Next week sees a Climate Exp0 take place as a precursor to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which takes place in Glasgow. Online, free and open to all, Climate Exp0 is the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS), sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), and the 2021 UN Climate Change Summit (COP26). The event will be organised around five themes, with each being addressed on different days. The themes are:

  • Green Recovery
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Mitigation Solutions
  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • Finance and Regulation

CCRI’s Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science, Julie Urquhart will be co-chairing a session as one of UK Treescapes ambassadors related to the theme of ‘Nature-Based Solutions’.

Keynote speakers include President of COP26, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP; Minister for Ecological Transition, Italy, Minister Roberto Cingolani; UK COP High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping; plus closing contributions from Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben; Reader in Climate Change at Kings College London, Tamsin Edwards; and Global Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Initiative, Brighton Kaoma.

Julie’s session will explore the new interdisciplinary research agenda that will be needed to underpin and help deliver forest expansion and improved tree health, management and protection as key international climate policy objectives. Jointly chaired by the UK’s Future Treescapes Ambassadors, the session will bring together future leaders in treescapes research from across the natural and social sciences and from the arts and humanities research communities in order to debate what this new agenda looks like and how it can best be delivered through high impact, collaborative research. Italian researchers will showcase the approach in their own country.

Julie’s session takes place on Tuesday 18th May from 1200h-1300h. The full programme for the Exp0 can be found here.


You can follow Julie Urquhart on Twitter @geogjulie.


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