MESH – networking for the UK Climate Services Community
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.
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Join us for the launch of this new network for the UK Climate Services community. We’re proud to have this launch event included within the Green Great Britain Week programme of events which takes place from the 15 to the 19 October, 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.
At our launch event we’ll be starting as we hope to go on, with drinks on arrival, followed by a short programme of showcase talks from across industry, policy and academia, sharing insights into and learning from community member achievements.
There will be an open mic shout out for anyone who wants to make a climate services-related announcement. Then we invite you to network with each other during the drinks and canapes reception.
Places are free but registration and experience in making use of climate information are essential.
Why did we name it Mesh? Twofold: ‘mesh’ is both a material made from a network of wire/plastic/thread, offering a degree of transparency, providing an interlacing structure binding its constituent parts together and, as a verb, when people ‘mesh’, it means they work well together.
The network is for everyone working in climate services provision, based in the UK, from researchers and civil services to private sector, professional bodies and third sector organisations. It provides a platform for members to share achievements and learning, and to find other UK-based organisations to work with to produce climate services for economic and societal benefit within the UK and globally.
The network welcomes everyone UK-based, across all sectors, with climate expertise, be it adaptation, mitigation and/or climate data and information focussed. Members can attend representing their organisation or in an individual capacity as a climate services professional.
The Mesh network has been co-founded by Briony Turner (Space4Climate group) and Ben Smith (Global Climate Adaptation Partnership). They are coordinating the 2018-2019 programme of events and hope in due course to hand over the reins to another volunteering duo to co-ordinate the 2020-2021 programme.
Mesh has been made possible through funding from the Space4Climate group for establishing a brand, organising and funding the launch event. GCAP and the London Climate Change Partnership have also contributed towards the costs of the launch event.
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.
The network welcomes everyone UK-based with climate expertise. You can join Mesh if you are:
- a researcher, civil servant/work for some form of devolved or local government or NDPB, private sector, third sector or professional body practitioner.
- motivated, interested and have, within your sector, climate expertise.
There is no fee for being a member of Mesh. It is run by the community for the community.
How to become a member:
Sign up to the newsletter [link will be made live at Launch event].
- You’ll get an early bird alert and a reminder for each event.
- As with this event, organisers will send out an e-pack with a delegate list at least a day in advance so that you can make the most of the networking opportunity.
- Each newsletter announcing a new event will include a list of people who attended the last event, to help grow everyone’s network.
We’d like to include events in as many UK regions as our members make possible. So if you have an event that will bring the UK Climate Services community together and is either dedicated to, or open to, Mesh members to attend and will facilitate networking, let us know and we’ll list it within the Mesh programme.
To do this, there are a few steps you will need to take:
- Organise the key ingredients for a Mesh event: a date, venue, speakers and funding of the networking reception OR make sure your event is open to all members of the Mesh community and is relevant to climate services for economic and/or societal benefit, then contact Ben or Briony with the details to seek approval for inclusion in the Mesh programme.
- Once confirmed as suitable for listing by the network, you’ll be sent a branding pack.
- Set the event up on Eventbrite, send the link through to Ben or Briony and it will be sent out to the community.
- Send out an e-delegate list at least one day in advance to attendees.
- After the event, send the list of attendees and a photo of the event in full swing to Ben/Briony for publication in the next newsletter.
2018-2019 Programme Coordinators
The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) is a climate change and adaptation consultancy that provides climate-related services to government and commercial clients.
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.
Please direct all enquiries to Sally Stevens, Marketing and Communications Manager, IEA
Mesh is currently run on a voluntary basis so, for now, we’ve kept social media and web presence to a minimum, the focus will be on the community newsletter to alert members to events. You can keep the conversation flowing on twitter using #MESHclimate.