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Festival of the Future COP26 Series: Launch Event - Water

Thursday 7 October 2021

In the lead up to COP26, join us for the first in a series of four events where we will discuss some of the key issues around climate change and water from a range of expertise and perspectives. Booking essential.

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Melting glacier with a lake at the bottom of a valley
Date

Thursday 7 October 2021

14:00 - 16:00

Booking required?

Yes

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be hosted by the UK Government in Glasgow this November. The host government is usually the critical ingredient to bringing about meaningful progress in these international negotiations1; however, pressure from an informed public can also help.

This year we have seen the accelerating impacts of climate change all over the world, which may feel overwhelming to those just becoming aware of these issues. As researchers, we know the drivers and impacts of climate change are complex and touch many aspects of society at once. Three factors that are central to a functioning society are water, food and energy, all of which are impacted by and critical for addressing climate change.

Additionally, how we in society respond to these threats will determine our future wellbeing and we can take heart in the myriad creative responses already underway. Therefore, in the lead up to COP26, the University of Dundee is organising an exciting virtual seminar series that will grapple with some key issues around water, food, energy and creativity from a range of expertise and perspectives. We hope you can join us!  

Water  

This event will be hosted by Dr Sarah Halliday, Lecturer in Environmental Modelling and Monitoring and an expert in water quality monitoring, followed by a welcome talk by Professor John Rowan, Vice-Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact.   

Our three speakers will offer a range of valuable insights relating to the danger a changing climate imposes on our water resources. We are excited to have Dr Caroline Clason (Dundee graduate and now Associate Professor of Glaciology, University of Plymouth), who will discuss her work on the importance of glaciers as water resources. 

Dr Nandan Mukherjee (post-doctoral research fellow, University of Dundee) will introduce his United Nations award-winning work on creating sustainable floating homes in flood-prone regions of Bangladesh. 

Dr Andrew Black (Reader in Geography, University of Dundee) will examine the potential for natural flood management approaches to mitigate risks associated with climate change in Scotland.

This session will be chaired by Andrew Allan, Director of the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science. 

Event type Online talk