Update: We have added a few more conferences to the list.
There are some interesting conferences on the horizon investigating the risks of climate change. Many of these are either streaming the conference live or will post conference videos and materials at a later date, so even if you are not able to attend in person, you can check them out. We will update this list as we come across others.
- Building Climate Change Institutions: The Case of Environment and Security
The relative success of the climate change talks in Durban offer the world the opportunity to move beyond the discussion about funding and the modalities of mitigation. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in 2015, the world now faces several decades of abrupt climate change with intense climate events. Humanity has no choice but to shape the institutions to manage the consequences of climate change on international security. The CES-IES hearing will engage military officers, think tanks and parliamentarians in a creative exercise to gather policy ideas and design today the institutions that will tomorrow manage climate security.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: March 21, 2012
- Affordable World Security Conference
The Affordable World Security Conference is an unprecedented gather to reframe security priorities in an era of international interconnection and competing claims on resources. Confirmed speakers so far include two former heads of state, three Nobel laureates, and prominent leaders from the private sector and government both in the United States and abroad.
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Date: March 27 – 28, 2012
- 2nd Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference: Progress and integration in desert research
The goal of the conference is to stimulate debate and collaboration across academic departments, share knowledge and expand desert paradigms. This meeting highlights the multiple disciplines that work in desert environments and presents original research combinations through including social and natural scientists working in shared topics or environments in different dimensions and timescales.
Location: Oxford, UK
Date: March 29-30, 2012
- Leadership in the Arctic
The United States Coast Guard Academy and the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law are sponsoring a two-day interdisciplinary conference on key issues facing global leaders tasked with shaping and implementing policy for the rapidly emerging human activities in the Arctic.
Location: New London, Connecticut (USA)
Date: April 12 -13, 2012
- Water Security, Risk and Society
Water security is a defining challenge for society in the 21st century. The ancient struggle to cope with water access and shocks is now magnified by global change to societies, economies and climate at multiple scales. The International Conference on Water Security, Risk and Society will convene many of the world’s thought leaders from science, policy and enterprise to understand the status of and pathways to water security at multiple scales.
Location: Oxford, UK
Date: April 16-18, 2012
- Environmental Security Conference: Academic and Military Perspectives
This two-day conference presents leading academic and military perspectives on global environmental conditions and how they contribute to the world’s economic, social, and security-related instabilities. A collaborative forum will address themes such as climate change, water provision, food and health concerns and will discuss how these instabilities impact military operations and cascade across borders with regional and strategic implications. Participants will have an opportunity to study critical areas and develop innovative, practical steps for military and civilian organizations to provide security and stability in many parts of the world.
Location: Lawrence, Kansas (USA)
Date: April 23 – 24, 2012
- Evolving Dynamics Of Security In Africa: Assessing Diplomacy, Development, And Defense Responses
CCAPS partners with the U.S. Africa Command, UT Army War College Fellows, and UT College of Liberal Arts to host a conference on the changing dynamics of security in Africa and the roles of U.S. & African military, government, and nongovernmental actors.
Location: Austin, Texas (USA)
Date: April 24, 2012
- 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
Global leaders, practitioners, scientists, civil society and the private sector will demonstrate early action on climate-smart agriculture as a driver for green growth during a global conference will be held from 7-11 May 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change includes a High Level Meeting and will be co-organized by Vietnam and The Netherlands, in close collaboration with other partners, including the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Date: May 7-11, 2012
- Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security: Making the Connection
The Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GC ’12) will examine the conditions that are likely to be produced by climate change, how these conditions will affect coastal and ocean ecosystems and communities, and how they may affect human and national security interests. GC ’12 will focus on three specific themes examining the overall problem from different perspectives with a unified goal of understanding how to mitigate the effects that we can control and adapt to those that we cannot.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Date: May 21-23, 2012
- Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: Adaptation Research meets Adaptation Decision-Making
While there are certainly situations in which impacts of warming may be judged beneficial, the effects in most parts of the world are expected to be overwhelmingly adverse. Moreover, some of the more damaging impacts may already be emerging through extreme weather events, such as record heatwaves, heavy precipitation and high winds, possible harbingers of greater climatic variability and unpredictability to come. It is clear that effective adaptation will be essential for coping with inevitable climate change. But are societies sufficiently aware of and prepared for these accelerating and unprecedented changes? This is a central question being posed for participants at the Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: August 29 – 31, 2012
- [CIRCLE-2] JI UNCERT: Workshop on Uncertainty and Climate Change Adaptation
The main goals of this event are to promote discussion and contribute with scientific insight by calling for the submission of abstracts that respond to the following question: How do decision-making processes on climate change adaptation, at the multi-decadal timescale, envision the future and deal with related uncertainties?
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: November 8-9, 2012