Climate Change + AI 18th September at Oxford Foundry We can’t solve today’s challenges with yesterday’s thinking. Through TED Talk-style pitching sessions and guided networking, we learned about the novel ways that Oxford’s startup founders are using AI to help fight climate change across a number of domains from agriculture and deforestation to climate prediction and transportation. Speakers included: Jack Kelly, Founder, Open Climate Fix and formerly Google DeepMind; Natalia Efremova, Co-Founder, Deep Planet AI; Alex Rogers, Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford and Co-founder of Joulo; Daryl Rodrigo: CTO & Co-founder, Metronome Energy.
Achieving Net Zero 10th September at Oxford Town Hall In announcing legislation to commit the UK to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 Prim Minister Theresa May said "Ending our contribution to global warming by 2050 should be the defining decision of this generation in fulfilling our responsibility to the next." But how will it be done and what are the implications? This events allowed members of the public to hear and pose questions to key participants of the international conference Achieving Net Zero (www.netzero.org.uk), exploring the social, political, ethical, ecological, governance and technical opportunities and challenges of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers included: Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute; David Hone, Chief Climate Advisor for Shell; Radhika Khosla, Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development; and EJ Fawcett, Oxford Youth School Strikes for Climate.
Trinity Term 2019
Climate Modelling Demystified. 13th May at Queen's College Climate Modelling is crucial to the debate surrounding climate change but can be a challenge for non-atmospheric scientists to understand on a meaningful level. Join us as we look into how climate modeling actually works, and how it is used to inform policies and decision making.
True Cost- Documentary Viewing. 6th May at Common Ground Workspace True Cost exposes the untold story and asks us who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.
Competing narratives: The story of climate change. 29th April at Jesus college What role does "climate change" as a concept play in public and political discourse and what are the implications of the emerging narrative?Mike Hulme, a former climate scientist, will draw on a range of fields including environmental history and political ecology to answer this crucial question.
Hilary Term 2019
Young People and Climate Action. Monday March 4th at Jesus College After the Youth Strike across the country a few weeks ago the questions about the role the young people have to play in climate change, and what they can actually do to help, have become even more pertinent. We're delighted to discuss this further with young leaders from various backgrounds. With Ella Mann (Organizer, Oxford Youth Strike for Climate), Lucy Stanfield (Member of the Board, 2050 Climate Group) and Rupert Stuart-Smith (Community Team Research Officer, UK Youth Climate Coalition).
Anthroposphere: Issue III Launch. Friday March 1st at Worcester College Join us to celebrate the launch of Anthroposphere's third issue! Celebrate with us and meet the writers, editors and design team behind the magazine. There will be live music, wine and an appearance from OxUnboxed, a zero waste pop up. With Fred Pearce (environmental journalist and author).
Exclusive Book Talk: 'There Is No Planet B' with Mike Berners-Lee. Wednesday February 27th at Oriel College Join us for an exclusive book talk with Mike Berners-Lee, Author of "There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years", one day before the book's official publication! With Mike Berners-Lee (Professor, Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University).
Nigel Topping: 'Businesses and Climate Ambition'. Monday February 18th at the Oxford Martin School Clearly, the role of business will be key if we are to transition to the zero carbon economy envisaged in the Paris Agreement. We are thus delighted to welcome Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition to speak on the role of businesses in meeting our climate targets. With Nigel Topping (CEO, We Mean Business Coalition).
Development and Climate Change. Saturday February 9th at the Said Business School As part of the Oxford Forum for International Development, we will investigate the conflicts and collaborations between development and environmental impact. Must modernisation and capital accumulation entail environmental degradation, or is a more sustainable future plausible? With Tom Burke (Chairman and Founding Director, E3G), Tim Forsyth (Professor of Environment and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science) and Lisa Schipper (Environmental Social Science Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute).
Exploring the links between climate change and migration. Friday February 8th at Common Ground Café It has become increasingly clear that rising temperatures exert a major impact on the displacement of people, the dissolution of institutions and the spread of conflict. We're looking forward to a fascinating and important discussion on this topic. With Lisa Thalheimer (Research Assistant, Climate Econometrics) and Rumana Hashem (Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick).
Climate Careers Workshop. Wednesday February 6th at the Oxford Student Union Ever wanted to work in a job that really makes a difference to our environment, but not sure how to go about it? Interested in consulting, advisory, policy or government work but still want to help the environment? Come to the climate and careers panel to find out more about careers related to climate change and the environment, how to get into sustainability related jobs and what this kind of work is really like. With Richenda Connell (CTO and Co-founder, Acclimatise), Phillip Burroughs (Sustainable City Engagement Officer, Oxford City Council) and Michal Dorociak (former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Poland).
Oxford's Student Political Parties Talk Climate Change. Tuesday February 5th at Oriel College Climate change will become the top political priority for our generation. While it might not be far up their agendas today, the the UK's political leaders will inevitably be forced to confront the climate crisis. With this in mind, Oxford University's four main political parties will join us for a lively political discussion about how their party is and should be addressing the evermore important climate crisis. With representatives from the Oxford University Conservative Association, the Oxford University Labour Club, the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, and the Oxford Student Green Party.
Scale Up Oxford: Meeting Oxford's Climate Responsibilities. Monday February 4th at The Queen's College Is the University of Oxford doing enough in response to the climate crisis? For the first event of Oxford University’s first Climate Action Week, Oxford Climate Society and the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign are inviting you to discuss the role and responsibility of Universities in the time of climate change. With student campaigners from various groups.
Kevin Anderson: 'Climate's Holy Trinity - Delivering on our Paris 2°C Commitment'. Thursday January 24th at Somerville College We're looking forward to welcoming Kevin Anderson, one of the world's most outspoken climate scientists, in Oxford for his talk on "Climate’s holy trinity: how cogency, tenacity & courage could yet deliver on our Paris 2°C commitment". With Kevin Anderson (Chair of Energy and Climate Change, School of Engineering, University of Manchester ).
Do we need nuclear power to decarbonize our energy supply? Monday January 14th at Oriel College At our first event of the term, we will debate the role of nuclear power in decarbonizing energy production: Can nuclear power play a role in the future's decarbonized energy syste, and does it have to? With Nick Eyre (Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Oxford) and Martin Freer (Director, Birmingham Energy Institute).
Michaelmas Term 2018
The State of the Climate. Monday November 26th at the Oxford Martin School Ahead of the annual UN Climate Conference, we want to take a step back and look at the big picture of how the world is currently doing in the fight against climate change: How far have we come? Where do we need to go? And, importantly, how do we get there? With Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford), Thomas Hale (Associate Professor, Blavatnik School of Government) and Radhika Khosla (Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development).
Passion and Power: Exploring Green Entrepreneurship. Monday November 19th at Jesus College We invite you to hear stories of start-ups fighting climate change with enterprise, what they have achieved so far and the challenges they faced along the way. The event will also include the opportunity to test your own problem-solving power on real issues faced by start-up founders in the climate sphere. With Miguel Modestino (Co-founder, Sunthetics), Jonathan Gartside (Chief Experience Officer, Bulb) and Eli Mitchell-Larso (Director of Operations, Sunfarmer).
Anthroposphere: Autumn Launch. Monday November 12th at Worcester College Please join us to celebrate the launch of Anthroposphere's first international issue, featuring a keynote speech alongside live music and wine. With Leo Hickman (Editor and Director, Carbon Brief).
What's the link between biodiversity and climate change? Monday November 5th at Jesus College The easiest way for us to understand climate change is by looking at how it impacts us humans. What we fail to learn is how our own actions affect not just the physical environment but life around us, in the form of biodiversity. Adaptation, migration, extinction: how is it affected by climate change and does it affect us? With Stephen Willis (Professor of Biosciences, Durham University) and Tim Newbold (Research Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL).
Communicating Climate Change. Monday October 22nd at the School of Geography and the Environment We need to talk. Talk about climate change. Or the climate crisis? Climate breakdown? Either way: Ensuring an effective communication about the importance of climate action is crucial if we are to protect global stability. We invite you for an exchange with leading experts on how to best talk about climate change and climate action. With Karen Brandon (Communications Officer, Stockholm Environment Institute) and Tara Clarke (Training and Consultancy Coordinator, Climate Outreach).
Talk by Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. Monday October 15th at The Queen's College The Rt Hon Lord Deben is a member of the House of Lords and Chairman of the independent Committee on Climate Change. He has served for sixteen years as a British minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was Environment Secretary from 1992 to 1997, which makes him the longest serving Environment Secretary the UK has ever had.
Climate Change. What's Coming? Monday October 8th at Somerville College By now, we've all heard about the importance of climate action, and many people across the world are already directly suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis. But what exactly do we have to get ready for, and what can we do about it? With Simon Lewis (Professor of Global Change Science, University College London and University of Leeds) and Rachel James (Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford).
Trinity Term 2018
Women and Climate Change. Monday May 14th at Wadham College Climate change is a feminist issue. Women are disproportionately harmed by the environmental crises we face. At the same time, women across the world are on the frontlines of resistance. That's why we addressed the crucial link between women and climate change. With Judy Ling Wong OBE (Ambassador, Womens' Environmental Network) and Dr Lisa Schipper (Environmental Social Science Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute).
The Cities of the Future. Monday May 7th at Exeter College What should today's cities be doing to prepare for the future? With Radhika Khosla (Senior Researcher, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment).
Air Pollution: Solving a Public Health Crisis. Monday April 30th at Trinity College How can we solve the public health crisis posed by air pollution, and what's its link to climate policy? With Dr Suzanne Bartington (Clinical Research Fellow, University of Birmingham), Jenny Bates (Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth) and Mai Jarvis (Environmental Policy Team Leader, Oxford City Council).
The Role of LDCs in Climate Action. Monday April 23rd at Trinity College The world's least developed countries have contributed least to the problem of climate change, yet they are among the ones suffering the most. What is their role in climate action? With Lisa Benjamin (Assistant Professor, The University of Bahamas) and Chukwumerije Okereke (Professor, University of Reading).
Hilary Term 2018
George Monbiot on Climate Change. Monday March 5th at Worcester College George Monbiot, one of the UK's leading campaigners and authors on environmental issues, addressed the Society. With George Monbiot (The Guardian columnist and author).
Carbon Offsetting. Monday February 19th at Balliol College To what extent is carbon offsetting a (false) solution to tackling climate change? With Ben Caldecott (Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme) and Pedro Moura Costa (Founder, EcoSecurities).
One struggle, different frontlines: The many faces of climate activism. Monday February 12th at Exeter College How can the fight for a safe and just future be won? We brought together a diverse panel of climate professionals to explore different ways of climate activism and to explore how the needed changes can be achieved. With Damian Ryan (Director, The Climate Group), Gita Parihar (former Head of Legal, Friends of the Earth) and Peter Lefort (UK Community Network Manager, Eden Project).
Prof. Dieter Helm CBE: Natural Capital. Wednesday February 7th at Christ Church Professor Dieter Helm CBE, a distinguished economist and Oxford academic, joined us to discuss the importance of Natural Capital in a changing climate. With Prof. Dieter Helm CBE (Independent Chair, Natural Capital Committee).
The Future of Food. Monday January 29th at Trinity College Agriculture is one of the leading drivers of climate change - but seemingly one of the most challenging to decarbonise. What needs to happen if we are to reduce the contribution of our food to climate change? With Dr Marco Springmann (James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food).
Attributing extreme weather to climate change: A new opportunity for climate justice? Monday January 22nd at Trinity College Can we attribute responsibility for specific extreme weather events to climate change, and can this pave the way for those worst affected by climate change to make successful claims for compensation from the biggest emitters? With Dr Friederike Otto (Deputy Director, Environmental Change Institute) and Sophie Marjanac (Lawyer, ClientEarth).
Climate Justice in Theory and Practice. Monday January 15th at Trinity College What's the concept of climate justice about, and how can it be put into practice? With Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want) and Prof. Henry Shue (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford).
Michaelmas Term 2017
Can we save the climate in a growing economy? Monday November 27th at the Oxford Hub An expert panel discussing the question of whether we can save the climate in a growing economy. With Maria Carvalho (Policy Analyst, Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment) and Prof. Doyne Farmer (Director of Complexity Economics, Institute for New Economic Thinking).
After the COP: What happened in Bonn? Monday November 20th at the Oxford Martin School What progress was made at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn on the biggest issues in climate change? With Dr Saleemul Huq (Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development) and Prof. Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford).
The Anthropocene: What is it and what is it good for? Thursday November 16th at Balliol College A talk on the proposed geological age of the Anthropocene, discussing the concept and its limitations. With Prof. Yadvinder Malhi (Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford).
Emissions budgets and pathways to 1.5 degrees. Sunday November 12th at the COP23 Bonn Zone An informal seminar and Q&A with one of the leading authors on the global "carbon budget", discussing recent updates and their implications for the long-term temperature goal. The first OCS event at a UN COP. With Prof. Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford), chaired by Kya Raina Lal (Fijian lawyer holding a LLB and LLM from the University of Auckland).
Climate Change and a Resilient Society. Thursday November 9th at the Oxford Hub How do society, industry and the world need to adapt to face a dramatically changing climate? With Dr David Viner (Global Practice Leader for Climate Resilience, Mott MacDonald).
Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions. Monday October 30th at the Oxford Hub A talk based on the recent Shell publication of the same name, taking a deep dive into the current Shell New Lens Scenarios, both of which show that a net-zero emissions energy system is plausible within the confines of this century. With David Hone (Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell International).
Decarbonising Transportation. Monday October 23rd at the Oxford Hub What needs to happen if we are to decarbonise our transport sector, and what technology will make low carbon mobility possible? With Dr Tim Schwanen (Director, Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford), Mike Thompson (Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change) and James Arbib (Co-founder, RethinkX).
Brexit and Climate Change. Monday October 16th at the Oxford Hub What are the environmental impacts of Brexit, and what will the UK's long-run situation for climate action be? With Dr Tamsin Cooper (Strategy Director, Green Alliance).
Trinity Term 2017
Trump's Paris Exit: The Implications. Tuesday June 13th at the Oxford Hub Following President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, what does a Paris Agreement without the US means for efforts to tackle climate change, and how does the international community need to response? With Prof. Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford), Prof. Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Associate Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford) and Prof. David Karoly (Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Melbourne).
Climate Disruption: New Pathways for Public Interest Litigation. Tuesday June 6th at the Oxford Hub What are the latest developments in climate litigation, both in an international and domestic context? A joint event with Oxford Lawyers without Borders. With Ketan Jha (PhD candidate, Sussex Law School).
The Future of Clean Energy: Finance and Renewables. Monday May 15th at the Oxford Hub What's the current state of renewable energy finance, and what are the main challenges it is facing? With Alejandro Ciruelos (Managing Director, Santander Global Corporate Banking).
Carbon Capture and Storage: A Climate Cure? Wednesday May 3rd at the Oxford Hub How has CCS technology come, how large a role should it play in future emissions scenarios, and what is the possible wider significance of CCS development for the transition to a low-carbon economy? With Dr Sara Budinis (Research Associate, Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College London), Tim Dixon (Programme Manager, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme) and Prof. Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford).
Measuring Carbon: The Maths Behind Climate Change. Monday April 24th at the Oxford Hub A talk on the maths behind measuring carbon emissions with a focus on the process of environmental impact assessments. With Joanna Read (Environmental Consultant, RSK).
Hilary Term 2017
James Thornton on Environmental Law. Monday February 20th at the Oxford Hub What role does the law play in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy? With James Thornton (founding CEO, ClientEarth).
Michael Sheren (Bank of England) on Green Finance. Monday February 6th at the Oxford Hub How can green finance provide a fast route to a cleaner future? With Michael Sheren (Senior Adviser to the Bank of England).
OCS talks to Jonathon Porritt. Monday January 30th at the Oxford Hub A talk about our path towards a greener future, what's likely to happen, and what we can do as the next generation. With Jonathon Porritt (Co-Founder, Forum for the Future).
Uncertainty in the Air: Anticipating Trump's Climate Change Agenda. Monday January 16th at the Oxford Hub A panel to prepare for the inauguration of Trump and his cabinet by getting up to speed on the potential impacts of his agenda on climate and energy issues. With Prof. Benito Müller (Managing Director, Oxford Climate Policy), Dr Thomas Hale (Associate Professor in Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government) and Prof. Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science, University of Oxford).
Michaelmas Term 2016
We'll always have Paris: Climate change from COP21 to Marrakech. Friday November 4th at the Oxford Hub Celebrate the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement and join us in an informal discussion on the prospects for the Marrakech climate negotiations. With Achim Steiner (Director, Oxford Martin School).
OCS talks to Mark Campanale. Monday October 31st at the Oxford Hub What role does finance play in the fight against climate change, what's the "carbon bubble", and how will the future of the global economy look like? With Mark Campanale (Founder and Executive Director, Carbon Tracker).
OCS talks to Capt. Paul Watson. Monday October 24th at St Peter's College As part of "Activism Week(s)", OCS talked to Captain Paul Watson about his life story and career. With Captain Paul Watson (Founder, Sea Shepherd).