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Announcement - International Universities Climate Alliance launch

Announcement - International Universities Climate Alliance launch

Climate research universities unite to accelerate action
Wednesday, April 01, 2020


An International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA) has been established to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

UNSW Sydney is facilitating the establishment of the Climate Alliance in its first year and has invited 40 of the world’s leading climate research universities to join the Alliance to date. Alliance members are to work together to identify the most effective ways to communicate research-based facts related to climate change to the public. Members will engage in work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation.

Membership comprises a global network of universities, united by their dedication to producing critical climate research. The Climate Alliance benefits from a multi-disciplinary research focus around the most important research themes to enable greater engagement with policymakers, educators and business leaders looking to apply the latest research findings to accelerate climate action.

UNSW Sydney’s President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs initiated the creation of the Climate Alliance because of the vital role universities play in advancing the science and solutions in this field, saying “This new Alliance will be at the forefront of the international conversation around addressing climate change.”

Notwithstanding current urgencies around the coronavirus pandemic, the members decided not to delay formation of the Alliance due to the pressing and ongoing need to accelerate climate action.

Professor Matthew England, academic lead of the UNSW Climate Change Grand Challenge, hopes this alliance will encourage a new era in engagement between researchers and the public; “Worldwide interest to act on climate change is strong but the pace of action has been far too slow. The Alliance aims to accelerate the global response by being a leading voice for scientifically based mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

More information about the Climate Alliance can be found at and Read more: Climate change mitigation can’t wait for Covid-19 to play out in the Times Higher Education  

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Climate Alliance Member Universities

Arizona State University

Sorbonne University

University of Leeds

California Institute of Technology

TERI School of Advanced Studies

University of Manchester

China University of Geosciences

Texas A&M University

University of Melbourne

Cornell University

Universidade de São Paulo

University of Nairobi

Delft University of Technology

University of Bern

UNSW Sydney

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

University of Bremen

University of Reading

King’s College London

University of Bristol

University of Southampton

McGill University

University of East Anglia

University of Tasmania

Monash University

University of Edinburgh

University of the South Pacific

Nanjing University

University of Exeter

University of Waikato

National University of Singapore

University of Ghana

University of Washington

New York University

University of Helsinki

Utrecht University

Oregon State University

University of Hong Kong

Penn State University

University of Illinois