In conjunction with the OSC, WCRP is also conducting a dedicated two day Symposium for Early and Mid-Career Researchers(EMCR)1 on 22 October 2023 - one day before the main OSC start date (pre-OSC EMCR day) and on 28 October 2023, the day after the OSC ends (post-OSC EMCR day). In addition to these two dedicated sessions, a strong EMCR presence and involvement are expected during the main conference. The Symposium is hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS) Rwanda and is collaboratively being planned with EMCR networks.

EMCRs engagement goals during OSC

  • Share the main outcomes of the pre-OSC event at relevant OSC sessions.
  • Enhance EMCR prominence at the main conference, e.g., chair plenary sessions, propose specific sessions, convene/co-convene parallel sessions, organize town hall discussions, evaluate posters and student talks (as members of the evaluation committee), and rapporteur for particular sessions.
  • Increase EMCR visibility through flash talks, discussions around poster sessions, and more visibility within existing EMCRs networks.
  • 'Table Topics' evenings on 24 and 25 October: EMCRs can choose tables with topics of their interest and discuss them with experts and peers. The topics will be announced soon.
  • Establish contacts with senior experts.
  • Highlight EMCR work, e.g., with poster/presentation judging.
  • Discuss how EMCRs can actively engage with WCRP working groups and Lighthouse Activities (LHAs).

EMCR Symposium Scientific Organizing Committee

Carla Gulizia* - University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Faten Bahar*Gaby Langendijk* - Climate Service Center (Germany). Hindumathi Palanisamy - (WCRP Secretariat). Leandro Diaz* - University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla - African Institute of Mathematical Science (Rwanda). Orly Lachmi - Open University of Israel.  Pascale Braconnot - Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, IPSL (France). Roxy Mathew Koll - Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (India). Shipra Jain* - Centre for Climate Research (Singapore). Sidiki Sanogo - Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace, IPSL (France).  Valentina Rabanal* - Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) & Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) Argentina. 

*Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) members.

Preliminary program

Day 1: Pre-OSC EMCR Symposium (22 October 2023)

@ Kigali Convention Centre

The pre-OSC EMCR day's primary objectives are to build professional connections between EMCRs and prepare for the main Open Science Conference topics.

8:30-08:35 Opening of the Symposium
Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer, Chair WCRP Joint Scientific Committee
08:35-08:50 Purpose, prospective outcomes of workshop & schedule
Dr. Hindumathi Palanisamy, Scientific officer, WCRP Secretariat
09:00-09:30 Introduction to the World Climate Research Programme
Dr. Pascale Braconnot
, Vice-Chair, WCRP Joint Scientific Committee
09:30-09:50 Climate Resilience : How EMCRs from Africa are involved?
Dr. Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla
, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Kigali, Rwanda
09:50-10:15 How do African countries and small states meet their global environmental commitments?
Prof. Maria Ivanova
, Northeastern University, Boston, U.S.A.
10:15 - 10:45 Short break
10:45 - 12:30 Break out session on OSC science themes
1). What are key climate research and knowledge gaps in the global South, and how can we advance climate science in and for the global South?
2). How do we create robust climate science information that is used at local scales?
3). How can EMCRs contribute to supporting policy making with climate science and knowledge, during the upcoming decade, also called the "decade of decisions?
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break
 14:00 - 16:00  EMCR Workshop on ‘Effective science communication- from peer-reviewed articles, project proposals to public communication’
16:00 - 16:30 Short break
16:30 - 18:00 EMCR OSC poster presentation discussion
  Ice-Breaker Dinner

DAY 2: Post-OSC EMCR event (28 October 2023)

@AIMS Kigali

EMCRs to regroup and discuss various concrete outcomes of the OSC.

  • Brainstorm on a possible article based on the outcomes as well as how WCRP can help connect climate science and society through the EMCRs.
  • Define a workplan, team and set deadlines on the plan.
  • Discussions on ensuring active participation and integration of EMCRs within WCRP- examples through some short-term challenges/projects under the WCRP Light House Activities, etc.
12:00 onwards Meet up and lunch discussions with AIMS graduate students
13:30-15:00 Reflecting on the outcomes of the WCRP OSC and EMCRs’ role in WCRP
15:00 - 15:15 Short break
 15:15 - 17:15 Brainstorm Session: Article on how WCRP can help connect climate science and society through the EMCRs
17:15- 17:30 Wrap up of the Symposium
From 18:00 Dinner organized by AIMS
WCRP is also organizing two ‘Table Topics’ events in the evenings of 24 and 25 October that will be open to all EMCRs at the Open Science Conference. More information on the Table Topics here.





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