Summer Schools on Climate Change

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 to Friday, 6 July 2018 (Europe/Brussels)
Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao

The general objective of the BC3-UPV/EHU Summer Schools on Climate Change is to deliver every year a multidisciplinary, up-to-date view of the latest trends in climate change research. This ninth edition of the Summer School, entitled “Climate risk and the future of international climate policy”, follows the same multidisciplinary approach, and gives special emphasis on the tendencies in international climate policy three years after the Paris Agreement.

As in its previous editions, the structure of this year’s Summer School will approximately follow that of the General Meetings of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change): three sessions focusing on broad themes roughly related to those of the three IPCC Working Groups. Accordingly, this year’s session themes are (1) climate science, (2) climate change impacts and adaptation, and (3) the role of energy in the mitigation of climate change.

In last year’s edition, the Summer School focused on the factors behind the paradigm shift in international policymaking, which eventually lead to the Paris Agreement. Since then, however, many things have happened. The Paris Agreement entered into force on 04 November 2016, but the US government has already announced its intention to back out of the agreement. What role other countries may play under these circumstances (also leaving the agreement or instead increasing ambition of contributions)? Their reactions will determine the future of the UN Climate process. Meanwhile, time is running out to tackle climate change, with rising global temperatures, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, melting of Arctic sea ice, recurrent extreme events, etc., all causing visible impacts on sensitive issues like water and food security, health, migration, mitigation options, climate policies and the energetic transition to a low-carbon future. The speakers of the Summer School 2018 will try to cover these and other related key issues in climate change, and assess their impacts and consequences on regional and global levels.

The 2018 edition of the BC3/UPV-EHU Summer School will comprise 9 lectures, 3 round tables, 1 role-playing game session and 1 social event, involving researchers from a wide range of disciplines (Biology, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Law, Meteorology, Ocean Physics, Physics and Paleontology).

This edition of the Summer School will thus bring together a group of outstanding speakers from international leading institutions: Alejandro Cearreta (University of the Basque country), Katja Philippart (Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University), Juan Ignacio López Moreno (Pyrenean Institute of Ecology), Iñigo Losada (IH Cantabria), Declan Conway (Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change), Alina Averchenkova (Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change), Gonzalo Saenz de Miera (Iberdrola S.A.), Natalia Fabra (Carlos III University of Madrid), Christoph Böhringer (University of Oldenburg), and will include also prominent researchers from the host institutions (BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change and the University of the Basque country), like Maria José Sanz, Marta Escapa, Sérgio Henrique Faria, and Ibon Galarraga.

The BC3-UPV/EHU Summer School is suitable for:

  • PhD students, posdoctoral fellows and other researchers.
  • Policy makers.
  • Development professionals that deal with the impact of climate change and its related policies.
  • Companies facing carbon regulation and seeking a greater understanding of the issues.Professionals within private
  • sector companies dealing with climate change through corporate social responsibility.

Registration is open until 1 July 2018.