Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, Helsinki, Finland, 29-31 August 2012
 
PhD Workshop, 28-29 August 2012
Climate change Adaptation - Analysis, Planning and Implementation

A PhD Workshop was held on 26-28 August 2012 in Helsinki. It was directly linked to the
2nd Nordic International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, organised on 29-31 August 2012, Helsinki
Context

Two Nordic Networks (NONAM and NORDCLAD-Net) jointly organised a conference on climate change adaptation (see: "Words of Welcome")). In addition the two networks offered PhD students in the Nordic countries the opportunity to take part in a two-day workshop.

NONAM stands for NOrdic Network on Adaptive Management and NORDCLAD-Net for NORDic CLimate change ADaptation research Network. Both networks are funded by Nordforsk's Top-level Research Initiative: http://www.toppforskningsinitiativet.org/en/programmer-1/program-1
 
The PhD Workshop organisers were:

Adriaan Perrels (Finnish Meteorological Institute; Conference co-chair; NONAM project leader)

Jens Christian Refsgaard (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland; NONAM core member)

Ingrid Nesheim (University of Oslo; MILEN; NORDCLAD-Net core member)

Henningh Høgh Jensen (KFT, Aarhus University; NORDCLAD-Net core member)

Sigrún Karlsdottir (Iceland Meteorological Office; NONAM core member)

Oskar Wallgren (SEI Stockholm Environment Institute; NORDCLAD-Net project leader)

Michael Goodsite (Aarhus University; Nordic Center of Excellence NORDSTAR – director)
 
Themes

The themes of the PhD Workshop were linked to the first four theme areas of the Conference, which are listed at the Conference website as: (1) Risk assessment and impact response, (2) Vulnerability and adaptive capacity, (3) Building resilience, and (4) Policy development and implementation. However, an additional focus that cuts across these four themes was also pursued for the PhD Workshop, relating to:

Decision making, decision support models and procedures and processes applied in analyzing, planning and implementing adaptation to climate change.

Virtually all sub-themes mentioned in the Conference call, as well as many others not described, can be related to the practical uptake of adaptation. Studies that address sectoral or regional dimensions of adaptation were of particular interest.
 
Character of the Workshop
The purpose of the Workshop was to offer PhD students an opportunity to review in depth selected themes and aspects of their dissertation research. When applying, students were requested to indicate their PhD study theme and title, and then to formulate two questions they would like to present and have discussed during the workshop (e.g. relating to dilemmas they face in the approach, structure, analysis or interpretation of their study). Small clusters of 3 or 4 related dissertation projects were discussed and reviewed with the aid of experts in parallel sessions. Following acceptance and registration for the Workshop, every PhD student was allocated a mentor from the pool of experts. Each cluster received several assignments for group work. The Workshop also included lectures of 45 minutes from international specialists on climate change adaptation. As a concrete output of the group work, a selection of PhD students was offered the opportunity to make a short plenary presentation during the opening and closing sessions of the Conference.
 
Criteria for application
Applications were invited from PhD student who fulfilled the following two criteria: (1) their PhD study should be carried out at and supervised by a university or research institute in one of the Nordic countries, and (2) their dissertation should not yet be submitted for final (external) review by the time the Workshop was held. PhD students with a social science angle to their PhD study (e.g. sociology, economics, business administration, psychology, anthropology, political science, human geography) were especially encouraged to apply, but applications from students with a background in subjects such as civil engineering, architecture, urban ecology and law, whose studies matched the theme areas described above, were equally welcome.
 
Venue / Costs / Registration

The PhD workshop was organised at the same venue as the Adaptation Conference, i.e. Rantapuisto Conference Centre and Hotel, Helsinki.

NONAM and NORDCLAD-Net covered all of the local costs (accommodation, including the period of the conference, meals and course rooms) as well as the Conference registration fee. Funding for travel costs had to be organised by the participants themselves.

Only applications of PhD students located at and supervised by a Nordic university or Nordic research institute (1) were taken into consideration.



(1) Denmark, Finland Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and affiliated territories