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What role for young scientists in the climate change debate?
Convener: Jasper Bloemen 
Thu, 16 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Despite powerful evidence that climate change will affect living conditions on our planet, we remain slow to act on climate change mitigation. In the ongoing effort to raise awareness on climate change, the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) has played a leading role. At the same time the scientists of tomorrow, the young scientists´, have been standing more or less on the sidelines. As these scientists along with future generations will be faced the most with the potential dramatic consequences of climate change, we believe that these young scientists should stand up and raise their voices in the ongoing climate debate.

Confirmed speakers:
- Prof. Dr. Georg Kaser (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria) is one of the IPCC lead authors of WP1 of the 4th and 5th IPCC assessment report and will give a talk on his experience on climate change science communication to the public (keynote).
- Dr. Thorsten Kiefer (PAGES International Project Office, Bern, Switzerland) will speak on behalf of Future Earth and will present their work on engaging young and early career scientists.
- Marlene Klockmann (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany) is one of the early members of the young earth system scientists (YESS) community ( and will give on talk on their current projects and goals and on how this independent network for young scientists aims to increase interdisciplinary scientific communication.

After the presentations, we will have a short debate on communicating climate change science both to the public as well as interdisciplinary and which specific actions we as young scientists can take in the climate change debate on the short term.