Media kit

The largest European Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

  • 1200 Participants
  • 3 Plenary Sessions (auditorium for 1500 people)
  • 16 Keynote speakers
  • 8 Parallel Sessions
  • 580 Papers and 192 Oral e-Posters
  • 2 Symposia (Side events)
  • International and national media outreach (IWA Media Partner)

About ECCA

The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference will take place at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 28th to the 31st of May 2019, after Hamburg (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Glasgow (2017). In 2010, the first global conference on adaptation was held in Gold Coast, Australia under the umbrella of the UN Environment Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). This marked the beginning of the biennial Adaptation Futures conferences, and inspired a group of European participants to organise Europe-focused events in the alternate years. The European Commission agreed to support the conference series, assigning management of the events to project coordinators of three EU-funded adaptation research projects.

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.

Main themes

  1. Data, methods & approaches in climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction
  2. Co-production of knowledge, solutions & services
  3. Communication, data-sharing & decision support
  4. Institutions, governance, citizens & social justice
  5. Global climate challenges 
  6. Climate risk management & resilience

Points to retain…

European Commission’s point of view:

Extreme weather events, which have a gigantic impact:

  • Water – security of supply during droughts, as well as flooding from rivers and surface water in downpours.
  • Heatwaves – impact on health of vulnerable citizens as well as productivity.
  • Bringing together climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction communities.
  • Climate change and young people – the young people’s programme was instigated before the recent school climate strikes, but the timing is perfect…
  • Better communication of climate change and adaptation – countering the negative and uninformed messages in the media and social media.


Tuesday 28th May – Opening plenary

The need to reduce the risks associated to climate change in order to ensure a better future. The importance of adopting solutions having in mind the three major international agreements: Paris, Sendai Framework for DRR and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • João Pedro Matos Fernandes | Portuguese Minister of Environment and Energy Transition
  • Fernando Medina | Mayor of Lisbon City Hall
  • Christos Stylianides | European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission
  • Daniela Jacob | Climate Service Center Germany – GERICS
  • Yvon Slingenberg | Director of International, Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), European Commission

Wednesday 29th May – Business plenary

How businesses can adapt to climate change so that risks become opportunities.

  • Cláudia Coelho | Sustainable Business Solutions Director of PWC Portugal
  • Alexandre Relvas Jr. | Managing Director, Casa Relvas – Agriculture sector, wine sector’s adaptation
  • Diane D’Arras | President of International Water Association – water sector perspective
  • Paul Fleming | Microsoft
  • Julien Guerrier | Director of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), European Commission
  • Kirsten Dunlop | Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC

 Thursday 30th May – Closing plenary

The goals and objectives of international agreements for 2030 require a joint effort in the coming decade. How can we do it?

  • Jean-Eric Paquet | Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
  • Jian Liu | Chief Scientist at UN Environment
  • Paola Albrito | Chief of the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Virginia Murray | Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England
  • Marko Maver | Slovenian Secretary of State for the Environment