The COP Climate Action Studio (COP CAS) enables doctoral students to remotely participate in the annual UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Conference of Parties in real time. It enables doctoral students to remotely engage and virtually immerse themselves in COP – the most significant yearly event in the climate policy calendar. As well as hosting international negotiations for climate policy, it is also the venue for a range of policy, practice and research discussions around climate change, and for activists and lobby groups to gain public attention.
This programme is a partnership between the SCENARIO Doctoral Training Centre and the Walker Institute, and is open to SCENARIO Doctoral students, as well as Postgraduate students at the University of Reading.
During the COP period, students work in small groups to attend different sessions remotely, as well as interviewing key people, and writing blogs about their thoughts and experiences. They are supported throughout the process by a research communications professional.
COP CAS facilitates the development of key skills surrounding interdisciplinary working, and provide direct experience of how researchers can successfully engage with other stakeholders. Participation provides students with exposure to the latest ideas in policy and practice, enhancing their abilities to work with users of research.
I very much enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you very much for making COP CAS an amazing experience! COP CAS was very well run, organised and provided a great creative atmosphere
I really felt like being at COP sometimes even if [I was, in fact] in Reading.
This has made me much more aware of interdisciplinary perspectives towards climate change and that my view of climate change is very westernised and completely different to people from developing countries
I learnt about interviewing skills and was able to gain awareness of my own strengths and weakness. I engaged and connected with many people in relevant fields and enjoyed being exposed to different ways of thinking and approaching the issues I am interested in.
I got exposed to so many people, ideas, perspectives that have been worth 1 years of individual reading online.
I was at COP23 on my own but I felt more involved at COP24 because of the team at the Studio. Having interesting conversations in the Studio, preparing and doing interviews, writing pieces made me way more involved with COP than just participating at Side Events.