The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will take place between 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow. This major climate change summit brings together parties from all over the world to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

At Salford, we recognize the important role our institution, and the whole academic sector, plays in tackling the climate challenge. That's reflected in our policies, commitments and research. We have also joined the Race to Zero climate campaign, and we are part of the COP26 Universities Network - a growing group of more than 80 UK universities and research centres working together to promote a zero carbon, resilient future.
On the pages below you can find learn more about what we do to support COP26, including our research, events, and latest news. Visit Salford's Science Communication Space for even more COP26-themed content. You can also follow our Environmental Sustainability Team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date about our news and events. 
Events

Monday 1 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

 

Understanding Climate Change with Dr Rosie Anthony

12:00-12:45

Climate change can seem like an overwhelming subject. The purpose of this free online session is to make it less so, by explaining what it actually is, how it affects us and our planet, and what we can all do about it going forward.

Our speaker will be Dr Rosie Anthony, a lecturer in Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Salford. Her talk with aim to help us get an understanding of the science behind climate change by debunking the technical terms. She will also show us how every one of us can take responsibility and action to have an impact.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

 

Tuesday 2 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with Dr Claudia Trillo

9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Dr Claudia Trillo is an architect, internationally recognized researcher, and a programme leader and lecturer at the University of Salford. In this livestream, Dr Trillo shares her view on what's happening at COP26, and on sustainability in architecture.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

US Sorted! Launch event

13:00-16:00

Come along to our launch event with short guided walks around beautiful Peel Park. Marquee and free food and refreshments provided (first come first served) at the meeting point, heated outdoor Marquee (overlooking Peel Park), Atmosphere, University House, Salford University. There is external access at the rear of University House, accessible from the Broad walk (see map below).

US-Sorted! is a project aimed at building a physical and digital community at Salford Uni around physical and mental wellness. We are also celebrating the start of Disability History Month with a range of talks and stories.

Watch live stream from the event HERE

Wednesday 3 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with Prof Jean Boubli 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Prof Jean Boubli is the Chair in Tropical Ecology and Conservation, and Programme Leader for MSc Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford. His research all over the world tells the story of the impact of climate change.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE
Foreign Direct Investment and Cost of Sustainable Development Goals: Implications for FDI Decision Makers 12:00-13:00 As the world leaders discuss global climate finance at tomorrow, this free event discusses sustainable investment. Recording coming soon!

Thursday 4 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26: Addressing Climate Conspiracy 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

This session features experts Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall and Dr Rod Dubrow-Marshall in a discussion on how we need to understand what leads to conspiracy theories about climate change. On 13th November, you can join a workshop about this as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Read more HERE.

 

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE
Plastic Free UoS
Campaign relaunch event
14:00-15:00

The University of Salford has committed to eliminating avoidable single use plastics. As part of this pledge, we have joined the network of Plastic Free Communities developed by Surfers Against Sewage - a marine conservation charity tackling plastic pollution.

This live stream will be an introduction to the campaign, where you can find out why these plastics should be avoided or replaced where possible, what the University has done so far, how we're going to tackle single use plastics on our campuses, and what you can do to get involved. We will also be joined by a guest speaker from Surfers Against Sewage who will tell us more about the important work done by the organization.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

IGNITION Hackathon

10:30-15:00

The IGNITION team invite you to take part in a free-to-attend, in-person hackathon event to mark COP26 in Glasgow, where World Leaders and representatives from almost every country on earth will join together this November to reach an agreement on how to tackle climate change.

This event, like COP26, will be an opportunity to drill down into the details of practical actions we can take to transform our communities by learning, collaborating, and sharing ideas. Ideas from the event will be exhibited in a show at RHS Bridgewater in 2022.

Team submission deadline Friday 29th October.

The day will involve a morning of lightning talks, mini workshops, and an interactive tour of the world class  Living Lab. In the afternoon, you will be generating ideas in your teams, and will finish up with the opportunity to pitch your ideas to a panel of experts in the environment sector (from researchers and scientists to policy makers, climate action officers, campaigners and activists and communicators).

https://gmgreencity.com/ignition-hackathon-event-schools-universities/

Friday 5 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with Prof Mike Wood 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Prof Mike Wood is an internationally recognized, award-wining scientist, as well as the Chair in Applied Ecology and Programme Leader for MSc UNIGIS Programmes at the University of Salford. He currently undertakes extensive research in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, studying environmental radioactivity and its impact on wildlife. In this session, he shares his perspective on what's happening at COP26, and on the importance on science communication.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE
The Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature: Live from COP26 9:00-10:30

This November, as world leaders gather in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference, students, teachers and school administrators are invited to join us online for the Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature: Live from COP26.

Our lesson turns COP26 into a classroom for everyone – turning learning into action by equipping audiences not only with knowledge but the ability to communicate about and act upon the climate and nature crisis. It is the easiest and most inspiring way for school communities to understand and feel part of this crucial global gathering.

9:00 - 9:45am (GMT) - 45-minute live and interactive online lesson led by AimHi Earth and YOUTHTOPIA’s Circle of Youth - join and engage with your class!

9:45-10:00am (GMT) - 15-minute Q&A session - Use this time to ask any student questions for our climate experts.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Communicating Climate Risk - Panel and Toolkit Launch @COP26 (Livestream)

16:30-17:30

It’s undeniable that climate action is urgently needed. The risks of climate change are well evidenced. And yet it seems as though scientists’ warnings are falling on deaf ears. So what can experts do about it?

On 5 November at COP26 we will bring together both the creators of Communicating Climate Risk: A Toolkit, and the toolkit's primary intended users and targets: climate scientists, science communicators, decision-makers in government and NGOs.

We will share the journey from the Climate Risk Summit to the toolkit, and discuss the challenges of communicating uncertain, multifaceted and complex information to decision-makers. Our panellists and the audience in Glasgow will share how they have used or would like to use climate risk information. Remote attendees will be able to ask questions through an online Q&A.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Monday 8 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with Dr Sharon Coen and Prof Joe Sweeney  9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

For this session, we were joined by Dr Sharon Coen, a psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Media Psychology at the University of Salford, and Prof Joe Sweeney, a chemist and the Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE) at the University of Salford.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Green Career Pathways. Panel discussion and Q&A

9:30-10:30

The event will open with a keynote presentation on 'The Role of Education & Skills in UK and Global Climate Action' by the Rt Hon Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Higher and Further Education.

After this, a panel of experts will provide insights into how to navigate green career pathways, exploring challenges and opportunities.

After this, a panel of experts will provide insights into how to navigate green career pathways, exploring challenges and opportunities. Panellists will discuss the challenges their sectors face in terms of education, skills, and jobs in a climate emergency. A particular focus would be to identify the actions required to deliver green career pathways that ensure a fair and economy-wide alignment with the Paris climate goals.

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Hedgehog Friendly Campus: Mysterious Life of Hedgehogs

12:00-13:00 Did you know that a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet, or that hedgehogs are now listed as vulnerable to extinction in Britain? Join Hedgehog Friendly Campus to learn more about this elusive animal. You'll also get a chance to learn what's been happening on your campus to help hedgehogs, and how you might get involved in making University of Salford a Hedgehog Friendly Campus!

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

COP26 Live from the Green Zone in Glasgow with Claire Brown

14:00

As part of our fortnight COP26 programme, we were joined by Claire Brown, straight from the Green Zone, to hear about her research and her trip to the Climate Conference in Glasgow.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

This Week at COP26 LIVE

17:00-18:00

Live stream where the speakers will be reacting to the Presidency programme, bringing in their own social scientific research insights to the discussions of the day, including reactions to press responses. It will be similar to the ‘newspaper review’ on BBC News 24, but with a unique social scientist’s take on the proceedings. Sessions will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Led by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media, University of Salford, who is leading on digital and public communications within the COP26 Universities Network.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Tuesday 9 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with climate activist Andrew James and Dr Chloe James 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE
Active Travel Listening Event  12:30-13:30

The UK wide Bike Life* report for 2019 shows that there are five adult demographic groups who tend to cycle less than their equivalent group and that significant intersectionality exists between these different groups; women (the options of the survey were limited to male/ female), older people (65+), people from ethnic minority groups, disabled people and people at risk of deprivation.

Our own University Travel and Cycling surveys also show that significantly less staff and students who identify as female use active travel.

At this listening event we want to explore the barriers to active travel (walking and cycling) for female students and staff particularly, and what we may be able to do as a University to help overcome them.

This is event is lead by the University Environmental Sustainability Team and supported by the University Inclusion and Diversity Team and Women's Voice Network. Whilst we are highlighting difference in the way female and male students and colleagues commute we invite everyone to be part of this discussion.

This event is aligned with the theme for 9th November in the COP26 Presidency Programme: Progressing gender equality and the full and meaningful participation of women and girls in climate action. You can find out more about how the University if supporting COP26 here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/environmental-sustainability/cop26

The University of Salford is committed to supporting increased active travel by students and staff through the University Sustainable Travel Plan as part of our pledge to Net Zero Carbon by 2038.

*Bike Life, run by Sustrans, is the UK’s largest assessment of cycling in cities and towns across the UK and Ireland.

 

 

Wednesday 10 November

Event Time Description Link to event
Let's Talk about #COP26 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE
Motherload: E-cargo Bikes for Low-Carbon Family Transport 18:00-19:00

An online screening of the award-winning film Motherload, followed by a live panel discussion with leading experts in the field of cycle logistics.

‘Motherload’ is a film about the cargo bike revolution building around the world. The film follows Liz Canning’s (the filmmaker) own story, going from being a keen cyclist to having young twins, then feeling the need to have a car and reaching a point where her cycling life felt like it was most likely over. Her life was transformed by the discovery of cargo bikes as a different way to get herself, her children, her shopping and everything else, around her city. In her enthusiasm she starts to connect to online cargo bike communities, and decides to make a film about it. She meets amazing passionate advocates along the way from across the US, and the world. Her cargo bike becomes part of her own response to the climate crisis.

Led by Dr Graeme Sherriff, who leads the Healthy Active Cities team at the University of Salford. Panellists include Chris Leaky - Manchester Bike Hire, Beate Kubitz - Cargodale and Glynis Francis - Chorlton Bike Deliveries.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Thursday 11 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26 with Dr Mike Hardman 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Friday 12 November

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Let's Talk about #COP26: Engaging the Arts in a Climate Emergency 9:00

Tune in each week day of the Presidency Programme to hear from experts, discuss reactions to COP26, and hear what we have planned at Salford University each day.

For this #COP26 live stream, we hear from a special panel of project leads from UNBOXED - "a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity, taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and online from March to October 2022."

Hosted by Prof Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media at University of Salford, and Marta Strzelecka from the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

Watch the recording on YouTube HERE

Green Movie Night: Kiss the Ground

16:00-17:30

After the intense two weeks of COP26, we invite you to join us for a free, relaxed afternoon event on Friday 12 November at 16:00 in Chapman Building (see campus map). We'll sit back, relax and enjoy a screening of the award-winning documentary, followed by a discussion where we can share our thoughts and feelings about COP, climate action and the difference we can all make.

"Kiss the Ground" sheds light on an "new, old approach" to farming called regenerative agriculture that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. The film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

Learn more about the Kiss the Ground documentary HERE