ECCA 2017 is organised for the European Commission by three EU-funded projects:


Organising Committee

Conference Chair

Dr Paula Harrison
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK.

Paula Harrison is the Principal Natural Capital Scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the UK. She Coordinates the IMPRESSIONS project which is co-organising ECCA 2017. She specialises in working across sectors and disciplines to integrate different types of knowledge using both modelling and participatory approaches to find innovative solutions for adapting to climate change.

Organising committee (OC)

Alison Smith
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Alison currently works on mapping and assessing ecosystem services and green infrastructure, though her background is as a climate and energy consultant. She is interested in the multiple economic, social and environmental benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation action.

Dr Joseph Hagg
Adaptation Scotland / Sniffer / University of Edinburgh

Joseph is the Science and Skills Manager for Adaptation Scotland (a programme delivered by Sniffer) at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (University of Edinburgh). He is an experienced provider of adaptation capacity building with a wide range of practitioners and decision-makers – including the development of a range of climate services with suppliers, purveyors and users.

Prof. Richard Betts
University of Exeter and Met Office Hadley Centre

Professor Richard Betts is Chair in Climate Impacts at the University of Exeter and Head of Climate Impacts Research at the Met Office Hadley Centre. He is coordinator of the EU-funded project HELIX (High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes), which is co-organising ECCA 2017.

Richard’s research focusses on interactions between climate, land ecosystems and the hydrological cycle. He was a Lead Author on the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports, first in Working Group 1 (Physical Science Basis) then Working Group 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability). He was also a lead author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and contributed to the First and Second UK Climate Change Risk Assessments.

Prof. Agustín Sanchez Arcilla
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; co-ordinator of the RISES-AM project.
Prof. A. Sánchez-Arcilla is full Professor at the Catalonia Univ. of Technology. He is the Director of the Maritime Engineering Lab (LIM/UPC). He has published 16 books and over 130 research papers, supervised 28 PhD theses and taken part in more than 30 EU research projects.

Duncan Booker
Sustainable Glasgow Manager & Chief Resilience Officer at Glasgow City Council

Duncan Booker is Sustainable Glasgow Manager and Chief Resilience Officer for Glasgow City Council. He has more than twenty years’ experience in local government policy development and was previously an advisor to the Leader of the Council. Duncan is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow.

Science & Practice Advisory Committee

Frans Berkhout Kings College London, UK

Diogo De Gusmão-Sørensen DG R&I

Kit England Sniffer, UK

Ioan Fazey University of Dundee, UK

Jozsef Feiler European Climate Foundation, Hungary

John Firth Acclimatise, UK

Marc Gramberger Prospex, Belgium

Stefan Haenen Prospex, Belgium

Ad Jeuken Deltares, The Netherlands

André Jol EEA

Katharine Knox Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Sasha Leigh NERC, UK

Marcus Lindner EFI, Finland/International

Laszlo Pinter Central European University, Hungary

Maeve McLynn Climate Action Network

Mário Pulquério FFCUL, Portugal

Rob Swart Alterra, The Netherlands

Christiaan Wallet Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of The Netherlands

Hans Sanderson University of Arhus, Denmark

Eric Schellekens Arcadis

Alessandra Sgobbi DG CLIMA

Caroline Zickgraf University of Liege, Belgium

Local Advisory Committee

Anne Marte Bergseng ClimateXChange

Ben Twist Creative Carbon Scotland

Mark Irwin GCC Education Services

Tahseen Jafry Glasgow Caledonian University

Susie Mitchell Glasgow City of Science

Patricia Boyle Met Office

Larissa Naylor NERC / University of Glasgow

Caitlin Hamlett NHS Scotland

Roddy MacLean Scottish Government

Allen Hughes Scottish Government

Alan Speedie SEPA

Duncan Stone SNH

Ruth Wolstenholme Sniffer

Marc Metzger The University of Edinburgh

Roger Street UKCIP

Tanya Wilkins UKCIP

Shona Rawlings 2050 Climate Group

Sam Curran 2050 Climate Group

David McAllister PAS

Theme Convenors

01. Evidence for action: data, climate services & communication

  • Jens Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute (lead convenor)
  • Tim Carter, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Svetlana Jevrejeva, National Oceanography Centre
  • Piero Lionello, University of Salento

02. Planning ahead: delivering resilience in the face of climate uncertainty

  • Mario Pulquério, University of Lisbon (lead convenor)
  • Christopher Reyer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Calum Brown, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Rob Dunford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology & University of Oxford

03. Business and finance: mobilising investment in climate change adaptation and building low carbon, climate resilient economies

  • Marco Grasso, University of Milano-Bicocca (lead convenor)
  • Andrea Roventini, Scuola Superiore di Studi universitari e di perfezionamento Sant’Anna
  • Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum

04. Making it happen: organisations, policy, governance, justice & ethics

  • Tiago Capela Lourenco, University of Lisbon (lead convenor)
  • Robert Biesbroek, Wageningen University & Research
  • Henrik Carlsen, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Marco Grasso, University of Milano-Bicocca

05. Working together: co-production of knowledge between science, business, policy, practice and local communities

  • Saskia Werners, Wageningen University & Research (lead convenor)
  • Kirsty Lewis, UK Meteorological Office
  • Niki Frantzeskaki, DRIFT
  • Tim Rayner, University of East Anglia

06. Adaptation in practice: case studies, monitoring, support tools and guidance

  • Marjolijn Haasnoot, Deltares (lead convenor)
  • Kit England, SNIFFER
  • Kasper Kok, Wageningen University & Research
  • Mark Rounsevell, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Sally Brown, University of Southampton
  • Rob Swart, Wageningen University & Research
  • Hans Sanderson, Arhus University
  • Ad Jeuken, Deltares

07. Global challenges: climate adaptation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • László Pintér, Central European University (lead convenor)
  • David Tàbara, Sustainabilogy
  • Ralph Lasage, University Amsterdam

08. Whole system sustainable solutions: acting across multiple sectors and scales

  • Jill Jäger, Independent Researcher (lead convenor)
  • Ian Holman, Cranfield University

09. Urban, energy & infrastructure

  • Olivier Dessen, University College London (lead convenor)
  • Sen Li, University of Oxford

10. Agriculture & forestry

  • Marcus Lindner, European Forest Institute (lead convenor)
  • Stephen Sitch, University of Exeter
  • Stefan Fronzek, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Ana Iglesias, Technical University of Madrid

11. Water security & flooding

  • Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, University Polytechnic of Catalonia (lead convenor)
  • Michalis Vousdoukas, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • Martina Flörke, University of Kassel
  • Luis Garrote, Technical University of Madrid

12. Biodiversity, ecosystem services & nature-based solutions

  • Pam Berry, University of Oxford (lead convenor)
  • John Haslett, University of Salzburg
  • Rachel Warren, University of East Anglia
  • Carles Ibáñez, IRTA

13. Health and wellbeing

  • Vladimir Kendrowski, World Health Organization (lead convenor)
  • Caroline Zickgraf, The Hugo Observatory, University Of Liège
  • Sara Vigil, The Hugo Observatory, University Of Liège
  • Sari Kovats, LSHTM
  • Emma Terama, Finnish Environment Institute

Professional Conference Organiser

Ollie Brook, Conference Partners