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Past event: COP27 on Campus 

November 2022

During the two weeks of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, where leaders from across the globe once again gather to debate action to mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency, Brunel hosted its own series of events based around the themes of the COP27 Presidency Agenda.  

The schedule of activities was designed by students and staff associated with the BASc Global Challenges programmes, and in conjunction with the Students Union. 

As well as lively discussion on a range of topics, 2022’s programme included practical activities taking place around campus. 

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 2pm Finance An open discussion of the effect of the energy crisis on carbon reduction, with Dr Sven Fischer and Dr Gareth Dale. 
Thursday 10 November 2022 at 5pm Youth and Future Generations Join our poetry night on the theme of Youth and Future Generations
Monday 14 November 2022 at 1pm Water A talk on chalk streams and the Hillingdon aquifer with Sarah Green of the Hillingdon Green Party
Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 1pm ACE and Civil Society Join Dr Grant Peterson and Dr Mary Richards in discussion of art, activism and action for climate empowerment (ACE)
Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 1.15pm Biodiversity Take part in our miniBioBlitz, exploring biodiversity on campus
Thursday 17 November 2022 at 3pm Solutions Take part in our up-cycling workshop, to reuse and remake

Past event: COP26 on Campus 

November 2021

World leaders assembled for the UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26) in Glasgow, 31 October to 12 November 2021. The aim of the conference was to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Decisions made at this conference had implications for us all. 

Global Challenges students and staff from the BASc Global Challenges programmes as well as academics from across the university, Brunel staff and local community members, came together in lively discussion at COP26 on Campus. There were daily discussions prompted by podcast recordings made with Brunel staff, Global Challenges students and Steve Parker from Uxbridge FM. 

This took place from 3 to 11 November 2021 from 13:00–14:00 pm in Room 011 of the Heinz Wolff Building. 

The series was an open platform for discussion on campus – in person – to examine, explore and debate potential ways forward in relation to strategies to reduce greenhouse gases and create more environmentally sustainable ways of living. 

We (roughly) followed the COP26 Presidency Programme with the following themes each day:

Wednesday 3 November 2021 Finance Public and private finance for adaptation and mitigation 
Thursday 4 November 2021 Energy (podcast with Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani, Mike Gorbounov, Ben Petrovic) Transition to clean energy
Friday 5 November 2021 Youth and Public Engagement (podcast with Dr Gareth Dale) Voices of youth, and communication and education with the public
Monday 8 November 2021 Nature (podcast with Dr Trevor Hoey) Importance of nature, sustainable land use and global action for clean recovery
Monday 8 November 2021  Adaptation, Loss and Damage Practical solutions to adapt and address CC impacts
Tuesday 9 November 2021 Gender (podcast with Dr Sara de Benedictus) Gender equality and participation of women and girls
Wednesday 10 November 2021 Transport (podcast with Dr Xinjan Wang) Zero-emission transport
Thursday 11 November 2021 Cities, Regions & Built Environment (podcast with Dr Harjit Singh, Dr Anurag Pramanik, Dr Anshul Paneri) Action where we live and then to a national level



Past event: Brunel Climate Change Symposium

Wednesday 20 October 2021

A symposium showcasing Brunel University London's critical research tackling climate change challenges.

As world leaders prepared for the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26) to urgently tackle the complex issues facing the planet due to increasing climate change and global challenges, Brunel University London presented a variety of lively and brief online presentations showcasing some of the solution-led, world-class research being undertaken across the University dealing with the Biosphere, Societies, and Economies. 


Session 1, 10am BST; Chair: Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost (Research) 

Energy Security and Sustainability: What are the Risks?

Dr Colin Axon, Senior Lecturer – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Is the service industry really low-carbon?

Dr Simon Roberts, Honorary Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Food, Plastic and Climate: How they interplay?

Dr Manoj Dora, Reader – Operations Management

Science Education for Sustainability

Professor Mike Watts, Professor of Education


Session 2, 11am BST; Chair: Professor Trevor Hoey, Vice Provost (International & Academic Partnership) 

Compound Hydrological Risk Analysis under Climate Change

Dr Yurui Fan, Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering

Valorisation of UK Biomass Combustion Residue in Post-combustion Carbon Capture

Dr Salman Masoudi, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Population Impacts of Climate Change

Dr Ariana Zeka, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences

Is the impact of climate change on agriculture increasing human exposure to harmful chemicals?

Dr Sibylle Ermler, Research Fellow – Environmental Sciences


Session 3, 12pm BST; Chair: Professor Justin Fisher, Director of Policy Unit and Professor of Political Sciences 

Economic Growth and Degrowth: Logics, Ideologies, Dilemmas

Dr Gareth Dale, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Domestic Cooking Fuels in India's Industrial Coal Belt 

Dr Devanshi Chanchani, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Resilience Assessment of Transport Infrastructure Exposed to Climatic Hazards

Dr Sotirios Argyroudis, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Infrastructure Engineering

Sustainable materials for Engineering applications

Christina Webb, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Session 4, 1pm BST; Chair: Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost (Research) 

Risk, Inequality and Knowledge Exchange: Bridging the Climate Chasm

Dr Shona Koren Paterson, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Approaches to iItegrate sustainability in food systems

Dr Ximena Schmidt, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Decarbonation of Food Manufacturing Sector

Dr Valentina Stojceska, Reader in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Future and urban weather files for building energy performance modelling

Professor Maria Kolokotroni, Associate Dean for Engineering & Design


Session 5, 2pm BST; Chair: Professor Trevor Hoey, Vice Provost (International & Academic Partnership)

Demonstration of African Indigenous Knowledge Digital Platform for Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Food System 

Dr Steven Sam, Research Fellow II- Global Challenges 

Integrated assessment of cross-sectoral interactions and potential synergies and trade-offs: Implications for sustainability

Dr Abiy Kebede, Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering

Navigating the complex dynamics of virtual, 'reciprocal', and sustainable knowledge exchange: community, students, researchers.

Dr Mary Richards, Reader/Programme Director BASc Global Challenges