Climate change is already having an international impact and universities as centers of research and analysis have played a key role in understanding the changes. In Russia, Siberia is warming at least twice the global average, with widespread implications, including disrupting food systems, increasing disaster losses, and damaging infrastructure. Local communities are particularly sensitive to these changes, and are adapting in a variety of ways, with evidence that new technologies, collective action, adaptive learning, and new institutional configurations are helping manage climate impacts.
At the global level the UK will host the international conference on climate change (COP26) in November 2021 and Russia will take on the Chair of the Artic Council from next year, however what role should universities play in international dialogue about global challenges climate change present, how can they integrate their vision in teaching, research and science diplomacy and what is the most effective way for them to build networks of young researchers to tackle the impact of climate change?
Forum participants: Higher School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Yugra State University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Strathclyde, University
of Leeds, Cambridge University.