Mini e-course: How to review IPCC Assessment Reports – webinars and guidance for climate experts

Webinar 1: How does the IPCC work?
Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time: 14:30-15:45 CEST/SAST

Webinar 2: How to conduct an IPCC Review
Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Time: 14:30 – 15:45 CES/SAST

REGISTER HERE for Webinar 2

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) will be hosting a second round of the mini e-course on Expert and Government Review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports. A first round was given for African experts in 2018. The objective of this course is to increase the involvement of expert reviewers from all developing countries (not only Africa) in IPCC reports, focusing on the first draft of the Working Group II report. The course will be delivered by distinguished international experts with extensive past involvement in the IPCC.


The IPCC periodically assesses scientific literature on climate change and how to deal with it. Since 1990 it provides the main scientific background for climate change policies all over the world. The mini e-course will enable you – and especially first-time reviewers and early career climate experts – to understand how the IPCC works and how to influence its draft reports, by providing review comments on chapters (or sections, or just one paragraph or figure). That will help the authors to include more science and to increase the relevance for policy makers. Becoming an Expert Reviewer offers you an opportunity to make yourself heard in the international community of climate experts. Names of all expert reviewers are published in the final report, giving them world-wide visibility.

It is particularly important that reviewers from developing countries with much regional and local knowledge bring their expertise into the IPCC assessments, in order to keep a balance of scientific input from all regions of the world. Therefore, the course is aimed at participants from developing countries, especially from the African, Latin American and SE Asian regions. We hope that you will register as an Expert Reviewer to the upcoming review of the First Order Draft of the 6th Assessment Report of Working Group II of the IPCC, entitled ‘Climate Change: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability’. The review period will be from 18 October to 13 December 2019. Details will be provided during the mini-course.

Course content

The mini e-course will include:

1.  Webinar 1: How the IPCC and its review process works, including:

  • The role of the IPCC
  • Governance and structure,
  • IPCC products
  • What is an Assessment IPCC style
  • The assessment process including its reviews
  • Interactions of the IPCC with society and policy making

2. Webinar 2: How to review an IPCC draft report, including:

  • Review procedures
  • How to find your way in a draft IPCC report
  • Judging draft texts, diagrams and figures;
  • Analysis of the validity of a statement
  • The appropriate usage of grey and non-English scientific literature
  • Phrasing effective review comments
  • Practical hints and further guidance material

3. One-to-one feedback by the presenters to those participants who wish to receive personal feedback and guidance in phrasing their review comments on the Draft WG II IPCC reporton Impacts, Adaptation and vulnerability.

Although the course is linked in time to the Expert Review period of the First Order Draft of WGII report, the content of the course will also be relevant to experts interested in future reviewing any of the other assessment reports of the IPCC.

Course Structure and Schedule

The course will be conducted in English. The webinars will be later translated into Spanish and French. There will be two 75 minutes webinars, consisting of 60 minutes of live presentations and 15 minutes for questions and answers. Karen Morris of SouthSouthNorth will be your moderator. The webinars will be recorded and made available on the FCFA YouTube channel, enabling anyone to follow these webinars in one’s own time.

Webinar 1: How does the IPCC work?
Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 14:30-15:45 CEST/SAST (Central European Summer Time/South African Standard Time).

Presented by Dr Leo Meyer and Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.

Download the English presentation HERE

Download the French presentation HERE

Download the Spanish presentation HERE

Q&A’s to follow

Watch the recording below:

Webinar 2: How to conduct an IPCC review
Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 14:30 – 15:45 CES/SAST.

Presented by Prof Arthur Petersen and Dr Leo Meyer

One-to-One feedback on draft review comments.
Course attendees will be provided an opportunity to obtain feedback and guidance from the presenters, on a one-to-one basis by email exchange, on preparing their review comments on the First Order Draft of WGII report.

Although the course is linked in time to the Expert Review period of the First Order Draft of WGII report, the content of the course will also be relevant to experts interested in future reviewing of any of the other Special, Working Group, or Synthesis assessment reports of the IPCC.


The course will be open to anyone from a developing country with an interest in contributing to the quality and relevance of IPCC reports, either by being or becoming an Expert Reviewer of the IPCC reports. We particularly encourage women climate experts and early career scientists to join. There is a limit to 500 participants for each of the webinar sessions, we will work on a first come-first served basis.

Cost and IT requirements

The course is offered free of charge. Supporting materials are digital and will be shared online. You will need a sufficiently fast and steady internet connection to view a standard webinar (minimal 1.5 Mbps upload/download).


Individuals who are interested in attending the mini e-courses are encouraged to register below:

Register for Webinar 1 – “How does the IPCC work” here

Register for Webinar 2 – “How to conduct an IPCC review” here

Registration for the one-to-one feedback part will be open from 22 October until 8 November 2019. The number of participants for this part may be limited to 30individuals. Priority will be given to first–time reviewers on a first come-first serve basis. All correspondence between the participants and the presenters will be kept fully confidential.

Questions relating to the course can be forwarded to:

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