Aims & scope

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology is pleased to announce the 4th International Conference on Earth System Modelling (4ICESM). The 4ICESM will advance discourse around four themes related to the World Climate Research Programme's Grand Science Challenges. Invited cross-cutting presentations on the history, philosophy and sociology of Earth system science and a conference keynote lecture will complement presentations and posters on each of the themes, as outlined below.

Latest information

  • Abstract submission started
  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2017

Conference keynote: Thomas Stocker (University of Bern, Switzerland)


  • Clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity
    Convenors: Bjorn Stevens and Sandrine Bony
    Keynote presentations by Steven C. Sherwood (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Amy C. Clement (University of Miami, USA).
  • Decadal prediction and attribution
    Convenors: Jochem Marotzke and Gabi Hegerl
    Keynote presentations by Ed Hawkins (University of Reading, UK) and Friederike Otto (University of Oxford, UK).
  • Modelling past climate changes
    Convenors: Martin Claussen and Pascale Braconnot
    Keynote Presentations by Sandy Harrison (University of Reading, UK) and Peter Huybers (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)
  • Carbon feedbacks in the climate system
    Convenors: Tatiana Ilyina and Pierre Friedlingstein
    Keynote Presentations by Anna Michalak (Stanford University, USA) und Pedro Monteiro (CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa)

Cross-cutting invited presentations on the history, philosophy and sociology of Earth system science: Amy Dahan Dalmedico (CNRS, France), Reiner Grundmann (University of Nottingham, UK), Matthias Heymann, (Århus University, Denmark), Johannes Lenhard (Universität Bielefeld, Germany), Wendy Parker (University of Durham, UK), Simone Roedder (Universität Hamburg, Germany), Lenny Smith (London School of Economics, UK).

For detailed theme descriptions, please click here.

The conference announcement can be downloaded here.