UNIVERSITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Understanding and managing the extreme impacts of climate change. Warsaw, Poland, 4th-5th July 2019

BACKGROUND

Many universities across the world perform state-of-the-art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such global importance.

There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be showcased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

It is against this background that the 3rd Symposium “Universities and Climate Change” is being organised by the University of Warsaw (Poland), Manchester Metropolitan University, (UK), and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIP).

The event will focus on urban issues such as heat waves, urban floods on the one hand, and the role of hydrological, ecological and social factors, on the other. The role played by the presence, quality and usability of green spaces and other green infrastructure such as street trees, green walls and roofs in climate change mitigation and adaptation in an urban context will also be explored.

It will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from traditional climate science but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies. The Symposium will reiterate the role of climate change research and projects in fostering climate action, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

AIMS

The aims of the Symposium are as follows:

I. to provide researchers at universities from across the world performing research on issues pertaining to climate change with an opportunity to display and present their works and research projects;

II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice;

III. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer a better understanding of climate change across society and economic sectors and;

IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.

The networking and personal interactions enabled by the Symposium will be very positive for university staff interested in international collaboration on climate change, helping them to foster partnerships to apply and secure new research projects from programmes such as HORIZON 2020, ERASMUS and Europe-AID among others, as well in being part of Consortia bidding for grants from international organisations (e.g. World Bank, GEF, etc) and other funding bodies. Those planning to initiate new research projects on climate change and looking for new partners, will also find the Symposium very useful.

Moreover, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on climate change research at universities taking place today. To this purpose, a peer-reviewed publication titled “Handbook of Extreme Events and Climate Change”. This will be a unique, state-of-the-art publication, which will document and promote the research on climate change taking place at universities across the world. The publication will be part of the award-winning “Climate Change Management Series” (launched in 2008), published https://www.springer.com/series/8740 published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. The event will closely engage doctoral students undertaking research on climate change.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Delegates attending the Symposium will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. These are:

i. teaching staff

ii. research staff;

iii. postgraduate students

iv. project officers and consultants;

v. other people interested in the field.

It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for integrated approaches towards research on climate change and, hence contribute towards advancing this field of work even further.

STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

The Symposium will be organised around two main strands:

Strand 1: the poster displays Participating universities will be able to put-up poster displays describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will be the backbone of the event and will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

Strand 2: the presentations A set of presentations, divided into two main sections will be organised, dealing with issues of strategic value in reviewing the state of the art of research on climate change today. These are:

Session 1: Research on Climate Change Mitigation

Session2: Research on Climate Change Adaptation Submitted papers will be structured around these two main sessions.

DEADLINES
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th December 2018
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 28th March 2019
  • Deadline for full, revised papers: 30th May 2019
  • Deadline for registrations: 30th May 2019

Since the book will be launched soon after the Symposium, the deadlines need to be followed.

TIMETABLE

The Symposium will be held on 4th and 5th July 2019.

Thursday 4th July 2019

Morning: arrival and registration

09:00- 10:00 -Registration

10:00-11:00- Plenary Session

11:30-13:00- Parallel Sessions 1 and 2

13:00-14:00- Lunch

Afternoon:

Plenary Session

Parallel Sessions 3 and 4

Evening:

Reception and networking

Friday 5th July 2019

Morning:

Plenary Session

Parallel Sessions 5 and 6

13:00-14:00- Lunch

Afternoon:

14:00-15:00- Final plenary session and close of the event, with the hand-over of the Best Paper Awards

15.00- Departure

The venue of the Symposium is: central campus of University of Warsaw located at Krakowskie Przedmieście 30 street near old town. In order to ensure an efficient use of the time, delegates are kindly asked to organize their travel in a way that allows them to arrive on time to attend the plenary session and travel back in the late afternoon of 5th July 2019, since the best papers awards will be handed over at around 14.30 on that day

ABOUT THE VENUE AND THE ORGANISERS

The “Symposium on Universities and Climate Change: understanding and managing the extreme impacts of climate change” will be held at the University of Warsaw in Poland, one of the most prominent higher education institutions in the country. It is a modern university, located in central Warsaw, with state-of-the-art facilities for conferences and events, offering an ideal venue for the Symposium.

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland, with a major airport which makes it easily reachable from the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Apart from being accessible by plane, the city is connected to Europe´s main railway linen. The University is conveniently close to various hotels, all of which are within a short distance from the Symposium venue.

FEES AND CHARGES

A discounted fee of Euro 200 will be charged to delegates who register until 30th March 2019 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of Euro 250. The reduced fee for MSc/PhD students is Euro 100. The fee includes free lunches and coffee breaks on 4th and 5th July 2019. Authors contributing to the Handbook of Extreme Events and Climate Change” will receive free on-line access to their papers and to the complete Handbook.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support delegates to request funding for their participation. . . .

HOW TO REGISTER

Registrations should be made at the Symposium´s web site at: https://www.haw SYMPOSIUM / UNIVERSITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Warsaw, Poland, 4th-5th July 2019 . . .

ORGANISERS
  • University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management”
  • International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
  • City of Warsaw, Poland
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Baltic University Programme (BUP) .
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Chair

  • Prof. Walter Leal, HAW Hamburg (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Prof. Artur Magnuszewski, University of Warsaw (Poland)
MEMBERS
  • Dr. Abul Quasem Al-Amin, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Prof. Fátima Alves, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Dr. Nelson Amaro, Galileo University, Guatemala
  • Prof. Ulisses Azeiteiro, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Prof. Luiz Velazquez Contrera, University of Sonora, Mexico
  • Prof. Boaventura Chango Cuamba, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Prof. Amadou Gaye, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
  • Prof. Baltazar D´Andrade Guerra, UNISUL, Brazil
  • Prof. Arvo IItal, Technical University of Tallin, Estonia
  • Prof. Maris Klavins, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Prof. Linas Kliucininkas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Dr. Evangelos Manolas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Prof. David Chávez Muñoz, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
  • Prof. Justice Nyamangara, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Prof. Nicholas Otienoh Oguge, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof. Michael Shilin, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia
  • Prof. Anirudh Singh, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Prof. Luis Vargas, University of Chile, Chile
  • Prof. Menas Wuta, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW

Members

  • Dr. Maciej Lenartowicz
  • Dr. Jarosław Suchożebrski
  • Dr. Maksym Łaszewski
CONTACT POINT FOR SCIENTIFIC INPUTS, STRATEGIC COOPERATION AND GUIDANCE ON THE PUBLICATIONS

All questions related to scientific inputs and strategic partnerships, as well as the book, should be sent to: Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS) E-mail: iusdrp@ls.haw-hamburg.de.

CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATOR AND CONTACT POINT FOR FURTHER DETAILS

All questions related to abstracts and registrations should be sent to: Dr. Mihaela Sima Institute of Geography Romanian Academy E-mail: simamik@yahoo.com

HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided. The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below a sample abstract in page 10. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. Please send your abstract to Dr. Mihaela Sima at: simamik@yahoo.com

MORE INFO

https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/warsaw2019.html

 

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