May 2019

European Climate Change Adaptation conference

28 - 31 May 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

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 us 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.

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.


Register for the conference here and learn more from the event site.

June 2019

Nature-based Cities

A Nature-based Solutions Peer-Learning Workshop for Cities
24 June 2019, 12:00 - 18:00
Bonn, Germany

The ICLEI European Secretariat and the NATURVATION project invite European local governments to join us for an afternoon of peer-exchange around nature-based solutions. During this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to develop a portfolio of nature-based solution interventions.

  • Learn how to develop inclusive buiness models for nature-based solutions.

  • Gather with 15+ European cities to exchange successful strategies among peers.

As the workshop is an official pre-event to the European Urban Resilience Forum, you are also warmly invited to remain with us in Bonn on Tuesday, June 25th for a full day of discussion sessions and training workshops around nature-based solutions, multi-level governance for urban adaptation and resilience planning and implementation involving over 50 European cities; already confirmed cities include: Glasgow (UK), Athens (GR), Venice (IT), Weiz (Austria) and many more.

Please note that limited travel funding to attend both the Workshop and the European Urban Resilience Forum is available for up to 15 local government representatives and can be applied for when registering.

ICLEI European Secretariat

European Urban Resilience Forum

25 June 2019
Bonn, Germany
Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 Bonn

The annual European Urban Resilience Forum 2019 (formerly known as Open European Day) will take place on 25th June 2019 in Bonn, Germany, back-to-back with the 10th annual ICLEI Resilient Cities Conference.

Since 2013, this event has offered a unique exchange platform where city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions come together to discuss strategies and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience. Aiming to support productive exchange between representatives from cities and regions of all sizes (both with each other and with a range of interested parties, including EU institutions, researchers and consultants), the event has been praised for its informative, open and interactive character and ‘Powerpoint-free’ format. Participants are encouraged to share experiences and points of view on diverse topics, tackling existing challenges in local urban adaptation, while exploring potential solutions and opportunities for future collaboration.

The 2019 edition will build around three streams; nature-based solutions for urban resilience, multi-level governance for adaptation planning, and financing resilience and adaptation; while throughout a variety of sessions and training workshops will cover topics like exploring the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation, social justice in adaptation actions, strategic narratives for urban heat and health or innovative schemes for municipal financing for resilience and nature based solutions. Additionally, the event will be complemented by a marketplace that will promote match-making and networking and will introduce attendees to relevant initiatives and projects.

In 2019, all those seeking to shape a climate-resilient future for our cities and regions are once again invited to take part – this time under the new banner of the European Urban Resilience Forum! Be sure to add it to your calendar or sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date!

Resilient Cities 2019: The 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation

26 - 28 June 2019
Bonn, Germany

The Resilient Cities congress series

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation). More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.

The congress offers a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics amongst which were urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture and food, smart infrastructure and many more.

Resilient Cities also supports the annual Bonn Declaration of Mayors – written by local leaders during the Mayors Adaptation Forum, organized with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.

The registration for the 2019 congress is now open!

Learn more on the event page.

July 2019

How to foster co-creation for NBS implementation

UrbanByNature Webinar#2
11 July 2019


Implementing nature-based solutions in urban areas brings diverse nature and natural features and processes into cities, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions. They provide opportunity not only for improving urban environments, but also for bringing communities together through the co-production and co-creation processes necessary for successful

In this webinar, cities and researchers will share the methods that European cities have used in the Connecting Nature project to co-create nature-based solutions with citizens, stakeholders and with a range of municipal departments.

To receive an invitation and link to this webinar, please register for the UrbanByNature programme at


April 2019

Brownfield redevelopment in the EU

5 April 2019, - 17:00
Brussels, Belgium
Committee of the Regions, Building Jacques Delors,Room 5,Rue Belliard99-101

This conference aims to promote brownfield redevelopment as a solution to limit urban sprawl, land take and soil sealing. Inspiring policies and good practices will be presented by European,regionaland localstakeholders, and the potential offered by EU funds will be explored.

October 2018

Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018

Final conference of the RESIN project, co-organised by the RESCCUE project
9 October 2018, 08:30 - 18:00
Brussels, Belgium
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Etterbeek

Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018 will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change and resilience in cities, including issues of risk and vulnerability assessment, adaptation pathways, optioneering for financing adaptation, and how to successfully integrate multiple departments and stakeholders from across the city community as part of a holistic adaptation planning and implementation process.

The event will focus on the experiences of the RESIN cities as users of the tools and methodologies that the project has produced. Beyond theoretical presentations, the event will include real application of the tools by cities to build partnerships and seek support from one another and from the research community to empower them to implement climate adaptation action. The policy messages of the cities of Bilbao, Bratislava, Greater Manchester and Paris for adaptation action will be discussed and future pathways for research and practical work in this field explored.

Speakers will include Aleksandra Kazmierczak (European Environment Agency), Roger Street (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford), Pier Vellinga (Professor of Climate Change, University of Wageningen), UN-Habitat (speaker name TBC), Peter Bosch (RESIN project coordinator, TNO), Dr Jeremy Carter (Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy at the University of Manchester), Ingrid Konrad (Chief Architect, City of Bratislava),  and Pere Malgrat (Aquatec (SUEZ Advanced Solutions)). 

Speakers from European-funded projects RESIN, RESCCUE, EU-CIRCLE and BRIGAID will provide a comprehensive insight into the state of the art in climate adaptation, critical infrastructure resilience and urban resilience in Europe.

Participation in the conference is free of charge and it will be followed by a social event. The Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures conference is organised by the European Horizon 2020-funded RESIN project and is co-organised by the RESCCUE project.

Detailed information and online registration is available at:

Download the draft agenda

RESIN project, RESCCUE project

September 2018

Thirteenth International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS)

24 - 26 September 2018
Kaunas, Lithuania

In 2018, the 13th edition of the International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania. CRITIS 2018 will be hosted by the Vytautas Magnus University and the Lithuanian Energy Institute.

CRITIS 2018 continues the tradition of presenting innovative research and exploring new challenges in the field of critical (information) infrastructure protection (C(I)IP) and fostering the dialogue between all C(I)I stakeholders. CRITIS 2018 aims at bringing together researchers and professionals from academia, C(I)I operators, industry, defence sector and governmental organisations working in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructures.

As in previous years, invited speakers and special events will complement a programme of original research contributions. The conference organisers invite the different research communities and stakeholders involved in C(I)IP to attend and present their progress, and encourages discussions and multi-disciplinary approaches to relevant C(I)IP problems.

Frauenhofer IAIS








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