IPCC call for UK Experts to produce the IPCC Sixth Assessment


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the production of this Report.

The role of the IPCC is to assess in a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent way the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. The IPCC includes three working groups: Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II is responsible for impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III assesses the mitigation of climate change.

The outlines of the Working Group contributions to the AR6 were developed after a comprehensive scoping process involving the scientific community and governments. They can be accessed on the IPCC Website.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports on the IPCC website. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in Annex 1 to these procedures.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, and a specification of the nominee’s key area of expertise. Experts can be nominated for a maximum of 3 chapters per Working Group.

Working Group II also welcomes the nomination of experts with expertise in areas specific to the cross-chapter papers (see outline). Experts interested in the cross-chapter papers will need to be nominated for one of the relevant sectoral chapters (Section 1) or regional chapters (Section 2) and selected for the respective chapter teams. Author teams of the cross-chapter papers will be recruited from the chapter teams as a second step. For example, the Polar regions Cross-Chapter Paper will include Authors selected for Chapter 2 or 3 or for Chapters 10-14, where polar issues are integrated.

To be considered for nomination please complete the appropriate nomination form for the Working Group to which you would like to apply, and return in .xls or .ods format, with a CV comprising no more than 4 pages in .pdf format to beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk

Deadline – Midnight Tuesday 24 October 2017

Next steps

The UK Focal Point will submit nominations meeting expertise criteria and minimum application standards for this meeting as described by the IPCC.

Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors will be selected by the Working Group I, II and III Bureaux. The IPCC seeks a balance of men and women, as well as between those experienced with working on IPCC reports and those new to the process, including younger scientists.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel & subsistence support for attendance at relevant meetings. A level of assistance may be considered, once other reasonable potential avenues of sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the UK IPCC Focal Point by contacting beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation from the IPCC has been received.

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