Discussion Series:

Global Tipping Points Report 2023 – Discussion with Section Leads

Location: Virtual
Date: 13 December 10:30 – 12:00 CET
Register: https://global-tipping-points-report-2023-discussions.confetti.events/ 

Join AIMES, Earth Commission, Future Earth and WCRP for the webinar series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. The Global Tipping Points Report was launched on 6th December 2023 provides an authoritative assessment of the risks and opportunities of both negative and positive tipping points in the Earth system and society. In this webinar several Section Leads presented key insights from this report.


  • Laurie Laybourn Langton (University of Exeter): Introduction by moderator
  • David Armstrong McKay (University of Exeter/Stockholm Resilience Centre): Earth System Tipping Points
  • Steven Lade (Australian National University/Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Jonathan Donges (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research): Tipping Points Impacts
  • Manjana Mikoreit (University of Oslo): Governance of Earth System Tipping Points
  • Steve Smith (University of Exeter) and Caroline Zimm (IIASA/Earth Commission): Positive Tipping Points in Technology, Economy, and Society
  • Q&A/ Discussion 

Moderated by Laurie Laybourn Langton (University of Exeter)

Learn more about the report here: https://global-tipping-points.org/

Speaker Information:

David Armstrong McKayUniversity of Exeter/Stockholm Resilience Centre
I’m a Climate-Biosphere Scientist, Communicator, & Advocate, working to understand and enhance Earth system & socio-ecological resilience for an age of Climate and Ecological crisis.I’m based in Brighton, England, and am working as a Research Impact Fellow at the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute helping to lead the Global Tipping Points Report and working with the Earth Commission to set safe and just Earth system boundaries. I’m also an associated researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, and do a bit of freelance research consulting and science communication via Georesilience Analytics.I’m fascinated by the co-evolution of the Earth, life, and human societies as complex and dynamic systems, and what this means for our future. Particular topics of focus include climate tipping points and feedbacks, drivers and indicators of ecological resilience, and the sustainability of local to global food systems.

Steven Lade, Australian National University/Stockholm Resilience Centre
Dr Steve Lade is an ARC Future Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, Research Cluster Co-lead for Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience at the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) and Researcher at the Institute for Water Futures. Outside ANU, he is Theme Leader for cross-theme collaboration at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Science Lead at the Earth Commission secretariat (Future Earth), member of the Editorial Board at Ecology & Society, and a Resilience Alliance Young Scholar. After a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University (2007-2010) and a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (2010-2012) he worked as a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University (2012-).He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Fenner School from 2017-2021, with travel to Australia supported by a mobility grant from the Swedish Research Council Formas. In 2021, he was granted a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.He has published over 40 scientific articles, of which over 20 were as first author, in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Nature Sustainability and Science Advances. He has presented at over 50 scientific conferences, co-organised two conference sessions (at Resilience 2014 and MODSIM 2021) and co-organised one workshop (at Kioloa, with Prof Xuemei Bai) and multiple workshops for the Earth Commission. Dr Lade has taught in over 16 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He has co-convened a course on Sustainability Science, convened course modules on Resilience for Sustainable Development and on Adaptive Governance, convened an evening adult education course on Sustainable Futures and delivered an executive education course on Resilience: Theory and Practice.

Jonathan Donges, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Jonathan Donges is Co-Leader of the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene and Working Group Leader on Whole Earth System Analysis in Research Department on Earth System Analysis of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He interacts closely with PIK’s Complexity Science Department (RD4) in the scope of the COPAN collaboration. His research work focusses on dynamics of planetary-scale socio-ecological systems, climatic and social tipping elements, their dynamics and interactions, decarbonization dynamics and sustainability transformation, conceptual models of society-environment coevolutionary dynamics, structure and dynamics of complex networks, nonlinear dynamics and time series analysis, and application of these methods to climate physics and Earth system analysis.

Manjana Milkoreit, University of Oslo
My research integrates scholarship on global environmental governance and cognitive theory to study actor motivations, beliefs and agency, institutional and policy design and effectiveness related to climate change. I am interested in challenges at the science-policy-society interface, including the use of scientific knowledge in environmental decision-making, and the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing effective societal responses to climate change. My current research focusses on the role of future thinking (imagination) in sustainability transformations and the study of social tipping points. I am coordinating governance-related work for the Global Tipping Points Report 2023.

Steve Smith, University of Exeter
Steve Smith is the Tipping Points Research Impact Fellow at the Global Systems Institute (GSI), University of Exeter. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey. Steve co-leads the work on positive tipping points at GSI, and is part of the core editorial team producing the Global Tipping Points Report 2023.

Caroline ZimmIIASA/Earth Commission
Caroline Zimm is a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. She works on the international research initiatives of the Earth Commission of the Global Commons Alliance, and leads the IIASA Strategic Initiative, Just Transitions to Net-zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL). Her research is concerned with the diffusion of technologies and policies for sustainable development, inequalities across countries, and transformative development pathways for humanity within a stable Earth system.