The academic track calls for academic papers from the graduate students globally.


  • 1000 to 2000 word abstract (deadline Sept 5)

  • Preliminary review result announced on Sept 24.

  • If the abstract is accepted, the author will be invited to the summit, he or she must prepare a 3-minute verbal presentation during the Summit (Oct 25~29), and submit a 15-minute presentation in a short-video format for the sake of review and publicity by Oct 8.

  • Candidates advancing to the second-round review to compete the Best Paper Award must also submit the full paper and a plain language summary by Oct 8.

  • Students who receive Best Paper Award will be issued certificates and also be invited to the GAUC High Level Award Ceremony on Nov 5 during COP26 together with presidents of GAUC member universities and global climate leaders.

Climate x ___

The Summit is themed "Climate X", to emphasize the close interconnection between climate change and other UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the transforming impact that climate change holds over other subjects.

Integrate with other trending global topics, the Summit will focus on the interconnection between climate and four areas:  

1. Food & Health by Yale University

2. Transportation by Tsinghua University

3. Energy by Columbia University

4. Nature & Biodiversity by the University of Oxford, and

5. more around SDGs

In addition to those areas, the summit also welcomes youth to initiate their field of interest, to study and explore its interconnection with climate change.

Considering the importance of global climate governance, the summit encourages the youth to submit papers, innovate solutions or share voices from the perspective of public policy.


Submission:We only require you to provide a 1000 to 2000 words abstract for evaluation by September 5. Upon acceptance, we will require applicant to present at the forum (scheduled during second half of October 2021), and submit the full paper no later than October 8.

Language:All submissions must be in English.

Paper Status:

Published results are acceptable as long as they are original researches within one year of the submission date.

Submissions are not limited to unpublished researches.

Unpublished researches are encouraged and will receive bonus points in the evaluation round.

Target Candidate:

Graduate Students

The academic paper submission is open to all graduate students from an accredited university or academic institution. :)


We require submissions of abstracts (1000-2000 words) by September 5 2021, which will be evaluated double-blindly by at least two independent reviewers. If the abstract is accepted, the author must make a verbal presentation at the Summit’s forums and provide full paper not later than October 8 2021. All submissions must be made in English.


As the UNFCCC Secretary General, Patricia Espinosa, said in her address during the GAUC Academic Conference: “for the climate, for those who share it, for those who inherit it”. We believe that when it comes to climate, a global shared crisis across generations, youth voice is imperative for the decision making of policy makers.

Thus, we would ask you to share your policy suggestions in your submission, and to encourage you to think from the policy perspective, bonus points will be given for those submissions with policy suggestions. These policy suggestions could be for international organizations, national and sub-national policy makers, and it does not need to be for your own country.


The selection criterial is based on submissions academic level, topic difficulty, academic frontier, and the innovation in diversity.


For general enquiries about the Academic track, and alternative submission methods: gaucevent@tsinghua.edu.cn

For enquiries, and submission for Food & Health: climatex@yale.edu

For enquiries, and submission for Nature & Biodiversity: oxford_gys@outlook.com