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Welcome to Glasgow

Steeped in history, yet youthful with a strong culture of sustainability and climate activism, what better place to host the biggest international youth-led and youth-organised conference on climate change than in Glasgow City.

Home to over 20 parks, Glasgow’s Gaelic name, Glaschu, means “Green Glen”. With stunning architecture and highly developed bike and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, it’s a great place to get lost in and fully immerse in the lively and welcoming atmosphere.

With a set target for carbon neutrality by 2030, and holding 4th place worldwide in the Global Destination Sustainability Index, Glasgow serves as a testament to the true power of change that lies in climate action.

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Our Conference will be held between the 28th and the 31st of October at the University of Strathclyde. We take great pride in hosting this year’s most significant climate change youth event on this campus.

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Strathclyde combines the beauty of old Scotland with new and comfortable buildings, thus making sure we will have everything we need to have an ambitious, engaging, and safe conference.


The University of Strathclyde has a strong commitment to sustainability. They met their own climate change mitigation target ahead of schedule last year and have made sustainability a core component of their university strategy. They have also committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, and a yearly Sustainability report.

We will have access to the main hall for keynote events, as well as several smaller rooms for workshops and smaller presentations. We will follow the Scottish NHS guidelines for social distancing and other COVID-19 related safety measures during the conference too to make sure that the event can be had safely.

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Our relationship also extends to Strath Union, the University’s main student union, which is just as involved and committed to a sustainable future, offering workshops, climate emergency action groups, rent-free bikes, and a lot more.

COY16 will be hosted by The University of Strathclyde and the majority of sessions will be held in The Learning and Teaching Building, Glasgow, G1 1XN. Entrances to this building can be found via the Students Union on 51 Richmond Street, Glasgow or 48 North Portland Street, Glasgow.