Events

UPCOMING EVENTS


October 2017

Investing in resilience: a necessity for European cities? What solutions?

11 October 2017, 09:00 - 10:45
Brussels, Belgium
Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Room 51
This workshop will offer insights into how local authorities can design, prioritise and implement local resilience plans. Local authorities and cities, international organisations and the private sector will debate how we can work together to build resilience to withstand unexpected disruptions and drive long-term viability. With an ever more interconnected global economy, the risks to our communities from climatic events, cyber-attacks and risks to human health are multiple. Effective partnership is key to resilience planning. The workshop will hear about how our cities are dealing with global risks through smart resilience responses across Europe. Local government bodies operate at the closest level to citizens and play a key role in responding to crises and emergencies, delivering essential services and investing in the economic and social wellbeing of their communities. But moving from policy to practice requires effective action and this workshop will provide useful insight into the main issues from a global to local perspective.

Organisers: UDITE/European Federation of Local Government Chief Executives
Themes: Theme 1: Building resilient Regions and Cities
Speakers: De Castro Neto, Miguel
Kruf, Jack
Lucey, Tim
Radojcic, Kristijan
Radziejewski, Grzegorz
Robrecht, Holger
Wild, Oliver
Interpretation Languages: português (pt)
English (en)
français (fr)

Holger Robrecht will introduce the Smart Mature Resilience project as part of this event in a presentation and through participation in a the panel.

November 2017

SMR Stakeholder Dialogue

7 November 2017, 09:00 - 18:00
Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece
Thessaloniki City Hall, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou 1
The Stakeholder Dialogue will bring together the SMR project Tier 1 and 2 cities and their stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experience with the latest group of cities to join the project: Tier 3. This event will launch the five completed tools: the Resilience Maturity Model, Risk Systemicity Questionnaire and Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool, the Simulation Model and Policy Tool.

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 Simulation Model and a Policy Tool of Resilience Policies will be completed before the event.

Information for Tier 3 cities: Travel and accommodation for one attendee will be reimbursed by the SMR project up to a maximum threshold, which will be confirmed by Clara Grimes, ICLEI (clara.grimes@iclei.org). Additional participants are welcome to attend on a self-funded basis.

Evening programme: A social programme will be provided for project partners and Tier 3 cities following the event, free of charge.

Participation is free for representatives of local governments, citizens and representatives of non-profit organisations.

Registration is now open at http://smr-project.eu/news/events/stakeholder-dialogue/. The closing date for registration is 1st October 2017.

For more information, please contact Clara Grimes (clara.grimes@iclei.org) or Vasileios Latinos (vasileios.latinos@iclei.org).

PAST EVENTS


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.

For more information, click here.


Protecting public health from climate change and designing pathways towards more resilient cities

13 September 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Online

The 3rd Training Webinar of the European research project RAMSES on "Protecting public health from climate change and designing pathways towards more resilient cities" will take place on 13th September 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 "Protecting public health from climate change and designing pathways towards more resilient cities" is the final edition in a series of webinars and experts from Tecnalia and the World Health Organization will present their work on climate change, health and city resilience.

Maddalen Mendizabal, Tecnalia, Donostia/ San Sebastian (Spain) will present on "Transferring the pathway approach in new local adaptation processes: experiences and outlook from Antwerp" and James Creswick, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Bonn (Germany) will present on "Climate change and Health: WHO perspectives."

For more information, please visit http://ramses-cities.eu/events/webinars/.


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 (http://www.ramses-cities.eu/) 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."

For more information, click here.

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