Programme in detail

The programme of the conference will offer a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, round tables, field trips, exhibition, side events and back-to-back meetings. To maximise the impact of the conference, seven themes and three cross cutting issues have been identified that reflect the prominent subjects in climate adaptation of today and the coming decade.
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On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday plenaries are organised. The plenary sessions will be simultaneous translated into French and Spanish.
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Approximately 155 parallel sessions will be organised around the seven themes and three cross-cutting issues based on the abstracts and sessions approved. There are several types of sessions:

  • Practice sessions: sharing best practices and lessons learned, working methods, tools, evaluation findings, etc. that are of particular interest to other practitioners, but also to scientists
  • Science-practice sessions: sharing experiences among scientists and practitioners; co-creation, boundary work to link science and practice, joint evaluations, etc. that are interesting to practitioners and scientists
  • Focused science session: about a specific topic of interest to scientists and practitioners
  • Science sessions: to be composed on the basis of approved abstracts

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Round Tables

Several high level Round Table discussions will be organised on issues of crucial importance for adaptation to climate change. Seasoned practitioners, politicians and scientists will facilitate the debates, and will actively involve audiences. With these Round Tables, we aim to advance international debates and put urgent new matters on the agenda.
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Socials: receptions and dinner

During the conference several receptions and a conference dinner will be organised. The receptions are included in the registration, the conference dinner is optional. 
The reception on Thursday 12 May will be held in the exhibition hall of the IABR-2016 (International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam), access to the exhibition is included.
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Special events

During the conference a number of special events will be organised.
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During the plenary on Thursday 12 May the 'Young scientist best presentation and best poster award' will be announced.
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Field trips

On Friday 13 May participants are offered a choice between 13 field trips. The trips give the participants a good overview of how Rotterdam and the Netherlands have adapted to climate change over the centuries.
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Adaption Expo

The conference gives ample opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to promote their products and research. The Adaptation Expo will consists of:

  • Business fair
  • Project exhibition
  • Tool shed
  • Posters

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Flying reporters

Students from Wolfert Bilingual Secondary School, Rotterdam will act as Flying Reporters during the whole conference.
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Earth Journalism Network

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) will be carrying out a Training of Trainers course at the  conference to learn more about climate resilience and how to report on it in an engaging fashion.
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Live streaming

A number of sessions will be live streamed.
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Living Planet Symposium 2016 (live streaming during AF2016)

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Edinburgh (2013), Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004).
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