Virtual Conference on climate change (COP26)

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Do you want to connect with young people from across the UK & Germany, and hear directly from climate experts and attendees of COP26? Applications are now open for our virtual youth conference!

In collaboration with the British Embassy Berlin and German Embassy London, and in the context of the UN Climate Conference COP26, UK-German Connection is holding a two-part virtual youth conference on the theme of climate change. Taking place in October and November 2021, this youth conference will focus on the role of local communities, cities, and regions in tackling the climate crisis.

What is this youth conference all about?

Recent floods, wildfires, and extreme weather conditions have shown us the urgency with which we need to address the climate crisis. Action needs to happen at national and global level, but innovative solutions – and key benefits – can also be found at a local level: in our cities, regions and communities.  These local climate actions and initiatives will be the main focus of our two conference discussions, set against the backdrop of the global climate conference.

Participants of this two-part virtual youth conference will:

  • explore the role of cities and regions in both countries in the fight against the climate crisis;
  • hear directly from Embassy climate experts and youth delegates from the COP26 conferences;
  • exchange ideas and opinions with young people from both countries, and collaborate in UK-German sustainability challenges!
  • When do the webinars take place?

    Participants will take part in two webinars as part of this virtual conference, planned for the following dates and times:

    • Webinar 1: Thursday, 21 October 2021 at 4:30pm UK time (with a focus on outcomes of the COP26 Youth Summit)
    • Webinar 2: Wednesday, 24 November at 4:30pm UK time (with a focus on outcomes of the COP26 Conference)

    Each webinar will last around 2 hours.

    You must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in both webinars. Participants who fully take part in both webinars will receive a certificate.

  • Who can apply?

    You can apply if you:

    • are aged 15-18 and in full-time secondary education OR are undertaking an apprenticeship, training, volunteer placement (within an education setting);
    • are a resident of either the UK or Germany;
    • can demonstrate an interest in the conference themes detailed above, and in discussing the topic with UK and German peers;
    • are willing and able to actively take part in all webinars (including activities, before, during and after) and contribute to the discussions and activities.

    German language skills are not required. Some German language elements will be included in the webinars but you don’t need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

    Active support from both your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) is essential.

    Please note: a maximum of three participants per institution will be selected to join the virtual conference.

  • How do I apply?
    • Complete the Application Form (on Microsoft Forms), outlining your motivation and experience.
      • you will be able to download a copy of your application answers for your own reference.
    • Your application needs to be supported by somebody who can vouch for your skills and experience, e.g. a teacher, youth group leader, mentor etc. This should be sent in the form of an email reference to youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org.

    You need to submit your application form by Monday, 4 October. We need to receive your reference (see above) by the same date. Applications will be assessed after the deadline, and we will notify you of the outcome of your application by early October.

    If you or your referee have any questions about the above, please contact youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org.

  • What equipment do I need to take part?

    The online meetings will be hosted using a video conferencing website. Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call.

    You will need a laptop (or a tablet or smart phone) with a camera, microphone and stable internet connection. We also strongly recommend headphones.

    If you do not have such equipment of your own, we recommend speaking to your teacher or youth group leader to see if you can borrow equipment or use a library.

    Each participant should attend using their own, individual device unless there is a compelling reason for several participants to use one device. In this case, please contact us in advance. This is for safeguarding as well as technical reasons.

    If you have any other barriers to taking part, please get in touch to speak to us about this on youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org

  • Online safety

    Our online events take place in a protected and moderated environment and are led by experienced and vetted UK-German Connection staff, including a dedicated online-safety contact.

    Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call. Online safety briefings will be given at the beginning of the webinar, including guidance on how to privately ask for help or support. Our webinars will not be recorded, and contact details of participants will not be shared without prior written permission.

    After confirming their place, participants (and their parents, if under-18) must read & confirm our Digital Safeguarding document, which includes the following information:

    • our code of conduct for expected online behaviour during our webinars;
    • technical safety features for our webinars, and how to share any concerns with staff during the meeting;
    • space to let us know about your media permissions and data sharing preferences.

    If you, your parent/guardian or your teacher/youth group leader have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, please send an email to youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org