Climate Change AI Summer School 2024

We are excited to host the third Climate Change AI Summer School in 2024! This year’s program includes two distinct programs: a virtual program and a selective in-person program.

Registrations for the virtual program are still open. Program runs from Jun 20-Aug 1.
Full program schedule below.

Applications for the in-person program are now closed.

Virtual Summer School

The virtual program provides an opportunity to learn about different applications of artificial intelligence (AI) for climate action from expert researchers and practitioners, and develop expertise to make an impact in this space via lectures and hands-on tutorials. The content of the program is geared towards those that have some prior engagement with topics in either climate change-relevant areas or AI, and are looking to learn more about the intersection of these fields.

Due to United States sanctions and export controls, CCAI is unfortunately unable to accept participants for both the virtual and in-person program who reside in the following countries: Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, and sanctioned parts of Ukraine.

Dates and Registration

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

Virtual Program Structure

The CCAI Summer School provides a standalone virtual program that will run for 7 weeks from June 20-August 1, 2024. The format of the program is designed to facilitate live, asynchronous, and self-paced participation. Each week, the program will feature approximately 4 hours of lecture content, as well as coding tutorials. The lectures take place live via Zoom according to the schedule outlined below. Each week all recordings of the lectures and walkthroughs of the coding tutorials will be made available. There will also be social and networking opportunities available throughout the program.

The content of the program is geared towards those that have some prior engagement with topics in either a climate change-relevant area or AI, and is inclusive to participants from across sectors (e.g., academia, the private sector, the public sector, and students).

The lectures will cover applications of AI in different climate-related fields (spanning areas such as energy, land use, climate science, economics, and policy), as well as related topics such as AI ethics, regulation, and environmental footprint. Through hands-on tutorials, participants can practice working on solutions across these application areas. The 2024 program schedule can be found below.

It is incredibly important to CCAI that the Summer School is accessible to all, which is why the program can be completed entirely asynchronously. We understand that the live lecture times will not always align with participant schedules. All lectures will be recorded and shared with participants so that they can be viewed when it is convenient for each participant. All tutorials are available to be completed asynchronously and will be accompanied by pre-recorded walk through videos created by the tutorial developers. We encourage participants to attend lectures live to participate in Q&A with the lecturers live, as well as to join the Q&A and discussions on the CCAI Community Platform throughout the program.

Participants will be able to sign up to social and networking events. The timing of these events will vary in an effort to ensure that every participant is able to participate.

Certificates of Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be available for all participants who complete 8 or more, out of 12, lecture feedback forms. These optional feedback forms will be released after each lecture. Each feedback form will have two sections: a short quiz based on the lecture followed by a section to provide feedback on the lecture. The quiz section will not be graded, but participants will receive the correct responses afterwards for their own self-assessment of their learning.

Certificate eligibility does not depend on live lecture attendance, the feedback forms will be available to all participants. Additionally, there is no coding requirement for the certificate of attendance. As long as at least 8 feedback forms are submitted by the deadline, August 31, the participant will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Fees

Registration fees for the Virtual Summer School vary based on your primary residence. Please use the categories below and the World Bank classifications to determine which program fee you should pay. If you live in a high-income economy according to the World Bank classifications, the registration fee is $30 USD. If you live outside of a high-income economy, the registration fee is $10 USD.

We are committed to making the Summer School accessible to all so a fee waiver is available for anyone unable to pay the registration fee.

Register for the Virtual Summer School using the links below!

Virtual Program Schedule

Please note that lectures can be attended live or asynchronously. Certificate of attendance eligibility does not depend on live lecture attendance. More information about certificates can be found here.

Day 1 - Introduction to Climate Change and AI - June 20, 2024

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Lectures
3-4 PM UTC Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning
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Speakers:

  • Priya Donti - CCAI, MIT
  • David Rolnick - CCAI, McGill University
  • Lynn Kaack - CCAI, Hertie School
4-5 PM UTC Introduction to Machine Learning
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Speaker: Rasika Bhalerao - CCAI, Northeastern University

Asynchronous recording Introduction to Climate Change
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Speaker: Kamal Kapadia - Terra.do

Day 2 - AI for Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use - June 24, 2024

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Lectures
5-6 PM UTC AI for Agriculture
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Speaker:

  • Hannah Kerner - Arizona State University
6-7 PM UTC AI for Forestry
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  • David Dao - CCAI, ETH Zürich
Tutorials
Land Use and Land Cover Classification using Pytorch
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Tutorial Author: Isabelle Tingzon - CCAI, World Bank/GFDRR

Day 3 - AI for Biodiversity and Ecosystems - June 26, 2024

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Lectures
6-7 PM UTC AI for Wildlife Conservation
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Speaker: Devis Tuia - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

7-8 PM UTC AI for Conservation Decisions
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Speaker: Lily Xu

Tutorials
Agile Modeling for Bioacoustic Monitoring
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Tutorial Authors:

  • Jenny Hamer
  • Rob Laber
  • Tom Denton

Day 4 - AI for Social Sciences, Economics and Policy, Part I - June 28, 2024

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Lectures
2-3 PM UTC Climate Innovation Policy
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Speaker: Alice Lépissier - Brown University

Tutorials
TBA

Day 5 - AI for Climate Science - July 2, 2024

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Lectures
4-5 PM UTC AI for Climate Science
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Speaker: Kai Jeggle

5-6 PM UTC AI for Weather
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Speaker: Peetak Mitra

Tutorials
Forecasting the El Niño/Southern Oscillation with Machine Learning
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Tutorial Authors:

  • Ankur Mahesh
  • Mel Hanna

Day 6 - AI for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification - July 5, 2024

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Lectures
10-11 AM UTC AI for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of Corporate GHG Emissions
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Speaker: Kasia Tokarska de los Santos

Tutorials
Estimating Coal Power Plant Operation From Satellite Images with Computer Vision
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Tutorial Authors:

  • André Ferreira
  • Isabelle Tingzon - CCAI, World Bank/GFDRR

Day 7 - AI for Social Sciences, Economics and Policy, Part II - July 16, 2024

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Lecture
2-3 PM UTC Empirical estimation of the influence of weather and climate on socio-economic outcomes
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Speaker: Jonathan Proctor

Day 8 - Ethics, Impacts, and Regulation of AI - July 18, 2024

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Lectures
9-10 AM UTC Ethics of AI
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10-11 AM UTC Regulation of AI
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Speaker: Philipp Hacker

Day 9 - AI for Buildings and Cities - July 19, 2024

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Lectures
Time TBD AI for Buildings and Cities
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Details coming soon

Tutorials
Building Load Forecasting with Machine Learning
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Tutorial Author: Marcus Voss - CCAI, Birds on Mars

CityLearn Tutorial
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Tutorial Authors:

  • Kingsley Nweye
  • Zoltan Nagy
BOPTest
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Tutorial Author: Javier Arroyo

Day 10 - GHG Impact Assessment of AI - July 22, 2024

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Lectures
4-5 PM UTC GHG Impact Assessment of AI
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Speakers:

  • George Kamiya
  • Lynn Kaack - CCAI, Hertie School
5-6 PM UTC AI Ethics and Sustainability
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Speakers:

  • Sasha Luccioni - CCAI, Hugging Face
Tutorials
Reducing your Climate Impact when Training ML Models
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Tutorial Author: Mel Hanna - CCAI

Day 11 - AI for Energy Systems - July 29, 2024

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Lectures
7-9 PM UTC AI for Power Systems
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Speakers:

  • Priya Donti - CCAI, MIT
  • Nsutezo Simone Fobi - CCAI, Microsoft
Tutorials
AI for Optimal Power Flow
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Tutorial Authors:

  • Jorge Montalvo - CCAI, Centrica
  • Utkarsha Agwan - CCAI, University of California Berkeley
  • Panos Moutis - CCAI

Day 12 - AI for Transportation - July 31, 2024

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Lectures
11 AM-1 PM UTC AI for Transportation
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Speakers:

  • Nikola Milojevic-Dupont - CCAI, MCC Berlin
  • Felix Wagner - MCC Berlin
Tutorials
Predicting Mobility Demand from Urban Features
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Tutorial Authors:

  • Felix Wagner - MCC Berlin
  • Florian Nachtigall

Day 13 - Climate, Health, and AI - August 1, 2024

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9-11 AM UTC Climate, Health, and AI
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Details coming soon

In-Person Summer School

The in-person program aims to prepare participants to become leaders in tackling major climate problems using AI, via collaborative projects, hands-on mentorship, technical training, and leadership workshops. The in-person program is geared towards individuals with prior backgrounds in AI and/or a climate change-related field, across career stages.

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 In-Person Summer School. We encourage those interested in the program to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when applications open for next year’s summer school.

In-Person Program

In-Person Program Structure

Participants of the in-person program will have the opportunity to work together in interdisciplinary teams to develop projects using AI to address important climate change-relevant challenges. Throughout the development of each project, mentors with expertise on the topic of the project will provide guidance and feedback. At the end of the program, each team will present their projects in front of their peers and a panel of experts from different sectors.

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.

Sponsors

Flagship Funder

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Hosting Partner

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: Recordings of all lectures will be available for asynchronous viewing. We will aim to make these recordings available on the same day as the live lectures.

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 before the start of the program.

Q: When will the exact schedule be posted?
A: The schedule is now available! You can find the schedule by scrolling up on this page or navigating to this link

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

Q: Will CCAI provide certificates of attendance for the program?
A: CCAI will be providing certificates of attendance for all registered participants that complete at least 8, out of 12, lecture feedback forms.

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 was April 14, 2024 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth). We are no longer accepting applications for the in-person program.

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.