After two years as Chair and two years as Vice-Chair of JPI Climate, Patrick Monfray has stepped back from this position on 1 July 2017.
Patrick Monfray has moved from ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France) to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation as Deputy Director of the Research and Innovation Strategy Department, where he will continue to represent France as a member of the GPC (Groupe de programmation conjointe), a body of the Council of the European Union dealing with joint programming. Apart from leading JPI Climate through the process of updating and initiating the implementation of the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for 2016-2025, Patrick Monfray has also been the main initiator and coordinator of the flagship activity of JPI Climate, ERA4CS, involving 45 research organisations from 18 countries, which recently launched 26 projects for 63 M€ to enhance climate services' efficiency and usefulness.
During its spring meeting (23-24 May 2017), the JPI Climate Governing Board elected Frank McGovern from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the new Chair, among its members. Frank McGovern is Head of Climate Change Research & Science at EPA and has a long standing experience in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In his vision speech, Frank McGovern highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the enhanced role that JPI Climate should play in this challenge via the development of carbon neutrality pathways, for example.
According to the resolution taken at this meeting, the term for the new Chair started on 1 July 2017.