Keynote speakers


Carlo Buontempo

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, UK

Carlo Buontempo is deputy heads of Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) at ECMWF. He coordinates the activities of a number of international contracts working on the interface between climate science and decision making in sectors ranging from energy to city planning. He completed a PhD in physics at University of L’Aquila in 2004 then he moved to Canada for his post-doc before joining the Met Office.
He worked at the Hadley Centre for almost a decade were he led the climate adaptation team and more recently the climate service development team. In this role he led numerous projects involving climate change adaptation and regional modelling in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. In 2012 He became the scientific coordinator of EUPORIAS, and project funded by the European Commission through the 7th framework programme.

James Painter

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

James PainterJames Painter is a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute.
James was the Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme for eight years until he stepped down from the role in September 2017, when he took up a position as visiting professor at the IPMZ in the University of Zurich, then at the University of Navarra in Pamplona (2018), then at the University of Perugia (2018).
His main research interests are the portrayals of climate change in legacy, digital-born and social media around the world, and environmental communication in general.
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Liviu Stirbat

 DG Climate Action, European Commission, Belgium

Liviu Stirbat, from Bucharest, Romania, is Deputy Head of Unit for Adaptation in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. Previously, he was Deputy Head of Unit for Better Regulation in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, where his team was responsible for the Interim Evaluation of the current EU Programme for Research and Innovation, and for the Impact Assessment of the future Programme, Horizon Europe.
Liviu joined the Commission in 2011, first as a policy expert on knowledge transfer, and afterwards as assistant to the Director for the European Research Area and innovation. Prior to working for the EU, Liviu worked for the OECD on labour economics, migration and education, and for the World Bank on trade facilitation and export survival in Laos. He has an academic background in astrophysics and public policy evaluation.