University of Exeter: University of Exeter at crucial COP26 climate talks

Staff and students from the University will take part in a variety of events, including the launch of a major report on carbon emissions to discussions with policymakers and business leaders.

Events involving Exeter’s experts range from a discussion with the energy industry to a poetry project that highlights links between the climate crisis and human health.

The conference, which began on Monday, will be attended by many world leaders and is seen as a key moment in tackling the climate crisis.

“Our researchers continue to play a key role in climate science, and we are working with partners around the world to develop solutions to the climate and environment emergency,” said Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.

“Our team at COP26 – staff and students from multiple disciplines – will share the latest research and highlight some of the solutions that can help to ensure a safe and stable climate for future generations.”

COP26 events involving the University of Exeter include (names listed are the Exeter researchers involved in each event):

What does transforming the energy system really mean? Adaptation, resilience & transition challenges. Professor Richard Betts (UoE and Met Office). 1 November, 09:30-10:30, EU Pavilion.
High Impact, Low Likelihood climate events: what must we do to prepare for the worst? Professor Tim Lenton. 3 November, 09:30-10.30, Science Pavilion.
Bringing climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services into policy and economic decision making. Professor Ian Bateman. 3 November, 16:00-17:00, EU Pavilion.
Global Carbon Budget 2021 Report. Professor Pierre Friedlingstein. 4 November, 9:30-10:30, Science Pavilion.
Transformative Energy Innovation Dialogues Flagship report: The New Economics of Innovation and Transition. Dr Jean-Francois Mercure. 4 November, 19:30-21:00, UK Pavilion.
Local Climate Adaptation Tool to guide health and wellbeing planning. Professor Emma Bland. 4 November, all day, stand C7 in Green Zone.
Climate Change Communication and the IPCC. Professor Saffron O’Neill. 5 November, 14:30-16:00, Science Pavilion.
One Chance Left – Poetry by climate scientist and health workers. Professor Ian Fussell and Professor Peter Stott (UoE and Met Office). 5 November, 18:00-19:00, Science Pavilion.
Future Earth peatlands exhibition. Professor Angela Gallego-Sala. 5 November, 19:30-21:00, UN Peatland Pavilion.
When Science Meets Economics: The Right Tree in the Right Place for NetZeroPlus. Professor Ian Bateman and Professor Richard Betts. 6 November, 14:00-16:30, Arctic Basecamp.
Climate Risk and Adaptation: how we understand and respond to climate change hazards. Professor Richard Betts. 8 November, 9:00-10:30, UK Pavilion.
Launch of the AmazonFACE experiment – CO2 fertilisation and climate change in the Amazon Rainforest. Professor Richard Betts and Professor Iain Hartley. 8 November, 18:00, Science Pavilion.
1.5°C: where are we now, where are we headed, what are the risks? Professor Richard Betts and Professor Pierre Friedlingstein. 10 November, 11.30-12.45, UN event.
Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence: Climate Impacts Mitigation, Adaption and Resilience (CLIMAR). Professor Gavin Shaddick, 10 November, Science Pavilion
The Red River: Listening to a Polluted River, Dr John Wedgwood Clarke. 10 November, 14.00-15.00, Green Zone, North Tower Base.

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