UKRI supports major climate change conference for universities

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting a leading conference on climate change which begins Monday 17 May, six months before the start of COP26.

Climate Exp0 is a free, virtual five-day event from the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS). The event takes place from Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May.

The conference is sponsored by:

  • UKRI
  • Cambridge University Press
  • COP26.

It marks a unique occasion to collaborate, share and debate climate change policy, ahead of the COP26 negotiations in November, with gatherings of:

  • global policymakers
  • academics
  • practitioners
  • students
  • members of the public.

Addressing vital issues

UKRI will be running five sessions as part of conference, each addressing vital issues on sustainability and climate change.

Capacity building and knowledge transfer for nature based solutions

Tuesday 18 May, 12:00 to 12:45.

Treescape: building resilience into the future

Tuesday 18 May, 12:00 to 12:45.

Mitigation session: climate change and net zero

Wednesday 19 May, 11:30 to 12:15.

Adaptation and resilience: challenges in the COP26 meeting

Thursday 20 May, 09:30 to 10:30.

Adaptation and resilience: building resilience into the future

Thursday 20 May, 11:30 to 12:15.

50 UKRI affiliated speakers contributing to the conference in total.

The event takes place at a critical juncture in the COP26 pre-meetings and negotiations, and is part of the All4Climate Italy 2021 official pre-COP26 initiatives.

The programme features the latest thinking and most relevant international climate change and policy research across five themes including:

  • green recovery
  • nature-based solutions
  • mitigation solutions
  • adaptation and resilience
  • finance and regulation.

International contributors

Addressing one theme each day, Climate Exp0 showcases an impressive range of over 200 international speakers and contributors confirmed so far, joining across a variety of sessions, including:

  • keynotes and panel discussions
  • roundtables
  • poster presentations
  • on-demand content.

Sponsorship of this project adds to UKRI’s long tradition of investing in cutting-edge research and innovation to understand, tackle and mitigate the effects of climate change.

In the year the UK hosts the COP26 summit in November, UKRI will use its role as a steward of the research and innovation system to bring our communities together to:

  • create sustainable and resilient solutions
  • encourage new behaviours and new ways of living that enable the UK to reach net zero by 2050.

Register now to join Climate Exp0, and help advance a resilient, zero-carbon world.

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