The roles of climate models: epistemic, ethical and socio-political perspectives

(Cross post from the Climate History Network)

IPO Building, Room 0.11, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

31st Oct – 1st Nov 2013.


Climate models influence our understanding of climate change, its causes and its future. They are a central technology of climate science. But they are also sources of information for far-reaching policy decisions, sites of multidisciplinary integration, products of distributed epistemic labor and much more. As a consequence, climate models are of significant interest to scholars in philosophy, history of science, and science and technology studies. This workshop will bring together well-regarded scholars in these fields along with established climate scientists to explore the epistemic, ethical and socio-political roles that climate models play, their interactions and implications.


  • Judith Curry (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds)
  • Matthias Heymann (Aarhus University)
  • Rafaela Hillerbrand (Deflt University of Technology)
  • Kristen Intemann (Montana State University)
  • Joyashree Roy (Jadavpur University)
  • Gavin Schmidt (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
  • David Sexton (the MET Office)
  • Lenny Smith (London School of Economics)
  • Behnam Taebi (Delft University of Technology)
  • Erica Thompson (London School of Economics)
  • Erik van der Vleuten (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Steven Yearley (University of Edinburgh)


We have a limited amount of space for extra participants and some funding for PhD students and Postdocs. If you would like to participate, please email Joel Katzav, explaining your interest (<>)


Joel Katzav (TU-Eindhoven), Wendy Parker (Durham) and Johan Schot (TU-Eindhoven)

Support for the workshop is being provided by the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies and the Durham Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society.