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Call for contributions

(26 March 2021)

Durham University’s COP 26 Steering Group is planning a series of interdisciplinary activities and events in the run up to COP 26, the international UN Climate Change Conference that will take place in Glasgow this November. We welcome expressions of interest and ideas to help share climate change research and knowledge with Durham’s wider community of staff, students, research partners and policy makers.

A launch event on 27th April 2021 will set out the vision for an event series between May and October. Our aim is to highlight areas of research and engagement across the university that are relevant to climate change and responses to the current climate crisis. We will engage a wide range of stakeholder with different types of events. Our target audience will be staff, present and prospective students, specific partners and policy makers, and it is anticipated that the variety of events will amplify engagement with different audiences. These months leading to COP 26 are crucial because they allow us to share and showcase the variety of climate change research and knowledge within the university, and to shape our role in addressing the challenge of climate action beyond COP 26. We will cover elements of the five UK Presidency themes in a nuanced fashion and aim to start with "Finance" in May, followed by "Energy Transition and Transport" in June, "Adaptation and Resilience" in September and "Nature" in October. Each month has an academic lead who will develop content jointly with colleagues and students who wish to contribute.

All ideas and contributions are very welcome! Please contact Dr Petra Minnerop (chair of the COP 26 Steering Group) or email a.l.holden@durham.ac.uk (RIS).

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