Lancaster University and the climate emergency

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Live Online

Open to

Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective International Students, Prospective Postgraduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public


Free to attend - registration required

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Event Details

We are delighted to present to you a brand new Public Lecture Series. The 2020/2021 Public Lectures Series will include a mix of fully online and hybrid events and we look forward to welcoming you in person and virtually.

About the Lecture

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, bringing together leaders from almost every country on earth for a summit on how to tackle climate change. Hosted in Glasgow by the UK, the event in November is described as the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control.

The week-long COP26@ Lancaster University Festival aims to spark debate and showcase our leading specialists and research relating to climate change in the run-up to the United Nation’s COP26, and features events for the public, staff, students and schools. This public panel, part of the University’s Public Lecture Series, opens the COP26@Lancaster University Festival with an introduction to the COP26 and what the climate change agenda means for Lancaster University and its local communities. Panellists from across the University, including Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Schofield, will consider what it means for the University to have declared a climate emergency and what actions are being taken, initiatives to educate future business leaders to include climate change insight in their knowledge set, and how the University is supporting its student body to engage with these issues.

What will you learn during this lecture?

⭐ What COP26 is and what it will do;

⭐ What it means to declare a climate emergency at Lancaster University;

⭐ How the University is responding to the climate change agenda;

⭐What the University’s actions can mean for its local communities.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session during which you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers via the Zoom Q&A function.

Accessibility: automatically generated subtitles will be available for this event

About the speakers

  • Professor Andy Schofield is the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University and has overall responsibility for its operation and strategic direction. He took up the role on 1st May 2020. Professor Schofield was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering at the University of Birmingham from 2015 until April 2020.
  • Professor Simon Guyis Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global (Digital, International, Sustainability) and the University lead on sustainability, drawing on his professional background in sustainable design and urbanism. He is responsible for actions that rise from Lancaster University’s declaration of a climate emergency on 31st January 2019.
  • Darren Axe is the Manager for Green Lancaster, a collaborative initiative run by Lancaster University and Lancaster University Students’ Union to demonstrate and champion sustainability practice across the whole University community.
  • Jan Bebbington is the Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business and is supporting the Lancaster University Management School who are a signatory of the Principles of Responsible Management Education.
  • Professor Jess Davies is the Director of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation that seeks to connect researchers with small and medium-sized enterprises in the North West to help them develop new products and services with environmental benefits.
  • Millie Prosser is a Lancaster University graduate, activist and current MRes student in the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation working on a framework for embedding carbon across local authority functioning. She is a co-founder of Lancaster Youth For Environment (LYFE) and campaigned for the Council and University climate emergency declarations.

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