SCOTLAND BEYOND NET ZERO AT DYNAMIC EARTH

Published On: 9th February, 2024

Dynamic Earth hosts launch of a new collaboration between Scotland’s universities to tackle the climate emergency.

When the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition, Mairi McAllan MSP, is in the same room as the Principals and Vice-Chancellors of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, you just know that something important is happening!

On Tuesday 23rd January more than 120 guests from across academia, business, government and public life in Scotland gathered at Dynamic Earth for the official launch of a new research-led initiative designed to improve how we deal with climate emergency. Led by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, Scotland Beyond Net Zero is a collaboration across higher education in Scotland that will use the nation’s research power to tackle the global climate emergency and ensure Scotland is a global frontrunner in effective change.

Pictured (left to right): Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow; Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition, Mairi McAllan MSP; Prof Sir Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Edinburgh; Prof Christine Boswell Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) The University of Edinburgh; Prof Chris Pearce Vice Principal (Research & Knowledge Exchange) at University of Glasgow; Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth.

The speakers emphasised the value of evidence-based research to support innovation and development of policy to meet our responsibilities for the planet and its citizens. Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director of Dynamic Earth, who compered the event, said “Dynamic Earth is all about empowering people with understanding and empathy for the planet, and combined with new research initiatives like this, I believe we really can drive forward the pace and scale of the changes needed to deliver a sustainable future.  I’m so pleased that Dynamic Earth was able to host and support the launch of such a significant collaboration”.

The roaring wind from Storm Jocelyn on the night did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd but did serve as a useful reminder of the type of weather events that will become more frequent with climate change.