Our mission is to build the capacity of developing countries and emerging economies to evaluate SRM and to bring new voices to the discussion of research governance.
SRMGI is a partnership launched in 2010 by the Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in response to the Royal Society’s Geoengineering the Climate report.
Working in partnership with local organizations, SRMGI runs outreach meetings on the science and governance of SRM throughout the Global South. Since 2011, SRMGI has organised 17 of these workshops in 14 countries. Find out about our past and future events.
In 2018, we launched the DECIMALS Fund, the first ever SRM modelling research fund for scientists from the developing world. SRMGI is neutral on SRM and does not take a position on how any research should be governed or on whether SRM geoengineering should ever be used. Instead, we believe that broadening the international conversation, in particular by bringing in more voices from the Global South, will strengthen humanity’s ability to handle the issue prudently and equitably.
SRMGI has partnered with a wide range of environment and development NGOs, industry, and civil society organizations across the globe. Like SRMGI, they are neutral on SRM and do not promote or opposite it, instead seeking to expand the discussion of its potential risks and benefits, science and governance.
Our team operates from several locations around the world, with staff based in Germany, Italy, the UK and the US.
Convening organisations & funding
SRMGI was launched in 2010 by EDF, TWAS and the Royal Society.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a leading national non-profit organization representing more than 2 million members. Since 1967, it has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems. EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people. Guided by science, it creates practical solutions that win support because they are non-partisan, cost-effective and fair.
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. It aims to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.
The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) works to advance innovation and sustainable development through research, education, policy and diplomacy. TWAS, a global science academy, has nearly 1,200 elected Fellows from more than 90 countries; 15 of them are Nobel laureates. TWAS annually offers more than USD$1 million in research grants and over 500 PhD and post-doctoral fellowships.
SRMGI is funded by the Open Philanthropy Project. Previous funding sources include the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), UNESCO, Zennström Philanthropies, the Carbon War Room, and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER).