The conference comes at an important moment in the governance of climate engineering and climate change in general:
The upcoming IPCC assessment report, which will be published in stages across 2013 and 2014, will address climate engineering, likely leading to a significant increase in both scientific discussion and popular media coverage of the subject.
The climate negotiations for a post-Kyoto regime ought to be finalized in 2015. The role of climate engineering in this process is undefined, yet particularly negative emission technologies may become relevant to achieve the agreed-upon political targets.
Many ongoing projects will have concluded or reached milestones shortly before the 2014 conference, including CGG, EuTRACE, the first phase of GeoMIP, the first year of the DFG Priority Programme, and the second year of the SCRiM Sustainable Climate Risk Management assessment of how best to balance mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering strategies.