Symposium Science for Net-zero Transition

The symposium will take place as a hybrid event in the fringe of COP 26 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.
start: 8th November 2021 - 09:30
end: 8th November 2021 - 16:00
Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) GLASGOW UNITED KINGDOM
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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

  1. Adaptation and resilience: ‘Helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.’
  2. Nature-based solutions: ‘Safeguarding ecosystems, protecting natural habitats and keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.’
  3. Transition to clean energy: Seizing the massive opportunities of cheaper renewables and storage.
  4. Clean transport/Accelerating the move to zero-carbon road transport: ‘By 2040, over half of new car sales worldwide are projected to be electric.’
  5. Finance: ‘We need to unleash the finance which will make all of this possible and power the shift to a zero carbon economy.’

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.

Date and location

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.

Vision

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:

  • How do universities and other research performing and funding organisations nurture researchers, teachers, students, support staff and leaders to deal with the breadth and complexity of the net-zero transition?
  • How do universities and other research performing and funding organisations transform their own institutional practices and become partners in (local) alliances for net-zero transition that others can learn from?
  • How can the international research systems respond to the pressing challenges of our times such as tackling climate change also through net-zero transition, with speed, agility and reach?
  • How can international networks of universities and of research funding organisations accelerate a truly global understanding of the way that net-zero transition is realised (bottom-up) by local alliances across the planet?

Goals

The joint event has the following goals (under the first theme ´Adaptation and resilience´ and linked to tier 1):

  • Present (i) best practice cases of contributions of research policies and funding schemes of research funding organisations to the net-zero transition and (ii) propositions for more effective academia non-academia cooperation when realising net-zero transition;
  • Present (i) best practice cases of contributions of universities to (local) alliances working on the net-zero transition and (ii) propositions for more effective academia non-academia cooperation when realising net-zero transition;
  • Challenge the propositions based on the best practice cases and derive lessons and recommendations about effective cooperation to realise the net-zero transition between academic and research communities on the one side and other societal players such as policy-makers, business and industry, and non-governmental organisations on the other.

Participants

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.

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