1st UK Climate Services networking group

Book your place for Mesh launch: Oct 18th

Press release issued: 2nd October, 2018

A new networking community – Mesh – will launch on October 18th, to support the growth of the UK’s climate services industry, bringing together professionals at all levels for the first time.

Mesh will form a community of people with expertise in climate services through free regional networking meetings. The UK leads the world in climate services but until now there has not been a networking group providing peer to peer support, knowledge-sharing and growing contacts at every level in public, private and academic arms of the sector.

Mesh is being set up by Space4Climate, a public-private-academic partnership working collaboratively to ensure a seamless supply chain for climate data from space and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, which specialises in providing tailored adaptation solutions.

Mesh will launch with its first networking event during Green GB Week – on Thursday, October 18th, supported by the London Climate Change Partnership, at 6pm at the Royal Society of Arts, London WC2N 6EZ.

A Bristol-based event is planned for the end of January 2019, and following events will rotate around different regions of the UK.

Ben Smith, Director, Consulting Services at the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, says:  “There’s a huge amount of great work on climate services being done by UK institutions, and we felt that the opportunity to meet up more regularly, and not just at international conferences, could spark a lot of new collaborations. We hope that the events will provide the opportunity to keep up to date on the latest climate services work, meet interesting people, and lead to successful projects in the future.”

Climate services networking Mesh
Climate services network Mesh

Briony Turner, Climate Services Development Manager at Space4Climate, says: “The network welcomes everyone working in the sector from researchers and civil services to private sector and professional bodies. There is a great deal of climate expertise, innovation and leadership from an array of organisations across industry, government and academia, based in the UK and we bump into each other at conferences and exhibitions abroad. There was an informal consensus that it would be good to have a way to continue to network back in the UK to share learning and make connections across the climate services supply chain.”

Although the emphasis is on networking, Mesh will feature brief talks by guest speakers and Nick Jackson, from Defra’s Climate Adaptation Team, will be among speakers at the launch.

Register to attend the Mesh launch here https://mesh-launch.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Contacts: For further information please email Briony Turner b.d.turner@the-iea.org or call 07785 358776 or Sally Stevens s.stevens@the-iea.org or call 07740 674074.

To attend the Mesh launch: Journalists are welcome to attend the Mesh launch but must register in advance, please email Briony Turner or Sally Stevens (see above).

Note to Editors:

Space4Climate is a public-private-academic partnership of UK-based organisations involved in the seamless supply chain of climate data from satellites through to production of climate information and integration into services. The group is coordinated and hosted by the Institute for Environmental Analytics at the University of Reading. It represents over 20 organisations.  Steering Board members include the Institute for Environmental AnalyticsUK Space AgencyCGI, Telespazio VEGA UK and the National Centre for Earth Observation.

The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) is a climate adaptation consultancy based in Oxford and Bristol. GCAP is a principal provider of climate risk screening and mainstreaming services, adaptation investment and finance advice, adaptation training, and adaptation knowledge services globally.