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The SSN conference took place on Tuesday 3rd November.  Thank you to everyone to who took part in the event.


SSN Conference speaker videos and presentations are now online.


About the Conference:


This year’s SSN Conference Beyond Paris: Climate Change, Systems Change and the Public Sector locates itself within the sub-national, national and international context of current challenges around action on climate change.  It will outline and explore the challenges ahead and the implications for Scottish public sector leadership, policy, partnership and performance.  How does Scotland move beyond the low-hanging fruit and achieve meaningful progress on climate action? How will public sector organisations operate in a carbon constrained world, or how will they need to adapt to an increasingly chaotic and dangerous level of climate change? What opportunities and challenges arise from these scenarios, and how do sub-nation-state public sector bodies respond effectively?


For the first time, the conference takes place in Glasgow, at the new Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre on Tuesday the 3rd of November 2015.  The conference, supported by Glasgow City Council, is part of the Glasgow Year of Green and will highlight the work taking place in Glasgow by public sector organisations, community groups, charitable organisations, and businesses that are working together in the city to transform Glasgow into an exemplar of regional sustainable development.


The conference will be opened with an address by Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Leader of Glasgow City Council.  Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, will deliver the morning keynote presentation.  The morning session will also feature input from the Chief Executive of SEPA, Terry A’Hearn.  A civic reception, hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, will provide an extra networking opportunity for delegates and SSN stakeholders at the end of the conference.


The programme has been designed for SSN Members and their colleagues who play key roles in improving public sector action on climate change. The 2015 conference will also be of interest to all those involved in the development of Scotland’s climate ambitions beyond 2015. Can you contribute thoughts and ideas to the narrative around systems change, innovation and momentum in the public sector? Interested in locating yourself and your organisation in the ‘bigger picture’, both international and closer to home? Keen to improve dialogue with the key climate change professionals in Scotland’s public sector organisations. You will benefit from this event.