Events

The listings below are for climate-related events across the University of Leeds.

The Priestley International Centre for Climate also runs a monthly interdisciplinary lunchtime seminar series. See Climate Exchange Seminar Series

Join us for the formal opening of the Priestley Building, the new permanent home of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. Please register here. Formalities will be conducted by University of Leeds Chancellor Professor Dame Jane Francis with the Vice Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands.  The unveiling of a specially commissioned artwork and plaque will be…
Join us on Monday 24 June 2019 for our annual Piers Sellers Prize-giving event, at which we present prizes in the name of climate scientist, astronaut, and Leeds alumnus Piers Sellers. This year’s two winners are Petra Tschakert, for her world leading contribution to solution focused climate research, and Tom Slater, a final year PhD…
Petra Tschakert, winner of the 2019 Piers Sellers prize, will share her insights and experiences of being a social scientist on the IPCC. During this seminar, Petra will reflect on six years working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as coordinating lead author, respectively, on the AR5, WGII, Chapter 13 (Livelihoods and Poverty)…
Join us to learn about the namesake of the Priestley Centre, Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), a British natural philosopher, preacher and polymath who is credited with the discovery of oxygen and conducted early experiments on the carbon cycle. The work won him the Royal Society Copley Medal, the most prestigious award of its kind. He worked…
Join comedian Gemma Arrowsmith to examine the unlikely intersection of comedy and climate change. It may appear to be the least funny thing imaginable, but could we talk about climate change more effectively if we injected a bit of humour? Or is comedy totally out of place in discussions about our warming world? Gemma has…
The Priestley Centre has brought together a network of PhD students from across the university, to share and develop their research: the Priestley Climate Scholars. Join the Scholars on Friday 28th June for a whistle-stop tour of the huge range of climate-related research that goes on at Leeds. Given just three minutes to explain their…
After 5 years with Nature Research, Lewis Collins recently left to build something new: One Earth, a journal with a purpose. In this talk, Lewis will speak of the inspiration behind and aspirations for One Earth and its initiatives, provide some insight into the inner workings at Nature Research, and shine a light on the…
This meeting will be a platform for the UK climate impacts and resilience communities to come together and hear about the latest research for a wide range of global climate impacts, including for use in risk assessments. It builds on the success of the first meeting in Bristol, by having themes that focus on key…

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Joint Priestley Centre and water@leeds & the Centre for Global Development seminar The event will be followed a refreshments reception in School of Geography foyer. Please register here if you would like to join us Title: Energy Scenarios for the Bottom Billion Professor Tami Bond, University of Illinois Tami Bond is a Professor of Environmental Engineering…
Joint ICAS / Priestley seminar Abstract Future projections of surface warming are usually made using highly complex Earth system models. However, the historic simulations from these highly complex models often show discrepancy to observed climate change, in terms of historic surface warming, historic ocean heat content and historic carbon fluxes. A key goal is therefore to develop…
How can we implement significant change, in industry, lifestyles, and society at large in order to apprehend or prepare for its effects on those most at risk? This one-day conference, held at The University of Leeds, will interrogate and respond to the meaning of ‘hostile climates’ in diverse and receptive ways, hearing from PGR/ECR scholars across the…
CCAVS seminar Abstract California loves to innovate. Faced with new challenges, or with a sense that there may be opportunity, Californians look to invent their way out of problems.  California arrived relatively late to the realization that the impacts of climate change will be critical to the State’s natural systems, economy and way of life. …
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED Joint SRI / Priestley Seminar  Abstract UK Government support for community energy was once clearly evident, with a sector specific UK strategy, a Feed In Tariff Scheme (FITS) that supported significant growth in deployment rates and various grant funding schemes. Under these conditions, the sector grew rapidly. However,…