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World-renowned climate scientist to kick off ECCI's COP26 countdown

In the first of a series of events leading up to COP26, ECCI is delighted to welcome the world-renowned climate scientist and communicator Professor Katharine Hayhoe to give her take on this crucial year of climate action.

On Tuesday 17 March Katharine will be joined by a panel of leading experts drawn from across the University of Edinburgh community and giving insights into the politics, business, science and communication of climate change in 2020.

Event details

What do we need from COP26? Professor Katharine Hayhoe

10-11:00, Tuesday 17 March, ECCI Conference Room

2020 is a monumentally important year in the climate emergency. If global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase they will take with them our last chance of avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

The United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November is an opportunity to put the world back on track to meeting the Paris Climate Goals and so keep global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

What might happen at the COP? And what do we need to happen?


Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.

Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

Prof Elizabeth Bomberg, University of Edinburgh

Elizabeth is Professor of Environmental Politics and Programme Director for the MSc Global Environment, Politics and Society. She is currently serving as the Co-Director of the University’s Global Environment and Society Academy (GESA) and sits on the University Court. Prof Bomberg was educated in California before moving to Britain. She has taught at universities in the US, UK and Belgium, and has held research posts in Brussels and (most recently) at the University of California, Berkeley. She has led research projects on community energy, climate mobilization and shale governance. Her current research interests include comparative environmental politics and policy, with a particular focus on climate activism.

Dr Sarah Ivory, University of Edinburgh

Dr Sarah Birrell Ivory is a Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS). She is a Co-Director of the Centre for Business and Climate Change (CBCC) which develops dedicated teaching and research relating to aspects of business and management impacted by, or which have an impact on, climate change issues. She is also Deputy Director of the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI) which is an external facing organisation engaging with, consulting, and speaking to the business and wider community in relation to sustainability issues. She is a past-Chair of the British Academy of Management Sustainable and Responsible Business Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr Ivory has been teaching at the University of Edinburgh Business School for over a decade with an interest in Sustainability, Social Enterprise, and Critical Thinking Pedagogy.

Dr Hannah Ritchie, University of Oxford @_HannahRitchie

Hannah Ritchie is a researcher at the Oxford Martin School's Programme for Global Development at the University of Oxford. There her work is published at the online publication The publication aims to present empirical research on the world's largest problems and how to address them, through the use of interactive data visualisations and explainers. Her research is focused on the intersection between sustainability and global development, with a focus on how to couple economic development and improved living standards with environmental sustainability. Hannah holds a BSc in Environmental Geoscience, and an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. There, her doctoral studies focused on the assessment of global food systems and their capacity to address malnutrition and environmental sustainability simultaneously. At the University of Edinburgh she was also a lecturer in Sustainability, Society and Environment, and worked on the development of teaching programmes directed towards interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability. She has worked on a number of sustainability consulting and industry-led projects.

Chair: Prof Dave Reay, ECCI Executive Director

Dave joined as ECCI's Executive Director in January 2020. He is also Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Policy at ClimateXChange. Dave has worked at the University of Edinburgh for almost 20 years, working closely with ECCI from its inception in 2011. Dave has authored over 100 articles on climate change, including 5 books and is also an advisor for the Scottish Government on rural policy and climate change. His latest project involves managing his farm on the West Coast of Scotland to sequester a lifetime's carbon emissions.

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***This event is sold out but will be live streamed and recorded. Keep an eye on ECCI's twitter feed for more details.***