Climate Exp0 is the first conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS), working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).


Supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press, and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), Climate Exp0 is part of the official All4Climate Pre-COP programme and will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant international research relevant to decisions being made at COP26 in November around five key themes.

Free to attend and open to all, Climate Exp0 will harness the power of virtual collaboration to maximise inclusivity and accessibility while minimising environmental impact and carbon footprint – providing a global stage at which policymakers, academics, practitioners, students and members of the public can gather together to collaborate, share and debate climate change science and policy.

All of our sessions are available to view on-demand; along with our Poster Hall and Media Libraries. 


About the COP26 Universities Network

The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays its role in delivering a successful COP26, getting all players on track to deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world. They aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action.


About RUS

The Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS) is the first experience of coordination and sharing between all Italian universities committed to the topic of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. 

The main goal of RUS is to spread the culture of sustainability, both within and outside the Universities, sharing skills and experiences, with the aim of increasing the positive impact in terms of environmental, ethical, social and economic actions which are currently implemented by each university, so as to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, and to strengthen the recognisability and the value of the Italian experience on an International level.

With Support from


UKRI convenes, catalyses and invests in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system. Today, the UK is at the forefront of a new, green industrial revolution. Research, innovation and partnership continue to underpin the UK’s commitment to achieve a net zero economy by 2050, respond to the challenges of climate change and live more sustainably. UKRI is enabling and supporting bold initiatives, such as Climate Exp0, in this crucial endeavour.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. Their mission is to unlock people’s potential with the best learning and research solutions. Many of their authors are at the forefront of climate and sustainability, and our publishing ranges from scientific research through to books from some of the world’s highest profile climate activists.


COP26 is the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1–12 November in Glasgow.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

All4Climate Italy 2021

All4Climate Italy 2021

All4Climate – Italy 2021encompasses the full line-up of climate events taking place in Italy this year. Its goal is simple: to make 2021 a landmark year for climate ambition. Launched by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition in collaboration with the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate and with the participation of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan, All4Climate aims to foster proactive dialogue on the challenges of the climate crisis and deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

All4Climate provides a unique opportunity for climate champions around the world to contribute directly to this September’s Pre-COP meetings in Milan as well as November’s COP26, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy.


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Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)

The Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) is the association of the state and non-state universities. Established in 1963 as a private association of Rectors, the CRUI has over time acquired an acknowledged institutional and representative role, as well as a practical capacity to influence the development of the university system through its intense activity of study and experimentation.

Programme overview

Throughout the week we will explore 5 key themes. Click on each tile to find out more.