ICTP’s e-infrastructures and climate change research conference

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) invites policy makers, climate change scientists and e-Infrastructure experts to attend its conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’. The event will be held in Trieste, Italy at ICTP’s headquarters (16-20 May, 2011).

The programme includes contributions from scientists, e-Infrastructures projects and high-level stakeholders engaged in national and international strategies to tackle the climate change problem.

“The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network, in a unique environment, with policy makers, scientists and e-Infrastructure experts,” says Alberto Masoni, co-organiser of the event and director of research of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy (INFN).

Confirmed keynote speakers include Kostas Glinos, head of the European Commission’s GÉANT and e-Infrastructures Unit, George H. Philander, director of African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science at Princeton University, and Bryan Lawrence, director of Environmental Data Curation at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The organisers aim to give all participants an opportunity to present their results and achievements to the community and they will be accepting one-page abstract submissions until 25 March 2011. Registration for the event is free and it’s open until 29 April.

The conference programme is subdivided in four sessions. Two will cover themes such as climate change modelling and adaptation/mitigation policies. There will also be a session addressing the role of e-Infrastructures in climate change studies and another on long-term strategies and policies in the use of e-Infrastructures in this field.

Masoni hopes that “informative presentations from a variety of experts, coupled with interactive roundtable discussions and a series of tutorials will offer participants a wide range of take-aways from the event.”

The ICTP conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’ is organised by ICTP in partnership CHAIN, EU-IndiaGrid2 and EUMEDGRID-Support Seventh Framework Program projects.