Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
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Storyworlds of Decarbonization in Models and Fiction seminar

Date: 04 March 2020
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

How do we imagine possible climate futures? Learn from scifi writers and climate modellers. Join this free seminar organised by researchers of the international Climaginaries project. 

Responding to the climate crisis requires rapid transformations towards a decarbonized society. These transformations are typically explored with quantitative scenarios that get constructed with global models. In parallel, science fiction writers are also describing transformative change in their stories. There is a large potential to combine these climate fiction stories with climate models. Used together these modes of storytelling could create compelling 'storyworlds of decarbonization'. Yet, much is unknown about how to exactly do this. 

This seminar is a unique encounter between modelers (“Integrated Assessment Modeling”) and scifi writers. Prof. dr. Detlef van Vuuren and dr. Wytske Versteeg will present their experiences on constructing climate stories. Together we will engage in a ‘live interviewing’ to learn from modelers and writers and finally have a panel discussion on 'what makes stories persuasive or credible?' and 'how could both modes of storytelling be combined?' 

Climaginaries is a three-year research project and a collaboration between Lund University, Durham University, The University of Warwick and Utrecht University (Urban Futures Studio)

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