The International Universities Climate Alliance has launched #ClimateTalks Global Festival, an ambitious, accessible student engagement program that spans the globe. From 21 September – 1 October 2021, the festival will bring together experts from various disciplines and participants with diverse lived experience.
The festival offers two weeks of virtual events staggered across time zones, giving participants an opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss vital work and guide real action to address climate change on a worldwide scale. New research will be shared and there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions in live discussions.
Students who register for the entire festival will receive a certificate of attendance that educators may use for credit in courses or assignments.
Guest speakers include representatives from the Climate Council, IBM, Delft University, UNSW Sydney, Victoria University of Wellington, Monash University, Phil & Co., New York University, the Open Air Collective, WEM Council & the University of Zurich.
IBM believes that the world’s greatest challenges can be solved through the application of Technology and Innovation. That is why we are delighted to participate in the #ClimateTalks Global Festival as part of the “guest lecture” series, sharing our work and perspectives on climate change. In particular, how technologies such as AI, hybrid cloud and quantum computing can be leveraged to combat climate change challenges.
The #Climate Talks Global Festival offers a great opportunity for students and educators to engage with like–minded people worldwide and work together on making the world a safer, more sustainable and generally better place.
Rector Magnificus Professor Tim van der Hagen, Delft University
Climate change presents the greatest challenge of our times. Universities with their ability to generate and collaborate on new ideas and evidence, must be part of the solution.
Climate Councillor Cheryl Durrant.
As part of the festival, there is also an opportunity to participate in the 2021 #ClimateTalks Global Hackathon. The Hackathon which has been designed by UNSW Sydney’s Founders Program and UNSW School of Art & Design, will address ‘Positive Communication for Climate Change’. Educators and student societies can register to run their own hackathon which will culminate with submission of a short video of their students’ best ideas. Student organisations interested in networking and collaborating with the Climate Alliance are invited to join as Climate Alliance Ambassadors.
Hackathon participants will be asked to propose an idea for communicating climate change to a specific audience to encourage action. All entries must adhere to circular economy principles. A shortlist of students with the most innovative concepts will be invited to present their ideas in a dedicated virtual event coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
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