CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

How political should science be?

26.03.2010

Errors in the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the resulting crisis of confidence were the topics of a lively panel discussion yesterday afternoon at the KlimaCampus. Around 350 scientists, journalists, administrators and other guests came to debate on whether the criticism of the IPCC is justified and how the process for compilation of the reports can be improved.

The relationship between science and policymaking was among the topics discussed as was the question as to whether the IPCC process can be made more transparent. The panel members agreed with the statement that there is ongoing anthropogenic climate change which will intensify in the coming decades. Nevertheless, the assessment of climate change and its causes needs to be an open process, so that lost trust can be regained.