event at the heart of the African continent will allow strong engagement with research communities, stakeholders and practitioners in Rwanda and the region. This will be facilitated by joint efforts with local partners, such as the Rwanda Meteorology Agency and the University of Rwanda.
The WCRP OSC 2023 Scientific Organising Committee has already started to discuss the format of the conference to ensure that it will foster future climate science leadership, through workshops, public exhibits, forums, and other associated events. A fundraising drive is also in place, as well discussions on innovative ways to deliver effective remote participation options to ensure inclusion and engagement while minimizing our carbon footprint.
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