DATES: The School will consist of nine weekly seminars of two hours each. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the School will be online again for Hilary 2021. We now have more than 1400 participants from all around the world joining us.
The school runs on Zoom Webinar every Tuesday from the week of January 18th to March 15th from 5:30-7:30pm.
FORMAT: Each seminar will consist of a lecture given by a leading academic in the field, followed by questions from participants. We will then move into breakout groups to discuss key issues and get to know other participants. New to this year's iteration of the School is the introduction of a capstone exercise, which involves working in small groups of 5-6 people to more closely investigate an issue presented in the School.
The programme is specifically designed to deliver the interdisciplinary knowledge required for successful climate action, while remaining accessible to individuals from all backgrounds. It will begin with a broad overview of the science and impacts of climate change, before diving into a deeper examination of the areas that are most crucial for coherent climate action, such as energy, transport, and law. The programme will conclude by reviewing local and global frameworks for climate mitigation and adaptation, with a view towards practical actions that can be taken by the participants in their daily lives and future careers.
A typical session will include:
45-50 minute lecture
25-30 minutes questions from participants
30 minutes breakout room
FEE: In order to cover the costs of the webinar platform we are using to host this year's School, we are charging a fee of £10 for each participant. However, if you are unable to pay this fee, we have a no questions-asked financial hardship box that you can tick in the online application form.
Community building is a significant component of the School's programme. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet other climate-conscious individuals, and to work together to apply the knowledge they have learned to future projects beyond the School.
“It is impossible for me to see the world the same as I did before participating in the School of Climate Change. For the first time ever I had the opportunity to be part of a group of inspiring and passionate individuals who understand the urgency of doing something, anything, to save our Planet. I will take with me so much knowledge, courage and the strongest of commitments to do my best to change the world from my field of expertise. I'm grateful for these eight amazing Thursdays that changed my life. I would do it again a hundred times!”
“I was astounded at how good the School of Climate Change was. I signed up casually thinking that I might learn something new, but more likely it would be information I can find on Youtube. I left with a level of knowledge of climate change far higher than when I applied. The course was structured well with approaches towards the subject from a multiplicity of angles. The topics were thorough. The Q&A's were always engaging and I wanted to get involved. Finally, the capstone projects were utterly inspiring - I met people from all over the world from a range of age groups and background who all cared passionately about tackling climate change. All in all a wonderful experience.”
“Delighted is an understatement. The course was well designed, formatted, delivered at an excellent pace, flow and by highly competent and engaging facilitators in an interactive process. The breakout rooms and the opportunities to engage with other participants provided even more profound insights into the cultures, perspectives and views towards applying the learning in different context. The course was extremely relevant, timely, and provided great insights and collaborative opportunities to address systemic issues associated to climate change.”
Being around such a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students who all care about climate change has been such a refreshing experience at Oxford, not least because of the great array of topics included in the programme. The SoCC covers some of the most defining and contentious debates around solutions to environmental issues, from geoengineering and carbon taxes, to flood prevention and decarbonising the economy.
I loved that the programme offers such a welcoming and open space for discussion and debate, and that it is open to everyone from undergraduates to PhDs. It's given me the opportunity to build on my knowledge of issues around climate change, to be challenged by my peers, to interact with some fantastic speakers, and perhaps most importantly, to build so many new friendships, no doubt with many of the future leaders on climate change.
- MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy
I really loved the course. I really felt like it brought together a community of students and academic professionals to talk about and learn about climate change and think how to approach it taking into account the interdisciplinary approach it demands.
- DPhil Philosophy
It was an amazing series. I only wish I could do it all again!