Climate Change: Science and Communication

I. Forum Title:
Climate Change: Science and Communication

II. Introduction:
The Forum, themed “Climate Change: Science and Communication”, by the Chinese Meteorological Society (CMS), aims to enhance global capacity for climate risk avoidance and addressing climate change, improve public meteorological science literacy and explore a global mode in this connection, and develop a platform for global cooperation and exchange on popular meteorology in line with the principle of shared growth through consultation and collaboration. CMS invites well-known experts at home and abroad, including Prof. Mark Howden, Vice Chair of IPCC Working Group II, Prof. Andreas Fischlin, Vice Chair of IPCC Working Group II, Prof. Qin Dahe, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Prof. Ding Yihui, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and Prof. Zhai Panmao, Research Fellow, to deliver their keynote presentations at the Forum and participate in some sessions of the "2018 World Conference on Science Literacy". With a focus on the keynote presentations including “Lessons Learnt From the Climate Change Journey in Australia”, “the Challenge of Climate Change, Science, and What We Can Do About It”, “Development of Climate Change Science”, “Increased Climate Change Risks and Sustainable Governance: China’s Win-Win Response Strategy”, and “the Importance of Cities to Addressing Climate Change”, the invited experts and participants discuss and exchange their views, share the advanced experiences in addressing climate change and IPCC work progress, guide international cooperation on addressing climate change, in order to contribute China’s share to building a community of common destiny.

III. Agenda
Chair: Qin Dahe, CAS Academician

09:20-09:30  Background Briefing by the Chair
09:30-09:40 Keynote presentation by Prof. Ding Yihui: Increased Climate Change Risks and Sustainable Governance: China’s Win-Win Response Strategy
09:40-09:50  Keynote presentation by Prof. Andreas Fischlin: the Challenge of Climate Change, Science, and What We Can Do About It
09:50-10:00  Keynote presentation by Prof. Zhai Panmao: the Importance of Cities to Addressing Climate Change
10:00-10:10  Keynote presentation by Prof. Stuart Mark Howden: Lessons Learnt From the Climate Change Journey in Australia
10:10-10:20  Keynote presentation by Prof. Pan Jiahua :Low-Carbon Economic Rationality
10:20-12:00  Interaction of invited experts with participants

IV. Invited Experts:
Stuart Mark Howden

Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.  Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1991 on the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Assessment reports and various IPCC Special Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore. Mark has over 410 publications of different types.

Andreas Fischlin

1949, graduated at ETH Zurich with a doctorate in population ecology in 1982 (silver medal for exceptional PhD theses). Afterwards he researched for severla years in Canada on various population ecology topics . He returned to Switzerland in 1985, doing research on forests in a changing climate and teaching systems ecology, modeling of ecosystems, and computer science at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. He was a leading designer of the then novel curriculum Environmental Natural Sciences and a co-founder of the present Department of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich, where he headed the Terrestrial Systems Ecology Group. Andreas Fischlin is currently Vice-Chair of WGII of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Qin Dahe

A distinguished geographer, and an Academician of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He served as Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration and Vice Chair of China Association for Science and Technology. He has long been engaged in the research on climate change, cryosphere and sustainable development, and he also participated in and led the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and He led the assessment of climate and environment in China, which has made an important contribution to in-depth understanding of climate change science. He is the founder of the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science and the China Society of Cryospheric Science, and authored a series of education materials on cryospheric science, constructing the theoretical framework of cyrospheric science. Prof. Qin won the IMO Prize, the Volvo Environment Prize and the Second Prize of (China) National Natural Science Award.

Ding Yihui

Born in 1938, Research Fellow, CAE Academician. He currently serves as special advisor of the China Meteorological Administration on climate change, Vice Chairman of the China Expert Panel on Climate Change, member of National Environmental Advisory Committee, chief editor of Journal of Meteorological Research of the Chinese Meteorological Society, and member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Climatology of the Royal Meteorological Society, and adjunct professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; formerly served as Director-General of National Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration, Chair of East Asian Monsoon Research Committee of WMO, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, and executive member of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). He has achieved creative research results in such areas as climate change, Asian Monsoon, and severe weather in China. As a major researcher in his teams, he has been presented 14 awards, including national-level ones such as the first class State Science and Technology Advancement Award (ranking first), the second and third class State Natural Science Awards (ranking second and fifth). He won the 2002 HLHI Science and Technology Progress Award and the 2005 WMO Award for Outstanding Work.

Zhai Panmao

Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, a research professor and Ph.D. supervisor at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences in China. He has more than 30 years working experience in climate change and variability studies. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and 3 monographs in Chinese and English. He has been involved in the IPCC assessment activities since 1998. In October 2015 he was elected Co-Chair of Working Group I of the IPCC for the Sixth Assessment cycle. As a well-known climatologist in China, he has developed the Global Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic System, and established the ENSO Monitoring and Prediction System in China. Prof. Zhai was the Director-General of Department of Forecasting and Networking in China Meteorological Administration and the Vice President of Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences. He was the Secretary General of the Chinese Meteorological Society.  Now, he is Chief Scientist of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.  

Pan Jiahua

Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Director-General of the Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, CASS. He was and is Lead Author of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Assessment Reports of IPCC Working Group III; he is a chief scientist of National 973 Program. His research interests cover economics of sustainable development, environmental and natural resource economics, world economy, energy and climate policy. He was awarded several times the prize for best research works by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, both the winner of China Green Person of the Year 2010/2011 and the 9th China Baosteel Environmental Excellence Award in 2016. 

V. Host:
Chinese Meteorological Society

VI. Partner:
Chinese Meteorological Newspaper Office and others