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Adaptation to Climate Change - Conference and Summer School

Dear UBC colleagues,

Following two events might of interest to those of you working with climate change related issues. Both are organised within the framework of the BaltCICA project. Please note the tight registration deadline for the conference: March 18th!

Apologies for cross-posting.

Coping with Climate Change
2nd International BaltCICA Conference – in cooperation with MARE

11th and 12th May 2011 - Bergen, Norway

In Northern Europe, climate changes are expected to entail heavy downpours, increased flooding and sea level rise, all of which will affect the built environment as well as water quality and water availability. Cities and coastal areas are especially vulnerable to the consequences of climate change due to high population density. How do cities and local communities cope with the challenges posed by climate change? What adaptation tools have been tried and with what result? How can the need for climate change adaptation be reconciled with the other needs of the population, business and industry?

The conference will present some of the specific actions taken in Scandinavia and Europe, particularly in the Bergen region and in the Baltic Sea Region in order to meet the challenges of a changed climate and to enhance climate resilience.

Three particular challenges will be in focus at the conference: 

  • ·             Strategies for participation and stakeholder involvement in climate change adaptation processes
  • ·             Coordination of adaptive action in metropolitan areas and city regions
  • ·             Tools and methods for designing and implementing climate change adaptation measures

The conference programme and more details: http://www.baltcica.org/meetings/conference11.html

The conference is organized by the City of Bergen and the BaltCICA project partner NIBR.
In case of questions to the programme, please contact
Ove Langeland (ove.langeland@nibr.no) or
Johannes Klein (johannes.klein@gtk.fi)


Summer School "Climate change in cities and city regions– Time to adapt?” at HafenCity University Hamburg

26th – 30th September 2011, Hamburg, Germany

Climate change has become an overriding environmental issue of our time. All over the world, coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to effects of climate change. In line with that, the effects of climate change (e.g. changes in the occurrence of storm surge, heavy rain) for the ‘Metropolitan Region of Hamburg‘ and its Elbe estuary can be immense. The Summer School ‘Climate change in cities and city regions - Time to adapt?‘ taking place at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) will address the impact of climate change with the focus on the resulting responsibilities for the urban and rural areas at Elbe estuary. Furthermore, changes in precipitation and flood patterns as well as rising sea level can affect not only the built environment but also water sewage systems.

The Summer School is an exciting opportunity for master students and young researchers to get in touch with a research community (www.baltcica.org) with focus on climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region and especially in Hamburg. The Summer School is organized by the Unit of Urban Planning and Regional Development of HafenCity University Hamburg and takes place from September 26th to 30th 2011 in Hamburg.

Who can apply?
The Summer School invites master students and postgraduate researchers (PhD students) of most diverse specializations and branches, ranging from urban and regional planning, environmental sciences, geography, social sciences, ecological sciences, technical engineers with interest in climate change and climate adaptation. Participants across the Baltic Sea are especially welcome to attend the Summer School. Furthermore practitioners are especially welcome to participate. All participants will need to be proficient in both written and spoken English.

Participation procedure, application deadline, costs?
The participation procedure of the Summer School will be explain in the follow sentence. As soon as the registration for participation and the CV have been received by HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) the participant will receive a confirmation of receipt by mail. The application deadline is the 15th May, 2011. The organization team of the Summer School will make their selections and those selected participants will receive an invoice by mail before May 31st, 2011. The registration becomes legally binding by means of this invoice. The registration fee of 180,00 EUR (incl. accommodation and breakfast) or 120,00 EUR (without accommodation and breakfast) must be paid in full no later than 14 days after HCU receives the returned invoice.

More information and the possibility to register you can find here:



Feel free to forward this message to interested students, researcher and practitioners.


Best regards,

Kirsi-Marja Lonkila - Project Officer
CHAMP project

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