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NEWS: African Climate Risks Conference 2019

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is organising an African Climate Risks Conference that will take place from 7 – 9 October 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The call for abstracts is now open.

The African Climate Risks Conference is designed to be an open platform for sharing the latest research on African climate among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and development partners. The overall goal is to improve the flow of knowledge and interactions among researchers, practitioners and decision-makers to achieve greater impact and legacy of African climate research and adaptation initiatives. The conference also aims to increase the contribution of African experts to the IPCC assessment reports, and bring together development partners to discuss how to improve programming to support African-led climate research and service priorities.

The theme of the conference is: Dismantling barriers to urgent climate change adaptation actions.

The conference aims to:

  • Disseminate results and share insights from new and on-going climate science and adaptation research in Africa;
  • Provide a forum to identify common priorities for African development through African-led collective discussions;
  • Contribute to efforts to ensure greater impact and legacy of on-going research programmes by promoting the uptake of new data, tools and knowledge within planning and decision-making processes; and
  • Link researchers with a diversity of other actors that are important for moving research into policy and practice: decision-makers, national meteorological agencies, knowledge brokers, donors, NGOs, etc.

The three-day conference will be held alongside the Eighth Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VIII) conference, with some strategic overlap to leverage synergies in linking research to users, policymakers and private sector. The central focus of the agenda will be presentations on the latest research on African climate and thematic sessions aimed at facilitating critical engagements between climate researchers, climate service providers, and users. The conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, oral and poster presentations and exhibitions of innovative climate services.

The conference will be convened under the auspices of the following organisations: WMO-GFCS, WMO-AMCOMET,WCRP, IPCC, UNECA-ACPC, CR4D, WASCAL, SSN and FCFA partner organisations.

Call for abstracts: This call is based on standard abstracts for oral and poster presentations only. Please upload abstract submissions here. Deadline for abstracts is 28 April 2019.

Call for supporting sessions: Alongside the planned sessions and conference activities, the organisers are offering the opportunity for other partner organisations and initiatives to host additional sessions on topics that support the themes and the aims of the conference. Please submit your proposal online. Please see the Guidelines and Terms and conditions here. Deadline for submissions is 28 April 2019.

Call for exhibitors: In parallel to the conference events, a limited number of exhibition stands will be available and interested organisations are invited to apply. The requests for exhibitions should be submitted by 28 April 2019 to the conference secretariat at: info@acrc2019.org.

More detailed information on the conference will follow in the coming weeks so please check the website or Twitter for updates.

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