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Appointments to the Adaptation Committee

The Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee can today announce that Professor Michael Davies of UCL has been reappointed to the Committee, with Professor Kate Jones also joining as an expert advisor.

The Adaptation Committee advises the Government on how the UK can prepare for the changing climate. Despite the Net Zero target, the UK will still need to manage the impacts of climate change and limit the risks to people and businesses across the UK.

The reappointment of Professor Michael Davies for a three-year period and the introduction of Professor Kate Jones for a year will reinforce the Adaptation Committee’s work following the sad passing of Professor Georgina Mace in 2020.

The work of the Adaptation Committee will be key this year, with the upcoming COP26 climate summit and the crucial launch of the next independent Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report which synthesises the work of more than 130 organisations and over 450 people to inform the UK Government’s third CCRA.

Notes to editors

  1. The Adaptation Committee is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body created under the Climate Change Act (2008). It is part of the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
  2. Professor Michael Davies joined the Adaptation Committee in 2018 and has been appointed for a further three-year term. Michael Davies is Professor of Building Physics and Environment at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE). At UCL his research interests relate to the complex relationship between the built environment and human wellbeing. He is also Director of the Complex Built Environment Systems Group at UCL and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ‘Healthy Polis’ – the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health & Sustainability.
  3. Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity in the Dept. of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, University College London. Prof Jones is a world-leading ecologist whose work focuses on crossing disciplinary boundaries to address critical global challenges, especially at the interface of ecological and human health. Prof Jones has made key advances in monitoring the status and trends in biodiversity and particularly in modelling and forecasting zoonotic disease outbreaks in humans (Ebola, SARS), breaking down traditional barriers between ecology, climate change and public health to inform global policy. Prof Jones is co-leading UCL’s biggest expansion in its history – The Future Living Institute at UCL’s new cross-disciplinary campus in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening in 2022, where she will be directing the Nature-Smart Centre – an environmental solutions hub focused on the links between human and planetary health.