Welcome to our website!

Dear visitor, this is the website of the international symposium on ‘ The Governance of Adaptation’ that took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2012.

The website is intended for participants in the symposium but also for a more general audience that wants to learn about the governance of adaptation,and the conversations we have had at the conference.  Many thanks for your interest and kind regards,

Prof. dr. Frans Berkhout
Dr. Dave Huitema
Prof. dr. Katrien Termeer
(conveners of the symposium)

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Readership in Climate Change at the University of East Anglia

Applications are invited for the post of Reader in Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. The successful applicant will be expected to research and teach on the social science dimensions of climate change. The post is linked to the internationally renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which is headquartered at the School of Environmental Sciences. The postholder will be expected to lead cutting-edge research in the wider Tyndall consortium, and forge productive alliances within and across the rest of the School and UEA. The person should be highly motivated with an internationally recognised research reputation that enhances the School’s existing strengths in relation to climate change adaptation, the policy/governance of climate change, or public understanding/behaviour change.

You will contribute to the teaching and assessment of Undergraduate and Masters level modules in the general area of climate change. The School has several undergraduate degrees, including a brand new BSc programme in Environmental Geography and Climate Change, as well as a long-running MSc in Climate Change. For further details about this and many other posts, please go to: http://www.uea.ac.uk/hr/jobs/acad. Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Andrew Jordan: a.jordan@uea.ac.uk

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Photos of the symposium

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Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

The Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation is to be held in Helsinki on 29-31 August 2012, with the overarching theme of “Adaptation Research meets Adaptation Decision-Making”. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 30th, and further information of the conference can be found here. The Conference is open to scholars and practitioners interested in climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Invitations are extended to researchers across a range of disciplines, public and private decision-makers, regional and local planners, professionals with a background in risk management as well as representatives of NGOs and international organizations. There will be an emphasis in some sessions on adaptation in a Nordic setting, but participation and experiences from outside the region are also strongly encouraged.

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Social media at the symposium

Follow the Governance of Adptation Symposium on 22 and 23 March through @ClimateNL (link: http://twitter.com/climatenl), the twitter account of the research program Knowledge for Climate. Participants are kindly invited to tweet their findings using hashtag #govadapt12.


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Final program and abstracts book out!

Our symposium is rapidly approaching. We are happy to announce that the updated program, with rooms and chairs, is now available. Please have a look at the final program and the book of abstracts.

You can also download the program by theme in the program session. Full papers can be downloaded from the download paper session. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam next week!

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Social event takes place!

Guided Walking Tour through Amsterdam’s Centre

Enough people have registered for the guided walk through Amsterdam on the Saturday after the symposium and so this event will happen. Additional participants are still welcome!!! Highlights of the walk include: the historical canals, the Central Square, the medieval nunnery, the Red Light District, ending with a delicious lunch at De Waag in Nieuwmarkt. Our guide, Myriam, will provide us with details about the history of the city as well as funny, curious details about contemporary life in Amsterdam.

When:                 Saturday 24 March
Where:                Start from symposium venue  Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324
Duration:           2 hours (10.30am -12.30pm and then lunch at De Waag).

If you still haven’t signed up but would like to join, please report to the symposium registration desk or send an email to governanceofadaptation@ivm.vu.nl

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Highlighted: keynote paper on a robust strategy for governing climate change adaptation

As the papers for our conference keep coming in and are uploaded to this site, we like to take the opportunity to highlight another keynote paper “In search of a robust strategy for governing climate change adaptation” by Daniel MazmanianJohn Jurewitz and Hal T. Nelson. The abstract reads: “This paper identifies the governance of adaptation to climate change as a significant case of problems of deep uncertainty, a class of societal problems confronting society. This combined with the myriad of natural resource and human settlement decisions affected by climate change requires a dynamic framework policy together with locally contextual-based, continuously evolving decision rules and decision processes, commensurate with the rapidly evolving reality and science of climate change. Continue reading

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Workshop on uncertainty and climate adaptation (CIRCLE-2 Joint Initiative).

The CIRCLE-2 Joint Initiative is promoting the Workshop on Uncertainty and Climate Change Adaptation. The main goals of this event are to promote discussion and contribute with scientific insight by calling for the submission of abstracts that respond to the following question: How do decision-making processes on climate change adaptation, at the multi-decadal timescale, envision the future and deal with related uncertainties? Continue reading

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Daniel Mazmanian new keynote speaker

Due to personal circumstances, Louis Lebel has had to withdraw as a keynote speaker to our symposium. The organization is happy to report that an excellent replacement was found in Daniel Mazmanian, who will present the paper “In search of a robust strategy for governing climate change adaptation” that he has co-authored with John Jurewitz and Hal T. Nelson. Continue reading

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Accesibility for participants with physical limitations

Dear participants, the two top meeting rooms in the venue might be relatively hard to navigate for those with physical disabilities as stairs have to be climbed (the rest of the building is serviced by an elevator). If you have a physical condition that we need to take into account in planning your presentation, please notify us by writing an email to: governanceofadaptation@ivm.vu.nl and we will try to adapt the program to your needs.

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