Preliminary Program

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Monday
09:00 - 16:00 SRMGI Global Forum (by invitation only)

The SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI) is an international, NGO-driven project for expanding the discussion of SRM climate engineering research governance to developing countries.

16:00 - 18:30 CEC17 Registration
18:30 - 22:00 CEC17 Opening Event + Reception
Mark Lawrence (Advisory Group Chair) - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Michael Taylor - University of the West Indies , Oliver Morton - The Economist , Michelle Gyles-McDonnough - Executive Office of the Secretary General, United Nations (UN EOSG)
Tuesday
09:00 - 10:30 Plenary: SRM & CDR updates + ignite-style talks on major projects
This plenary session will update on key natural science findings & key social science developments on SRM & CDR, pointing interested listeners to individual sessions which will cover the topics in more detail. 
The overview talks will be followed by (major) project updates from individuals as ignite-style talks.
Mark Lawrence (Advisory Group Chair) - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Ben Kravitz - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Naomi Vaughan - University of East Anglia , David Keith - Harvard University , Douglas MacMartin - Cornell University, California Institute of Technology , Janos Pasztor - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) , Linda Schneider - Heinrich Böll Foundation , Andreas Oschlies - GEOMAR Kiel , Phil Williamson - University of East Anglia & UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme , Andy Parker - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Communicating Climate Engineering

Come learn about the challenges of communicating climate engineering — and ways of dealing with them.  We’ll discuss lessons learned from communicating about climate change and emerging technologies, and how those apply to communicating about climate engineering with different audiences. 

Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles
Christine Merk - Kiel Institute for the World Economy , Geraldine Klaus - University of Kassel , Shinichiro Asayma - Waseda University , Aphiya Hathayatham - National Science Museum Thailand , Matthew Kearnes - University of New South Wales
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: The Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project: Where have we been and where should we go?

GeoMIP is one of the largest CE research projects in the world.  What has it done, what is it planning to do, and is it meeting the needs of the broader CE research community?  We’re here to find out!

Ben Kravitz - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Alan Robock - Rutgers University
Helene Muri - University of Oslo , Maxime Plazzotta - Météo France , Simone Tilmes - National Center for Atmospheric Research , Masahiro Sugiyama - University of Tokyo
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: A change of course: Radical emission reduction pathways to stay under 1.5°C

Climate change is not an engineering problem. There are many viable alternatives to bring our societies on a pathway towards 1.5°C without geoengineering. A technofix mentality and powerful vested interests prevent us from implementing them. This session will explore how we can change course for a climate just future.

Linda Schneider - Heinrich Böll Foundation , Lili Fuhr - Heinrich Böll Foundation & ETC Group
Barbara Unmüßig - Heinrich Böll Foundation , Karin Nansen - Friends of the Earth International , Silvia Ribeiro - ETC Group , Uwe Leprich - German Federal Environment Agency , Bernd Nilles - Fastenopfer - Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Achieving the SDGs: Governing Geoengineering in a post-Paris world

Governance of climate geoengineering is a very challenging endeavour on many levels and may become a necessity given the level of demonstrated ambition to act. Come to listen and contribute actively in a World Café  setting to what UN officials, policymakers, researchers and civil society organisations have to say about why geoengineering governance must be discussed in the context of urgent, accelerated mitigation efforts and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Janos Pasztor - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) , Kai-Uwe Schmidt - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) , Nicholas Harrison - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Wenjiang Zhang - World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) , Michelle Gyles-McDonnough - Executive Office of the Secretary General, United Nations (UN EOSG) , Youba Sokona - The South Centre , David Cooper - Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel session: God(s) and Greenhouse Gases: Religion and Climate Engineering

Religions have insights on new technologies; don’t you wonder what religions may have to say about climate engineering, and whether they would help us ask important questions about this topic? It goes way beyond “playing God” to questions of harmony, agency, and justice.

Forrest Clingerman - Ohio Northern University , Laura Hartman - University of Wisconsin , Thomas Bruhn - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
Mark Lawrence (Advisory Group Chair) - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Fletcher Harper - GreenFaith , Cynthia Scharf - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: Public Engagement & Climate Engineering: Whither and How?

It is widely acknowledged that engaging a wider range of people in conversations about climate engineering is desirable. Rather than reporting out specific insights derived from existing public engagement work, this panel will step back, addressing issues related to the rationales, promises, and challenges associated with public engagements in this domain more generally.

Jane Flegal - UC Berkeley & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Michael Thompson - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
Arunabha Ghosh - Council on Energy, Environment and Water , Jane C.S. Long - Retired , Rob Bellamy - Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford , Masahiro Sugiyama - University of Tokyo , Peter C. Frumhoff - Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) , Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: The economics of climate engineering: The recent past and the road ahead

Economic methods are crucial for for both normative and descriptive assessments of Climate Engineering (both SRM and CDR). This session gives an overview of the current state of economic knowledge and offers room for discussing where the field should move from here.

Daniel Heyen - London School of Economics , Juan Moreno-Cruz - Georgia Tech School of Economics
Tobias Pfrommer - University of Heidelberg , Vassiliki Manoussi - Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) & Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) , Gernot Wagner - Harvard University , Jessica Strefler - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: SRMGI 1: SRM research across Asia

To date most SRM research has taken place in Europe and America but this is beginning to change quite quickly. This session will showcase social and physical science research across Asia, featuring speakers from India, China, Japan and the Philippines.

Andy Parker - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Nigel Moore - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
Masahiro Sugiyama - University of Tokyo , Ying Chen - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences , Shinichiro Asayma - Waseda University , Saroj Mishra - IIT Delhi , Patricia Jaranilla-Sanchez - University of the Philippines Los Baños
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel Session: Security Risk Pathways of Climate Engineering and Counter-Geoengineering: Conflict or Cooperation?

The session discusses whether climate engineering (CE) may lead to security risks and conflicts or whether it will rather promote cooperation and governance. As an example we discuss in detail whether counter-geoengineering (the release of neutralizing particles or of potent greenhouse gases) poses additional risk or can help overcome the free-driver problem. 

Jürgen Scheffran - Universität Hamburg , Daniel Heyen - London School of Economics , Joshua Horton - Harvard University , Jasmin S. A. Link - University of Hamburg , P. Michael Link - Universität Hamburg , Juan Moreno-Cruz - Georgia Tech School of Economics
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel Session: Policy options and principles for negative emissions and SRM

Climate engineering is not emerging in a policy vacuum: We discuss specific proposals to apply established principles, policy goals and policy instruments to climate engineering deployment including under the Paris Agreement and in context of human rights law and the sustainable development goals.

Matthias Honegger - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam & Perspectives of Climate Change
Albert C. Lin - University of California, Davis School of Law , Axel Michaelowa - Perspectives of Climate Change & University of Zurich , Jesse Reynolds - Utrecht University , Gernot Wagner - Harvard University , Andrew Light - World Resources Institute and George Mason University , Stefan Singer - Climate Action Network International
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel Session: Key Elements of Responsible Geoengineering Research

Plausible IPCC scenarios require intentional climate intervention to stay below 1.5/2 degrees C, and geoengineering research may commence soon. Responsible research should simultaneously develop governance capacity. This session will discuss what such responsible research will require: Activities to allow legitimate decision making, enabling reliable research, and control over experimentation.

Jane C.S. Long - Retired , Steven Hamburg - Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Janos Pasztor - Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) , Edward (Ted) Parson - UCLA , Douglas MacMartin - Cornell University, California Institute of Technology
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel Session: To Gabon or not to Gabon: A game on geoengineering research and policy

Join us for an intensely interactive session. We will use a playable system dynamics model of the changing relationships between information, decisions and consequences to explore the individual and collective options or managing climate risks. There will be winners and losers, and prizes. Most importantly, there will be serious fun in the context of rich, realistic discussions about our current and future choices.

Pablo Suarez - Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
17:30 - 18:30 Transfer to the House of World Cultures

Shuttle buses will be leaving at 5.45pm from the stops in front of the Umweltforum and the Neue Mälzerei, as indicated here.

18:30 - 20:00 Panel discussion at the House of World Cultures: Climate Engineering in the Wake of Paris
20:00 - 23:30 Conference dinner at the House of World Cultures

Subject to prior registration and payment of a 25 Euro fee. 

Wednesday
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Climate engineering: What goes up must come down

What goes up must come down. If we pump particles into the stratosphere, how will that effect air quality at the ground level? Solar geoengineering may also reduce the self-cleansing capacity of the near-surface atmosphere, allowing pollution to build up.  Alternatively, some aspects of air pollution may actually be reduced.

Tim Butler - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) & Freie Universität Berlin , Simone Tilmes - National Center for Atmospheric Research , Sebastian Eastham - Harvard University
Lauren Marshall - University of Leeds , Lili Xia - Rutgers University , David Keith - Harvard University
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Climate engineering governance beyond international law

Most legal scholarship concerning climate engineering has remained within the international domain. Yet national and nonstate law and policy will be relevant sooner. This session will present and discuss possible next steps in these regulatory domains toward governance of both solar and carbon climate engineering.

Jesse Reynolds - Utrecht University , Tracy Hester - University of Houston
Anthony Chavez - Northern Kentucky University , Jeffrey McGee - University of Tasmania , Edward (Ted) Parson - UCLA , Rachel Hauser - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Who needs the Anthropocene?

Is the Anthropocene a useful concept in discussions of climate engineering - or of anything else?

The idea that human interactions with the planet are the defining feature of our age is widespread, and widely seen as problematic. We will discuss the usefulness of the idea of the Anthropocene in as interactive a way as possible - people will be strongly encouraged to have something to say.

Oliver Morton - The Economist
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Trumped! A new politics of climate engineering?

The world faces political as well as environmental disruption. Academics tend to make rational-actor assumptions while bracketing the wilder, unpredictable aspects of politics. With short presentations and table discussions, we will explore implications for national and international politics of climate engineering of the Trump administration’s brand of climate denialism and other turns towards populism and authoritarianism.

Duncan McLaren - Lancaster Environment Centre , Olaf Corry - Copenhagen University
Eduardo Viola - University of Brasilia , Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles , Simon Nicholson - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Oliver Geden - German Institute for International and Security Affairs , Shinichiro Asayma - Waseda University , Nnimmo Bassey - Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Changes of Stratospheric Chemistry and Dynamics and its impacts as a result of climate change and stratospheric aerosol climate engineering

Stratospheric aerosol climate engineering and climate change are both expected to change stratospheric dynamics and chemistry. These changes may result in both an increase and decrease of column ozone depending on injection location, amount and timing, which impacts surface UV radiation. How large will these changes be and can we comprehensively assess these changes and aim to reduce them?

Simone Tilmes - National Center for Atmospheric Research , Ulrike Niemeier - Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg , Rolf Müller - Forschungszentrum Jülich & Wuppertal University
Michael Mills - National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) , Amy Butler - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences & NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory , Frank Keutsch - Harvard University , Alkiviadis Bais - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Teaching Climate Engineering

A series of informal, small-group discussions about people’s experiences teaching about climate engineering, sharing stories about successes, challenges, student or audience reactions, approaches that have worked (or not) in different contexts, and specific assignments or learning activities. People who have not yet taught about climate engineering are welcome.

David Morrow - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Simon Nicholson - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Michael Thompson - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Interdisciplinary CDR

Methods to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere impact on a range of physical and human systems and are intertwined with mitigation and adaptation approaches through land use, food systems, energy policy and water quality. There are a number of trade-offs, implications, risks and opportunities for different CDR methods and approaches that may influence the feasibility of large scale deployment of such techniques. Crucial bottlenecks or co-benefits of particular combinations of CDR, mitigation and adaptation strategies may play a crucial role in realising large scale CDR implementation and are important to identify.  This session invites submissions that cover all forms of CDR and a range of disciplinary perspectives from policy to public perceptions to physical science and human system impacts.

Naomi Vaughan - University of East Anglia
Nils Markusson - University of Lancaster , Lena Boysen - Max-Plank-Institute for Meteorology , Rob Bellamy - Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford , Elmar Kriegler - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) , Vivian Scott - University of Edinburgh
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Rational Choice and Worst Case Scenarios

If there is one moral argument that looms large against the prospects for Geoengineering it is the Precautionary Principle. In this session, the aim is to put this argument in a broader context in which all “facts” established via the scientific method are always open to falsification and hence cannot be known with certainty.

Martin Bunzl - Rutgers University
Douglas MacMartin - Cornell University, California Institute of Technology , David Keith - Harvard University , Ortwin Renn - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Oliver Morton - The Economist
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Plenary: Research Governance World Café

This plenary aims to bring together members of the SRM & CDR research community with those involved in governance intitatives to discuss broader issues related to responsible innovation and research governance. The World Café format will allow interactive discussions on a range of research governance related questions. 

Oliver Morton - The Economist
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Plenary: SRM Experiments Campfire

A team of scientists at Harvard University is interested in conducting one of the first outdoor solar geoengineering experiments in the U.S. (possibly within a year or two). Public engagement, of course, is essential. This session will provide an opportunity for researchers to engage on the substance of the experiment and to discuss broader engagement.

David Keith - Harvard University , Lizzie Burns - Harvard University
Mark Lawrence (Advisory Group Chair) - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Frank Keutsch - Harvard University
17:30 - 18:00 Break
18:00 - 19:30 Poster session + drinks

Poster presentations by
Tronje Kemena, Ina Möller, Daniele Visioni, Judith Kreuter, Fabian Stenzel, Sebastian Sonntag, Sabine Robrecht, Julia Pohlers, Jim Fleming, Andrew Lockley, Oliver Munnion, Dorothea Mayer, Franz D. Oeste, Tobias Pfrommer, Yann Chavaillaz, Ruth Potopsingh & Michael Taylor, Yuan Xin, Ying Chen, Anjali Viswamohanan, Sirazoom Munira, Mofizur Rahman, Anthony Chavez.

Tronje P. Kemena - GEOMAR Kiel , Ina Möller - Lund University , Daniele Visioni - University of L'Aquila , Judith Kreuter - Technical University Darmstadt , Fabian Stenzel - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) & Humboldt-University Berlin , Sabine Robrecht - Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Energy and Climate Research , Julia Pohlers - Kiel University , Jim Fleming - Colby College , Andrew Lockley - UCL , Oliver Munnion - Global Forest Coalition & Biofuelwatch , Dorothea Mayer - Max Planck Institute For Meteorology , Franz D. Oeste - gM-Ingenieurbüro , Sebastian Sonntag - Max Planck Institute for Meteorology , Tobias Pfrommer - University of Heidelberg , Yann Chavaillaz - Ouranos Inc and Concordia University , Michael Taylor - University of the West Indies , Ruth Potopsingh - University of Technology , Yuan Xin - Development and Research Center of China Meteorological Administration , Ying Chen - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences , Anjali Viswamohanan - Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) , Sirazoom Munira - Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) , Mofizur Rahman - Initiative for Climate Change and Health (icddr,b) , Anthony Chavez - Northern Kentucky University
Thursday
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Two pathways for Sulphate Aerosol Injection. Towards conditions of ethically defensible research and deployment

Based on two stylised Sulphate Aerosol Injection (SAI) deployment scenarios (“emergency” and “peak shaving”), this session investigates under which conditions SAI research and deployment can be ethically defensible (permissible or mandatory). The session also considers what this implies for present policy making and research programs.

Konrad Ott - Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel , Christian Baatz - Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
David Morrow - George Mason University , Frederike Neuber - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: CE assessment metrics – Comparative, Integrative, Comprehensive

To enable fair, comprehensive and comparative decision-making on Climate Engineering, we need to foster a multidisciplinary and integrative selection process for assessment metrics. In this session we want to learn to what extent established climate-change assessment metrics are applicable for Climate Engineering assessment and what kind of extensions are needed.

This session aims to foster discussions about approaches to comparatively assess different climate engineering (CE) ideas, both among each other and in the context of mitigation. We encourage contributions that address the following questions:

  • How can effects of SRM and CDR methods be compared with each other and with classical mitigation approaches?
  • Which indicators are useful for a comprehensive assessment of SRM and CDR methods?
  • To what extent are structurally new metrics compared to global warming mitigation assessment metrics needed for CE?
  • How can uncertainty be treated explicitly in metrics design?
  • What new challenges arise for the assessment process when different CE methods are combined?
  • How to select indicators for a fair and comprehensive comparison of different CE methods?
  • How to ensure societal relevance of the assessment criteria?
  • How should stakeholders co-shape the design of metrics?
Nadine Mengis - Concordia University , Sebastian Sonntag - Max Planck Institute for Meteorology , Elnaz Roshan - Universität Hamburg, International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modeling , Andreas Oschlies - GEOMAR Kiel , Wilfried Rickels - Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel , Hermann Held - Universität Hamburg
Peter Irvine - Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences , Yann Chavaillaz - Ouranos Inc and Concordia University , Mohammad Khabbazan - Universität Hamburg , Nils Matzner - Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: SRMGI 2: How to involve the climate community and the scientific community in debating climate engineering in developing countries?

Climate engineering is almost unknown in the general scientific communities in developing countries (perhaps with the exception of China) and totally unknown to the general public. Consequently, the importance of understanding the scientific and sociopolitical issues raised by SRM is underestimated in the Global South. The significant expansion of interest about SRM in many developed countries in last years hasn't been matched in developing countries. This is a major obstacle to having a broad, inclusive and equitable international discussion. Developing countries are generally the most affected by climate change and would be most affected by the use or rejection of SRM. They, therefore, have a major stake in the international governance of SRM and should be centrally involved in potential decisions about deployment. This panel will discuss the causes of the problem and will think through the best way to increase CE awareness in developing countries. The goal of this discussion is not to promote constituencies in favor or against SRM, but to increase awareness about the need for knowledge about the fundamental questions involved following the international debate. 

Eduardo Viola - University of Brasilia
Aphiya Hathayatham - National Science Museum Thailand , Paulo Artaxo - University of São Paulo , Ratemo Waya Michieka - University of Nairobi , Penehuro Lefale - LeA International/Massey University
09:00 - 10:30 Parallel Session: Geoengineering and the Arctic

The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid climate change of anywhere in the world.  Offsetting these changes has been the explicit target of multiple geoengineering proposals.  The potential effects of climate change and geoengineering would impact the people and natural resources of this sensitive region and would have knock-on effects for numerous areas throughout the rest of the world.
In this session, we explore the broad scope of geoengineering and the Arctic.  Discussions tpics will range from CDR & SRM technologies that are designed to be deployed in or directly impact the Arctic, natural and social science research on the effects and impacts of geoengineering on the Arctic, and the geopolitical role of the Arctic. 

Ben Kravitz - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Douglas MacMartin - Cornell University, California Institute of Technology
Ulrike Lohmann - ETH Zurich , David Mitchell - Desert Research Institute , Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles , Rafe Pomerance - Arctic 21 , Hilairy Hartnett - Arizona State University , Helene Muri - University of Oslo , Sergey Kostrykin - Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology , Ilona Mettiäinen - Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Climate Engineering Research Starting and Stopping Rules

This campfire session elucidates participants views on "stopping rules" - the conditions under which people might consider downscaling or ceasing research into CE technologies, and "starting rules" - conditions under which people may advocate a dramatic increase in research, or the commencement of research at the next level of scale (e.g. a move to outdoor experiments).  Some participants will be invited present some initial thoughts in order to kick-start a group discussion.  All participants will be invited to reflect on others' views and refine their own in the course of the discussion. 

Clare Heyward - University of Warwick , David Keith - Harvard University
Anjali Viswamohanan - Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) , Rodel Lasco - World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) , Nadine Mengis - Concordia University
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: The Earth System and Carbon Dioxide Removal

Scenarios limiting warming to <2°C rely heavily on Carbon Dioxide Removal. Despite this, many key questions around potential efficacy, impacts and feedbacks of different proposed CDR methods remain unanswered. Our session explores the response of the Earth System, i.e., the climate system, biosphere, and the carbon cycle, to proposed CDR.

David P. Keller - GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , Andrew Lenton - CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere & Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre , Vivian Scott - University of Edinburgh , Naomi Vaughan - University of East Anglia
Helene Muri - University of Oslo , Sebastian Sonntag - Max Planck Institute for Meteorology , Jiajun Wu - GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , Miriam Ferrer González - Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: A Review of the Recommendations of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering

The Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering (AWG) has been meeting across a series of workshops to take a fresh, authoritative look at international governance pathways for solar geoengineering. This will be the first public discussion of their preliminary findings and recommendations. Members of the AWG will present their draft report, followed by commentary from 3-4 report reviewers. Audience questions and feedback will be encouraged.

Simon Nicholson - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Michael Thompson - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , David Morrow - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Jane Flegal - UC Berkeley & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Carolyn Turkaly - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
Aarti Gupta - Wageningen University , Andrew Light - World Resources Institute and George Mason University , Leslie Paul Thiele - University of Florida, UF CAIRES , Prakash Kashwan - University of Connecticut
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Session: Modeling, imagining, and making the future in climate engineering

When it comes to engineering planetary sunshades or carbon sinks, there is no crystal ball. But economists, climate modelers, scholars of technology governance, and futurists have generated numerous methods by which to explore the future: from simulating natural or societal dynamics in models, to horizon-scanning surveys that generate educated speculation, to scenarios that imagine experimental depictions of an engineered climate. But each method comes with different objectives, ‘ways of knowing’ the future, communities of usage, and access to decision-making processes. Separately, how can we compare them? As a whole, how is knowledge and decision-making - on potentially game-changing technologies that don’t exist – better served? Are we predicting the future, exploring possibilities, presenting alternatives, or setting our own conceptions of the future into play?

Sean Low - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Stefan Schäfer (Steering Committee Chair) - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
Ben Kravitz - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles , Andrew Jones - Climate Interactive & MIT , Silke Beck - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) , Peter Healey - University of Oxford
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: Performative Experiments in Geoengineering

When artists perform experiments they elicit very different responses from the public than when scientists do. Our panel, Performative Experiments in Geoengineering, opens up a space for transdisciplinary conversation engaging conference participants in the performance and observation of a small scale artistic experiment that maps choreographies and protocols of the climate engineering field: a staging of a performance and observation of an experiment depicted in the painting ‘Experiment on a bird in the air pump’.

Karolina Sobecka - Interdisciplinary artist , Dehlia Hannah - Arizona State University
Holly Jean Buck - University of California, Los Angeles , Oliver Morton - The Economist , Forrest Clingerman - Ohio Northern University , Christopher Coenen - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: Social Movements & Climate Engineering Justice from the Periphery

Debate around the justice of geoengineering has often, implicitly or explicitly, assumed the perspective of high-emitting groups that are disproportionately responsible for geoengineering research. We should re-orient our normative thinking regarding climate engineering research, governance, and deployment to include the agency and perspectives of the global South and subaltern groups .We will convene global representatives from diverse social movements to lead intersectional discussions on what geoengineering means for racial and environmental justice, food sovereignty, youth, gender, health and global justice as well as climate justice.

Patrick Taylor-Smith - National University Singapore , Jim Thomas - ETC Group , Duncan McLaren - Lancaster Environment Centre
David Morrow - American University & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Aniruddh Mohan - Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy , Octavio Rosas-Landa - National University Mexico , Nnimmo Bassey - Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: Putting the ‘Engineering’ in Solar & Carbon Climate Engineering Approaches

Modifying Earth’s climate is one of the largest proposed activities in history. Designing, constructing, and managing such a large endeavor will require engineering. We explore engineering questions from both a systems and deployment perspective and how they can inform the science of SRM and CDR climate engineering.

Ben Kravitz - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Douglas MacMartin - Cornell University, California Institute of Technology
David Keith - Harvard University , Simone Tilmes - National Center for Atmospheric Research , Wake Smith - New State Capital Partners LLC , Hugh Hunt - Cambridge University
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Session: Campfire Sessions on a Code of Conduct for Geoengineering Research

It is essential that geoengineering research is appropriately governed to ensure that any such research is conducted safely and in a socially responsible and equitable manner. This session will describe initial work by the Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP) on developing a draft Code of Conduct for geoengineering research and will actively invite comment and discussion about potential next steps.

Anna-Maria Hubert - University of Calgary
Miranda Boettcher - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam , Jane Flegal - UC Berkeley & Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment , Tim Kruger - Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP), University of Oxford & Origen Power
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Town Hall: Looking forward

This final plenary session serves a dual purpose. It not only provides time to look back on the critical discussions we have had at CEC17 and to take stock of what we have learned, but it also gives us the opportunity to look ahead and consider the roles that CDR and SRM might play in future climate policy.  This will be an interactive session so come prepared to deliberate, discuss, and share your ideas for how things could and should be.

Friday
09:00 - 18:30 SRMGI Global Forum (by invitation only)

The SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI) is an international, NGO-driven project for expanding the discussion of SRM climate engineering research governance to developing countries.