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Call for nominations: IPCC “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.”

Future Earth will nominate experts to contribute to a Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is titled “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C 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.” Interested experts can submit names for consideration as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors.

The outline of the report approved by IPCC at its 44th Session is available online.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is included in the “Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports,” which can be viewed on the IPCC website.

The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in the Annex 1 to these procedures.

The task of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors is a demanding one. They are responsible for drafting the different chapters of the Special Report. They will also revise those chapters, taking into account comments submitted during two IPCC-mandated reviews, namely the expert review and the second review by governments and experts. A subgroup of authors will also contribute to drafting, revising and finalising the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of this Special Report.

The 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 in 2018 to assist in finaliaing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than that for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings in 2017 and 2018.

The role of the IPCC is to assess in a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent way the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. Therefore, the IPCC requires that nominees have appropriate expertise.

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;
  • gender balance.

Please note experts can also be nominated by their government through their national focal point.

Please also note that Future Earth will not provide travel and subsistence support for experts to attend relevant meetings. The IPCC Trust Fund may also only support a limited number of experts from developing countries and countries with economies in transition where governments may not be in a position to provide support.

Please note that the work on the preparation of the special report will be conducted in English.

All nominations should indicate the Working Groups, chapters and author roles for which the candidate is being nominated. Nominations should also specify the candidate’s key area of expertise and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae including a list of relevant publications. Please note that each expert can be nominated for a maximum of three chapters.

For each application, please send a summary CV including a list of relevant publications as a PDF with a maximum of four pages in English and a completed nomination form. The deadline is Thursday 8 December (midnight CEST). Applications should be sent to both and

All complete and relevant applications will be sent to IPCC.