cc: "Quinn, Rachel" <Rachel.QuinnatXYZxyzalsoc.ac.uk>, "Mike Hulme (E-mail)" <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:46:26 +0100
from: "Goulden, Marisa" <marisa.gouldenatXYZxyzalsoc.ac.uk>
subject: Kate Hampton: Invitation to participate in Royal Society meeting
to: "'email@example.com'" <infoatXYZxyz.co.uk>
FOR THE ATTENTION OF KATE HAMPTON
Dear Ms Hampton
Hopefully you will have received your invitation to attend the Royal
Society's meeting on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December 2001 on "Climate
Change: What we know and what we need to know". I have attached a copy of
the programme and provided additional details of the meeting below. The
Steering Group (chaired by Sir John Houghton FRS) would like to invite you
to participate in this meeting and provide a short (5 min) response or
comment following Roger Harrobin (BBC) who will be speaking on
"Communicating climate change science" in session 7 of the meeting. I would
be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you would like
to participate as a discussant/respondent. Dr Mike Hulme will be
coordinating the content of the talks by the speakers and
discussants/respondents and I will ask him to contact you if you agree to
speak. The registration fee for the meeting will of course be waived for
you, as a discussant, and we hope that you would be able to join the other
speakers for a buffet supper on Wednesday 12 December.
Aims of the meeting
The timing has been designed to allow time for attendees and speakers to
digest the IPCC's Synthesis report, the final part of the Third Assessment
Report (TAR), which was released at the end of September. The aim of the
meeting is to promote discussion among scientists, government, industry,
NGOs and other stakeholders about the science and technology challenges
arising from the TAR and how they might be met. We anticipate that the
meeting will identify the gaps in the scientific knowledge from the
perspective of all stakeholders and attempt to prioritise them. The RS will
be publishing a report of the meeting, which will consist of a summary of
the main issues and challenges from the talks and discussion.
The meeting lasts for 2 days and has a total of 8 sessions. Each session
will be split into 2-3 sub-sessions each with normally 1 main speaker (15
mins each) and 1-2 discussants providing alternative perspectives (5 mins
each) and there will be plenty of time for discussion. Presentations on Day
1 will primarily be given by academics and will focus on our current
understanding of climate change but also the main areas of uncertainty. On
Day 2 stakeholders from government, NGOs and business will form the majority
of the speakers.
Content of talk
For you information, the Steering Group have asked each speaker to address
the following cross-cutting questions, which you might like to base your 5
min response on:
* What will be the key issues and impacts that my sector will have to
* What do we need in terms of further research and advice?
* What action is my sector taking, what role will it play in climate
change mitigation and what are the key adaptations that I must consider?
* What costs and opportunities are associated with these mitigation
and adaptation measures?
I hope that this is all the information you require but please do not
hesitate to contact me, or my colleague Rachel Quinn, if you would like
Science Policy Officer (Environment & Energy)
Science Advice Section
The Royal Society
6 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2590
Fax: +44 (0)20 7451 2692
Registered Charity No 207043
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