UCL Public Policy


UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science II

The Commission aims to identify gaps in climate change communication and policy and create targeted interventions with significant impact

The UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science (CCSPC) II, chaired by Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences), comprises a cross-disciplinary project group of researchers from psychology, neuroscience, science and technology studies, earth sciences and energy research. This is the phase two of the Commission and continue to examine the challenges faced in communicating climate science effectively to policymakers and the public, and the role of climate scientists in communication. 


The commission is an incubator of projects aiming to: 
1. Identify gaps in climate change communication and policy and create targeted interventions with significant impacts. 
2. Help break down communication barriers within and between professional communities and the wider public. 

Current Activity

Projects (Oct 2019)





AGU Union session

Chatham House – FCO – China Risk Indicators

European Union

NERC DTP Training


In The News

Tilting the Balance

What You Believe About Climate Change Reflects Who You Are - Not What You Know

Previous Work

Latest Annual Report

Completed Projects (Oct 2019)

BBC1 “Climate Change – The Facts”

Chris Rapley was the science consultant for the BBC1 programme “Climate Change - The Facts” – aired in the UK in April 2019, and for the two-part version subsequently distributed worldwide. UCL’s Professor Mark Maslin featured prominently. Professor Rapley and the Series Producer, Serena Davies, are working on the development of several potential follow-up programmes. Professor Rapley is also providing advice to Nutopia, who have been commissioned by National Geographic Channel to produce a ten-part follow up to the award winning series “One Strange Rock”.

Meaningful Action Workshop (MAW)

In January 2019, the Commission brought together 30 people from a variety of professional backgrounds but with extensive experience of addressing climate change. The aim of the meeting was to uncover better answers to a question that concerned citizens increasingly ask: “What can I do about climate change?”.


Cumberland 6

Training Programme: Improving Science-based Climate Policy for Flood Risk Management,Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, 4–6th June 2018
In this free residential training retreat UCL offered climate scientists a unique opportunity to develop understanding, tools and techniques to engage more effectively with policymakers. Over two-and-a-half-days the programme explored the process of co-production and iterative dialogue between climate scientists and those charged with reducing flood risks and addressed barriers to progress such as cultural differences in the perception of risk consider the need to take into account human psychology and values in developing effective public policy.


Workshop: Developing Better Climate Mitigation Policies - Challenging current climate change risk assessment approaches

In February 2018, the Commission brought together 30 policymakers, climate researchers and research funders to explore how climate change risk assessments (CCRAs) can be made a more effective driver of climate change mitigation policies. The workshop mapped key challenges as well as opportunities for improvement.

PDF iconRisk Workshop - Final Report

Report for First Commission

In 2014 the first UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science published its report 'Time for Change?' outlining five key recommendations for professional communities involved in climate science.