Inaugural International Climate Communication Conference

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The conference was held on the campus of Renmin University

On October 12-13, 2013 in Beijing China we co-hosted an inaugural international conference entitled Climate Change Communication: Research and Practice. The conference was co-organized with the China Center for Climate Change Communication (China4C), a partnership of Oxfam Hong Kong and the Research Center for Journalism and Social Development at Renmin University and was held at Renmin. The conference aimed to convene and help catalyze the international community of climate change communication scholars and practitioners. This new field is growing rapidly around the world, as scientists, governments, the media, companies, and NGOs recognize the vital importance of effective communication about climate change. Globally, the field has achieved a critical mass and it is time to gather many of the world’s leading climate change communication experts together to share their insights, make connections, and help establish a global network.

Day 1 of the conference situated current scholarship within the larger field of communication theory and practice, presented the findings of survey research on the state of climate change knowledge, perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior around the world, and examined the design of effective messages about climate change.

Day 2 focused on the roles played by and message frames used by different messengers, the rapid evolution of traditional and new communication channels, and case studies of climate communication in practice, ranging from global multilateral organizations (e.g., IPCC) to targeted groups (e.g., youth).

Conference Media Coverage

DateTitleOriginal SourceReposts
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10/17/13On Better Climate Change
10/20/13Dialogue 10/20/2013, Climate Change New Call For ActionCCTV-News
10/11/13International Conference on Climate Change Communication Was Held In BeijingXinhua net4
10/14/13Expert: Public Understanding of Climate Change Remained Quite LowBeijing Times7
10/14/13Climate Change Topic: Why Climate Change Always Mistifying?Weather China6
10/13/13Zheng Baowei: Public Would Like to Make Efforts to the Adaptation of Climate ChangeChina Youth Daily9
10/13/13Zheng Baowei: Climate Change Communication Furthers its Step to Take OffChina News8
10/9/13China is Brainstorming in Order to Address Climate ChangeChina News13
10/21/13The Turning Point of Low Understanding Level of Public on Climate Change Might Come in 201421st Century Business Herald11
10/19/13Let the Public Understand Mitigation to Climate ChangeChina Economic Herald
10/22Be Reliable Assistants to Address Climate ChangeChina Meteorological News6
10/16/132013 International Conference on Climate Change Communication: Climate Change Communication Starts to Take Off in ChinaChina Development Brief2


气候传播国际会议 International Conference on Climate Change Communication 2013

For the full program including speakers, please download the PDF.

Day 1
  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome
  • The State of the Science of Climate Change
  • Situating Climate Change Communication: Scholarship
  • Climate Change Audiences: Public climate change knowledge, perceptions, policy preferences and behavior
  • Climate Change Communication Strategies
  • Concluding Speeches
Day 2
  • Climate Change Messengers
  • Clilmate Change Communication Channels
  • Case Studies I: A Global Effort to Communicate Climate Science and the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report; Climate Change Commitments: Implementation of Climate Change Policy and Increasing Public Awareness in EU Member States; China’s First Low Carbon Day: an example of a public campaign
  • Case Studies II: Climate Change and the Russian Media; Environmental Journalism in China; The Climate News Network; Broadcast Meteorologists as Climate Communicators
  • Case Studies III: Health Canada’s Climate Change and Health Communications Approach; Seeds of Knowledge – UNEP’s Climate Change Solutions Program; Communicating to Encourage Action, Not to Scare
  • Case Studies IV: Campaign on Forests as Carbon Sinks in China; The Climate Action Coalition in China (the C+ Campaign); Climate Change Adaptation in China
  • Concluding Remarks and Next Steps

Conference Photos

Left: YPCCC Director Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz; Prof. Baowei ZHENG, Director of the China Center for Climate Change Communication at Renmin University of China; Dr. Susanne Moser, Contributing Author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Edward Maibach Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
Above (right): Javier Urbina-Soria, Professor at the School of Psychology, National University of Mexico, speaks about Public Awareness on Climate Change in Mexico. Dr. Urbina-Soria has published on the psycho-social dimensions of climate change. His current research at the School of Psychology focuses on environmental risk perception and communication, with an emphasis in climate change.
Speakers on a panel titled, “Climate Communication Audiences: public climate change knowledge” (from left): Dr. Jagadish Thaker, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore; Dr. Mei-Ling Hsu, Professor of Journalism at the College of Communication, National Chengchi University in Taiwan; Dr. Javier Urbina Soria, Professor at the School of Psychology, National University of Mexico; and Mr. Tan Copsey, a research manager at BBC Media Action.
Key conference organizers (from left): Ms. Binbin Wang, Executive Director of the China Center for Climate Change Communication and Manager of the Climate Change Team of Oxfam Hong Kong; Ms. Lisa Fernandez, Assistant Director at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication; Prof. Baowei Zheng, Director of the China Center for Climate Change Communication. At right in the photo: Ms. Guirong Tian, founder of the only environmental protection association for Chinese farmers and a 2008 Olympic Torch Bearer.