Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. For whichever way you choose to participate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.

We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.

This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Conference Themes

Founded in 2009, the Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network is brought together by a common concern for the science of, and social responses to, climate change. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Thirteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses features research addressing the following annual themes. Each year we also focus on a Special Focus that presents a timely challenge.

  • Theme 1: The Nature of Evidence
  • Theme 2: Assessing Impacts in Diverse Ecosystems
  • Theme 3: Human Impacts and Responsibility
  • Theme 4: Technical, Political, and Social Responses
  • 2021 Special Focus: Responding to Climate Change as an Emergency

UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration

President Ono declared a climate emergency last December with plans this year to launch an engagement process to inform our collective response to the climate emergency.

Research Network Chair

Victoria Hurth

Victoria Hurth

Senior Associate, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

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