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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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.
- based in the UK.
There is no fee for being a member of Mesh. It is run by the community for the community.
How to become a member:
Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Those successful are added to the Mesh community newsletter. This will be published on a quarterly, no more frequently than monthly basis providing community members with:
- an early bird alert and a reminder for each event.
- a link to the member’s e-directory (updated on a quarterly basis).
- selected UK based climate services events editors are made aware of from the #MeshClimate.
- Community news (achievements, publications, relevant past events with links to materials) sent to editors by members
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.
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.
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.
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 gallery. No need to seek permission to use the photos as long as the Mesh logo is visible. If tweeting, remember to use #MeshClimate.
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.
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
The Global Climate Change 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.