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Webinar - Implementing a pathway approach for climate change adaptation at the local level

11 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Planning for adaptation and selecting the right measures to implement while coping with a wide range of uncertainties is a challenge for many Covenant of Mayors signatories.

The goal of this webinar is to tackle this issue. Has your city already defined or is in the process of defining and assessing options for adaptation measures? At the same time, you are not sure which ones to implement and in which order?

And you would like to find out which options to choose for which (uncertain) future climate scenario? Then this webinar is for you.

The session will focus on assessing adaptation options and familiarise you in particular with the so-called adaptation pathway approach. This approach helps to prioritise adaptation options and assemble them in pathways: Information gathered during the phase of the risk and vulnerability assessment is used to evaluate the effectiveness of different adaptation options and considered together with the timing to assemble pathways of responses that will tackle previously defined climatic thresholds.

Sounds complex? You will be guided through the session by experts from research institutes, who will explain how you can make use of their research findings in your local authority. Moreover, representatives from Covenant of Mayors signatories will give details on how they have implemented this approach as part of their Covenant of Mayors journey and provide you with hints and lessons learned. Extensive Q&A sessions will allow for ample space for your questions.

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MareFrame Policy & Scientific Days

13-14 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Two day event:

Dec 13 - Increased use of an Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Solutions and

Dec 14 - Advances in Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management.

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Symposium: Measuring Biodiversity and Extinction, Present and Past

7 January 2018, San Francisco, USA

This symposium marks a knowledge transfer event at the conclusion of a Marie Curie Global Fellowship experience for the organiser, Dr Julia Sigwart (Director, Queen's University Belfast, Marine Laboratory, UK).

Changing biodiversity is a major concern for all biologists. Anthropogenic changes to our planet are decreasing species diversity through the negative impacts of pollution, habitat destruction, direct extirpation of species, and climate change.

Mass extinction events (and subsequent recoveries) have happened before in Earth’s history, and these provide important context to understand ecological responses to modern environmental change.

The work of assessing biodiversity is woven into ecology, environmental science, conservation, phylogenetics, evo-devo, and many other disciplines; yet, ultimately the way we measure species diversity depends on taxonomy and systematics.

The aspiration of this symposium, and complementary contributed talks, is to promote better understanding of our common goals and encourage future interdisciplinary discussion on biodiversity dynamics.

The symposium will bring together a diverse group of speakers to confront several important themes:

1. How can biologists best respond to the urgent need to identify and conserve diversity?

2. Where are the major gaps in knowledge about the diversity of living animal groups, and what are the implications for understanding potential diversity loss?

3. How can we effectively use the fossil record of past diversity and extinction to understand current biodiversity loss?

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26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018

14-18 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

As one of the world’s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass. 

Be part of the 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition and present your results to specialists and decision makers operating at the top end of the biomass and bioenergy sector.

Submit your abstract by 6th November 2017.

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STEMM Equality Congress

11-12 October 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The STEMM Equality Congress 2018 will offer delegates an opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders in equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, policy and practice in STEMM worldwide.

Building on some of the key themes and issues presented during the 2017 congress, 2018 will focus on inter-sectionality, sharing success stories from around the world, practical measures that are working for other organisations, local challenges that organisations are facing, the tools they are using to address these challenges and how these tools can be applied in other countries and regions.

In 2018 special attention will be given to presentations from emerging countries and the latest themes. Attended by over 350 leading researchers, policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and NGOs from across the globe, the 2018 congress offers a perfect opportunity to network, learn and collaborate to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM.

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Science Café with Thomas Jung

6 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Science Café with Thomas Jung is an unconventional open discussion with theme "Phytophthora species – threats for our nature".

Thomas Jung is one of the most renowned Phytophthora experts in the world. Phytophthora is a genus of plant-damaging Oomycetes (water molds), whose member species are capable of causing enormous economic losses on crops worldwide, as well as environmental damage in natural ecosystems.

Thomas Jung produced the first evidences of Phytophthora pathogens being involved in widespread forest declines in Europe and coordinated the largest forest disease survey in European history.

His current institution is the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he runs the Phytophthora Research Centre.

Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.

Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

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1+1=3 - How agroforestry boosts revenues and resilience of Europe's farmers

29 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Attend this meeting at the European Parliament, hosted by Paul Brannen MEP, to hear and discuss how agroforestry and European research are boosting the revenues and resilience of Europe’s farmers. The meeting starts with presentations on the results of the AGFORWARD research project including the launch of the AGFORWARD folder of innovation and best practice leaflets. A panel will then discuss how we can mainstream agroforestry in Europe. The panel includes: Clara Aguilera Garcia MEP (Vice Chair, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament), Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems), Valentin Opfermann (Policy Advisor on Agricultural and Environmental Research and Environmental Issues at COPA-COGECA), Mauro Poinelli (Head of Unit Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, DG AGRI, European Commission), and Patrick Worms (Senior Science Policy Adviser at the World Agroforestry Centre). There will be a time for questions and the meeting will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking.

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8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’

23-24 November 2017, Kaunas, Lithuania

The aim of the 8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’ is to provide scientific interdisciplinary discussion and to share new ideas for sustainable rural development in the context of Knowledge, Innovations and Social Progress.

The scope of the Conference covers four main areas: Biosystems Engineering and Environment, Agro-innovations and Food Technologies, Multifunctional Approach for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, and Social Innovations for Rural Development.

The Conference ‘Rural Development’ organized biannually since 2003 is attracting to Aleksandras Stulginskis University over 300 scientists from more than 25 countries. All the peer-reviewed conference papers will have been published in open access Proceedings of the conference (online ISSN 2345-0916, print ISSN 1822-3230). Proceedings of International Scientific Conference “Rural Development” are published periodically every two years since 2003 and indexed by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), EBSCO (Academic Search Complete).

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Strategies for enhancing climate adaptation in European cities and their infrastructures

23 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Preliminary results of the Horizon 2020 project RESIN (Resilient cities and infrastructures) will be discussed. In a panel setting with participation of DG Research, a city representative, researchers and eminent members of the scientific advisory group, the policy relevance of RESIN outcomes will be investigated.

Topics to be discussed include a European city climate risk typology, standardized climate risk assessments for European cities, the role of standardization in urban adaptation in general, and co-creation in urban adaptation.

The RESIN project focuses on the integration of critical infrastructure within the overall adaptation of cities to climate change in Europe. It brings together 17 partners from 8 different European countries, experienced in urban resilience and climate change.

Panel members include: Diogo de Gusmao Soerensen (DG RTD), Irena Gabrielaitiene (EASME)Birgit Georgi (RESIN Advisory board, former EEA), Matt Ellis (City of Manchester), Jeremy Carter, Efren Feliu, Erich Rome (RESIN).

To register please contact Mrs Jacqueline Heintz at j.heintz@uniresearch.com

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Biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work as a source of renewable energy

21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Final conference of the greenGain project will be organised in cooperation with AEBIOM during its annual conference European Bioenergy Future on 21. 11. 2017.

The speakers will present interesting results of the greenGain project and share experience from various European regions how to increase market uptake of biomass residues originating during landscape conservation and maintenance work (public parks, roadsides, etc.) for renewable energy production

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