Wengen Workshops on Global Change Research

Introduction

jungfrau

Since 1995 we have held specialized Workshops on themes related to climate and global change research in the mountain resort of Wengen (Bernese Alps, Switzerland). In each case, a number of internationally-recognized experts have actively contibuted to the meetings. Along with young scientists and graduate students, the total number of participants has been about 50. So far, we have held the following Workshops:

  • 1995:Climatic Change at High Elevation Sites (September 11-16, 1995), co-organized with Prof. R. S Bradley, University of Massachusetts, USA, and Dr. H. F. Diaz, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, USA. A special issue of the journal Climatic Change has been published with selected papers from this meeting (Vol. 36, 1997), and it has also been published as a book by Kluwer Academic Publishers in The Netherlands
  • 1996: High Resolution Climate Modeling (September 23-26, 1996), co-organized with Prof. L. Bengtsson, Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1997: Past, Present and Future Climate Variability and Extremes: The Impacts on Forests (September 22-26, 1997), co-organized with Dr. J. Innes, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Published in 1998 by Springer Verlag, Berlin and New York. Click here for summary.
  • 1998: Biomass burning and its Inter-Relationships with the Climate System (September 28 - October 2, 1998), co-organized with Prof. Michel Verstraete, Joint Research Center of the EU, Ispra, Italy, and Prof.J. Innes, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmesdorf, Switzerland. Published in 2000 by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, in the book series "Advances in Global Change Research". Click here for summary.
  • 1999: Satellite Remote Sensing and Climate Models (September 20 - 24, 1999), co-organized with Prof. Michel Verstraete, Joint Research Center of the EU, Ispra, Italy (for operational reasons, the 1999 edition of the Workshops on Global Change Research was held in Les Diablerets, Switzerland). Published in 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, in the book series "Advances in Global Change Research". Click here for summary.
  • 2000: Climatic Change, Implications for the Hydrological Cycle and for Water Management (September 22 - 29, 2000), co-organized with Prof. U. Luterbacher, Graduate School of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. E. Weigandt, University Institute Kurt Boesch, Sion, Switzerland, Prof. P. Vellinga, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Dr. Holger Hoff, Potsdam Institute for Climate-Impacts Research, Potsdam, Germany. Publication under preparation for 2002 with Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, in the book series "Advances in Global Change Research". Click here for summary.
  • 2001: Environmental Change and its Implications for Population Migrations (September 19 - 22, 2001), co-organized with Prof. U. Luterbacher, Graduate School of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. E. Weigandt, University Institute Kurt Boesch, Sion, Switzerland, and Dr. Sylvia Karlsson, International Human Dimensions Program, Bonn, Germany. Publication under preparation for 2003 with Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, in the book series "Advances in Global Change Research". Click here for summary.
  • 2002: Quantifying Terrestrial Carbon Sinks; Science, Technology and Policy (September 25 - 28, 2002), co-organized with Prof. Michel Verstraete, Joint Research Center of the EU, Ispra, Italy, Dr. Bernard Pinty (same address), Prof. Martin Heimann (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany), and Dr. J. (Pep) Canadell (Global Carbon Project, CSIRO, Australia) Publication under preparation for 2004 in the journal "Climatic Change". Click here for summary.
  • 2003: Regional Climatic Change in Europe. The 3rd Annual Meeting of the EU-PRUDENCE Project, with sponsorship by the European Science Foundation in its Exploratory Workshop series (September 29 - October 3, 2003), co-organized with Dr. Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, and co-ordinator of the EU-PRUDENCE Project. Click here for summary.
  • 2004:Mountain Glaciers and Society (September 29-October 3, 2004), co-sponsored by the Graduate School of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), L'Association Montagne 2002 (Sion, Switzerland), the Mountain Research Initiative (Berne, Switzerland), the University of Zurich (Switzerland), the University of California at Davis (United States), and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Publication in preparation for 2006 with the Univesity of California Press. Click here for summary.
  • 2005:Climate, Climatic Change and Human Health (September 12-14, 2005), co-sponsored by the Graduate School of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), NOAA-OAR (Boulder, Colorado, United States), the University of Acre (Acre, Brazil), WHO (Rome, Italy), IRI, Columbia University (New York, United States), and the EU-ENSEMBLES Project (coordinated by the Hadley Center, UK Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom). Publication in preparation for 2006/2007 in the book series "Advances in Global Change Research" Click here for Summary.
  • 2006: Adaptation to the Impacts of Climatic Change in the European Alps (October 4-6, 2006), co-organized by Shardul Agrawala, OECD, Paris, France; Martin Beniston, Universities of Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland; the EU-ENSEMBLES Project, Research Themes RT0, RT7, and RT8. Click here for Summary
  • 2007: Climate Change and Desertification: Monitoring, Modeling and Forecasting (September 10-13)
    W07R (294 Kb, pdf)

The success of these workshops is the result of a combination of factors, namely:

  • Scientific themes which require special attention in the context of global change, and which are usually not sufficiently addressed at large international meetings
  • Interdisciplinary topics, allowing researchers from different backgrounds to meet, discuss, and plan future joint collaboration
  • A relatively small number of speakers (35-40), where sufficient time is allocated for discussions and exchange of ideas
  • A Workshop spanning less than a full working week, allowing flexibility for scientists with a heavy schedule
  • No registration fees for students or persons from developing countries
  • Some financial support, for Keynote Speakers and/or scientists from Eastern Europe and developing countries
  • A quiet environment away from the standard stress factors of the office, i.e., telephone, fax, E-Mail
  • A high quality hotel with superior accommodation and food at very competitive prices
  • The possibility of participating in an optional excursion to the world-renowned scientific research station of the Jungfraujoch on the last day of the Workshop

As a result of the success of these first Workshops, and the general framework in which these meetings are held, the "Wengen Workshops on Global Change Research" are now an annual event, organized by us at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, with scientific support from other institutions that have a major interest in the selected themes of the Workshops.

 

top