All posts by Sabrina@WCRP/SPARC

Save the date – QOS 2024 Announcement

The Quadrennial Ozone Symposium Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the dates and location of QOS 2024. The meeting will be held in-person in Boulder, Colorado, USA from 15-19 July 2024, and hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder with a hybrid virtual option. We are excited to follow in the footsteps of a wonderful QOS 2021 graciously hosted online by Yonsei University, Korea. Please see below/attached the announcement poster and stay tuned for updates from the Organizing Committee on abstract submission, registration, venue, travel, and other information. We look forward to seeing everyone working on everything ozone science in Boulder and online in July 2024!

WCRP Open Science Conference: Registrations open!

Registrations for the WCRP Open Science Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, are now open! Visit to register and to find further information.

We have also secured special rates at several hotels in Kigali. In you will find the link to the list of hotels and the booking system prepared by TravelZuri. Looking forward to seeing you all in Kigali!

Webinar series – WCRP Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change

The WCRP Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity invites you to join the third webinar of the series that will provide a discussion forum on topics focused on predicting and explaining a range of different climate phenomena and events, while supporting the further development of a scientific agenda. 

This fourth webinar will focus on marine heatwaves and aspects related to a changing climate.


  • Alex Sen Gupta (University of New South Wales, Australia): Local processes and large scale drivers of marine heatwaves
  • Antonietta Capotondi (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA): Large-scale climate drivers of Northeast Pacific marine heatwaves
  • Regina Rodrigues (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil): Marine heatwaves in the context of compound extreme events

The event will take place on 15th May 2023, from 13:00hs to 14:30hs UTC. Speakers will give a 20-minute talk each followed by a round table discussion, with questions from participants. 

Registrations are free and can be done via

Hunga-Tonga open science workshop – online, 16th and 17th May 2023

We are pleased to announce a “Hunga-Tonga impacts” open science workshop aligned to the new SPARC HTHH cross-activity focus project, the online event on Tue 16th & Wed 17th May 2023.

SPARC has established a new cross-activity focus project on the impacts from the 2022 Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai eruption (HTHH) and will co-ordinate a 2025 “Hunga-Tonga impacts report” aligned to the 2026 UNEP/WMO Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion.

The 15th January 2022 HTHH eruption was the most explosive in the satellite era, and represents a new regime of volcano-climate forcing, where emitted water vapor and emitted SO2 are each causing substantial radiative forcings and impacts on the stratospheric ozone layer.

We invite Abstracts on the full breadth of science around the Hunga-Tonga volcanic cloud and its impacts, with the Abstract deadline 2 weeks tomorrow (Friday 21st April).

The workshop aims to encourage collaboration and discussions towards the Hunga-Tonga impacts report, and we invite interested scientists from the atmospheric science and geoscience communities to join the meeting to hear latest findings on the eruption’s effects

Please register for the event at the workshop website.

The online meeting will be 2 half-day sessions (13:00UT to 17:30 UT), with Hunga-Tonga science talks, and the workshop website hosting links for discussion of online poster PDFs.

We look forward to you joining the meeting, and we are grateful to SPARC for sponsoring the event, to keep registration costs low.

Deadline extension: WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

Thank you to everyone who is working hard behind the scenes to make the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 a success! We have two updates: 

1. We have had a number of requests to extend the abstract submission deadline by a few weeks. After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that we can extend the deadline to 14 March 2023. This includes an extension to financial support applications and requests to participate in the EMCR Symposium, which will also close on 14 March. To help the organizing committee, please do not leave your submissions until the last minute. 

2. We can report that there is no further availability of rooms for side events. Please see the excellent side-event program on the WCRP OSC website.   

Please find all information and the latest updates on the WCRP OSC website ( And please share these news within your networks.

We look forward to seeing you in Kigali in October. 

Open Climate Science: A panel discussion on the meanings and practice of open science

The My Climate Risk – Ateneo de Manila University Hub, through the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability, invites you to a webinar titled “Open Climate Science: A panel discussion on the meanings and practice of open science.” Open Climate Science seeks to discuss, articulate, and navigate the tensions of the meanings and practice of open science in addressing climate change, especially in local contexts.

What does ‘open’ mean, and what counts as ‘science’? How can we make open science legitimate, equitable, and empowering? Join us on 15 February, Wednesday, 4:30 to 6:00pm (GMT+8) for a panel discussion around these questions.

Our panel will feature Ms. Fiona Spuler of the University of Reading hub, Dr. Christopher Jack of the University of Cape Town hub, and Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ of the Ateneo de Manila University hub. They will also be joined by Dr. Noralene Uy and Mr. John Leo Algo.

We invite all interested parties to register at, or directly through this link. To learn more about the webinar, you may also visit the following link:

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Invitation to the WCRP Academy Climate Training Stocktake Survey 2023

As the research training advisory and coordination arm of the World Climate Research Program, the WCRP Academy aims to equip current and future climate scientists with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to tackle the world’s most pressing and challenging climate research questions, by serving as a knowledge broker/hub, connecting climate scientists with training providers based on up-to-date and rigorous evidence of climate training needs.

We would like to invite all research and expert groups, academic and research institutions, government agencies and non-government organizations who provide climate science training and education to share with us the latest information about your most relevant upcoming event/activity and other climate science training activities you may provide. We are particularly looking for information on informal climate training opportunities (webinars/ seasonal schools/ MOOCs, etc.).

The survey will take about 25 minutes or less to complete. Please refer to the attached guide to review the questions, and prepare the relevant materials and information regarding the education or training opportunity you wish to share with us. If the hyperlink does not work, you may copy and paste the following link to your web browser:

We kindly request that you complete this survey no later than 17 February 2023, and to share the link to the online questionnaire widely with your network. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us through gro.e1685915368tamil1685915368c-prc1685915368w@eka1685915368tkcot1685915368s-asc1685915368w1685915368

Thank you for participating in the 2023 Climate Training Stocktake Survey. We look forward to linking your training opportunity with those who need it.

Call for proposals to host the International Project Office of the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) Core Project

WCRP is delighted to open a call for proposals to host a dedicated project office in support to one of WCRP’s core projects: the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC).

SPARC is the focal point for climate science related to the atmosphere within WCRP. Atmospheric and climate sciences are increasingly a focus of decision-making across policy, research, and industry, and of wide interest to the general public. In its 30-year (1992-2022) history, SPARC’s activities have generated a wealth of cutting-edge research and valuable datasets. SPARC has a major role in key international scientific assessment reports, including the WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessment Reports which are requested by the Parties of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments. SPARC is moving forward with an ambitious new strategic plan from 2023, which will further advance those achievements by taking a leadership role at the forefront of international atmospheric science research. All SPARC efforts are part of WCRP’s activities and embedded in its overarching WCRP Science and Implementation Plan.

Benefits to the Host Institution

The Host Institution will significantly benefit from hosting the SPARC IPO by having a close interaction with this critical domain of research. It will serve as a great opportunity for the host to help deliver the exciting new goals of SPARC to the international community. In addition, the host institution will have the benefit of:

  • enhancing their international profile through clear identification with the WCRP international community,
  • underscoring the commitment of the national research community for international cooperation,
  • association and participation with a range of international meetings, workshops, and regional activities,
  • collaboration with other networks including those of early career scientists,
  • contributing to the well-established links that the engagement of scientists from the host institute has already established through international research projects to the global community of climate researchers.
  • career development for early career scientists in connecting them with the international research community and involvement in SPARC activities and outreach panel, 
  • playing an important role in refining and implementing WCRP’s new strategy. 

Further, development of an active scientific partnership between SPARC and scientists at the Host Institution is encouraged, with the aim of increased international exposure and additional scientific publications.

The SPARC IPO’s role will be to support this work on all related levels in close cooperation with the SPARC co-chairs and Scientific Steering Group, the WCRP leadership and the WCRP Secretariat in Geneva.

  • To download the call, click here.
  • The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2022.

All communication, material and enquiries regarding this calls shall be directed in English to Hindumathi Palanisamy (tni.o1685915368mw@ym1685915368asina1685915368laph1685915368) in the WCRP Secretariat.

Position available: Director of the WCRP RIfS International Project Office

Director of the Regional Information for Society (RIfS) International Project Office, Ouranos, Montreal, Canada

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and Ouranos invite applications for the position of Director of the Regional Information for Society (RIfS) International Project Office (IPO).

The director will assemble the new IPO team, define the IPO’s identity and fulfill its mandate, in support to the implementation of the RIfS Science Plan.

For details about the position and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for application is on 17 February 2023.