Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Sixth International Summer School on Geoengineering Governance

August 5 – 11, 2019, Banff, Alberta, Canada

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law is pleased to announce the Sixth International Summer School on Geoengineering Governance.

The summer school will take place from August 5 to 11, 2019 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

As the severity of climate-change risks and the inability of current response efforts to adequately limit risks become clear, climate engineering technologies are receiving increasing attention and generating increasing controversy. These technological responses appear to offer substantial risk-reduction opportunities, serious new risks, and novel and potentially severe governance challenges.

To help advance the debate on these high-stakes responses, the 2019 summer school will bring together an international group of leading experts with graduate students and junior researchers, to facilitate intensive, collaborative explorations of the societal, political, governance, and ethical implications of geoengineering responses.

The focus of the summer school will primarily be on the societal and governance challenges posed by geoengineering, both near-term challenges related to research, development, and capacity-building, and longer-term, more speculative challenges related to potential future operational use and consequences. The topics addressed by the 2019 summer school will include the societal and governance challenges posed by both solar geoengineering and negative emissions technologies, including their current and potential interactions – with each other, and with the primary climate-change responses of mitigation and adaptation.

Following a set of focused briefings to introduce key concepts and controversies, the summer school will be organized around collectively generated discussion sessions and working groups that aim to advance understanding and explore concrete assessment and governance approaches. The summer school's working groups will aim to seed continuing collaborations to advance research, assessment, and policy development to inform how society can responsibly shape these technologies' research, development, and – if appropriate – use, to contribute to effective management of climate change.

We invite applications from graduate students and early-career researchers with interests in the social and governance issues posed by climate engineering, working in any relevant field. The Summer School aims to bring new voices and perspectives into geoengineering debates, particularly from developing countries. Consequently, while prior experience working on issues related to geoengineering is preferable, it is not required. In view of the intensely collaborative nature of the Summer School, strong English-language communication skills are essential.

The summer school's registration fee of USD $300 will include double-occupancy lodging and meals at the Banff Centre throughout the summer school. Participants will be responsible for their own travel. Some scholarship funds will be available for participants who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Further information about the summer school, and instructions how to apply, will be available here, by late February.