1. About our survey

The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is implementing its 2019 – 2028 Strategic Plan. This includes a new activity designed to ensure that the climate science training that people want and need is available and ready to face the challenges of the next decades: the WCRP Academy.

The WCRP Academy is conducting this survey to help ensure that current and future climate scientists and key users of technical and scientific climate information have access to the best possible climate science training. As a knowledge holder, you are asked to take part in a study to understand how the WCRP Academy can best meet the needs of current and future climate scientists and others who use climate information. Your responses to this survey will indicate what training is already available and what/where the gaps are.
Your responses will also help the WCRP Academy to set up a web portal for online climate science and related training opportunities. The aim would be that people would have access to the very latest climate science training from all around the world.

For definitions of climate science, climate science training, and climate scientist, please see our webpage: www.wcrp-climate.org/academy.

The survey will take about 30 minutes or less to complete.

Opportunities and prize draw
Our aim is to ensure that you are better connected to climate science and all respondents may connect climate research or associated training that they are aware of to the Academy. Anyone interested in being directly involved in the Academy can indicate this in their responses.

In addition 10 respondents, from those who have entered their name and email address, will be randomly selected to win complimentary registrations for the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 (can be donated to an early career researcher). Please note that WCRP key contributors are not eligible for the draw.

Confidentiality and ethics
Your input is important. The information from this project will be shared within the WCRP community, its partners, and relevant external consultants. We will share a summary of the survey outcomes with the scientific community via the WCRP website, reports, and other publications.

  • The data derived from this study will be used by the WCRP Academy but you will never be personally identified.
  • No information about you from the survey including your written answers will be linked to your name. Should we, for some reason, want to use your name we will ask for your consent.
  • This project has been reviewed by the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct.

Voluntary nature of the study
We thank you very much for your participation in this survey. Your decision to participate is voluntary. You may choose not to answer selected parts of the study or stop taking part at any time.

Contacts and your consent
If you have any questions or would like to remove your information after submission, please contact us at wcrp-academy@wcrp-climate.org.

Please provide your feedback in this survey at the latest by 26 November 2021.

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* 1. Consent
I have read the information provided. I understand the reasons why my participation is requested, and the way my data will be handled. I understand that by submitting the questionnaire responses, I consent to the opinions and demographic data I provide in this questionnaire being used in this project.