Workshop on Mindful Climate Communication

This workshop is an EMS and COST event.

  • When: Sunday 1st September 2023, 1:30 – 6 PM.
  • Where: University of Barcelona.
  • Addressed to: 20-40 climatologists / meteorologists.
    Although the specific target is Early Career Scientists the workshop is open to all.
    Registration: will become available at the EMS2024 page – Early Bird registration by 30 June: €40, standard registration until 15 August: €60
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As scientists and communicators of climate change issues, we think our goal is to trigger interest and mobilisation in a wide audience, while trying to limit feelings of helplessness, discomfort, and anxiety. The title “mindful climate communication” reflects the fact that we want to raise awareness of the diverse psychological and social components that are involved in climate communication and that require thoughtful engagement with the target audience.


Because of the increasing occurrence of impactful weather events, climate change finally makes headlines in the media. The problem of how to communicate climate change is however a sensitive topic amongst meteorologists and climate scientists, particularly in Europe’s climate-change hotspot – the Mediterranean region.

The aim of the workshop is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on proactive strategies for communicating climate facts, impacts, and possible solutions. The talks and discussions will raise awareness on psychological and social factors, which scientists encounter when engaging in public communication (e.g., interactions with media and activist movements, cognitive biases, solution-based communication). The workshop will discuss and provide strategies for communicating sensitive topics to a wide public, leveraging on examples of climate communication from the Mediterranean climate-change hotspot and elsewhere.


13:30 – 15:30: Talks of Experts (~30 minutes each)

  • Irene Ronga, UNITO (neuroscientist): Cognitive biases and why we should consider them when doing climate communication.
  • Emanuele Bompan (journalist): A new synergy between science and journalism
  • Clara Pogliani (from CiSaràUnBelClima, expert on climate activism): Climate engagement at the interface between activism and science
  • Imke Hoppe, LMU (expert on climate communication): Climate change communication: shifting tides in public perception and responses.

15:30–16:15: Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:00: Group Activity – in preparation of Round Table.
17:00 – 18:00: Round Table with Speakers – audience actively involved.

Organising committee

  • Alice Portal (UniBern,
  • Magdalena Mittermeier (LMU, Munich,
  • Agostino Niyonkuru Meroni (UNIMIB, Milan,
  • Andrea Böhnisch (LMU, Munich,
  • Samira Khodayar (CEAM, Valencia,
  • Cosimo Enrico Carniel (ETH, Zurich,


Kindly provided by FutureMED COST action and EMS.
This workshop is based upon work from COST Action FutureMed.



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