Gordon Research Conference on Solar Climate Engineering July 23-28, 2017

Space is still available at the inaugural Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on solar climate engineering: Radiation Management Climate Engineering: Technology, Modeling, Efficacy, and Risks, to be held in Newry, Maine, USA, July 23-28, 2017. 

The conveners of this year’s Gordon Research Conference are David Keith and Alan Robock, who are also members of the CEC17 Advisory Group. Conversations at GRC on scientific questions associated with a set of solar climate engineering technologies will be carried forward to CEC17 and contribute to on-going critical global discussions.

The Gordon Research Conference schedule features some of the leading participants in the field is designed to encourage active participation and engagement by all attendees. The GRC organisers are accepting applications up to 25th June, 2017. Limited financial support is available to cover conference fees or travel.

The conference has a focus on natural science, but there willl be substantial unstructured time and the organisers anticipate there will be ample opportunity for vigorous discussion of the social science and political aspects of the field. 

Gordon conferences have been held since the 1930s, are among the most prestigious general series of scientific conferences. The Gordon organization now has more than 200 conferences a year. The conferences are primarily US-based though they often get a global audience, and now the locations are gradually extending globally. The hallmark of the conferences is that they bring together a relatively small group of people, typically about 150, in an informal and isolated setting. The conferences feature a small number of long talks with extended time for questions by speakers who are typically leaders in the field and open-ended poster sessions at which all participate. There is a substantial amount of unscheduled time each day which allows unstructured interaction between participants. The conferences often help to define a scientific field. Once established they often continue for decades with conference chair people selected by a vote of the participants. The conferences operate under the "Chatham House Rule," free discussion with no attribution and limited press.