Two women representing China at the BISA climate simulation 2022

15 universities to take part in our second annual undergraduate climate negotiation simulation

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We’re excited to announce that this year we will have 15 UK universities taking part in our undergraduate climate negotiation simulation on Wednesday 26 April. The simulation will take place in the Great Hall at Goodenough College in London.

The participating universities are:

  • Leeds
  • Westminster
  • Central Lancashire
  • Aberytswyth
  • Derby
  • Glasgow
  • Birmingham
  • Surrey
  • City, University of London
  • Manchester Metropolitan
  • Greenwich
  • Bournemouth
  • Liverpool John Moores
  • De Montfort
  • Manchester Metropolitan Business School

The climate simulation reproduces the negotiations held under the auspices of the United Nations. Students will represent one of the ‘parties’ (i.e. states) that have signed up to current international agreements on climate change (for instance, the Paris Agreement of 2015 and the Glasgow Climate Pact of 2021). The aim will be to agree upon refinements to these agreements – looking at reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the raising of climate transition finance, and agreement on a statement of principles.

The simulation provides an opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning. Students will get a taste of what it is like to participate in international bargaining and negotiation while also raising their awareness of the politics of climate change.

Professor Mark Webber, University of Birmingham and BISA President, who designed the simulation, said:

“It’s fantastic to have doubled the number of universities taking part in the simulation this year and to see universities from across the UK on the list. We’ve also secured a keynote speaker, Carne Ross, the founder of Independent Diplomat and Spokesperson for Global Solidarity, Green Party of England and Wales.”
Mark Webber

We’ll be showcasing student preparations prior to the event, and we’ll keep you up to date on all the action live via Twitter on the day using the hashtag #ClimateSim.

In the meantime, you can take a look at our short highlights video from the 2022 inaugural event held in Birmingham.