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Mrs Maria Elena Cuomo with IPCC scholarship students, funded by the Cuomo Foundation, Ms Yucong Lin (China), Mr Mamadou Lamine Thiam (Senegal) and Mr Tariku Olana Jawo (Ethiopia) – Grimaldi Forum, Monaco – 29 October 2021

The newly selected class of 2021/23 PhD student researchers for the IPCC Scholarship Programme arrived in Monaco to receive their certificates.

The award ceremony took place on October 29, 202, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, as part of the 14th Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards Ceremony. The Sovereign Prince’s philanthropic organisation is one of three major financial partners of this programme, along with the Cuomo Foundation, which has been a principal partner of the IPCC scholarship awards since 2013.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 “to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies.” Its advisory body is composed of a group of independent scientists led by Dr. Hoesung Lee, the Chairman, and Mr. Abdalah Mokssit, the Secretary General. The IPCC Scholarship Programme was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The Programme was further made possible through the contribution of its funding partners, including the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Cuomo Foundation. Every two years, the IPCC Secretariat issues a call for applications from doctoral candidates from developing countries. The first IPCC scholarships were awarded in 2011. Earlier this year, applications for the sixth round of its scholarship awards were opened and mark the 10th anniversary of the programme. Research applications are encouraged from “early-career scientists from developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.”

Each scholarship award is for a maximum amount of €15,000 per year for up to two years and since the first awards in 2011 a total of 55 students have been supported. The Cuomo Foundation is funding 7 of the 2021/23 students and has funded 23 research students since 2013.

Mme. Maria Elena Cuomo souhaitant le bienvenue aux étudiants chercheurs du programme de bourses du GIEC

Le Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

© Photo Fondation Cuomo

Scholarship beneficiaries and topics for the 2021/23 period

Gildas Geraud Comlan Assogba (Benin)

The biomass challenge: a multiple-scale modelling of biomass fluxes in semi-arid Burkina-Faso.

Boubou Bagre (Burkina Faso)

Development and characterization of eco-materials for sensible heat storage.

Ana Lucia Castrillon Cifuentes (Colombia)

Assessment of reef resilience patterns in response to local stressors and climate change at Gorgona Island, Colombia.

Simeon Diedhiou (Senegal)

Impact of Biochar on soil hydrodynamics properties, water economy and tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) yield in a context of climate change, in the Niayes zone, Senegal.

Tariku Olana Jawo (Ethiopia)

Potentials of coffee-based agroforestry system in enhancing adaptive capacity of local people for climate change and variability: The case of Sidama National Regional State, Ethiopia.

Yucong Lin (China)

Changes in extreme precipitation related to ENSO events under climate change.

Mamadou Lamine Thiam (Senegal)

Simulation and projection of dust concentrations and study of their impact on air quality in West Africa.

“Spoken word of conscience”, a performance by Robert Redford at the 14th Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards Ceremony. A text written by Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford.

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