Forthcoming events

In order to spark new climate conversations, we run and contribute to a wide range of public events.

Webinar: Climate, migration and media narratives. 28 October 2016, 4pm BST

This online workshop explore how the media have covered the issue of climate-linked migration. It examines new research looking at the key media players, places and issues. 
The media are a key source of information for most people about climate change and migration. It is from the media that most people form their view of this issue. The media are therefore a key opinion leader in this field. For this reason it is vital to ask how the media covers climate-linked migration. This workshop explores some of the key issues relating to the media's coverage. It looks at who the media turn to for information, how they frame their arguments and the locations they cover the most. The workshop show cases new methods for analysing and interpreting media coverage. This workshop will be of interest to anyone interested in engaging the public on climate-linked migration. 
We are also speaking at a climate, migration and media event organised by the IIED on 3 October, and running two other webinars on climate and migration topics on 10 November and 1 December.

Talk: Climate needs new pictures, Hamburg Germany, 3 November 2016

People think in pictures. They come to our minds as quickly as the words do when we speak. But why is climate change mostly illustrated on TV, on the net or in social media with sad polar bears, dark smoky chimneys, parched fields or windmills in the sunset? What understanding does the pictures that we use to communicate the causes, consequences and the solutions of this major global issue create?

To fill a gap in this research field, researchers in Britain, America and Germany tested the reactions of several target groups to different sets of pictures related to climate change issues. From this they have created visual principles to create a new and more engaging visual narrative.

On 3 November 2016, our own Dr. Adam Corner will be presenting for the first time in Germany the Climate Visuals project, discussing the results and how they can underpin a transformation in how climate change is seen. The event will take place at GERICS in Hamburg, Chilehaus.

Read the full programme here (de). Participation is free, but you must register by 18 October 2016 here. This event is organised by and the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).

Webinar: Communicating climate change and migration, 10 November 2016, 4pm GMT

This online presentation looks at some of the key issues in communicating climate-linked migration to the wider public. 
Climate-linked migration is deeply complex, and therefore create a unique communication challenge. It is vital to create compelling, tangible stories about the issue, but it is equally important not to over simplify. At the same time the issue also exists at the nexus of two of the most controversial and polarised public debate: climate change and immigration. This workshop looks at both the theory and practice of communicating climate-linked migration. 
We are also speaking at a climate, migration and media event organised by the IIED on 3 October, and running two other webinars on climate and migration topics on 28 October and 1 December.

Conference - Connecting Cognitive Science and Climate Science. London, 10-11 November 2016

This two-day interdisciplinary event will bring together experts from the cognitive science, psychology, climate science and policy-making communities, with the goal of improving accessibility to climate science evidence.

Our Senior Researcher Dr Chris Shaw will present our Climate Visuals project on Thursday 10 November at 2:30pm. Built upon research involving thousands of citizens in the UK, US and Germany during 2015, Climate Visuals is an evidence-based resource for climate change communication. The website centres on seven key principles for visual climate change communication, and contains a growing, interactive library of images to provide inspiration and guidance for journalists, campaigners, bloggers and anyone else using imagery to communicate about climate change.

Webinar: After the COP 22 climate talks: what now for climate change and migration? 1 December 2016, 4pm GMT

The climate negotiations have been a key forum for addressing climate-linked displacement. What has been achieved at this year's talks? And what progress has been made since last year? 
Last year's COP climate talks were a break through. As well as creating a global deal to reduce emissions, they also committed governments to action on human displacement linked to climate change. The COP climate talks now join a raft of other international process that have the potential to help people who are forced to move by climate impacts. This online workshop will look at what progress has been made in the year since the history agreement in Paris, and explore how these climate talks fit in with the other international processes. 
We are also speaking at a climate, migration and media event organised by the IIED on 3 October, and running two other webinars on climate and migration topics on 28 October and 10 November.

Conference: Medact - Healthy Planet, Better World - Bringing the Health community together to address our global ecological crisis. London, 9-10 December 2016

Human health is dependent on a healthy environment. The threats posed by climate change and wider environmental degradation are serious. However, these threats also present a number of opportunities for positive change.

The health community has both a mandate and a vested interest in calling for the social, political and economic actions required to drive through the necessary transformative changes in society. More importantly, their positions in society give them a massive opportunity to influence and shape the way we think and act as a global community. 

Dr Chris Shaw and Alex Randall will be speaking at the conference. Alex will focus on the relationship between conflict, migration and the environment, and Chris will explore better ways of communicating climate change.