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Katherine Tyrka

International Press Relations

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Unesco and UPMC Are Hosting an International Conference on Climate Change

From July 7 to 10, 2015, Unesco and UPMC will host the international scientific conference "Our Common Future under Climate Change" dedicated to the great challenges of climate change. Organized in preparation of the COP21, this is the major scientific event on climate change in 2015 and presented under the patronage of François Hollande, President of the Republic, the International Council for Science (ICSU) of Future Earth and UNESCO. The discussions between scientists will build on the results of the fifth IPCC assessment report.


"Climate change sciences are rich and relevant to all areas of our lives. They are a means to decipher the issues related to climate and find possible solutions. This is why UPMC is committed to climate study: to better understand the changes, but also to understand what is at stake and to enable citizens to grasp these questions," says Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC.


Nearly 2,000 scientists from around the world, coming from Africa, America, Asia and Europe are expected at the event. This strong rally demonstrates the commitment and involvement of the scientific world for the cause of global warming. "Interest in this conference has exceeded our expectations ..." says Hervé le Treut, climatologist, professor at UPMC, director of the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute* and chairman of the organizing committee of the conference.


"The scientific community decided to have an intermediate conference to present climate science and all its challenges in a unique event, ranging from fundamental science to solutions," said Herve Le Treut. Four days of presentations and debates are scheduled around the state of knowledge on climate change; landscapes of our common future; answers to the challenges of climate change and finally collective action and transformation solutions.


The researchers will present the latest scientific results and debate alongside opinion leaders (negotiators, policy makers, companies, NGOs, general public) on energy, financial and economic transformation and its implications in terms of development and social change. "Today we are no longer being alerted to the problem of climate change, we are now looking to it, and that is too complex for any one individual. The global reach, an interdisciplinary approach and the interface between science and society are the only way to solve this problem, "says Hervé le Treut.


In connection with the Our Common Future under Climate Change conference, Sorbonne University and UPMC are also organizing various other events (seminars, conferences ...) throughout the year, whose central theme is the climate. Every day, 2,000 faculty members, researchers, PhD students and engineers work in the field of environment and climate at Sorbonne University.


*jointly supervised by CNRS / UPMC / UVSQ / CEA / IRD / CNES /Ecole Polytechnic / Ecole Nationale Supèrieure


Photo credit: Pierre Kitmacher for UPMC

Practical Information


The conference "Our Common Future under Climate Change" will be held on the 7, 8, 9 and 10 July at Unesco and at the Jussieu Campus of Pierre and Marie Curie University:


UNESCO 125 avenue de Suffren 75007 Paris

Metro, lines 6, 8 and 10 (at Cambronne, Ecole Militaire or Ségur stations), or Buses numbers 28 and 80


Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

4 place Jussieu 75005

Metro Lines 7 and 10 (Jussieu station)


The conference site Nouvelle fenêtre

The Unesco siteNouvelle fenêtre

Demain le climat (in French) Nouvelle fenêtre