The United Kingdom (UK) will host the twenty-sixth United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. The climate talks will bring together over 30,000 delegates, including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The challenge is not insignificant, but we must step up to it to save the environment we all live in. The UN Climate Change process is central to that collective action.
COP26 president Alok Sharma on 8 March 2020 in his speech to the UN outlined his priority actions areas for COP26 and further specified the five themes for COP26 on 29 April 2020 in his closing remarks at the the 2020 Petersberg Climate Dialogue
CESAER, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and Science Europe share a strong commitment to boost the contributions of universities and other research performing and funding organisations to ecological, economic and social sustainability. They therefore joined forces and will co-organise a symposium in the fringe of COP 26 kindly hosted by the University of Strathclyde.
The symposium will take place as a hybrid event on Monday, 8 November 2021 from 8:30 to 15:00 local Glasgow time. Strathclyde will host this joint event at its Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) located in central Glasgow two miles from the SEC.
Academic and research communities world-wide from universities and other research performing and funding organisations address the urgent global challenges also through realising the net-zero transition aimed at adaptation and building resilience (tier 1: ´net-zero-visions´ linked to ´adaptation´ and ´resilience´ and tier 2: ´education and skills for net-zero´ and ´evidence-based policy making´ by giving examples on the themes 3, 4 and 5;). Realising the net-zero transition concerns an enormously complex challenge requiring collaboration across all disciplines, communities, institutions and involving societies across the globe. The symposium brings together universities and research performing and funding organisations to look at how we collectively raise our game, how we can work together with non-academic partners more effectively and efficiently when shaping knowledge societies for a sustainable future, and will consider questions including:
The joint event has the following goals (under the first theme ´Adaptation and resilience´ and linked to tier 1):
This open and hybrid event is intended as a lever to address the following internal and external audiences on how to effectively contribute to ecological, economic and social sustainability through global collaboration. We will open registration by the end of May 2021.