The JPI Climate side event gathering around 40 participants among the COP25 attendants was introduced by a welcome speech by Italian Minister of Research and Education, Sergio Costa, who emphasized the importance of reliable climate information and translated to specific needs for action. He welcomed the initiative of JPI Climate organised at the Italian Pavilion to foster the dialogue on the science policy interface. The Minster's intervention was followed by an overview of JPI Climate activities given by Chair of the Governing Board, Frank McGovern presenting key achievements of the JPI Climate portfolio in terms of fundamental science, societal transformation and climate services with a total of over over 50 transnational projects accounting for over 100 million Euros invested by its members in conjunction with the European Commission.
Executive Board member Antonio Navarra from CMCC, co-organising this event at the Italian Pavilion presented a national perspective as a member of JPI Climate and highlighted the value of exchange and trust building among the national funders gathered to strengthen the scientific excellence in climate science in Europe and beyond.
After those introductory speeches the panel discussion including key representatives of the world of science and policy making i.e. and advisory organisations namely Myles Allen, University of Oxford, Karsten Hess, Federal Ministry of Education and Research/Germany, Raymond Kopp, Resources for the Future, Maria José Sanz, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Leioa was moderated by Frank McGovern. An open and lively discussion followed on the need for translation of climate knowledge to enable climate policy and action followed and the role of knowledge hubs in key areas like carbon neutrality and sea level rise as piloted by JPI Climate. All participants agreed on the need of fora for exchange and integration of climate knowledge and showed interest in further contributing to the strategic implementation of JPI Climate activities in the near future.