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SMART Climate Action: Inclusive Youth Engagement & Sensing & 5G Technology

SMART Climate Action: Inclusive Youth Engagement & Sensing & 5G Technology

Date: Tuesday 09 November 2021
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Hunter Halls, Gilbert Scott Building
Category: COP26 Physical
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/smart-climate-action-inclusive-youth-engagement-sensing-5g-technology-tickets-179792774027

SMART Climate Action is a public engagement event, which offers an exciting opportunity for children and young people and the public to have a hands-on, interactive experience to explore cutting-edge sensors and 5G technologies that contribute to cutting carbon emissions and adaptations to climate change, during the COP 26 in Glasgow in Nov 2021.

You will be guided to reflect on the role of technology, youth participation, digital inclusion/exclusion, and Scotland’s place in the global response and resilience to the climate emergency through an interactive installation.

As attendees, you will engage with themes of climate action, inclusive transition to Net Zero, and energy use through interaction and engagement with state-of-the-art sensing and 5G technologies developed in Scotland and UofG.

What will I get to do? 

The installation involves:

1. A demonstration of a Persuasive Energy Conscious Network (PECN) – allowing you to evaluate the feasibility of using sensing technologies, supported by 5G, to influence user behaviour and shift patterns of energy consumption.

2. Streaming interactive digital content: pre-recorded messages by young people, policymakers/industry, and real-world applications of sensing and 5G technologies from research, and live feedback of attendees’ self-reflection.

3. Social media engagement: in the lead-up to COP26 & throughout FoSS, to engage young people in dialogues with local, regional, national, and international stakeholders on adapting to impacts of climate change and the role technology plays.

By attending this exhibition, you will benefit from a greater awareness of the opportunities afforded by technology and reflect on challenges of Net Zero in energy strategies, digital exclusion, and reducing reliance on fossil fuel generators in rural/high-poverty areas and so-called Global South.

The event is led by a cross-disciplinary team at the University of Glasgow: Dr. Mark Wong [Urban Studies], Dr. Claire Bynner [Education], Prof. Catherine Lido and Dr. Justine Gangneux [Urban Big Data Centre], Prof. Muhammad Imran and Prof. Jonathan Cooper [Science & Engineering/Communications Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group and Scotland 5G Centre].

This event is also part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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