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NERC Building Resilience to the Impacts of El Niño event

15 May 2018
The Royal Society, London

In response to the 2015-16 El Niño event, NERC and the Department for International Development (DfID) developed the Understanding the Impacts of the Current El Niño Event research programme, with the aim of addressing the need to have a better understanding of the impacts of the El Niño event in low and middle income countries.

Through 14 individual projects- external link, and four synthesis projects, the programme investigated the effects of the El Niño on livelihoods, food security, ecosystem services, disease vectors and key infrastructure across 12 affected countries.

The Building Resilience to the Impacts of El Niño event will present the lessons learned from this large multi-institution programme, bringing together policymakers, practitioners and researchers to ensure these findings contribute to the development of practical approaches to building resilience to future El Niño events.

The event will feature presentations and panel discussions addressing the themes of:

  • understanding the context of the 2015-16 El Niño
  • practical findings and policy implications of the El Niño research programme
  • approaching the concept of climate resilience in research and practice.

Speakers and panellists will include:

  • Professor Tim Wheeler, Director of Research & Innovation, NERC
  • Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
  • Professor Katrina Brown, Professor of Social Sciences, University of Exeter
  • Dr Rosalind West, Climate Science & Services Advisor, DfID
  • Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford
  • Dr Mike Morecroft, Principal Specialist Climate Change, Natural England
  • Professor Piran White, director of NERC BESS programme, University of York
  • Dr Rebecca Asare, Nature Conservation Research Centre, Ghana

Please see the draft agenda below for full details.

Draft agenda (PDF, 131KB)

Throughout the day, opportunities for cross-sector networking will be accompanied by installations created by each project team. During this time, attendees are encouraged to take part in interactive sessions addressing the themes of:

  • influence of temporal scales on responses to and research of climate shocks
  • social and ecological feedback processes influencing the outcomes of El Niño events
  • challenges and opportunities in measuring and increasing social and ecological climate resilience.

Following the event, discussions on these themes will be synthesised by programme researchers and policymakers and contribute to academic literature and policy briefs. Participant input will further feed into blog posts, articles and multimedia outputs, to share the event's discussions with a wider audience.

Further details and registration can be found on the University of Oxford website- external link.

For further information, please contact Annalyse Moskeland at el-nino-discussatzoo [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.