Call for Session Proposals - 2022 Virtual Conference of the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)
Sep 20, 2021, 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM
GCSE seeks proposals for panel sessions, five-minute flash talks, and poster presentations.
Deadline to submit a proposal: September 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Mounting scientific evidence that catastrophic climate tipping points are an inevitable part of a warming future does little to dispel a gloom and doom narrative for climate change. But a growing body of scientific research is developing a more hopeful counternarrative, one in which linked policy actions promote behavior and market changes, which in turn, help to jumpstart the same kinds of rapid changes that promote the recovery of natural systems and reverse the impacts of global warming.
GCSE invites you to explore these “positive tipping cascades'' at the 2022 Virtual Conference. These scenarios outline conditions where thresholds and tipping points accelerate a transition to a climate positive future, one that includes just and equitable access to resources and representation, and deliberate action to regenerate human and social systems, providing additional benefit to people and the planet. Learn more.
Priority Focus Areas at GCSE 2022
Submissions should fit broadly into one or more of the following focus areas:
Physical Thresholds in Climate Systems
- Water, ice, and permafrost
- Governance that connects systems, harnessing tipping points for positive change; avoiding negative transitions
Thresholds in Coupled Social-Ecological-Technological Systems
- Food systems
- Energy systems
- Multilateral governance and local solutions
- Thresholds for behavior change
Resilience and Tradeoffs
- Green infrastructure
- Health and environment linkages
- Post-pandemic recovery
Climate Positive Technology and Innovation
- Energy, waste and transportation.
- Incorporating climate positive engineering in college campuses
- Innovation in nuclear energy
- Technology and transitions
- Underserved populations
- Frontline communities
- Climate justice and vulnerability
Targets and Timelines
- SDGs - 2030 and beyond
- Stockholm +50, 2022
- Warming targets and the Paris Climate Agreement
- This is the standard breakout session format. Panel sessions should be focused on topics and projects with a broad appeal and relevance to the conference theme.
- GCSE recommends including a moderator and three presenters representing a variety of topics and organizations.
- There will be opportunities for live Q&A with conference attendees.
Five-Minute Flash Talk:
- A flash talk is a five minute presentation that is designed to quickly engage the audience on a novel concept or idea.
- Flash talk presentations may have one presenter using a single visual slide, and will include opportunities for live Q&A. Up to 8 authors may be listed and recognized in the program.
- A poster presentation is a visual representation of an author's research using graphs, photos, diagrams, and a small amount of text in a virtual poster format.
- Poster presentations may include up to three presenters and will include opportunities for live Q&A. Up to 8 authors may be listed and recognized in the program.
- Student poster presenters will have the opportunity to present during a dedicated student poster session.
GCSE is accepting proposals for panel sessions, five-minute flash talks, and poster presentations. Sessions proposals will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Merit and clarity of the full length abstract (limited to 2,000 characters, including spaces).
- Completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient presenters to address all relevant aspects of the topic.
- Complete and diverse list of presenters.
- Relevance to the GCSE 2022 Virtual Conference theme, The Road to 2030: Tipping Points for a Climate Positive Future.