WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

Advancing climate science for a sustainable future

The platform is only accessible to registered and paid participants.
Recordings from all sessions will be available on the hybrid platform until March 2024
and will then be available on WCRP Youtube Channel.


Now open! WCRP 2024 Global South Fellowship: focus on Africa

We are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for WCRP’s new Global South fellowship program with a focus on Africa is now open. The objective of the Global South Fellowship program is to give early to mid-career researchers from the Global South the benefit to develop their own WCRP-related research activity, thereby boosting climate research activities in their own region.

For the 2024-call, WCRP is soliciting research proposals from early to mid-career candidates from the African continent. Applications close on 30 September 2024.
For further details, click here.


WCRP OSC 2023 - Kigali Declaration: Climate Science for a Sustainable Future for All

Read the Kigali Declaration here.

The Kigali Declaration, one of the biggest outcomes of the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023, calls for immediate climate action, amplification of the relevance and benefits of climate research to society, and increased accessible and equitable investments towards climate mitigation.  

With 734 signatories, majority of whom were conference participants, the Declaration is the collective voice of the participants of the Open Science Conference. The aim of the conference was to discuss the present state and the future evolution of climate science, and the actions urgently required to mitigate against and adapt to climate change. The participants acknowledged that human-induced climate change and other human impacts on the environment are among the major reasons behind the polycrises and rising inequalities currently faced by the world.

For further details click here.


Daily summaries of the conference


The list of virtual and in person poster awardees is available

To know who are the awardees, click here.


Articles and blogs centered on the conference


Recording of the sessions

Recordings from all sessions will be available on the hybrid platform for registered participants until March 2024 and will then be available on WCRP Youtube Channel.


Advancing Climate Science for a Sustainable Future

The 2nd Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) took place in Kigali, Rwanda,  at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), from 23 to 27 October 2023, hosted by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. Meeting in the heart of the African continent has promoted strong engagement with research communities, stakeholders and practitioners from Rwanda and the broader African region.

This once-in-a-decade conference brought together the climate, environment, and related communities to discuss the latest developments in climate science and explore the transformative actions urgently needed to ensure a sustainable future. Taking place at a critical moment in Earth’s history, the outcome of all conference sessions will culminate with the “Kigali Declaration” – a conference statement that will be submitted to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) taking place in the United Arab Emirates immediately after the Conference.

The Conference  has highlighted advances and challenges in research on the coupled Earth System. Major themes across the conference included advances in climate research, human interactions with climate, and co-produced climate services and solutions. The conference included over 40 oral and poster sessions, as well as high-level Dome Plenary Sessions every morning.



Early to Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Corner



  • The list of ECR poster awardees (virtual and in person) is available, to view the list, click here.
  • WCRP SPARC is sponsoring a 3-day training school on "Climate Data Science & Artificial Intelligence in the Global South'' from October 29 to 31 at the University of Rwanda – College of Science and Technology. Deadline to apply October 15, 2023. To know more click here.

 We thank the Rwanda Convention Bureau and Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre for providing footage for use in this video.



To receive information concerning the WCRP OSC 2023, please fill in the form available here, or contact us at WCRP-OSC23@wcrp-climate.org