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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FAQ

Who can Register for the event?

This event is open to everyone who has an interest in exploring innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately, how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets

Is there a deadline to register for the event?

Registration to the event can be made up until the day prior however we would encourage you to register ahead of the event to keep up to date with all event updates.

How do I access Scotland’s Countdown to COP26 online conference?

  • To access this online you need to register

What is Hop-In?

Hop-In is an online event platform chosen to ensure you get the most out of your virtual event experience. There you will find our main keynote speaker, panel discussion, live Q&A’s and the opportunity to network via 1:1 video calls and direct messaging to other attendees.

Where can I see the running order?

You can view the event running order on the online event section of this website above.

Will I be able to join the event at a different time from when it starts at 10am?

The event has a set start and end time. You will be able to join the event at any time however you may miss some of the speakers if you do. All content will be available for registered delegates on demand after the event ends.

Where can I connect with other delegates attending the online event?

You can connect with other delegates by direct messaging them, or by inviting them to a private video call.

Do I need a webcam to connect with other attendees?

You will only need a webcam if you wish to participate in networking video calls with other delegates. You will not need a webcam to direct message other delegates or to view the speaker sessions.

Do I need any software to connect with other attendees?

Hop-In is accessed via your web browser so you do not need any other software to connect with other attendees. We would recommend an up to date browser such as Chrome or Safari to access the platform.

How do I set up my profile?

During the registration and sign up process you will be asked to create your account.

How do I change my profile picture?

As you create your profile you will be asked to upload a picture, this can be changed later if required.

How do I connect LinkedIn to my profile?

When creating your profile, you will have the ability to add links to your social media channels. These include Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

I had to leave mid-way through the event, will the event be recorded?

All keynotes and breakout sessions will be recorded and available for on demand playback after the event for registered delegates.

Where can I find updates on the event?

You can find updates on the event via this dedicated event website, via heraldscotland.com and by following @IC_Scotland and @HeraldEvents

Will there be any support available should I have any questions about using the platform at the event?

During the event we will have someone on hand for any questions regarding the platform. We cannot support delegate hardware or software issue not related directly with the platform.

What do I do if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the online event or registration. Please contact Events Director, Lyndsay Wilson by emailing Lyndsay.Wilson@heraldandtimes.co.uk with all enquires.

Please feel free to use #COPcountdown to notify you will be attending this virtual event.

Contact Us

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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