September 2017

Cities and Climate Conference 2017

19 - 21 September 2017
Potsdam, Germany

Cities are both focal points of human endeavour and major emitters, forming part of the global climate problem. While cities are characterised by an overwhelming complexity, they are also threatened by climate impacts. It is a challenge to develop cities into entities that consume fewer resources, emit less CO2 and pollution, are more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and which are more sustainable in general.

This conference will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives. Invited speakers will complement the conference programme.

“Cities and Climate Conference 2017” is the final conference of the RAMSES project and open to submissions from all relevant fields. RAMSES stands for Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES.

Abstract submissions are now open. For the abstract submission form, click here.

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November 2017

SMR Stakeholder Dialogue

7 November 2017
Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki City Hall
The SMR project has been working for just over two years to develop a suite of tools to help cities enhance their resilience. These tools have been developed in close cooperation between seven partner cities of Glasgow, San Sebastian, Kristiansand, Rome, Riga, Bristol and Vejle, SMR's four university partners, ICLEI Europe and standardization body DIN.

The cities have been working with researchers to develop five strategic support and discussion formats that the cities are using to identify and select policies they should implement to address weaknesses in their resilience management, to develop long-term resilience strategies as well as structures for cross-departmental cooperation outside of the usual 'silos'.

Now that the tools are being finalised, they will be shared with a wider group of cities at a Stakeholder Dialogue event in Thessaloniki, Greece. Three tools are already available to cities: the Resilience Maturity Model, Risk Systemicity Questionnaire and Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool. Two further tools: a System Dynamics Model and a collection of Resilience Policies will be completed before the event.

Registration for the event will open soon.
ICLEI European Secretariat


July 2017

High-level climatic vulnerability assessments and pathway design for adaptation planning

2nd RAMSES training webinar
13 July 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
The 2nd Training Webinar of the European research project RAMSES on "High-level climatic vulnerability assessments and pathway design for adaptation planning" will take place on 13th July 2017 from 11:00-12:00 (CET).

The RAMSES ( project has produced a large number of resources that can be offered to cities and adaptation practitioners in a co-creative process between cities and researchers. This final training phase of the project is the last opportunity to get acquainted with the project's key findings and to interact directly with the experts. The webinar "High-level climatic vulnerability assessments and pathway design for adaptation planning" is the second of three such webinars.

Alistair Ford, University of Newcastle will present on "Analysing urban flood risk and adaptation options: how much can models help?" and Helia Costa London School of Economics will present on ""Supporting cities in assessing costs of climate change, prioritizing, and financing adaptation."

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Competitive advantages through norms and standards in innovation projects

6 July 2017, 13:30 - 17:00
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Bismarckstr. 28
Tim Majchrzak, University of Agder, will present on SMR's standardization activities arising from research into the SMR Resilience Information Portal. The event is jointly organized by DIN e.V. and NRW.Europa / ZENIT, and offers participants from industry and academia an insight into the diverse interplay between standards, development and innovation, as well as related public funding opportunities.

June 2017

7th REA Symposium: Poised to Adapt

Enacting resilience potential through design, governance and organization
26 - 29 June 2017
Liege, Belgium
The program for the 7th SYMPOSIUM OF THE RESILIENCE ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION (REA) will engage participants in an energetic exploration of what it means to be poised to adapt in a turbulent world and how to resolve the conflict between adapting to be resilient versus the pressures for compliance with standards. The University of Liège will host the symposium and will organise the symposium in cooperation with the REA.

The symposium will be held from the 26th to the 29th of June 2017. The venue will be at Monday at the University of Liège and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Liège, Belgium.









This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.