Climate adaptation and resilience online events series

Dry field

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 to 12 November 2021. The conference brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of:

  • the Paris Agreement
  • the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The COP26 presidency is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with:

  • academia
  • civil society
  • companies
  • people on the frontline of climate change.

The aim is to inspire climate action ahead of COP26 and beyond.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in partnership with a number of delivery partners and international co-hosts and colleagues, hosted a series of events focused on climate adaptation and resilience in the run-up to COP26. The aim of the events has been to showcase research that is collaborative, locally led and globally relevant and aligned to the UK COP26 presidency’s adaptation loss and damage (formally resilience) theme.

Views expressed at these events were brought directly into the conference as part of the adaptation day show reel on the UKRI COP26 green zone exhibition stand on 8 November.

Highlights from events in the series can be viewed through our video summaries, under the ‘outputs’ titles. Watch our compilation video.

Collaborative international efforts

Map illustrating participation from around the Globe

Map illustrating participation from around the globe. Credit: Sarah Webb, UKRI AD International

Collectively, these events have fostered open dialogues between key stakeholders, including:

  • governments and policy-makers
  • funders
  • interdisciplinary researchers
  • research end-users.

Dialogues around how climate risks and their impacts are understood and managed, provided a voice to communities which may otherwise have been marginalised. They have showcased the collaborative international efforts we are supporting to enhance adaptation and resilience in a wide range of locations impacted by climate change.

Core questions framing the series

Events were organised around a set of core questions, which were independently formulated by an IPCC expert panel comprising members from:

  • Uganda
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Malaysia
  • Chile
  • the UK.

The aim was to produce narrative and cross-cutting themes to bring coherence to adaptation and resilience events and enable comparisons to be drawn from across participating countries. The questions addressed were:

  • what research is needed to respond to the adaptation gap
  • how to evaluate the feasibility of adaptation options and outcomes for resilient and sustainable development
  • what examples are there of transformative adaptation research enabling action through addressing issues such as social justice, capacity building and governance
  • how can research funders, universities and data managers best champion inclusive, urgent and solutions-oriented adaptation research?

Read the adaptation and resilience core questions (PDF, 27KB).

Key outcomes

A full report of the outcomes of events in the series will be available on this webpage shortly.

The events in the series have highlighted the importance of:

  • interdisciplinary research
  • equitable research partnerships, with co-design embedded from the outset
  • cross-stakeholder collaboration, combining diverse sources of knowledge – enabling transformative research partnerships
  • incorporating local knowledge and embedding solutions in local contexts
  • strengthening links between research, policy and practice, including the private sector
  • innovative and accessible adaptation finance (from private and public sectors)
  • adaptation dialogue and learning platforms
  • identifying opportunities to scale up or translate findings to other locations
  • connecting and coordinating adaptation action globally
  • the need for urgent action.

They have also provided the basis for future potential research collaborations as common priorities across countries have been identified, however it should be noted that the priorities identified during the events are reflective of the participants at each event and additional priorities or rankings would be likely with different partners participating.

Finale event

UKRI and our partners will convene a finale event on 15 December which brings together co-host partners from around the world with UK steering group organisations, IPCC authors and UKRI. The aim is to develop a longer-term legacy for the adaptation and resilience events series.

We will:

  • reflect upon key principles and priority research themes arising from the series
  • share future ambitions with each other in relation to the adaptation research agenda
  • identify synergies and areas for potential collaboration
  • seek commitments to explore priority research themes in the future.

Given the geographic distribution of all our partners we are splitting the finale into two time zones. Each event will be three hours in total and held virtually via Zoom. Depending on regional time zones, participants based in East, West and South African countries may prefer to join either session.

Group A: 14:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Register to attend the event:

  • Mexico (-6 UTC)
  • Peru, Colombia (-5 UTC)
  • Brazil, Chile (-3 UTC)
  • Africa (0 UTC to +3 UTC)
  • the UK.

Group B: 08:00 to 11:00 (GMT)

Register to attend the event:

  • Africa (0 UTC to +3 UTC)
  • India (+5.5 UTC)
  • Thailand (+7 UTC)
  • Philippines (+8 UTC)
  • China (+8 UTC)
  • the UK.

The event will be livestreamed and recorded to enable an international audience including participants from previous events to engage with the finale.

High-level timeline

Following a global launch event in June 2021:

  • nine events were co-hosted with partner countries and regions
  • a further nine thematically-focused events were self-organised by the research community, engaging over 1,500 participants across the globe.
Co-host country Dates
Global launch 3 June
Pan-Africa launch 29 July
Chile (invitation only) 26 August
East Africa 27 August
GADRI global summit: engaging sciences with action 31 August and 1 September
China 15 September
Building transformational pathways to adaptation in Eastern Africa (self-organised) 16 September
What does the climate of the future hold for insects? (self-organised) 20 September
Ocean and climate change: building adaptation, mitigation, and resilience (self-organised) 27 September
India 29 September
UKRI-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) resilience portfolio (invitation only) 5 October
West and South Africa 8 October
European Science and Technology Group (E-STAG) 14 October
LATAM event: Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico (invitation only) 15 October
Philippines 19 October
Thailand 20 October
Health and climate 21 October
STEPP: sustainable transitions to end plastic pollution (self-organised) 22 October
Finale event During COP, 1 to 12 November
Canada, Canadian science policy conference Post COP, 22 to 26 November

In addition to the events co-hosted by UKRI and overseas partners, supplementary events that align with the series will also be self-organised by members of the adaptation and resilience research community.


UKRI would like to thank all of our UK and international partners for designing and delivering events with us in the lead up to COP26. All of these events and their outputs have been included in the synthesis report for the series.

Some of the events have produced their own standalone outputs, which are available below. Please do watch our highlights reels.

UK Steering Group organisations

The UK Steering Group organisations include:

  • UKRI
  • Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
  • British Academy
  • UK Collaborative on Development Research
  • UK Alliance for Disaster Research
  • Royal Society
  • Kings College London.

IPCC expert panel

The IPCC expert panel include:

  • Paulina Aldunce, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Shuaib Lwasa, Global Centre on Adaptation, the Netherlands
  • Michelle Mycoo, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Anjal Prakash, Indian School of Business, India
  • Mark Pelling, King’s College London, UK.

Event outputs

Global launch, 3 June

Co-hosts: UKRI and global partners.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Christopher Smith, UKRI International Champion
  • Dr Debra Roberts, IPCC Co-Chair, Working Group Two
  • Professor Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Dr Madhavan Nair Rajeevan, Secretary to the government of India Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Dr Huang Jing, Director General, Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Research and Innovation Support and Advancement of the National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • Professor Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, IPCC Lead Author
  • Marie Staunton, Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research Board Chair
  • Dr John Ingram, University of Oxford
  • Professor Thomas Meagher, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Terrence Fernando, University of Salford
  • Professor Declan Conway, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Professor Jianguo Wu, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
  • Laura Scott, UK Collaborative on Development Research
  • Dr Rosalind West, UK government Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Event facilitators: Realise Europe Ltd and Dr Sarah Webb, Associate Director NERC International.


Read the launch event report (PDF, 287KB).

Watch the launch event highlights reel.

Pan-Africa event, 29 July

Co-hosts: Africa Research and Impact network (ARIN).

Speakers included:

  • event chair: Dr Joanes Atela, Convener, ARIN
  • Dr Helen Adams, Head of Science Engagement, COP26 Cabinet Office Unit
  • Dr Sarah Webb, Associate Director, UKRI-NERC International
  • Panel Moderator, Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Global Centre on Adaptation
  • Mrs Mariam Allam, Lead Negotiator, African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change
  • Anand Patwardhan, Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) Co-Chair
  • Dr Emily Masawa, Climate Change Adaptation Technical Advisor and Negotiator
  • Dr Funso Samorin, Regional Principal Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Program, African Development Bank.


Watch the Pan-Africa event highlights reel.

Read the report which covers all three ARIN-led events (PDF, 694KB).

Chile event, 26 August

Co-hosts: Science and Innovation Network, in collaboration with the British Embassy Santiago

Speakers included:

  • Louise De Sousa, British Ambassador to Chile
  • Professor Chris Smith, UKRI International Champion
  • Kate Lonsdale, UK Climate Resilience Co-Champion, University of Leeds
  • Paulina Aldunce, IPCC lead author, Universidad de Chile.


Watch the Chile event highlights reel.

East Africa, 27 August

Co-hosts: Africa Research and Impact network (ARIN).

Speakers included:

  • event chair: Dr Joanes Atela, Convener, ARIN
  • Chris Kiptoo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya
  • Professor Fekadu Beyene, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission and UNFCCC Focal for Ethiopia Ministry of Environment
  • Laura Scott, UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR)
  • Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, EAC
  • Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Global Centre on Adaptation
  • Ms Vera Bukachi, Kounkuey Design Initiative
  • Dr Grady Walker, University of Reading
  • Dr Yuner Huang, University of Edinburgh and Dr Luciano Andriamaro, Conservation International
  • Dr Morten Byskov, University of Warwick.


Watch the East Africa event highlights reel.

GADRI global summit: engaging sciences with action (self-organised), 31 August and 1 September

Hosts: Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI).

Speakers included:

  • Andrew Collins, Northumbria University, UK
  • Jörgen Sparf, GADRI regional organising committee for Europe, Africa, the Middle East
  • Tom de Groeve, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
  • Nico Elema, Stellenbosh University International, South Africa
  • Liviu Stirbat, European Directorate General for Climate Action
  • Deidre Brock, Member of Parliament, Scottish Government
  • Desmond Manatsa, African Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (AADRI) and Bindura University of Science, Zimbabwe
  • Sarah Webb, UK Research and Innovation
  • Mark Pelling, UK Disaster Research Group and King’s College London
  • Marzia Santini, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre
  • Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, World Bank
  • Lisa Robinson, BBC Media Action
  • David Alexander, University College London and International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Dzhergalbek Ukashev, The Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction, Kazakhstan
  • Valeria Drigo, Global Network of Civil Societal Organizations for Disaster Risk Reduction (GNDR)
  • Anaïs Couasnon, The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
  • Marie-Claire Graf, Children and Youth Constituency to UNFCCC (YOUNGO)
  • Fang, Lian, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
  • Ida Ngurah, PLAN international, Indonesia.


Read the report of GADRI regional session for Europe, Africa, the Middle East: Exploring solutions to bridge the gaps for implementation of science in action (PDF, 172KB).

China, 15 September

Co-hosts: The Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21), affiliated to China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Speakers included:

  • co-chair: GUAN Dabo, Tsinghua University
  • co-chair: Sarah Webb, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UKRI
  • Director SHI Ling, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • Dr Iain Williams, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UKRI
  • Professor ZHENG Yan, Research Institute for Eco-civilization, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Professor YAO Runming, Chongqing University
  • Professor QIU Huanguang, Renmin University of China
  • Professor WANG Dazhi, Xiamen University
  • Professor KAN Haidong, Fudan University
  • Dr Alex Hagen-Zanker, University of Surrey
  • Professor Fabrice Renaud, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Andrew Collins, University of Northumbria and Global Alliance for Disaster Research Institutes
  • Professor AI Likun, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.


Watch the China event highlights reel.

Building transformational pathways to adaptation in Eastern Africa (self-organised), 16 September

Hosts: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Universities of Cambridge and York and UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity.

Speakers included:

  • Paul Lane, University of Cambridge
  • Abdalla Hamad Bakar, The State University of Zanzibar
  • David M Anderson, University of Warwick
  • Kennedy Agade Mkutu, United States International University (USIU), Nairobi
  • Wilson Kipkore, University of Eldoret
  • Robert Marchant, University of York
  • Daniel Olago, University of Nairobi
  • Jane Humphris, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi
  • Rebecca Kariuki, Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Jaqueline McGlade, PROCOL Kenya, British Institute in Eastern Africa and Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi
  • Njau, S Ntaiyia, J Kones, STuwei, J Bitok, B Koila, I Selim, F Keriasek, A Tirra, T Kiprutto, H Chepto, A Yano, N Bailengo, N Kiplagat and J Cheptorus, PROCOL Kenya, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi
  • Letura, J Moniko, E Karia and V Ochieng – Sekenani Environmental Technology Centre, Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Adam Branch, University of Cambridge
  • Frank Agyei, KNUST, Nairobi
  • Patrick Byakagaba, Florence Ebila and Eric Awich Ochen, Makerere University
  • Tuyeni Mwampamba, UNAM-Morelia
  • Mary Njenga, ICRAF, Kenya
  • Arthur Owor, Centre for African Research, Gulu
  • Jon Phillips, University of London
  • Sam Lunn-Rockliffe, Matthew Davies and Henrietta Moore, Institute for Global Prosperity
  • Malombe, East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya,
  • Gerda Kuiper, University of Cologne.


Read the event report (PDF, 156KB).

Watch the event highlights reel.

What does the climate of the future hold for insects? (self-organised), 20 September

Hosts: researchers from the ForestGEO arthropod initiative.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Yves Basset, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • Dr Greg Lamarre, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Dr Simon Segar, Harper Adams University, UK.

Ocean and climate change: building adaptation, mitigation and resilience (self-organised), 27 September

Hosts: UKRI-GCRF One Ocean Hub.


  • Dr Bernadette Snow, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Dr John Ansah, Dr Gina Yaa Oduro and Dr Emannuel Acheampong, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Dr Lynne Shannon, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Kelly Ortega Cisneros, University of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
  • Professor Murray Roberts, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde, UK.


Watch the full event recording.

India, 29 September

Co-hosts: Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Government of India.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Parvinder Maini, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Professor Tim Wheeler, UK Research and Innovation
  • Professor K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
  • Dr Sarah Webb, UK Research and Innovation
  • Mr Anirban Ganguly, South Asia Research Hub, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, British High Commission New Delhi
  • Mr Kamal Kishore, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Executive Committee
  • Dr Nisha Mendiratta, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
  • Mr R R Rashmi, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
  • Dr Sangita Kasture, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
  • Dr Sanjay Kumar Jain, National Institute of Hydrology, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India
  • Dr Satheesh Shenoi, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
  • Dr Shiekha E John, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Dr R Krishnan, Centre for Climate Change Research, IITM Pune
  • Professor Sekhar Muddu, IISc Bangalore
  • Dr M. Mohapatra, DGM, IMD, Delhi
  • Dr T. Srinivasa Kumar, Director, INCOIS, Hyderabad
  • Dr M. V. Ramana Murthy, National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Chennai
  • event facilitators: Realise Europe Ltd.


Watch the India event highlights reel.

UKRI-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) resilience portfolio event, 5 October

Hosts: UKRI-GCRF Resilience Portfolio and UK Alliance for Disaster Research.

Speakers included:

  • Mark Pelling, King’s College London
  • Rob Felstead, Deputy Director of International Development for UKRI
  • Sarah Webb, Associate Director for International for NERC
  • Kate Crowley, Co-Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) and member of UKADR Steering Committee
  • Kim Fuggle, GCRF Resilience Challenge Manager, UKRI-ESRC.

West and South Africa, 8 October

Co-hosts: Africa Research and Impact network (ARIN).

Speakers inlucded:

  • event chair: Professor Felix Kalaba, Regional Focal Point (Southern Africa), ARIN
  • Professor Sileshi Gudeta Weldesemayat, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Honorary Fellow, University of KwaZulu Natal; International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
  • Adrian Bucher, UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR)
  • Dr Jean-Christophe Comte, University of Aberdeen
  • Bruce Hewitson, University of Cape Town
  • Katharine Vincent, Kulima Integrated Development Solutions.

European Science and Technology Group (E-STAG), 14 October

Co-hosts: The European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG), convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Speakers included:

  • Mark Pelling, UK Disaster Research Group and King’s College London
  • Sarah Webb, NERC
  • Juliet Martinez, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield.

Latin America event: Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico – 15 October

Co-hosts: British embassies in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Speakers included:

  • Cindy Parker, Regional Director for Science and Innovation, Latin America, British Embassy in Brasilia
  • Sarah Webb, Associate Director, UKRI-NERC
  • Professor Carlos Joly, BIOTA-FAPESP
  • Captain Francisco Arias, INVEMAR
  • María Toledo-Garibaldi, Pronatura Veracruz
  • Dennis del Castillo, The Peruvian Amazon Research Institute.


Watch the LATAM event highlights reel.

Philippines, 19 October

Co-hosts: Department of Science and Technology (DOST-Philippines).

Speakers included:

  • Fortunato T De La Peña, DOST
  • Laure Beaufils, British Ambassador-Designate to the Philippines
  • Renato U Solidum, Jr, DOST
  • Professor Paul Monks, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Enrico C Paringit, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD-DOST)
  • Richard Williams, University of Glasgow
  • Jaime C Montoya Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DOST)
  • Professor Ilan Kelman, University College London
  • Reynaldo V Ebora, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD-DOST)
  • Professor Julie Gray, University of Sheffield
  • Rowena Cristina L Guevara, DOST
  • Sarah Webb, UKRI NERC.


Watch the Philippines event highlights reel.

Thailand, 20 October

Co-hosts: Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) and Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI).

Speakers included:

  • Alexandra McKenzie, British Embassy Bangkok
  • Thongplew Kongjun, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Professor Pongpan Kaewtatip, TSRI
  • Dr Sarah Webb, UKRI NERC
  • Hirunya Srasom, Office of Agricultural Economics
  • Bunjirtluk Jintaridth, Research and Development for Land Management Division, Land Development Department
  • Olarn Kijpreedaborisuthi, Bureau of Livestock Standards and Certification
  • Kalaya Boonyanuwat, Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Genetic Improvement
  • Professor Lisa Collins, University of Leeds
  • Ronnachai Changsri, Division of Rice Research and Development
  • Atthawit Watcharapongchai, Market Oriented for Smallholder Value Chain (MSVC) Thailand: SRP Rice Production
  • Dr Leah Band, University of Nottingham
  • Margaret C Yoovatana, Department of Agriculture
  • Dr Simon Parry, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Dr Vanida Khumnirdpetch, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.


Watch the Thailand event highlights reel.

Health and climate (self-organised), 21 October

Host: UKRI-GCRF Global Health Challenge Leader – Helen Lambert, University of Bristol.

Speakers included:

  • chair: Frank Kelly, Deputy Director of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College
  • Christopher Smith, UKRI International Champion
  • Ana Bonell, MRC The Gambia Unit
  • Kris Murray, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis
  • Samuel Yutong Cai, PEAK Urban
  • Joseph McCarthy, Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre
  • Kanza Ahmed, UK Health Security Agency
  • Tim Taylor, University of Exeter
  • Fabián Méndez, Universidad del Valle, Colombia
  • Barbara Evans, University of Leeds and UKRI Water Security and Sustainability Hub
  • Guy Howard, University of Bristol
  • Luke Parry, University of Lancaster.

STEPP: sustainable transitions to end plastic pollution (self-organised), 22 October

Hosts: University of Portsmouth – STEPP project (Sustainable Transitions to End Plastic Pollution).

Speakers included:

  • chair: James Wakibia, eco-journalist and the campaigner behind Kenya’s plastic bag ban
  • Steve Fletcher, Revolution Plastics
  • Mariel Vilella, Zero Waste Europe, GAIA
  • Nelson “Nelmo” Munyiri, Mukuru Youth Initiative
  • Cressida Bowyer, University of Portsmouth
  • Shahriar Hossain, Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO)
  • Esrat Karim, AMAL Foundation
  • Louis Netter, University of Portsmouth
  • Dipesh Pabari and Dave Ojay, FlipFlopi and Naam Festival.

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