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Deadline for abstract submission was May 15th. We have received over 125 abstracts within the four major conference themes:

  • Climate Action - Mitigation
  • Climate Action - Adaptation
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Green Economy

Papers were asked to address critical elements of the main theme and analyse scientific results to point towards future research needs and knowledge gaps that need to be addressed in order to lead to further societal change and innovation in the field. Topical workshops will be arranged where participants get together and prioritise and structure the proposals for future research needs, based on the  presentations.

Submitted abstracts come from all disciplines, including technical science, natural sciences, political science, economy, law, humanities and health science. This reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the societal challenges in Horizon 2020.

Abstracts has been reviewed by an international scientific committee

A first detailed programme can be downloaded here.

A list of posters can be downloaded here.

Contributed sessions

Individually submitted abstracts within the conference themes have been organised into the following sessions:

  • Climate Action - Mitigation 1+2
  • Climate Action - Adaptation 1, 2 and 3 (Policy, Economy, Humanities aspects)
  • Resource efficiency
  • Bio-resources
  • Ecosystem services 1+2
  • Green Economy 1+2

Special sessions

In addition to the contributed sessions, a number of special sessions has been proposed, including bot scientific sessions as well as round-table discussions. These special sessions have been selected. A more detailed description is available here.

BASE FP7: Models and case studies in support of adaptation policy development in Europe.
Chair: Hans Sanderson, Aarhus University, Denmark
The session consists of 5 scientfic presentations

LIAISE FP7: NoE for an improved use of impact assessment in policy development 
Chair: Jacques Jansen. Alterra, The Netherlands
The session include presentations as well as a roundtable discussion. See more on the website www.liaise-noe.eu

Joint Programming Initiative on Climate: Providing scientific knowledge for the benefit of society
Chair: Silvio Gualdi, Head of the Climate SERVICE division at CMCC-Euro Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.
The session includes presentation of JPI Climate as well as a discussion on knowledge gaps

Gender, energy and climate change: Advancing research & practice in gender, energy and climate change across and beyond Europe.
Chairs: Susan Buckingham and Ines de Sanchez Madariaga
This is a roundtable discussion. Further details about the project can be found at:www.cost.eu/about_cost/governance/genderste

Rebound effects: New perspectives on a phenomenon known for almost 150 years
Chairs: Martin Soland, Universität Zürich and Anja Peters, Fraunhofer ISI.
The session consists of 5 scientfic presentations

Afromaison: Strategies for integrated natural resources management in Africa in order to adapt to the consequences of climate change. ­

Work Shops

The workshop aims at identifying the most important research gap of H2020 within the four themes of the conference. Each participant will be asked to note down a short description of what they see as the most crucial research gap in order to meet H2020 and why. During lunch and coffee the ideas circulate among the participants in a socializing event: Every time two people meet with cards within the same theme (colour coded), they discuss the cards and assign a score of total 7 points to the two cards (0-7, 1-6, 2-5, etc.). They switch cards and go on, until they hold a card with a filled score chart (i.e. have been scored 5 times). The total score of each card is noted on the cards and during the thematic workshop session the workshop facilitator calls out for the cards with the highest score, and identifies the 5-10 highest ranked research gaps (the highest total possible being 35). The result is presented by the workshop leader at the final plenary session.

A first draft PEER position paper based on the suggestions and scores by workshop-participants will be prepared and sent to workshop participants for comments by October 21st 2013. Comments are received by October 28th 2013. The paper will be finalized for a presentation to PEER Directors by November 1st 2013. The final version is to be handed over to EC in Bruxelles November 8th 2013.

The workshop is held Friday October 3rd as part of the planned program.