Mesh is a UK community of individuals involved in climate service provision who network locally. Each event is run by volunteers, who love to bring people together to share knowledge and grow professional networks.

Mesh was established in October 2018 by Space4Climate, a public-private-academic partnership working collaboratively to ensure a seamless supply chain for trusted climate data from space and GCAP, which specialises in providing tailored adaptation solutions.

Please visit http://meshclimate.net for more information.

Media

Press release: New climate services networking group Mesh welcomed as playing ‘important role’ in move to a green economy

Press release: UK’s 1st climate services networking group

Please direct all media enquiries to Sally Stevens, Marketing and Communications Manager, IEA

Launch event

Mesh was aptly launched as part of Green GB Week at the Royal Society of Arts in London on October 18th 2018. Green Great Britain Week is a week of events and activity across sectors to explore how clean growth will change our futures and how we can contribute to action on climate change.

Mesh Launch - Briony Turner (Space4Climate), left, and Ben Smith (GCAP), right, shared a celebration cake with guests to mark the launch of the Mesh climate services networking group (Photo: Emma Sheppard).
Mesh Launch - Briony Turner (Space4Climate), left, and Ben Smith (GCAP), right, shared a celebration cake with guests to mark the launch of the Mesh climate services networking group (Photo: Emma Sheppard).

Around 60 climate services professionals attended the launch event which set the precedent for future Mesh events.  Attendees, who had been sent an e-delegate pack in advance to aid networking,  were greeted with drinks on arrival, and then treated to insights into and learning from community member achievements. 

 

After a briefing on the network and its short history from Ben Smith (GCAP) and Briony Turner (Space4Climate), Raphaelle Vallet and Eleanor Webster from BEIS warmly welcomed the network and then attendees were treated to rapid fire showcase talks given by Ben Smith, Nick Jackson, Policy Adviser at Defra’s Climate Adaptation Team; Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute; Kristen Guida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership and Dr Sophie Blackburn, Liberal Arts Fellow at King’s College, London

There was an open mic shout out which the Practical Action team took advantage of, a quick photo of the launch community and then attendees were left in peace to network over a yummy drinks and canapes reception. 

 

Here are a few shots from the evening.  Take a look at the full galleryNo need to seek permission to use the photos as long as the Mesh logo is visible.  If tweeting, remember to use #MeshClimate.

History of Mesh

 

Both GCAP and the Space4Climate group took part in Adaptation Futures 2018 held in Cape Town.  It was apparent that there was a great deal of climate expertise, innovation and leadership from an array of organisations across industry, government and academia, based in the UK.

There was an informal consensus that it would be good to have a way to continue to network back in the UK, to  have a reasonably light touch, informal setting through which to share learning and make connections across the climate services supply chain.

2018-2019 Programme Coordinators

Ben Smith, co-founder of Mesh and Director, Consulting Services at the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership
Ben Smith, co-founder of Mesh and Director, Consulting Services at the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership
Logo of the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP)
The Global Climate Change Partnership (GCAP) is a climate change and adaptation consultancy that provides climate-related services to government and commercial clients.

The Global Climate Change Partnership (GCAP) is a climate change and adaptation consultancy that provides climate-related services to government and commercial clients.

Briony Turner, co-founder of Mesh and Climate Services development Manager, Space4Climate & The Institute for Environmental Analytics
Briony Turner, co-founder of Mesh and Climate Services Development Manager, Space4Climate & The Institute for Environmental Analytics
Space4Climate S4C

Space4Climate is a public-private-academic partnership supporting the UK’s world-leading climate community to deliver, sustain and make use of climate information from space, enabling it to be integrated “as standard” in a variety of climate services for global economic and societal benefit.