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Inaugural International Climate Communication Conference 2013

On October 12-13, 2013 in Beijing China we co-hosted an inaugural international conference entitled Climate Change Communication: Research and Practice.  The conference was co-organized with the China Center for Climate Change Communication (China4C), a partnership of Oxfam Hong Kong and the Research Center for Journalism and Social Development at Renmin University and was held at Renmin. 

The conference aimed to convene and help catalyze the international community of climate change communication scholars and practitioners. This new field is growing rapidly around the world, as scientists, governments, the media, companies, and NGOs recognize the vital importance of effective communication about climate change. Globally, the field has achieved a critical mass and it is time to gather many of the world’s leading climate change communication experts together to share their insights, make connections, and help establish a global network. 

Day 1 of the conference situated current scholarship within the larger field of communication theory and practice, presented the findings of survey research on the state of climate change knowledge, perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior around the world, and examined the design of effective messages about climate change.

Day 2 focused on the roles played by and message frames used by different messengers, the rapid evolution of traditional and new communication channels, and case studies of climate communication in practice, ranging from global multilateral organizations (e.g., IPCC) to targeted groups (e.g., youth).