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Scenarios forum 2019 - Call for sessions DL 15 June 2018

The Scenarios Forum is open to anyone using, developing, or interested in scenarios to carry out research or policy analysis related to climate change and sustainability.

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The goal of the Scenarios Forum is to bring together a diverse set of communities who are using or developing scenarios for use in climate change and sustainability analysis to:

  • exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned
  • identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration
  • identify knowledge gaps for future research.

By taking stock of progress and facilitating further scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will also help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future national and international assessments as well as policy initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Call for session proposals

The Scenarios Forum will include two main types of sessions – research or workshop. Each should be planned to fit in a (approximately) 1 hour, 45 minute time slot.

Research sessions will typically include 4-5 presentations (~20 minutes per speaker) of new scenario-related research relevant to the proposed session topic, and a related poster session. Session organizers will select presenters and posters, a session chair (who may be the organizer), and define the schedule for the session. Research sessions will typically be open, with all presentations selected from submitted abstracts. For topics in which there is a special rationale for invited speakers, an organizer may propose that some or all of the presentations be invited.

Workshop sessions will address a key question(s) to be proposed by the organizer, primarily through discussion. A workshop session will typically include an invited panel, and one or more brief presentations by panel members for setting context. The majority of the session would be reserved for discussion among the audience (and panel members). Session organizers will propose panelists, a session chair (who may be the organizer), and define the schedule for the session.

DEADLINE: 15 June 2018

A call for presentation abstracts and meeting registration will follow later in the summer.

A rapidly expanding set of activities is extending and applying the new framework on integrated climate change scenarios. Researchers are using Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The Scenarios Forum brings together a diverse set of communities working with the new framework to share their experiences, progress, and plans. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver.

IIASA has a longstanding history in developing and using scenarios for climate change and sustainability. The institute played a central role in the development of the Scenarios Framework and co-coordinated the quantification of the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs). IIASA-ENE hosts the community databases for the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) in collaboration with the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium. 

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