Tyndall Assembly 2017 – Newcastle

Tyndall Assembly 2017 – Newcastle University – Draft Agenda
Climate change – Conflicts and synergies with the SDGs

Due to taking this on late, the university halls of residence were fully booked.  The Assembly fee therefore covers day and evening costs and it is up to you to decide how much to spend on accommodation.
There are many hotels to choose from, but some we suggest because of their price and/or location include:
Tune Hotel
Premier Inn, The Gate (there are other Premier Inns around the city centre)
Motel One, High Bridge
The County (directly opposite the railway station)
As noted above, the cost of registration does not include accommodation which must be arranged separately.  The registration system is live.
Monday 11 September
TECN Meeting
Responding to Climate Change: Should the Experts Decide? 
Tyndall public event debate
The issue of public distrust of experts has become a hot topic recently notably in the discussions surrounding Brexit and the US presidential election. This gives rise to serious questions about what part expertise should play in decision making and what that means for democracy. What does this mean for climate change policy? Some argue that, given the scientific consensus on climate change, policy should be driven by the experts. Others argue that the science of climate change is only a small part of the story when it comes to making decisions about, for example, energy policy. So, how much weight should be given to the views of climate scientists? How do we make the right decisions about our future?
This event, open to all, will explore these issues with a panel of speakers in conversation with the audience. Full details to follow.
Panellists (Chaired by Caspar Hewett, Lecturer in Hydrology at Newcastle University and Chair of The Great Debate):
Prof Sir Bob Watson FRS
Representative of BEIS
Representative of Newcastle University
Followed by drinks reception and bowl food
Tuesday 12 September
Times are changing. In the background of global political turmoil, actions to deliver a resilient and low-carbon future are rapidly spreading out among society, engaging all levels of government from local to international and all levels of actors from citizens to businesses. Yet we are nowhere near reaching the rapid transformations needed to support climate stabilisation and to limit the impacts of climate change.
The Paris Climate Agreement has important synergies and potential conflicts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We need to understand those synergies and conflicts in order to deliver the strongest possible outcomes for society and further our understanding of underlying and interconnected drivers.
The 2017 Assembly of the Tyndall Centre will look to renew our research scope in support of this rapid transition, and flesh out key foci areas for our 2018-2022 research strategy. What should the next five years’ or Tyndall research focus on?
Devonshire Building room G21/22
9:00     Opening session [Chair, Richard Dawson]
Welcome (Prof Phil McGowan, Director Institute for Sustainability)
Talks from invited guest speaker – 20-30mins
Ruth Fuller, WWF; Måns Nilsson, SRC; Graham Long, Newcastle
Highlights of the 2012-2017 Tyndall Research Strategy and key pillars for 2018-2022 (Corinne Le Quéré, UEA) – 15mins
Introduction to Breakout themes
3 minute introduction to themes and activities that will run through breakout groups during the Assembly:
Impacts of 1.5oC
Cities and Climate Change
Tradeoffs and synergies between climate change and the SDGs
BECCS and decarbonisation
Global Challenges Research Fund
10:30   Break with refreshments Devonshire Building room G21/22
Devonshire Building room G20/21/22/27 and Cassie Building room 1.01
11:00   Breakout 1: Building on current projects and identifying future directions
Implications of a 1.5oC future:
Differentiating climate impacts from 1.5oC to 3.0oC
Chairs: Sally Brown and Rachel Warren
Key principles of resilient urban environments to support 1.5oC living 
Chairs: Ali Ford and Mark Tebboth  
Societal and behavioural changes needed and delivered so far
Chairs: Lorraine Whitmarsh and Charlie Wilson
The need for BECCS
Chairs: Naomi Vaughan and Sarah Mander
Realism of projected decarbonisation rates across sectors (Maria Sharmina and Charlie Wilson)
12:30   Lunch Devonshire Building atrium
Devonshire Building room G21/22
13:30   Plenary session 2
Feedback from morning breakouts.
14:00 TECN Takeover
15:00 Break with refreshments Devonshire Building room G21/22
Devonshire Building room G20/21/22/27 and Cassie Building room 1.01
15:30 Breakout 2: Scoping new ideas to feed our 2018-2022 Research Strategy
Possible Topics might include
1.5oC Futures (building on the morning)
New challenges in climate research, for example:
Governance of new technologies (e.g. driverless cars) for low-carbon delivery
Financing low-carbon development
Reducing climate-induced risks of conflicts in a decarbonising world 

RCUK GCRF 2nd Collective call
17:00   Web and comms hackathon with Asher and Brett
18:00   Brief period of quiet before dinner
19:30  Tyndall Assembly Dinner at Tyne Bank Brewery
Walk or shared taxis
Fine ales from the brewery tap (they also have wine etc.)
Street food from Scream for Pizza; and Monsieur Crepe
Optional move into the City Centre for more dancing etc….
Wednesday 13 September
Devonshire Building room G20/21
08:30   Tyndall Council reconvenes early to organise Breakout 3
09:00   Plenary session 4 –
Project updates – 5 mins per project, open call
Report from previous day breakout inc. plans for next session
10:30   Coffee Devonshire Building room G20/21
Devonshire Building room G20/21/22/27 and Cassie Building room 1.01
11:00 Breakout 3: Extend from previous day
12:30   Closing session including soapbox (Corinne Le Quéré)
13:00   Assembly close
13:15   Council meeting (For Tyndall Council Members)
Devonshire Building room G20
14:45   Council finishes
Image Credit: “Newcastle Gateshead Quayside” by Ian Britton is licensed under CC BY NC 2.0

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