Online Forum
"Tackling Climate Change:
the Role of University Science in Developing Practical Solutions"

09 November 2021
10.00 – 12.25 UK/
13.00 – 15.25 Moscow

Forum Topics
University science: UK and Russia research projects in developing practical solutions
Citizen science: the potential of science-public collaboration for combating climate change challenge
University as a producer of validated knowledge about climate change problem and science communication agent
Society is not capable of reversing the climate change process. Moreover, there are doubts as to whether we can even stop or at least slow down these changes. Nevertheless, what we can do is mitigate climate change and adapt to the new climate conditions. Universities around the world are conducting various research projects and field studies, launching "carbon polygons" to find the best solutions. However, unlike in any other field of science where success depends on the actions of particular breakthrough researchers, these particular initiatives require the involvement of society at large. Joint actions that lead to quality change cannot be imagined without a high level of the actors' awareness.

A modern university is a producer and disseminator of trustworthy, validated knowledge. Universities work with students, researchers, and with the whole society. Today, a university's communication network includes businesses, NPOs, NGOs, and journalists all around the world. These wide connections already allow universities to step beyond academic walls to highlight relevant issues and implement projects with high social impact that can attract people's attention. But what could universities do better in reaching out to the public and building awareness sufficient for strong individual action in terms of climate change mitigation?

One of the positive results of successful science communication and awareness-raising is citizen science (CS). A research project that involves the general public as investigators and data collectors gives researchers the opportunity to base the project on a wider set of data. However, such projects are not a common thing. Should we introduce more CS projects or is their potential overrated?

Daria Kozlova
First Vice Rector, ITMO University
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Sir Paul Curran
President of City, University of London,
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Luiza Brodt
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics at Novosibirsk State University. Research Fellow in Arctic Policy at Stanford US-Russia Forum, read more
John McGeehan
Professor of Structural Biology focused on the global challenge of plastic pollution, University of Portsmouth, UK read more
Dinara Fasolko
Researcher, Department of Dynamic Meteorology and Climatology, Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory,
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Jennifer Littlechild
Biochemist/structural biologist, University of Exeter
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Ekaterina Kotlyarova
Architect engineer, PhD in Economics and Management of the National Economy, Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Don State Technical University, member of the Union of Architects of Russia, read more
Alexander Rodin
Ph.D. in physics and mathematics, Head of the Applied Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory at MIPT,
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Daria Chekalskaia
Environmental engineer and climate communicator, Russia, read more
Olga Dobrovidova
ITMO University and the Russian Association for Science Communication (AKSON), read more
Tess O'Hara
Final year PhD research student at Newcastle University, UK
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Nadezhda Maksimenko
4th year student of Environmental Engineering education program at ITMO University. Organizer and researcher of the "Internet of Bacteria" project, read more
Olga Shaduyko
Head of Excellence Support Unit, Tomsk State University,
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Terry Callaghan
School of Biosciences, Professor of Arctic Ecology, Sheffield University PM, CMG, B.Sc., Ph.D., fil. Dr (Hon. Lund), Ph.D. (Hon. Oulu), Ph.D. (Hon. Tomsk), D.Sc., read more
Alexey Ekaykin
PhD, glaciologist, polar explorer, leading researcher of Climate and Environmental Research Laboratory, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute | AARI, read more
10:00 UK / 13:00 Moscow: Welcome to the forum
Speaker: Darya Kozlova, First Vice-Rector, ITMO University
10:05 UK / 13:05 Moscow
Section: University science: UK and Russia projects


Sir Paul Curran - Role of a university in climate change dialogue, City University of London

Luiza Brodt - Arctic diplomacy, Novosibirsk State University

John McGeehan - Plastic-degrading enzymes, University of Portsmouth, -

Dinara Fasolko - RAINMAN (Water resources management in St. Petersburg in the context of climate change), Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory

Jennifer Littlechild TBA – Prof. , University of Exeter

Ekaterina Kotlyarova - Ecological architecture, Don State Technical University

Aleksandr Rodin - New methods and instruments for GHG monitoring: a case of university science, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
11:15 UK / 14:15 Moscow
Section: University as a producer of validated knowledge and science communication agent


  • Daria Chekalskaia - Tools and trends for efficient climate communication in social media

  • Olga Dobrovidova - Science communication workshop
        11:45 UK / 14:45 Moscow
        Panel discussion "Citizen science: the potential of science-public collaboration"

        Tess O'Hara, Newcastle University

        Nadezhda Maksimenko, ITMO University

        Olga Shaduyko, Tomsk State University

        Terry Callaghan, Sheffield University

        12:25 UK / 15:25 Moscow: Closing remarks
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