WCRP needs your help!

Now, more than ever, the world needs climate scientists. A key part of building the climate research workforce needed to address the challenges of this century is broadening access to climate science training. The WCRP Academy is one of the new lighthouse activities of the World Climate Research Programme, designed to make positive steps towards giving more scientists access to the training they need.

“To meet the challenges and explore the opportunities of our changing climate, our scientists will need a strong understanding of climate from an Earth systems perspective, will need a more interdisciplinary understanding of the problems faced, will need to understand better how their science can be used in decision making, and will need to know how to communicate it to a broad audience. This will require training  not only of our early career scientists, who will lead the way, but of all climate scientists.”

Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh, Chair and Vice-Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee

A key pillar of the WCRP Academy is an annual, global stock-take of training needs. We invite you to participate in the first survey. 

Complete the survey now.

Who is the survey for?

The survey is for anyone who is currently a climate scientist or those looking to become one, through formal or informal training. We want to hear from people at different stages of their career to get a broad picture of where gaps exist so that we can help the community fill those gaps.

What will my responses be used for?

Our aim is to produce an open, peer-reviewed publication on the results of the stock-take. We hope that this will be a great new resource for training providers to understand training needs with the ultimate aim of making existing training available to more parts of the community and to stimulate institutions to develop new training.

What’s in it for me?

We hope that you will see the need for this kind of information to be available in the public domain. Particularly for Early Career Researchers, this is your chance to have your collective voice heard. Tell us what training you need, and we will do our best to help that training to happen. 

In addition, 10 respondents, from those who have entered their name and email address, will be randomly selected to win complimentary registrations for the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 (can be donated to an early career researcher). Please note that WCRP key contributors are not eligible for the draw.

How do I participate?

The survey link is here: Complete the survey now and will be open until 26 November 2021. The survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. 


For any questions, please do contact wcrp-academy@wcrp-climate.org. For more details please see the WCRP Academy or the Survey.