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ECRA_GA19 - the ECRA General Assembly on 27-28 February 2019, Brussels, BE

For the third time, the European Climate Research Alliance hosted an ECRA General Assembly in Brussels. The event was open to all, its theme was:

Climate Change and Actionable Information

Download the Invitation and Agenda as pdf (version 26 Feb 2019)

Download the Meeting Documentation: ECRA Newsletter April 2019.

More information (click to open the category):
 ▨    Time & Date
Time: Wednesday 27 February and Thursday 28 February 2019.
27 Feb: 15:00 - 20:00
28 Feb: 09:00 - 16:30

Location: Square Brussels, 1000 Brussels

 ▨    Agenda, Presentations & Fotos
Download the Invitation and Agenda pdf (version 26 Feb 2019)
Download all presentations as pdf (zip file from dropbox).

Wednesday 27 February 2019


  Registration and Welcome Coffee

15:30-15:45   Opening Statement
 (download presentation / foto)
Prof. Peter Braesicke (Chair of ECRA)
15:45-17:45    Overview of the ECRA Collaborative Programmes  
     CP-SLC Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts
Gianmaria Sannino
     CP-CHC Changes in the Hydrological Cycle
 (download presentation / foto 1 2)
Elisa Palazzi / Ralf Ludwig
     CP-HIE High Impact Events and Climate Change
 (download presentation / foto)
Martin Drews / Hilppa Gregow
     CP-ARC Arctic Climate Stability and Change
 (download presentation / foto)
Lars Smedsrud
17:45-18:30   Refreshments  
18:30-20:00    Climate Change and
 Actionable Information
     Moderation: Geoff Meade (foto)  
     Keynote statement

     Patrick Child (foto) European Commission, DG RTD
     Panel discussion (foto), including:

     Yvon Slingenberg (foto) European Commission, DG Climate Action
     John Christensen (foto) Director of UNEP DTU, Danmark
     Isabelle La Jeunesse (foto) University of Tours, France and MIDI Network
     Peter Braesicke (foto) Chair of ECRA
     Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann (foto) Director Institute for Environmental Medicine, TUM, Germany and HMGU Munich, Germany
    group picture  
20:00-22:00   Reception  
Thursday 28 February 2019
08:30-09:00   Registration and Welcome Coffee 
    The Arc (main room) Room 202 (capacity 51 pax)
     CP-SLC Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts  
09:00-09:10     Intro/Moderation: Gianmaria Sannino (download presentation)  
09:10-09:35     Michalis Vousdoukas: Rising Extreme Sea Levels and their global impacts
 (download presentation / foto)
09:35-10:00     Sally Brown: Implications of a projected 1.5degC rise in temperatures: What does this mean for sea-level and coasts? Global Extreme Sea Level projections
 (download presentation / foto)
10:00-10:25   coffee break  
     CP-CHC Changes in the Hydrological Cycle  
10:25-10:35     Intro/Moderation: Elisa Palazzi, Ralf Ludwig (download presentation)  
10:35-11:00     Klaus Goergen: Integrated simulation of the European water cycle including human water use
 (download presentation / foto)
11:00-11:25     Marc Zebisch: Earth Observation of cryosphere and mountain hydrology
 (download presentation / foto)
     Climate Research in ECRA — The future of the Collaborative
 Programmes Break-Out workshop
     Discussion and brainstorming on the future of our four Collaborative Programmes
Lars H. Smedsrud and Gianmaria Sannino (foto)
Moderation: Birte Jørgensen and Elisa Palazzi
11:25-12:10       (download presentation / foto)
12:10-13:00   Lunch (on site)  
     CP-HIE High Impact Events and Climate Change  
13:00-13:10      Intro/Moderation: Martin Drews, Hilppa Gregow (download presentation)  
13:10-13:35     Rasmus Benestad: A new factor explaining more extreme rain - the reduction in global area with rainfall
 (download presentation / foto)
13:35-14:00     Nicole Van Lipzig: High Impact weather events in a changing climate in different regions of the world
 (download presentation or presentation plus videos (zip file), please contact NvL for copyright information / foto)
14:00-14:20     coffee break  
     CP-ARC Arctic Climate Stability and Change  
14:30-14:40     Intro/Moderation: Lars H. Smedsrud (download presentation)  
14:40-15:05     Thomas Jung: APPLICATE — Advancing Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE
 (download presentation / foto)
15:05-15:30     Marius Årthun: Blue Action: Quantify the role of a changing Arctic in predictive capability of weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere (title to be confirmed)
 (download presentation / foto)
15:30-16:00      Climate Research in ECRA —
 The future of the Collaborative Programmes: Outcomes
       Results of break-out groups and synthesis.  
       Moderation: Peter Braesicke  
16:00-16:30     Summary, Outlook and Closure  
16:30     End of meeting (Chair Peter Braesicke)  

Click here for the Meeting Documentation (ECRA Newsletter April 2019).
Click here for the ECRA Newsletter of Dezember 2018.
The agenda and other information of our previous General Assemblies in 2017 and 2015.

 ▨    Flyer & Newsletter
A flyer (incl. Agenda) for the event (A4 format) can be downloaded here.
Click here for the Meeting Documentation (ECRA Newsletter April 2019).
Click here for the ECRA Newsletter of Dezember 2018.

 ▨    Venue & Location
Square Brussels
Square Brussels was already the venue of our choice for the General Assemblies in 2017 and 2015 (Click the links for information about the past events).
The main venue for ECRA_GA19 will be 'The Arc', a parlamentarian room for approximately 140 people.
New for this General Assembly: Square Brussel's room 202, one floor below the Arc, served the meeting as an additional room on Day 2. It was used for the breakout group. See the Agenda for more information.

Location: Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels
3rd floor, 'The Arc'
GPS coordinates of event entrance: 50°50'36.2"N 4°21'28.7"E (Google Maps)
A 6-minute walk from Central station.

entrance to the venue
PDF by Square Brussels on how to get there (entrance nr. 4 on pdf)
or floor plan of the Square Brussels complex (pdf): 'The Arc' at Level 3

 ▨    Participation & Social media
We welcome your input before the event
  • complete our short 2 minute survey [link closed].
During the event:
  • Twitter: use our hashtag #ECRA_GA19
  • Participate and get active in our breakout group on Day 2
  • Possibility to ask questions in person (Q&A after each session)
  • Participants agreed to the use of photographs for our social media (unless otherwise noted during the registration)
After the event
  • Hand in the questionnaire handed out on site or
  • enter your responses electronically

Group Picture ECRA General Assembly 2019 lolcat

General Assembly ECRA 2019


A documentation of the event is now available.

If you are interested in joining or receiving information, contact the ECRA Secretariat via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on Twitter (#ECRA_GA19). The General Assembly 2019 follows up on GAs of 2017 and 2015.


Thank you to Vivian Hertz Photography and Meade Davis Communications.

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