- Each theme applies for poster or oral presentations

- Oral presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes (questions included)

- Questions under themes are for guidance, we will consider other ideas too  


1.         Sensitivity of Earth Systems and biodiversity



  • How will the Earth System respond to 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels?

  • How does this response compare with 2.0°C or more warming?

  • By how much does 1.5°C warming reduce the risk to key elements in the Earth System e.g. ices sheets, carbon cycle feedbacks, ocean/atmosphere oscillations?



2.         Human impacts of 1.5 degrees



  • What will be the costs and human impacts of 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels?

  • Where will these human impacts will be located?

  • How do those impacts compare with those projected for 2.0°C or more warming?



3.          Implications of a 1.5 degree target for adaptation



  • How should be plan for adaptation in the context of a 1.5°C target?

  • What are the wider implications for adaptation of the Paris Agreement and how do these interact with the 1.5°C target?


4.         Mitigation pathways for 1.5 degrees



  • How should the 1.5°C goal be interpreted?

  • What are the mitigation pathways that would achieve a 1.5°C target?

  • What does this imply for different economic sectors and on what timescales? How should this responsibility be shared between different nations?

  • Is it possible to reach a 1.5°C target without negative emissions technologies?


5.          Financing 1.5 degrees



  • What scale of finance would be required to achieve a 1.5°C target?

  • How might this finance be mobilised e.g. via IFIs and the private sector? How should finance be allocated between different nations?



6.        Societal and development implications of the Paris Agreement



  • Is it possible to achieve a 1.5°C target whilst also meeting countries’ development objectives, in particular in less developed countries?

  • How can innovation be promoted with sufficient urgency?

  • What amount of behavioural change could be required to achieve a 1.5°C target? 

  • What are the possible distributive/compensatory/intergenerational justice implications of increasing the mitigation ambition to achieve 1.5 degrees, keeping in mind the existing geopolitical realities?




To submit your abstract for any of the above themes, apply now via our online form. Applications will remain open until the end of May 2016.


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