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Queen Mary experts at COP28

From Thursday 30 November to Tuesday 12 December, COP28 will be bringing the international community together in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in search of sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

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Queen Mary at COP28
Queen Mary at COP28

At Queen Mary University of London, we are sending a team of eight experts to COP28 – who will be speaking at and attending events, and showcasing their unique research to influence policy on a range of topics.

Queen Mary experts speaking at COP28

Queen Mary experts will be speaking at the following events at COP28:

  • War, Carbon and Infrastructure: Conflict and the Military Emissions Gap
    Professor Benjamin Neimark 
    Saturday 2 December, 11:30AM to 13:00PM GMT+4 
    Blue Pavilion
  • Technology, AI and Innovation for Transformative Climate Action in Sustainable Agri-food Systems
    Dr Fernando Barrio 
    Saturday 2 December, 4:45PM to 6:15PM GMT+4 
    SE Room 7 
  • Green Digital Skills, Digitalisation and AI for Climate Action
    Dr Fernando Barrio
    Saturday 2 December, 18:00PM to 19:00PM GMT+4
    Greek Pavilion, Blue Zone
  • No Climate Justice Without Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
    Dr Heather McMullen 
    Monday 4 December, 4:45PM to 6:15PM GMT+4 
    SE Room 5 
  • Arts and Heritage as an Approach Based on the Needs of Communities in the Face of Change
    Thiago Jesus and Piratá Waurá 
    Saturday 9 December, 3:00PM to 4:00PM GMT+4 
    Resilience Hub 

For most of these events you can tune in on the UNFCCC Youtube channel here.

Meet some of the experts going to COP28

Professor Benjamin Neimark, from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “Unfortunately from Ukraine to Myanmar to now Israel and Gaza, we’re seeing the ultimate horrors of war. To say that war is bad for the environment is somewhat stating the obvious. We’re tracing the military emissions gap, which is calling for transparent reporting from governments of their overall military emissions.”

Professor Christophe Eizaguirre, from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We empower governmental and non-governmental organisations to protect endangered species by developing molecular tools that they can apply to their conservation programmes. Attending COP this year is really important to me because this is where we can really altogether work for the protection of biodiversity, improving climate and ultimately improving livelihood. I'm really hoping that COP28 will come up with very ambitious programmes that will reduce carbon emissions, and at the same time safeguard biodiversity and livelihoods.”

Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer, from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “My research is concerned with sustainable insurance solutions to the climate crisis and its impacts. At COP28 we will be seeing the results of the first global stock take. The global stock take is like a report card telling us how we are doing on achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Everyone is expecting to hear that we are not on track of meeting those goals. So my hope for COP28 is that this will galvanize decisive action from the international communities and leaders to act.”

Thiago Jesus, who works at the People’s Palace Projects, said: “At the heart of the research that we do, we work with these two communities from the Xingu Indigenous Territory – the Wauja and the Kuikuro. The Xingu is one of the most diverse indigenous territories in the whole world – but it’s also one of the main barriers to the deforestation in the south basin of the Amazon rainforest. Through our work we bring together indigenous artists, community leaders with academics and artists from around the world, and we try to think how this collaboration, how this cultural exchange can support those communities to transform their realities.”

You can see all the other experts we’re sending to COP here.

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