WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

Advancing climate science for a sustainable future

Meet with us in "Remarkable Rwanda"

Every decade the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) brings together communities from around the world to showcase recent and significant advances in climate science, identify gaps and opportunities, and jointly develop future plans.

The next WCRP Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”,  will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) and online on 23-27 October 2023, with the major goal of bridging science and society.

The following themes will be covered during the conference:

  • Theme 1: Advances in Climate Research
    Theme leads: Regina Rodrigues, Rowan Sutton, Orli Lachmy

    Showcasing progress and future challenges in understanding Earth's climate system, and advances in climate science capacity around the world. Sessions will cover, inter alia, climate processes; gaps identified by IPCC; energy, water and carbon cycles; climate modelling, observations and model-data fusion.
  • Theme 2: Human Interactions with Climate
    Theme leads: Lisa Alexander, Pierre
    Friedlingstein, Izidine Pinto
    Analyzing key drivers and impacts of climate change (past, current and future), identifying risks to human and ecosystem health. Sessions will cover, inter alia, climate extremes and associated risks and impacts; water availability, food, ecosystems, health and cities in a changing climate.
  • Theme 3: Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions
    Theme leads: Cathy Vaughan, Bruce Hewitson, Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla

    Connecting scientific knowledge, planning, decision-making and policy processes. Sessions will cover, inter alia, near-term regional and climate change information for adaptation and mitigation; climate scenarios; climate intervention research.

We anticipate 1,500 delegates on site and an equal number connecting remotely. Come join us to learn about the new WCRP, share your ideas, and meet with colleagues from around the world.

 Learn more about the Conference Vision

Latest news

16 November 2022

Oral/Poster Sessions and Poster Clusters now live!
We can announce the Conference Session topics, comprising 40 Oral & Poster Sessions and 44 Poster Clusters, organised by Theme, that will take place over the Conference Week.
Take a look and start thinking about your contributions!  Abstract submission opens in less than 3 weeks. 

Early to Mid-Career Researcher Symposium
Preliminary agenda available.
Early to mid-career researchers (EMCR) represent the future of climate science and great potential for innovative thinking and new ways of working together. They will play very important roles at the OSC and will also have a dedicated Symposium on the days just before and after the Conference. EMCR will have the opportunity to sign up for the Symposium when they submit an abstract. >> Read more

Early to Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Corner



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