Three-day event will feature insights from the UN IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report
(Carlisle, Pa.) – Internationally known climate scientists, ecologists, agronomists, economists, policymakers and other experts on climate change risks and responses will gather at Dickinson College, a nationally recognized leader in sustainability education and sustainable campus operations, for a three-day symposium featuring authors of the newest reports from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Science-Based Choices for Climate Action: Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report,” an in-person and livestreamed symposium, will take place in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium on Dickinson’s campus from Oct. 24-26. Attendance is free, and pre-registration is required.
The schedule, speakers and registration information are available at https://www.dickinson.edu/climatesymposium
The symposium is timely, coming as the IPCC has released three recent assessment reports on climate change and on the eve of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP27, a world gathering where next steps for achieving global goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change will be negotiated.
“Hosting the symposium at Dickinson puts our students right in the thick of things, having direct access to scientific and policy leaders who are grappling with one of the world’s greatest challenges,” said Neil Leary, chair of the symposium and a participant in past IPCC assessments. “Our goal is to engage the speakers in conversations with each other and with our students about findings from the IPCC assessment, why they matter and how they can be used to mobilize more ambitious and equitable actions on climate change,” said Leary, who also leads Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education. For decades, the IPCC’s reports have informed and galvanized action by governments, businesses, nonprofits and activists to reduce climate change risks.
“We welcome this opportunity to strengthen the nexus of climate change science and academia, allowing us to educate and engage new and diverse groups of young future scientists,” said Hoesung Lee, the Chair of the IPCC. “This constant renewal of our volunteer scientific force is critical for preserving IPCC’s authoritative voice. Our world is at a historic crossroads, and the global importance of IPCC’s work on assessing and communicating scientific knowledge about our climate cannot be overstated. It is the foundation of informed and effective action on climate change.”
“The work of the IPCC aligns strongly with the mission and values of Dickinson,” said college President John E. Jones III. “As an institution that is committed to working toward a world that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, we are excited for this opportunity to share the IPCC’s critical work with the Dickinson community and the public.”
The symposium celebrates the awarding of the 2022 Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism to the IPCC in recognition of the panel’s important work producing and communicating scientific knowledge that is the foundation of informed and effective action on climate change. The IPCC plans to use the $100,000 prize money to further fund the IPCC Scholarship Programme, which provides scholarships for Ph.D. students from developing countries to conduct research that advances understanding of climate change risks and response strategies.
Leading climate experts, including IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, will participate in the symposium. Sessions will feature discussions of many aspects of climate change, including pathways to net zero carbon, science and policy, land, ecosystems, food, agriculture, water, cities, social justice, technology and advocacy. The symposium is open to the public and students and sustainability leaders from Dickinson and many other institutions will be in attendance.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Citizens Climate Education, Global Council for Science and the Environment, Our Climate, Second Nature, The Stone House Group and Sustainable Development Solutions Network – USA are supporting organizations of the symposium.