COP26 Activities


Learn about the numerous COP26 activities being run by our Research Innovation Scotland members. 

Webinar: Tackling Climate Change Challenges in the North East

Led by: Interface

In collaboration with: Opportunity North East, ScotlandIS, The DataLab, CENSIS, Barclays EagleLabs, the OGTC, Skills Development Scotland, Elevator and Scottish Enterprise.

Date: Thursday 11th March 2021

Target Audience: Tech companies, climate tech companies, those interested in developments in the North East.

Activity Summary: With less than a year until COP26, the UN climate change conference that will take place in Glasgow in 2021, we’d like to invite you to join Interface, the North East Digital Ecosystem and our North East expert speakers at our upcoming webinar to explore what organisations have been doing in the North East to address and tackle climate change challenges.

Climate tech is a rapidly emerging industry in which data-driven products are developed to enable communities, companies, and governments to understand their risk and exposure to the effects of climate change and take action to adapt and become resilient.

Our speakers will share with us their journeys and how they’ve benefited from collaborating with academia and intermediary organisations. As well as finding out how easy it can be to connect with academic through Interface’s free impartial service and Scottish Funding Council funding that could be tapped into enabling these academic / business partnerships.

The webinar will last 1 hour and include a Q&A session.


KTN/RIS Workshop IV - Climate and Environment: Transition to Net Zero Landscapes

Led by: SAGES and MASTS

In collaboration with: KTN, SULSA, SICSA

Date: October 2021

Target Audience: science and business project leaders (by invitation)

Activity Summary: This workshop is still in the planning stage but 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


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

Led by: St Andrews, Marine Scotland, Glenmorangie, SAGES

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.

Innovation Centres Countdown to COP26 Review

Activity Summary: 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.