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.


COP 26” is a major United Nations climate change summit taking place in Glasgow from 31 October -12 November 2021 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 on global and national targets.

University of Edinburgh researchers have played a pivotal role in informing global climate change mitigation policy for nearly two decades. Among the first to unequivocally demonstrate the link between human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, their research formed the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement.

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

If you have any questions regarding the University's involvement in COP26 or our own COP26 activities, please email

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.


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Find out the latest news from the University related to COP 26.

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.

Get involved

There are lots of ways for both students and staff to take climate action and learn more about sustainability. 

Students: climate, sustainability and you

Staff: get involved in climate & sustainability