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Staff talks in the run-up to COP26 – Climate research and climate action


COP26 will be one of the most important intergovernmental meetings of the foreseeable future. Much has already been published about the science behind climate change and we want to take this opportunity to showcase to colleagues at the University our research, thinking and work around climate change. 

This series of talks will reflect how our world-leading research is contributing to climate policy and climate action, and how our institutional policies and actions are contributing to our community, campus and local environment. We hope you will be able to join us.

Staff talk 1: Wednesday 27 October – Climate science, policy and education

  • Professor Nigel Arnell (Meteorology): What is COP26? An insider’s view on research and the policy process
  • Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez (Meteorology): Outcomes and next steps from our Climate Education Summit

Chair: Phil Newton, Research Dean (Environment)

Staff talk 2: Tues 2 November – Changing the curriculum and using research to inform our thinking

  • Professor Amanda Callaghan (Biological Sciences): Greening the curriculum
  • Deepa Senapathi (Agriculture): Balancing biodiversity conservation with food security needs

Chair: Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)

Staff talk 3: Thursday 4 November – Changing the way we live

  • Professor Kathy Pain (Real Estate and Planning): Sustainability in the future city 
  • Dan Fernbank (Energy & Sustainability Director): Sustainability on campus: Net zero carbon by 2030

Chair: Adrian Bell, Research Dean (Prosperity & Resilience)

Staff talk 4: Thursday 11 November – Reflections on COP26 and action at local level

  • Speaker TBC: Reflections on COP26
  • Professor Tim Dixon (Built Environment): Local action for climate change

Professor Dominik Zaum, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)


All talks will take place from 1300 to 1350 on Teams. An invite will be sent closer to the time.


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