What to expect

The Climate Arena Conference unites journalists and scientists from across Europe to collaborate in investigating the climate crisis.

Built on the model of our major annual conference Dataharvest, Climate Arena is a European hands-on, working conference, focused on sharing tools and methods, datasets, insights, and planting the seeds of collaborations, creating the space for building connections and setting up new cross-border projects.

You can submit your session proposal until 12 April 2024 for the next Climate Arena which will take place on 18-19 October 2024 in Bologna, Italy. 

Come and meet other journalists and climate scientists, learn how award-winning investigations were done, get the datasets, understand the methods, and find your next project collaborators.

Here, both journalists and scientists will break out of your bubbles, uncover information the public needs to know, and develop projects to make it connect with them, and have impact.

Together, we can unwash greenwashing, uncover lobbying, expose environmental crimes, and empower our audiences to hold power accountable.

  • Grow your network: Break out of your bubble and meet climate investigators from across Europe, and across disciplines. You’ll develop important new connections, and join the Arena Climate Network, a community of hundreds of climate journalists and scientists telling the stories of the climate crisis. 
  • Develop your next investigation: This is a working conference, and you can shape your next investigation here. As we found in our last conference, ideas and inspiration quickly spark from conversations to collaborations. We will actively support the development of these projects.
  • Grow your knowledge: Get inspired by stories, what they’re about and how they’re told. You’ll not just learn about climate issues, but get a better understanding of how to tell your stories better. You will get a comprehensive understanding the state of climate journalism across Europe, and key stories and datasets to look into.
  • Grow your skills: Our sessions aren’t about showing off, but showing how. You’ll learn how award-winning investigations were done, from concept to collaboration and impact. Colleagues will generously share their methods in this intersection of journalism x science, bringing you cutting edge interdisciplinary skills.

History of the conference

Our first Climate Arena conference took place in Prague 27-28 April 2023, where we brought 55 journalists and climate scientist together.

We hosted two full-day workshops, including eight panels. Topics discussed ranged from carbon offsetting industry’s dubious claims, to journalism-science collaborations, to using data to tell climate stories, and much more. 

A few journalists who participated in Climate Arena started to collaborate after. These stories revealed greenwashing at the Cannes Film Festival and offered an inside look into the tumultuous workings into the world’s biggest climate consultancy company.

Following the success of this conference, we quickly organised a much bigger conference to build on this energy, and brought together over 150 journalists and scientists in Vienna in November 2023 for our second Climate Arena conference.

You can check out photos and the programme from our previous Climate Arena conferences below: