This event has now finished.
  • Date and time: Monday 1 November 2021, 8am to Monday 29 November 2021, 8pm
  • Location: York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street (Map)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

See the online exhibition

Even though COP26 is over, you can still explore stunning images taken in landscapes around the world where our researchers are working to tackle the impact of climate change.

Our researchers provided evidence ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to help policymakers set their net-zero carbon targets for 2050. This exhibition takes you on their research journey. It gives glimpses of our work in some of the world's most precious landscapes from the Arctic to Africa. It features the beautiful environments and communities we aim to protect as well as highlighting the harsh realities of climate change. 

Whether you’re an environmentalist, an aspiring climate change researcher or simply appreciate good photography, you will be treated to an array of inspiring and thought-provoking images.

The exhibition, running from 1 November to 29 November 2021, is free and open to all ages at the York Explore Library and Archive, in Museum Street, York. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.

Opening times:

  • Monday 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday 9am to 8pm
  • Friday 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 11am to 4pm

The exhibition will also be available online from 1 November to 29 November 2021. 

Festival of Social Science

This event forms part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, an annual celebration of the social sciences and a key element of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) commitment to promote awareness of UK social science research to new audiences. This year the festival will be held from 1 to 30 November 2021 and will feature exciting and creative events run by 34 partners.

The events shaping our world, from climate change to Brexit and coronavirus, to geopolitical tensions and civic protests, reveal how social science is more important than ever to understanding the world. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, from the personal and local, to the national and global level. The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society.

2021 will be the 19th Festival of Social Science. There will be a mix of virtual and face-to-face events, held across the UK, which will allow everyone to take part in and hear about social science research at the festival's many engaging events. For more information please visit the Festival of Social Science website.

Photo credit: David Rippin


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Contact us

David Diston
If you have any questions about the University of York's involvement please contact David Diston, our designated COP26 central contact.