First workshop in Iran

On 5 March 2021, SRMGI (The Degrees Initiative) and the Center for Research in Climate Change and Global Warming (CRCC) of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) based in Zanjan co-organised the first participatory workshop on SRM (virtually) held in Iran. The meeting was conducted in Farsi and English and gathered 18 participants, including representatives from the meteorological society of Iran, journalists, environmental activists, and academics. The event featured introductory presentations on solar geoengineering and the research conducted by Iran’s Degrees Modelling Fund (DMF) team. The participants then took part in small-group discussions, exchanging on what they thought SRM could mean for Iran and the Middle East, before reconvening in a final plenary. This event was chaired by Professor Yousef Sobouti (Director of CRCC) and made possible by Dr Seyed Vahid Mousavi (event coordination), Dr Khalil Karami (PI of Iran’s DMF project) and Dr Bahman Farnudi (simultaneous translation).

*The Iran team was contracted and funded by the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), a unit of UNESCO, as part of the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI)