European Climate Change Adaptation Conference - ECCA 2021

JPI Climate, together with the SINCERE, ERA4CS and AXIS projects will lead the organisation of the next European Climate Change and Adaptation Conference (ECCA) in 2021.


Climate change is considered by many to be the challenge of the 21st century. The urgency and severity of this challenge call for integrated ways of looking at responses to reduce the risks associated with environmental and social stressors, and ensure a secure future for humans and ecosystems. Adapting to climate change requires a coordinated and synergistic approach from a diverse range of actors across sectors, as well as questioning assumptions about the drivers of risk, vulnerability and environmental change.

A cooperative approach is allowing to improve learning and knowledge exchange in order to deliver optimal solutions. Interaction and collaboration with the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community is a critical element in improving climate change adaptation (CCA), as the communities share similar goals and activities. Bringing the two groups together is particularly important in relation to the goals and targets of the three major international agreements: Paris, Sendai Framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The fifth edition of European Climate Change and Adaptation Conference (ECCA) will be held in May/June 2021 (final dates TBC). ECCA aims to:

  • Provide a space that facilitates a dialogue among a diverse range of actors from academia, government, business, community and youth on the multiple aspects of climate change adaptation
  • Promote the communication and knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners
  • Find integrated solutions and inspire action
  • Discuss key challenges and solutions in climate adaptation
  • Support ongoing efforts to enhance the coherence and synergy between CCA and DRR research, policy and practice
  • Provide a stage for presenting European’s excellence on Research & Innovation for CCA

This will be an excellent opportunity to work together on showcasing the successful interlinkages between climate knowledge, climate finance and innovative adaptation practices.

If you would like to receive relevant updates and information on ECCA2021, please register here, or follow one of the social media channels:

  • Instagram: ecca2021
  • Twitter: 2021ECCA (AdaptationConference)
  • LinkedIn: ECCA: European Climate Change Adaptation
  • YouTube channel of the 4th edition (2019)

The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation conference is convened by projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme (website).


Previous editions

  1. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 | 'Integrating Climate into Action' - Hamburg, Germany (webpage)
  2. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2015 | 'Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business' - Copenhagen, Denmark (website)
  3. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017 | 'Our Climate Ready Future' - Glasgow, Scotland (website)
  4. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2019 | 'Working together to prepare for change' - Lisbon, Portugal (website)