The Graduate Climate Conference was first organized by graduate students at the University of Washington in 2006. It has since been hosted by the University of Washington four times and by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology once in 2011. The conference will continue to rotate to other hosts in future years. The conference has had a range of session topics and has helped hundreds of future leaders in climate science meet and share ideas.


Graduate Climate Conference: History


The goal of the Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is to provide a discussion forum for graduate students undertaking research on climate and climate change in an array of disciplines, including atmospheric, biological, earth and ocean sciences. We seek to share new techniques and avenues of research, discuss recent findings and their implications, and consider the major questions in the future of climate research. The format is designed to encourage new climate scientists to grow acquainted with the details of diverse areas of climate research and to place their own research in the broader context of the climate science community. We envision fostering connections that will lead to future collaborations across disciplines and between institutions.

The 2012 event at the University of Washington's Charles L. Pack Forest marks the sixth GCC. It is the direct result of a decision made by a group of graduate students from several climate science disciplines at the University of Washington to design, organize, and orchestrate a conference for students from a variety of backgrounds. We hope this event and others like it will continue in the years to come, welcoming new participants to share and expand knowledge of climate science.

Past Conferences

  1. GCC 1 - University of Washington - Pack Forest Conference Center

  2. GCC 2 - University of Washington - Pack Forest Conference Center

  3. GCC 3 - University of Washington - Pack Forest Conference Center

  4. GCC 4 - University of Washington - Pack Forest Conference Center

  5. GCC 5 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitute

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