This online programme adjusts to your individual level of understanding in real time through an adaptive knowledge space, taking into account your prior knowledge, learning speed, and confidence levels. It offers a personalised learning experience focused on climate change.


Programme overview

The landscape of great leadership is evolving rapidly as it is becoming harder for businesses to tackle the challenges that climate change poses. Today, leaders must embody authenticity, cultivate high performing teams, possess strategic acumen, and crucially, grasp the macro trends shaping our society.

From digital transformation to changing workplace dynamics and the imperative of ethical leadership, the urgency of climate action and sustainability demands attention.

Understanding climate complexities is daunting, but business leaders do not need to be experts to embrace climate change adaptation. They must, however, grasp how climate shifts affect organisational value and navigate evolving business models. Yet, the challenge lies in identifying the right knowledge and skills, efficiently incorporating them into daily operations, all without overwhelming time constraints.

This calls for a tailored learning programme that hones leaders’ expertise without disrupting their daily responsibilities, focusing on sustainable business practices.

Designed and delivered by Executive Education Imperial College Business School in collaboration with the Grantham Institute, our ‘Introduction to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities’ course is a personalised and adaptive learning journey, tailored to your unique knowledge and confidence levels.

This programme offers insights from leading climate change scientists at Imperial's Grantham Institute with cutting-edge AI-powered adaptive learning.

Adaptive Learning

This adaptive learning platform will measure your levels of understanding and confidence, and based on the data it collects, the AI engine will serve personalised content around the same topic to ensure a deep understanding. 

Where you demonstrate strengths in topics, you are accelerated to new topics. Where you show areas for improvement, you go deeper into the content to ensure the learning outcomes are achieved. This learning model will provide you with a far richer, more engaging experience, based on your unique requirements.

Imperial College Executive Education has partnered with Obrizum, the market-leading platform in adaptive learning, to bring this unique AI engine to our learners. 

Learning Journey

The ‘Introduction to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities’ course outlines some of the evidence and science around climate change, highlighting the importance of a sustainable business model.

The size and scope of the climate challenge is monumental, but understanding the scientific facts on climate change can help individuals and businesses identify and act on climate opportunities.

In this programme, you will investigate why some scientists support that climate change is happening, how the earth’s climate is changing, and how climate change affects businesses, individuals, and communities.

With this foundational knowledge in mind, you will evaluate some of the climate-related risks and challenges that your organisation might face going forward.

Additionally, you will frame climate change as an opportunity for innovation.
By the end of this programme, you should feel more confident to be able to discuss the need to tackle climate change in your context—and recognise that the risks of climate change also present opportunities for businesses to innovate.

Who should attend?

The "Introduction to Climate Changes: Challenges and Opportunities" course offers a deep dive into the scientific foundations of climate change while empowering participants to identify and leverage innovative solutions within their organisations.

This programme is suitable for:

  • Executives looking to navigate disruption caused by climate change and identify opportunities to create organisational value and prosperity with climate innovation.
  • Managers at mid to senior level aiming to understand climate change impacts and uncover opportunities relevant to their organisations.
  • A corporate innovator who needs to understand the landscape and tools necessary to innovate on reducing emissions and pollution and provide solutions that are net positive for the climate.
  • A business strategist eyeing a better understanding of climate innovation to develop action plans that tackle sustainability issues within their organisation.
  • An innovative member of the environmental community interested in better understanding the risks and opportunities that climate change presents for their organisation.
  • An entrepreneur interested in developing innovative solutions and business models to help address the climate crisis  and champion climate change leadership. 

Where AI meets VR

Obrizum's VR transcends conventional learning, immersing learners in simulations that vividly illustrate the science of climate change and showcase cutting-edge technology. Through this innovative approach, the VR creates a highly engaging and impactful learning experience.

By offering access to the latest technology available at Imperial, this immersive experience brings Imperial College to learners and strengthens their understanding, enabling them to apply impactful strategies in their professional field.

Why Attend?

​If you wish to prepare for the disruption caused by climate change as well as to tap into opportunities to create value and prosperity, the programme "Climate Changes: Challenges and Opportunities" is right for you.

By the end of the programme, will gain invaluable insights into the following:

  • Understanding the scientific underpinnings of climate change and its implications for individuals, communities, and businesses.
  • Assessing the risks and challenges posed by climate change to their organisations and identifying opportunities for strategic adaptation and innovation.
  • Cultivating the confidence and knowledge necessary to engage in informed discussions about climate action and advocate for sustainable business practices and come up with innovative solutions for climate change.
  • Exploring avenues for collaboration and entrepreneurship to drive positive environmental outcomes and foster long-term prosperity.

Course access

From the day of purchase, you will have 6 months of access to this programme. This means that you have the opportunity to review and check back in regularly at time that suits you.

Group Bookings

If you are looking to send multiple participants on this programme, please Request a callback and a member of our team will call you back.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, you should feel more confident discussing the need to tackle climate change in your context—and recognise that the risks of climate change also present opportunities for businesses to innovate. 

You will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the evidence, science, and causes of climate change.
  2. Discuss the relationship between human activity and climate change.
  3. Explore the determinants of climate change impacts and what that means for society and businesses.
  4. Articulate the impact of climate change on society, the global economy, the environment, and businesses.
  5. Analyse which climate risks can be turned into opportunities for positive climate action and value creation.

Programme Faculty and Experts

Alyssa Gilbert

​​​​​​Alyssa Gilbert

Director of Innovation, Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Alyssa connects relevant research across the university with policy-makers and businesses. Together with the team at Grantham and academics across Imperial, she delivers outputs for those audiences ranging from briefing papers through to workshops and events. She has expanded these outputs to include digital learning through a Massive Open Online Course on Clean Power, and an Art & Science exhibit, amongst other approaches.

Alyssa keeps abreast of developments in climate change and environmental policy in the UK and internationally and shares this information with the Imperial community. This information helps us target our research efforts and impact engagements as effectively as possible. 

Prior to joining Imperial, Alyssa worked at the specialist energy and climate consultancy Ecofys providing policy design and evaluation services. She covered a range of topics including emissions trading and market-based mechanisms, carbon pricing developments, forestry and REDD , adaptation to climate change and climate finance. She has published a wide range of reports, including the World Bank State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report (2013,2014). 

Alyssa has worked on environmental and climate change issues across a range of countries including China, France, Spain Romania, Morocco, the UK and the US.  Alyssa has also worked as a researcher for the Deputy Mayor of London and as a journalist on Environmental Policy in Brussels.  


Dr Ana Mijic


Reader in Water Systems Integration

Ana is a Reader in Water Systems Integration and Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation. She is leading the development of novel systems tools focused on quantifying the interaction between the water cycle and sustainable development. The work has aim to inform regulatory bodies and water industry if and how we can support economic growth whilst ensuring sustainable water use and flood and water quality management under future uncertainties. 

Through NERC Innovation Fellowship funding she worked with the UK Environment Agency to apply systems thinking and systemic approaches to understanding the catchment water system complexity. She has led the UK NERC CHANSE project on systems water management and irrigation water use in India. Currently, Ana is a PI on the EPSRC VENTURA project and Systems Analysis Lead for the NERC CAMELLIA impact programme, where her work is focused on the development of systems water management models that can represent the integrated water infrastructure planning system, and how grey and green infrastructure solutions and housing design can be integrated to contribute to the overall quality of life in cities.

Ana is a member of the EWRE Hydrology group that was awarded the 2019 Imperial President’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outstanding Research Team. In 2022 she received Satish Dhawan Visiting Chair Professorship at the IISc Banglore, India.

Friederike Otto headshot

Friederike Otto


Senior Lecturer in Climate Science

Friederike (Fredi) is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Science at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, one of Imperial's six hubs for research, innovation and influence on global challenges.

Fredi is a physicist with a doctorate from the Free University Berlin in philosophy of science in 2011. She joined the University of Oxford in the same year and was director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford before joining Imperial in October 2021.

Her main research interest is on extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves and storms, and understanding whether and to what extent these are made more likely or intense due to climate change - known by experts as 'climate change attribution'.

In 2018, Fredi became one of the international climate scientists writing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) The Scientific Basis, which was published in August 2021, she is also an author on the IPCC's final report of the sixth assessment cycle, the Synthesis Report which was published in March 2023. 

Fredi is the co-lead of World Weather Attribution (WWA), an international effort to analyse and communicate the possible influence of climate change on extreme weather events. Through rapid attribution studies, which provide timely scientific evidence showing the extent to which climate change influenced a given event, WWA has helped to change the global conversation around climate change, influencing adaptation strategies and paving the way for new sustainability litigation.

In 2020 Climate Change Attribution was named one of MIT Tech Review's top ten breakthrough technologies. In 2021 Fredi was recognised for her co-founding of WWA on the TIME100 list as one of the world’s most influential individuals, according to the renowned TIME magazine and as one of the top 10 people who made a difference in science in 2021, by the journal Nature.

Fredi is the author of the popular science book "Angry Weather" and her work has been featured extensively in global media including the FTEconomistTimes of India, the SunWall Street JournalTelegraphGuardianNew York TimesWashington PostDaily MailDie ZeitDer Spiegel, BBC, and CNN.


Professor Richard Templer

Richard Templer

Senior Research Investigator

Richard is the former Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute and the founder of their centre for climate change innovation - Undaunted - a collaboration with the Royal Institution. Undaunted is a founding partner of Cleantech for UK. He is the current Hofmann Chair in Chemistry and is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission and advisory body to the Mayor of London.

Professor Templer was a founding member of the Membrane Biophysics Platform ( a group that includes John SeddonOscar CesRob LawNick Brooks and Yuval Elani. Their group covers a wide range of interconnected research on the physico-chemical nature of lipid membranes and its application in interpreting and controlling natural and artificial phenomena in cell membranes.

Prompted by the outcome of collaborative research on biorefining he led, Professor Templer was part of a successful bid to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to create a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. In 2010 he became the Director of Climate-KIC UK and Director of Education. He and his team created a programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran the UK Cleantech Accelerator, now called the Greenhouse. The education programme has now trained more than 2,000 students from across the world in the arts of environmentally sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. The accelerator has run continuously since October 2011, funding and supporting over 150 new cleantech businesses that have between them raised over $1bn. These businesses are to be found in over 30 countries across the world and include a winner of the Earth Shot Prize, Notpla, and a key part of Octopus Energy called Krakenflex.

His position on the London Sustainable Development Commission has led its work on Cleantech Innovation. This has resulted in Mayoral environmentaleconomic and spatial planning policy measures to support the creation of a Cleantech Innovation Cluster in London, a heightened profile for this within the Greater London Authority and an initiative to increase female participation in cleantech innovation.

Professor Templer advises a number of national programmes in climate innovation in Germany and Denmark, and works with private investors in climate innovation in an effort to support the acceleration of the transition to a sustainable and resilient low-carbon society.

Peter Childs

Peter Childs

Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL)

Peter Childs FREng is the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design and was the founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His general interests include creativity, innovation, design; sustainable energy and robotics.

Prior to his current post at Imperial, he was director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at the University of Sussex.

He is the Editor of the Journal of Power and Energy, Professor of Excellence at MD-H, Berlin, Advisor Professor at Guangdong University of Technology, the Advisory Chair for the Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, and Director and Chairperson at BladeBUG Ltd and Founder Director and Chairperson at QBot Ltd.

Key Information:

  • Adaptive learning programme: Tailored to your unique needs in real-time
  • Climate change Executives
  • 100% online
  • Programme fees: £595 + VAT
  • Imperial certificate at the end of the programme
  • Course access: 6 months

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José Rosario

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Fees: £595 + VAT