The 6th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC 2022) was held from 17th – 18th of February in Virtual Platform under the theme “Meeting Climate Challenges Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic.” The conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka and hosted by the Association for Environment Management and Sustainability (AEMS) with De La Salle University, Philippines. Academic Partners were School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippine, Forestry Faculty, Mulawarman University, Indonesia, Kocaeli University, Turkey, and Department of Geography Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Nigeria.
The conference united diverse researches and case studies from all over the world, in parallel sessions while offering many networking and publishing opportunities. Moreover, the conference welcomed 60+ Academicians, Researchers, Scholars, Activists and Professionals from 25+ different countries across the globe.
The opening remarks of ICCC 2022 were made by Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Co-Founder & Managing Director – The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka) and the Conference Chair, Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Representing the official Partner universities, representatives from De La Salle University, Philippines and Forestry Faculty, Mulawarman University, Indonesia addressed the gathering. The keynote speakers were Dr. Andrew Norton (Director, International Institute for Environment and Development, United Kingdom) and Dr. Pete Falloon (Change Manager – Science Directorate & Climate Service Lead – Food, Farming & Natural Environment Met Office, United Kingdom) and they spoke on the topics “Climate Action in the Late Pandemic” and “Climate Science for Resilient Food Systems” respectively.
ICCC 2022 consisted of over 60+ participants from 25 countries around the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, Bangladesh, Peru, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, , Italy, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Poland, and Turkey. The Conference provided an opportunity for participants to share their valuable knowledge from various perspectives. This conference had representation from almost every continent and regions across the world, to share views and ideas on Climate Change and network with international colleagues.
ICCC 2021 comprised of Five (05) Technical Sessions and One Poster Session. The Technical Sessions were under the below themes:
Climate Change Mitigation and Effective Adaptation
Climate Change Impacts, Education, and Social Responsibility
Climate Change and Carbon Management
Agriculture, Water and Food Security
Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Humans and Ecosystems
ICCC 2022 and Center for Natural Sciences and Environmental Research (CENSER), De La Salle University Philippines in collaboration with the Association for Environment Management and Sustainability (AEMS) was organized SYMPOSIUM under the theme of “Smart Technologies for Addressing Climate Change for a Future-proof Society.”
Symposium Included two technical sessions under the main area of Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Environment and Health. There were 10+ speakers and two keynote speeches from Dr. Raymond Girard Tan (Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation De La Salle University, Philippines) under the title of “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Environment” and Dr. Thaddeus Carvajal (Ehime University, Japan) under the title of Climate Change and Dengue. Opening remarks were done by Dr. Jose Isagani Janairo, Head of Biological Control Research Unit CENSER, De La Salle University, Philippines). Closing remarks of the symposium were given by Dr. Divina M. Amalin (Director, CENSER De La Salle University, Philippines) and moderated by Dr. Billy Joel Almarinez (Department of Biology, De La Salle Unviersity, Manila Philippines).
There were three plenary speakers namely, Zsolt Lengyel from Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), Netherlands, who spoke under the title “Some Lessons from the Pandemic to Address the Climate Crisis: Scale and Speed of Climate Action”, Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation from Grantham Institute, UK who spoke on the title “Universities Collaborating to Deliver Climate Change Action” and Joyce Coffee, President of Climate Resilience Consulting from United States who spoke under the title, “Improving Institutional Capacities to Increase City Resilience Under a Changing Climate.”
Ms. Marie-Claire, Youth Advocate for Sustainable Development and Climate Action from Switzerland, moderated the first roundtable on “Youth and Climate Change,” and Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, moderated the second roundtable on “Climate Change Education.” The majority of the international participants actively participated in the highly interactive session.
The dissemination of research findings is a critical component of the scientific research process. The Publication Workshop on “Publishing in International Scientific Journals: Experiences as an Editor, Author, and Reviewer” was moderated by Dr. Henry Huntington, Editor-in-Chief of Weather, Climate, and Society Journal. All conference participants actively took part in this workshop.
Selva Ozelli, An International Tax Expert and Environmentalist from USA has conducted the Digital Art Show on “Times of Corona.” She has exhibited Ghosts of Roses series of her paintings painted by her for a COVID-19 recovery. This Art show contains paintings that were acknowledged in 13 international art contests including United Nations Global Goals Art Competition. This art show was registered events at London Climate Action Week, United Nations World Environment, Oceans, Desertification, Clean Air for Blue Skies, International Mountain Days during 2020 (12 UN events).
Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dr. Germirli Babuna, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Dr. Sushil Kumar Dash, Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Prof. Nirmalie Pallewatta, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sardhanee Dias, National Building Research Organization, Sri Lanka
Dr. Yiu Fai Tsang, The Education University of Hong Kong
Prof. Scott Denning, Colorado State University, USA
Prof. Keith Paustian, Colorado State University, USA
Dr. Catherine Stewart, USDA‐ ARS, USA
Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Climate Change, Alternate Energy and Water Resources Institute (CAEWRI), Pakistan
Prof. Md. Giashuddin Miah, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Dr. Tapas Bhattacharyya, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, India
Dr. Peter Kamoni, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), Kenya
Dr. Prabir Patra, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan
Dr. Divya Pandey, Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
Dr. Sushil Kumar Dash, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Prof. Prem Chand Pandey, The Institutes of Technology Bhubaneswar, India
Dr. Sreekanth. K. J, Energy and Building Research Center (EBRC) at Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait
Prof. Sara Curran, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, USA
Prof. Mohamed Esham, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Yiu Fai Tsang, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Lin Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Derrick Yuk Fo LAI, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Atreyee Bhattacharya, Colorado State University, United States
Dr. Xianlai ZENG, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. XU Yuan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong