Climate Science, Disagreement, and Policy: A multidisciplinary investigation

November 10-12, 2016

Interdisciplinary Workshop on

Climate Science, Disagreement, and Policy

A multidisciplinary investigation Hosted by When Experts Disagree (WEXD) Research Project (UCD School of Philosophy and Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Dates: November 10-12, 2016
Venues: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and The National University of Ireland

The workshop investigates disagreements in climate science, particularly as they relate to the question of global warming, and their social and conceptual consequences. Registration is now open.

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Thursday November 10, 2016

9.30- 10.00 Registration

10.00 -11.00 John Fitzgerald (Emeritus ESRI, TCD)
“Explaining the Importance of Halting Climate Change”

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana University)
“The disagreement about Value Added by Regional climate models”

12.30-1.30 Dr. Anna Leuschner (University of Hannover)
“The Underestimation of Climate Change: On the Epistemic and Normative Implications of Climate Skepticism” 

1.30-2.30 Lunch Break

2.30-3.30 Ray Bates (UCD)
“Climate sensitivity: the primary area of uncertainty in physical climate science”

3.30-4.30 Steve Rayner (Keble College, Oxford)
“It’s not about the Experts”

4.30-5.00 Coffee Break

5.00-6.00 Diarmuid Torney (School of Law and Government, Dublin City University)
“Shallow consensus and deep division in Irish climate change policy”

Friday November 11, 2016

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

10.00-11.00 David Demeritt (King’s College London)
By the numbers? Cost-benefit analysis and flood risk management in Europe”

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 Cathrine Holst (University of Oslo)
“Expert disagreement and expert influence in public inquiry commissions on environmental policy”

12.30-1.30 Peter Thorne (NUI Maynooth)/
“In the eye of the storm: Climategate and its impacts”

1.30-2.30 Lunch Break

2.30-3.30 Reiner Grundmann (University of Nottingham)
“Science, expertise, consensus and dispute in the climate change discourse”

3.30-4.30 Andrew Jackson (UCD)
‘When experts disagree, public interest environmental litigants lose”

4.30-5.00 Coffee Break

5.00-6.00 Carlo Martini (Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Philosophy of the Social Sciences)
“Resolving Disagreement through mutual respect: an epistemological account”

Saturday November 12, 2016

Venue: National University of Ireland Board Room

10.00-11.00 Finnur Dellsen (WEXD Project, UCD School of Philosophy)
“When Expert Disagreement Supports the Consensus”

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30- 1.30 Round table discussion with participants and invited contributions from

Anna Davies (Trinity College Dublin)

Frank Zenker (Slovak Academy of Sciences)

James Beebe (WEXD and State University of New York at Buffalo)

1.30 Close of the Workshop