03 November 2021
King's researchers share expertise as part of the COP26 global climate change summit
Experts on climate change, wildfires, adaptation and climate law are participating in events at the COP26 meeting.
Experts from King’s are sharing their expertise on climate change, wildfires, adaptation and climate law through participating in initiatives at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Researchers from King’s are speaking at events in the Blue Zone, where world leaders are negotiating joint targets and action to reduce carbon emissions to net zero, and the Green Zone, which is open to all audiences, including the public.
The events (see below for details) include panel discussions involving Dr Tamsin Edwards, Reader in Climate Change, related to her work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as her role as an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
Other King’s researchers present at the summit in Glasgow and taking part in activities include Professor Martin Wooster, Professor of Earth Observation Science, Kat Thorne, Director of Sustainability, Dr Megan Bowman, Director of Climate Law and Governance Centre, Dr Kris De Meyer, a researcher in the psychology of climate change, and PhD students, Rachel Harrington-Abrams and Jone de Roode Jauregui.
Dr Simon Chin-Yee, a researcher in climate change in Africa, is attending as part of his work with the ClimateDev Network of Nigeria. Meanwhile, Dr Grace Souza, a researcher in climate change in Brazil, is attending as part of her work with Indigenous Delegations.
Dr Helen Adams will also be at COP26 in the role of Head of Science Engagement for the Cabinet Office.
Dr Tom Matthews, who joins King’s Department of Geography later this month, is attending as part of his work on extreme environments, including an 2019 expedition to Everest, at an event with the National Geographic
King’s is also actively collaborating with the higher education sector as part of its involvement with COP26 Universities Network – a growing group of more than 80 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the summit.
King’s is committed to addressing climate change, through its climate change community, which includes over 100 researchers, and has committed to be net zero carbon by 2025. The university also announced in March this year that it has fully divested from all fossil fuels, almost two years ahead of target.
King's at COP26 events
Fires from space: Ask the experts: Professor Martin Wooster and other members of the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society will be taking over the Space4Climateb stand in the Green Zone on 9 November. Find out more
UN COP26 Fringe events: Dr Adriana Ford from the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society is a panellist every Thursday evening at the UN Cop26 Fringe events, speaking on the various goals for the summit. Find out more
Climate science at the top of the world – National Geographic and Rolex perpetual planet expeditions: Dr Tom Matthews is speaking after the screening of ‘Expedition Everest’ and is a panellist on the talk, ‘Why conducting science in the most extreme environments is important in understanding our changing world.’ Find out more
In this story
- School of Global Affairs
- Department of Geography
- Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
- Climate researchers at King’s
- King's Climate Research Hub
- The Dickson Poon School of Law
- Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
- School of Security Studies
- Department of War Studies
- King’s Brazil Institute
- King’s Global Institutes
- Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society