Climate Lab is a space for collaboration between climate researchers and artists, taking a ‘deep dive’ into the emotions that are usually sidelined by scientific methods (Western-disciplinary).

Ignoring emotion in climate science impedes communication and connection, with a profound impact on our ability to act in the face of the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.

These workshops are an experiment in bringing heart and head closer together in order to create pathways out of the inertia that currently besets universities in the face of climate change.

    Can we take the expert viewpoint of climate scientists and engineers “outside of the box” of the scientific method?

    What happens when we do?

    Climate Labs

    The Climate Lab is designed and hosted by Fern Smith and Marega Palser of Emergence,
    a collaborative network of artists, change-makers and facilitators. 

    After a successul pilot run in 2022 in Swansea University, two Global Climate Labs were scheduled;
    in May 2023 and in September 2023.

    Climate Lab Swansea

    Swansea University, 2022


    Emily Hinshelwood | Marega Palser | Tanya Syed 

    Global Climate Lab 1

    Online, May-Nov 2023


    Carolina Caycedo | Marega Palser

    Global Climate Lab 2

    Online, Sep-Dec 2023


    Christine Kettaneh | Marega Palser


    Traditionally, researchers are expected to work objectively and logically, and expressing feelings is a “taboo”. However, for climate researchers, the daunting scale of the climate crisis means that suppressing their emotions can stifle effective communication with the public and even affect their mental health.

    The Climate Lab challenges this tradition:

    By bringing together artists and scientists, the Climate Lab demonstrates the importance of art and other methods used to image, explore and encourage the processing of emotion related to climate change.

    We would love to hear from you!

    Register your interest for a future event or contact us with your questions – All queries welcome.

    Climate Lab participants said:

    I feel inspired to do more impactful work, and through Climate Lab I have found people to do it with.”

    – Participant

    “It has given me more optimism, enthusiasm and conviction about working in a university environment and using whatever influence I have to drive change.”

    – Participant

    Climate Lab has given me a community of others who I know I can do things with.”

    – Participant


    The Climate Lab is an ongoing Swansea University project.


    Global Climate Lab is made possible by funding from MASI – the Morgan Advanced Studies Institute at Swansea University.

    Global Climate Lab has received ethics approval from Swansea University.