Plenary: SRM & CDR updates + ignite-style talks on major projects

Tuesday, 09:00 - 10:30
Plenary hall, Umweltforum
This plenary session will update on key natural science findings & key social science developments on SRM & CDR, pointing interested listeners to individual sessions which will cover the topics in more detail. 
The overview talks will be followed by (major) project updates from individuals as ignite-style talks.

Introductory remarks:

  • Stefan Schäfer

CDR & SRM update talks:

  • Ben Kravitz - SRM Natural & Social Science
  • Nem Vaughan - CDR Natural & Social Science

Ignite-style talks:

  • David Keith - Climate Engineering at Harvard University; SRM Experiments Campfire session
  • Doug MacMartin - Gordon Research Conference
  • Janos Pasztor - C2G2
  • Linda Schneider - Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Andreas Oschlies - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): SPP 1689 Climate Engineering project
  • Phil Williamson - UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme 
  • Andy Parker - SRMGI
Convened by: 

Stefan Schäfer

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam

Stefan Schäfer leads the research group on Climate Engineering at Science, Society and Politics at IASS Potsdam. His research draws on approaches from science and technology studies (STS) to examine questions at the intersection of democracy, sustainability and global governance, with a focus on climate science and politics in general and climate engineering in particular. He holds fellowships with the Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard University and with the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 2018 and at the University of Oxford in 2017, a guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) from 2009-2012, a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation's Global Governance Futures program in 2014 -2015, and has spent research stays at University College London (2013) and Harvard University (2015 and 2016). He is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), lead author of the European Transdisciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering (EuTRACE) report, and chaired the Steering Committee of Climate Engineering Conferences in 2014 and 2017 In 2018-2019, he is a Special Adviser to the European Commission.


Ben Kravitz

Indiana University, & Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

Ben Kravitz is an expert in climate modeling studies of solar geoengineering.  He is the co-founder and coordinator of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), a collaboration between climate modeling centers throughout the world to better understand the expected climate effects of various geoengineering scenarios.  Results from GeoMIP are featured in the Fifth and Sixth IPCC assessment reports, for which Ben serves as a contributing author, the 2015 National Research Council reports on climate intervention, and recent testimony to Congress.  Ben is an assistant professor at Indiana University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and he maintains a joint appointment in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  In addition to coordinating and participating in GeoMIP, his current activities include using engineering and mathematical techniques in climate models to better understand climate feedbacks, studying teleconnections in high latitude climate, and developing climate model emulators for use in Integrated Assessment Models.

Naomi Vaughan

University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

Naomi (Nem) Vaughan is a lecturer at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.  Her research interests focus on possible societal response options to climate change; mitigation, adaptation, carbon removal or ‘negative emissions’ and ideas of climate engineering.  Her focus is on these issues at a global scale and over a long time (e.g. centuries), how they are constrained by the Earth system (including climate-carbon cycle feed-backs) and how they interact with one another.  Nem is an interdisciplinary scientist working from a physical science background with colleagues across a range of disciplines.

David Keith

Harvard University
United States of America

David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy since ’91. He took first prize in Canada’s national physics prize exam, won MIT’s prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. David is Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and founder of Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air to make carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels. Best known for his work on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering, David led the development of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, a Harvard-wide interfaculty research initiative. His work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David’s hardware engineering work includes the first interferometer for atoms, a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER-2, the development of Carbon Engineering’s air contactor and overall process design, and the development of a stratospheric propelled balloon experiment for solar geoengineering. David teaches science and technology policy, climate science, and solar geoengineering. He has reached students worldwide with an edX energy course. David is author of >200 academic publications with total citation count of >13,000. He has written for the public in op-eds and A Case for Climate Engineering. David splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Canmore, Alberta.

Douglas MacMartin

Cornell University
United States of America

Douglas MacMartin is in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.  His research lies at the intersection between engineering feedback analysis and climate dynamics, with a primary focus on solar geoengineering – working to develop the knowledge base for society to make informed decisions.  In addition to applying engineering analysis to climate dynamics, he is also involved in control design for the Thirty Meter Telescope.  He received his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Toronto in 1987, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1992; prior to joining Caltech in 2000, he led the active control research and development program at United Technologies Research Center.

Janos Pasztor

Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Janos Pasztor (Born in Budapest, 4.4.1955) is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development.  Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International.  He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012).  In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG).  During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

His other assignments included: in the Secretariat of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit ’92); Stockholm Environment Institute; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Secretariat of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission); the Beijer Institute; and the World Council of Churches.

He has BSc and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Linda Schneider

Heinrich Böll Foundation

Linda Schneider works as Senior Programme Officer for International Climate Policy with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. She is trained in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on political ecology and globalisation issues. Linda has studied in Hamburg, Istanbul, Berlin and Paris. Besides advocating for radical emission reduction pathways, she is active in the Right to the City movement in Berlin as well as the German chapter of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

Phil Williamson

University of East Anglia & UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme
United Kingdom

Phil works for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as a programme Science Coordinator, based at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.  He has been involved in the planning and implementation of multi-institute and multidisciplinary research initiatives since the mid-1980s, working for Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and NERC.  Topics have included marine biogeochemistry, ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate geoengineering.  Recent activities have included scientific leadership of the UK Ocean Acidification research programme (co-funded by NERC and two government departments, Defra and DECC) and the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme (co-funded by NERC and Defra).  Williamson has led two reports on climate geoengineering for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and has also co-authored reports on ocean fertilization for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), and on ocean acidification for OSPAR and the CBD.  He has participated in several Conferences of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is a lead author for the Special Report on Ocean, Cryosphere and Climate for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Phil’s main current work is as Science Coordinator for the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal programme, co-funded by NERC, other Research Councils and the UK government (BEIS).