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COP 26

COP 26 - a global conference that tackles the climate crisis - is coming to Glasgow in November 2021.

Find out how ECCI and the University of Edinburgh is contributing and how you can get involved.

“COP 26” is a major United Nations climate change summit taking place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021 under the presidency of the UK government.

Named the “26th session of the Conference of the Parties” – shortened to COP26 - the conference is an important place for countries to come together to discuss how climate change will be tackled and to agree global and national targets.


ECCI co-director, Dr Kate Crowley and director, Professor Dave Reay, explain what COP26 is, why it's important and how ECCI is involved.

COP26 Blogs

Check out our countdown to COP26 blog series - profiling voices from across ECCI's community of climate experts, researchers, students and practitioners, in the lead up to the conference.

  • "I'm on a mission to put farmers at the centre of climate action" by farmer and online Carbon Innovation student Mateusz Ciasnocha
  • “I want to ensure climate change is at the heart of every business strategy” by Aman Gill-Lang, Carbon Management MSc and Impact Coordinator of Strategic Development at the Centre of Business, Climate Change and Sustainability.

COP26 Universities Network

ECCI is proud to be part of the COP26 Universities Network, led on behalf of the University of Edinburgh by ECCI Director Prof Dave Reay. The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from COP26.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays its role in delivering a successful conference, getting all players on track to deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world. They aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action. ECCI experts have contributed to a number of recent briefing papers, exploring topics such as economic recovery from COVID-19 and guidance to support universities and colleges to develop offsetting policies as part of their net-zero strategies.


Keep up to date with the latest COP 26-focused events via ECCI events page and check out:

  • Held 6 months before the conference, in May 2020, Climate Exp0 was the first virtual conference organised by the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).
  • The excellent COPcast series, from the University of Edinburgh Business School, featuring ECCI's Director Dave Reay (November 2020)
  • ECCI-hosted Climate, Covid and COP26 - world-renowned climate scientist and communicator Professor Katharine Hayhoe joined leading by experts from across the University of Edinburgh (June 2020)

Climate Solutions MOOC

The Climate Solutions course is designed and delivered by award-winning climate change experts and educators, including ECCI's director Professor Dave Reay. It tackles the biggest challenge of our time – climate change – by giving each of us the knowledge and tools we need to make a real difference. Designed to be accessible and engaging throughout, it provides the facts you need to know about what climate change is, why COP26 is such a vital meeting and the solutions you need to know so you can be part of fighting it.

Keep up to date

Keep up to date with the latest events, news and opportunities via the University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability team and ECCI events page.