UEA Climate Change Research Day, 20th June 2016

Questions the UEA climate community can answer for the IPCC 2020 Assessment.

Do you think there are gaps in the last assessment report of the IPCC? Do you have research results and ideas that are not being considered to inform climate policy? Are you working on an issue highly relevant for addressing climate change? This is your chance to be heard! The IPCC is beginning the process of fleshing out its next big assessment report to be published in 2020/2021, with three special reports scheduled around 2018 (1.5°C, oceans, land use). Let’s get together during our annual Climate Change Research Day to brainstorm the key questions the next report must answer, and how the climate community at UEA can answer them.
To take part we want you to submit your burning question in no more than 35 words. Your question will form the focus for an interdisciplinary working group on our climate day and an interim result or approach will be formulated. The original question and the interim answer will go forward to a judging panel who will determine the most promising five questions, which will then be developed in the coming year. A prize will be presented to the most promising question and its potential answer.
Send your questions to:       r.woolliams@uea.ac.uk
Objectives of the day
a)  share knowledge of and between climate change research and researchers across UEA
b)  stimulate ideas for joint projects and activities
c)  develop interactions for our new network climate@UEA and material for our web site

12:30 to 13:30  Network Lunch
13:30 to 13:45  Welcome and overview from Corinne Le Quéré
13:45 to 14:45  Attendees will be split into groups comprising approximately 5-8 people each, an effort will be made to ensure that each group is made up of individuals from different faculties with differing specialist knowledge so that they comprise truly interdisciplinary teams.
 Each team will be allocated one question with the originator of that question joining the team as a facilitator. Each team will be allowed one hour to formulate an interim answer and a suggested approach for developing a more comprehensive answer. (60 min)
14:45 to 15:00  Refreshments (15 min)       
15:00 to 16:00  Each group will be given 5 minutes to present their question and its answers to the attendee group. At the end of the presentations the winning team will be announced (60 min)
16:00 to 16:15  Closing Session Chair Corinne Le Quéré
16:15 to 17:30  Cocktails
Note: Following the climate change research day a dedicated web site will be created that will hold information collected during the day, this will comprise:



  1. A statement of the objectives of the day
  2. A statement of the five winning questions and interim answer and suggested approach
  3. A cluster analysis (diagram) showing the questions and their answers and the interdisciplinary connections that were utilised in the formulation of the answers.