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Durham University COP26 Event Series Introduction:'STEAM for ACE'

Posted on 15 April 2021

Durham University COP26 Event Series Introduction:'STEAM for ACE'

This event series of Durham University brings together Sciences (Natural and Social Sciences), Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) for Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE).

Action for Climate Empowerment is a term that was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for work under Article 6 of the Convention (1992) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement (2015). The aim of ACE is ‘to empower all members of society to engage in climate action, through education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these issues.’ All focus areas are crucial in addressing the global climate emergency. Sharing research and knowledge is at the heart of understanding and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient future. 

The over-arching goal of the event series is to integrate climate change into our action, research and education across the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. The events will showcase the work that is already undertaken across and beyond the five themes of the UK COP26 Presidency. In May, the Institute for Hazard, Risk & Resilience (IHRR) and Durham University Business School (DUBS) will cover aspects of Climate Finance. Durham Energy Institute (DEI) will address Energy solutions and road transport in June. September is dedicated to Adaptation and Resilience covered by the Department of Law and Global Policy Institute, and October explores the theme of Nature, Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions with the Department of Engineering.  

Introduction to the Online Event Series

27th April 2021

10.15 – 10.20  Opening, Dr Petra Minnerop, Durham Law School 

10.20 – 10.30  Welcome, Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) 

10.30 – 10.35  Professor Karen Johnson, Department of Engineering, Sustainable Development Goals 

10.35 – 10.40  Professor Julian Williams, Executive Director Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience 

10.40 – 10.45  Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director Durham Energy Institute 

10.45 – 10:50  Estates & Buildings Simon Parker (tbc) 

10:50 – 11.00  Student Societies (tbc) 

11.00 – 12:30  Lecture, Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia, ‘The Influence of the Paris Agreement on Climate Litigation: The Rocky Hill Mine Case Study’ followed by Q&A 

To book a place at this event please visit our EventBrite page.