Monday 23 October - Lunchtime

In the last few decades, there is a shift towards data-intensive activities in climate sciences. Consequently, this is leading to a displacement of other important foundational scientific activities, such as learning to pose relevant scientific questions or to challenge the current understanding of the climate system. There is an urgent need for a better balance between data-intensive and foundational climate science activities, more open-ended research opportunities that reinforce the scientific freedom of the early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs), and strong coordinated action to provide infrastructure and resources to the EMCRs working in under-resourced environments. This meeting aims to discuss these topics which lie at the heart of climate research and are now slowly becoming a structural issue. 

We aim for an inter-generational and interactive dialogue, and invite both early-mid career and established researchers to attend this meeting. The meeting will be run by the representatives from the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community and will be informed by the recent paper “Are we at risk of losing the current generation of climate researchers to data science?” (AGU Advances, doi: 2022AV000676).

The event will include the following main parts:

  1. Overview presentation: “The challenge of balancing data-intensive and other foundational climate research activities”
  2. Interactive presentation on the initial results from community survey
  3. Interactive Q/A discussion with a panel of climate experts
    Bjorn Stevens
    - Julie Arblaster
    - Romaric Odoulami
    - Silvina Solman

Name of organizing project/institution: Young Earth System Scientists (YESS)

Co-organizers: Shipra Jain - Centre for Climate Research, Singapore; Gaby S. Langendijk - Deltares, the Netherland;  Carla Gulizia - CIMA/CONICET-UBA, Argentina; Gerbrand Koren - Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Faten A. Bahar - University of Carthage, Tunisia, Valentina Rabanal - Argentinian National Meteorological Service (SMN Argentina), Argentina

Targeted audience: Early-mid career and established researchers

Pre-registration: This is an in-person event and only open to those who intend to attend the conference in-person. Participation requires a confirmed registration at the WCRP Open Science Conference. To apply, click here.



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