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Climate Change AI Summer School 2024: Bridging Artificial Intelligence and Climate Action (Financial Assistance Available)

Climate Change AI Summer School 2024: Bridging Artificial Intelligence and Climate Action (Financial Assistance Available)

We are thrilled to announce the commencement of the third edition of the Climate Change AI Summer School in 2024! This year’s program is designed to foster collaboration and innovation in addressing climate change through the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI). With two distinct programs – a virtual initiative and an in-person intensive – participants will have the opportunity to delve deep into the intersection of AI and climate action, learning from expert researchers and practitioners in the field.

Virtual Program:

The virtual program offers a comprehensive exploration of various AI applications in combating climate change. Participants will engage in lectures and hands-on tutorials, gaining valuable insights into how AI can be leveraged across different sectors such as energy, land use, climate science, economics, and policy. This program is tailored for individuals with prior engagement in either climate change or AI, aiming to expand their knowledge and expertise at the intersection of these domains. For context, more information about the topics covered during the 2023 Virtual Summer School can be found here.

More information about registration fees and fee waivers can be found below.

The virtual program provides an inclusive platform for participants from diverse backgrounds, including academia, private sector, public sector, and students. Networking opportunities and social events will also be integrated to facilitate interaction among participants and instructors.

Fees:

  • Participants residing in high-income economies: $30 USD
  • Participants residing outside high-income economies: $10 USD

Fee waivers are available for those unable to pay the registration fee.

Register for the Virtual Summer School using the links below!

  • Registration without a waiver (paying the registration fee): here
  • Registration with a waiver (not paying the registration fee): here

In-Person Program:

The in-person program, held at Mila – Quebec AI Institute in Montreal, Canada, offers a selective and immersive experience for participants. Through collaborative projects, mentorship, technical training, and leadership workshops, individuals will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to emerge as leaders in addressing climate challenges using AI. Training sessions will also be delivered with the aim of enhancing participants’ ability to impactfully and responsibly shape their projects, and to assume leadership positions in the broader climate change and AI space. These trainings will be led by experts from various backgrounds across industry and academia, and will include topics such as shaping and communicating pathways to impact, ethics and responsible AI, project evaluation, and effective communication. For context, more information about the program from the 2023 in-person Summer School can be found here.

Fees:

  • Registration fee: $400 USD
  • 50% discount for students, academics, nonprofit employees, and government/public sector employees
  • Fee waivers are not applicable for the in-person program

Financial assistance is available to cover some or all of the attendance costs, including travel and accommodation. Selection for the in-person program will be based on various factors, including prior experience, articulated goals, and potential impact of AI/ML application in addressing climate-related challenges.

Conclusion:

The Climate Change AI Summer School 2024 offers a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about combating climate change through innovative technological solutions. Whether participating virtually or in person, attendees will gain valuable insights, forge connections, and contribute towards a sustainable future. Apply now to be part of this transformative experience!

Apply for the In-Person Summer School here and explore financial assistance opportunities!

 

Sponsors

Organizers

On behalf of Climate Change AI:
Amanda Sessim Parisenti (Climate Change AI)
Elena Fillola Mayoral (University of Bristol)
Erick Kapp (Climate Change AI)
Millie Chapman (National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
Umangi Jain (University of Toronto)
Yazid Salahudeen Mikail (Ahmadu Bello University)

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Summer School FAQs

Q: What is the age requirement for the virtual program?
A: All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Q: How do I access the virtual program?
A: When you register for the virtual program, you will be automatically added to CCAI’s Community Platform and the Summer School 2024 space. You will receive an email with information about how to access the community platform, please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not see the email. All information regarding lecture and tutorial live streams and recordings will be shared on the Community Platform.

Q: Will there be recordings?
A: We will aim to record and publish the content online after the summer school.

Q: What topics will be covered in the virtual program?
A: The virtual program will provide an overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to address climate change. Through lectures and tutorials, participants will learn how AI/ML are employed across different climate-relevant fields/sectors, discuss important considerations for framing/scoping problems, and gain hands-on practice applying AI/ML to climate-relevant problems.

Q: Are there prerequisites for the virtual program?
A: Modules will be presented at varying levels of technical depth. For some of the modules, substantial knowledge about AI/ML, Python programming, or both is assumed. For other modules, only minimal prerequisite knowledge about AI/ML, Python programming, or both is assumed. Individual module prerequisites will be made clear prior to the summer school.

Q: Will self-study materials be provided to help me obtain prerequisite knowledge for the virtual program?
A: Yes we will aim to provide them when we release the full schedule.

Q: When will the exact schedule be posted?
A: We will aim to post the exact schedule about a month prior to the start of the program.

Q: What is the deadline for registering?
A: Registration for the virtual summer school will remain open until the end of the program.

Q: My question isn’t answered above. What should I do?
A: If you have a question not answered in the FAQs, please email summerschool+virtual@climatechange.ai. Due to the large number of inquiries, we may not be able to reply to all emails.

In-Person Summer School FAQs

Q: What is the date and location of the in-person program?
A: The In-Person Summer School will be held from August 12-16, 2024 at Mila – Quebec AI Institute in Montreal, Canada.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the in-person program?
A: Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to apply.

Q: What is the application deadline for the in-person program?
A: The deadline to apply is April 14, 2024 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

Q: Is there an application fee for the in-person program?
A: No! All applicants who fill out the application form will be considered.

Q: Will food, lodging, travel, and/or visa application costs be covered for accepted applicants?
A: Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to cover participation cost. Before accepted participants need to confirm their attendance, we will let them know which costs will be covered for everyone and we will also let accepted participants know if they have been awarded financial aid.

Q: What will the schedule of the in-person program be like?
A: The in-person program will give participants the opportunity to work on collaborative projects together in multi-disciplinary teams. The program will also include learning exercises on shaping and communicating pathways to impact, ethics and responsible AI, and more, as well as social activities to help build connections between participants.

Q: Will there be opportunities for networking and collaboration at the in-person program?
A: Yes absolutely!

Q: My question isn’t answered above. What should I do?
A: If you have a question not answered in the FAQs, please email summerschool+inperson@climatechange.ai. Due to the large number of inquiries, we may not be able to reply to all emails.

 

Source: https://www.climatechange.ai/events/summer_school2024