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Scotland’s Countdown to COP26: watch the presentations

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5 November 2020

Organised by Scotland’s Innovation Centres in partnership with the Herald and chaired by Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise at Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s Countdown to COP26 included talks from leading climate and circular economy experts including author of Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth and Peter Lacy, Europe Lead for Accenture Strategy.

Whether you were unable to attend, or missed a talk from one of our six themed parallel sessions, you can now watch (or rewatch) every presentation and panel discussion from the day. View or download the programme brochure for details of the day, including profiles of all the speakers and sessions.


Link to Morning session 

  • 05:05 – Welcome from Martin Valenti, Conference Chair
  • 13:52 – Setting the scene: an introduction to the day from IC CEOs Paul Winstanley, Gillian Docherty OBE and Steven Good
  • 19:20 – COP26 opportunities for Scotland from Kersti Berge with Q&A from Gillian Docherty
  • 34:22 – Doughnut opportunities for Scotland’s cities from Kate Raworth, introduced by Francesca Osowska
  • 1:04:40 – Circular economy opportunities for Scotland from Peter Lacy, introduced by Stephen Good
  • 1:40:38 – Martin Valenti in conversation with Cllr Susan Aitken
  • 2:00:38 – The Grand Challenge: Martin Valenti in conversation with Ian Marchant

Link to Afternoon/closing session 

  • 00:15 – Discussion panel with all seven Innovation Centre CEOs, chaired by Poonam Malik
  • 48:36 – Close and call to action, Martin Valenti, Conference Chair


Link to Theme 6 – Transport, delivered by CENSIS

  • 02:00 – Tackling climate change in an urban environment, from George Lowder MBE introduced by Jacqueline Redmond
  • 19:30 – Organising transport efficiency using digitally enabled solutions, data sharing and collaborative platforms. Chaired by Gemma Milne, with panellists Steve Cassidy, Nilofer Christensen, and Gayathri Narayanan
  • 49:31 – Flagships of the Future, from Di Gilpin introduced by Paul Winstanley
  • 1:09:20 – Accelerating the modal shift to public and active transport and supporting the behaviour and culture change required. Chaired by Gemma Milne, with panellists Beate Kubitz, Claire Haigh, and Jenny Milne
  • 1:34: 20 – The CAV Forth project, from Louise Simpson introduced by Paul Winstanley
  • 1:54:21 – Closing remarks from Jacqueline Redmond

Links to all other sessions: