Meetings Shaping EU Missions: bridging the gap between geoscience and policy Townhall Europe, Square de Meeûs 5, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, 17 October 2019

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Shaping EU Missions: bridging the gap between geoscience and policy

Meeting programme

Missions and roundtable topics

The Missions and potential discussion topics for participants to collectively decide upon during the roundtable discussions include:

Soil health and food

Moderators: Olivia Trani & Mioara Mandea

  1. How can European soils be used more effectively to mitigate climate change?
  2. How can we ensure EU food security into 2050?
  3. Restoration and remediation of soils

Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation

Moderators: Jonathan Bamber & Giuliana Panieri

  1. Supporting EU Member States in their climate adaptation strategies
  2. Integrating climate adaptation into EU disaster risk reduction
  3. Enhancing ecosystem-based adaptations

Climate neutral and smart cities

Moderators: Toby Rhodes & Helen Glaves

  1. Climate proofing Europe’s cities
  2. Transforming energy systems in EU cities
  3. Cities as hubs for circular systems

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters (I)

Moderator: Martin Visbeak

  1. How can the EU promote a sustainable Blue Economy?
  2. Ocean plastic: clean up or prevention?
  3. Coastal and maritime spatial planning in the face of sea level rise

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters (II)

Moderator: Maria-Helena Ramos

  1. Managing the risks of increased droughts and floods in Europe
  2. Improving the ecological status of waterbodies in the EU
  3. Ensuring water security into 2050




14:00 – 14:15 Registration
14:15 – 14:30 Welcome
14:30 – 15:30 High-level panel
15:30 – 16:10 Roundtable discussions (part I)
16:10 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:15 Roundtable discussions (part II)
17:15 – 17:30 Event summary
17:30 – 18:30 Networking reception