The science and policy interface flowing from the IPCC

The conference drew together attendees and experts from across the three Working Groups, and this session gave attendees time to consider how the science of AR5 might impact on future policy.

This session took place between 16.00 - 17.30 on Thursday 15 May.

Contributors:

Dr Andrea Tilche (Chair)

Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

I obtained my Doctor Degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Milano in 1978. My scientific career was mainly carried out in Italy where I set-up and directed the wastewater treatment laboratories of ENEA in Bologna, working on advanced anaerobic treatment and biological nutrient removal technologies.

In 1998 I moved to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra as Head of the Water Research and Monitoring Unit, and I later moved to Brussels to lead the Water Key Action of the Fifth Framework Programme.

I am presently Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit in DG Research and Innovation. In this position, I am in charge of drafting European research programmes in the field of climate change and earth observation, and of managing their execution.

Professor Chris Field

Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC, and Director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Stanford University

I am the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology. My research emphasises impacts of climate change.

I am deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change, especially the IPCC, where I co-chair the working group responsible for assessments of climate-change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.  My recognitions include the Max Plank Research Award and election to the US National Academy of Sciences.

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Professor Georgina Mace

Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, University College London

I am a Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER). My research focuses on the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change, including those brought about by climate change.

I was a coordinating lead author for biodiversity in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and am a contributing author to IPCC WGII. I currently chair a Royal Society Science-Policy Working Group examining responses for resilience to extreme events.

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Dr Saffron O'Neill

Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Exeter

I carry out interdisciplinary research focusing on the social science dimensions of climate variability and climate change. My work explores risk perception and public engagement with climate change, and the implications of these areas for public policy. I currently hold an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship at the University of Exeter.

I lead the project Media and the cultural politics of climate change: tracking the coverage of IPCC AR5, which is analysing media coverage of the IPCC across television, newspapers and Twitter.

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Professor Asun St Clair

Senior Principal Scientist, Low Carbon Future, DNV GL

I am a philosopher and sociologist, and am currently Senior Principal Scientist, Low Carbon Future, DNV GL.

I am Lead Author of Working Group II Chapter 1, a member of the Joint Programming Initiative Connecting Climate Knowledge For Europe  (JPI Climate) for Decision Making, and a  board member of the Swedish Research Council FORMAS Climate program.

My research interests are focused on making science able to respond to global challenges and responsive to the needs of those most vulnerable. I have a particular interest in the relations between transformative change, poverty, development and climate change; on development ethics, human rights and global justice, and particularly focus on processes of knowledge production, knowledge uptake, science-policy-society interfaces; and the role of multilateral organisations.

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Professor Thomas Stocker

Co-Chair of Working Group I of the IPCC

I am Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. My research focuses on using climate models of intermediate complexity to understand past and project future changes in the Earth System.

I was Coordinating Lead Author in the Third and Fouth Assessment Reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and since 2008 I have been serving as the Co-Chair of Working Group I, The Physical Science Basis.

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