Climate change research festival at Aberystwyth University looks ahead to COP26 challenges

From left to right: Professor Julian Agyeman; Professor Sarah Davies (Aberystwyth University); First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS; EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius; and Professor Milja Kurki (Aberystwyth University)

Climate change experts will gather at Aberystwyth University for a week of events to discuss challenges ahead of the COP26 summit.

First Minister Mark Drakeford, EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius and environmental policy expert Professor Julian Agyeman will be among the keynote speakers at the University’s inaugural Festival of Research which begins on 18 October 2021.

In the run-up to the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021, the Aberystwyth festival will focus on key questions and debate potential solutions to the global climate and ecological crisis.

It will draw on a range of Aberystwyth University research projects aimed at tackling climate change and contributing to net zero carbon targets.

The week will also feature a one-day symposium entitled ‘AberClimate: Loss, Damage, Renewal’.

Speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines, including Aberystwyth academics Professor Sarah Davies, Head of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Professor Milja Kurki, EH Carr Chair at the Department of International Politics.

Further information about the Festival and details of how to book a free virtual or in-person place at the various events are available by going to

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