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NEW - Earth Summit 2022

Earth Summit 2022

At the University of Manchester 

With Glasgow due to host the 2021 United Nations Climate Change conference [COP26] this November, the subject of Climate Change could not be higher on the agenda. Earth Summit 2022 will be a highly informative and engaging event for all key stage 4 & 5 students, with strong links to a range of examination board specifications.

The Experience

Earth Summit 2022 is a 2-day event, that will provide students with a chance to take part in a wide-ranging examination of the factors causing Climate Change, the effects it is having on biodiversity and how we all could live more sustainably at home, at school and in the community.

Students will hear from leading experts in the field, participate in a series of engaging workshops, meet and talk with individuals and agencies working in the fields of environmentalism and sustainability; give a short presentation to the Summit on a relevant topic. 

Suitable for 14 - 18 year old students covering key study areas in Geography, Geology and Science for GCSE and A Level, this is a unique opportunity to interact with subject and industry experts. Students will gain unique insights into their subjects which will support their learning , inspire their future studies and help them plan their future career paths. What’s more it will fill them with a passion to become better citizens and to make a difference to the world around them.

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2 Days from £197


The Earth Summit 2022 takes place across 2 days on 30 June - 1 July 2022. 


Earth Summit 2022 will be held at the University of Manchester. The Conference element on day 1 will be held in the superbly equipped theatre in the Renold Building with the workshops on day 2 in seminar rooms and theatres around the building. With the aim of becoming Britain's Greenest City, Manchester is the ideal location to encourage young minds to think about and take responsibility for Climate Change.

The University of Manchester has been voted the world’s most environmentally friendly university by the Times in its Higher Education Impact Rankings. It came out top of 1,200 universities from 98 countries.

It is the top university in the world to have done the most work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some of the goals include: No poverty, gender equality and clean energy.

It also came first for its work towards the development goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities and Responsible Consumption and Production, as well as a second place for work in relation to Life Below Water.

“A green city is a healthy place to live, work and play. It is not just a city that has an abundance of green space, but it is a modern, vibrant and resilient city with its eye on the future. Ultimately, a 'Green' city is a place that people want to be.”
University of Manchester Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology.

In addition to Earth Summit 2022, Manchester can offer a whole range of visits which will support student learning and plenty more that will simply provide a chance for some fun.


You can choose from Youth Hostel or Premier Inn style accommodation based either in the city centre or on the outskirts. 

Get a quick quote today, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your Earth Summit Experience in Manchester in more detail.

01 Sample Itineraries

Day 1


Welcome to Earth Summit 2022! After an introduction from our host James Sherwood, we will kick off the event with our first two speakers: Professor Christopher Jackson: ‘How our planet's oldest rocks and fossils provide evidence of radical climate changes throughout history’ followed by Dr Alice Bell: ‘Climate action, bringing people and technologies together’


After a short break for lunch, the afternoon session begins with the opportunity for groups attending the Summit to deliver a short presentation on a relevant topic. Places will be limited so please contact us if you are interested’ Following this we will be joined by our next two guest speakers: Dr Tara Shine will share her ideas on how each of us can have a positive impact on society and our planet followed by Beth Gardiner, who will speak on ‘is our air killing us?


Day 1 will end with a summary of the day and you will then transfer to your accommodation for check in. This evening will be free time for your students.

Day 2


This morning you can choose 2 x 60 minute workshops to take part in. For more information on workshop hosts take a look at the workshop section.


After lunch there will be time for one more 60 minute workshop. The Earth Summit will close at 3.00 pm when you can choose to extend your time in Manchester or depart for your journey back to school.

Earth Summit 2022 Prices
40 + 4 35 - 39 + 4 30 - 34 + 3 25 - 29 + 3 20 - 24 + 2
£197 £206 £211 £221 £221

Please be aware that the timings and content of the programme for Earth Summit 2022 may be subject to change at short notice. In the unlikely event that such changes prove necessary Study Experiences will notify you as soon as possible. Please note, Study Experiences cannot accept responsibility for any visits and excursions, which you book direct.

02 Curricular Links

There are numerous links between the key themes which will be covered during Earth Summit 2022 and exam board specifications, both at GCSE & A Level.

Key Stage 4

KS4 Science covers: “evidence, and uncertainties in evidence, for additional anthropogenic causes of climate change” And “potential effects of, and mitigation of, increased levels of carbon dioxide and methane on the Earth’s climate”.

AQA Combined Science Synergy - Guiding Spaceship Earth Towards a Sustainable Future

AQA Combined Science Trilogy, AQA Chemistry/ AQA Biology - Using Resources, Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Ecology.

OCR 21st Century Science GCSE:

  • Food and ecosystems.
  • Life on earth, past present and future.
  • How is biodiversity threatened and how can we protect it?
  • Air and water: Evidence for climate change; how can scientists help improve the supply of potable water?

OCR Gateway Science GCSE:

  • Global challenges: Monitoring and maintaining the environment.
  • Interpreting and reacting with earth systems: The atmosphere. Energy: Demands and resources

Pearson Edexcel Science GCSE:

  • Ecosystems and material cycles.
  • Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on eco systems.

WJEC Eduqas Biology GCSE

  • Ecosystems

KS4 Geography covers: “weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present” And “how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems”.

AQA Geography GCSE:

  • Living with the physical environment: Challenge of natural hazards.
  • Challenges in the human environment: The challenge of resource management – food, water, energy.

OCR Geography GCSE:

  • The physical environment: Global hazards; changing climate; sustaining environments.
  • The human environment: Resource reliance – will we run out of natural resource?

Pearson Edexcel Geography GCSE:

  • The physical environment: Weather hazards and climate change; changing UK landscapes; ecosystems biodiversity and management.
  • The human environment: Resource management: water and energy.

WJEC Eduqas Geography GCSE:

  • Changing physical and human landscapes.
  • Environmental and developmental issues: Weather, climate and ecosystems; development and resource issues; environmental challenges.

Key Stage 5

KS5 Science

AQA Biology

  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

AQA Environmental Science

  • The living environment
  • The physical environment
  • Energy resources
  • Pollution
  • Biological resources
  • Sustainability

OCR Biology

  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability.

Pearson Edexcel Biology

  • Biodiversity and Natural Resources
  • On the Wild Side

WJEC Eduqas Biology

  • Human impact on the Environment

KS5 Geography


  • Ecosystems under stress
    • Ecosystems and sustainability - The concept of biodiversity
    • Local and global trends in biodiversity
    • Ecosystems and processes - Nature of ecosystems – their structure, energy flows, trophic levels, food chains and food webs
    • Ecosystems in the British Isles over time
  • Contemporary urban environments
    • Urban climate - The impact of urban forms and processes on local climate and weather
    • Other contemporary urban environmental issues
    • Sustainable urban development Impact of urban areas on local and global environments]


  • Climate Change:
    • How and why has climate changed in the geological past?
    • How and why has the era of industrialisation affected global climate?
    • Why is there a debate over climate change?
    • In what ways can humans respond to climate change?
    • Can an international response to climate change ever work?

Pearson Edexcel

  • People and Environment Issues
    • People and the biosphere – an overview of the global distribution and characteristics of large-scale ecosystems, why the biosphere is important to human wellbeing and how humans use and modify it in order to obtain resources
    • Forests under threat – a detailed study of tropical rainforests and the taiga, looking at processes and interactions and issues related to their biodiversity and to their sustainable use and management
    • Consuming energy resources – a study of renewable and non-renewable energy, its supply and demand, access and energy security issues, its sustainable use and management.

03 Workshops

On Day 2 of the Earth Summit your students can take part in a choice of workshops. There will be time for you to take part in up to 3 workshops throughout the day, although you may choose fewer, should you prefer more free time in Manchester. Closer to the time of travel we will discuss with you your learning objectives and agree your workshop programme for the day. Confirmed workshop facilitators are currently:

Octopus Energy’s Centre for Net Zero – ‘Lowering your personal carbon footprint’

Octopus Energy's Centre for Net Zero seeks to uncover faster, fairer paths to net zero, through trusted research, thought-provoking engagement and open technology. We multiply the impact of others by sharing our data and models, designing our technology to interface with others, forming brilliant partnerships, and inspiring the next generation to understand, discuss and contribute to the energy transition.

Lucy is CEO at the Octopus Energy's Centre for Net Zero. She has led operations, commercial, policy and research functions for several high-growth, globally-renowned tech start-ups including two unicorns and additionally has over a decade of experience developing tech policy and regulation for governments in the UK, Europe, and at the UN. Her work has focused on artificial intelligence, future mobility, regulating high risk technologies, and the social impact of disruptive technology.

This session will focus on the energy transition and the role of individuals:

  • an overview of what we mean by the 'energy transition'
  • why it's important to get to net zero emissions
  • what some of the main changes will be, and which are the ones that will most clearly make their way into people's homes and lives (e.g., electric vehicles, gas boilers replaced for electric heat pumps, smart meters in people's homes etc)
  • what new things will start to become possible (e.g., 'vehicle to grid' - sending power back to the power grid, from your car's battery, real time tariffs - where the cost of energy changes depending on the specific cost to produce it at that point in time, etc)

The Blair Project

The Blair Project is a trailblazing social enterprise, which empowers young people from all backgrounds to become future leaders and innovators of sustainable solutions. Using motorsport as the vehicle, The Blair Project engages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in STEM and the green technology revolution.

The Blair Project’s workshop is a brainstorming session to expose young people aged to the development and innovation within green technology. By showing students some of the current advancements in green technology, this will allow students to cultivate their own innovative ideas to support Manchester’s goal of a zero-carbon future. Participants will be split into 3 groups to discuss three areas of green technology: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, 3D Printing, and Retrofitting.  The Blair Project will bring in examples of these technologies as a focal point for groups to collate their ideas for possible uses and advancements in each area:

  • To demonstrate the possible uses of Hydrogen Fuel Cells, they will display a model car powered by a Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
  • You will be able to focus on an Ultimaker 3D printer to discuss the applications of 3D printed components.
  • Your group will be able to focus on a 3D printed motor to discuss possible ways of retrofitting current vehicles.

Having rotated through each activity, the groups will come together and present their ideas for each other to gain an insight into various ideas for advancements in green technology. The workshop will end with a Q&A session where students will be able to discuss possible careers available to them within sustainability and any other questions that they have about green technology or the work of The Blair Project.

MET Office STEM Ambassadors

Like millions you probably know the MET Office best for the weather forecasts that you hear on the news or read on your phones. But that's not all they  do. Through their Education Outreach programme they hope to inspire and engage young people in weather and climate, highlight the real-world applications of STEM subjects and help students make informed decisions about their future.

At the Earth Summit 2022, the MET Office STEM Ambassadors invite you on a journey with them into 2050, where they will be using data to code our climate futures.

To discover more resources to use at home or in the classroom in advance of the Earth Summit visit

National Grid Academy

National Grid is committed to responding to climate change and making lasting changes in order to reduce our emissions. The decarbonisation of the energy system is one of the biggest challenges facing us, and we have a critical role to play in the acceleration towards a cleaner future. They are committed to achieving Net Zero emissions for our own carbon footprint are focused on reducing these to as close to zero as possible by 2050.

04 What's Included

Your tour price will include:

  • Conference & Workshops
  • B&B accommodation at a Premier Inn B&B
  • Coach Travel for 2 days
  • Lunch day 1 & day 2
  • Breakfast day 2
  • Refreshments day 1 & day 2
  • One free teacher place for every ten students


  • Evening meal is not included. Study Experiences can organise a group evening meal at an additional cost. Please ask us for more details 




Dr Alice Bell is Director of Communications at Possible, a charity which works to inspire more people to take more ambitious action on climate change. Alice will speak on ‘Climate action, bringing people and technologies together’

Click here for more information on Alice 


Beth Gardiner is an American environmental journalist based in London, and the author of Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future, one of the Guardian’s best books of 2019. Beth will speak on ‘Is our air killing us?’

To learn more about Beth Gardiner click here 


Professor Christopher Jackson, of the University of Manchester will speak on: ‘How our planet's oldest rocks and fossils provide evidence of radical climate changes throughout history’.

To learn more about Christopher Jackson click here 


With stories from her travels around the world Tara will bring the issues facing our planet to life and inspire each of us to play our part with practical advice for everyday change. 

To read more about Dr Tara Shine click here

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