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Event Workshop - Responses to Extreme water related events

Why a workshop on Adaptation to Extreme water-related Events?

In the last years we have been assisting to an increase amount of studies on climate change impacts and vulnerability studies, conferences and workshops about extreme events but there is a lack of knowledge about concrete adaptation projects supported by good quality monitoring data.    

There's also the idea that extreme events function as a driver to start the adaptation process due their strong and costly impacts. In general, decision makers seems to react to this kind of events by planning the climate change topic as a priority, but the success of the follow-up "real" adaptation seems to be unclear.

There is a growing knowledge base on extremes modelling, impacts and vulnerability from the climate change community(ies) often counterpartyed by knowledge about their risks from the disaster risk community. Can the adaptation to extreme water related events function as a link between both communities? This is an important question to start promoting synergies.  

What is the aim of this workshop?

The main aim of this workshop is to have a productive debate on how to adapt human systems (water, food, infrastructures and societal) to extreme water related events, namely to the droughts and floods.

It's also an objective of this workshop to bring together experts and decision makers that have been involved in adaptation projects and/or disaster risk management. The links with national research programmes will be encouraged.

By sharing good practice examples and knowledge on what is happening around Europe, the idea is to highlight the diversity and importance of different approaches to deal and adapt to extremes water related event and discuss their results.

As a workshop, the practical goal is create space and promote healthy discussions about the lessons learned from different projects and decide how to follow up this topic.

How it will be organised?

To achieve the goals of the workshop, CIRCLE-2 is organizing a two days workshop divided in different moments:

  • 1st moment (1st day - Morning)

The workshop will start with an introduction of its aim and a plenary presentation about (i) the definition of what is an extreme event and which types can be considered, (ii) current extremes events in Europe, and (iii) scenarios to future extreme events in Europe.  The point of view of policy makers and responsible of taking decisions regarding with water extremes, and the interaction with researches to bridge the gaps, will be discussed.

  • 2nd moment (1st day - afternoon)

Group discussions are considered related with droughts and floods. The impacts and vulnerability assessments gained knowledge and concrete ways where adaptation results have been applied to (i) droughts and (ii) floods, will be discussed. The interaction with policy makers is encouraged, therefore speakers invited related with the topics will be considered.

  • 3rd moment (2nd day - morning)

In the morning of the second day, two groups will discuss separately how to secure and promote resilience, to droughts and floods, on (i) food and water, and (ii) infrastructures,and social systems. Several formats of presentations (using visual aids and tools for organization), will be considered in the groups of discussion, such a way of improvement the work together on ideas and projects.

  • 4th moment (2nd day - afternoon)

We will finalize the workshop by compiling the conclusions from the different sessions and integrate that knowledge on how to adapt to both droughts and floods in different systems. We will end the day trying to understand how to lead adaptation towards real Transformation.


Venue: Human & Social Sciences center (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Participation: By invitation

Contact: Feel free to contact our MINECO colleagues




MINECO is a research and development unit acting under the Spanish Government. The Ministry was established in 2008, before it was the Ministry of Education and Science, and before that the Ministry of Science and Technology. The goal of the research and scientific activities of the Ministry is to develop the scientific basis for policies and strategies aimed at sustainable development of the environment, and, in particular, the impacts of climate change. It also provides a bridge between researchers and decision makers in government organisations and business. A new General Directorate of International Affairs to increase the already active policy for international cooperation was established in 2008. Besides bilateral agreements, funding for interchange of personnel, etc., the Ministry is highly concerned in the construction of the European Research Area.

The Spanish research is mainly funded by the MINECO through the National Plans of Research, Development and Technological Innovation. These plans have durations of four years with annual public and competitive calls which are peer-reviewed. The 2008-2011 National Plan has evolved to 13 different Programmes dealing on different aspects, namely Basic Research, Applied Research, Innovation, Scientific Infrastructures and Science Internationalization. The applicant has to identify the objective of the proposal from several options, one of which is Climatic Change.

MINECO is an active partner in 40 ERA-NETS, having invested 28.6 Million EURO on joint calls. MINECO was an Observer in CIRCLE CA. Started in CIRCLE-2 as Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) and changed it name to MINECO in 2012.

Contact information Guillermo Morales Rodríguez ; Sandra Garcia ; José-María Sánchez-Puelles (email: ; ;
Event type Seminar
File link http://,11Y38,65Y17U,38PEX,1
File link copy CIRCLE2_Extreme_Events_WS_Agenda.pdf (PDF, 215 Kb)
Source CIRCLE2 via Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain
Geographical coverage Spain
Address Human & Social Sciences center (CSIC), Madrid
Organizer Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain (MINECO) & FFCUL
Target audience Euro
Period [22/11/2012 - 23/11/2012]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH