Global University Climate Forum


We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Global University Climate Forum. 

Multidisciplinary teams of students at all levels from all parts of the world are invited to submit their ideas for climate action projects. Applications are due by midnight EST on September 30th, 2020. (Exceptions to this deadline will only be made for student teams from higher education institutions that are not in session at that time.)

Global University Climate Forum

Applicants will be prompted to select a track:

  • Inspiration and Empowerment: Develop a creative approach to raising awareness on climate change and influencing others using tactics such as video, art, writing, or social media.
  • Ideas into Action: Propose a student-led climate-related project on campus or in the community that will affect measurable change over the course of six months.
  • Governance and Policy Innovation: Select a local, national, or global climate policy or governance mechanism and conduct an analysis either on how it can be improved or how your college or university can contribute to its implementation.
  • Innovation and Imagination: For projects that do not fit into the other tracks, ideas in this category can be revolutionary, entrepreneurial, and creative. However, they must be actionable and should be designed to yield measurable results over the course of six months.

 Accepted teams will be invited to participate in the online event series during the week of November 9.  Each participant must attend a minimum of three sessions. To ensure inclusion and accommodate time zones, sessions will be rebroadcast.

Following the event series, student teams will be expected to update and execute their project and report on their progress over the course of six months. Reporting will start in December 2020 and end in May 2021. Teams that complete all three phases – application, workshop, implementation – will be featured in a presentation to be issued during COP26 in November 2021.

Visit the 2020 Global University Climate Forum website to learn more about the Forum and access the application.

The Global University Climate Forum is led by Yale University with support from the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in collaboration with  the International Sustainable Campus Network, the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC), the University of Edinburgh, the University of Cape Town, Tokyo University, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the University of New South Wales, the University of Copenhagen, and the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston.  

Please email with questions or concerns about the application, projects, or the event itself. We look forward to bringing together student from all corners of the word to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change.



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government