Social Responsibility and Sustainability

COP 26 and the University of Edinburgh

COP 26 - a global conference that tackles the climate crisis - is coming to Glasgow. Find out how the University is contributing and how you can get involved.

April 2020 update: Please note the COP26 conference has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. 

When the UN announces new dates for the conference, the University will refocus its efforts towards the new timescale. 

"It will be more important than ever that nations, organisations and individuals ensure COP26 is a success by committing to appropriate global action on climate change." - Professor Sandy Tudhope, University Lead on Climate Responsibility and Sustainability


“COP 26” is a major United Nations climate change summit taking place in Glasgow from 9 - 19 November 2020 under the presidency of the UK government. Named the “26th session of the Conference of the Parties” – shortened to COP 26  – the conference is an important place for countries to come together to discuss how climate change will be tackled and to agree global and national targets.

The University of Edinburgh has been an official observer organisation for the climate COPs since COP 15 in 2009. 

On these pages you can find out more about COP 26, the University’s involvement, upcoming events and how you can get invovled. You can also follow the University's involvement in COP 26 using the hashtag #EdinUniCOP26 on social media.

What is COP 26?

Find out what COP 26 is and why it’s important, both globally and locally.

The University of Edinburgh at COP 26

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Find out how the University of Edinburgh will contribute to COP 26, building on our contributions to previous COPs.


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Find out what events are happening on the University campus and beyond related to COP 26.

Attend COP 26

As an official observer organisation, the University will receive a limited number of observer passes. Find out how to apply, or tell us that you’re attending.

COP 26 resources

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A collection of webinars, blogs and activities created by the University in the run up to COP 26.