Next European Climate Change Adaptation conference will be held in May in Lisbon

The city of LISBON welcomes the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA), at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) from 28 to 31 May 2019. The city was selected by the European Commission to host one of the most significant events for the climate change adaptation community.

Climate change affects everyone. The urgency and severity of the associated climate impacts require sustainable actions that reduce the environmental and social risks. ECCA’s primary objective is to bring leading academics and practitioners together to identify and disseminate adaptation solutions, and explore methods to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters caused by extreme weather events. The conference will focus particular attention on identifying the ways that the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction communities can learn from each other, and find ways to support the most vulnerable groups and environments in danger from climate change impacts. ECCA 2019 is the first of the biennial conferences to be held in a southern European city, and follows successful events in Hamburg (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Glasgow (2017).

It’s anticipated that over 1,000 participants will attend ECCA 2019, representing leading international bodies from: research, policymaking, national, regional and local authorities, practitioners, and non-governmental organisations. It will also include contributions from the business sector, entrepreneurs and start-ups associated with climate services.

The conference themes reflect the diverse nature of adaptation and disaster risk reduction action, incorporating a range of subjects including co-production of knowledge and solutions, decision support, and social justice.

ECCA 2019 is organised by three European research and innovation projects (Horizon 2020):

  • PLACARD – PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction (, coordinated by FCiencias.ID, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
  • BINGO – Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management (, coordinated by the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering
  • RESCCUE – RESILIENCE to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas ( coordinated by AQUATEC – SUEZ Advanced Solutions, based in Barcelona, on behalf of the European Commission.

The conference is supported by Lisbon City Council and the Ministry of the Environment, along with exhibitors and partner organisations.