We are pleased to announce Climate Exp0, the first conference organised by the COP26 Universities Network - a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference (Glasgow, Scotland, November 2021).

In partnership with ‘Rete delle Universita’ per lo sviluppo Sostenibile (Italian University Network for Sustainable Development), sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and with support from the UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 in Partnership with Italy and Cambridge University Press, Climate Exp0 will take place on 17 – 21 May 2021.

At a critical juncture in the COP26 pre-meetings and negotiations – six months prior to the conference itself – Climate Exp0 will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant UK and international research in the run-up to COP26 around five key themes: Adaptation and Resilience; Finance; Green Recovery; Mitigation Solutions; and Nature-based Solutions.

It will feature a range of speakers – from policymakers and academics, to practitioners and students and seeks to:

  • Raise the profile of key strategic themes and issues as evidenced through research;
  • Provide evidence to constituted bodies and policymakers;
  • Engage countries in building up their activity towards COP26;
  • Create a legacy for Universities and Research Centres in support of the climate change research agenda and of the UK’s role as host for COP26.

Online, free, and open to all, it’s an opportunity to connect policy, academic and student audiences across the globe, and harness the power of virtual collaboration to help advance a resilient, zero-carbon world.

The Call for Submissions is now open and we invite your contributions. We are accepting abstracts for individual presentations and poster presentations. The deadline is 26 February 2021 and full information on the Call for Submissions is available via the Climate Exp0 website.

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About COP26

COP26 is the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1 – 12 November in Glasgow.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

About the COP26 Universities Network

The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays its role in delivering a successful COP26, getting all players on track to deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world. They aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action.