The Organisation Committee of the Conference consisted of the coordinators and selected members of three EU-funded adaptation research projects: BINGO, PLACARD and RESCCUE. SPI, as the entity responsible for Dissemination and Exploitation for the BINGO project, was part of the Organisation Committee.
Building on past conferences that took place in Hamburg (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Glasgow (2017), ECCA 2019 aimed at promoting the communication and knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in order to find integrated solutions and inspire action.
Three plenaries were held in ECCA and included high-level keynote speakers such as: the Portuguese Minister of Environment and Energy Transition; the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management; the Director of International, Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination from the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) of the European Commission; Jean-Eric Paquet the Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission and speakers from other international companies and organisations.
Additionally, 96 Science-Practice and Science parallel sessions were organised by the scientific and practice communities to present the current state-of-the-art knowledge and inspired action, as well as a range of innovative tools in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The key messages gathered during the conference will be used to inform Horizon Europe by providing an update on each of the six ECCA themes. The update will provide an overview of what is the current state of knowledge of each theme, which interesting highlights have come from ECCA and, most importantly, which knowledge gaps can be identified. An overall analysis will describe how especially these knowledge gaps link to Horizon Europe.