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The Walker Institute at COP26

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Researchers from the Walker Institute are participating in a number of ways in the 26th annual conference of the parties (COP), which gets underway in Glasgow in later this month.  Our involvement is summarised in the table below.  Some activities are still to be finalised. 

We are also running a COP Climate Action Studio 'COPCAS' to engage postgraduate students in COP26. Scroll to the bottom of the table for more on this.


Event / Title

Lead Organisation and (Partners)

Event Speakers

27th Oct
13:00- 14:00

COP26 Climate Resilience Heritage Summit

Historic Environment Scotland


(Historic England,
Walker Institute)


Hannah Fluck, Head of Environmental Strategy, HE
Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute
others tbc

28th Oct
14:00 - 15:00

Pre COP26: UN Data Strategy Knowledge Sharing event.



(Walker Institute)

Andrew Harper, UN Special Adviser on Climate Action
Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute
Kira Vinke, Head of Center for Climate and Foreign Policy, DGAP

1-5 Nov time tbc

Mathematics of the Climate Crisis: Extremes and Tipping Points




Valerio Lucarini (Organizer)
Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute

8th Nov

How can technology help improve climate adaptation and resilience?

Microsoft & Walker Institute



Andrew Harper, UN Special Adviser on Climate Action
Prof Alberto Arribas, Sustainability Science Lead for. Europe
Prof Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute
Dr Nicolina Lamhauge, Environment Directorate, OECD / Simon Buckle, Head of Environment, Transitions and Resilience Division at OECD
Dr Chi Hugyen Trong, Lead, Himalayan University Consortium, ICIMOD /Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Director General ICIMOD
Nabil Mohamed, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Djibouti
/ Minister of Environment, Djibouti

8th Nov
17:00 - 18:00

COP26 edition of What Has The Environment Ever Done For Us?



Intros - Nick Kilby - 5 mins
Guest Interview with Professor Rosalind Cornforth, Director The Walker Institute, The University of Reading – Keith Mitchell - 25 mins
Questions and discussions on the interview - ALL 10 mins
Headlines – TBC - 8 mins
‘Hypocrites’ – TBC - 5 mins
‘Heroes’ – TBC - 5 mins
Wrap up - Nick Kilby - 2 mins

9th Nov


Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment



Prof Liz Robinson, Director,  Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
London School of Economics and Political Science
Prof Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute
Dr Shouro Dasgupta, Researcher at Fondazione CMCC and EIEE, and a Lecturer at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

9th Nov
13:00 - 14:30

TBC - New Pan-African Centre for Adaptation, Energy and Resilience

African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)


(Walker Institute)

Mme Estherine Fotabong, Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination, AUDA-NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Prof Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute

9th Nov

Adaptation Beyond the EU: Perspectives for Stronger Cooperation with Africa

Agence Francaise de Developpement


European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA)
Walker Institute


Names tbc

Introduction: DG INTPA

Panel: representatives from CASCADES, ECCA2021, NEPAD, AFD and Cote d’Ivoire

10th Nov
1130 - 1245

1.5C: Where are we now? Where are we headed? What are the risks?

Met Office


(Walker Institute
University of Exeter
University of Leeds)

Prof Richard Betts, UK Met Office
Prof Ros Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute


COPCAS, run by the Walker Institute gives post graduate students the opportunity to remotely experience the latest ideas in policy and practice and to develop skills around interdisciplinary working and communications. The initiative will enhance participants’ understanding of and ability to work with the users of research.

The COPCAS team will be based at the Walker Institute at the University of Reading. They will track, analyse and communicate their perspectives on progress at COP, in particular through two of the team who will be on site and will relay their experiences from Glasgow.