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Priestley Centre for Climate Futures: launch celebration

Thursday 20 June 2024, 16:00 - 18:30 (drop in anytime)
University of Leeds

As the Priestley Centre steps into a new era, with an expanded team and extended offer, we’re gathering people from across business, policy, civil society and the University of Leeds community to celebrate the research initiatives, innovations and collaborations that are driving climate action across the region, the nation, and the world. 

Join us for an opportunity to meet the experts behind the research, get hands on with some of the climate innovations, and find out more about key collaborations and how you can get involved.

The celebration showcase will be open between 16:00 and 18:30. You are welcome to join us for the whole event, or pop in when you can. Short speeches and prizegiving will take place at 16:35. Light refreshments will be provided throughout. 

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The event will showcase a broad range of climate initiatives, arranged across several event zones:

Water, water everywhere  

  • Ice Club: a virtual reality experience
  • Seas of change: how changing cold oceans and the ocean floor affects our future
  • West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme
  • Wetropolis Flood Investigator: visualising extreme flooding events

Climate creatives  

  • Gaia giant puppetry performance
  • The Piano is an environment
  • Dreams of a Low Carbon Future: a live painting
  • Poetry corner: featuring work by Simon Armitage, Kate Simpson and Matthew Howard

Risk, resilience and adaptation  

  • UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment Hazard and Vulnerability Explorer Tool
  • Creative Approaches to Building Inclusive and Climate Resilient Cities in Indonesia and Uganda
  • An ethnoclimatology of climate risk

Imagining futures 

  • Envisioning Tomorrow – Climate Stories from the Art Collection: A Collaborative Book
  • Speculative Visions

Regional climate action  

  • Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission
  • Engagement & Outreach at the University of Leeds

Climate Plan corridor  

  • Climate Action Training
  • Gair Wood
  • Geosolutions Leeds – Geothermal showcase
  • Meet the University of Leeds Sustainability Service

Delivering on decarbonisation  

  • Next Generation Carbon Capture
  • Sustainable flowers – Sammie’s flowers
  • Encouraging the Use of Sustainable Transport through Inclusive Design

Food on the first floor 

  • Feel for Food – understanding mouthfeel to design sustainable protein
  • Global Food and Environment Institute
  • University of Leeds Research Farm
  • Untangling cell walls for future climate-resilient crops and the bioeconomy

Fresh from the UN climate conference  

  • Empowering the Eco-Anxious
  • Indicators of Global Climate Change


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