COP26 events

Discover a programme of internal and external COP26 related events and activities run by our Stirling Community of staff and students as well as by the wider local community.

Below you’ll find a diverse range of virtual events and in-person activities aligned to the international summit themes of clean energy, clean transport, nature-based solutions, adaptation and resilience, climate finance, and to the Scottish Government themes of people and just transition.

We’ll update the calendar regularly so keep checking back to see what’s on.

You can find out more about the breadth of Stirling research and how it will contribute to our future understanding of the impact of climate change with the COP26 bite-size lecture series, blogs and more.

October

 DescriptionAudienceTimeJoin
Lunchtime seminar

Human rights and justice-based civil society demands in international climate negotiations – COP26 and beyond

Dr Andrea Schapper, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Stirling 

Chair: Dr Sally Foster 

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome

5 October

13:00-13:55 hrs

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Pathfoot Gardening Club

This weekly gardening club hosted by the Art Collection, University of Stirling runs every Thursday through October to December and is an opportunity to share your love of gardening and contribute to the University greenspace.

Contact for more info

All welcome

7 October 13:00-14:00

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Stirling Climate Festival

Stirling Climate Festival Opening Ceremony

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All welcome 

10 October

19:30-21:00 

About - Stirling Climate Festival

 

Opening Ceremony - Stirling Climate Festival 
Stirling Climate Festival

Organised by a cross society group of Stirling University students, the Stirling Climate Festival will comprise talks, workshops, panel discussions, crafts, the Climate Festival Art Trail, outdoor activities, music and more.

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All welcome  11-17 October  What's on? - Stirling Climate Festival 
Macrobert Arts Centre Film Screening– Living Proof

Living Proof: A Climate Story will explore Scotland’s complex relationship to the global climate crisis.

All welcome 12 October, 19:45 - 21.20 Book your place
Forest Bathing Part of the Art Collection at the University of Stirling’s year of health and wellbeing, this is an introductory session into the world of Forest Bathing. This session, led by Cath Wright of Highland Quietlife, will guide you through a series of invitations aimed at opening your senses and reconnecting you with yourself and the environment around you. All welcome  13 Oct-14:00-15:30  This event is free but places are limited so please register in advance.
Stirling Science Festival 2021

The annual Stirling Science Festival will be held in the Albert Halls Stirling.

The festival is open to all ages but particularly suitable for primary school children. Colleagues from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling will contribute with 4 table-top activities showcasing how science is for everyone. 

  • Renewable energy - make your own windmill (Dr Jennifer Dickie)
  • What’s in the air you breathe? (Dr Heather Price)
  • How peat can help us reduce climate change (Dr Eileen Tisdall)
  • The mysterious life of urban hedgehogs (The University’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus Team)
All welcome

14 - 16  October

11:00-15:00 

Information on events
Film Screening with Transition Stirling - Not Without Us 

This film screening is part of the Stirling Climate Festival and will be followed by a short post-film discussion.

Staff, Students, All welcome 

19 October

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Lunchtime seminar 

Getting to know COP26. What is on the agenda and what to expect

Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, University of Stirling

Chair: Dr Sally Foster

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome 

19 October

13:00-13:55 hrs 
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Panel event

From Land to Sea – why biodiversity is so important

Around the world, Stirling alumni are making a difference in their communities, and internationally, as they work to address the environmental issues facing us all. 

Hear panellists Conor McKinney, broadcaster and conservationist; Carys Mainprize of the Crichton Carbon Centre, and Holly Palen, Acting Director with Environment and Climate Change Canada share their views on the importance of biodiversity and protected terrain.

Alumni, Staff, Students

28 October

13:00 - 14:30

Register here

November

EventDescriptionAudienceTimeJoin
Humanities lounge roundtable

COP26 - why should arts and humanities scholars care?

Research and policy around climate change has been developing rapidly in recent years but there is a growing consensus that arts and humanities scholars, who have largely been excluded, need to be integrated into work around this critical challenge to human development. Scientists may be able to provide the quantitative data around climate change, but how do we encourage behavioural and attitudinal change? How do we address values or make people care? How do we change narratives around notions like zero carbon and climate change and what impact will this have? These are just a few of many questions which aim to put "people" back into debates around climate change. Join us on November 3 to hear about what's going on around this theme at Stirling and across Scotland.

Staff, Students, All welcome

3 November

14:00 - 15:30

Join the event with this MS Teams link
SGSSS Panel Event

Shaping the Future: Rising to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

A SGSSS led external panel event that presents inspiring examples of doctoral research that showcase some of the ways in which social science can bring new perspectives to meeting the diverse challenges of the climate crisis.

As part of this SGSSS led event, Corinne Angier, doctoral researcher at the University of Stirling will present - 'School Mathematics and Global Citizenship – Only Connect'

Staff, Students, All welcome  15:15 - 17:00  Register here 
Climate Fringe TV

There will be screening space on campus where livestreams from COP26 can be watched and discussed, alongside an online space where students can share and discuss other resources. Students in CMC will be invited to take ownership of a particular themed day and work in groups to engage with the discussions.

Contact for more info

Students

 
3-11 November  Link to follow 
Lunchtime seminar

Climate Emergency and the Question of System Change: Is ‘Degrowth’ the only game left in town

Dr Clemens Hoffmann, Lecturer in International Politics, University of Stirling

Chair: Dr Hannes Stephan

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome

9 November

13:00-13:55
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History, Heritage and Politics divisional research seminar - Politics

Voices from the margins (?) during COP26: Considering migration, indigenous women’s campaigns, and climate change

What impact is climate change having on marginalised groups, and how are activists and campaigners responding? This seminar explores the experiences of those most affected by climate change in the Global South and North, gathering the perspectives of two influential figures. Professor Angela Oels of the University of Hamburg will present research which identifies consequential shifts in the way that the debate on climate change and migration has been framed since the 1980s, describing changing elite attitudes in the Global North, and recent emerging assertions of the rights of affected populations to ‘stay put’ and demand that those responsible for climate change instead change their behaviour. Prof Oels will be joined by noted indigenous activist Christine Nobiss, aka Sikowis, who will be discussing the role of indigenous women in North America in curtailing environmental crises, who she describes as ‘the walking embodiment of an impact strategy’. She will explore the huge potential in investing in and empowering indigenous women in North America and beyond in addressing the climate emergency. Set against the backdrop of COP26, taking place just a few short miles from Stirling University in Glasgow, these two speakers will explore the experiences of those most affected by climate change, but whose voices too often go unheard. Stirling University’s Dr. Andrea Schapper will chair.

Contact Sean Kippin for more information.

Staff, Students, All welcome  11 November 13:00 - 14:30  Microsoft Teams 
Lunchtime seminar

Communicating climate change through narratives: strategies for supporting low-carbon policy

Dr Hannes Stephan, Lecturer in Environmental Politics, University of Stirling

Chair: Dr Jennie Morgan

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Staff, Students, All welcome

23 November

13:00-13:55 
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Research seminar

Monitoring and Adapting to Invasive Aquatic Weeds in India is a 2-part event that will explore how monitoring and adapting to environmental change is key for surviving and thriving during climate change.

The event will begin with a video presentation exploring the work funded by a Frontiers Follow-on grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to monitor the growth of a highly invasive and damaging weed in India, water hyacinth and the work by Indian partners in finding ways to use water hyacinth biomass to develop sustainable materials and energy production, turning a problem into a solution.

The video will be followed by a live Q&A with Dr Savi Maharaj (University of Stirling) and Dr G Nagendra Prabhu (Centre for Research in Aquatic Resources, Sanatana Dharma College, Kerala, India).

Staff, Students, All welcome

24 November 

9:30 - 10:30

Link to follow
Panel event 

This virtual panel will gather experts from the faculties of natural science, social science and humanities to discuss an interdisciplinary perspective of climate change.

Contact for more info

All welcome TBC Link to follow 

February

Event AudienceTimeJoin
Lunchtime seminar

Spring semester Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy (CEHP) Lunchtime seminar With Dr Ewan Hyslop

Head of Technical Research and Science

Historic Environment Scotland

Honorary Professor, University of Stirling

Chair: Professor Siân Jones

Title to Follow

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome

1 February

13:00-13:55 hrs

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Lunchtime seminar

Storming the castle: medieval climate change, storm surges and coastal impacts at Caerlaverock

Dr Eileen Tisdall, Lecturer in Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

Chair: Dr Jennie Morgan

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Staff, Students, All welcome

15 February

13:00-13:55 hrs 
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March

Event Audience Join
Lunchtime seminar

‘Trouble in paradise’: how archaeology can be used to address the wicked problem of plastic pollution in the Galapagos Archipelago (Ecuador)

Professor John Schofield, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Chair: Professor Siân Jones

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome

8 March
13:00-13:55 hrs

22 March
13:00-13:55 hrs

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Lunchtime seminar 

The dark side of digital heritage: ethics and sustainability in digital practice

Dr Lorna-Jane Richardson, Lecturer in Digital Humanities
Department of Art, Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia

Chair: Dr Chiara Bonacchi

Contact for more info

Staff, Students, All welcome 

22 March

13:00-13:55 hrs
 

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