WCRP Open Science Conference 2023
The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”, 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. WCRP is looking at innovative ways to bridge science and society and to foster future climate science leadership, through workshops, public exhibits, forums, and other associated events.
The following themes will be covered during the conference:
- Theme 1: Advances in Climate Research
Showcasing progress and future challenges in understanding Earth's climate system, and advances in climate science capacity around the world.
- Theme 2: Human Interactions with Climate
Analyzing key drivers and impacts of climate change (past, current and future), identifying risks to human and ecosystem health.
- Theme 3: Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions
Connecting scientific knowledge, planning, decision-making and policy processes.
Themes will reach throughout the week, accommodating around 40 sessions. Theme leads will work with Session convenors to develop a dynamic and engaging Conference program that resonates with scientists as well as practitioners and policy makers.
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 also celebrate the achievements of WCRP’s Grand Challenges.
Conference format and location
The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, will host the WCRP OSC 2023 in Kigali, at the state-of-the-art Kigali Convention Centre. 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 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Rwanda, the Rwanda Meteorology Agency, the University of Rwanda, the Carnegie Mellon University Africa and the African Leadership University.
A fundraising drive is in place, as well discussions on innovative ways to deliver effective remote participation options to ensure inclusion and engagement while minimizing our carbon footprint.