Supporting events

Groningen and Rotterdam

Supporting events

The Global Center on Adaptation has two offices in the Netherlands: in Groningen and Rotterdam. Both cities will serve as official supporting cities to the summit, reflecting their commitment to the adaptation agenda. This will incorporate among other contributions, sharing and applying the scientific and practical knowledge developed in both regions and by organizing events and congresses.

Both in the months running up to and during the Climate Adaptation Summit, various initiatives will take place. Groningen and Rotterdam wish to emphasize the cooperation between the cities and the Global Center and have offered to organize appropriate (online) supporting events in consultation with the Center during the Climate Adaptation Week.

The main Supporting Events are: the Climate Adaptation Design Exhibition, the Nobel Prize Laureates Ceremony, Youth for Climate Adaptation conference, the Open University on Climate Adaptation, the Global Mayors Forum on Climate Adaptation, the IABR and the WeatherWise Cities Online Series.

Climate Adaptation Summit Groningen


To demonstrate the different aspects of climate adaptation and specific expertise in the Northern Netherlands, various climate activities will be organized throughout the 2nd half of 2020 up to the week of 19-25 January 2021 when the Climate Adaptation Summit takes place. Groningen wants to generate attention for accelerating climate adaptation among companies, scientists, residents, education, governments and citizens.

Events Groningen:

  • Global Climate Adaptation Youth Congress22/08/2019
    Global Climate Adaptation Youth Congress

    “YAS! we can” The Climate Adaptation Youth Congress is an event from and for youth. Throughout the year national and international youngsters will work on problems and questions in relation to climate adaptation. The Youth Climate Adaptation Congress is a unique opportunity for young people to keep strengthening the youth climate action movement and to have a voice in the ongoing talks on climate adaptation issues. Groningen invites national and international youth to join the Climate Adaptation Youth Congress, where youth will be able to connect, learn and work together on issues concerning the international climate adaptation challenges. The Climate Adaptation Youth Congress is part of the Open University and the Youth Summit.

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  • Nobel Prize Laureates Ceremony
    Nobel Prize Laureates Ceremony

    As part of the Climate Adaptation Week, the University of Groningen, the Global Center on Adaptation and the Municipality of Groningen will host a ceremony with Nobel Prize Laureates to discuss the challenges and solutions for climate Change Adaptation. Over the years, Nobel Prize laureates were awarded in areas closely related to climate change adaptation such as empowering vulnerable groups, exploring multi/cross sectoral impacts of environmental/climate actions and aspects of behavioral change. The Ceremony will serve as a distinguished opportunity to invite Nobel Laureates to deliver statements on multiple aspects of climate change adaptation and viable ways forward. During the ceremony, youth representatives will share their ideas with the laureates and leading scientists.

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  • Open University on Climate Adaptation
    Open University on Climate Adaptation

    One aspect of the Climate Adaptation Week will be to mobilize an international Youth Movement for Adaptation. Within the Open University a series of events will be organized to enable youth to enlarge their climate adaptation knowledge base, and share their ideas and solutions with renowned international scientists. The Open University on Climate Adaptation in Groningen is an open day of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen with lectures, talks, workshops, and seminars on climate adaptation. The main goal is to demonstrate that addressing adaptation and offering and scaling-up solutions will require inputs from multiple disciplines.

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  • Climate Adaptation Design Exhibition
    Climate Adaptation Design Exhibition

    The design exhibition will take place from March to October 2020. Throughout the year, different locations will be adopted by design bureaus/landscape architects and redesigned in an adaptive manner focusing not only on climate adaptation/resilience but also on related topics such as traffic management, health and quality of life. In so-called climate labs, the professionals will get in contact with local residents as well as other important stakeholders (policy makers, students, knowledge institutes, companies and social organizations) to come to a feasible design, which is supported by all areas of expertise. The designs will be presented in an exhibition, starting two months prior to the Climate Adaptation Week. All projects, current and new, will further be integrated in a regional tour. Visitors of the Climate Adaptation Week will have the opportunity to go to the locations and experience firsthand what the challenges and results are.

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Climate Adaptation Summit Rotterdam


Finding new ways to improve urban resilience. The delta city Rotterdam implements innovative climate adaptation projects rapidly. During the Climate Adaptation Summit, Rotterdam will host a bright programme to boost adaptation solutions in urban areas. With the Global Mayors Forum on Climate Adaptation, IABR and WeatherWise Cities Online Series the most ingenious climate adaptation plans and finest resilience strategies are shared. It brings cutting edge perspectives to establish strong, attractive and safe communities. Civic and business leaders from across the world collaborate and interact to explore new ideas, extend knowledge and strengthen networks. As proud partner of C40 and Global Resilient Cities Network, Rotterdam and global partners will set new frameworks to accelerate climate adaptation projects in cities.

Events Rotterdam:

  • International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)
    International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)

    The IABR is a knowledge institute as well as an international cultural platform and its main objective is to generate real world change, using the power of imagination and design as its main instrument. IABR–2020–DOWN TO EARTH will take place in the autumn of 2020, from the first week of September until well in December. During the Climate Adaptation Week, a unique and special program will focuses on climate adaptation. These IABR–Ateliers explore whether we can address a missing link by employing recognizable urgent challenges, with which we can identify, as a lever both for the comprehensive transformation of our urban landscapes and societies as well as for the democratic discourse we need to have about the nature, quality and ownership of this transformation.

    The IABR holds that well-designed, socially inclusive, resilient cities are of key importance. We can only solve the climate problems if we solve them in the cities first. And to achieve this, good design is crucial.

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  • Mayors Forum
    Mayors Forum

    Within global adaptation cities are a crucial focal point. Worldwide cities are growing, and more people are becoming vulnerable to climate change. Cities can and need to act. Now.  Therefore, 20 to 30 mayors of cities around the globe will gather in City Hall of Rotterdam, during the Mayors Forum on October 21st. They will discuss urgency and action tracks and sign a declaration about how to accelerate climate adaptation in cities. The outcome will be presented at the Climate Adaptation Summit on the 22nd of October.  City leaders, will share experiences and discuss needs and action tracks that are necessary to become climate resilient in an inclusive way, and about how to scale up urban climate adaptation worldwide.

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