Conference of the Parties (COP)

We're one of only a small number of UK universities invited to observe and take part in the annual United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP)

UoS delegates at COP26

As part of our long-standing status as a registered observer for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COPs, University of Sheffield academics and students have been attending COP for a number of years to share our expertise and knowledge with global leaders. 

Our representatives at COP are available for media comment about their research and the experience of attending the conference. For more information contact the University Media Team.


In 2023, University of Sheffield representatives were present at COP28 to share our research and help contribute towards the aims of the conference. We prioritise PhD and early year researchers who have a research interest in COP as attendees, helping them to build their knowledge and understanding of global climate politics and communicate their experience back to the wider University and public audiences.


Ella Cliff, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Thomas Cowley, Office For Data Analytics
Omid Ebrahimbaysalami, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Kristin Bash, School of Medicine and Population Health
Veysel Yildiz, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Tom Wilkinson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Anajoyce S. Katabalwa, Information School
Frances Payne, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Lowenna Jones, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Tom Wood, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Dr Robert Marchand, Management School
Emily Harrison

Previous COPs

Information about our attendees and activities at previous COPs can be found here.

Our sustainability strategy

We have set the principles and direction for our sustainability strategy