FEEM-Harvard-Standford Workshop on "Assessment and Communication of the Social Science of Climate Change: Bridging Research and Policy
A workshop hosted by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Purpose of the workshop
The completion of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC provides a good opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and discuss options for future assessments of research on climate change policy. The workshop will explore how social-science research on climate change might be better assessed, with a view to making this research more accessible and useful to policy makers. Chatham House rules will apply.
Communication of workshop results
The workshop organizers place great importance on the effective communication of workshop outputs (within the constraints of Chatham-House rules) and envisage capturing constructive insights in a briefing document that will be released to relevant constituencies shortly after the workshop.
Role of the IPCC
“The role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical and socio-economic factors relevant to the application of particular policies.” (Principles Governing IPCC Work, par. 2)