ISC 2021 Summer School

The ISC Summer School on Challenges of Climate Change was held online from May 24 to June 4, 2021.

You can now listen to most of the talks on our YouTube channel.

Why should cognitive sciences get involved in climate science? 

Recent history has made the computer the primary tool in climate science, enabling researchers to produce increasingly complex models of general circulation which are better integrated into systemic approaches. These integrated models help identify the impacts of climate change, economic responses, and policy scenarios. But climate science seems to be caught up in a paradigm of computation, which the evolution of cognitive sciences towards interpretation and situated cognition allows us to question. Cognitive sciences are no longer defined as a science of information processing, but as humanities, social and behavioral sciences of cognition between humans and their social and physical environment.

The main objective of this summer school is to put the human – "The Neuronal Man" – at the heart of climate science. This is the challenge addressed by behavioral scientists who seek to contribute to climate models and create a social climate science to study our interactions, perceptions, reasoning and actions in this period of awareness, transition and implementation of mitigation and adaptation policies.

By reflecting on the cognitive challenges of climate change, the ISC 2021 Summer School aims to think beyond the disciplinary boundaries to expand knowledge on climate issues. A unique international and transdisciplinary event bringing together more than 35 specialists to help understand how to mobilize globally, in particular through the carbon market, against emissions causing the greenhouse effect or to decarbonize our practices and our tools in a distributed and decentralized way.

Institut des sciences cognitives

Fondé en 2003, l'Institut des Sciences Cognitives de l'UQAM vise à favoriser la recherche et le développement de compétences dans le domaine des sciences cognitives, à en partager les connaissances, à faciliter les échanges interdisciplinaires et à animer la communauté locale.


Institut des sciences cognitives
Local A-3741
400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal (Québec) H2L 2C5