URCC: You are climate change

We already live in a world of cities, and that trend is expected to continue. While cities are becoming smarter, they can still be very vulnerable and fragile, with basic services failing when different kinds of impacts occur.

Climate change is adding pressures and uncertainties for the economy, the environment and the society in general. In urban areas, climate change may affect urban services, such as water or energy supply. Urban resilience refers to reducing risks and damages from disasters and to the ability to quickly bounce back to a stable state.

In this context, the Urban Resilience in a context of Climate Change (URCC) conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 9-10 March 2020. Organised in the framework of RESCCUE, Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, this event aims to bring together different actors from academia, administrations, businesses and local communities to discuss multiple aspects of urban resilience and climate change.

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  • 2

    Plenary sessions

  • 60 +

    Parallel sessions

  • 4




Hazard and risk assessment of key and critical urban services


Climate risk management and resilience in urban areas


From climate data to climate services


Forecasting, monitoring, real-time control and decision support


Adaptation strategies and nature-based solutions to improve resilience


Institutions, governance, regulations and planning


Financing for resilience and climate change adaptation


Citizens engagement and social justice


Innovation, capacity building, communication and data-sharing


Co-production of knowledge, solutions and services


Risk and challenges to public health

Target audiences


Research institutions


Local administrations




Central and regional administration bodies




Public service operators

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Programme overview


With a programme full of sessions, workshops, visits and discussions, the URCC conference will be a space to exchange knowledge, to present excellence on Research & Innovation for urban resilience and climate change and to discuss key challenges and solutions in cities, with special focus on European urban areas.

Key dates


Abstract submission will open on October 28th.


Abstract submission will close on December 6th.


Registration will open on December 9th.


Notification of abstract acceptance will be made on December 20th.


Final Programme will be available in January.


Sant Pau is the world’s largest Art Nouveau Site and one of the outstanding landmarks of Barcelona’s heritage and culture.

Today the Art Nouveau Site is home to leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has set up the international headquarters of its City Resilience Profiling Programme in the Sant Leopold Pavilion.

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Address Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167. 08025, Barcelona.


Closest metro is Sant Pau dos de maig (line 5) or Sagrada Família (line 2 and 5)

The RESCCUE project

RESCCUE (RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas—a multisectorial approach focusing on water) is Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, aimed to improve the capability of cities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant climate-change related threats with minimum damage.


A multisectorial approach, a key advantage of RESCCUE

The RESCCUE perspective is a holistic one, which focuses rather on the interconnections than on separate city units of the urban infrastructure networks.


3 cities, 3 different challenges

The models and tools developed within RESCCUE to analyse urban resilience based on a multisectorial approach are being validated in three different cities, carefully selected by their representativeness of the European diversity in terms of climate type and city characteristics: Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol.




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RESCCUE organises the URCC Conference