WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

Advancing climate science for a sustainable future

Meet with us in "Remarkable Rwanda"

Advancing Climate Science for a Sustainable Future

The 2nd Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take 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 will promote strong engagement with research communities, stakeholders and practitioners from Rwanda and the broader African region.

This once-in-a-decade conference will bring 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 will highlight advances and challenges in research on the coupled Earth System. Major themes across the conference include advances in climate research, human interactions with climate, and co-produced climate services and solutions. The conference will include over 40 oral and poster sessions, as well as high-level Dome Plenary Sessions every morning.


Online poster sessions start 9 October

See the Online Poster Session programme for the schedule. Both virtual and onsite delegates are encouraged to upload their posters to the virtual poster gallery by 5 october to allow participants to view them prior to the online sessions.  All accepted abstract submitters should have received instructions on how to upload their poster. Poster uploads will be possible until 22 October.

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OSC hybrid platform opens

All fully registered delegates are invited to visit the hybrid platform using their Oxford Abstract account.  Here they will find the full OSC programme, poster gallery, access to the live online poster sessions (9-12 and 16 October), networking opportunities and more.


Transfers provided from airport to hotels and conference venue

Shuttle buses for transfers from Kigali airport to hotels listed on the OSC website will be provided from the 21st to the 23rd October, including late night arrivals. A WCRP OSC welcome desk will be available on arrival at Kigali airport.

During the Open Science Conference week, the conference organizers will provide shuttle buses for transfers from/to the hotels listed and the Kigali Convention Centre. Schedules will be available closer to the conference.


Abstract submission - a big success

Over  1700 abstracts were submitted to the 40 parallel sessions and 44 poster clusters, one third from researchers and practitioners working in Africa and almost half are from the Global South.

Early to Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Corner


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