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Speakers announced - Climate Change Forum

A Vision for 2050 and Implications for Action

8 September 2022

The second Royal Meteorological Society Climate Change Forum will take place on Thursday, 20 October 2022, at the Coin Street Conference Centre, London. This day-long event will draw on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Working Group reports exploring a 2050 vision for climate change and our responses to it, raising awareness and building momentum for action on climate change.

The interactive format of the day will consist of keynote lectures in the morning, a poster and networking session over lunch, and breakout sessions in the afternoon.

The morning session will focus on climate change scenarios for 2050, climate risks and adaptation, net zero emissions and implications for the buildings, transport, and food sectors. The afternoon breakouts will then delve further, exploring visions for adaptation and decarbonisation in all three sectors, considering cross-cutting issues such as technology and behaviour.

The full programme is as follows:

09.00 Registrations  

09.30 Conference Welcome  

09.35 Keynote Address: Latest on Climate Change: Overview of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report  
Prof Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London and IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair

Climate Change in the UK by 2050 

10.05 Climate Risks and Adaptation Planning 
Dr Swenja Surminski,
Managing Director Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan, Chair of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and a member of the UK's Committee on Climate Change - Adaptation Committee. She also holds a research post at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

10.30 Net Zero Planning  
Jonathan Hoare, Deputy Director – Net Zero Strategy Directorate, BEIS

10.55 Refreshments and Networking 

Sectoral Visions for 2050  

11.25 What Does Climate Change mean for the UK Food System?
Dr Pete Falloon, Climate Service Lead – Food, Farming & Natural Environment, Met Office

11.45 Transport - Adaptation and Mitigation  
Prof Jillian Anable, Chair in Transport and Energy, University of Leeds

12.05 Climate Change and the Built Environment
Dr Alice Moncaster, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Built Environment, Open University

12.25 Panel Discussion 

12.45 Introduction to the breakout sessions 

13.00 Lunch and Poster Session

14.00 Parallel breakout sessions 5.30 Refreshments and Networking 

  • Breakout 1: A Vision for Food in 2050 
  • Breakout 2: A Vision for Transport in 2050 
  • Breakout 3: A Vision for Buildings in 2050 

15.30 Refreshments and Networking 

16.00 Breakout Chairs report back to plenary 

16.30 Closing address  

16.40 Conference Close 


Register to attend Climate Change Forum