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Outreach and communication support

Outreach support

BECC welcomes initiatives that results in interactions with stakeholders. Resources allocated to Themes can be used to such activities, but you are always welcome to contact us for more information, for example helping you to find potential stakeholders to contact. 

Contact Juliana Dänhardt for more information. 
juliana [dot] danhardt [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (juliana[dot]danhardt[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Also consider the Lund University Sustainability Forum, which is coordinated at CEC.

Sustainability Forum

Stakeholder interaction guide

In many research projects, stakeholder interaction is ad hoc rather than strategic and systematic. This guide provides advice on good practice, strategies and tools for researchers and research groups interested in finding effective ways to involve stakeholders in their research and have an impact on society.

The guide was written by Daniel Slunge (UGOT), Olof Drakenberg (UGOT), Anders Ekbom (UGOT), Maria Göthberg (UGOT), Åsa Knaggård (LU) and Ullrika Sahlin (LU). It was produced as part of the BECC financed research project STAKE – Practices and Barriers to Stake­holder Interaction – Challenges for Research Projects.

Download the stakeholders interaction guide

MERGE arranges events and meetings to make sure researchers and its stakeholders are updated on the latest research findings, and to facilitate the important cooperation and interaction within the research environment and with its stakeholders.

Read more about MERGE events.

MERGE's administration is organised at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC). At CEC, there are specific procedures and checklists in place to support the work of knowledge synthesis. For syntheses that are developed in collaboration with CEC or with the involvement of researchers affiliated with CEC, it is therefore always advisable to get in touch with the synthesis coordinator at CEC and the communication officer at MERGE as early as possible in the planning process to receive the best possible support during the work.

Production of publications at CEC: guidelines and templates

List of different ways to get involved

There are many ways to participate in the work of the IPCC. On the IPCC-website, you can find a helpful list of different ways to get involved:

Engage with the IPCC

There is also a more detailed brochure on how to participate in the IPCC. You can find it on the following link:

Brochure: How to participate in the IPCC (pdf.)

Early Career Research Scientists and the IPCC

IPCC has written a leaflet with information for early career researchers and how they can contribute to the IPCC. You can download it at the following link:

How Early Career Research Scientists can contribute to the work of the IPCC (pdf.)

Tell my story the way it is

An inspiring video about contributing to the IPCC as an author.


Communication support

Affiliation: a researcher's connection or affiliation with a university or other organization. Affiliation is indicated when publishing in scientific works, such as scientific journals.

A researcher's affiliation is important in bibliometric analyses to link publications to the higher learning institution at which the research was conducted. Correct affiliation is important in evaluations and distribution of funds both between higher education institutions and within them.

Acknowledgment: When publishing research results, an acknowledgement indicates the support the author has received, such as financial support.

Affiliation in scientific papers

It is not possible to affiliate with MERGE in scientific papers since this would require a Box-address, which MERGE does not have. Usually, your affiliation in scientific papers is the home university (department/s).

Affiliation in scientific reports, for example synthesis and policy briefs

When possible, add MERGE as an organisation that you are affiliated with, together with the home university and department. This is especially important if your work was financed by MERGE. Example of how to write the affiliation:

Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system, Lund University

Acknowledgement in scientific publications, talks and posters, reports, and relevant applications

Most often the best option to highlight MERGE is in the acknowledgements, this goes for relevant applications, talks, posters, reports, and scientific publications etcetera.

Always acknowledge MERGE if:

  • You have received funding from MERGE to work with the product at hand.
  • If you are a MERGE PI and the product is of MERGE-relevance. 

We welcome the acknowledgment of MERGE if:

  • You have received administrative support from MERGE to work with the product at hand.
  • You are in a setting where it is relevant to showcase MERGE

Examples of how to write acknowledgments:

“X is supported by the Strategic Research Area “ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system”, MERGE, funded by the Swedish government.”

“The research presented in this paper is a contribution to the Strategic Research Area “ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system”, MERGE, funded by the Swedish government.”

Highlight MERGE in profiles on ResearchGate and on social media

If you have a profile on ResearchGate, we encourage you to name MERGE in Affiliation-section, under the Description-heading. 

If you are active on LinkedIn, we encourage you to name MERGE in the profile description, or in the experience-section.

If you are active on Twitter, we encourage you to name MERGE in your profile description if there is room.

MERGE has a couple of communication channels where we communicate updates from the research environment on a regular basis. We welcome all input on content. 


MERGE has an internal newsletter with information that is relevant to our researchers.

Contact Lina Nikoleris if you have any information, including newly published articles, that you would like to highlight. You can also contact Lina if you want to sign up for the newsletter:

lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (subject: Sign%20me%20up%20for%20BECC%20newsletter, body: Hi%2C%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20subscribe%20for%20the%20BECC%20newsletter.) (lina[dot]nikoleris[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)


Centre for environmental and climate science (CEC) at Lund University has a LinkedIn-page. On this page, we also publish MERGE-related news. 

Contact therese [dot] ek [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (subject: Content%20for%20BECCs%20Twitter) (Therese Ek) if you have a suggestion for a post on LinkedIn.

Follow CEC at LinkedIn

Reporting extreme weather and climate change - A guide for journalists

When an extreme weather event occurs, people often ask: is climate change to blame? For decades, climate scientists have answered that question in general terms – that as the planet warms, we can expect many of these weather events to become more frequent and extreme. But in recent years, advances in attribution science have allowed researchers to answer the question in much greater detail. 

World Weather Attribution has produced a guide for journalists with the aim to help them to accurately report extreme weather events in the context of a warming planet, and to best inform their audiences about the effects of climate change on the extreme events we are increasingly experiencing. Even though the guide is mainly intended for journalists, there are many valuable key messages on extreme weather events that are relevant for climate scientists to keep in the back of their minds when for example talking to journalists. 

Download or read the guide at World Weather Attribution's website (PDF, 6.24 Mb, New Window)

A Future Manual for Future Models

On the yearly meeting 2022, one of the creators behind a future modeling manual presented their work. The manual is a result between two artists and modelers to explore linkages between Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) and art and design practices, and to propose an artistic contribution to the world of IAMs. This manual is the final result. Hopefully, it can provide modelers with some new inspiration in their work:

A Future Manual for Future Models

Do you have questions regarding press and media relations? Contact CEC communication manager Anna Maria Erling who will guide you:

E-mail: anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (anna_maria[dot]erling[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) 

Phone: +46 46 222 68 96  or +46 70 574 89 97

Lund University is a member of the online news outlet The Conversation UK. The Conversation gives researchers the chance to write about current social events and new research in collaboration with an experienced editor. The articles can then be freely republished by other media and reach a global audience.

The Conversation covers a wide range of topics, including science and technology, politics and international affairs, medicine and health, economics and business, and arts and culture. The site’s articles reach a total audience of 10 million readers every month. Readership figures are on a par with science articles from The Guardian and The New York Times. 

Learn more about writing for The Conversation.

To be able to write for The Conversation you must be affiliated with one of its member universities. If you are not a researcher at LU, get in contact with one of your colleagues at LU within similar topics and propose that you co-write a pitch. If you get commissioned to write, both of you will be credited.

If you want help to get started with at pitch - please visit the link above and/or contact:

Anna-Maria Erling, communications manager at CEC
E-mail: anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (anna_maria[dot]erling[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se) 
Phone: +46 46 222 68 96  or +46 70 574 89 97

Therese Ek, communcations officer at CEC (BECC and MERGE)
E-mail: therese [dot] ek [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (therese[dot]ek[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Tundra with a snow-covered volcano in the background. Photo.

Highlight MERGE in affiliations or acknowledgements

MERGE PIs are always expected to name MERGE in affiliations or acknowledgements. Other members are also encouraged to highlight MERGE. 

In the Communication support box below you will find detailed instructions on how to write affiliations and acknowledgements.