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Herrenhausen Conference "Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies"

Dates:
09.10 - 11.10.2019  
Venue:
Hanover, Germany
Contact person:
Markus Reichstein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:
http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de...

The Herrenhausen Conference "Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies" will be held from 9-11 October 2019 in Hanover, Germany.

Description

The overall objective of the conference is to elucidate the relations between climate extremes, societal resilience, and sustainable development goals. Development and transformation for achieving the SDGs can be severely threatened by catastrophic events triggered by climate extremes. Yet, at the same time development towards reaching the SDGs may enhance societal resilience against such extremes.

The major obstacles will be identified for building climate resilience across regions and sectors, as well as priorities and means to address these obstacles. The aim is to develop both strategic agendas for research and for best-practice design and implementation.

Sessions

The conference is organized around five parallel workshop sessions:

- Challenges of extreme events for resilient infrastructures
- Climate Extremes and Food Security
- Climate Extremes and Security
- Data science for human wellbeing
- Response to compound events.

The parallel sessions are guided by the following research questions:

1. Which impacts are expected to be caused by extreme climate events (incl. compound events, impacts cascades and feedbacks) across ecosystems, infrastructures and society?
2. What are key obstacles (e.g. financing, governance, data & system knowledge) towards societal resilience across sectors and SDGs?
3. What knowledge is needed to remove these obstacles and how can research, teaching and learning support the transformation towards SDGs while facing climate extremes?

The sessions are considered to emerge bottom-up - hence you may think about contributing themes there. Each session will be formed by approximatively 30 participants. Researchers from all disciplines and professionals from business and administration working in the field of extreme events and resilient societies are welcome to attend the conference.

Registration

If you wish to attend, please register online: https://evese.checkinserver.com/eve/interfaces/modules/registration/index.php?mprefix=vws&pprefix=multi&regname=vws_login&label=from_typo_3&eventid=3524&current_typo3_lang=en_us

There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.

Financial support

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for early-career researchers (PhD students and early Post Docs up to 5 years since PhD) or young professionals with a link to climate extremes and resilient societies from all fields (e.g. history, climate science, data science, economics, ecology, geography, health, mathematics, psychology, sociology, risk assessment, political sciences).

Applicants can win one of 25 travel grants to take part in the conference. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research/project in a two-minute lightning talk and during the poster sessions. The travel grants include travel expenses to Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover.

Please apply by completing the online application form: https://call.volkswagenstiftung.de/calls/antrag/index.html#/apply/1

The deadline for submitting applications is 28 March 2019.

Further information

For more information and a detailed program please visit the conference website: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/extreme-events-2019

Further questions: Mrs. Maack (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) regarding logistic and travel aspects, Prof. Dr. Reichstein (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Frank (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any further questions relating to the conference.