Gw4 Climate Symposium

Climate change: solutions and how to communicate them

This is a free online symposium designed to facilitate networking between early career researchers working across different disciplines with an interest in solutions to addressing climate change, taking place 22-23rd June 2021.

Abstract deadline: 14th June

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About the Event

Organised by GW4 early career researchers, this two-day event will address four broad themes: traditional natural resource management, energy technology towards net-zero, AI and climate change and communication to maximise research impact. The event will feature panel discussions and paper presentations as well as other, fun and more informal events. 


Virtual, Online


22-23 June 2021

Session Themes

Valuing, managing, adapting: past and current approaches to environmental sustainability

The way societies value the environment (both in terms of its intrinsic and of its instrumental value), is key to shape their approaches to sustainability. In pre-modern times, communities around the globe developed methods for managing natural resources which were shaped around their organic understanding of ecological value, and custom-tailored around the specificities of local socio-ecosystems. With modernity and its associated historical and ongoing processes of colonisation, indigenous communities have often been disconnected from these traditional knowledge systems. In turn, this has resulted into a loss of capacity for adapting to environmental and climate change. The rediscovery of these heritages, coupled with ‘citizen science’ approaches to the use of new technology (such as satellite data and machine learning) offer significant opportunities for the community-led development of adaptation strategies. In this session, we discuss these processes and dynamics through case studies from four distinct socio-ecological contexts: North African arid regions, Canadian boreal forests, North Kenyan savannas, and coral reefs.

Today's Effects of Climate Change and Tomorrow's Solutions

In order to find solutions to climate change it is helpful to consider how it is impacting our world today. This can include the impact on living organisms, specific sectors of life or even the planet as a whole. Current or near-future solutions to climate change in nature and engineering are also considered.

Environmental Intelligence: data science for environmental research

The proliferation of data-intensive work and research, often enabled by big data (BD) and machine learning (ML), holds massive potential for the study of our changing natural and social environment. Within this theme, we position ourselves within the emerging discipline of “environmental intelligence”, inviting submissions which explore how data science, ML, and BD can contribute to our understanding of the natural environment, as well as improving our resilience to climate change. We interpret the term “environment” broadly and strongly encourage critical perspectives which help us integrate ML and BD into our environmental research toolkit in an equitable and responsible way.

Making it Matter: Communicating Your Research

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About The Event Organisers

We are PhD Students and Postdoctoral researchers from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Our interests lie in a diverse range of disciplines, including ecology, engineering, combustion science, history, epidemiology, management studies… to name a few. We are brought together by a passion for addressing climate change issues and improving society. 

Our Speakers

Introducing our keynote speakers for the event


Head of technical assistance at the International Institute of Water and Sanitation (IEA) under the National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE)... (click to learn more)


Dr. Warren Pearce is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s iHuman Institute, leading its “Knowing Humans” research theme... (click to learn more)


Deborah B. McGregor (Anishinaabe) is an Associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School...(click to learn more)


Tim Lenton is Director of the Global Systems Institute and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter...(click to learn more)

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Event Schedule

Day 1

22nd of June, 2021

Morning Session: (9:30 - 10:00)


Introduction: Dr. Joanna Jenkinson, GW4 Director


Morning Session: Part 1 (10:05 - 11:05)

Valuing, managing, adapting: past and current approaches to environmental sustainability

Keynote address I: Dr. Hanane Benqlilou

Abstract presentation I: Guy Lomax

Morning Session: Part 2 (11:20 - 12:20)

Valuing, managing, adapting: past and current approaches to environmental sustainability

Keynote address II: Prof. Deborah McGregor

Abstract presentation II: Elis Jones


Afternoon Session: Part 1 (13:20 - 14:05)

Today's Effects of Climate Change and Tomorrow's Solutions

Abstract presentation I: Deepak Kumar Panda

Abstract presentation II: Dr. Stacey Heath

Afternoon Session: Part 2 (14:20 - 14:40)

Today's Effects of Climate Change and Tomorrow's Solutions

Abstract presentation III: Charles H. Simpson

Afternoon Session: (14:40 - 15:40)


Day 2

23rd of June, 2021

Morning Session: Part 1 (9:15- 10:55)

Environmental Intelligence : Data Science for Environmental Research

Keynote address I: Prof. Tim Lenton

Keynote address II: Dr. Warren Pearce

Morning Session: Part 2 (11:10 - 12:30)

Environmental Intelligence : Data Science for Environmental Research

Abstract presentation I: Timothy Lam

Abstract presentation II: Margaret Bolton

Abstract presentation III: Ned Westwood

Abstract presentation IV: Josh Redmond

Afternoon Session: Part 1 (13:30 - 15:00)

communication Workshop

Session – Making It Matter: Communicating Your Research

Afternoon Session: Part 2 (16:15 - 16:45)


Session – Making It Matter: Communicating Your Research

Afternoon Session: (15:15 - 16:45)


Featuring the Making it Matter Workshop...

WAVES Framework

The WAVES framework is a communications toolkit developed by the We Are Ocean collective, namely by and the Ocean Conservation Trust. The research-based framework is informed by an extensive literature review of ocean and nature reports and communication toolkits.

Despite the focus on the ocean, the toolkit is applicable to any climate-related research, project, or campaign. At the Making it Matter Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore how they may apply the principles of WAVES to help them communicate their research beyond academia.

The workshop will take place 13.30-15.00 (BST) on Wednesday 23 June 2021.

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