Our History - Timeline
23 February 2019
At the Society's Annual General Meeting in Balliol College, the Committee for the year 2019/20 is elected. The elected committee members are: Tristram Walsh (President), Arunima Sircar (Vice-President and Treasurer), Asisa Singh (Events Coordinator and Secretary), Milan Klöwer (Education and Skills Coordinator), Celine Barclay (Publicity and Publications Coordinator), Martha West (Creative Team Coordinator) and Ellie Holton (Campaigns Coordinator).
4 February 2019
With a panel titled "Scale Up Oxford: Meeting Oxford's Climate Responsibilities", co-hosted by OCS and the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, we're launching the University's first Climate Action Week. Initiated by OCS, the Week brings together all of the University's environmental societies in an unprecedented cooperation. Over 15 events take place throughout the week.
14 January 2019
We launch a new special lecture series titled "Global Climate Change: A Summary for Policymakers" given by Professor Myles Allen which we are co-hosting with the Oxford Geography Society. Over the course of eight lectures, the series provides students with a concise understanding of climate science and its policy implications.
9 January 2019
Our Hilary Term 2019 term card is published, with events including special speaker events with Professor Kevin Anderson, Nigel Topping (CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition) and Professor Mike Berners-Lee. The termcard also announces Oxford's first-ever Uni-wide Climate Action Week.
15 October 2018
The Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and a Member of the House of Lords, addresses the Society. He begins by speech by noting that this is the first time ever at which he had to give away his own chair to the audience because the event is so well-attended, with around 150 students in attendance.
30 September 2018
We publish our Michaelmas Term 2018 term card, with events including expert panels on climate communication, biodiversity, and entrepreneurship, and special speakers events with guests as The Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change.
28 September 2018
The new OCS logo is officially revealed. The accompanying message reads "the earth keeps heating up - but we can still solve the complex challenge posed by climate change and create a future that benefits all of us in the process. That's why we're here, and that's what we'll keep working for."
21 May 2018
We're launching the first issue of RISE, the Oxford Climate Zine, with artistic contributions from across the University. The result of a collaboration between OCS and InTandem Publications, the Zine's launch is celebrated at a memorable evening with live music and readings at Makespace Oxford. Ellie Holton led the OCS work on RISE.
17 April 2018
We launch our Trinity Term 2018 term card, with events including panels on air pollution, women and climate change, and the role of the world's least developed countries in climate action - and the launch of our latest Zine, RISE, and a launch night for the Zine at The Cellar.
8 March 2018
We're launching the first issue of Anthroposphere, the Oxford Climate Review, a fully student-run and -edited journal covering climate change and the environment through the lenses of natural science, economics, policy, politics, literature, pop culture, and much more. Shannon Osaka and Sofia Blanchard edited the first issue.
24 February 2018
At the Society's General Meeting, the 2018-19 Committee is elected: Felix Heilmann (President), Tristram Walsh (Vice President and Secretary), Eleanor Wride (Treasurer), Marina Hou (Events Officer), George Grun (Events Officer), Lucy Fellingham (Media and Creative Officer), Ellie Holton (Media and Creative Officer), Naomi Miall (Projects and Campaigns Officer). Arunima Sircar is subsequently appointed as Events Officer.
18 January 2018
The inaugural session of the Oxford School of Climate Change, an eight-week seminar series bringing together expert speakers and students from across the University who care deeply about constructive climate action, takes place. We received over 80 extensive applications for the 25 places on the course.
8 January 2018
Launch of Hilary Term 2018 term card, with events including: A panel on climate justice, a panel on extreme weather attribution, a panel on climate activism, talks by Professor Dieter Helm and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, and the launch of Oxford's Climate Review Anthroposphere.
20 November 2017
The largest event in the history of the society is a panel discussion on the outcome of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, with around 200 people in attendance.
9 October 2017
Launch event for our first-ever Zine, two degrees.
1 October 2017
Launch of Michaelmas Term 2017 term card, with events including: our zine launch, building infrastructure resilient to the impacts of climate change, panels on Brexit, decarbonising transport, the future of the fossil fuel industry, COP23 and whether we can save the climate in a growing economy, and a workshop on communicating climate change.
13 May 2017
New committee for 2017/2018: Rupert Stuart-Smith as President, Felix Heilmann as Vice President and Treasurer, Bronwen Hunter as Secretary and Harry Holmes as Social Media and Outreach Officer.
24 April 2017
Launched Trinity term term card, with events including: A panel on CCS (with Professor Myles Allen, Dr Sara Budinis and Tim Dixon); talks about renewables and carbon, including an event with our sponsor, Santander, on renewables and finance.
9 January 2017
Launched Hilary term card, with events including: talks with Michael Sheren (Bank of England), Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future) and James Thornton (Client Earth); a heavily oversubscribed panel discussion on Trump's Climate Agenda; and a Bridges, Not Walls gathering.
6 October 2016
Launched Michaelmas term card, with events including: talks with Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) and Mark Campanale (Carbon Tracker); panels on COP21 (with Achim Steiner, director of the Oxford Martin School and former director of UNEP), climate internships and climate PhDs; and a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic's 'Before the Flood'.
8 May 2016
Attended the Going Backwards on Climate Change protest in London
2 May 2016
New committee for 2016/2017: Alice Boyd and Julian Godding as presidents, Martha Samano as Treasurer, Ricky Sengupta as Secretary and Assia Taferka as Sponsorship Officer
25 Jan 2016
Launch of event series: Climate Careers. Over the Hilary and Trinity terms, OCS heard from speakers, including former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger
8-11 Dec 2015
Cycled from Oxford to Paris to join in the #D12 demonstration on the last day of COP21 in Paris
29 Nov 2015
Attended the People's Climate March in London before December's COP21 in Paris
7 Mar 2015
Attended the #TimeToAct2015 Climate March in London two months ahead of the general election
19 Feb 2015
Awarded £1000 in funding from the People's Budget 2015
18 Feb 2015
Professor Myles Allen becomes OCS's Senior Member
3 Feb 2015
Karolina Kalinowska, Matthew Drane and Fairlie Kirkpatrick Baird form the core of the OCS Committee
27 Jan 2015
Energy & Climate Change 101 seminar series started running in the Saïd Business School - pdf
31 Dec 2014
OCS founded by Mostyn Brown and Carolina de Oliviera following the Oxford Climate Forum in November 2014