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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 18:00-20:00

The Club of Rome EU-Chapter (Brussels) in collaboration with the Club of Rome - European Support Centre (Vienna) is pleased to invite you to the 73rd Aurelio Peccei Lecture in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Philip of Belgium, Honorary President CoR-EU

Science, the Future of Climate, and Governance

by Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore). Physicist, climatologist, extraordinary professor at the Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Honorary membership of the CoR-EU will be conferred on Professor van Ypersele by H.R.H. Prince Philip. The lecture and ceremony will be followed by a reception.

About the Speaker

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (1957, Belgium), has a Ph. D. in physics from the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), where he is extraordinary professor of climatology and environmental sciences, and directs the Master programme in Science and Management of the Environment ( He made his doctoral research in climatology at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado, USA).

He specialized in modelling climate and the climate effects of human activities, and has recently focused his research on the impacts of climate change and on integrated assessment modelling. He chairs the Energy & Climate Working Group of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development ( Since 2002, he is member of the Bureau of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore), and has been elected Vice-chair of IPCC in 2008. In 2009, he was elected a Member of the Belgian Royal Academy.

He has participated to a number of United Nations conferences on climate issues, as scientific advisor. Among other prizes, he received in 2006 the Energy and environment award from the International Polar Foundation, and the Francqui Chair from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2007-2008.


The event will take place at the
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.


rue Vautier straat 29
ZIP Code: 1000

Follow-Up: Video

A short video is available on

A comprehensive video of the whole event is available in three parts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Pictures of event

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