Successful workshop on ‘Improving knowledge for enhanced climate change response and decision-making’.

During this two day discussion and exchange forum around 40 participants with climate science background from different disciplines, all dedicated to tackling climate change as one of the major societal challenges as well as representatives from various stakeholder groups like consultants and NGOs, discussed together with representatives from national research funding organizations in JPI Climate and policy makers from national and European level. 


To set the stage for group and plenary discussion highly expert key note speakers developed their vision on an improved science-policy interface, on co-production and aligning research and decision making processes. Inspiring key note speeches were given by:

  • Steven Yearley, professor of the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, University of Edinburgh
  • Bas Eickhout , vice-chair ENVI committee, European Parliament
  • Arnau Queralt Bassa, Director of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS)
  • Silke Beck, senior researcher at the Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig
  • Frans Berkhout, Professor of Environment, Society and Climate at King’s College
  • Jan Marco Müller, European Commission – Joint Research Center (JRC)


The workshop was then organised around four parallel sessions focussing each on the decision-making process  at community and local government, private sector and industry, national and transnational governmental level. The results of these fruitful discussions  were then presented at plenary. At the end of day two a set of recommendations were taken up by the JPI Climate organising team and will feed in the discussion of the JPI Climate Governing Board meeting in May.

Many thanks to Asun Lera St.Clair, Senior Principal Scientist at DNV GL and Rob Swart for having initiated, chaired and moderated this workshop.

JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Wednesday 29 April 2015