For nearly three decades the United Nations has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. At the Cabot Institute for the Environment, we contribute interdisciplinary climate change research that helps inform coordinated climate action and resolve key issues related to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

We are part of the UK Universities Climate Network (formerly known as the COP26 Universities Network), collaborating with over 80 other UK-based universities and research centres across the UK on climate change issues and galvanising research and policy briefings in the run-up to each COP. 

The Network works together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from each COP. 

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays our role in getting all players on track to deliver a low-carbon, resilient world. We aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for the COPs, for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action ourselves

Voices of COP26 artwork COP Voices artworks

Local artists are showcasing Bristol’s passion and wide-ranging expertise to combat climate change with an array of thought-provoking artwork, as COP27 progresses.

The drawings will be shared digitally during COP27 on social media at #EveryVoiceMatters and displayed in the Richmond Building at the Students’ Union, accessible to the public, from 15 to 18 November. 

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Bristol academics attending COP27

We have three academics representing the University at COP27. They are:

Dr Rachel James, Geographical Sciences 

Dr Colin Nolden, University of Bristol Law School

Dr Alix Dietzel, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

COP27 lead at the University of Bristol

Dr Alix Dietzel,

You can also contact Cabot Institute Manager Sophie Ross-Smith at

Did you know...

...we contribute to climate policymaking at a global and local level. Find out more about our contributions to the international Panel on Ciimate Change reports and how we work with local government to effect positive change to the city of Bristol.

Information for University of Bristol staff

If you are a member of the university, you can access and follow our Sharepoint site to stay up to date with what's happening internally around COP27.

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