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Extreme Weather – Can Europe survive?

In recent years, Europe has suffered a rising number of extreme weather events - from unprecedented heat waves and droughts to record-breaking floods, wind storms and freezes. These events do not respect borders and it is vital that Europe’s policy makers come together to devise common strategies to help mitigate the physical, human and economic costs. A new EASAC report based on a comprehensive collection of scientific data from the last 20 years, provides just such a rallying call.

Welcome greetings are given by Mr. Atle Leikvoll, Norwegian Ambassador to the EU. Introduction to the topic by Professor Sir Brian Heap, President of EASAC.

Scientific findings and recommendations will be presented by the chair of the EASAC working group Professor Øystein Hov, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Norway.

After the presentation Sir Brian Heap will moderate a panel discussion of the following experts and stakeholders:

  • Ms Rosario Bento Pais, European Commission, Head of DG CLIMA's Adaptation Unit
  • Mr Ian Clark, European Commission, DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Head of Unit: Policy and Implementation Frameworks
  • Professor Peter Höppe, Head of Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re
  • Professor Filip Duarte Santos, University of Lisbon, Department of Physics, Geophysics and Environment
  • Ms Barbro Thomsen, EEA and Norway Grants, Senior Sector Officer – Environment

A light lunch will be available from 11.30 am. The event will be followed by a coffee reception.

To attend this event, please register at easac.eventbrite.com before 27 November

More information:

Fact sheet on EEA and Norway Grants' support to climate change.

The EEA and Norway Grants support programmes dealing with climate change adaptation in nine EU countries. Read more.