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What really happened at COP25?

  •  Thursday 23 January 2020
  •  13:00-15:00
  •  Chancellors G05
    University of Reading

We will be hosting our annual Post-COP event: What really happened at COP25? on Thursday 23 January 13:00-15:00 in Chancellors G05. Come along, grab a coffee, and join our interdisciplinary expert panel as we dissect the UNFCCC's annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Check out what the Walker Institute team got up to during COP25

Our panellists will be reporting on their first hand experiences of COP! How productive was the conference? What happened that was not covered in the media? An opportunity to ask attendees of COP all of your burning questions.

Our panel consists of:

Alex Deakin Weatherman, UK Met Office

Alex joined the Met Office in 1998, for 16 of the past 21 years he worked at the BBC Weather Centre as a national TV and radio presenter, presenting flagship BBC weather broadcasts on Countryfile, BBC Breakfast and the 10 o’clock news, as well as appearing on celebrity versions of the Great British Bake off and mastermind. In 2016 Alex moved to Exeter to become part of the content team at Met Office HQ where he creates and presents videos and animations for Met Office social media channels on weather and climate and records the weather bulletins for Channel 5.  

Dr Hannah Fluck Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic England


Dr Grady Walker Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Walker Institute

Grady Walker is a Senior Research Fellow at the Walker Institute and the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development.  He is a filmmaker by training and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University and a PhD in Communication for Social Change from the University of Queensland in Australia.  He has previously worked for the UN High Commission on Refugees, UNICEF, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, the Asia Foundation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.  His research involves the use of visual methods such as film and photography as participatory action-research in contexts vulnerable to the effects of the climate emergency. 

Dr Deepa Senapathi Senior Researcher in Agriculture, Policy & Development, University of Reading

Deepa is an ecologist interested in the impacts of changing climate and land-use on biodiversity including species, populations and communities of conservation concern. Current NERC Knowledge Exchange fellow working with academics and varied stakeholder communities to enhance landscape management for biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services

James Fallon - SCEANRIO DTP PhD Student, Meteorology 

James is currently a PhD student in the deptartment of Meteorology at the University of Reading. His research lies in understanding forecast value, and how forecast skill translates into useful decision making. The research has a focus on developing dynamic decision making techniques making use of subseasonal weather forecasts, replacing current cost/loss approaches.

Carys Cunningham - SCENARIO DTP PhD Student, Biology

Carys is a PhD student studying forest ecology, in particular the impact of tree diseases on community ecology, with a specific focus on birds. Prior to starting at Reading University she managed a UN REDD+ project in tropical forests in Indonesia. Carys has an interest in how climate change and anthropogenic stressors impact temperate and tropical ecosystems

Jacob Myers - Knowledge Innovation & Management Officer, Walker Institute

Jacob is a recent masters graduate currently working at the Walker Institute in both an operational and research capacity. Delivering the Institute's communications strategy and supporting several research projects. With an academic background in economics, politics and international development, Jacob devoted his theses to the international politics of climate change, initially interrogating the Paris Agreement and then analysing the extent to which gender was understood within specific UN documents. 

We look forward to seeing you there!