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What Makes a Climate Assembly Work?

© Involve - Jemima Stubbs (UK - Peoples Plan for Nature)

This early KNOCA event offered climate assembly practitioners the opportunity to respond to up-to-date analyses and learnings from recent European climate assemblies, and offer ideas to what KNOCA should be prioritising over the upcoming year.

The slides for the event are accessible here: KNOCA-Presentation-Download


Welcome presentation by Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Founding Chair of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies

Session 1: How the Design of Climate Assemblies Can be Used to Drive Climate Action

Moderation by Diarmuid Torney, Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University


● « How does the framing of climate change affect the conclusions reached in Climate Assemblies? By Chris Shaw, Senior Programme lead for Research at Climate Outreach

● « How can Climate Assemblies be integrated into the policy system and the policy cycle? » By Frederik Landgjaer, Project Manager at the Danish Board of Technology


● Maria Jose Sanz, Scientific Director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change

● Giovanni Allegretti, Senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra

Session 2: Building the Legitimacy and Legacy of Climate Assemblies

Moderation by Yves Dejaeghere, Director of the Federation for innovation in Democracy  Europe


● « What is the impact and legacy of Climate Assemblies? » by Daniel Thorman, Researcher Associate at the Centre for Climate and Social Transformations at Cardiff University

● « How can the legitimacy and resonance of Climate Assemblies in the wider society be ensured? » by Alina Averchenkova, Lead for Governance and Legislation at the Grantham Research institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics


●Oisin Coghlan, Friend of the Earth Ireland Director

●Eva Rovers, writer, cultural historian and member of Bureau Burgerberaard

Session 3: Setting the Agenda for KNOCA

●Presentation by Graham Smith, Chair of KNOCA and Bjørn Bedsted, DIrector of the Danish Board of technology'

●Discussions in breakout rooms on areas of practice in need of guidance and future activities

●Sharing of breakout rooms priorities- summary and next steps

What´s next? Closing remarks by Erica Hope, Director of Climate Planning and Laws, European Climate Foundation

Recordings available here:


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