Conference information

Overarching theme of the Fith International Conference on Climate Services is Innovation and Capacity Building. It is jointly organised by the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town and the CSP secretariat at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS). The main conference will be held from 28th of February until 2nd of March, with additional side events taking place on 27th of February and on 3rd of March. ICCS 5 is very kindly supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

You can register for the event here. Please note, to attend the conference it is necessary to go via the official registration form as well as pay the related fees, which needs to be done also in case you have previously registered your interest.

Important dates and deadlines to remember

  • January, 16 2017: Opening of registration page


A draft version of the agenda can be found here. Please keep an eye out, as it will still evolve.

Scientific sessions

Abstracts are invited from the climate services community (users, providers, stakeholders and researchers), in particular related to the following overarching themes:

  • Learning from success and Failure
  • Operationalization of Climate Services
  • Mutual Learning

Please find an overview of all parallel sessions here. Posters will be presented during the whole conference, and will be discussed during coffee and lunch breaks.

Market Place

We invite you, the participants, to help shape the Market Place on the 2nd conference day, 1st of March. We invite contributions of new and exciting formats for Climate Services, whether that be new tools, products, platforms, means of communcation, education methods or games, to business models. We hope to see what you have to offer on a local, regional to global level. This is really a chance for you to show us your innovations and to inspire the Climate Services community. Please submit abstracts for the Market Place also via

Side events

During early evening hours on day 1 and day 3 of the ICCS 5, as well as on Monday and Friday before and after the actual conference days, additional side events will take place. These will cover e.g. specific programmes or networks and introduce to their respective work, or will feature a workshop style and enable interested participants to operate a program or tool. In short, side events will be, aside of the Market Place, a platform for presenting work that would not fit in a classical talk or poster format. Please send any queries regarding side events to