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[Met-jobs] Deadline Extended to 15th Jan: Researcher Links Workshop for early career researchers on 'Communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development', Cape Town 6-8th March 2017.

From Juliet Jopson <>
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Date Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:56:25 +0000

Deadline Extended to 15th January

Opportunity for Early Stage Researchers

Researcher Links Workshop: Communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development

Coordinators: Prof Suraje Dessai, SRI, University of Leeds & Prof Coleen Vogel, University of Witwatersrand.

Mentors: Dr Joe Daron (Met Office, UK), Dr Katharine Vincent (Kulima Integrated Development Solutions, South Africa), Dr Admire Nyamwanza (Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa), and Dr Rachel James (University of Oxford, UK)

Discipline: Climate and environmental sciences, social science and related disciplines

Dates and venue: 6-8th March 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

Workshop Theme

Appropriate communication, interpretation and use of climate information are critical in addressing the challenges that climate variability and change pose to the sustainable development of society. This interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary workshop will focus on contemporary issues in climate change adaptation and the development of climate services in three key sectors: water resources, food security and agriculture. These have been identified as priority sectors in the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS) and are central to socio-economic development and social welfare in South Africa and the UK. With uncertainties in future climate projections for South Africa and the UK there is an urgency to improve both scientific understanding and provision of timely climate information to guide development decisions over the next 10 to 15 years.

Effective and equitable long-term solutions require robust scientific knowledge from inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations drawing on experiences across countries, climates and cultures. The workshop extends beyond climate science to enable sharing of knowledge and methods that span natural, social and applied sciences. Topics that will be addressed at the workshop include:

·         Effective and efficient development and communication of climate information for use in society

·         Co-development of climate services – involving producers, providers and users

·         The use of climate information to enhance economic development and social welfare.

The workshop follows the Fifth International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS5) in Cape Town (28th Feb – 2nd Mar 2017). The outcomes of the ICCS5 conference will to feed into the workshop, enabling the workshop to build on issues identified by attending stakeholders.

Application and Deadline

Deadline for applications is 15th January 2017.  Further information, including the full call for participants and details on how to apply, can be found on the workshop website:


Juliet Jopson, Project Manager, Climate Change Adaptation Group, School of Earth & Environment (SEE), University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel +44 (0)113 343 9914 (SEE) | Email


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