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Chris Field attends Peace Prize event

Chris Field

Chris Field

Stanford University scientist Chris Field is one of 25 researchers who will attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and banquet on Dec. 10 in Oslo, Norway.

Field and his colleagues will represent the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. In announcing the award on Oct. 12, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the IPCC and Gore "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."

About 2,000 scientists from 120 countries have contributed to IPCC's assessments of global climate change since the organization was founded in 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Field, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford, is one of six Stanford researchers who were lead authors of major IPCC reports. He is one of several IPCC panelists selected for the Oslo event by random lottery.

"It is an honor and a thrill to be part of the Oslo delegation," Field said. "It is fitting that the delegation reflects the broad base and science focus of the IPCC. The selection of delegates by lottery emphasizes the point that I am representing thousands of dedicated people, each of whom was critical to the success of the IPCC."

The prize will be presented by the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.