ESRC Seminar Series CASCADE-NET: Civil Agency, Society and Climate Adaptation to Weather Extremes



Seminar 4

Civil Society, risk and climate change: science, creative communication & exchange

16th May 2018


UWE, Bristol

Co-hosted by Climate Outreach, the Science Communication Unit and Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Room 5X101 Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford, BS16 1QY.

For further information about the aims of CASCADE-NET see:



The day will include a mix of provocative presentations followed by facilitated discussion exploring questions including:

1. What are the challenges and constraints of communicating about climate change and extreme weather (e.g. challenges of communicating complexity)

2. How might creative arts approaches be employed to open discussions about climate change and extreme weather?

3. How could arts, science and community work together to build resilience?



10.00 Registration and coffee
10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10:40 Key Note –Don’t Leave it to the Poet:7 Creative Climate Trends

Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle

11:30 Challenges of extremes: Communicating complexity and risk in a changing climate

  • Adam Corner, Climate Outreach
  • Amanda Colbourne, We The Curious
  • Natalie Garrett, MET Office
12.30 Engaging with extremes: creative provocations (Part 1)

  • Poetry-Sam Illingworth, Manchester Met University
  • Digital stories –Lyndsey Bakewell (Loughborough University) & Liz Roberts (UWE)
13.00 Networking Lunch
13.45 Engaging with extremes: creative provocations (Part 2)

  • ClairCity Citizen Engagement –Corra Boushel (UWE)
  • Deep Mapping –Luci Gorell Barnes (Artist)
  • Rising Ape Collective –Antony Poveda & David Judge
15.00 Key note 2 -Stuart Capstick, Cardiff University (Psychology and climate change: from one extreme to another)
15.50 Closing remarks -Emma Weitkamp, UWE Bristol Science Communication Unit
16.30 Close

Who should come and how to register?

The organisers welcome diverse contributors to the lively engagement and debate: including civil society/ NGOs, academic researchers of different disciplines, government, and practitioners from different agencies and business.

The event is free but registration is required by Tuesday 8thMay 2018. Note that places are limited and you are encouraged to register early.

Register here: Workshop Registration Link

For details about location:

If you require parking or have any dietary requirements please contact

Travel Bursaries

For Early Career Researchers (e.g. PhD student; postdoctoral researcher) and Civic Society organisations: Please note there are a number of travel bursaries which are being sharedout across the nine CASCADE-NET seminars. If you would like to apply for up to £80 towards your travel costs, please email