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BC3 Strategic Vision, Mission and Overall goals


To steer climate change science towards the co-production of new knowledge and the co-design of policy solutions together with other stakeholders through a solid and transdisciplinary approach, with the ultimate goal to achieve sustainable development.


BC3 mission is to strategically foster co-production of knowledge relevant to decision making by integrating environmental, socioeconomic, and ethical dimensions of climate change.

This vision and mission requires a seamless path from collecting evidence and expert judgements, through research that investigates and compares assumptions and results of different models, to the implementation and testing of integrated solutions. With emphasis on the multiple facets of the climate change problem, paired with its leadership position in state-of-the-art integrative modeling methodologies, BC3 has the potential to address and consolidate its position as a world leader in supporting the significant parts of the lifecycle of transdisciplinary climate change research. In the coming four years (2018-2021), BC3 will further develop this strategic mission, emphasizing the bridging of scales and scientific languages to support policy- and decision-making in environmentally sustainable, economically efficient and socially equitable ways. In order to do so, the centre will continue to engage with highly recognized scientific teams and research institutions at global, national and regional levels with an increased emphasis on effectively conveying policy messages to public and private decision makers.

Overall goals

The BC3 Strategic Plan (SP) 2014-2017, and its work plan, addressed adaptation and mitigation in a broadly interdisciplinary way, resulting in the adoption of four main research lines: Low Carbon; Climate and Natural Environment; Health and Climate; and Climate Policy.

For the Strategic Plan (SP) 2018-2021 the BC3 vision laid out above will be aligned with six objectives, which include a further step moving towards solutions co-designed with decision makers in the post-COP21 and SDG world (transdisciplinary science). The six objectives that articulate the Strategic Planning (SP) for 2018-2021 are:

  1. Understand past and future climate changes
  2. Support decision making in the transition to a low carbon society
  3. Integrated agriculture and land management for sustainability
  4. Support decision making for successful and effective adaptation
  5. Integrated modelling of coupled human-natural systems
  6. Promoting integrated interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. In order to meet Objective 6, as one of the keys for transitioning towards a more transdisciplinary science, we propose to promote the incubation of new and innovative ideas and tools through vehicles such as
    - Strategic Integrative Projects (SIPs) and,
    - Sherpa Projects (SSPs)
  7. promote cooperation among Research Lines and Groups and will involve demand-driven integrated approaches, while focusing more on complex, multi-scaled, and coupled human-natural systems.


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