World Climate Research Program Conference in Rwanda 2023

World Climate Research Program Conference in Rwanda 2023

World Climate Research Program Conference in Rwanda 2023


requests for financial assistance close on 28 February 2023.


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) invites you to attend the WCRP Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”, will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, and online on 23-27 October 2023, with the major goal of bridging science and society.


 Abstract submission is now open!

Abstract submission is now open for 40 science sessions and over 40 poster clusters that bring together a broad range of topics under three conference themes:

  • Theme 1: Advances in Climate Research
  • Theme 2: Human Interactions with Climate
  • Theme 3: Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions

A limited amount of financial support will be available to support attendees who are early to mid-career researchers or who are from low to lower-middle-income countries and can be applied for as part of the abstract submission process. Abstract submission and requests for financial assistance close on 28 February 2023.


A community effort

The WCRP OSC brings together the work of the WCRP Core ProjectsLighthouse Activities and celebrates the achievements of the recently sunset Grand Challenges. It also features many contributions from our partners,  in terms of scientific research, organizational co-design and sponsorship. We are still actively looking for conference sponsors,  particularly to support the hybrid event and for early- and mid-career researcher travel support. We invite you to visit our sponsorship page and get in touch with us.


What to expect

Kigali is a truly remarkable conference venue and will give conference participants a unique opportunity to share their work with research and practitioner communities in the region. We anticipate 1,500 delegates on site and an equal number connecting remotely. Come and join us to learn about the new WCRP, share your ideas, and meet with colleagues from around the world.

  • 1 December 2022: Abstract submission, financial support application open
  • Early 2023: Registration opens
  • 28 February 2023: Abstract submission and financial support application deadline
  • March-April 2023: Abstract review
  • May 2023: Abstract and financial support notifications

Submission of an abstract implies that organizers have permission to reproduce the abstract in the program and reports related to the conference.


The call for abstracts is open for oral and poster presentations.  If you are submitting an abstract, you must be the presenter (in person or online).

  • Authors must submit the abstracts in ENGLISH to one of the sessions or poster clusters of the Conference.
  • If you are applying for an oral presentation, submit your proposal to one of the sessions.
  • If you are applying for poster presentation, submit your proposal either for a session or a poster cluster, as listed in the submission form.
  • Make your abstract as informative as possible. The abstract is limited to 400 words.
Financial support

A limited amount of financial support will be available inter alia to support deserving delegates who are

  • early to mid-career researchers (EMCRs)* or
  • from low to lower-middle income countries

To qualify for financial support the applicant must submit a contribution for oral and/or poster to the conference, of which they are the presenter (in person or online). The request for financial support will be made along with the abstract submission.

*Early career researchers (ECRs) are master and PhD students, researchers, and practitioners within 7 years of highest obtained degree (excluding parental and care leave). Practitioners are those working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research. Mid-career scientists (MCRs) are researchers and practitioners between 8 and 15 years of highest obtained degree (excluding parental and care leave).

How to qualify for financial support?

To be considered for financial support:

  • The person applying for financial support should be the presenter (in person or online)
  • For EMCRs, upload a proof of your most recent degree


Click here to apply


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