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GEO 2015 Short Video Competition

2 July - 9 October 2015, Mexico City, Mexico

The Group on Earth Observations is pleased to announce the kick-off of the GEO 2015 Short Video Competition for the GEO-XII Plenary and Ministerial Summit!

The competition seeks short (up to 3 minutes) videos highlighting how GEO, and Earth observations in general, are helping to address global and regional environmental and societal challenges.

Winning videos will be shown during the GEO Ministerial Summit in Mexico City on 13 November 2015.

The deadline for submission of videos for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Short Video Competition has been extended to Midnight CET on Friday 9 October 2015 to provide filmmakers more time.


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Contrail-cirrus, other non-CO2 effects and Smart Flying

22 October 2015, London

The aim of this event is to bring together the atmospheric science and civil aircraft operating communities to consider the prospects for reducing the climate impact of contrail-cirrus by re-routing air traffic to avoid the localised regions of cold moist air in which persistent contrails form.

Out of the discussions it is hoped that guidance and priorities will emerge to determine the direction of research in both communities, stimulate new co-operative projects within the EC research framework and influence the forward thinking of policy makers.

GEO-XII Plenary and the 2015 Ministerial Summit

9-13 November 2015, Mexico city, Mexico

Advocate - Engage - Deliver: Earth Observations to Address Global Challenges.

The GEO-XII Plenary and the 2015 Ministerial Summit, as well as all the associated meetings and events will take in Mexico City from 9 to 13 November 2015.

Details concerning the GEO XII Plenary and the accompanying call for participation in an exhibition and side-events are available on the GEO Website.

Please note that everyone attending the Plenary and/or the Ministerial Summit must be registered and everyone registering must be part of a delegation (national, organisational or EC).
Actual registration will be available via the GEO website nearer to the event. In the meantime, you should either approach your national delegation (or GEO participating organisation if you work for one) OR, if you are participating in an EU-funded project, you may request to be part of the EC delegation.

You should let us know as soon as possible whether you wish to avail of this possibility and in any case, no later than 30 September 2015.

Contact: Jane Shiel -

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Adaptation Futures

10-13 May 2016, Rotterdam the Netherlands

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).

In 2016 the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands co-host the fourth edition.

Adaptation Futures 2016
.. is a conference and market-place for practices and solutions
.. strengthens ties between science and practice
.. engages communities of practice and builds new partnerships
.. links adaptation action to current development, investment, planning

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Twitter @confAF2016

The call for abstracts and sessions is now open!
Deadline = 4 October



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Information Day on Horizon 2020 'Environment & Resource Efficiency'

21 September 2015, Brussels

The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the 2016 work programme of Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials" as well as related call topics in the “Blue Growth - Demonstrating an Ocean of Opportunities”, “Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy” and "Smart and Sustainable Cities" focus areas.

The morning plenary session will focus on the general strategy behind the new work programme also providing guidance on the preparation of proposals. During the afternoon sessions participants will then have plenty of opportunities to network and find project partners. If you wish to attend, please register in advance via our website (first come, first served).

Sessions will also be web-streamed and you are welcome to submit your questions via Twitter using #H2020SC5.

Sustainable Places 2015

16-18 September 2015, Savona, Italy

The 2015 Edition of the Sustainable Places Event builds on two successful editions held in 2013 and 2014 in Nice. This third edition is an original initiative from the RESILIENT and PERFORMER FP7 European project consortium, aiming to generate a successful, sustainable and world-class series of annual conferences.

SP2015 aims to gather scientists, researchers, and engineers, from research institutes and the industry, around one of the greatest challenges that our societies have ever faced: ensuring long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world. As usual, the Sustainable Places conference will encourage networking and clustering among the projects funded in the framework of the FP7/H2020 EeB PPP.

On this occasion, participants will have the opportunity to assess innovative initiatives, access up-to-date information, discuss market trends and envision possible synergies. Key stakeholders from the energy efficiency value chain have already expressed their interest in joining the event. An attendance of around 200 participants, coming from Europe and other regions of the world, is expected. This call for contributions invites interested parties in presenting recent results and innovative work on energy efficiency at building, district, and city levels. Contributions introducing inputs of research & innovation EU-funded projects are strongly encouraged. Four kinds of contributions are expected:

• Presentations – to be presented during lively and interactive thematic sessions.

• Papers & Presentations – 8-pages scientific papers to be presented during expert oriented technical sessions.

• Workshops – a 90′ or 180′ session to engage speakers and attendees in productive discussions and to produce specific outcomes.

• Posters – to be displayed in the exhibition area.

To submit a contribution, please fill in the application form and send it back to not later than May 30, 2015. Authors will be informed of the decision of the Technical Programme Committee not later than June 30, 2015.

For more details, please go to: We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! 

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Our Common Future under Climate Change

6-10 July 2015, Paris, France

This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015 (“Paris Climat 2015”). Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the Conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The Conference will also welcome Side Events organized by different stakeholders.

The conference is organized under the umbrella of ICSU, Future Earth, UNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government.

During the event, the European Commission will present 2 parallel sessions:

  • Post-2030 decarbonisation pathways in Europe
  • European Collaborative Research and Innovation for Climate Action

For more information on the sessions, click here.

BINGO Opening Ceremony

10 July 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Horizon 2020 BINGO project -Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management - a better future under climate change (2015-2019) - aims at providing practical knowledge and tools to end-users, water managers, decision and policy-makers affected by climate change to enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods.

The BINGO Opening Ceremony is open to the public.
Join and meet the most relevant representatives in the area of water management and scientific consulting on climate change!
The programme and online registration are available on

The session will also be live-streamed. If you are unable to reach Lisbon on 10 July, do not miss the live streaming at


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