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Time for action: The 2nd GAUC Graduate Forum is coming

“COVID-19 has become the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War. But there is another, deep emergency, the planet's unfolding environmental crisis. Biodiversity is in steep decline, and climate disruption is approaching a point of no return. We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.”

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General


The act to protect our planet should never be ceased.

Hosted by Tsinghua University and the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) and supported by the Graduates Union of Tsinghua University, the 2nd GAUC Graduate Forumwill be held from 14th to 16th November 2020, combining both online and offline channels.


Minister Xie Zhenhua, Special Advisor for Climate Change Affairs of China and President of the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University, serves as the Honorary Chair. 

This conference is also co-organized by the editorial departments of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, SCI, Journal of Tsinghua University, EI and Advances in Climate Change Research, SCIE.

The Forum is now publicly calling for the submission of abstracts. 

The organizing committee will invite authors to make an oral report or attend a poster exhibition according to anonymous review results. The authors of the most excellent abstracts will be invited to submit their full text for priority review to Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, SCI, Journal of Tsinghua, EI and Advances in Climate Change Research, SCIE, in accordance with the paper’s topic and the journal’s requirements (papers not accepted may be submitted to other conferences or journals). Winners will have the opportunity to be recommended as youth representatives of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) and the UN fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15).

Conference Theme and Topics

The theme of this conference is ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Development’, which focuses on how human society can better address global climate change through dimensions such as technology and policy, and achieve sustainable development transformation against the backdrop of a higher quality of the global economy recovery. It includes 4 sub-forums (in no particular order):

Sub-forum 1: Coordinating Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals

This sub-forum focuses on but is not limited to the topics below:

1. Climate Change and Human Health

2. Climate Change and Global Poverty Reduction

3. Climate Change and Global Food Supply Chains

4. Climate Change and Urban Construction

5. Climate Change and International Trade

6. Spreading Global Awareness of Climate Change

7. Promoting Coordinated Policy Responses to SDGs.

Sub-forum 2: Addressing Climate Change: Nature-Based Solution

This sub-forum focuses on but is not limited to the topics below:

1. Future Global Climate: Scenario-Based Estimates

2. The Concept, Theory and Practice of Nature-Based Solutions

3. Protection and Restoration of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and Wetlands

4. Protection and Restoration Forestry and Land Ecosystems

5. Protecting Biological Diversity

6. Assesing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development

7. Protection of Water and Water Cycle and Water Resources

Sub-forum 3: Climate Governance Solutions to Achieve Higher Quality Recovery

This sub-forum focuses on but is not limited to the topics below:

1. Climate Change and the Evolution of Socio-Economic Systems

2. Climate Change and Socio-Economic Vulnerability

3. Innovative Financing Solutions for Addressing Climate Change

4. Diverse Governance Frameworks for Addressing Climate Change

5. Social Innovation for Addressing Climate Change

Sub-forum 4: A Technological Revolution for Carbon Neutrality

This sub-forum focuses on but is not limited to the topics below:

1. Trends and Drivers of Emissions

2. Air Pollution and Control

3. Clean Production and Energy-Saving and Emission-Reduction Technologies

4. Energy Resource System and Environmental Changes

5. Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuel

6. Energy-Efficient Construction and Energy Efficiency

7. Energy Planning and Management

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Given the main topic of this year's Forum, we are accepting abstracts (1000-2000 words) of research papers in English on climate change and sustainable development, especially those focusing on Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Law, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and related academic disciplines. All submissions will undergo a double-blind  evaluation by at least two independent reviewers. The final review decision will take account of the comments from both reviewers.

Method of Submission and Timeline

Scholars and graduate students interested in participating in this Forum should register and submit their papers on the official Forum website by no later than September 12th at midnight (GMT+8)

There is no registration or submission fee. The overall timeline for submission review is indicated below.


Contact Method

For any questions, please contact:

The first GAUC Graduate Forum was held in November 2019 and attracted over 150 student representatives from 55 universities, across six continents. During the forum, student representatives of the GAUC sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on their dedication in addressing the challenge brought by the climate change. On January 6, 2020, they received a reply from President Xi, in which President Xi expressed his appreciation for their common concern over climate change. The two sessions held during the forum were entitled The Zero Emission Technical Revolution and Building a Green Future: Economic-Social-Ecological System.

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