Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France



Day 1: State of Knowledge on Climate Change

Bringing together the latest knowledge from both natural and social sciences, this day addresses the cross-cutting issues related to observed changes in the climate system. It explores drivers and impacts, including GHG emissions, climate variability, extreme events, and physical-ecological-social interactions, connecting both advances and gaps in knowledge across sectors and regions.

Themes for Parallel Sessions

  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Past Environments
  • From past to Future Climate Changes
  • Climatic Variability
  • Climate Information & Services
  • Climate Observing Systems
  • Atmosphere-Ocean Interface
  • Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheets
  • Stratosphere and Middle Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Water
  • Ocean Observation
  • Tropical and Southern Oceans
  • The Arctic Climate System
  • Climate Extremes
  • Global Carbon and GHG Budgets
  • GHG Monitoring
  • Biogeochemical Feedbacks
  • Attribution of Extreme Events
  • Extreme Hydrological Events
  • Freshwater Resources
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Global Warming Hiatus
  • Climate Change Education

Day 2: Landscapes of Our Common Future

Looking at future scenarios in the context of the climate change, this day explores possible impacts across and between systems and sectors both in the medium (2030-2050) and long term (2070 and beyond). Contrasted scenarios are investigated as well as their consequences on the interactions between physical, ecological and human systems. An emphasis is placed on examining risks and uncertainties, thresholds and tipping points.

Themes for Parallel Sessions

  • Earth System Modelling
  • Future Weather
  • Visions of Global Responses to Climate Change
  • Dangerous Climate Change
  • Key Risks of Climate Change
  • Impacts at 2°C and above
  • Social and Economic Boundaries to Growth
  • Ocean Impacts
  • Deep Sea Ecosystems
  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Coastal Impacts
  • Mountain Water Resources
  • Freshwater Resources
  • Ecological Feedbacks
  • Land, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Tropical Forests
  • Forest Management
  • Land Use and Climate Change
  • Land-based Mitigation
  • Land Use and REDD+
  • Landscape & Ecosystems Adaptation
  • Land Sustainability
  • Semi-Arid Regions Adaptation
  • Agricultural Projections
  • Agricultural Adaptation
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Health and Mitigation
  • Biodiversity and Health
  • Mitigation at City Level
  • Cities and their Environments
  • Transportation
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Forecasting and Adaptation
  • Disaster risk Management
  • Resilience to Extreme Events
  • Reinforcing Resilience
  • Scenarios and Decision
  • Macroeconomic Insights about Climate Change
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Co-production of Knowledge
  • Perceptions of Climate Change
  • Climate Change and Humanities
  • Migration and Climate Change
  • Climate Change, Biodiversity and Human Well-Being

Day 3: Responding to Climate Change Challenges

This day addresses mitigation and adaptation options, highlighting scientific and technological breakthroughs and discussing barriers, trade-offs, co-benefits, risks and feedbacks. It explores local and regional responses, and discusses pathways for integration across sectors and stakeholders, emphasizing the need for bottom-up approaches that will be explored through the examples of local and regional case studies.

Themes for Parallel Sessions

  • Geoengineering
  • Non-Carbon Technologies
  • Decarbonizing Electricity
  • Energy Sector Regulation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fossil Energies and Energy Transformation Politics
  • Towards Negative Emissions
  • Fiscal Reform
  • Economics of Adaptation
  • Adaptation Finance
  • Climate Policies
  • Assessing Adaptation
  • Coordinated Adaptation
  • Technologies & Business
  • Innovation, Technology Deployment and Policies
  • Behavioural Change
  • Gender Issues and Climate Change
  • Green Consumption
  • Air Pollution Mitigation & Health
  • Urban Societies
  • Food Systems and Food Security
  • Health Responses
  • New Frontiers in Methodological Assessment
  • Governance and Justice
  • Conflicts and Climate Change
  • Private Resilience
  • Knowledge to Action
  • Mediterranean Basin
  • Adapting to Arctic Climate Change
  • Africa: Challenges and Responses
  • East African Landscapes
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • Forest and Reforestation Africa
  • Asia Land Adaptation
  • China Pathways
  • Responding to Climate Change by Building Capacity in Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America Pathways
  • Europe Decarbonization
  • Europe, Flood Risk Management
  • European Collaboration
  • European Climate Policy
  • Coastal Adaptation

Day 4: Collective Action and Transformative Solutions

This final day of the conference explores transformative solutions to climate change from a cross-sectoral perspective in order to reach integrated solutions especially through collaboration. This includes solutions across a range of disciplines, sectors and stakeholders that encompass technological, institutional, economic and behavioural changes that will lead to transformative pathways to climate change challenges, from the near to long term, and at multiple scales.

Themes for Parallel Sessions

  • SDGs and Climate Agreement
  • Towards Low Carbon Pathways
  • Emissions Trading
  • Electricity Transition
  • Mitigation and Trade
  • Financial Instruments for Mitigation
  • Finance and Macroeconomic Conditions
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Adaptation Governance
  • Risks and Insurance
  • Climate Governance
  • Collective Action, Social Movements
  • Green Transition and Growth
  • Equity and Responsibility
  • Sustainable Energy for All
  • Transformative Solutions
  • Urban Tranformations
  • Transformative Pathways for Oceans
  • Transforming Science to Transform Society
  • Information for Decision-Making
  • Mediating Climate Change Dialogue