Climate Exp0: Climate resilient universities for resilient communities

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20 May 2021
13:30-15:00 (UTC+1)

About Climate Exp0

Running from 17-21 May 2021, Climate Exp0 is the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).

Online, free, and open to all, Climate Exp0 will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant international research in the run-up to COP26.

The conference is sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press and the 2021 UN Climate Change Summit (COP26).

The programme features the latest thinking and most relevant international climate change and policy research across five themes including Green Recovery; Nature-based Solutions; Mitigation Solutions; Adaptation and Resilience; and Finance and Regulation.

Addressing one theme each day, Climate Exp0 showcases an impressive range of over 200 international speakers and contributors confirmed so far, joining together across a variety of sessions, ranging from keynotes and panel discussions, to roundtables and on-demand content.

Climate resilient universities for resilient communities – Thursday 20 May 2021

The ACU will chair a session at the conference on ‘Climate resilient universities for resilient communities’. Drawing on the experience of members of the ACU’s Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network, and the initial work of the ‘Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate’ project led by the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL), this session will examine:

  • how the climate emergency impacts the operation of universities in vulnerable settings
  • what strategies are being deployed to develop models for a climate resilient university and
  • how this informs the work of universities in developing resilience and adaptation strategies in their communities.



  • Alex Wright, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Association of Commonwealth Universities


  • Jeremy Collymore and Evangeline Innes Springer, Institute for Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies
  • Professor Nii-K Plange from Fiji National University Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Sustainable Development
  • Patrício Langa, Associate Professor of Sociology & Higher Education Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, and Co-investigator, ‘Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate’

The conference marks a unique occasion at which global policymakers, academics, practitioners, students and members of the public will gather together to collaborate, share and debate climate change policy, ahead of the COP26 negotiations in November.

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