Scotland’s Countdown
to COP26

Scotland’s Innovation Centres teamed up with The Herald on November 3, 2020 for a special, one-day, online conference to explore innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately, how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets.

‘Scotland’s Countdown to COP26’ event marked one year until COP26, the UN climate change conference that will take place in Glasgow in 2021. It will be first time a COP summit has met in the UK and will be the one of the largest events Scotland has ever hosted, so the eyes of the world will be on us.

This conference explored Scotland’s opportunity and how Scottish businesses and organisations can collaborate and respond in the run up to COP26. Opportunities exist to learn lessons from COVID-19 and take action to create a prosperous, safer, and greener world. Doing nothing is not an option: emission reductions witnessed in 2020 may just as easily rebound unless longer-term actions are established to bring lasting change.

The free, one-day conference was packed with plenary speakers, themed parallel sessions, presentations, panel discussions, Q&As, networking, and virtual exhibitions.

Event Conference Speakers / Contributors

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Kate Raworth
Economist and Author of Doughnut Economics

Peter Lacy
Chief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead

Kersti Berge
Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

Francesca Osowska
CEO, NatureScot

Dr Martin Valenti
Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

 

Paul Winstanley
CEO, CENSIS

Gillian Docherty OBE
Chief Executive Officer of The Data Lab

Stephen Good
CEO, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Councillor Susan Aitken
Leader, Glasgow City Council

Ian Marchant
CEO of Dunelm Energy, Former CEO of SSE and Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 Group

SIX THEMED AFTERNOON SESSIONS

THEME 1 – BUILT ENVIRONMENT

CSIC – Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

THEME 2 – ENERGY

Hosted by The Data Lab – Scotland’s Innovation Centre for Data and AI

THEME 3 – HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Hosted by DHI – Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and PMS-IC – Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre

THEME 4 – SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES

Hosted by IBioIC– Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

THEME 5 – SUSTAINABLE FOOD FROM LAND AND SEA

Hosted by SAIC – Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

THEME 6 – TRANSPORT

CENSIS – Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and IoT

CLOSING SPEAKERS

Dr Poonam Malik
Board Member, Scottish Enterprise; Board Level Business Consultant/Mentor; Social Entrepreneur & Investor 

Marian McNeil
CEO, Precision Medicine Scotland

Mark Bustard
CEO, IBIO

Dr Martin Valenti
Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

 

Gillian Docherty OBE
Chief Executive Officer of The Data Lab

Professor George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Heather Jones
CEO, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Stephen Good
CEO, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Paul Winstanley
CEO, CENSIS

Online Event

WHAT TO EXPECT

Scotland’s Countdown to COP26 in association with Scotland’s Innovation Centres took place on Tuesday, November 3 from 9.30am until 5pm via online event platform Hop-in.

Hop-In is an online event platform chosen to ensure you get the most out of this key On Demand Event.

CHAIR

Dr Martin Valenti
Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

 

Conference Partners

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This event has now taken place. To discuss it in more detail please do not hesitate to contact Lyndsay Wilson, Events Director by emailing Lyndsay.Wilson@newsquest.co.uk
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