ECRA_GA22 - the 4th ECRA General Assembly,

on 8-9 March 2022 in Brussels, BE

as an in-person meeting



For the fourth time, the European Climate Research Alliance hosted an ECRA General Assembly in Brussels. The event was postponed to 8-9 March 2022 from 10-11 March, when we had on online event in the GA's stead.

The organisers decided to plan for this meeting as an in-person meeting (without possibility for online participation). It was wonderful to meet with many of you in person (even without masks!), after a long time of only-online meetings.


The Agenda can be found below.


The event was open to all.

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 ▨    Invitation, Time & Date

ECRA – the European Climate Research Alliance – invites you
to the 4th ECRA General Assembly

Conference theme:
Extreme events under climate change
– understanding, communicating, and managing the risks

8-9 March 2022
the Arc, Square Brussels, Belgium (visit the rooms online)

Tuesday 08 March: 14:30 - 18:30

Wednesday 09 March: 09:00 - 15:15


The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) is an association of leading European research institutions. ECRA’s objective is to bring together, expand and optimise expertise in climate research through a bottom-up approach. The initiative is a platform for joint research planning by sharing existing national research capacities and infrastructures. ECRA acts as a unified voice for climate research in Europe.

ECRA celebrates its 10 year anniversary and we invite you to our fourth General Assembly on two days, 8-9 March 2022 in Brussels.

The registration was open from 08 February until 03 March 2022 on this site:

 ▨    Agenda & Presentations to download

The theme was: extreme events, Climate Change, and how the risks coming with them can be understood by science, communicated between scientists and decision-makers; in order to manage the risk.
For the first day (afternoon and evening), we had high-level keynotes and panel discussion.
The second day included three parts:
   Climate Processes and Research Needs - or: “What do we know?”
   Risk management - or: “What do we need?”
   Communicating uncertainties - or: “How can we put things together?”
The agenda was subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and last-minute changes did unfortunately happen.




14:00-14:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

14:30-14:45 Opening Statement  download
                     Prof. Peter Braesicke (Chair ECRA)

14:45-15:45 Overview of the ECRA Collaborative Programmes (CPs)
                     CP-SLC - Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts  download
                       Ingo Sasgen
                     CP-CHC - Changes in the Hydrological Cycle  download
                       Ralf Ludwig
                     CP-HIE - High Impact Events and Climate Change  download
                       Thomas Kuhn (FMI)
                     CP Polar - Polar Climate Insights and Impacts  download
                       Einar Örn Ólason & Thomas Bracegirdle

15:45-16:30 Refreshments


Extreme events under climate change – understanding, communicating, and managing the risks
Moderation: Peter Gibbs

16:30-16:40 Introduction by Peter Gibbs  download

16:40-17:00 Keynote Presentation
                     John  B E L L
                     European Commission, DG RTD

17:00-17:20 Panel Discussion:

                     John Bell, EC

                     Daniela Jacob, GERICS (DE)

                     Bart Van den Hurk, Deltares

                     Peter Braesicke, ECRA/KIT

                     Moderation: Peter Gibbs

17:20-17:30 Health Break

17:30-17:50 Keynote Presentation: The role of science in EU Missions  download
                     Daniela  J A C O B
                     Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

17:50-18:30 Panel Discussion (continued)
                     Panelists: same as above except:

                     Philippe Tulkens, EC, replacing John Bell

18:30-21:00 Reception




08:30-09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00-09:15 Opening Statement
                     Summarising Day 1 and introducing Day 2 Peter Braesicke, Chair ECRA

                     B L O C K   1
Climate Processes and Research Needs - or: “What do we know?”
09:15-09:30 Benoit Meyssignac:  download

                      Changes in the global earth energy budget and sea level: 
                      when the excess of energy due to anthropogenic emissions turns into sea level rise

09:30-09:45 Øivin Aarnes: CANCELLED - replacement: Rasmus Benestad on:

                      Regional climate information for adaptation  download

09:45-10:00 Francisco 'Paco' Doblas-Reyes:  download

                      User-oriented climate information from climate predictions

10:00-10:15 Werner Kutsch: CANCELLED

                      Sustainable observations: how research needs drive research infrastructures

10:15-10:45 Coffee break


                      B L O C K   2
Risk management - or: “What do we need?”
10:45-11:05 Michael Kühn:  AS VIDEO  download pdf

                     Geological storage capacity for green excess energy readily available in Germany

11:05-11:25 Richard Dixon:download

                     What sort of data will help improve the insurance industry's understanding of tail risk under climate change?

11:25-11:45 Bart Van den Hurk:  download

                     Learning from the European 2021 flooding on climate change preparedness

11:45-12:00 Matthias Garschagen: AS VIDEO  download

                     Transformational climate risk management – Observations, challenges and ways forward

12:00-12:15 Discussion

12:15-13:15 Lunch Break


                      B L O C K   3
Explaining limitations and uncertainties - or: “How can we put things together?”
13:15-13:40 Per Espen Stoknes:  download

                      From outer to inner sustainability:
                      Psychological barriers and solutions for engagement in climate

13:40-14:00 Judith Anderson, Climate Psychology Alliance  download

14:00-14:15 Q&A with attendees (Room: The Arc)

14:15-14:45 Discussion -- Breakout Group in rooms: The Arc and Studio 202

14:45-15:00 Summary of Breakout Groups (Room: The Arc)


15:00-15:15 Closing remarks
                     Peter Braesicke

15:15 End of Event


 ▨    Corona Measures

Corona measures

On 07 March 2022 the Belgian regulations changed and eased: See this websites for updates.

The current safety measures by Square Brussels are the following:

  • It is mandatory for all indoor events hosting 50 people or more to ask participants to show a valid Covid safe Ticket (or QR code),
  • Masks must be worn at all times except to eat or drink (by organizers, staff and participants),
  • social distancing must be enforced
  • Regarding the Covid Safe Ticket, which MUST be shown at the entry:

The Belgian websites for this topic:


 ▨    Location

Square Brussels
Square Brussels was already the venue of our choice for the General Assemblies in 2019, 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.
Square Brussel's room 202, one floor below the Arc, will serve the meeting as an additional room on Day 2. It will be used for the breakout group. (It is the same room as for our GA in 2019.)
(visit the rooms online)

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

 ▨    Our past events

10 years of ECRA:

The ECRA 10 year high-level event on 10 March 2020, 14:30-17:00, online

 Climate Research: reflecting on the past and planning for the future
– An online event to celebrate 10 years of ECRA –

Event website:

The European Climate Research Alliance celebrated its 10 years anniversary with this high-level event. The event was open to all, and featured keynote presentations, panel discussion, options for interaction.



Information on the General Assembly of 2019:

Climate Change and Actionable Information

Event website

Download the Invitation and Agenda as pdf

Download the Meeting Documentation: ECRA Newsletter April 2019



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