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How to Communicate about Climate Change for Policy & Communication Professionals
  • How to Communicate about Climate Change for Policy & Communication Professionals

    Excluding VAT

    Understand the science behind climate change, what it means for the future and how to communicate this to your community and stakeholders.


    Created by the Royal Meteorological Society.


    Date: 8Th February 2023 / 14th Febraury 2023

    Time: 9:30-13:30 BST

    Location: Live Virtual Classroom 

    Price: £230 CAFA Collective Members / £285 non members

    • Course Overview

      Communication and policy professionals have a considerable role to play in shaping how society responds to the challenges we face and inspiring people to act. Despite growing awareness amongst the public, misinformation about climate change is still widely reported. Grounding your communications in science is one of the best ways to tackle misinformation while also ensuring that you are delivering credible and engaging content.


      This half-day course, delivered by the Royal Meteorological Society, is designed to empower communication and policy professionals by providing the fundamental knowledge and tools to engage audiences in climate change and advise senior leaders within your organisations.

    • Is this course right for me?

      This course would benefit anyone working in a communications or policy role, looking to improve their knowledge of climate change or who would like to improve their confidence in engaging audiences about climate change.

    • I want to put my team on this course

      If you have a team of 10 or more, you may benefit from a dedicated training session, allowing you to focus on specific audiences and areas relevant to your organisation. While the core content of the course would remain, we are able to tailor elements of the training, for example by focusing on specific industries or impacts.

      To find our more, please contact Ella Clarke, Head of Partnerships at the Royal Meteorological Society (

    • Key benefits

      By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

      Answer questions about climate change with confidence and explain this to your audience and key stakeholders. 

      Feel confident in finding trustworthy resources and accessing relevant climate experts to support with producing content.

      Understand jargon associated with climate change

      Communicate climate change in a more comprehensive way

    • Course/Training Structure

      Climate change – the facts and evidence

      Helping you to understand the science behind climate change, the connection between climate and weather, how our climate has changed so far, and how we use climate models.

      What does the future hold?

      We will share knowledge about how the impacts of climate change could affect us in the future and update on current global and domestic climate policy.  

      Communicating climate change

      We’ll review some of the most common misinformation narratives and provide guidance on where to find reliable and up to date information. You will benefit from exploring how to make climate change relevant to your particular audience, alongside a range of tools to support your communication and stakeholder engagement activity.

    • Objectives

      The aim of this course is to:

      Empower communication professionals  to engage stakeholders and audiences on climate change.

      Support delegates to understand the science behind climate change, explaining how our climate has changed so far, the impacts of climate change now and in the future and the connection between climate and weather.

      Share the current climate policy context for the UK and globally.

      Explore the pitfalls of climate change communication and how to avoid them, explain jargon associated with climate change and share trusted sources of information.

    • Who will be delivering this course

      Professor Ellie Highwood

      Ellie Highwood is a former Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Reading. She taught introductory meteorology, atmospheric physics and climate change to undergraduates and masters students and has made numerous public lectures and media appearances. She led a research group focusing on the impact of atmospheric particles (aerosols) on climate and climate change, including running international field campaigns and global modelling studies. She also volunteered as a STEM ambassador. Ellis currently runs a diversity and inclusion consultancy and coaches academics, scientists and researchers.

      Hannah Mallinson

      Hannah Mallinson is the Science Engagement Manager at the Royal Meteorological Society. Hannah joined the Society in early 2020 and is responsible for informal education activities and giving scientific support to her colleagues involved in publishing, events, and communications. Before this, Hannah worked at Fugro as a Marine Weather Forecaster for four years after completing her Masters in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading.

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