Climate Engineering in Context Conference Series: Critical Global Discussions 

The idea of deliberately intervening in the global climate system in response to climate change is increasingly being discussed in contemporary climate change research and politics.  Building on the success of the two previous international climate engineering conferences in 2014 (CEC14), and 2017 (CEC17) by organizing the CEC conference series, we strive to continue critical global discussions by bringing together the research, policy, and civic communities to discuss the highly complex and interlinked ethical, social and technical issues related to large-scale interventions into global systems as a response to climate change. The conference will provide a thorough and timely update on the latest developments in the field. We seek to facilitate discussions about the future development of all approaches historically aggregated under the term “climate engineering”, among other interventions into global systems in response to climate change including mitigation, adaptation, de-growth, rewilding and ecological restoration. CECs thereby serve as an opportunity for a diverse audience of academic, policy, civil society or public spheres to critically engage with the ethical, cultural, political, economic and scientific implications of such climate interventions.


The overarching objectives of CEC are:

  • Bringing together diverse stakeholders – academics as well as representatives from the policy and civil society communities.
  • Providing a forum to (1) present and discuss research findings, (2) review the state of the debate, and (3) scope key future questions and challenges for academia and society.
  • Providing a platform for co-creation, networking, collaboration and exchange across disciplines, sectors, countries, continents, and generations.


The conference will reflect the IASS’s transdisciplinary approach. Accordingly, the conference intends to provide a venue for explorations of climate engineering via disciplinary research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transdisciplinary engagement. In disciplinary research, specific questions are addressed from a single disciplinary perspective at a great level of specialization and depth. In interdisciplinary collaboration, specific questions are addressed simultaneously from different disciplinary perspectives. In transdisciplinary engagement, new approaches that merge more traditional disciplinary perspectives with input from different stakeholder communities, such as academics, NGOs, the media, and policymakers, provide new frameworks for discussing issues of collective interest and relevance.

How to participate

There will be three ways of registering to participate at CEC21. The CEC21 Steering Committee will issue a call for session proposals to invite interested stakeholders (academics and non-academics alike) to submit their ideas for sessions. Sessions may have up to 3 conveners, and up to two additional suggested contributors. Proposals for interactive session formats are strongly encouraged, as are inter- or trans-disciplinary proposals. Session proposals that promote panel diversity, in terms of gender, career stage, political perspective, geography, and sector (academia, policy, and/or civil society), are also strongly encouraged. Session submissions will be subject to anonymised peer review, with each session being reviewed by at least two members of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Group. Sessions will be selected based on quality, proposed format, thematic fit and available slots. Successful conveners will be invited to register for CEC21.

Secondly the CEC21 Steering Committee will issue a call for contributions to invite interested parties (academics and non-academics alike) to read through the list of accepted sessions and submit ideas for how they could contribute to a given session. Contributions can be presenting a paper in a traditional session, or playing an active role in an interactive session format. Contributions are welcome to span a range of creative mediums. Poster contributions, in traditional academic formats, and interactive or artistic formats, are also welcome; these will be exhibited in a separate session. Submissions will be subject to review by the session conveners in close collaboration with the Steering Committee. Contributions will be selected based on quality and diversity of submissions, thematic fit and available slots. To ensure that a diverse range of voices is heard at CEC21, each participant will be limited to two active contributing roles (i.e. convening a session, giving a talk or presenting a poster). Selected contributors will be invited to register for CEC21.

Finally, the CEC21 Steering Committee will open registration for non-contributing participants on a first-come-first-served basis. Those who are interested in attending the conference without a specifically assigned role are encouraged to register during this period.