Pre-COP26 Series

The Role of Innovation in Fighting Climate Change

Location: Online Webinar
Access: Everybody
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Join us at the Chamber for the second event of our pre-COP26 event series titled 'The Role of Innovation in Fighting Climate Change.' Brought to you in partnership with Bayer.

We will have together an expert panel consisting of Paul Monks from the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Antoine Dechezlepretre from the OECD, Alexandre Teillet from Bayer.

Each speaker will first present to the attendees and then will engage in a panel discussion with an opportunity for the attendees to put their questions to the panel.

Our experienced panel will discuss the effect that innovative thinking and policies can have in the fight against climate change. How encouraging new innovation and investment in research can be effective in increasing energy efficiency. Greater innovation can lead to green growth, and this panel will explore how.

This event forms part of our pre-COP26 event series of briefings organised in partnership with Bayer, which includes two panel debates, focused on the topics of Agriculture and Innovation. We bring different perspectives to the event to stimulate a debate on how different actors and industries can collaborate to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The series of briefings will take place before the COP26 summit in Glasgow to broaden the climate change conversation before the conference.  All panel events in the series will be moderated by former MEP Dan Dalton.

We look forward to inviting you to the Chamber for this exciting event!

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Confirmed Mr Paul Monks

Mr Paul Monks

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Professor Paul Monks is Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Prior to joining the department, he was Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester, where he remains a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science. His research experience covers the broad areas of air quality, atmospheric composition and climate change that has provided a platform for translation into diverse areas including forensic science, CBRN, microbiology and food safety, natural resource management and breathomics (breath analysis as a medical diagnostic). Paul was the Chair for 10 years of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) and Deputy Chair of the Defra Science Advisory Council, alongside roles in the UKRI-NERC advice structures. He has worked internationally as the European representative on the Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee (EPAC SSC) of the World Meteorological Organisation and ICACGP (International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution). As founding director of G-STEP (a university innovation initiative), he developed a business facing organisation with the aim of innovating using space based (EO) data to enhance the competitiveness of industry, particularly focused on SMEs.