The United Nations Climate change conference, COP26, takes place this year between November 1-12 in Glasgow and offers a unique opportunity for the University of Aberdeen to shine on a global stage.

The University has created a co-ordinating task force to support activities both in the run up to COP26 and at the conference itself. This group is developing a University of Aberdeen COP26 plan with a number of key actions and policy engagement activities essential for positioning the University’s work alongside other leading HE institutions from across the UK.

Get involved

Research and innovation from the University can contribute to important discussions and negotiations taking place in the run up to COP26 and during the summit in Glasgow later this year.  We want to highlight the best climate-related research outputs from the University on the global stage.

We also want to celebrate our ambitious sustainability commitments made in Aberdeen 2040 and explore opportunities to highlight the advances made to date in delivering on our learning, discovery and actions in the area of environment, bio-diversity and climate change.

What is COP and why does it matter?

In November 2020 the UK will be hosting the United Nations climate negotiations, known as COP26 – the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties. As well as being the largest summit ever hosted in the UK, it has been described as the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015.

Read more information here on COP26 and why it matters.

The role of universities on the road to COP26

COP26 UK Universities Network

The University of Aberdeen is part of a growing group of UK-based universities working together to help deliver an ambitious outcome at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow and beyond.

The network is publishing a series of briefings pertinent to themes of the negotiations:

Stepping up climate action ahead of COP26: Opportunities for researchers

Listen to an audio recording of this webinar that outlines the role that researchers can play in raising the ambition for climate action in the lead up to COP26. It includes a keynote presentation from Dr Martin Frick, Senior Director for Programmes Coordination at the UNFCCC.