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Climate Action in Higher Education

From ambition to reality: Higher Education’s role in realising COP26.


How can students, staff, and policy makers practically and adequately approach the problem of climate change?

Following COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 we are bringing together students, staff and policy makers from the UK and the Netherlands for an international panel discussion. The discussion will serve as an opening to the dialogue between Dutch and British Higher Education institutes on climate action and how the higher education field can turn its ambitions into reality. You’ll hear perspectives from the UK and the Netherlands, from students, young professionals, climate activists and Higher Education institutes.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Sandor Gaastra, Director General Climate and Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
  • Dr Ria Dunkley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Sustainability at the University of Glasgow and Climate Ambassador during COP26
  • Tim van Hattum, Programme Leader Green Climate Solutions at Wageningen University and Research
  • René van Hell, Director for Inclusive Green Growth, Ambassador for Sustainable Development and Arctic Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Jouja Maamri, Director of Climate Philanthropy at Impatience Earth and UK Delegate to the G7 Youth Summit
  • Tiffanie Septier, Executive Board Member Students for Tomorrow (Studenten voor Morgen)
  • Josh Tregale, Climate activist and Coordinator Mock COP26
  • Sofie de Wit, Junior Policy Officer – Department of Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands

The interactive panel discussion will be moderated by Aniek Moonen, Chair Dutch Youth Climate Movement (Jonge Klimaatbeweging).

Climate Action in Higher Education is a partnership between the British Council Netherlands, British Embassy The Hague and TivoliVredenburg.