In its first year, the Working Group worked with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the UN Foundation to ensure the representation of young scientists at regional international climate workshops.

This past year, the Working Group spent time collaborating on the development of a session that included emphasis on young scientists for an international climate-change conference. The Working Group has also been exploring options for hosting online conversations about timely and relevant climate challenges of interest to young scientists and citizens.

The group is currently developing a project in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization’s Social and Economic Research Applications working group for the Year of Polar Prediction.


Panel “Transforming Society and Science for Sustainability – Addressing Challenges  in Transdisciplinary Research”, “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference, 7-10 July 2015, Paris, France

The Working Group members co-developed the session, “Transforming Society and Science for Sustainability – Addressing Challenges in Transdisciplinary Research” for the “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference, held from 7-10 July 2015 in Paris, France:  This four-day conference was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015.

Building on the results of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the conference addressed key issues concerning climate science and societal responses. The entities organizing the conference included key collaborators of the GYA, such as ICSU, Future Earth, and UNESCO. Input to the session was led by Jauad El Kharraz and Laura Petes and informed by many working group members, including Manjur Karim, Jeremy Kerr, and Prateep Beed, among others. Jauad co-convened the session in Paris, and Julia Baum delivered remarks on the role of young scientists in advancing understanding and sustainable solutions associated with climate change.