IPCC call for experts to produce the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

BEIS invites UK experts to express their interest in acting as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors on a special report for the IPCC.


Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C - Author Nomination Form

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 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 drafting of this special report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 44th Session

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 available 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, including this Letter to governments and a timeline.

To Apply

Applicants must indicate the chapter(s) (no more than 3) and author role(s) for which they would like be nominated and clearly indicate their field of expertise.

To be considered for nomination please complete the nomination form (comprising 2 worksheets), and return in .xls or .ods format; with a CV comprising no more than 4 pages in .pdf format to by midnight on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

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 Bureau. The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for each chapter shall aim to reflect: The range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and expertise; geographic representation (ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition); a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC, and gender balance.

It should be noted that Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be expected to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2018 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through web conferences. The presence of Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2018 to assist in finalising the summary for policy makers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than that for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings between 2017 and 2018.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel and subsistence support for authors. A level of assistance may be considered for exceptional cases, only once other reasonable potential avenues of sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer and learned societies to which the applicant belongs, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the IPCC UK Focal Point by contacting for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation to the meeting by the IPCC has been received and in advance of the meeting.

Published 9 November 2016