Joint Programming initiative on climate: providing scientific knowledge for the benefit of society, Special session at Aarhus Conference - 4 October 2014

JPI Climate contributes with Special session to the Science for the Environment 2nd international conference.
Aarhus Denmark on October 4th, 2013. Time: 9:00-10:40, Location: Auditorium 5 (William Scharff) 

Background information
The concept of Joint Programming was introduced by the European Commission in July 2008 in order to implement the European Research Area (ERA). There is a need of a strategic approach in coordinating European research activities to address societal challenges of common interest on a European or even global scale. The aim of Joint Programming is to increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes, including common financing of transnational research projects or other joint research activities.

Some member states have taken up this approach and presented a proposal for a new Joint Programming Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate)” in April 2010. After its formal launch in November 2012 in Brussels, JPI Climate is now well-established, with 13 participating countries, an agreed governance structure and Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). With support of an FP7 Coordination and Support Action and a number of so-called fast track activities, the member countries are now working on the implementation plan and updating the SRA. the research agenda and develop an implementation plan. With a first pilot call scheduled for later in 2013, JPI Climate is now setting its research agenda in interrelated areas: decadal and seasonal projections, climate services, decision support methods and tools, and societal transformation. All these linked through a solid integration process.

We understand ‘climate knowledge’ in a rather broad sense, including all kinds of scientific knowledge on causes and consequences, on cost, risks and benefits of climate change as well as possible responses. JPI Climate intends to contribute to a highly coordinated knowledge development by not only improving the scientific expertise on climate change risks and adaptation options, but also by connecting that knowledge with decision-making on safety and major investments in climate-vulnerable sectors in Europe. JPI Climate research should be well coordinated with other environmental research at the European and member state level, and hence liaison with appropriate partners is essential and can be enhanced during the Aarhus conference.


Contact: Eva.banosdeguisasola(at)

Lisa Almesjö - Senior Research Officer at The Swedish Research Council FORMAS since 2008. She is responsible for marine and aquatic issues including, for example, the Article-185 programme BONUS and the Nordic Top Level Research Initiative, as well as the national committee on Joint Programming. Since 2011, she has been a member of the governing boards of JPI Climate and JPI Oceans, and she is also a member of the JPI Climate working group 3 on “Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change”.Lisa Almesjö holds a PhD in marine ecology from Stockholm University, where she also completed her Masters in Biology and Earth Sciences.

Sebastian Helgenberger -  BOKU Centre for Global Change and Sustainability, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. In 2010, Sebastian obtained his Doctoral Degree at BOKU Doctoral School of Sustainable Development. From 1999 to 2006 he studied for a Diploma in Environmental Sciences at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, ETH Zurich and Universidad del País Vasco. Helgenberger’s expertise lies within the fields of climate change; Corporate adaptive capacity, capacity of response; Transdisciplinary Research; Sustainable Development; EU Research Policy; Joint Programming (JPI CLIMATE, JPI FACCE); Social Science Climate Change Research.

Gregor Laumann studied Geography at the Universities of Bonn (Germany) and Lund (Sweden) holding a MSc. from the University of Bonn. He gathered experience in applied research and business consulting in Germany and the Netherlands, mainly in urban development and the transport and mobility sector, before he joined the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change acting as interim Deputy Director after March 2005. In 2006, Gregor joined the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center where he is heading the working group on "Climate Strategies and International Cooperation" in the unit for "Environment, Culture and Sustainability" supporting the Federal Ministry of Education and Reserach (BMBF) .

Roger B. Street - Director, Adaptation Science within UKCIP, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Climate Adaptation Fellow.  At UKCIP, he provides the strategic direction for the Programme, and leads its technical and scientific work aimed at guiding risk, vulnerability and adaptation assessments, and at delivering credible and salient resources and tools. Roger plays a leading role in the UK in working with the research and stakeholder communities to understand evidence and research gaps required to inform adaptation policy and practice. Roger also leads the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Coordination Network that coordinates researcher and other stakeholder engagement in delivering knowledge and evidence to inform policy and practice and to enhance the quality and relevance of research with a focus on the built environment and infrastructure sectors.