European Climate Conference

Scientific Contributions to Climate Change Transformations on the European Continent

15 – 16 May 2023, Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, Warsaw

Climate change is happening. 

Climate change is impacting and transforming.

Climate change is requiring science.

Humanity is caught in a dilemma: despite being a major contributor to climate change, it is also vulnerable to its effects. Climate change is the global challenge that requires both mitigation and adaptation strategies. Efforts towards sustainability have been made by national governments, the European Union, and the United Nations. Local and regional actions are also important. However, there is no guarantee for success and no magic recipe. Pursuant of the Anthropocene concept where human-made climate change has a game-changer effect on the system Earth, the European Climate Conference (ECC) focuses on the contribution of science. It brings together experts from 46 European and Eurasian countries to share insights on climate research, develop common understanding and discuss regional approaches to climate change. In addition, the conference aims to improve public literacy on climate change through a scientific advice communiqué.

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Paweł Rowiński

Polish Academy of Sciences

Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 

Gerald Haug


President of the Leopoldina; Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
& Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich (Co-Chair)

The Crutzen Anthropocene Distinguished Lecture

Thomas Stocker

Thomas Stocker studied Environmental Physics at the ETH Zurich and received his doctorate in 1987. After research stays in London, Montreal and New York, he became full professor and Head of the Department of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. His research is focused on dynamics of the climate system, climate modelling, past and future climate change, and ice core analysis. From 2008 to 2015, Thomas Stocker co-chaired the Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The produced IPCC Report served as the scientific basis for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. For his work, Thomas Stocker has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Versailles and of ETH Zurich, as well as the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, and the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2017, he was awarded the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist.

© Photo: University of Bern


Bob Greenfield

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Ann Richmond

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From the Warsaw Chopin Airport to the Sofitel Victoria Hotel you can use the bus no. 175 until the bus stop Uniwersytet 02. From there, it is a 5 minutes’ walk to the hotel. Cost: 4,40 PLN for one-way ticket.

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Taxi from Warsaw Chopin Airport to the Sofitel Victoria Hotel should cost around 50 PLN. The taxi rank is just outside the arrival gates. Please use only official taxis. Below you can find the most affordable options:  

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You can take the train from Warsaw Chopin Airport (underground train station under Terminal A) to the Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna) on the RL direction Modlin by Koleje Mazowieckie. Cost: 7,80 PLN for one-way ticket. From Warsaw Central to Sofitel Victoria Hotel you can take bus no. 175 or 128; 
see Google Maps routing.

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Note: Warsaw time is CEST = GMT+2. The currency is Polish Złoty (PLN); 
see exchange rates of the PolishNational Bank

Staszic Palace

Polish Academy of Sciences
Nowy Świat 72
00-330 Warszawa

Joint Organising Team
Leopoldina: Lucian Brujan, Sebastian Wetterich, Stefanie Kirsch, Annika Ströfer

PAN: Anna Plater-Zyberk, Anna Halama, Patrycja Franiak, Renata Kuskowska, Bartosz Sumowski

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Tickets for buses, trains, trams, and metro you can buy in the vending machines (with ZTM logo – they are usually red or yellow) which can be found on the airport or in the bus. Usually, the best option is to pay there by the credit card – cash is also available.

Tickets for 20/90 minutes are valid for buses, trams, metro, and trains at the same time, and you can change the type of transport during this amount of time as often as you wish. One-way tickets are the cheapest, however they are valid only in one type of transport at once, when you want to change it, you must buy another ticket.

There is an option for a daily ticket which costs 15 PLN and it’s valid for every type of public transport for 24 hours straight since first ticket validation. There is no need to valid this ticket every time you want to use public transport – only in the entrance of the metro. 
All options of public transport in Warsaw you can check on the website JakDojade. When you download it as an app on your phone you can buy ticket in this app and then use QR code in the bus or train ect. to valid the ticket.

You can also use it on the website only just to check your options and the city map.