Coordination of Europe’s climate-related knowledge base: Networking and collaborating through interactive events, social media and focussed groups

Hewitt, Chris ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4718-4009 and Bessembinder, Janette and Buonocore, Mauro and Dunbar, Tyrone and Garrett, Natalie and Kotova, Lola and New, Stacey and Newton, Paula and Parfitt, Rebecca and Buontempo, Carlo and Doblas-Reyes, Francisco and Guglielmo, Francesca and Jacob, Daniela and Kjellstrom, Erik and Krzic, Aleksandra and Martins, Helena and Pietrosanti, Alessia and Terrado, Marta (2021) Coordination of Europe’s climate-related knowledge base: Networking and collaborating through interactive events, social media and focussed groups. Climate Services, 24:100264. pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Knowledge of the climate is essential to manage climate-related risks. Underpinning this knowledge is a huge range of climate research and climate service activities. There has been a marked expansion of such activities and while the numerous and diverse funding streams, activities and organizations involved means that climate service development is relatively well resourced in places, there is a risk that the landscape becomes fragmented, duplicative, confusing, and inefficient. To mitigate this, the European Commission established the Climateurope project to bring coordination to Europe’s climate-related knowledge base. Climateurope created a managed network to share knowledge, improve synergies and reduce fragmentation among the stakeholders. As the network evolved, we proactively strove for equality, diversity and inclusion, for example for gender, under-represented regions, and under-represented stakeholder groups. Climateurope explored and adopted innovative approaches to engaging the network members, including face-to-face networking events (Festivals), virtual networking events (Webstivals and webinars), use of arts, social media, expert groups, publications, and an active website. The mix and integration of the traditional communications, such as website, publications and expert groups, with more innovative and varied approaches, such as the Festivals, Webstivals, social media and arts, proved popular and successful in making the network active and attractive. We describe how the network and collaboration was established and managed, and we offer some recommendations for others based on our experiences, including consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion, consider strategies for growing, managing and sustaining the network, and consider a mix of virtual and physical networking events.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2021 Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2022 23:25
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 03:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate services; Climate research; Climate modelling; Networking; Collaboration; Inclusion
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410199 Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2021.100264
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45284

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