At this year's Swiss Global Change Day with guest of honour Simonetta Sommaruga, involved Swiss researchers discussed the findings of the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Four young researchers were also awarded a prize worth 1000 Swiss francs for their posters.
The focus of the event was on the recently published . The message is clear: extreme weather events are likely to increase in the future. And as warming progresses, the risks multiply. The adaptive capacity of humans and nature is increasingly being exceeded.
But what does this mean for Switzerland? 16 researchers from Switzerland contributed to the current IPCC report as authors - and they shared their findings with presentations, as moderators or in the audience on site:
The third session on ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’ was moderated by the new ProClim President Karin Ingold. (University of Zurich), (University of Lausanne) and (ETH Zurich) completed the series of talks.
Federal Councillor was also a guest at this year's Swiss Global Change Day. In her speech, she reaffirmed Switzerland's climate goals: The net zero target is technically possible and economically viable. Switzerland could invest almost twelve billion francs in domestic energies (see also below).
The young researchers, for their part, invested their time in preparing a scientific poster for the traditional poster competition: with 31 posters, they presented the diversity in climate and global change research. The following four young researchers were awarded a prize worth 1000 Swiss francs:
Atmosphere • Hydrosphere
Geosphere • Biosphere
Human Dimensions • Sustainability
The event was also marked by the arrival of new faces: Philippe Thalmann (EPF Lausanne) handed over the presidency of ProClim to Karin Ingold (University of Bern). Filippo Lechthaler, who will take up his position as Head of ProClim on 1 June 2022, also introduced himself.
After the Swiss Global Change Day, ProClim has more events coming up this year: From 14 to 15 September 2022, the will take place in Zurich, and on 16 November 2022, the will be held jointly with the in Biel.
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22nd Swiss Global Change Day
The Swiss Global Change Day is the once a year event organised by ProClim where well-known experts present challenges and highlights of climate and global change research covering a broad range of topics. This year, the focus is on the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. It is also an opportunity to show research results by posters and to discuss them with colleagues. The most attractive and comprehensive posters will be honoured with a travel award of CHF 1000.–.