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Adaptation Futures 2016 is the fourth PROVIA worldwide adaptation conference. It will be held in Rotterdam from 10 to 13 May 2016. The conference aims to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

Adaptation Futures 2016 is for scholars, practitioners, policymakers and business people from all around the world.

Adaptation Futures 2016 offers a platform to exchange new and practical ideas, experiences and insights for climate change adaptation.
Participants are invited to share their research findings, public and commercial solutions, and policy issues. They are asked to demonstrate how their findings might be applicable to other communities, countries or sectors. Over four days, there are opportunities to meet, mingle, inspire and develop partnerships.

Adaptation Futures 2016 comprises conference and workshop sessions on science, practice and policy. Participants can show and explain their solutions in an exhibition, make commercial contacts in a business fair and connect with their peers in field excursions to adaptation projects.


Three types of sessions are offered: science sessions, practice sessions (including policy practice) and combined science-practice sessions. We invite proposals for full sessions that fit one of the three categories, as well as abstracts for individual presentations in the science sessions. Since we are interested in how adaptation works out in practice, we invite also practitioners to submit abstracts, e.g. referring to evaluations of adaptation projects. In terms of sessions, we are particularly interested in combined science-practice sessions.

Many companies and public authorities contribute to scientific research, or conduct research themselves. Science sessions are therefore open to those wishing to present scientific findings and solutions relevant to climate change adaptation. Businesses, practitioners, policymakers, designers, investors and decision makers can also interact with scientists to explore and discuss solutions to the adaptation challenge in practice sessions, or propose solution-oriented science-practice sessions.

Themes and cross-cutting issues

Seven sectoral themes and three cross-cutting issues have been identified to guide session proposals. We recognise that there are other ways of organising adaptation research, policy and practice, and that learning and innovation benefit from taking a view beyond specific sectors or approaches. For example, ecosystem management (a theme) can offer solutions in agriculture, urban settings and public health. Evaluation (a cross-cutting issue) can be applied to all themes. We therefore welcome contributions that demonstrate the added value of combining knowledge, experience and innovation across themes and issues.

Climate change is of concern to everybody. Poorer communities are typically the most vulnerable. Adaptation policies can help curb poverty and avoid magnifying existing inequality if their impacts on social development -for instance access to public goods and gender inequality- are considered. The issue of poverty and inequality is therefore a recurring topic under all seven themes and three cross-cutting issues.erken