The Asilomar International Conference On
Climate Intervention Technologies
November 16, 2009Dear Colleague:This note is to make you aware of the Asilomar International Conference on ClimateIntervention Technologies, which will be held 22-26 March 2010 at the AsilomarConference Center in Monterey, California. This Conference is being convened to discussand develop a set of voluntary guidelines, or best practices, for the least harmful andlowest risk conduct of research and testing of proposed climate intervention andgeoengineering technologies. Both the scope and content of the guidelines will beconsidered, with aspects ranging from scientific and technical issues to those of transparency and governance. We are sending this note to you because or your interestsand experience in this field.The Conference was conceived and developed by the Climate Response Fund (CRF), whichis a new, nonprofit foundation founded by Dr. Margaret Leinen (seeclimateresponsefund.org). Funding for the Conference is still being finalized; sourcesinclude government and philanthropic donors that will be publicly announced along withthe Conference details around January 1. The donors, CRF, and the Climate Institute(climate.org), which has convened the SOC, are all undertaking this effort because of theirgeneral interest in the welfare of the planet and none has a financial interest in theparticulars of the technologies or the guidelines that are developed.By agreement and organizational structure, the independent SOC has completeresponsibility for the invitees, the agenda for and conduct of the meeting, and theguidelines that are to be developed by the Conference and, as necessary, finalizedthereafter. The Asilomar Conference Center, which should have beautiful weather amidstspectacular surroundings at this time of year, has been chosen because it provides theinformal setting that we believe will help to facilitate productive discussion among thediverse, international set of attendees.Our intent is to have approximately 150 active participants to ensure both a broad balanceof interests and expertise and a size that will allow for active participation in plenarysessions and breakout groups. To facilitate open discussion, the Conference will be heldunder Chatham House rule. Under the rule, no one may be quoted about what they sayduring the Conference without their permission. While the meeting will be open to themedia under this rule, an embargo on disseminating the results of the discussion andinterim progress toward the final statement outside of the Conference venue will alsoapply to both participants and the media until the end of the Conference. At the close of the Conference, there will be a press briefing, time for on-the-record interviews with theparticipants, and quoting of participants with their permission.The Conference will begin with dinner and an evening panel session on March 22 that isbeing designed to set the stage for the discussions and development of the plannedguidelines. The main discussion days of the Conference will be March 23-25, with amorning session on March 26 for plenary discussion of the final Conference statement. Thedetailed agenda is currently under development by the SOC, with plans for presentationsand discussions in both breakout and plenary frameworks. Because of the importance of each part of the Conference, we would hope that all participants could attend its fullduration.