IPCC call for UK Experts: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

BEIS invites UK experts to express their interest in acting as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors.


Nomination form: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a Special Report on the “Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate”. 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 Special Report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 45th Session, which includes a timetable.

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. The first Author Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

The IPCC requires that the nominees have appropriate expertise. The IPCC website has a list of relevant expertise which was produced for the scoping meeting. All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise and be accompanied by a summary CV of maximum four pages, including a list of relevant publications. Experts can be nominated for a maximum of three chapters. All nominations should indicate clearly the field of expertise of the nominee.and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a list of relevant publications.

To be considered for nomination, please complete the nominations form and send it to by midnight on Friday 12th May 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 and II 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.

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be requested to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2019 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 the Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2019 to assist in finalizing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings. Further information about the schedule can be found in the IPCC’s Strategic Planning Schedule.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel and 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 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.

Published 25 April 2017