The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be held in Glasgow on 1st – 12th November 2021. The Research Pools, Innovation Centres and Interface are all working on numerous interdisciplinary and cross-cutting activities in the build-up to COP26. Keep an eye on this page to stay up to date and get involved!
Next Gen Climate Leaders Competition
In collaboration with: 2050 Climate Group
Target Audience: Competition entries invited from persons aged 18-35 years old from MASTS, SAGES and 2050 Climate Group communities. Audiences for final video outputs are broad, including public.
Date: May – November 2021
Activity Summary: With strong messaging grounded in robust science, this competition will lead us to showcase some of Scotland’s inspirational young climate leaders, from three diverse and influential networks: MASTS, SAGES and 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Network.
In this video-competition, we invite low-tech submissions from which the very best will be selected for production of high-quality versions to be shared widely. The winners will be invited to contribute to a session at the 2050 Climate Group Youth Summit.
Contact: Chris Leakey, MASTS, email@example.com
RIS/KTN Workshop - Just Transition to a Net Zero Carbon Society: Sustainable Mobility & Manufacturing Sectors
In collaboration with: SUPA, MASTS, SAGES and SICSA
Date: 28th July 2021
Target Audience: science and business project leaders (by invitation)
Activity Summary: This workshop will run as part of the Scottish Research Innovation Futures series which has been created by RIS in collaboration with KTN. This particular workshop aims to identify where the immediate and long-term challenges exist for the Just Transition to Net Zero and how collaborative research and innovation can help overcome them.
RIS/KTN Workshop - Climate and Environment: Transition to Net Zero Landscapes
Date: Tuesday 7th September 2021
Target Audience: science and business project leaders (by invitation)
Activity Summary: This workshop will run as part of the Scottish Research Innovation Futures series which has been created by RIS in collaboration with KTN. This particular workshop will focus on the following:
The challenge: future shock: the net zero challenge for different systems
The response: Spatial planning, policy development and application post Brexit
The ambition: preparedness and priority areas for the net zero ambition
Synthetic Biology Approaches to ‘Unnatural’ Natural Products
In collaboration with: KTN
Target Audience: Academics, Industry and Public Health
Activity Summary: The RIS Natural Products team (see our case study) have been active this year developing two workshops and a networking event for early 2021. Our 2 workshops will run as part of the IBioIC/KTN Bioeconomy Cluster Builder and be focused on Industry Challenges, representatives from academia, business and NHS are all welcome.
If you are from the industry sector, we are interested to hear what you think the key challenges are – help us by completing our online form.
SAGES Stories: Scottish Science for a Climate Ready Future
Led by: SAGES
Date: January – October 2021
Target Audience: Lay Audience (Adults + Families)
Activity Summary: A diverse and exciting online events series showcases the breadth of scientific research across Scotland launches in January 2021. In the run up to COP26, SAGES are organising free monthly events to engage adults and families across the UK and beyond. From Arctic sea ice to Highland peatlands, members will share pioneering, positive stories of how researchers work together to understand our world and provide solutions to the climate emergency.
Blue Carbon II – International Conference
Date: 12-13th November 2021
Target Audience: Science & Policy Practitioners
Activity Summary: The Conference will gather an international audience (including COP26 delegates) to participate in a series of plenary sessions and workshops, addressing scientific and policy-facing issues, to address Blue Carbon developments in the context of the Global Climate Emergency. The meeting will include policy and science talks, workshops and discussions to highlight current best practice as well as emerging opportunities going beyond the current frameworks, challenges and threats to Blue Carbon.
COP26 Face the Facts: the faces behind Scotland’s Climate Science
Date: December 2020 – November 2021
Target Audience: Lay audience
Activity Summary: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Science Advisory Council and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, are collaborating to help highlight Scottish research and science and its contribution to understanding and tackling climate change. A broad range of researchers and practitioners in Scotland whose work relates to the Earth’s climate are being interviewed and we will publish new videos every month in the lead up to COP26.
Energy Innovation Emporium Webinar Series 2021
Led by: ETP
In collaboration with: WES; SRUC; CS-IC; ESC; OREC; SULSA; ZWS; ScotCHEM; SRPe; NMIS; DataLab; MASTS; SG; SFC
Date: Multiple dates
Target Audience: Funders; Policy Makers; Academics and Innovators; Industry/End users; both at home and abroad
Activity Summary: This series of webinars will use COP26 as a springboard to greater collaboration and investment, especially international. It will inform the global energy community how Scottish R&I can help deliver carbon emission reduction targets, especially around Nationally Determined Contributions, to encourage collaborative activity between Scottish academic research base and external parties.
Learn more: ERAF Emporium Series 2021
CENSIS Conversations: Climate Change and COP26 Video
Led by: CENSIS
In collaboration with: Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise
Activity Summary: A panel discussion exploring climate change and COP26 covering:
– How decisions made at COP will affect businesses and organisations in every market sector, and what they can do to respond
– Scotland’s COP mobilisation strategy
– Glasgow City and COP26
– How IoT, innovation and collaboration can help address climate change
Innovation Centres Countdown to COP26 Review
In, 2020, Scotland’s 7 Innovation Centres joined forces with The Herald Media Group to start a year of conversation, collaboration, and most of all, action, that will help Scotland reach net-zero targets.
Read the Countdown to COP Review Report from this virtual conference held on 3rd November 2020. A follow-up meeting between all RIS members will be held in late October 2021.
DHI Commits to Supporting Scotland’s Net-Zero Carbon Emission Targets
DHI has committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s Net-Zero Carbon Emission Targets by 2045. New thinking is required to challenge long-established patterns and procedures in healthcare, many of which are now outdated, inefficient and hindering common efforts to combat the climate emergency. Going forward, all new digital health and social care projects will include impact statements on how the digital solution will positively contribute to Net-Zero Carbon Emission Targets.