The 6th European Climate Change Adaptation conference took place in Dublin Castle from the 19th to the 21st of June, 2023.
Professor Eleni Mangina, who is based in UCD’s School of Computer Science and a NexSys-funded investigator, chaired the ‘Social challenges in the energy transition innovation: novel technologies’ session on the 21st of June and presented the portfolio of projects associated with her research group.
‘The event allowed us to engage in meaningful discussions throughout the day. It was a great opportunity to share actual examples of the challenges and potential solutions in the energy transition. We now need to act swiftly to progress our actions at every level,’ said Prof Mangina.
The goal of the conference, among the goals of the previous ECCA editions, was to inspire adaptation by showcasing solutions, exchanging knowledge, creating connections, and encouraging dialogue.
Along with collaborator Prof. Mohammad Saffari (DCU), the aims and objectives of the Horizon Europe HYSTORE project were presented, she said.
The audience included adaptation experts, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, local authorities, and the private sector with a focus on businesses already engaged and taking action on climate risk, investors, NGOs, citizens organisations, youth and education organisations, community groups engaged in adaptation, communicators, and all interested individuals.
Global experts were able to hear from Europe’s leading climate researchers who are using trusted data to develop cutting-edge climate action tools, decision-support platforms and prototype climate services for adapting to the climate challenges they are tasked with addressing.
Besides necessary mitigation measures, adaptation actions contribute to recovery, resilience, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and restoration, citizen safety, wellbeing, and financial security, said Mangina.
The Joint Programme Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe” (JPI Climate), together with the MAGICA project, supported by the European Commission, organized this edition of ECCA. It was an in-person event over two days for up to 500 people, with live streaming of all plenary sessions and interactive hybrid formats.
Learn more about ECCA here: ECCA2023