Adapting to Coastal Change: local perspectives

International Conference, Field Trip and Workshop

The Hague - September 13th15th, 2011

Third Announcement -

Deadline extended until 31st August

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Please note that speakers will be invited by the Conference Organising Committee.

We are not accepting abstracts for this conference.


This conference and field meeting is organised under the auspices of the INTERREG 4B NWE Project, IMCORE (Innovative Management for Europe's Changing Coastal Resource). The meeting aims to address the issues of adapting to coastal change with a focus on local level challenges and approaches and is aimed at both practitioners and researchers. It will highlight how transnational working, as underpinned by the EU INTERREG 4B programme, can be employed to meet future challenges and therefore realise the full potential of the coastal resources across Europe. The conference will be global in its geographical scope and will include a number of keynote speakers with an international profile in coastal change adaptation.

The conference will be organised under the following themes:

  1. Shoreline management (adapting to shoreline change)

  2. Institutional and governance issues

  3. Developing adaptation strategies at the local level (methods and scenarios)

  4. Spatial planning as a tool for adaptation

  5. Sustainable Development

  6. Local government experiences

Each theme will be addressed in a plenary session by a small number of speakers followed by a discussion.


The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in The Hague, which is easily accessible from Schipol airport or other European locations by rail.


Day 1. September 13th 2011

09.00-9.30: Registration

09.30-10.15: Welcome - Jeremy Gault, Coastal and Marine Research Centre,

University College Cork, Ireland

Keynote Presentation- Andrew Cooper, University of Ulster,

Coleraine, Northern Ireland

10.15-10.45: Coffee

10.45-11.45: Keynote Presentations

Jan Olavi Ekebom, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Andrus Meiner, European Environment Agency

11.45-12.45: Session 1: Shoreline management (adapting to shoreline change)

Presentations: Jan Mulder, Coastal and Sea Systems Unit, Deltares, The Netherlands

Niall Benson, Durham County Council, England.

12.45-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Session 2: Institutional and governance issues

Presentations: Virginia Lee, Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island, USA

Rhoda Ballinger, School of Earth and Ocean Science, University of Cardiff, Wales

15.00-15.30: Coffee

15.30-16.30: Session 3: Developing adaptation strategies at the local level (methods and scenarios)

Presentations: Gethin While, School of Earth and Ocean Science, University of Cardiff, Wales

Jeremy Hills, CTL Consult Ltd, England

Evening: Free buffet reception as part of the launch of

Day 2.  September 14th 2011

09.00-10.00: Session 4: Spatial planning as a tool for adaptation

Presentations: Greg Lloyd, School of Built Environment, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Luigi Ciptiani, D.G. Environmental and Territorial Policies, Region of Tuscany

10.00-11.00: Session 5: Sustainable Development

Presentations: Gonzalo Malvarez, University of Seville, Spain

Frank Biermann, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

11.00-11.30: Coffee

11.30-12.30: Session 6: Local government experiences

Presentations: Graham Lymbery, Sefton County Council, England

Jessica Hodgson, Donegal County Council, Ireland

12.30-18.00: Packed Lunch and Fieldtrip to FUTURELAND Information Centre- Maasvlakte2: A new part of the Netherlands and a port under construction. Spaces Limited.

Day 3. September 15th 2011 (Optional- Max 50 participants)

10.00- 13.00: Interactive Scenario Development Workshop- A key methodology for

adaptation to climate change in coastal areas. (Organised by EUCC)


Conference delegates are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. The Hague has a large number of hotels offering accommodation at various rates. The conference venue is easily accessible from The Hague city centre.

A special delegate room rate is available. Mention ‘University of Ulster’ to avail of this rate.


No abstracts are being accepted as talks will be delivered by a small number of invited speakers only. Registration entitles delegates to a conference programme, fieldtrip to FUTURELAND, refreshments at coffee and tea breaks and lunch on day 1 and 2 (Does not include accommodation or lunch on day 3).  


If you would like to register for this conference, please submit a registration form and full payment of £22.00/€25.00 to: Dr Marianne O’ Connor

Final Registration and Full Payment - 31st August 2011