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Calls for sessions and abstracts for the 2018 IPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference in Edmonton, Canada

In collaboration with the City of Edmonton, the United Nations Environment Programme, C40Cities and seven other partners, the IPCC is organising the Cities and Climate change Science conference in Edmonton, Canada.

On 5-7 March 2018, urban researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working on climate change and cities will come together to stimulate research on effective and efficient urban responses to climate change. Calls for sessions and abstracts for the conference are open. Interested parties have until 6 October to propose themes for 90min sessions or topics for individual talks and poster presentations.

“Cities hold more than half of the world’s population and are responsible for an important proportion of global CO2 emissions,” says Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair of Working Group III, the IPCC group that looks at mitigation, or options to reduce emissions and prevent future climate change. “A better understanding of what actions can be taken in urban environments is a big part of the solution to addressing climate change. We need to encourage more scientific research in this area that is relevant to urban policy-makers.”

The aim of this international, inter-disciplinary conference is to assess the state of our understanding of climate change and cities, identify gaps in knowledge and inspire the next frontier of research on the science of cities and climate change. It also aims to stimulate research on Cities and Climate Change during the IPCC 6th Assessment Cycle. The Working Group III report will include a chapter dedicated to urban systems and mitigation options in cities.

“This is an opportunity for public and private-sector actors working on climate mitigation to come together to discuss the opportunities that cities present to mitigate against climate change,” says Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice-Chair of Working Group III and member of the scientific steering Committee of the conference. “We want to pave the way for scientists, local politicians and practitioners to generate new ideas together, catalyse funding and find innovative, fair and forward-thinking climate mitigation solutions.”

“Local policymakers can reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way we think about electricity, heat, transport, buildings.. This is an opportunity to generate innovative ideas for climate mitigation in urban settings.” says Professor P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair of Working Group III. “Let’s think outside the box and find local solutions that work for urban citizens.”

Follow @Cities_IPCC and #CitiesIPCC on Twitter. More information on the conference and programme can be found on the conference website.