Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We seek to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development -- particularly in difficult times.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

The Thirteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses is brought together by a common concern for the science of, and social responses to, climate change. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. We invite proposals addressing one of the following themes or special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus: Responding to Climate Change as an Emergency
  • Theme 1: The Nature of Evidence
  • Theme 2: Assessing Impacts in Diverse Ecosystems
  • Theme 3: Human Impacts and Responsibility
  • Theme 4: Technical, Political, and Social Responses

Research Network Chair

Victoria Hurth

Victoria Hurth

Senior Associate, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration

President Ono declared a climate emergency last December with plans this year to launch an engagement process to inform our collective response to the climate emergency.

Plenary Speakers

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

Principal, Sustainable Transitions, Canada

Stuart Capstick

Stuart Capstick

Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST Centre), Wales

Claire Wordley

Claire Wordley

Research Associate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Charlie Gardner

Dr. Charlie Gardner

Lecturer in Conservation Science, Sustainability Lead, Kent University, United Kingdom

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