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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

WUN adapting to Climate change Event

09:00 - 17:00
26 - 27 September 2011
NOCS - National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Docks

Event details

The Worldwide Universities Network or WUN is a group of leading research institutions of international standing from around the world which have come together with the aim of promoting a global research culture through collaborative academic activity. Founded in 2000, activity to date includes joint research, joint distributed learning courses and staff and student exchanges.

More information can be found at the WUN website

In September, international researchers, policy makers and stakeholders associated with the WUN Adapting to Climate Change Global Challenge will meet at Southampton.

Invited participants include:

Monday 26th September
The meeting will open with a series of speakers, largely involved in existing ACC networks, who will introduce their research programme on ACC. Speakers will be asked to present the context of their research within an established conceptual framework, possibly the Drivers-Pressures-States-Impacts-Responses (DPSIR) framework, which is commonly used as a monitoring tool by a range of organizations. These talks will be given in three themed sessions with an overview at the end of each session by a rapporteur. A poster session will be available to ensure all participants have the opportunity to present their research/networks.

Tuesday 27th September
On day two there will be interactive sessions with stakeholders, including funders and end-users within Government and NGOs. This is an important session where there will be opportunity to hear about key initiatives, funding programmes and policy requirements from a range of organisations involved in Adapting to Climate Change

Wednesday 28th September
The final part of the meeting will involve brainstorming on knowledge gaps and challenges to effective research on adaptation and improved implementation of adaptation strategies and further opportunities for networking among researchers, end-users, and funders.


Review and critique current concepts used to frame adaptation to climate change (ACC)

  • Share new insights and information on cases from WUN networks (established/establishing)
  • Identify the needs of stakeholders, how to pursue research to address them, and how to translate the findings into impact
  • Through a review of knowledge gaps, areas of good/poor understanding, and examples of successful practice, develop a modified framework(s) for future work and identify key global/regional targets for the implementation of new work in conjunction with stakeholders/funders.
  • Consider a WUN declaration to be launched at UNFCCC Durban meeting

Contact: Margaret Miles
PA to Professor Guy Poppy, Head of School
School of Biological Sciences
Life Sciences Building (85)
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3349

Dr Elisa Lawson
International Networks and Collaborations Manager
International Office
University of Southampton
Building 37, Highfield Campus
Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel: 0044 23 8059 2423
Fax: 0044 23 8059 8878

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