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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

4th - 5th July 2019: Universities and Climate Change: Understanding and managing the extreme impacts of climate change, Warsaw, Poland

Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.



Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.

There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

It is against this background that the 3rd Symposium “Universities and Climate Change” is being organised  by the University of Warsaw (Poland), Manchester Metropolitan University, (UK), and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIP).

The event will focus on urban issues such as heat waves, urban floods on the one hand, and the role of  hydrological, ecological and social factors, on the other. The role played by the presence, quality  and usability of green spaces and other green infrastructure such as street trees, green walls and roofs in climate change mitigation and adaptation in an urban context will also be explored.

It will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.

The Symposium will reiterate the role of climate change  research and projects in fostering climate action, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

fold faq AIMS

The aims of the Symposium are as follows: 

  • I. to provide researchers at universities from across the world performing research on issues pertaining climate change with an opportunity to display and present their works and research projects;
  • II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice; 
  • III. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer  a better understanding of climate change across society and economic sectors and;  
  • IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.

The networking and personal interactions enabled by the Symposium will be very positive for university staff interested in international collaboration on climate change, helping them to foster partnerships to apply and secure new research projects from  programmes such as HORIZON 2020, ERASMUS and Europe-AID among others, as well in being part of Consortia bidding  for grants from international organisations (e.g. World Bank, GEF, etc) and other funding bodies.  Those planning to initiate new research projects on climate change and looking for new partners, will also find the Symposium very useful.

Moreover, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on climate change research at universities taking place today. To this purpose, a peer-reviewed publication titled “Handbook of Extreme Events and Climate Change”. This will be a unique, state-of-the-art publication, which will document and promote the research on climate change taking place at universities across the world. The publication will be  part of the award-winning  “Climate Change Management Series” (launched in 2008), published  published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. 
The event will closely engage doctoral students undertaking research on climate change.


Delegates attending the Symposium will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. These are:

  • i. teaching staff
  • ii. research staff;
  • iii. postgraduate students
  • iv. project officers and consultants;
  • v. other people interested in the field.

It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for integrated approaches towards research on climate change and, hence contribute towards advancing this field of work even further.


The Symposium will be organised around two main strands:

Strand 1: the poster displays

Participating universities will be able to put-up poster displays describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will be the backbone of the event and will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

Strand 2: the presentations

A set of presentations, divided into two main sections will be organised, dealing with issues of strategic value in reviewing the state of the art of research on climate change today. These are:

  • Session 1: Research on Climate Change Mitigation
  • Session 2: Research on Climate Change Adaptation

Submitted papers will be structured around these two main sessions.

fold faq DEADLINES

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th January 2019
Deadline for submission of papers: 30th March 2019
Deadline for full, revised papers: 30th May 2019
Deadline for registrations: 30th May 2019
Since the book will be launched soon after the Symposium, the deadlines need to be followed.

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The Symposium will be held on 4th and 5th July 2019. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday 4th July 2019

Morning: arrival and registration

  • 09:00- 10:00 -Registration
  • 10:00-11:00- Plenary Session
  • 11:30-13:00- Parallel Sessions 1 and 2 
  • 13:00-14:00- Lunch


  • Plenary Session
  • Parallel Sessions 3 and 4


  • Reception and networking  

Friday 5th July 2019


  • Plenary Session
  • Parallel Sessions 5 and 6
  • 13:00-14:00- Lunch 


  • 14:00-15:00- Final plenary session and close of the event, with the hand-over of the Best Paper Awards
  • 15.00- Departure

The venue of the Symposium is: central campus of University of Warsaw located at Krakowskie Przedmiescie 30 street near old town.

In order to ensure an efficient use of the time, delegates are kindly asked to organize  their travel in a way that allows them to arrive on time to attend the plenary session and travel back in the late afternoon of  5th July 2019, since the best papers awards will be handed over at around 14.30 on that day.


The "Symposium on Universities and Climate Change: understanding and managing the extreme impacts of climate change" will be held at the University of  Warsaw in Poland, one of the most prominent higher education institutions in the country. It is a modern university, located in central Warsaw, with state-of-the-art facilities for conferences and events, offering an ideal venue for the Symposium.

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland,  with a major airport which makes it easily reachable from the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Apart from being accessible by plane, the city is connected to Europe´s main railway linen. The University is conveniently close to various hotels, all of which are within a short distance from the Symposium venue. 


A discounted fee of  Euro 200 will be charged to delegates who register until 30th  March 2019 (early bird registration). After that,  delegates will need to pay the full fee of Euro 250.  The reduced fee for MSc/PhD students is  Euro 100. The fee includes free lunches and coffee breaks on 4th and 5th July 2019. Authors contributing to the "Handbook of Extreme Events and Climate Change" will receive free on-line access to their papers and to the complete Handbook.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support delegates to request funding for their participation.

For registrations cancelled up to 30 days before the event, a 50% refund may be provided.  For cancellations made  less than 30 days no refund are possible, since all arrangements have been made and a seat cannot be re-sold. Thank you for your understanding.

  • University of  Warsaw, Poland 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” 
  • International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
  • City of Warsaw, Poland
  •  UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  •  World Health Organisation (WHO)
  •  Baltic University Programme (BUP)

ChairProf. Walter Leal, HAW Hamburg (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Prof. Artur Magnuszewski, University of Warsaw (Poland)

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     • Dr. Abul Quasem Al-Amin, University of Malaya, Malaysia
     • Prof. Fátima Alves, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
     • Dr. Nelson Amaro, Galileo University, Guatemala
     • Prof. Ulisses Azeiteiro, University of Aveiro, Portugal
     • Prof. Luiz Velazquez Contrera, University of Sonora, Mexico
     • Prof. Boaventura Chango Cuamba,  Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
     • Prof. Amadou Gaye, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
     • Prof. Baltazar D´Andrade Guerra, UNISUL, Brazil
     • Prof. Arvo IItal, Technical University of Tallin, Estonia
     • Prof. Maris Klavins, University of Latvia, Latvia
     • Prof. Linas Kliucininkas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
     • Dr. Evangelos Manolas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
     • Prof. David Chávez Muñoz, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
     • Prof. Justice Nyamangara, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
     • Prof. Nicholas Otienoh Oguge, University of Nairobi, Kenya
     • Prof. Michael Shilin, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia
     • Prof. Anirudh Singh, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
     • Prof. Luis Vargas, University of Chile, Chile
     • Prof. Menas Wuta, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe



  • Dr. Maciej Lenartowicz
  • Dr. Jaroslaw Suchozebrski
  • Mr. Maksym Laszewski

All questions related to scientific inputs and strategic partnerships, as well as the book, should be sent to:

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)


All questions related to abstracts and registrations should be sent to:

Dr. Mihaela Sima
Institute of Geography
Romanian Academy


An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided.  The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person  and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below  a sample abstract in page 10.

Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. Please send your abstract to Dr. Mihaela Sima at: simamik(@)


Promoting Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries: breaking misconceptions and addressing information needs

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
School of Science and the Environment
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
Manchester, M1 5GD
United Kingdom


The impacts of climate change to natural ecosystems, infra-structure and livelihood, means that the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies in developing countries has become a pressing issue.  Among other factors,  the undertaking of adaptation strategies is made difficult by the general lack of awareness and spread misconceptions about the real impacts of climate change which may slow down the execution of  the adaptation initiatives needed, and which may ameliorate them.

This paper presents an analysis about the misconceptions related to the implementation of climate  change adaptation strategies, and describes the most widespread ones, as well as their implications. A special emphasis is given to the problems and barriers caused by misinformation, which – in turn- prevent the promotion of adaptation initiatives at local level. Finally, some concrete steps which may be taken in order to break the misconceptions and foster a  more  systematic view of adaptation strategies,  are outlined. Experiences gathered in this paper will be useful to people and organisations interested in the different levels of responses given to climate changes threats, and on some of the tools which may be used to encourage  specific action to adapt to changing climate conditions.

Letzte Änderung: 24.09.18

An die Redaktion


Dr. Mihaela Sima
Institute of Geography
Romanian Academy

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