RAMSES events

2nd RAMSES Training Event

3rd - 4th April 2017

Bonn, Germany

During the RAMSES training event, cities will receive training on how to use the RAMSES Project results to support their local adaptation planning.

Particularly, cities will be introduced to the most relevant RAMSES findings, including the RAMSES Handbook and Training Package, developed by ICLEI and Tecnalia, the tool developed by the World Health Organization to assess the impacts of extreme heat on public health in cities and the cost assessment framework developed by the London School of Economics to understand which adaptation measures can combat the effects of extreme heat on a city depending on their particular economic structure.

Furthermore, participants will be trained on the use of the audiovisual platform www.on-urban-resilience.eu, where cities can find expert advice on crucial adaptation topics just with the click of a button.

the training will feature contributions by VITO
on the creation of climate scenarios to evaluate the effectiveness of adaptation measures on the urban texture, and by the University of Trondheim on how to evaluate the resilience of architecture and infrastructure in cities.

The event is open to cities exclusively.

The event is free of charge and limited funds for reimbursing travel and accommodation costs are available.

Register now via our online registration form


Cities and Climate Conference 2017

19-21 September 2017, Potsdam (Germany)

Cities are one major focal point of human culture, the global population further consolidates into cities and in parallel they are major emitters and therefore a relevant component of the global climate problem. While cities are characterised by an overwhelming complexity they are also threatened by climate impacts. Thus, it is a challenge to develop cities into entities, which consume fewer resources, emit less CO2 and pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and be more sustainable in general.

However, there are potential synergies and conflicts in the objectives of mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability strategies. These are no more vivid than in urban areas, where they play out through land use, infrastructure systems, and the built environment.

This conference will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives. Invited speakers will complement the conference program.

“Climate and Cities Conference 2017” is the final conference of the RAMSES project and open to submissions from all relevant fields. RAMSES stands for Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES. Science for cities in transition.


Program Committee

HJ Schellnhuber, Potsdam

R Dawson, Newcastle

Graham Floater, London


Conference Venue

The conference will be held in Potsdam at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) which is located on the Albert Einstein Research Campus Potsdam, Germany (http://www.pik-potsdam.de). The conference venue is not far from Potsdam city centre, very close to the famous historical sights and monuments, and approx. 35 km from Germany's capital - Berlin centre, which is easily accessible via local transport after a 30min ride. A list of suggested accommodations, close to the conference venue, you may find below.


Session Organisation

The program of the conference consists of multiple topics in a broad, but clearly climate related program. However, the program committee is open for session suggestions. If sessions are suggested the proposers are responsible for the chairing and the organization of the respective session.


Information for Authors

Extended abstracts can be submitted immediately. They should not longer than 800 words. All submitted abstracts/papers needs to be clear, authentic and follows ethical guideline of scientific publishing.

List of topics


  • Climate Impacts on Cities
  • Sustainable Urban futures
  • Urban climate modelling
  • Cities as driver of climate change
  • Urban Transitions and Transformations
  • Urban Adaptation to climate change
  • Sustainable Urban Governance and Policies
  • Climate and Health Effects in Cities


and more.


Important Information



Call for Abstracts

 28 February 2017

Submission of extended abstracts

 15 May 2017

Notification of acceptance

 15 June 2017

Submission of final papers 

 31 August 2017

Early registration ends

 1 May 2017

Registration ends

 15 August 2017






Conference fee:

Early registration: 200 

Late registration: €250

Student registration: 100 


Local Organising Committee

D. Rybski

C. Walter

J. Kropp

E. Broschkowski

S. Kriewald


Adaptation events


4th Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities 2017 

3rd May 2017
Bonn, Germany



Bonn Resilient Cities 2017

4th - 6th May 2017
Bonn, Germany



3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

5th to 9th June 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom



RAMSES events

RAMSES Project 1st Training Event

Europe Direct, City of Athens, Akadimias 50, Athens 106 79 (Greece)

15th February 2017 (9.00-17.00)



3rd RAMSES Webinar

"Understanding vulnerabilities, assessing economic gains and unlocking the transformative potential of climate adaptation in cities"

Climate adaptation and resilience building are already a priority in many cities. While there is no doubt about the urgency of adapting to climate change, knowledge and resources are still needed to support its implementation. 

During the webinar Understanding vulnerabilities, assessing economic gains and unlocking the transformative potential of climate adaptation in cities we shared the research presented during the 3rd RAMSES Stakeholder Dialogue, which took place on the 4th October in Rome and the input resulting from the discussions during the day.

Project researchers presented their work on crucial adaptation topics:

• Understanding climatic and socio-economic risks and vulnerabilities in cities

• Assessing the costs and the benefits of climate change and adaptation

• Exploiting the transformative potential of climate adaptation and designing pathways to resilience


3rd RAMSES Stakeholder Dialogue

"Understanding vulnerabilities, assessing economic gains and unlocking the transformative potential of climate adaptation in cities"

The 3rd Stakeholder Dialogue explored some of the project’s core research topics such as:

  • Understanding climatic and socio-economic risks and vulnerabilities in citiesHow can Europe-wide vulnerability assessments support cities in planning for adaptation action? What are the limits of such assessments and how can cities build on this high-level information to tailor data to their local context?
  • Assessing the costs and benefits of climate change and adaptation: How can the ‘cost methodology’ developed by the London School of Economics support cities in identifying the most effective climate change adaptation strategies? Can cities use the methodology to understand more about their economic makeup and its vulnerability to climate change?
  • Exploiting the transformative potential of climate adaptation and designing pathways to resilience: Can the multi-criteria analyses available provide cities with a clear way to select adaptation actions and help create a pathway to urban resilience? 

The report of the 3rd RAMSES Stakeholder Dialogue is currently under preparation and will be shared soon. 


RAMSES 1st Stakeholder Dialogue

Co-creating the climate resilient city: embedding adaptation into city processes and strategies

11th October 2013, Les Ateliers des Tanneurs

Europe The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 308497
Project RAMSES - Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities.