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 will happen on 23-27 October 2023 in Rwanda, with the major goal of bridging science and society. Climate risk, early warning, attribution, uncertainty, tipping points, irreversibility, and abrupt climate change are just some of the topics that will be discussed, both on a global and regional scale, as well as the fundamental science that is critical to advancing these important topics.
Nowhere in the world are the impacts of climate change felt more than in the Global South. For the first time, WCRP will hold its Open Science Conference in Africa to further develop mutual understanding and explore opportunities and challenges of the continent. The conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) at the Kigali Convention Centre, on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. We anticipate 1,500 delegates on site and an equal number connecting remotely. Come join us to learn about the new WCRP, share your ideas, and meet with colleagues from around the world.
Conference program key features:
- Plenary sessions: twice a day all participants will gather under the Conference center dome to hear keynote presentations from leading scientists, policy makers and practitioners about the role of climate science in meeting challenges society will face in coming decades
- Key themes will resonate throughout the plenaries and the 40 parallel sessions
- Major emphasis on participation by Early to Mid-Career Researchers (EMCRs) and researchers from the Global South
- Remote and onsite participation
- Keynotes by leading scientists, policy makers and practitioners
- Virtual poster gallery and onsite poster sessions
- Opportunities for booths, side meetings, workshops and townhalls
- Learning labs to foster knowledge exchange, dialogue and co-production
- New collaborations and scientific advances
- Innovation in useful and useable climate data and information
- Improved understanding and prediction of precipitation in regions around the world through launch of a global experiment/WCRP Decade of Water Research
- Improved assessment of climate risks and extremes
- Innovative ways to bridge science and society and build a Global North/South dialogue
- Increased climate science leadership from the Global South and around the world
- Input to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 28), taking place in the United Arab Emirates in November 2023.