Plenary: SRM & CDR updates + ignite-style talks on major projects

Tuesday, 09:00 - 10:30
Plenary hall, Umweltforum
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.

Introductory remarks:

  • Stefan Schäfer

CDR & SRM update talks:

  • Ben Kravitz - SRM Natural & Social Science
  • Nem Vaughan - CDR Natural & Social Science

Ignite-style talks:

  • David Keith - Climate Engineering at Harvard University; SRM Experiments Campfire session
  • Doug MacMartin - Gordon Research Conference
  • Janos Pasztor - C2G2
  • Linda Schneider - Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Andreas Oschlies - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): SPP 1689 Climate Engineering project
  • Phil Williamson - UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme 
  • Andy Parker - SRMGI
Convened by: 

Stefan Schäfer

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam

Stefan Schäfer leads the research group “Climate Engineering in Science, Society and Politics” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. His research examines the politics, philosophy and history of science and technology, with a particular focus on the emerging field of climate engineering. He was a guest researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) from 2009-2012 and a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Global Governance Futures program in 2014-2015. He is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, lead author of the European Transdisciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering (EuTRACE) report, and chairs the Steering Committee of the Climate Engineering Conference (CEC) series. He holds a doctorate in political science from Freie Universität Berlin.


Ben Kravitz

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

Ben Kravitz is a climate scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  His research involves using climate models to understand climate response to perturbations on a variety of timescales.  Ben's focus is on climate model simulations of geoengineering.  He is the coordinator of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), an international effort to understand the robust responses of climate models to standardized scenarios of geoengineering.

Naomi Vaughan

University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

Naomi (Nem) Vaughan is a lecturer at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.  Her research interests focus on possible societal response options to climate change; mitigation, adaptation, carbon removal or ‘negative emissions’ and ideas of climate engineering.  Her focus is on these issues at a global scale and over a long time (e.g. centuries), how they are constrained by the Earth system (including climate-carbon cycle feed-backs) and how they interact with one another.  Nem is an interdisciplinary scientist working from a physical science background with colleagues across a range of disciplines.

David Keith

Harvard University
United States of America

David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty-five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment. David is Professor of Applied Physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, and founder at Carbon Engineering, a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air to make carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels. Best known for work on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering, David is leading the development of an interfaculty research initiative on solar geoengineering at Harvard. David’s work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David’s hardware engineering projects include the first interferometer for atoms, a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2, and currently, development of CO2 capture pilot plants for Carbon Engineering. David teaches courses on Science and Technology Policy and on Energy and Environmental Systems where he has reached students worldwide with an online edX course. He has writing for the public with A case for climate engineering from MIT Press. Based in Cambridge, David spends about a third of his time in Canmore Alberta.

Douglas MacMartin

Cornell University, California Institute of Technology
United States of America

Douglas MacMartin splits his time between Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, and Computing + Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology.  His research lies at the intersection between engineering feedback analysis and climate dynamics, with a primary focus on solar geoengineering – working to develop the knowledge base for society to make informed decisions.  In addition to applying engineering analysis to climate dynamics, he is also involved in control design for the Thirty Meter Telescope.  He received his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Toronto in 1987, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1992; prior to joining Caltech in 2000, he led the active control research and development program at United Technologies Research Center.

Janos Pasztor

Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Janos Pasztor (Born in Budapest, 4.4.1955) is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development.  Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International.  He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012).  In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG).  During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

His other assignments included: in the Secretariat of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit ’92); Stockholm Environment Institute; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Secretariat of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission); the Beijer Institute; and the World Council of Churches.

He has BSc and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Linda Schneider

Heinrich Böll Foundation

Linda Schneider works as Senior Programme Officer for International Climate Policy with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. She is trained in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on political ecology and globalisation issues. Linda has studied in Hamburg, Istanbul, Berlin and Paris. Besides advocating for radical emission reduction pathways, she is active in the Right to the City movement in Berlin as well as the German chapter of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

Phil Williamson

University of East Anglia & UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme
United Kingdom

Phil works for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as a programme Science Coordinator, based at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.  He has been involved in the planning and implementation of multi-institute and multidisciplinary research initiatives since the mid-1980s, working for Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and NERC.  Topics have included marine biogeochemistry, ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate geoengineering.  Recent activities have included scientific leadership of the UK Ocean Acidification research programme (co-funded by NERC and two government departments, Defra and DECC) and the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme (co-funded by NERC and Defra).  Williamson has led two reports on climate geoengineering for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and has also co-authored reports on ocean fertilization for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), and on ocean acidification for OSPAR and the CBD.  He has participated in several Conferences of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is a lead author for the Special Report on Ocean, Cryosphere and Climate for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Phil’s main current work is as Science Coordinator for the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal programme, co-funded by NERC, other Research Councils and the UK government (BEIS).