Day 1 - Monday 23 October

Morning Plenary (9:00-10:00)

Opening of the Conference
Chairs: Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh (Conference Chairs)

Welcoming and Opening Remarks

  • Helen Cleugh (Co-Chair of SOC)Welcome to the Open Science Conference from WCRP
  • Gaspard Twagirayezu  (Minister of Education) (TBC)
  • Amina Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group) - Remotely
  • Petteri Taalas (World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General)
  • Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya (Minister for Environment)

The Urgent Need for Climate Action

  • Macharia Kamau (Special Envoy of former President Uhuru Kenyatta on the EAC-led Peace Effort on Eastern DRC and Commissioner, Office of the Former President of the Republic of Kenya; International Science Council): Sustainable development goals perspective: The urgent need for accelerated action on SDGs to drive global climate action
  • Lina Yassin (Researcher - Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development): Leveling the playing field: The crucial role of Climate Science in empowering vulnerable nations
  • Detlef Stammer (WCRP Chair): Climate change: A challenge for the World

WCRP Open Science Conference Overview - Conference Chairs

Evening Dialogue (18:00-18:45)

The Needs of, and Opportunities for the Global South
: Juliet Kabera (Director General, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority)

  • Barend Erasmus (Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Natural/Agricultural Sciences): Emerging trends and opportunities for climate action in Africa (Title to be confirmed)
  • Carlos Nobre (Senior researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Remotely: The needs of, and opportunities for, the Amazon 
  • Discussion


Day 2 - Tuesday 24 October

Morning Plenary (8:30-10:00)

Human Interactions with Climate
: Heide Hackman (Director of Future Africa and Strategic Advisor on Transdisciplinarity and Global Knowledge Networks at the University of Pretoria, South Africa)

  • Tasneem Essop (Executive Director, Climate Action Network - International) - Remotely: How to deal with climate extremes, especially in terms of inequality and climate injustice
  • Saleemul Huq (Director International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Independent University Bangladesh) - Remotely: Attribution of climate change, especially in the Global South and in support of Loss and Damage 
  • Aromar Revi (Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements - IIHS) - Remotely (TBC) : Building a bridge between climate science and accelerated climate action

Panel discussion: Human Interactions with Climate - a dialogue covering behavioral, social, economic and political dimensions
Moderator: Mercedes Bustamante (Professor, University of Brasilia and Coordination of the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, Brazilian Ministry of Education)


  • Laurice Jamero (Climate Change, Adaptation and Resilience Expert - Klima Laboratory, Manila Observatory and Asia Foundation Development Fellow)
  • Osvaldo Moraes (Director of Climate and Sustainability of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology) - Remotely
  • Ousmane Ndiaye (Director of Meteorology of the Senegal National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology - ANACIM) - Remotely
  • Flavien Joubert (Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment of Seychelles) - Remotely

Evening Dialogue (18:00-18:45)

Perspectives of Transformational Challenges - Examples from the Global South
Chair: Maria Ivanova (Director of the School of Public Policy and urban Affairs - Northeastern University; Professor of Public Policy)

  • Maxwell Gomera (UNDP representative of Rwanda): Equitable Transformation: Uniting for Climate Resilience in the Global South
  • Abou Amani (Director, Intergovernmental Hydrological Program) - Remotely: Water security under a Changing Environment
  • Discussion


Day 3 - Wednesday 25 October

Morning Plenary (8:30-10:00)

Climate and the Earth System
Chair: Guy Brasseur (Former WCRP Chair)

  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte (Co-Chair IPCC Working Group I, AR6): A new agenda for climate research:  (Title to be confirmed)
  • Jim Hurrell (WCRP JSC and Co-Lead of WCRP Task Team on Climate Intervention): Potential risks, benefits and impacts of climate intervention

Panel discussion: Future of Climate Knowledge Assessment
Moderator: Thomas Stocker (Professor, Physics Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland, Co-Chair IPCC Working Group I AR5)


  • Panmao Zhai (Co-Chair IPCC Working Group I, AR6) 
  • Mark Howden (Vice-Chair IPCC Working Group II, AR6 and AR7) - Remotely
  • Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (Vice-Chair IPCC, AR7) - Remotely

Evening Dialogue (18:00-18:45)

The Future of Climate Modeling: What is needed to address the scientific and societal challenges of climate change?
: Celeste Saulo  (WMO Secretary-General Elect)

  • Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology): How climate change is transforming climate modeling
  • Katherine Calvin (Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor, NASA) - Remotely : Climate modeling for societal applications


Day 4 -  Thursday 26 October

Morning Plenary (8:30-10:00)

Climate Change Solutions
Chair: Detlef Stammer (WCRP Chair)

  • Aditi Mukherji, (Director, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Area Platform, CGIAR): Feeding the future global society - challenges for food security
  • Peter Dueben (Head of Earth System Modelling, ECMWF): Digital revolution - climate information for all, FAIR climate info
  • Minal Pathak (Associate Professor, Global Centre for Environment and Energy, Ahmedabad University, India): 2023: Assessing Progress on Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development
  • Discussion - Review and synthesis of Dome Plenary messages for the Conference statement
    Moderator: Detlef Stammer (WCRP Chair)

Day 5 - Friday 27 October

: Conference Chairs


Summary of outcomes and key messages


Looking forward – climate science priorities, needs and challenges

  • Jim Skea (IPCC Chair) - Remotely: Challenges for the IPCC Seventh Assessment Cycle
  • Guy Brasseur (Former WCRP Chair): Future of Climate Science
  • (TBD): Vision from the Early to Mid-Career Researchers's Symposium

Panel discussion: What next, where from here?
Moderator: Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (IPCC Vice Chair)

  • Robert Vautard (IPCC co-chair Working Group 1) - Remotely
  • Bart van den Hurk (IPCC co-chair Working Group 2) - Remotely
  • Kristie Ebi (Future Earth)
  • Amanda Maycock (WCRP/SPARC co-chair)

11:00-12:00 - Adoption of Conference Statement (Kigali declaration)

12:00-13:00 - Conference Closing

  • Closing messages from hosts, co-sponsors and others
    • WCRP Co-sponsors
      • Abdulla Al Mandous (President of WMO) - Remotely
      • Peter Gluckman (President of the International Science Council) – Remotely
      • Yutaka Michida (Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) – Remotely
    • Rwanda Hosts
  • Closing from Conference Co-Chairs
    • Presentation of Awards
    • Thanks
    • Farewell and Conference formally closes

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