ICCS 6: Program Information


The 6th International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 6) will take place in Pune, India from February 11-13, 2020. The days before and after the conference days are reserved for side events.

For more specific details about attending ICCS 6, please check out our Accommodation page.

Themes & Aims

The theme of the conference is advancing the knowledge and practice of climate services for climate resilience. Conference presentations will engage issues related to the production and use of climate services in a range of social and economic sectors. The overarching goals of the conference are:

  • taking stock of current practice;
  • identifying remaining gaps and opportunities for enhanced regional collaboration in order to ensure improved climate services uptake;
  • articulating priorities and seeking relevant institutional arrangements to sustain and scale up the ongoing national and regional efforts related to production and delivery of climate services.

ICCS 6 takes stock of the knowledge and practice of climate services, and to explore the extent to which those services have fostered climate resilience. It also identifies areas in which research and/or investment is most likely to advance knowledge and practice in order to build resilience.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, 11 February

9:00 – 9:15Welcome from the local hosts
9:15 – 9:30Climate services for climate resilience
9:30 – 9:45WMO into the 21st Century: Supporting climate services worldwide
9:45 – 10:00Monsoon Mission: India’s quantum leap in research & applications
10:30 – 11:15Taking stock of climate services
11:15 – 12:00Climate services in Asia
12:00 – 12:15Conference roadmap
12:15 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Business models for climate services
 Climate & health
 Climate services for resilient development I
 Seasonal prediction to inform decision making
15:30 – 17:00Climate services based on remotely sensed information
 Climate services for resilient development II: PPCR perspective
 Managing extreme heat
 Understanding users’ needs
19:00 – 21:00Conference dinner

Wednesday, 12 February

9:00 – 9:15Summary of previous day & overview of today’s program
9:15 – 9:45Advances in climate science for climate services
9:45 – 10:30Better connecting climate science to society
11:00 – 12:30Climate projections for improved decisions I
 Climate services for agriculture & food security I
 Climate services for national development planning
 Making climate information useful
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Climate projections for improved decisions II
 Climate services for agriculture & food security II
 Institutional support for climate services
 Supporting the development of regional climate services
15:30 – 17:00Building capacity for climate services
 Climate services for agriculture & food security III
 Climate services information system
 Monitoring & evaluation of climate services

Thursday, 13 February

9:00 – 9:15Summary of previous day & overview of today’s program
9:30 – 11:00Advancing the communication of climate science
 Bridging climate science and service partners
 Co-production in practice
 Coastal climate services
12:00 – 12:15Participant feedback & interactive activity
12:15 – 12:30Close of conference

Conference structure

Stock taking. Ten years after the third World Climate Conference, ICCS 6 will issue a   pre-conference survey, inviting the broader climate service community to help create a snapshot of the current state of climate service knowledge and practice. These topics will be further developed through high-level keynotes on: 

            (1) the current state of climate knowledge (projections, s2s, s2d, etc.);

            (2) good practice in development, delivery and use of climate services; and

            (3) the extent to which climate services are contributing to climate resilience

Prioritization. The conference will also create a venue for participants to work together to identify gaps and opportunities to advancing the knowledge and practice of climate services so as to foster climate resilience. This work will take place through interactive activities, parallel sessions, and real-time polling.