October 27, 2014 Celebration: three decades of IGBP in Sweden


The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) organised a seminar on 20 October 2014 to celebrate IGBP’s achievements and thank Sweden for contributing to the programme for the last three decades. The event IGBP- three decades in Sweden brought together people past and present who have been part of the IGBP community in Sweden, viagra such as SSEESS Secretariat.


Endorsed by the Swedish Parliament in 1986, IGBP was the first major international programme to study the Earth as a system and the phenomenon of global change. By the end of 2015, the programme will close but its knowledge, experience and core projects will be transitioned to the global research platform Future Earth.


IGBP’s first steps and important contributors to its success

Sybil Seitzinger, current director at IGBP, and Thomas Rosswall, first director at IGBP (1987-1994), opened the event. Among other things, Thomas gave an insight of IGBP’s very early steps taken at a time when e-mail had just been introduced and international global coordination and communication was still a new concept.

Moreover, IGBP thanked the Swedish government and research community because that played a pivotal role in the formation of IGBP and have been central to its success. Some individuals were also highlighted due to their important contributions to IGBP’s formation and success, such as

  • Henning Rodhe, member of IGBP’s Steering Committee between 1997 – 1999
  • Deliang Chen, director of ICSU between 2009-2012
  • HC Hansen, co-chair of iLEAPS project
  • Bert Bolin, a famous Swedish meteorologist, scientific adviser to the Swedish Prime Minister between 1986-1988 and to the Vice Prime Minister during 1988 to 1991, and one of the founders of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)