Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (Norwich, UK). She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. In addition to being an author of the 3rd, 4th and 5th (ongoing) Assessments of the IPCC and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, she also co-chairs the Global Carbon Project, an NGO that fosters international research on the carbon cycle, as well as publishing annual updates of global emissions and sinks of CO. Professor Le Quéré speaks to Carbon Management about the challenges in conducting international research collaborations, progress made in the integration of climate science with policymaking and the importance of engaging the public to harness global change. Interview conducted by Ruth Williamson, Commissioning Editor of Carbon Management.