Venue: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Date: 20 October 2014
On 20 October IGBP will celebrate three decades in Sweden with an event at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Endorsed by the Swedish Parliament in 1986, IGBP was the first major international programme to study the Earth as a system and the phenomenon of global change. The Swedish government and research community played a pivotal role in the formation of IGBP and have been central to our success.
The IGBP – three decades in Sweden event aims to celebrate IGBP’s achievements and celebrate Sweden’s tremendous contribution. It will bring together people past and present who have been part of the IGBP community in Sweden. The event coincides with IGBP's annual Officers Meeting, this year held in Stockholm.
The event will also be an opportunity to meet the Future Earth transition team.
6:30-7:00 Drinks reception and music
IGBP Executive Director Sybil Seitzinger
The Early Years
First IGBP Director Thomas Rosswall
IGBP Chair James Syvitski
Transition to Future Earth
Interim Swedish director Thomas Elmqvist
Anders Turesson, Senior advisor to the Swedish Government,
Anders Granlund, Sida Lead Policy Specialist for Climate and Environment,
Reflections from the audience
Closing remarks Royal Academy Permanent Secretary Staffan Normark
Music and mingle
For a historical perspective, in 1986 NASA published a report Earth System Science: overview (a program of global change) which provided an intellectual framework for IGBP. The report was produced by a committee led by Francis Bretherton and contained the now famous "Bretherton diagram" capturing the key Earth system processes. This report has been digitised by Google and is available here.
IGBP closed at the end of 2015. This website is no longer updated.