Events involving Exeter's experts range from a discussion with the energy industry to a poetry project that highlights links between the climate crisis and human health.

University of Exeter at crucial COP26 climate talks

The University of Exeter will be represented at the crucial COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Staff and students from the University will take part in a variety of events, including the launch of a major report on carbon emissions to discussions with policymakers and business leaders.

Events involving Exeter's experts range from a discussion with the energy industry to a poetry project that highlights links between the climate crisis and human health.

The conference, which began on Monday, will be attended by many world leaders and is seen as a key moment in tackling the climate crisis.

"Our researchers continue to play a key role in climate science, and we are working with partners around the world to develop solutions to the climate and environment emergency," said Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.

"Our team at COP26 – staff and students from multiple disciplines – will share the latest research and highlight some of the solutions that can help to ensure a safe and stable climate for future generations."

COP26 events involving the University of Exeter include (names listed are the Exeter researchers involved in each event):

  • What does transforming the energy system really mean? Adaptation, resilience & transition challenges. Professor Richard Betts (UoE and Met Office). 1 November, 09:30-10:30, EU Pavilion.
  • High Impact, Low Likelihood climate events: what must we do to prepare for the worst? Professor Tim Lenton. 3 November, 09:30-10.30, Science Pavilion.
  • Bringing climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services into policy and economic decision making. Professor Ian Bateman. 3 November, 16:00-17:00, EU Pavilion.
  • Global Carbon Budget 2021 Report. Professor Pierre Friedlingstein. 4 November, 9:30-10:30, Science Pavilion.
  • Transformative Energy Innovation Dialogues Flagship report: The New Economics of Innovation and Transition. Dr Jean-Francois Mercure. 4 November, 19:30-21:00, UK Pavilion.
  • Local Climate Adaptation Tool to guide health and wellbeing planning. Professor Emma Bland. 4 November, all day, stand C7 in Green Zone.
  • Climate Change Communication and the IPCC. Professor Saffron O’Neill. 5 November, 14:30-16:00, Science Pavilion.
  • One Chance Left – Poetry by climate scientist and health workers. Professor Ian Fussell and Professor Peter Stott (UoE and Met Office). 5 November, 18:00-19:00, Science Pavilion.
  • Future Earth peatlands exhibition. Professor Angela Gallego-Sala. 5 November, 19:30-21:00, UN Peatland Pavilion.
  • When Science Meets Economics: The Right Tree in the Right Place for NetZeroPlus. Professor Ian Bateman and Professor Richard Betts. 6 November, 14:00-16:30, Arctic Basecamp.
  • Climate Risk and Adaptation: how we understand and respond to climate change hazards. Professor Richard Betts. 8 November, 9:00-10:30, UK Pavilion.
  • Launch of the AmazonFACE experiment – CO2 fertilisation and climate change in the Amazon Rainforest. Professor Richard Betts and Professor Iain Hartley. 8 November, 18:00, Science Pavilion.
  • 1.5°C: where are we now, where are we headed, what are the risks? Professor Richard Betts and Professor Pierre Friedlingstein. 10 November, 11.30-12.45, UN event.
  • Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence: Climate Impacts Mitigation, Adaption and Resilience (CLIMAR). Professor Gavin Shaddick, 10 November, Science Pavilion
  • The Red River: Listening to a Polluted River, Dr John Wedgwood Clarke. 10 November, 14.00-15.00, Green Zone, North Tower Base.

To find out more about the University of Exeter at COP26, visit our Green Futures website:

Date: 2 November 2021