The United Kingdom (UK) will host the twenty-sixth United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. The climate talks will bring together over 30,000 delegates, including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The challenge is significant and we must hence rise to it in order to save the environment we all live in. The UN Climate Change process is central to that collective action.

CESAER, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), Science Europe and the University of Strathclyde share a strong commitment to boost the contributions of universities and other research performing and funding organisations to ecological, economic and social sustainability. They therefore joined forces and will co-organise a symposium in the fringe of COP 26.

In our vision, academic and research communities world-wide from universities and other research performing and funding organisations address the urgent global challenges also through realising the net-zero transition. Realising the net-zero transition concerns an enormously complex challenge requiring collaboration across all disciplines, communities, institutions and involving societies across the globe.

The symposium brings together universities, national research performing organisations and research funding organisations to look at how we collectively upgrade our ambitions, and how we can work together with non-academic partners shaping knowledgeable societies for a sustainable future.

The symposium aims to address questions about how We, universities, research funding and performing organisations, can nurture researchers, teachers, students, support staff and leaders to deal with the breadth and complexity of the net-zero transition. We aim to discuss how to transform our institutional practices, and build alliances with other actors, globally and locally.

In this context, we convene to launch a call to action based on our own commitment for the net-zero transition. This call is open to other partners, leaders and the broad public, to join efforts towards the most pressing challenge of our time, climate change.

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