International Symposium

Climate and Resilience
in times of changes

Santiago | Viña del Mar | Chile
4-7 September 2023

April 5 to
May 30, 2023

Abstract submission for topical sessions

July 2023

Preliminary program with accepted abstracts

July to
August 2023


Monday 4 to Thursday 7
September 2023

In person Symposium

The climate of our planet has changed rapidly since the middle of the last century due to the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere, as a result of multiple human activities.

These observed changes -and those projected for the coming decades- are superimposed on the natural variability of the climate system and are of such magnitude that they currently constitute a tangible threat to socio-ecological systems at the local, regional and global levels.

Almost all human activities are affected by climate change and, at the same time, are responsible for it. Faced with this complex panorama, humanity must advance in its mitigation efforts (reduction of GHG emissions) and adaptation, thus promoting socio-environmental resilience in the face of changing climatic conditions.

Scientific knowledge of the climate system and socio-environmental resilience is essential for adequate mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The design of the most robust strategies to face the impacts produced by climate changes and extreme environmental events requires a rigorous attribution of the underlying causes, considering that multiple stressors operate in parallel.

The growing need for frontier and actionable knowledge has guided much of the work of the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2, a research center of excellence funded by the State of Chile that brings together researchers from various universities -covering various disciplines. biophysical and social- together with a management team in the areas of communication, dialogue and interdisciplinary and scientific computing.

This year the (CR)2 celebrates its first decade of operation.


On September 4 and 5, the SICyR activities will take place in the city of Santiago:
Gorbea Auditorium,
Beauchef 850 (Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile)

On September 6 and 7, the Symposium will move to Viña del Mar:
6 Norte 745, Viña del Mar

Registration and values

The registration and payment of inscriptions can be done through an online system that is already enabled and is 100% secure.


SICyR has two main components: Plenary conferences and Topical Sessions

Plenary Conferences

The Plenary Conferences will take place the first two days of the symposium (Monday, September 4 and Tuesday, September 5 at Gorbea Auditorium, Beauchef 850, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile).

Each plenary will last 2 hours and represents an open forum beyond the academic world where perspectives and reflections on cross-cutting issues and of high national and global relevance will be presented.

In each of them there will be a Keynote Talk and three Invited Talks with representatives of the academy, civil society, public and private institutions. Simultaneous translation will be provided in the case of foreign exhibitors. Following the invited talks, there will be a directed transdisciplinary dialogue, organized in work groups or other dynamics.

In the Plenary Conferences we will identify progress, gaps and challenges in the following topics.

  • Water security and droughts
  • Forest fires
  • Red tide and other events
  • Manifestations of the Anthropocene
  • Climate risk
  • Element Governance
  • Climate and air quality
  • Climate action and transformation

Topical Sessions

The Topical Sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7 in NOVOTEL, 6 Norte 745, Viña del Mar.

These sessions follow the typical format of scientific conferences and aim to establish the current frontier of knowledge in a wide range of climate and resilience sciences, with emphasis on studies focused on Chile and South America. For this, an international call will be made to present scientific abstracts, which can be sent in Spanish or English.

The sessions will be organized based on the abstracts that are presented in the various thematic areas. There are more than 20 thematic areas grouped into these 6 main lines:

  • Changes in climate, hydrology and extreme events
  • Cities in a changing climate
  • Governance, public policies and the economics of climate change
  • Climate action and transformation
  • Measurements and models for the Earth system

The description of each area together with the convening researchers, can be found on this page.