The 'Adaptation Futures 2018' conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa between 18 - 21 June. Adaptation Futures is a biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). It is considered the premiere international climate change adaptation conference where people from countries around the world can connect, learn and gain inspiration from one another.

Adaptation Futures 2018 is set to provide an opportunity for international networking and dialogue with more than 1000 participants from academia, government, civil society and business, all aiming to take climate adaptation forwardAdaptation Futures 2018 aims to use our setting on the African continent to attract more African and Global South delegates than ever before to the conference and forefront developing country adaptation contexts.

Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business
  • Continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations
  • Link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning
  • Have a strong focus on Africa and the Global South
  • Provide attendance grants for delegates from developing countries
  • Encourage the participation of early career researchers and practitioners
  • Offer a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, round tables and side events
  • Offer a vibrant Adaptation Expo

The conference will bring together diverse actors working in climate adaptation to learn from and stimulate each other in what they do and how they do it: academic and applied researchers, professionals in consulting and other roles, policymakers and managers, civil society, business, those working in international bodies and multilateral bodies.

Conference themes 

Adaption Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions – aims to progress discussion and learning within the adaptation community on how to move from problem diagnosis to successful implementation.  What is the community learning about making adaptation work, at different spatial, institutional and time scales, in different geographies, and in different political and economic settings? What are we learning from mistakes, unexpected outcomes and outright failure, as well as our successes?  How does adaption support successful development, and when does it not?

Adaptation Futures 2018 will take advantage of its location in Africa to stimulate critical Southern perspectives on adaptation to inform regional and global policy, practice and research, and to increase the focus on the links between adaptation and sustainable development.

While contributions from all domains of climate adaptation are welcome, AF2018 is especially interested in exploring the following themes:

  • Adaptation and Development
  • South-South and South-North Knowledge and Learning
  • Adaptation and 21st Century Challenges
  • Collaboration, Knowledge Co-production and Research into use
  • Financing of Adaptation and Climate Resilient Development
  • Learning from Doing


Preliminary Programme Outline


For more information concerning Adaptation Futures 2018, please visit their website to find out more concerning participation in the conference, submission of abstracts, conference programmes, sponsorship, information on their steering committee, etc.