Climate Change

What role should universities play in the international climate debate?
4 FEBRUARY 2021
10:00 – 13.20 (GMT)/ 13:00 – 16:20 (MOSCOW)
Forum Topics
Role of universities in contributing to national and international strategies of addressing climate change
Engagement and nurturing of early career researchers in understanding climate change issues
Engagement in Arctic research – case study of practical collaborations between UK and Russian universities
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.

Speakers
Tom Heaps (Moderator)
Second Secretary, COP26 and Climate change, British Embassy in Moscow leading on Climate Change and COP26,
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Georgy Safonov
Associate Professor, Department of World Economy, Director of Center for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, read more
Sergey Bobylev
Head of the Environmental Economic Department of Economics Faculty, Head of the Center for Bioeconomics and Eco-Innovation, Lomonosov Moscow State University, read more
Professor of Environmental Education and Head of Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, read more
Evgeny Zarov
Scientific researcher at UNESCO department "Environmental dynamic and global climate changes", Yugra State University, Khanty-Mansiysk, read more
Saule Akhmetkaliyeva
PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Head of UK-Russia Arctic ECR Collaborations, UK Polar Network, read more
Yulia Zaika
Head of the International Department, Federal Research Centre Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Arctic Office, APECS Russia, read more
Valentina Gorbatenko
PhD, Head of Meteorology and Climatology department, Tomsk State University, read more
Kaya Axelsson
Strategic Engagement Fellow at Oxford Net Zero, a climate research programme at the University of Oxford, read more
Mary Edwards
Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton, read more
James D. Ford
Professor and Priestley Chair in Climate Adaptation at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds, read more
Olga Tutubalina
Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Aerospace Methods, Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Faculty of Geography, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, read more
Gareth Rees
Senior Lecturer in the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), Fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge, read more
Forum Programme
10:00 UK/13:00 Moscow: Welcome to the forum

Moderator - Tom Heaps

2nd Secretary of the British Embassy in Moscow leading on Climate Change and COP26
10:10/13:10 Session 1: Universities and their contribution to local, national and global strategic responses to climate change

Speakers: Georgy Safonov,Sergey N. Bobylev,Liz Price

Dr Georgy Safonov, Associate Professor, Department of World Economy, Director of Center for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Professor Sergey N. Bobylev, Head of the Environmental Economic Department of Economics Faculty, Head of the Center for Bioeconomics and Eco-Innovation, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Professor Liz Price, Professor of Environmental Education and Head of Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
Q&A led by Moderator

11:10/14:10 Session 2: HEIs engaging young scientists to tackle climate change. Case Studies


Speakers: Evgeny Zarov, Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, Zaika Yulia, Valentina Gorbatenko, Kaya Axelsson

Evgeny Zarov, scientific researcher at UNESCO department "Environmental dynamic and global climate changes", Yugra State University, Khanty-Mansiysk
Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Head of UK-Russia Arctic ECR Collaborations, UK Polar Network and Zaika Yulia, Head of the International Department, Federal Research Centre Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Arctic Office, APECS Russia
Professor Valentina Gorbatenko, PhD, Head of Meteorology and Climatology department, Tomsk State University
Kaya Axelsson, Strategic Engagement Fellow at Oxford Net Zero, a climate research programme at the University of Oxford
Q&A led by Moderator

12:10/15:10 Session 3: HEIs focus on Arctic research in the context of climate change

Speakers: Mary Edwards, James D. Ford, Olga Tutubalina, Gareth Rees

Professor Mary Edwards, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton
Professor James D. Ford, Professor and Priestley Chair in Climate Adaptation at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
Dr Olga Tutubalina, Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Aerospace Methods, Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University
Dr (William) Gareth Rees, Senior Lecturer in the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), Fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge
Q&A led by Moderator

13:10/16:10 Moderator to close the forum
13:20/16:20 Forum ends
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