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The theme of this year's Environmental Intelligence conference is 'Beyond COP26: The Road to Net Zero'.

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Date: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 December 2021

Location: Online

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Please register using the green ‘register’ link on this page.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact: research-events@exeter.ac.uk.

Overview

The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI) is a collaboration between the Met Office and the University of Exeter providing the expertise, skills, and capability to fully utilise Al in order to address challenges facing society, including climate change.

The JCEEI pioneers the use of Environmental Intelligence to provide the meaningful insight needed to inform decision-making and improve risk management, leading us towards a sustainable interaction with the natural environment and delivery of Net Zero.

The theme of this year's conference is 'Beyond COP26: The Road to Net Zero'.

Join us for an exciting line-up of speakers who will showcase their work using transformative technologies to support the UK's Net Zero ambitions, as well as a session exploring opportunities to engage with, and support, the next generation of environmental and data scientists ('El Next Generation'). The Directors of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence will be your hosts for this two day conference:

Dr Kirstine Dale - Principal Fellow for Data Sciences / Co-Director for Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.

Professor Gavin Shaddick - Chair of Data Science and Statistics at the University of Exeter and Co-Director of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.

The programme will include 6 sessions – each with a range of speakers and a Q&A.

The 6 sessions will be:

• Session 1: Harnessing Transformative Technologies achieve Net Zero

• Session 2: Harnessing Open Science to achieve Net Zero

• Session 3: Harnessing Science in Practise to deliver Net Zero

• Session 4: Harnessing AI to achieve Net Zero

• Session 5: Building interdisciplinary communities to deliver Net Zero

• Session 6: Working with EI Next Generation to deliver Net Zero

Schedule and Speakers

Day One: 16 December 2021, 12:30-17:00

12:30 - 12:40: Welcome

12:40 - 13:10: Opening address

  • Professor Paul Monks - Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

13:10 - 13:20: Introduction

13:20 - 14:10: Session 1 - Harnessing Transformative Technologies to achieve Net Zero

14:10 - 14:20: Break

14:20 - 15:10: Session 2 - Harnessing Open Science to achieve Net Zero

  • Lisa Allen - Head of Consultancy for Data Programmes, Open Data Institute
  • Professor Sabina Leonelli – Professor of Philosophy and History of Science in the Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Department, University of Exeter and Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • Theo McCaie - Head of Informatics Lab and Technical Lead for Data Science, Met Office
  • Ag Stephens - Head of Partnerships, Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)

15:10 - 15:20: Break

15:20 - 16:10: Session 3 - Harnessing Science in Practise to deliver Net Zero

  • Professor Jason A. Lowe OBE - Principal Fellow and Head of Climate Services for Government, Met Office, UK and Chair in interdisciplinary climate research, Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr Ajay Gambhir - Senior Research Fellow at the Imperial College London Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
  • Dr Andy Wiltshire - Head of Earth System Mitigation Science, Met Office
  • Professor Anna Korre – Co-Director of the energy futures lab and Professor of Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science and Engineering

16:10 - 16:50: Poster session

16:50 - 17:00: Wrap-up & close

Day Two: 17 December 2021, 09:30 - 13:00

09:30 - 09:50: Introduction

09:50 - 10:40: Session 4 - Harnessing AI to achieve Net Zero

  • Professor Gavin Shaddick - Chair of Data Science and Statistics at the University of Exeter and Co-Director of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence
  • Professor Mark Girolami – Chief Scientist, The Alan Turing Institute
  • Dr. Scott Hosking – Environmental Data Scientist, Co-Leader of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Senior Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute
  • Professor David Topping - School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

10:40 - 10:50: Break

10:50 - 11:40: Session 5 - Building interdisciplinary communities to deliver Net Zero

11:40 - 11:50: Break

11:50 –12:40: Session 6 - Working with EI Next Generation to deliver Net Zero

  • Felicity Liggins - Education Outreach Manager, Met Office
  • Stuart Allen – Teacher of Maths and Lead Teacher for UCAS at the Exeter Maths School
  • Eliza Duncan - Postgraduate Researcher, UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence, University of Exeter
  • Rob Passmore – Biosphere Foundation Commercial Lead & Smarter Carbon CEO/Co-Founder

12:40 - 13:00: Wrap-up & close

Poster submissions

There will be on-line poster sessions with opportunities for Q&A. These will take place on both days.

Participants are invited to submit poster abstracts for consideration by the organising committee.

If you wish to submit an abstract, please register and provide us with details of your poster by Friday 19 November.

All posters will be aligned to the conference sessions:

  • Harnessing Transformative Technologies to achieve Net Zero
  • Harnessing Open Science to achieve Net Zero
  • Harnessing Science in Practise to deliver Net Zero
  • Harnessing AI to achieve Net Zero
  • Building interdisciplinary communities to deliver Net Zero
  • Working with EI Next Generation to deliver Net Zero

If your poster is confirmed for inclusion, the deadline for submissions will be Wednesday 8 December, as the posters will be made available to participants prior to the event.

You will also be invited to attend a Q&A as part of this session.

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The Met Office and University of Exeter are committed to enabling events, both in-person and virtual, at which everyone can participate in a respectful, inclusive and safe environment, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof). We invite all participants to help towards creating a safe and positive experience for everyone.

We expect all participants to behave with integrity, respect and consideration towards all participants attending or involved with the event. We encourage the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all participants.

We ask all participants to avoid harassing or hostile conduct or commentary (e.g. based on gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion, or other protected category).

If you feel that you are being or have been harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, please contact the event organiser by emailing research-events@exeter.ac.uk.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form and all reports of harassment will be treated seriously.

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