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The 2022 Global University Climate Forum will build on a series of student workshops hosted by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Previous workshops included:

Copenhagen - 2009

A two-day workshop during the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) where student groups from 15 universities each submitted proposals for an ambitious-yet-achievable project to implement on their campus.


Rio de Janeiro - 2012


A one-day “competition” in 2012 in partnership with Fundação Getulio Vargas and the University of Massachusetts Boston during the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) where student teams from 19 universities on six continents offered their ideas for community-scale projects.

Paris - 2015

A one-day conference during the 2015 Paris Climate Negotiations where over 125 students from 30 universities presented their actionable world-changing ideas to a set of expert reviewers. (See the full report here)


Online - 2021


A year-long program centered around the 2021 Glasgow Climate Negotiations where nearly 600 students from 44 countries actively participated in programming while implementing their ideas and reporting on their progress. (See the final publication here)

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