How can climate models help us respond to climate change? (Discourse)

7.20pm to 8.45pm, Friday 27 March

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Price

Free for Ri Members and Ri Patrons

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Ri Young Members £7

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Standard £20

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Concession £15

Event description

In this Discourse, Vicky Pope describes what goes into a cutting-edge climate model, how it is used to provide information on how and why the climate is changing and how it might change in the future.

She will explore complete cost of solutions to the problems we face and all the aspects of the impacts, not just climate change.

This is the challenge for society – scientists, engineers and policymakers can help if they work together.

About the speaker

Prof Vicky Pope is a climate scientist specialising in climate modelling and providing science to help both governments and the general public to understand the implications of climate change.

Her work has helped to provide the information that the government and others need to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. She has also helped to encourage evidence-based decisions on diverse issues including drought and the interaction between air quality and climate change.

Her current interests are very diverse, encouraging wider appreciation and protection of the environment and improved access to science and mathematics education. She is the Chair and trustee for a number of charities and an honorary professor at University College London.

More about Discourses

Discourses are one of the Ri’s oldest and most prestigious series of talks. Since 1825, audiences in the theatre have witnessed countless mind-expanding moments, including the first public liquefaction of air by James Dewar, the announcement of the electron by JJ Thomson and over 100 lectures by Michael Faraday. In more recent times, we have had Nobel laureates, Fields medal winners, scientists, authors and artists – all from the cutting-edge of their field. Discourses are an opportunity for the best and brightest to share their work with the world.

Steeped in nearly two centuries of tradition, a Discourse is more than just a lecture. To keep the focus on the topic, presenters begin sharply at 7:30pm without introduction and we lock the speaker into a room ten minutes ahead of the start (legend has it that a speaker once tried to escape!). Some of our guests dress smartly for our Discourse events to add to this sense of occasion.

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

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Food and Drink

The Atrium cafe will be open before and after the talk. Check out the delicious menu and call 020 7670 2973 or email ri@ri.ac.uk to reserve your table.

Timing note

Please be aware that this Discourse starts at 7.30pm, but all attendees must be seated in the theatre by 7.20pm. 

The doors will open at approximately 6.45pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

Filming

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Accessibility

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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