Save the Date: iLEAPS OzFlux Joint Conference

Save the Date: iLEAPS OzFlux Joint Conference

Save the Date: iLEAPS – OzFlux Joint Conference

The iLEAPS – OzFlux hybrid conference will be held on Tuesday 31 January – Friday 03 February 2023. The topic is Biosphere – Atmosphere Interactions and Global Change from Microbial to Planetary Scales. The original date of the iLEAPS – OzFlux Joint Conference was February 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference has moved to 2023. The conference will be delivered in a hybrid context, that being a mix of physical and virtual attendance. Further details of how this will run will be announced during the year. ESC workshops and pre-conference tours will be held on Monday 30 January, and post-conference tours will be held on Saturday 04 February.


From Sunday 01 May 2022, at 11:59pm, the New Zealand border re-opens to travellers from visa waiver countries. For more information on this and travelling to New Zealand, please visit our Conference Venue page.

The research platform ‘iLEAPS’ (Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Studies) is one of several Future Earth research initiatives, with the critical goal of bringing together researchers from a variety of fields related to land-atmosphere exchange processes.

This includes, but is not limited to carbon, water and trace gas exchange, land use change, atmospheric composition, and the societal and related environmental issues.

AUT is proud to host the 6th iLEAPS Science Conference in 2023, in the vibrant city of Auckland and online, in conjunction with the yearly conference of the Australian/New Zealand Network for eddy covariance measurements (OzFlux).


SRI Program Is Now Available!

SRI Program Is Now Available!

SRI Program Is Now Available!

The program for the 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022) is now available. 

SRI2022, the second edition of the world’s largest gathering dedicated to transdisciplinary research and innovation in sustainability, will feature workshops, innovation demonstrations, networking and special events, plenaries, an idea market, and much more. The program of SRI2022 will double from the inaugural Congress with nearly 200 sessions showcasing the newest advances in sustainability science and demonstrating groundbreaking work to translate knowledge to action. 

Explore the SRI2022 program and speakers, and start creating your schedule to network with more than 2000 experts leading sustainability research and innovation. 

You still have time to register for the Congress. Join us at SRI2022 held in Pretoria, South Africa, or online, June 20-24, 2022. Read more here.

Climate Tipping Points, Irreversibility and their Consequences for Society, Environment and Economies | Switzerland’s Proposal for an IPCC Special Report

Climate Tipping Points, Irreversibility and their Consequences for Society, Environment and Economies | Switzerland’s Proposal for an IPCC Special Report

Climate Tipping Points, Irreversibility and their Consequences for Society, Environment and Economies | Switzerland’s Proposal for an IPCC Special Report


Over the past decades, our scientific understanding of climate change has significantly grown. The IPCC reports have played a key role in synthetizing the best available science on the causes of climate change, its impacts, and possible pathways to adapt to and mitigate them.

Meanwhile, scientific information on large-scale singular events, tipping points and irreversibilities remains scattered. Tipping points in the climate system refer to thresholds that can occur as a consequence of human induced climate change, and that lead to changes are abrupt, high-impact, large-scale and often irreversible.

To respond to this need, the government of Switzerland considers it timely and pertinent to ask the IPCC to elaborate a Special Report on “Climate Tipping Points and their Implications for Habitability and Resources”, which will be prepared in the framework of the IPCC’s 7th Assessment Cycle, scheduled to start in 2023. All three IPCC Working Groups are expected to contribute to this Special Report, making it a comprehensive assessment of the topic. The timing of the approval of the report should take place around 2026 in order to serve as the basis for the second UNFCCC Global Stocktake from 2026 to 2028, and well before the second commitment period under the Paris Agreement in 2030.

This event organized with Switzerland within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will present the initiative to governments participating in the IPCC and Parties to the UNFCCC and other interested stakeholders. The goal of the event is to lay out as to how the crossing of tipping points in the climate systems may impact society, environment and economies alike, across the globe.

More information:


 Additional speaker to be confirmed.

  • Thomas STOCKER, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Bern & President of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
  • Sebastian KÖNIG, Chief Scientist, International Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) & Focal Point for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Switzerland
  • Maria NEIRA, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization
  • Alexandra BILAK, Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • Eric USHER, Head, United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative
  • Jürg LUTERBACHER, Director, Science and Innovation Department & Chief Scientist, World Meteorological Organization
  • Dina IONESCO, Manager at United Nations Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) | Moderator


To participate in-person at the International Environment House I, room 3, kindly register on the Eventbrite platform.

To participate online, kindly register on the Webex platform.

Register for the 2022 Scenarios Forum

Register for the 2022 Scenarios Forum

Register for the Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

The Scenarios Forum will be taking place as an in-person and partly online conference at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Laxenburg Conference Center in Laxenburg, Austria.

The forum brings together a diverse set of communities who are using or developing scenarios for use in climate change and sustainability analysis to: exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned, identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration, reflect on the use of scenarios, identify knowledge gaps for future research.

The first Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures was organized in Denver, Colorado, in 2019 and provided a key means of facilitating integration across the climate modeling, integrated assessment, and impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability communities, as well as with additional relevant research communities including future studies, development economics, and governance. The activities at the first Scenarios Forum were summarized in a Meeting Report (O’Neill at al, 2019). Based on the Scenarios Forum 2019, the state of the use of the Scenarios Framework was summarized and several next steps for the Scenario Process were identified, synthesized in a paper by O’Neill et al. (2020).

The Scenarios Forums are presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), who aims to organize and stimulate the Scenarios Process and to foster interaction across climate-related scientific disciplines. The ambition is to rotate the conferences geographically and between organizers from different scientific disciplines. The ICONICS Steering Committee has taken on the role to solicit and select conference organizers and assure that a Scenarios Forum is taking place every other year. The actual organization, specific focus, and details of each Scenarios Forum are in the hands of the conference organizer and their Scientific Steering Committee.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in partnership with IAMC.

Tune in for a session organized by our MESH working group on Session #42: Advances in human-Earth System interactions in scenario development with invited talks by Alan Di Vittorio (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Sibel Eker (Radboud University, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Registration is now open for virtual attendance! 

Discussion Series: Paleoclimate Insights on Societal Collapse

Discussion Series: Paleoclimate Insights on Societal Collapse

Discussion Series: Paleoclimate Insights on Societal Collapse

Location: Virtual
Dates: 3 June 2022, 17:30-19:00 CEST

Join AIMES, Earth Commission, Future Earth and WCRP for the Amazon focused webinar in a series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. The event will look at paleo insights on climate change and how it has impacted societies – sometimes leading to their collapse.


  • Collapse of complex societies – Jospeh Tainter
  • How climate change impacted ancient civilizations– Ann Kinzig
  • Q&A/ Discussion

Speaker Information

Prof. Joseph Tainter 
Utah State University
Prof. Joseph Tainter received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1975. He has taught at the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University, and until 2005 directed the Cultural Heritage Research Project in the Rocky Mountain Research Station. He has been a professor in ENVS since 2007, serving as Department Head from 2007 to 2009. His study of why societies collapse led to research on sustainability, with emphases on energy and innovation. He has also conducted research on land-use conflict and human responses to climate change. Dr. Tainter has appeared in documentary films and television programs, in print media, and in radio programs. He appeared in the film The 11th Hour, produced by Leonardo diCaprio.
Prof. Ann Kinzing
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Prof. Ann Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments, and what this means for both human health and the Earth’s ecosystems. Her scientific research focuses broadly on ecosystem services, conservation-development interactions, and the resilience of natural-resource systems. She is currently involved in two major research projects, including: (1) the resilience of pre-historic landscapes in the American Southwest; and (2) modelling anthropogenic effects in the spread of diseases. More recently, her research interests  have involved understanding how and when universities  can effectively address societal challenges while still maintaining integrity in scholarship, and how they must be organized to do so. Professor Kinzig is also interested in science policy and emerging issues in the field of sustainability. She was the first-ever Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship, and in that role, served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton administration.

AIMES Member Research Feature: Carlo Giupponi

AIMES Member Featured Research: Carlo Giupponi

Integrated modelling of social-ecological systems for climate change adaptation

Carlo Giupponi1*, Anne-Gaelle Ausseil2, Stefano Balbi3,4, Fabio Cian1, Alexander Fekete5, Animesh K. Gain6,1, Arthur Hrast Essenfelder1,8, Javier Martínez-López3,7, Vahid Mojtahed9,1, Celia Norf5, Hélder Relvas10, Ferdinando Villa3,4

1 Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

2 Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Wellington, New Zealand

3 BC3 – Basque Centre for Climate Change, Bilbao, Spain

4 IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain

5 Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection, TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany

6 Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

7 Soil Erosion and Conservation Research Group, CEBAS-CSIC, Spanish Research Council, Campus de Espinardo, Murcia, Spain

8 CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy

9 Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University, Belfast

10 Department of Environment and Planning & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Analysis of climate change risks in support of policymakers to set effective adaptation policies requires an innovative yet rigorous approach towards integrated modelling (IM) of social-ecological systems (SES). Despite continuous advances, IM still faces various challenges that span through both unresolved methodological issues as well as data requirements. On the methodological side, significant improvements have been made for better understanding the dynamics of complex social and ecological systems, but still, the literature and proposed solutions are fragmented. This paper explores available modelling approaches suitable for long-term analysis of SES for supporting climate change adaptation (CCA). It proposes their classification into seven groups, identifies their main strengths and limitations, and lists current data sources of greatest interest. Upon that synthesis, the paper identifies directions for orienting the development of innovative IM, for improved analysis and management of socio-economic systems, thus providing better foundations for effective CCA.

Read the full article here >>