Call for Session PROPOSALS

The call for proposals is now closed. Please contact Lisa Filholm with any questions

A rapidly expanding set of activities is extending and applying the new framework on integrated climate change scenarios. Researchers are using Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The Scenarios Forum aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the new framework to share their experiences, progress, and plans. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives.

Call for Sessions

The Scenarios Forum will include two main types of sessions – research or workshop. Each should be planned to fit in a (approximately) 1 hour, 45 minute time slot.

Research sessions will typically include 4-5 presentations (~20 minutes per speaker) of new scenario-related research relevant to the proposed session topic, and a related poster session. Session organizers will select presenters and posters, a session chair (who may be the organizer), and define the schedule for the session. Research sessions will typically be open, with all presentations selected from submitted abstracts. For topics in which there is a special rationale for invited speakers, an organizer may propose that some or all of the presentations be invited.

Workshop sessions will address a key question(s) to be proposed by the organizer, primarily through discussion. A workshop session will typically include an invited panel, and one or more brief presentations by panel members for setting context. The majority of the session would be reserved for discussion among the audience (and panel members). Session organizers will propose panelists, a session chair (who may be the organizer), and define the schedule for the session.

The SSC is looking into publication outlets for meeting outcomes. Session organizers (or other representatives) may have the opportunity to submit to such an outlet, or be asked to provide input based on their session to meeting products.

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Relevant topics

The Scenarios Forum is open to a wide range of topics related to sustainability, including but not limited to climate change. Topics can address issues related to application of scenarios to particular research, policy, or assessment domains; development of scenario information; climate information for use in scenarios; assessments of scenario (and other) approaches; or other topics initiated by participants (see About page). Participation by a range of research communities is desired, including (but not limited to) sustainability science, climate change impacts/adaptation/vulnerability, climate science and modeling, integrated assessment modeling, biodiversity, futures studies, risk management, governance, and other areas of social science. Of particular interest are topics that are relevant to multiple research communities.


  1. Session proposals are collected from the community through the conference website and from the SSC. Deadline for submission is June 15.

  2. The SSC reviews proposals and selects sessions. Session organizers are notified by mid July.

  3. A call for abstracts for presentations and posters is issued in mid July, soliciting proposed presentations relevant to the selected sessions and other topics.

  4. Session organizers select presentations for their sessions from submitted abstracts. The SSC will review sessions and may make suggestions to organizers from the perspective of balance across the meeting as a whole.


Session proposals will be judged on relevance to the scenario topic, quality, and potential for bridging research communities. The SSC will also be seeking a balance of session topics across multiple topic areas and types of sessions, and ensuring ample opportunity for participation of meeting attendees.