Climate Crisis: Bridging the gap between science and policy

Through a panel discussion with leading experts, we will explore how researchers, policymakers, and businesses can best cooperate to develop and implement solutions to climate change. The panelists will offer their perspectives in areas such as current positive progress in fighting climate change, the barriers hindering effective climate action and how we may overcome them, and how to improve global communication and cooperation across research, government, industry, and society.



Rachel Coxcoon

Rachel Coxcoon is Director of Climate Guide. Rachel provides climate strategy, training and leadership support to local government and academia, and is also a Doctoral Researcher at Lancaster University, as part of the Climate Citizens project, where she is researching the effect of political ideology on democratic engagement with climate policy making. Rachel has built a formidable reputation as a leader in local authority and community-based climate work over the past 16 years. Rachel also brings additional insight through her role as Councillor and Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Forward Planning, at Cotswold District Council.

Simon Clark

Simon Clark is a videomaker, science communicator and author from Bath, UK. He completed his PhD at the University of Exeter, researching dynamical stratosphere-troposphere coupling. Since his graduation and becoming a full-time science communicator, his YouTube videos have focused on atmospheric science, with other topics such as the history of science, machine learning, and mental health also making appearances. Over the years his YouTube channel has gone from strength to strength, accruing over 460,000 subscribers and over 40 million lifetime views.

Fiona Harvey

Fiona Harvey is an award-winning journalist who has covered the environment since 2004, first at the Financial Times and subsequently for the Guardian newspaper. She has written extensively on every environmental issue, from air pollution and biodiversity to ocean plastic and climate change. Her assignments have taken her as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and she has attended almost every UNFCCC Cop since 2004, including reporting live from the 2015 Paris conference and the Cop26 summit in Glasgow in 2021.

Another speaker TBC

Session Chair:

Nick Eyre

Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford. He is currently Director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), which is UK Research and Innovation’s major centre for research on energy use. He is an acting Co-Director of Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford, The ZERO Institute. Nick was a member of the team that wrote the first UK cabinet briefing on climate mitigation in 1989 and he has been a Lead Author and Review Editor in the last two cycles of the IPCC Mitigation Report. He is also scientific advisor on climate change to Oxford City Council.


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