About the conference

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 is an initiative of a number of major European research projects. This will be the first European conference which covers the broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and follows international conferences in Australia (Gold Coast, Queensland) in 2010 and in the United States (Tucson, Arizona) in 2012. This conference will place a greater emphasis on understanding and assessing adaptation in action under the theme integrating climate into action.

European research supported strongly through the various EU Framework Programmes has played a leadership role in furthering the understanding of climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation and will contribute significantly to the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report (AR5) as it did successfully for the AR4. Policymakers at European, national and local levels have been acting on climate adaptation over the past decade, and with greater urgency in the past few years. European business, NGOs and citizens have become engaged in action on adaptation, seeking to integrate climate change into strategies and decisions. International linkages through trade, global policy regimes, development assistance and humanitarian aid also influence European vulnerability and adaptive action.

Scope of the conference

The main theme of the conference is integrating climate into action. Major topics to be covered will include:

  • climate vulnerability assessment
  • risk assessment
  • economics of adaptation
  • decision-making under uncertainty
  • governance of adaptation
  • adaptation strategies and planning
  • mainstreaming climate adaptation
  • adaptation cases studies: organisational, sectoral and regional
  • monitoring and measuring adaptation
  • impact and effectiveness studies
  • role of tools and knowledge in adaptation
  • communicating impacts, vulnerability and adaptation

Science, practice, interaction

The European Climate Change Adaptation conference 2013 will combine interactions about the latest science with interactions from the world of policy and practice.

Research on adaptation requires knowledge of the risk and decision-making contexts, while adaptive action requires a combination of scientific and practical knowledge.

To this end, there will be three types of conference sessions:

  1. Science sessions: Latest results from research is presented and discussed.
  2. Special science sessions: Latest results from research is presented and discussed. Sessions are based on special initiatives.
  3. Science-practice/practitioner sessions: Sessions in which both scientists and practitioners present and discuss common issues related to uncertainty, costs and benefits, strategies, governance, tools, etc.

The conference will be working actively with the KomPass expertise centre (DE), the Knowledge for Climate programme (NL), and the UK Climate Impacts Programme to structure the contributions by practitioners and to facilitate interactions between scientists and practitioners at the conference.

Organisation and governance

The conference is being organised by TuTech Innovation GmbH. A Steering Committee with representatives from the BMBF, the UBA, the European Commission, the City of Hamburg, the four sponsoring EU projects and Klimzug (the German climate adaptation programme) will manage the conference. An International Scientific Board will provide oversight over the scientific quality of the conference.

International Scientific Board

  • Neil Adger, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Joe Alcamo, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
  • Frans Berkhout, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Guy Brasseur, Climate Service Center Hamburg, Germany
  • Timothy Carter, SYKE – Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • Sergio Castellari, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Bologna, Italy
  • Martin Claussen, Max-Planck-Institut und Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Joyeeta Gupta, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Stephane Hallegatte, World Bank, France
  • Paula Harrison, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ana Iglesias, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Richard Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
  • Zbigniew Kundzewicz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, Germany
  • Diana Liverman, University of Arizona, USA
  • Jacqueline McGlade, European Environment Agency, Denmark
  • Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
  • Martin Parry, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Rob Swart, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Pier Vellinga, Wageningen University and VU University, The Netherlands
  • Paul Watkiss, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Local Organising Committee

  • Frans Berkhout (chair), VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jürgen Becker, TuTech Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Martin Claussen, Max-Planck-Institut und Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Gerlinde Loebkens, TuTech Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Arne von Maydell, TuTech Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Nils Neumann, TuTech Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Florrie de Pater, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Helmut Thamer, TuTech Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Helga Schenk, Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Hamburg, Germany