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Support to African early career researchers to review IPCC Working Group I First Order Draft

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is offering 15 prospective, first-time, African reviewers an opportunity to obtain feedback on their draft review comments from senior international experts. This opportunity is intended for those who wish to submit review comments on the current IPCC review, and would appreciate expert feedback on how to phrase and structure the comments, in English, with a view to make them as useful as possible for the authors.

Priority will be given to first–time reviewers with both African citizenship and institutional affiliation, on a first come-first serve basis. You can register here.

Deadline for one-to-one feedback registration is 17 May 2019, 12H00 GMT; 14H00 SAST.

The requests for feedback may be distributed to the following provisional list of senior experts who have volunteered their time and expertise:

Dr Leo Meyer
Leo Meyer is Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, and Guest Lecturer at the Copernicus Institute on Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. From 1993 until 2002, in his capacity as deputy Head of the department of Climate Change and science advisor at the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands, he was member of the Dutch delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

Read Dr Meyer’s full bio here.

Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (1957, Brussels), holds a Ph. D. in physics from the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), where he is full professor of climatology and sustainable development sciences. He has been extensively involved in the IPCC since 1995: lead author, review editor, Bureau Member (2002-2008), and IPCC Vice-Chair (2008-2015).

Read Prof. van Ypersele’s full bio here.

Prof. Arthur Petersen
Arthur Petersen is a Professor at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL). He served as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014). Since 2001, he has served regularly as member of the Dutch government delegation to the IPCC.

Read Prof. Petersen’s full bio here.

The requests for feedback, once reviewed, will be followed up by one–to-one communication. All of it will be kept confidential. Please note that we do not take any responsibility for the decisions of the IPCC authors regarding any review comments. Our aim is solely to increase participants’ chances of being heard!

Please note that all expert reviewer comments have to be submitted to the IPCC by 23 June 2019, at the latest. Therefore the one-to-one feedback communications have to take place prior to that date.

If you require guidance on the one-to-one review process, please refer to the 2018 e-learning course on Reviewing Assessment Reports of the IPCC.

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