Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France

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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

The Scientific Committee is composed of internationally reputed scientific experts covering the breadth of issues related to climate change.

The Scientific Committee is chaired by Professor Chris Field, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

Committee Members

Chris FIELD, USA (Chair)

Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. He has, for two decades, led major experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change. Field has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change. He is co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which led the effort on the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (2012) and Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (2014). He is a recipient of the Heinz Award, the Max Plank Research Award, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and the Roger Revelle Medal. Field was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (2001), and fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), the Ecological Society of America (2012), and the American Geophysical Union (2014). Field received his PhD from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984

Philippe CIAIS, France

Wolfgang CRAMER, France

Professor Dr Wolfgang Cramer, environmental geographer and global ecologist, is scientific director at the Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE), in Aix-en-Provence (France), since the establishment of the institute in 2012. Wolfgang Cramer received his academic training at the Universities of Gießen/Germany (geography, diploma 1981) and Uppsala/Sweden (plant ecology, Ph.D. 1986). From 1987 to 1993, he taught and conducted his research at the Department of Geography, Trondheim University (Norway) while also being a frequently visiting scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 1992, he joined the newly founded Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany, as head of the department “Global Change and Natural Systems”, later to the institute’s research domain “Earth System Analysis”. In 2003, he was appointed full professor of global ecology at Potsdam University. In 2011, he left Potsdam for his current CNRS position. The scientific contributions by Cramer’s research group (120+ papers) were initially in the area of modelling forest dynamics under climate change. He then began to seek a broader understanding of biosphere dynamics at the global and continental scale, including aspects of natural and human disturbance as well as biodiversity. His research projects have resulted in the first ever region-specific and comprehensive ecosystem service assessment across Europe. Professor Cramer is a contributor in many roles to the IPCC, most recently as Coordinating Lead Author in WG2 (detection and attribution of observed impacts) and core writing team member of the Synthesis Report. He is co-chair of the Science Committee of ecoSERVICES and chief editor of the Springer journal Regional Environmental Change. He regularly serves as advisor of the German and French governments.

Purnamita DASGUPTA, India

Purnamita Dasgupta is Ford Foundation Chair & Acting Head, Environmental Economics Unit, at Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She teaches and conducts research on environmental economics with a focus on its inter-relationship with economic development. She has held positions as a Professor at the University of Cambridge, UK and The Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, USA. Currently she has been researching on issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, forests and hilly terrains in India, with particular focus on impact assessment, costing and governance. She is a co-ordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5, and a member of its Summary for Policy Makers and Synthesis Report writing teams. She has contributed to modeling socio-economic scenarios for India’s National Communications to the UNFCCC and her ongoing work includes GHG emissions modeling study for the Indian Economy, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. She has also been associated with the New Climate Economy study for India. She has served on several government and non-government committees in various capacities including as member of the expert committee to evolve environmental standards for India (2013-2014), Advisory and Drafting committee on Electronic waste legislation (India). She has been principal investigator on several externally funded projects from agencies such as the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (India), The Finance Commission (India), IDRC, SANDEE, DFID, WORLD BANK, UNDP apart from participating in teaching and training programs in different institutions in India and guiding doctoral students. She publishes and participates actively in forums and discussions on environmental issues.

Ruth DEFRIES, USA

Ruth DeFries is the Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York City. Her research investigates the relationships among human transformation of the land surface and the biogeochemical and ecological processes that regulate the Earth’s habitability. The overall thrust of the research is to develop underlying science for balancing the needs of human society to transform the landscape for food production, settlements and other requirements while maintaining long-term habitability of the planet. She has conducted research in the Amazon and India among other places in the tropics. Ruth DeFries holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and BA summa cum laude from Washington University. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, and fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, American Geophysical Union, Ecological Society of America, and American Academy for Arts and Sciences. She co-directs the undergraduate program in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Her recent book for a popular audience The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Nature Crisis was published in September 2014.

Navroz DUBASH, India

Ottmar EDENHOFER, Germany

Ottmar Edenhofer studied philosophy and economics. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor of the Economics of Climate Change of the Technical University Berlin and Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Moreover, he is director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) as well as adviser to the World Bank regarding issues of economic growth and climate protection. At PIK he is leading Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - that focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilization. He is member of the Science-Industry Cooperation and member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Workgroup Climate, Energy and Environment. He has published articles in Science, Nature, Energy Journal, Climatic Change, Energy Economics, Energy Policy and other peer-reviewed journals and authored a number of books. He was a Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC from 2004 until 2007 and recently co-edited the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN). Ottmar Edenhofer’s research explores the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies, as well as the design of instruments for climate and energy policy and the science-policy interface.

Michael GRUBB, UK

Michael Grubb is Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at University College London (Institute of Sustainable Resources), editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy, and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Energy Policy to the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the Energy Regulator Ofgem). His former positions include Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University (Faculty of Economics, Department of Land Economy); Chair of the international research organization Climate Strategies; Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust; Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy at Imperial College London; and head of Energy and Environment at Chatham House, and he continues to be associated with these institutions.

Professor Grubb has also served on the UK Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. In 2013 he was the Specialist Advisor to a House of Lords European Committee enquiry. ‘No Country is an Energy Island: securing investment for the EU's Future' (2013).

Michael Grubb is author of eight books, fifty journal research articles and numerous other publications. He has held many advisory positions with governments, companies and international studies on climate change and energy policy, and has been a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on mitigation, including the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. His book Planetary Economics, which brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, was published in March 2014: it has received widespread accolade as a ‘seminal’ contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its presentation of a new approach to both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges.

Jean-Charles HOURCADE, France

Jean-Charles Hourcade is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and was previously head of CIRED (1987-2012) in France. He is an established figure for over the last twenty years in the field of economic modelling research on climate change and energy issues, publishing widely on the subject and leading several EU research projects. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the French research networks R2DS dedicated to sustainable development issues, and of the Chair ParisTech long-term modelling for sustainable development. At the international level, he is involved in many international research networks, was expert for many international agencies on environment and energy (OECD, UNEP, WB, IEA, UNESCO) and participated actively to the French negotiating team between UNFCCC COP 1 and COP 6. He was also convening Lead Author for the 2nd and 3rd IPCC Assessment Reports and Lead Author for the 4th and 5th IPCC Assessment Reports. He is a member of the Steering Group of the LCS-RNet for which he was Chair in 2011.

Sheila JASANOFF, USA

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. S. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Sarton Chair of the University of Ghent, and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Jiang KEJUN, China

Vladimir KATTSOV, Russia

Dr. Vladimir Kattsov is in his 25th year as a research scientist and 8th year as the Director at the Russia’s oldest meteorological research institute, Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet). His research includes global climate 3D modelling with a focus on the polar climate dynamics. He was a lead author of the IPCC WG1 Third (2001), Fourth (2007), and Fifth (2013-2014) Assessment Reports, as well as of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2005), and the Russian national climate assessments (2008 and 2014).

Dr. Kattsov has worked with the WMO’s World Climate Research Programme as a member of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (2000-2005); “Climate and Cryosphere” project’s Scientific Steering Group (2007-2008); Joint Steering Committee of the WCRP (since 2009, as Vice-Chair since 2013).

He is also a member at large of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (since 2007), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Climate Center (since 2006)

Hervé LE TREUT, France

Hervé Le Treut graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). He is currently professor at UPMC and Ecole Polytechnique, and is the director of Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), a federation of 9 major laboratories of the Paris aera active in the field of global environment.

Hervé Le Treut has played an active role in the development of the IPSL Eath System Model, and its application to the study of the anthropogenic climate changes, including the related feedbacks and impacts. He has been actively involved in the various IPCC assessment reports (as contributor, LA, CLA, RE), and a member of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee.

Emilio LEBRE LA ROVERE, Brazil

Emilio Lèbre La Rovere studied engineering and economics. He is the Coordinator of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory and Executive Coordinator of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at the National University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE-UFRJ), and Professor in energy and environmental planning. He was a Lead Author for the Second,Third and Fourth IPCC Assessment Reports, Contributing Author to Chapter 5 of Working Group III for the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report, and Co-Chair of the Working Group III Brazilian Panel on Climate Change. He is Associate Editor of the international scientific journals Climate Policy and Energy Economics, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. His research areas include climate change mitigation, GHG inventories, emissions scenarios, CDM projects; adaptation of small farmers to climate change in semiarid regions; energy conservation; alternative energy sources; impact assessment methodologies; environmental audits; environmental impacts of oil and gas, bioenergy and hydropower projects; insertion of environmental concerns in energy planning; and, finance and technology transfer

Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE

Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a senior climate scientist at IPSL/LSCE (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). Following a PhD thesis on past climate modelling, her research has focused on the documentation and understanding of climate variability using water stable isotopes in natural archives such as ice cores (a full publication list is available at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-1995-2011). She was a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC AR5 WG1 report (paleoclimate). She has also published several outreach books for children and for the general public.

Cheikh MBOW, Kenya

Isabelle NIANG-DIOP, Senegal (tbc)

Carlos NOBRE, Brazil

Karen O'BRIEN, Norway

Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research has focused on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation and the implications for human security, as well as on the links between global environmental change and globalization. Her current research explores adaptation as a social, cultural and human process, the relationships between belief sysetm flexibility and adaptive capacity, and the values and visions of youth towards the future in a changing climate. She is especially interested in the role of consciousness and collaborative power in transformation processes, and on the relationship between personal, cultural, and systems transformations. She is on the Scientific Committee for Future Earth, and has participated in the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports, as well as the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). She has written and co-edited a number of articles and books, including Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (Oxford 2008); Climate Change, Ethics, and Human Security (Cambridge 2010) and Climate Change Adaptation and Development (Routledge 2015).

Joe JACQUELINE PEREIRA, Malaysia

Shilong PIAO, China

Dr. Shilong Piao is Cheung Kong Professor of Peking University. His current research focuses on the data-model integration to improve our ability for predicting terrestrial ecosystem responses to global change. He has authored and co -authored 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, and was lead author of the IPCC 5th assessment report. He is now on the Editorial Advisory board of Global Change Biology and also serves on editorial board of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Hans OTTO PÖRTNER, Germany

Hans-O. Pörtner studied at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities where he received his PhD and habilitated in Animal Physiology. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, NM. Currently he is Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Bremerhaven, Germany. He acts as an associate editor “Physiology” for Marine Biology and as a co-editor of the Journal of Thermal Biology. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC WGII AR5, chapter Ocean Systems and a member of the author teams for the WGII Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary, as well as a member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC AR5 Synthesis Report. His research interests include the effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems with a focus on the links between ecological, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms limiting tolerance and shaping biogeography and ecosystem functioning.

Monika RHEIN, Germany

Johan ROCKSTRÖM, Sweden

Johan Rockström is the Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and a Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.

Professor Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and also the former Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute. He led the recent development of the new “Planetary Boundaries” framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Prof. Rockström and the SRC identified nine key Earth processes or systems and marked the upper limit beyond which each system could touch off a major system crash. Climate change is in the mix, and so are also other human-made threats such as ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, and chemical pollution.

A leading scientist on global water resources and strategies to build resilience in water-scarce regions of the world, Prof. Rockström has more than 15 years of experience of research on agriculture, water resources and ecosystem services. He has written over 100 research publications with more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books in the fields of global environmental change; resilience and sustainability; agricultural water management; watershed hydrology; global water resources and food production; and eco-hydrology.

Prof. Rockström is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and has served as advisor to several international organizations, governments and the European Union. He is a frequent keynote speaker in several international research, policy and development arenas on topics such as sustainable development, global environmental change, and resilience thinking. Prof. Rockström also serves on several scientific committees and boards. For instance, he is the vice-chair of the science advisory board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK). He was chairing the visioning process on global environmental change of ICSU, the International Council for Science.

Hans Joachim SCHELLNHUBER, Germany

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1992 and has been its Director ever since. He holds a Chair in Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University and is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). From 2001-2005 he also served as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre in the UK and became a Visiting Professor at Oxford University thereafter.
Schellnhuber is currently Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Governing Board Chair of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He is an elected member of the Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Max Planck Society and several other academies. He received, inter alia, the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2002), the German Environment Prize (2007) and the Volvo Environment Prize (2011). Schellnhuber was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II (2004), the Order of Merit of the State of Brandenburg (2008) and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011). He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Copenhagen (2011) and Technische Universität Berlin (2012). Schellnhuber was given honorary citizenship of his hometown Ortenburg and the Culture Prize of the district Passau (2014).

Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He served as Chief Government Advisor on climate and related issues during the German G8/EU twin presidency in 2007 and serves as a principal advisor to the European Commission President Barroso. He is a member of numerous national and international panels addressing scientific strategies and sustainability issues. Schellnhuber has authored, co-authored or edited more than 250 articles and more than 50 books in the fields of condensed matter physics, complex systems dynamics, climate change research, Earth System analysis, and sustainability science.

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Robert SCHOLES, South Africa

Pete SMITH, UK

Pete Smith is the Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange) and Director of Food Systems for the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops. He leads the University of Aberdeen multi-disciplinary theme on Environment & Food Security. Since 1996, he has served as Convening Lead Author, Lead Author and Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was the Convening Lead Author of the Agricultural Mitigation chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and for the Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment. He has coordinated and participated in many national and international projects on soils, agriculture, food security, greenhouse gases, climate change, mitigation and impacts, and ecosystem modelling. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, a Rothamsted Research Fellow, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society (London; 2008-2013), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Youba SOKONA, Mali

Dr Youba SOKONA works at the South Centre as a Special Advisor on Sustainable Development, an Intergovernmental Organization of Developing Countries intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience and to provide intellectual and policy support required by Developing Countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena. Until May 2012, he was the Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) based at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to leading the ACPC, he was the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) based in Tunis, Tunisia from June 2004 to May 2010. A citizen of Mali, his work focus is on the energy, environment and sustainable development nexus and he has broad experience in the African context in policy development. Before joining OSS, he worked for the “Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde,” based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, he served as professor at Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieur of Bamako in Mali. Throughout his career, he has served in various advisory capacities to African governments. He has published several books and articles on the issues of energy, environment and development with a focus on Africa. He is one of the co-chairs of IPCC Working Group III for the Fifth Assessment Report.

Jean-François SOUSSANA, France

Since 2010, Dr. Jean-François Soussana is the Scientific Director for Environment at the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), Paris, France. He obtained his PhD in plant physiology at USTL Montpellier in 1986 after a degree in agronomy. As a Senior Scientist at INRA, he led the Research Unit on Grassland Ecosystems and Global Change for 8 years. Since 1998, Dr. Soussana is a member of the IPCC Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. He was Lead Author for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports in the fields of agriculture, forests and ecosystems and shared the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. He has contributed to international research programmes (GCTE, Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems; GCP, Global Carbon Project) and provided scientific expertise to FAO. He has coordinated research projects on climate change and agriculture, and currently leads a large European (FP7) project on livestock and climate change involving four continents. Dr. Soussana has also chaired a national scientific committee on ‘Ecosystems and Sustainable Development’ for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and is currently chairing the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE JPI, 21 countries). He also leads a group of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases (36 countries) and an activity of the AgMIP international program on climate change impacts on agriculture. He currently chairs the Scientific Committee of the Third Global Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture. Dr. Soussana has published over 130 refereed research papers in international journals as well as two books and a dozen of book chapters. He has developed novel experimental and mathematical modelling approaches to the impacts of climate change on agro-ecosystems and food supply and to the role of agricultural management and biodiversity for the carbon and nitrogen cycles and for greenhouse gas emissions.

Mark STAFFORD-SMITH, Australia

Dr Mark Stafford Smith looks after Adaptation Research Coordination for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, based in Canberra, Australia. He oversees a highly interdisciplinary program of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change, as well as regularly interacts with national and international policy issues. He has over 30 years of experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre in Alice Springs. His significant international roles include being past Vice-Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Scientific Committee. In 2012, he was co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in the lead up to Rio+20. In 2013 he was appointed Chair of the inaugural Future Earth Science Committee, which aims to help coordinate research towards global sustainability worldwide.

Thomas STOCKER, Switzerland

Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. His research encompasses the development of climate models of intermediate complexity, modelling past and future climate change, and the reconstruction of greenhouse gas concentrations based on ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica.

Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored 180 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction. After more than 10 years of service in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) he has been elected Co-Chair of Working Group I in 2008. Thomas Stocker was awarded a Dr. Honoris Causa of the University of Versailles (France) in 2006 and the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2009. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Laurence TUBIANA, France

Laurence Tubiana is the French Ambassador for climate change negotiations, and the special representative of Laurent Fabius, the French minister of Foreign affairs and International development, for the Paris Climate 2015 conference (COP21). A globally recognized specialist of climate change and development issues, Mrs Tubiana founded in 2001 the Institute for sustainable development and international relations (IDDRI) and has authored over a hundred papers, reports and books on these topics. She has also advised Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on sustainable development issues from 1998 to 2002, and held the position of Director of global public goods at the Ministry of Foreign affairs from 2009 to 2010. In addition, Mrs Tubiana currently chairs the Administrative council of the French Development Agency (AFD), co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and is a member of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board.

Diana ÜRGE-VORSATZ, Hungary

Penny URQUHART, South Africa

Penny Urquhart is an independent analyst and researcher working on adaptation to climate change at strategic, policy and programmatic levels. She is particularly interested in integrative responses to the climate/livelihoods/poverty nexus. Her work on climate change builds on longstanding experience in mainstreaming sustainability into planning and development, water, environment, ecotourism, and rural development. She is a Lead Author for the Africa chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report under Working Group II. Her recent work has included developing a regional research framework for addressing climate change for the Southern African Regional Universities’ Association (SARUA), and reviews of new investments for IFAD from a climate resilience perspective. Penny’s work has a focus on international development, and includes developing climate change adaptation programmes in Eritrea, Ghana and Nigeria with UNDP for the GEF and the Adaptation Fund; and global analytical reviews for IFAD and WFP to promote organisational mainstreaming of climate change. Penny has managed participatory multi-stakeholder processes on contentious issues, including the initial stages of an international review of water privatisation. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Board for the GEF Adaptation book currently under development, and a member of the South African Adaptation Network.

Carolina VERA, Argentina

Carolina Vera is the Director of the Centre for Atmosphere and Ocean Research (CIMA-UMI/IFAEC)I, jointly sponsored by the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina National Council of Sciences (CONICET) and CNRS (France). Dr. Vera has long research experience on understanding and predicting climate variability and change in South America. She also participates in integrated projects focused on developing climate information for decision making at different socio-economic sectors (e.g. water resources, agriculture). She has authored several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters.

She is currently member of Future Earth Science Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change (IAI). She has also served in other committees like the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee. She was Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX).

Alistair WOODWARD, New Zealand

Alistair Woodward has been working on climate change and health for almost 20 years. His background is medicine, public health and epidemiology. Current projects include impacts of heat in Tibet, adaptation planning in the Pacific and co-benefits of policy interventions in favour of active transport. He participated in the 3rd and 4th Assessment Reports of the IPCC, and with Kirk Smith, led the writing of the health chapter for the 5th Assessment Report which was published in 2014. Alistair Woodward is presently Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.