Follow Gideon, finalist of the Frontline Programme 2018 and founder of Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM), on his and his team work on the development of a toolkit to communicate climate and environmental action using African traditional cultural values, beliefs and practices.

The 2022 Cambridge Climate Lecture Series returns in February with an exciting series of lectures and discussions that will. be streamed live online with worldclass speakers.

Please check back for further information.

With interests and achievements in fields ranging from neural networks to software for disabled users and from information theory to energy policy, David stood out as a polymath.

Within the arena of climate change he made important contributions to developing the UK's energy policy through his time as chief scientific advisor in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), but he is better known through his 2008 book: Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air.

This has been downloaded for free over half a million times and shows the limits and options for renewable energy technologies as we seek to decarbonise our societies. His ability to clearly communicate renewable energy issues is amply illustrated in the video “How many lightbulbs?”.

The inaugural CCLS 2017 lecture series occurred near to the first anniversary of David's death. Our choice of “Climate Numbers in Context” was a tribute to his achievements and inspiration within the areas of communication and social justice, as well as the idea that individual measures need to “add up” to reach an overall climate change goal.


Baroness Worthington, Peter Vis and Kelley Kizzier in a conversation on COP26, Article 6 of the Paris Climate Agreement and the actions that we, the public, can take to make a difference


Organising Committee of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

HughHunt Hugh Hunt (Chair)
Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge


Tony Eva (Secretary)
Earth scientist. Originator of the CCLS concept


Nick Breeze
Climate change journalist, podcaster

PerOlaKristensson2 Per Ola Kristensson
Lecturer at Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge

JamesSmith James Smith
Public Health doctor with interests in climate change and sustainable development

kim van daalen

Kim van Daalen
PhD Student at the University of Cambridge, studying Global Health

antoinette nestor

M. Antonieta “Antoinette” Nestor
Engagement Manager, CZ & CCRC. Associate Fellow CISDL & Associate Researcher in Law, Lucy Cavendish College.

shaun fitzgerald
Shaun Fitzgerald OBE FREng
Director, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge.

andrew harmsworth

Andrew Harmsworth
Head of Physics and Global Goals Coordinator, The Leys School, Cambridge

Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

The Annual Cambridge Climate Lecture Series takes place each Spring, aiming to interact with a Global Audience.

Launched in 2017, the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series returned in 2018 with the theme "Climate Change Is Now,” and then again in 2019 under the umbrella “Climate Change: Can We Fix It?”

Its principal aim is to increase dramatically the level of public interest and engagement on the topic of climate change. We hope that everyone will find something of interest.

We are particularly keen to interact with a younger audience who will have to deal with these issues in the decades ahead. During the 2019 series, far greater global attention was brought to the issue through “School Strikes”, in Cambridge and in many places around the world, perhaps contributing to a political “tipping point” that (at time of writing) we hope leads to accelerated action.

Our lecture format features guest speakers giving their take on a particular aspect of climate change linked to our annual theme. There will be a strong emphasis not only on the current state of our global climate, but on what possible solutions exist and on the actions we need to take.

Apart from an audience in Cambridge, we hope to reach out to many more around the world via live-streaming of events. Through the internet, you can follow events in real time. There will be opportunities for both local and online audiences to ask questions and we encourage participation on social media using the relevant hashtag, e.g. #CCLS2020.

If you are unable to join us “live” (in person, or online), we aim to upload recordings of the lectures to this website and our YouTube channel the next day. These prove to be a popular and valuable resource and we welcome comments and feedback.