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Climate Change and the EU: From Evidence to Action

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences warmly invites you to the fourth event in the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe:

Climate Change and the EU: From Evidence to Action

hosted online by CIVICA member Sciences Po.

Prior to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Sciences Po will host a conversation between students, researchers and contributors from all over Europe on the impact of climate change on local communities. They will discuss the regional, national and international proposals to mitigate and adapt to climate realities.

We have asked students from across the CIVICA alliance to share their opinions about their countries’ strengths and weaknesses in tackling climate change and the role of the EU in this global struggle.

Based on their testimonials, researchers will provide context for the current challenges posed by climate change, analyse possible outcomes for the COP26 conference, and discuss the future of climate action with the public.  

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Carola Klöck is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po’s Centre for International Research (CERI). Her work examines the politics of climate change negotiations, climate adaptation, and adaptation, all with a particular focus on small island states. She holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, and held positions at the Universities of Gothenburg, Antwerp and Göttingen before joining Sciences Po.



Sebastian Levi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Sustainability of the Hertie School, conducting research on climate politics and public attitudes. Before joining the Hertie School, he completed a PhD in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, and worked as a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University. In his research, he examines public attitudes on different climate policy instruments, the capacities of political institutions to organise emission neutrality, and the degree to which political environments shape public opinion across different countries.


László Pintér is Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University in Austria. He is also Senior Fellow and former Director of the Measurement and Assessment program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Canada. Pintér has been working on sustainable development indicators and strategies, integrated assessments, sustainability reporting and global outlooks for nearly three decades. He contributed, among others, to the negotiation of the sustainable development goals and conducts research on downscaling their implementation to the regional and local levels.



Swenja Surminski is Deputy Director and Head of Adaptation Research at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science, overseeing social science research projects on climate adaptation, disaster risk finance with a focus on insurance, and Loss and Damage of climate change. She is a contributing author to the IPCC and the EU Science for Disaster Risk Management Report, and lead author of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. Surminski works closely with industry and policymakers, and regularly provides consulting services to public and private institutions.




Dalal Mawad is an independent award-winning journalist. She is currently freelancing as a senior producer for CNN in Paris and teaching a class in video journalism at Sciences Po. She worked for two years as a Senior Producer and Correspondent with the Associated Press. She is the winner of the Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press in 2020. Mawad has previously worked as a Regional Video Producer for the United Nations Refugee Agency, and as an on-air reporter with LBCI, a Lebanese broadcaster. 


In the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe, researchers from CIVICA universities present their recent findings and interrogations on timely topics to the general public. The series aims to strengthen citizens' knowledge base and to facilitate a direct dialogue between social science researchers and the wider society. 

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Selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities, CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty members.
CIVICA’s members are: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), European University Institute (Intergovernmental), Hertie School (Germany), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (United Kingdom)
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