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COP26 - Face the Facts

Meet some of Scotland’s leading climate researchers talking about their work in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties COP26 in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Science Advisory Council and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, are collaborating to help highlight Scottish research and science and its contribution to understanding and tackling climate change. A broad range of researchers and practitioners in Scotland whose work relates to the Earth’s climate are being interviewed and we will publish new videos every month in the lead up to COP26.

April 2021

Video 10 – Professor Pete Smith

Pete Smith is Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange). His interests include climate change mitigation, soils, agriculture, food systems, ecosystem services and modelling.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the European Science Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

Video 9 – Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer FRSE

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI is Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University. Mercedes is leading the development of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) to accelerate the decarbonisation of industrial clusters.

March 2021

Video 8 – Dr Thomas Farrugia

Dr Thomas Farrugia is Founder and CEO of Beta Bugs Limited, the insect genetics company, which he established in 2017. The company, headquartered at Easter Bush Campus, develops and distributes high-performance breeds of Black Soldier Fly for the insects-as-feed industry.

Video 7 – Dr Roxane Andersen

Dr Roxane Andersen is a Senior Research Fellow leading peatland research at the University of the Highlands and Islands from the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso, Scotland. As a member of Scotland’s National Peatland Group, Dr Andersen also supports the implementation of Scotland’s National Peatland Plan and its ambition to restore and protect peatlands for future generations.

February 2021

Video 6 – Dr Daniel Barreto

Dr Daniel Barreto is a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. He is also the Head of the Research Centre for Civil Engineering and a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. He completed his first degree in Civil Engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) in 2003.

Video 5 – Dr Lorna Dawson CBE, FRSE, FRSA

Professor Lorna Dawson is Head of the Soil Forensics Group within the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute and honorary professor in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, and is SEFARI Advisor on the Scottish Government‘s (RESAS) strategic research programme 2016-2021.

January 2021

Video 4 – Dr Hermione Cockburn OBE FRSE FRSGS

Hermione is Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s science centre dedicated to environmental science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Video 3 – Dr Leslie Mabon

Dr Leslie Mabon is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands. He is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and a Future Earth Coasts Fellow.

December 2020

Video 2 – Dr Sandro Carnicelli

Dr Sandro Carnicelli is the Marketing, Events and Tourism Unit Leader at the University of the West of Scotland, UK and is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).

Video 1 – Professor E Marian Scott OBE FRSE

Marian is Professor of Environmental Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow; an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), a chartered statistician of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and a member of the SSAC.