The University of Copenhagen is hosting an international scientific congress on climate change under the heading “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges, and Decisions”, March 10-12, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress is organized in cooperation with nine other universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The main aim of the congress is to provide a synthesis of existing and emerging scientific knowledge necessary in order to make intelligent societal decisions concerning the application of mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change. The congress aims to identify and synthesize the science, technology, and policy advances required in order to ensure the sustainability of global communities in the current and coming decades. The findings of the congress will be supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The congress will provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report.
Output of the Congress:
The congress takes place in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in Copenhagen in November-December 2009. All findings will be compiled in a book on climate change, and an executive summary with the main findings will be handed over to policymakers at the COP15.