Webinar: The role of academia in COP26 - integrating experts with industry & government

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As the UK prepares to host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the government is outlining its ambitions for the domestic climate and environment policy agenda. Collaboration across the sectors will be vital to ensuring that the framework put in place is robust; utilising evidence-based targets, while drawing from both industry insights and academic research.

WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from a cross-sector panel of experts to discuss how the expertise coming out of the UK's academic institutions can be best integrated into policymaking and industry developments, during this pivotal year and moving forward. 

By joining you will:

  • Gain an understanding of how academia can be integrated with policy and decision-making across the public and private sectors. 
  • Hear about the work of the COP26 Universities Network, and how they are working to ensure climate policies across the world remain on track for net-zero by 2050.
  • Learn how the UK can utilise COP26 to enhance research and innovation around the UK's leading green industrial sector.
  • Alyssa Gilbert

    Director of Policy and Translation

    Imperial College London

    Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute - Climate change and the Environment at Imperial College London where she connects relevant research across the university with policy-makers and businesses. Prior to joining the university, she worked at the specialist energy and climate consultancy Ecofys for over 12 years on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation policy areas. She worked with government clients at the international level, in the UK and for other national governments. She is also a member of NERC’s Advisory network. Alyssa has also worked as a researcher for the Deputy Mayor of London and as a journalist on Environmental Policy in Brussels. Alyssa has a degree in Natural Sciences.

  • Rhona Turnbull

    Climate, Environment & Emerging Issues Lead


    Climate, Environment and Emerging Issues Lead at NatWest Group. With over 14 years’ experience, Rhona is responsible for leading the bank’s Paris Alignment project which aims to half the climate impact of the banks financing activity and achieve Paris alignment by 2030 and net zero by 2050. She also represents the bank on collaborative working groups on emerging environmental and climate issues and leads engagement with NGO and civil society on these topics.

  • Pauline Metivier

    Head of Business Transformation and Sector Support

    ReLondon (formerly LWARB)

    Pauline is a circular economy expert, with extensive experience of collaboration between industry players, public bodies, and academia. She currently leads ReLondon’s business transformation and sector specific support team. With her team, she provides advice and grants to London SMEs, supporting their circular transition and amplifying the reach of circular businesses. She also supports specific sectors such as the built environment and the food supply chain, through collaborative projects which deliver research and demonstration works.


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