28 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

ECCA 2019

The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation conference is convened by projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. ECCA 2019 – Working together to prepare for change – is the fourth such conference, to be hosted in Lisbon.

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Climate change is considered by many to be the challenge of the 21st century. The urgency and severity of this challenge call for integrated ways of looking at responses to reduce the risks associated with environmental and social stressors and ensure a secure future for humans and ecosystems. Adapting to climate change requires a coordinated and synergistic approach from a diverse range of actors across sectors, as well as questioning assumptions about the drivers of risk, vulnerability and environmental change.

A cooperative approach allows to improve learning and knowledge exchange in order to deliver optimal solutions. Interaction and collaboration with the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community is a critical element in improving climate change adaptation (CCA), as the communities share similar goals and activities. Bringing the two groups together is particularly important in relation to the goals and targets of the three major international agreements: Paris, Sendai Framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Conference Themes

  1. Data, methods and approaches in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  2. Co-production of knowledge, solutions and services
  3. Communication, data-sharing and decision support
  4. Institutions, governance, citizens and social justice
  5. Global climate challenges
  6. Climate risk management and resilience

The 4th ECCA builds on past conferences that took place in Hamburg (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Glasgow (2017), and aims to:

  • Provide a space that facilitates a dialogue among a diverse range of actors from academia, government, business and community on the multiple aspects of climate change adaptation
  • Promote the communication and knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners
  • Find integrated solutions and inspire action
  • Support ongoing efforts to enhance the coherence and synergy between CCA and DRR research, policy and practice
  • Discuss key challenges and solutions in cities
  • Provide a stage for presenting European’s excellence on Research & Innovation for CCA
  • Inform the next European funding framework for Research & Innovation

The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation conference is convened by EU-funded projects on behalf of the European Commission.

RISK at ECCA 2019

Among participants from more than 62 countries all around the world, researchers from IIASA’s Risk and Resilience Program will contribute to a number of scientific sessions throughout the conference:

Susanne Hanger-Kopp

Jenan Irshaid

Finn Laurien and Reinhard Mechler

  • "Decision-making options for managing risks" (Science Practice Session)

Marlene Palka

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Susanne Hanger-Kopp

Research Scholar

Equity and Justice Research Group

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Jenan Irshaid

Research Assistant

Water Security Research Group|Equity and Justice Research Group

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Finn Laurien

Research Scholar

Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group

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Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader

Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group

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