07 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
Paris, France

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

The international conference, "Our Common Future Under Climate Change," is one of the key scientific events leading up to the UNFCCC climate conference (COP21) at the end of 2015. IIASA researchers will play an important role.

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Many IIASA researchers and collaborators will participate in this key event for climate change science taking place in Paris just a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

IIASA Director General and CEO Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat and Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic will both participate in the event, along with a number of researchers from across IIASA's multidisciplinary research programs.

IIASA research has been a key input into climate change research from the very beginning, and continues to play an important role supporting climate policy at the international, regional and national levels. Nineteen IIASA researchers contributed to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, which was published in 2013-14. 

IIASA Participation

Featured Event: Parallel Session 2206
The World in 2050: What does it look like and how do we get there?

IIASA and partners in the World in 2050 project are co-organizing a parallel session on the project, which aims to develop pathways to achieve sustainable development within a safe and just operating space of a stable planet.

Location: UPMC Jussieu - ROOM 105 - Block 24/34

Time: Wednesday 8 July, 15:00-16:30


15:00 - The Sustainable Development Pathway •  Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director General and CEO)

15:20 - The World in 2050 • Johann Rockstrom (Stockholm Resilience Centre)

15:40 - Beyond Paris to 2050 and thereafter - multiple benefits of a global transformation toward sustainable futures  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA Deputy Director General & Deputy CEO)

16:00 - The World in 2050 – the contribution of model-based scenarios  • D. Van Vuuren (Netherlands Environment Agency), E. Kriegler (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), K. Riahi (IIASA Energy Program)

Monday 6 July 2015

The Climate Debate: Interpreting Signs from the Future - Panel debate (in French and English) - 20:00-22:00, Grand Auditorium, Collège des Bernardins (20 rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris)

Speakers include:  Youba Sokona, (South Center), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA), Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK), Hervé Le Treut (Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace), Jean-Charles Hourcade (CIRED), Erika Rosenthal (Earth Justice), Jacques Arnould (CNES), Frédéric Louzeau (Collège des Bernardins Research Centre)

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Wednesday 8 July 2015

Plenary Sesssion 2 - Landscapes of Our Common Future: 09:00-11:00
Conceptualizing our Future: Storylines and Scenarios of Future Climate Change • Keynote Speaker: Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA Deputy Director General & Deputy CEO) - 09:20, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM I

Large Parallel Session L2.1 - Drivers of Change and Visions of Development, 11:30-13:00
The Climate-Development ‘Conflict’: Asking the right questions • Narasimha Rao (IIASA Energy Program) - 11:50, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM IX

Parallel Session 2218 - Land-based mitigation: agriculture, forests, bioenergy, 16:30-18:00
Assessing low emissions development pathways for the agricultural and land use sector • Ulrich Kleinwechter (IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program) - 17:06, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM IX

Parallel Session 2240 - Perceptions of climate change, 17:30-19:00
Believing, Belonging and Behaving: Exploring mismatch between climate change perceptions and individual mitigation behaviors across 27 European countries • Raya Muttarak (IIASA World Population Program) - UPMC Jussieu - ROOM 101 - Block 14/24 More information>>

Parallel Session 3322 (b) - Development of pathways: their mix of endogenous and exogenous uncertainties and their future under a changing climate, 17:30-19:00
Connection between development, other 'externalities' and climate • Keywan Riahi (IIASA Energy Program) - 18:30, UPMC Jussieu - ROOM 201 - Block 24/34

Thursday 9 July 2015

Parallel Session 406(a) - Climate change and Development: Alleviating poverty and achieving inclusive development within the constraints of a global carbon budget and other planetary boundaries, 14:30-16:00
The Interaction of Climate Mitigation and Universal Energy Access Policies • Shonali Pachauri, IIASA Energy Program - 15:20, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM II

Parallel Session 3306 - Transitioning from fossil fuels and avoiding lock-ins: 16:30-18:00
The role of fossil energy in conventional and carbon-constrained worlds • David McCollum, IIASA Energy Program - 16:30, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM II

Parallel Session 4402(a) - Low carbon pathways for staying below 2°C: Global requirements 17:30-19:00
The energy transformation in 2°C pathways: upscaling technology, investment needs, stranded assets and the role of energy demand • Volker Krey, IIASA Energy Program - 17:56,  UPMC Jussieu - Amphi Herpin

Parallel Session 3310 - Climate finance at scale: emerging opportunities? 17:30-19:00
Climate finance at scale: emerging opportunities?  Reinhard Mechler, IIASA Risk Policy and Vulnerability Program - 17:30, UPMC Jussieu - Amphi 24

Parallel Session 3307 - Negative emissions for climate change stabilization & the role of CO2 geological storage, 17:30-19:00 (Co-Chaired by IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program Deputy Director Florian Kraxner)
Limits to negative emissions technologies • S. Fuss (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and IIASA), P. Smith (University of Aberdeen) - 17:30, UPMC Jussieu - Amphi 24 
   Flyer (PDF) • Session Findings (PDF)

Poster Session - UPMC Jussieu – Posters (Block 24) - 15:00-19:00

Interactions between agriculture mitigation choices and fossil CO2 emissions within integrated low-carbon pathways to limit warming to 2 degrees •
A.Reisinger (New Zealand Agricultural GHG Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand), A. Daigneault (Landcare Research, Auckland, New Zealand), J. Rogelj (IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria).

Cumulative carbon emissions modulated by policy options for limiting warming to below 1.5 and 2°C • J. Rogelj (IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria), M. Schaeffer, (Climate Analytics, Berlin, Germany), M. Meinshausen, (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)

Friday 10 July 2015

Parallel Session 4406 (b) - Climate change and Development: Alleviating poverty and achieving inclusive development within the constraints of a global carbon budget and other planetary boundaries, 14:00-15:30
Human development in a climate-constrained world: what the past says about the future • William Lamb (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research), Narasimha Rao (IIASA Energy Program) - 14:30, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM I

Parallel Session 3315 - Energy Innovation for Climate Change: systems approaches and societal responses, 14:00-15:30
A Systemic Approach to Assess Energy Technology Innovation • Arnulf Grubler (IIASA Transitions to New Technologies Program) - 14:10, UNESCO Fontenoy, ROOM XI

Parallel Session 4412 - Inequalities, responsibilities and equity in global climate policy, 14:00-15:30 
Quantifying Development Needs: An energy centered approach to climate justice • Narasimha Rao (IIASA Energy Program), William Lamb (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) -14:46, UNESCO Fontenoy - ROOM VI

Side Event: Innovations in Decarbonization
Carbon Removal Solutions: Discussion on Research and Development  • Florian Kraxner (IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program)
Friday July 10th, 2015 ~ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,  MINES ParisTech, 60 Boulevard Saint Michel, 75006 ParisRooms V115-V119 More information>>

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015. Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The conference will also welcome side events organized by different stakeholders.

The conference is organized under the umbrella of ICSU, Future Earth, UNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government.

The aims of the conference are to:

  • Provide state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on climate change, one year after the release of IPCC AR5: physical basis of climate change, impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, mitigation, storylines and scenarios. 
  • Explore a wide range of pathways combining climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. 
  • Assess the potential for evidence-based solutions to climate change challenges. 
  • Contribute to a science-society dialogue.

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Our Common Future Under Climate Change: 7-10 July 2015

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