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Friday 15

Side Events Friday 15 June


Lunch session: 12.30-14.00

Global Environmental Change research, The Swedish Model

Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS)

Room: AMEX

There is a growing demand on the foci, strategies, and the organisational structure of Global Environmental Change (GEC) research. The success of the current and upcoming international research programmes however, largely depend on the structure and strength of contributing national research. Prominent guest speakers will focus on good practice examples of Swedish GEC research: its institutional structure, collaborative framework, coordination of funding, policy relevance, high quality, trans-disciplinary character and its links to the international GEC research. We will also discuss drivers and barriers for the involvement of researchers in GEC research collaboration and the national development and advancement of the related research and its supporting infrastructure.


Thomas Rosswall (Moderator), Chair, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, CCAFS

Neda Farahbakhsh, Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Science

Dan Wilhelmsson, Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Science

Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Center, Co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability/DIVERSITAS

Semida Silveira, Head of the division of Energy and Climate Studies (ECS), Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm



To Cross a Widening Gulf: New Patterns and Practices of Science for Sustainability

Society for Social Studies of Science

Room: ANCH

While scientists are warning that Earth’s vital processes are imperiled, threatening humans and their environments, societies have been reluctant to heed and change course. The widening gulf between knowledge and action impedes efforts to find and follow a sustainable pathway. This poses a grand challenge for interdisciplinary scholarship. Speakers will analyze the character and causes of this disconnect, and propose strategies to close it by creating, directing, and distributing knowledge and technology in new ways. Doing so will require integrating insights and approaches from the social sciences and humanities with those from the natural sciences and engineering.


Myanna Lahsen, Center for Earth System Science, Brazilian Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre, University of Sussex

Stephen Zehr, University of Southern Indiana, USA


Governing international science, technology, and innovation co-operation for sustainable development

German Development Institute

Room: RDC

Since 2008, an international expert group has been working under the guidance of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy on the question of how international co-operation in science, technology and innovation (STI) can be better organized to achieve faster and more effective knowledge-based responses to the challenges that hinder the advancement of global sustainable development. Seven case studies and five background papers on related governance dimensions have been written. The side event will give an overview of the issues raised and the main conclusions drawn in the project.


Science for decision-making – the role of IPCC assessments

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


Room: B8

Policy-makers need firm foundations for decision-making, especially when addressing complex environmental, economic and social issues such as climate change. The IPCC, founded in 1988 to prepare comprehensive assessments on climate change, laid the basis for the UNFCCC and continues to provide scientific and technical information to support the Convention, as was highlighted in the Durban decisions. The IPCC’s rigorous process has become a template for scientific assessments. The role of IPCC for decision-making and the interaction between scientists and policy-makers will be described, and illustrated through findings of two recent reports on key Rio+20 themes, disaster risk reduction and energy.


Gisbert Glaser, Senior Advisor, International Council for Science

Thelma Krug, Co-chair, IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Ursula Oswalk Spring, Lead Author, IPCC SREX report; Professor, Regional Multidisciplinary
Research Centre (CRIM), National University of Mexico

Antonina Ivanova Boncheva, Vice-Chair, IPCC Working Group III; Professor, Department of Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

Jonathan Lynn, Panel Moderator, Head of Communications, IPCC

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Evening session 18.15-20.00

Youth event

Room: Gym

Interactive open space event including young innovators from the United States (sponsored by the U.S. State Department), students of the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, the Rio+20 Children and Youth Major Group, and key scientists from the Forum.

Moderators: Augusto Gutierrez and Henrique Versteed-Vedana

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