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Dear Colleagues, Please find attached announcement regards the IAI-NCAR Colloquium entitled "Policy Planning and Decision Making Involving Climate Change and Variability" to be held on 11-22 September 2006, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Application deadline is 10th July 2006. For your information.
Best regards, Maricel
Ms. Maricel A. Tapia
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  A Joint Inter-American Institute (IAI) - NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) Colloquium

“Policy planning and Decision making involving Climate Change and Variability”

Sept. 11 – 22, 2006

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Boulder , Colorado USA

  Overall Objective: The objective of the Colloquium is to introduce participants to the use of climate information in decision making, learning from experts in the physical, social and policy arenas from the Americas . Over a two week period, the colloquium will address issues of measurement, data, statistics, synthesis and modelling on the science side and of communication, negotiation and implementation on the policy interface.  Through lectures, panel discussions and hands-on exercises, we will explore case studies from different regions, and the policy process under different modes of governance and legislation in local, national and international contexts. We plan a fairly diffuse boundary between presenters and students hoping for a mutually beneficial learning experience to explore topics which are important to the role of science in society. We would also like to see the event lead to more permanent engagement of participants in future networking and funding opportunities.

Application Process: The Colloquium is designed to engage graduate students, practitioners and early career professionals (e.g. post-doctoral fellows) interested in policy and decision planning dealing with climate change and variability from the Americas . Applicants should be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an advanced degree program in the physical, social, or policy sciences; or hold an early career position working in one or more of these areas.

All applicants should provide:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV can be in native language)
  • A written letter of intent, in English, describing the motivation for participation in the Colloquium and its connection to the applicant's area of study or work.
  • A letter of recommendation is strongly encouraged, but is not required.
  • Applications must be submitted on line at the website:

Applications are due July 10, 2006

Language Requirement: All sessions of the colloquium will be conducted in English and participants should have proficiency in this language.

Travel Support and Visas: Funds are available for travel support, including airfare, lodging and per diem. Travel arrangements will be made for all successful applicants through the NCAR Advanced Study Program. Participants should not make separate travel arrangements as there is no guarantee these can be reimbursed.

B-1 Visas are required for entry into the U.S. and are the responsibility of the participants to secure, although the cost of the visa will be reimbursed. Information on the visa process can be found at: .

Colloquium Organizers: Holm Tiessen, IAI, Gerhard Breulmann, IAI, Marcella Ohira, IAI Rebecca Morss, NCAR, David Yates, NCAR, David Gochis, NCAR .

For further information please contact Ms. Dale Kellogg, .

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