BME International Climate Change Role Play

A new course demonstrating the complex issue of Climate Change through a role play is offered by the Department of Environmental Economics from this Fall to all BME students.

Climate Change has gained much importance over the last few years and news about the burning forests of Amazonia, the fast decay of coral reefs and the environmental impacts of agriculture, industry and transportation require urgent action on behalf of governments, businesses and citizens all around the world.

Natural, social and technical issues behind climate change and their potential solutions are very complex and a number of challenges are to be solved:

  • What are the roles of governments, businesses and the civil society regarding climate change?
  • What can we, as individuals do to avoid a climate catastrophe?
  • Is there at all a choice to protect nature as we know it?
  • Why have we not been successful at international climate negotiations so far?


The Department of Environmental Economics already offers a number of courses addressing the nature and consequences of climate change. In this new course a very practical approach is taken and we will try to answer all these and many other questions during a climate change conference. The conference will take the form of a role play where student teams represent countries and simulate real world climate negotiations to come to a conclusion – hopefully bettering the Paris Agreement reached in 2016.

The climate change role play is open to all students of BME studying in any program and at any level, including exchange students.

During the two-day event students will learn the climate strategies of different countries, the processes behind international climate change negotiations and the benefits and drawbacks of potential solutions.

The role play provides an excellent opportunity to improve one’s communication and negotiation skills and is recommended to all students, who would like to learn more about one of the most complex processes of today’s society.

The conference will be held in English with the participation of both Hungarian and international students. It is part of the ’BME International Climate Change Role Play’ course and students can receive credit for their participation.

The course will take a special format:

1. Three 3 hour presentations by professors and invited speakers during September, October and November to highlight the most important facts and processes behind human induced climate change and

2. A two-day climate change negotiation where students will discuss the country strategies they represent and try to come to a general climate agreement.


Students interested to participate should enrol in the course in Neptun under course code: BMEGT42V101

For more information, please, send a message to the course leader: Dr. Gyula Zilahy at