Mines Paris – PSL and The Transition Institute 1.5 invite you to the annual “African Perspectives on Climate Change” forum on May 29.

Ecological transition Research News
Published on 13 May 2024
On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, The Transition Institute 1.5 is pleased to host its second Forum in Paris on the theme: “African Perspectives on Climate Change”.

Launched in April 2022 by Mines Paris – PSL, a leading engineering school, and directed by Nadia Maïzi, Professor at Mines Paris – PSL, Director of the CMA and co-author of the 6th IPCC report, The Transition Institute 1.5 works for research related to the low-carbon transition in order to provide informed scientific answers to the major challenge of carbon neutrality.
The event will take place at École des Mines Paris – PSL, 60 boulevard Saint-Michel.


Wednesday May 29 from 8 a.m. :

Forum TTI.5 “African Perspectives on Climate Change”

On Wednesday May 29, 2024, The Transition Institute 1.5 is delighted to be holding its second Forum in Paris on the theme of “African Perspectives on Climate Change”.

Forum challenges

This one-day conference aims to highlight African perspectives on an international issue that is often dominated by the voices of Northern countries: the challenges of climate change. The TTI.5 Forum proposes to discuss these issues through the prism of experts, public decision-makers and opinion leaders from different regions of Africa. They will share their insights, expertise and experiences with us.
Africa is one of the continents most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, despite its low contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change has profound implications for development, food security, public health, political and economic stability, as well as biodiversity and ecosystems.
African voices are increasingly present on the international stage, advocating more ambitious global climate action, greater climate justice and equitable participation in international climate negotiations.
We wanted to highlight these challenges at our annual Forum. Participants will explore with our guests the challenges of climate change mitigation, adaptation and negotiations in global climate governance.
This is the Institute’s flagship event, and we’re expecting around 300 people from all disciplines and backgrounds (academics, corporate executives, public decision-makers). You’ll be able to take an active part in the debates by exchanging views with the experts in a question-and-answer session.


The program

A three-part Forum

During this day, you will explore three crucial issues with our guest experts:
1. Climate change mitigation
2. Adapting to climate change
3. International climate negotiations

Announced speakers

African inspirations
by Pr. Nadia MAÏZI | Director of TTI.5 and IPCC Senior Co-author

Perspectives on South Africa’s coal transition
by Jesse BURTON | Researcher at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Challenges of Algeria’s energy transition and the role of hydrogen as a gas pedal
by Dr. Rabah SELLAMI | Director of Hydrogen and Alternative Energies at the Algerian Commissariat for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CEREFE)

A pan-African vision for a just transition: we can’t decarbonize a system that hasn’t yet been decolonized
by Dr. Fadhel KABOUB | President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Associate Professor at Denison University, USA

Climate change mitigation and development in poor countries: debunking the chimera of a green transition to avoid perpetuating injustice and inequality
by Mohamadou Fadel DIOP | Research, Policy and Innovation Advisor, Oxfam Senegal

Governance of the extractive industries in the face of climate change in Africa: what impacts can we expect?
by Dr. Harouna KINDA | Researcher at Clermont Auvergne University

Presentation: short fiction film “Memories of an Unborn Sun” and discussion with the director
by Marcel MREJEN | Director

Climate change: expected impacts and risks in Africa
by Dr. Aïda DIONGUE-NIANG | Vice-Chair of Working Group I, IPCC

Thinking about development in relation to the living: what contributions from African philosophies?
by Dr. Zacharia TIEMTORÉ | President of the Institut Supérieur de Sécurité Humaine (ISSH) and former Minister of Literacy, Burkina Faso

Climate change adaptation practices by producers in the Sahel: challenges and prospects
by Dr. Hamado SAWADOGO | Researcher at the Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles du Burkina Faso (INERA)

The Paris Pact for People and Planet
by Éric DAVID | Head of the Economic Department of the French Representation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Discussion: The stakes of international negotiations
– with Madeleine DIOUF-SARR | Head of the Climate Change Division at Senegal’s Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development
– and Pr. Nadia MAÏZI | CMA Mines Paris – PSL, TTI.5 and IPCC

Round table: Prospects for African climate research
A presentation by The African Institute for Sustainable Energy and Systems Analysis (AISESA) and a collective of young African researchers. Moderated by Pr. Nadia MAÏZI.
– with Pr. Youba SOKONA | Former Vice-President of the IPCC
– and with Marie-Thérèse Daba SENE | Sociologist, Representative of One Planet Fellowship, One Planet Summit

Download the program brochure


Would you like to take part?

To take part, registration is compulsory. You can reserve your day now by registering below:


More information on the TTI.5 Forum


What is The Transition Institute 1.5?

Created in 2022, The Transition Institute 1.5 – 1.5 as an echo of the maximum temperature rise target advocated by the IPCC – is an initiative launched by École Mines Paris – PSL with the support of its Foundation. The Institute is headed by Nadia MAÏZI, Professor at Mines Paris – PSL, Director of the Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées (CMA Mines Paris – PSL) and co-author of the 6th IPCC report. The Transition Institute 1.5 is École Mines Paris – PSL’s first transdisciplinary research institute, supporting, funding and disseminating research related to the low-carbon transition.

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To face up to the climate emergency and follow the IPCC’s recommendation to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial era, our societies must commit to carbon neutrality and think about adaptation. Yet nowhere on our planet is the expected transition taking place. The Transition
Institute 1.5 aims to provide informed, multidisciplinary scientific answers to the major challenge of carbon neutrality, so that one person’s solutions do not become another’s problems.




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